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Plans being made for state track

Trout Lake News for May 27

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Trout Lake Newswriters

Sandi Thygesen, 395-2318

Terry Scott, 395-2760

Pat Arnold, 395-2233

Bonnie Reynolds, 395-2527

Lots of people are making plans for another great weekend of state track at Eastern Washington in Cheney. Trout Lake's first race is at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 27, and the event continues through Saturday.

The track team did well at the District 5 and 6 Regionals in Ellensburg last week. The boys' team took second overall. Adi Robertson won the girls 3200, and Jessica Moore took second in the high jump clearing 4-10. The girls 4 by 4 team made the best effort ever, missing state qualifying time by about .10 of a second.

Mike Hansen, a track star for the Trout Lake record book, now holds two school records -- in the high hurdles, edging out a record set recently by Micah Anderson, and in the 300 hurdles, where Mike beat a record that had stood since 1983.

Here are the individuals and teams going on to state: Mike Hansen, a quadruple threat in the 110, the 300 hurdles, the long jump, and the 4 x 4; Tim and Matt Dearden against each other in the 3200, and Matt also in the 1600; Adi Robertson in the 3200; Jessica Moore in the high jump; Adam Paxson in the 1600; Peter Schmid and Dale Dick in the 100, and Dale again in the 200; Peter Schmid also in the 300 hurdles.

Both boys relay teams will go as well, which is very nifty. The 4x4 team has Mike Hansen, Peter Schmid, Adam Paxson, and Dale Dick. The 4x1 team has Peter Schmid, Ben Steward, Cruz Avila, and Dale Dick.

If this has your head swimming, imagine how busy coaches Morgan Colburn and Travis Pearson will be coaching, timing, running around, and having a generally great time. Thanks to them and their helpers and all you fans. Enjoy.

That other great spring sport, baseball, is now finished for this year. A Trout Lake-Glenwood combined team didn't make playoffs, but had a good season anyway. How can you not have a good season playing baseball?

Fire preparedness plans are proceeding. About 20 people attended the community council discussion on May 5, and they were generally interested in seeing the community fire prevention plan go ahead. Based on that input, project sponsors have written a draft funding proposal which will be submitted to the Klickitat County Board of Commissioners for funding with Title III pass-through federal funds made available to timber communities.

Project sponsors are the Trout Lake Fire Department, the Trout Lake Community Council, and the Northwest Service Academy. Community members are invited to volunteer and join the "steering committee" if they are interested in guiding the project. Please contact Steve Koenig at 395-2684 or Jim Wells at 395-3462, or Greg Page at 395-2400. The project is receiving technical support and/or advice and input from the US Forest Service, the DNR, the Underwood Conservation District, and the Trout Lake School.

The draft proposal, which is currently being reviewed by project sponsors and others, identifies five goals and objectives: 1. Define community wildfire protection plan; 2. map locations of local infrastructure, including homes, domestic water supplies, critical habitat, irrigation ditches, power and communication lines, and so on, and coordinate this data with county-wide data systems; 3. develop coordinated system for emergency communication; 4. educate community residents on home protection; 5. Develop and implement strategy for fuel reduction and fire suppression.

Project sponsors intend to submit the grant proposal to the county within a month, and they expect a two month turnaround from county for approval. If the plan goes forward, implementation is expected in next 12 to 18 months.

Good deeds department: The Bob Jolley Construction Zone Relay for Life Team, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, is holding a car wash June 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Trout Lake School parking lot. There will also be a bake sale, and the team will happily accept donations for the bake sale. The relay event is July 17 - 18, when the team walks for 24 hours on the Hood River High School track from 9 a.m. Saturday morning to 9 a.m. Sunday morning. The team is in place and has enough walkers, but is accepting donations between now and July 17. The team is also rescheduling a yard sale that got rained out this past weekend. This is the team's fourth year, and everyone is invited to the July event, which is not just walkers, but entertainment and activities by all the participating teams.

Pat Arnold, newswriter.


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