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Sports briefs

Knights of Columbus free throw contest Jan. 4

Attention hoopsters ages 9-14, the annual Knights of Columbus free throw contest is coming to Hood River Valley High School on Saturday, Jan. 4. Participants can show up and compete any time between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. that day (entry is free but a parent signature is required). Winners of each of the 12 divisions will receive trophies. The contest is open to all Hood River County and White Salmon area youth.

New Columbia River Basin endorsement required

As of Jan. 1, anglers in pursuit of salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in the Columbia River and its tributaries throughout Oregon will be required to purchase an additional fishing endorsement, and although the added cost may be hard to swallow, recreational anglers will largely support how the money will be used.

The endorsement is part of the 2013 Senate Bill 830 and is part of a larger suite of changes aimed at removing commercial gillnets form the lower Columbia River. The fee is $9.75 a year or $1 a day (available wherever fishing licenses are sold) and is required in addition to an annual regular fishing license and Combined Angling Tag.

The new endorsement is required when fishing for salmon, steelhead or sturgeon in all rivers and tributaries in Oregon that ultimately empty into the Columbia River, as well as the Columbia River itself.

“This is part of a package of Columbia River fish management and reform actions adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and their Washington counterparts,” ODFW notes in an explanation of the new requirement. “The package includes a higher priority for sport fishing in the mainstem Columbia River, improved commercial fishing with gill nets in off-channel areas of the lower Columbia River, use of alternative commercial fishing gears and techniques in the mainstem lower Columbia River, and improved fish conservation by better targeting of hatchery runs.”

Under SB 830, the endorsement is set to expire in 2021. Current license fees are $33 for a regular annual resident angling license ($106.25 for nonresident), $9.75 for the new endorsement and an additional $26.50 for the Combined Angling Harvest tag (youth, senior and temporary rates vary).

Free sports nutrition presentation at Shortt Supply

The Shortt Supply Speaker Series continues Jan. 6 with Dr. Erin Martin, of TrueMed, doing a presentation titled “Sports Nutrition 101: Fueling right for energy and the right nutrition for your body.” The free event starts at 6:15 p.m. at Shortt Supply, Second and Oak streets in downtown HR.

Nordic Club invites newcomers to annual meeting

Columbia Gorge Chapter-Oregon Nordic Club is holding its annual membership dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 10 at China Gorge Restaurant-Bar in Hood River. The meeting is for existing members and anyone interested in joining or learning more about cross country skiing.

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