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Winter Recreation:

Several free winter recreation activities are planned for Saturday in the Trout Lake area as part of the community's sixth annual Cabin Fever Festival.

Morning events begin with the 8-kilometer Big Tree Ski cross-country race. The race is open to both competitive skiers and those just out for a fun ski trip.

Registration for the race starts at 9 a.m. at the Pineside Sno-Park (6 miles north of Trout Lake). That will be followed at approximately 9:30 by the start of the classic diagonal stride race.

Also on tap for Saturday is a free, guided snowshoe walk through the Trout Lake Preserve. The two-hour walk, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be led by Harold Cole, a retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.

Participants in the walk are asked to meet in the parking of the Mt. Adams Ranger Station. For those who don't own snowshoes, a limited number will be available to borrow on a first-come, first-served basis.

"This is a great opportunity to try snowshoeing while exploring an outstanding natural resource area," an event organizer said.

In the afternoon, starting at 1, a clinic will be held at the Trout Lake School for anyone wanting to gain more experience in the use of Global Positioning Satellite devices.

Instruction will be both in a classroom and outdoors; participants are encouraged to bring clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor travel.

For more information about these programs and other scheduled events, call (509) 395-2617.


White Salmon resident Vic Wild moved into the points lead of the Canadian Open Snowboard Tour with back-to-back victories on Jan. 13 and 14 in Le Relais, Quebec.

Wild led a U.S. sweep of the top three podium spots in the Parallel Giant Slalom on Jan. 13, picking up 500 points in the points standings.

He followed that win up with a victory in the Parallel Slalom--worth another 500 points--on Jan. 14.

Wild's strong showing at Le Relais gave him 1600 points on the tour and propelled him past Canadian Philippe Berube, who dropped down to second with 1000 points.

In December, Wild scored 600 tour points with a pair of top six finishes at Mont Blanc, Quebec. On Dec. 17, Wild placed second in the Parellel Slalom after coming in sixth the day before in the Parallel Giant Slalom.

On Monday, Wild was back in Colorado--his snowboarding base of operation--packing for a trip to Calgary, Alberta, where he plans to train for an upcoming Canadian Open event in February at Canada Olympic Park.

Prep Boys Basketball:

Columbia High's junior varsity lost for the 10th time in 13 starts here last Saturday, dropping a 62-32 decision to Rochester.

Carlos Mendoza scored nine points and Jarin Ladiges had eight for the Junior Bruins, who were outscored in every quarter of play.

Also scoring for Columbia were: Kyle Yeager, 5; Chance Miller, 4; Joseph Emanuele, 3; Enrique Granados, 2; and Neal LaGrander, 1.

More Boys Basketball:

Jereth Robinson scored a career-high 42 points Monday but there weren't enough to prevent Kalama from snapping Stevenson's seven-game winning streak.

The 76-69 overtime loss dropped the Bulldogs (9-7 overall) into a first-place tie with the Chinooks atop Trico Division standings. Both are 5-2 and have five league games remaining in the regular season.

Stevenson led 38-37 at halftime and 57-52 after three quarters but was outscored 15-10 in the fourth period and 10-2 in overtime.


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