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Little League:

White Salmon Community Youth will be holding a field maintenance day -- weather permitting -- at the Center Street Little League Complex on Saturday, April 19. Work will begin at 9 a.m. and include power washing, painting and weeding, in preparation for Little League Opening Day ceremonies on April 26.

For more information, call Michael Rabinowitz at 493-2312.


Take your pick for a Saturday outing -- a moderately strenuous 13- or 31-mile bike ride from High Prairie to Lyle or a two-part wildflower hike that starts near Klickitat and concludes near Lyle.

The former will be led by Bob Hansen and Donna Enz under the auspices of the Klickitat Trail Conservancy and Friends of the Columbia Gorge.

Riders are asked to meet at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lyle Trailhead west of the SR 14 and 142 junction. From there the party will take shuttles to the starting point near Warwick.

Required equipment includes helmets, a spare tube and front suspensions; rear suspensions and fender are recommended.

For more information or to sign up for a ride, contact Hansen at (509) 637-2736 or

To join the wildflower hike, participants should arrive at the Klickitat Railroad Park by 9:15 a.m. Saturday. From there wildflower expert Barbara Robinson and Trails Club of Oregon president Susan Saul will lead the way along the Klickitat River from Suburbia to Wahkiacus and back. The hike is five miles roundtrip. (If the weather is bad, the hike will be abbeviated to two miles.)

The second half of the outing will take place at Catherine Creek, one of the premiere wildflower viewing areas in the Gorge. The hike is timed for the peak of the camas bloom.

Hunter Education:

The Mt. Adams Fish and Game Club will host a series of state-approved Hunter Education classes starting Monday, April 14. All seven sessions (including those on April 16, 18, 21, 23, 24 and 26) will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Jewett Creek clubhouse.

Completion of the Hunter Education course is a prerequisite -- for hunters born after Jan. 1, 1972 -- to obtaining a Washington state hunting license.

For more information, contact John Deo at (509) 210-9819.

More Little League:

Tickets for a $1,000 drawing are now available from local Little League baseball and softball players. The drawing -- a fundraiser for local youth sports programs -- is being sponsored by White Salmon Community Youth.

For more information, contact Suzie Willey at 493-4275.

Jr. High Track & Field:

Monday, April 14, is the first day of practice for Wayne M. Henkle Middle School teams, which kick off their five-meet 2008 schedule at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, at Canyon Creek in Washougal.

After that the Grizzlies will be at home on May 7 (with Hockinson, Kalama and La Center), on May 12 (with Wind River and Jemtegaard) and on May 21 (with Canyon Creek and Woodland).

The season will conclude in late May with a 10-team sub-district meet on the 27th, followed by the district meet on the 29th.


Tuesday, April 15, is the first day of Washington's general turkey hunting season for hunters of all ages. The season will run through May 31.

For more information, pick up a copy of the Department of Fish and Wildlife's Washington Wild Turkey Spring Season pamphlet.

Winter Recreation:

Mt. Hood Meadows, which is marking its 40th year anniversary in 2007-08, has yet another reason to celebrate the season.

On March 27, Meadows set a record for snowfall in a season, surpassing the 623 inches it received in 1982-83, thanks to a powder-making storm that swept over the mountain recently.

That disturbance, according to Meadows' website,, left more than 40 inches of new fluff on the ski resort's slopes by April 1, adding to Meadows' record 2007-08 snowfall.

By comparison, Meadows' average annual snowfall is 430 inches.


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