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10 Years Ago: Mt. Hood Green Scene is born posted on 04/01/2020

Successful schussers

The Mt. Hood Race Team, competing against 25 teams from Oregon, Washington and Idaho, nabbed a second place overall at the Buddy Werner Championship Ski races held at Skibowl. Mt. Hood racer Luke Winters, 12, of Gresham, swooped to first places in the giant slalom and slalom, capturing the boys overall individual champion trophy for the second year in a row, and Shannen Burton placed third overall in the girls' individual score. In team competition, the girls took home the second-place trophy and the boys placed third. Girls team members were Shannen Burton, Ashley Lodmell, Orianna Galasso, Kayla Lanker, Teagan Estelle, Graeson Fish and Katherine Dean, and the boys team members were Luke Winters, Cody Winters, Nate Gunesch, Luke Musgrave, Hunter Kern and Sam Flecker. A.J. Kitt, four-time Olympic skier, inspired 260 of the Pacific Northwest's top ski youth racers at the opening ceremonies.

A new Green Scene

The Mt. Hood Green Scene, spearheaded by Doug Saldivar, hosted its first recycling fair in April at the Welches Middle School, offering recycling opportunities for the community that included everything that lurks in the storage shed. "The goal is to build community awareness," said Saldivar, who estimated the turnout at the fair to be more than 400. At the day's end, almost 7,000 pounds of recycled goods were collected, including 160 pounds of discarded batteries, 400 pounds of cardboard, 60 pounds of scrap metal, 150 tires, 12 cubic yards of styrofoam and 140 fluorescent bulbs containing mercury. The event was sponsored by the Sustainable Hoodland Network, the Villages at Mt Hood and the Clackamas Office of Sustainability. Saldivar, a member of the board of Directors for the Villages at Mt. Hood, secured $3,500 of funding from Portland Recycling to pull off the event.

Runner up for Best Tasting Water

The Rhododendron Water Association received second place for Best Tasting Water in the state of Oregon at the Oregon Association of Water Utilities annual conference in Bend. The Rhododendron Water Association's David Jacob accepted the award, plus a "Special Service" plaque for exemplary service during the association's crisis the previous November when a giant Douglas fir smashed through the filtration unit during the rainstorms of late autumn.

Pacific ninebark and twinberry honeysuckle

The second in the series of native plants to the mountain featured in the Mountain Times were the Pacific ninebark and the twinberry honeysuckle. The ninebark flourishes on the mountain and is spotted by its clusters of white flowers, while the less frequently seen twinberry has to be enjoyed close up, showing off its blooms of small, yellow flowers. Both plants provide good erosion control along streams and can be successfully transplanted. Ninebark's seeds provide food for birds and mammals and the plant can grow to 15 feet. The twinberry is a fast-growing plant that can reach eight feet tall and has black, bitter berries. Some Northwest native peoples had taboos against eating them, and the Kwakwaka'wakw believed that if you ate the berries you would be unable to speak.

By Frances Berteau/MT

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