The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, April 29, 1998, Page 4, Image 4

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April 29, 1998
Snow Job provides the masses at Mt. Hood
Meadows with a variety of entertainment
Co-A&E Editor
Throughout the past few years,
there has been an explosion in the
number of music/sports events
around the country, and even around
the world. From the Warped Tour to
the Sno-Core Tour, Oregon has seen
its share of these extravaganzas. The
most recent, and perhaps one of the
biggest locally, was the second annual
Snow Job, held on Saturday April 25
at Mt. Hood Meadows.
Judging from the number of cars
pouring into the parking lot at 8:30
a.m., there were going to be quite a
few people enjoying the various fes­
tivities during the day. The sun was
shining, and a couple of inches of new
snow had fallen overnight, making the
atmosphere perfect for an event of
this type.
Many attractions had been lined up
to make this a successful venture.
There was live music, a vert ramp fea­
turing professional BMXers and
skateboarders, tons of free stuff from
the various companies setting up shop
in front of the lodge, the finals of the
Bud Light Big Air series, and above
all, good riding!
The bands that were set up to play
included God Lives Underwater,
Fastball, Absinthe, and crowd favor­
ites The Specials and Pennywise.
They played throughout the day, with
Pennywise finishing things off with
their brand of Southern California
bro-punk. Punk isn’t dead; they re­
fused to sign autographs afterwards
like they were expected to do, which
made the head honchos at KNRK
At the trade show, snowboard and
skateboard companies such as Ride,
5150, Planet Earth, Vans, Switch, and
others gave away free product and
also free demos of their snowboards.
Stickers, posters, and candy flowed
like water into the greedy hands of
snowboard grommets everywhere.
On the vert ramp, action was go­
ing down all day. Legendary skate­
board professional Steve Caballero
was there, going bigger than anybody
else with 540s, alley-oops, and vari­
ous other goodies. He also did a
doubles line with a biker, in which he
floated a backside 180 over the brave
soul on the bike. The crowd loved it, and
their appreciation for his talent showed
when a line formed afterwards to receive
his autograph. Others from the Varis
team also skated the metal monster,
which was daring considering the sub­
standard quality of the ramp.
But the highlight of the day had to be
the Big Air contest. Riders in this event
had to have qualified at the previous
events, which were held at Loon Moun­
tain in New Hampshire, Sugar Bowl in
California, and Snoqualmie Pass in
Washington. There was over $30,000 up
for grabs, and riders both men and
women were hucking themselves off the
giant kicker and over a 40 foot gap in
hopes of getting a piece of the pie.
Finalists in this event included Peter
Line, Nick Francke, Jason Borgstede,
Pete Iverson, Janet Mathews, Tina
Dixon, and a few others.
Highlights were Line’s switch-stance
.900 tailgrab, Francke’s huge switch 720
rodeos, and numerous other spins and
flips. In the women’s competition, a 16-
year-old girl all the way from Pennsyl­
vania nicknamed “Nugget” threw her­
self off of the kicker with huge aspira­
tions, and huge she did go. She did a
gigantic backflip 180, bigger than any­
thing else by either woman or man,
and landed straight on her back. It
looked extremely painful, but she
stood up and rode the rest of the way
down, probably to the biggest cheer
of the day. She didn’t place, but she
should have won for sheer courage.
The whole day-long event went
smoothly, and the entertairiment was
tremendous. From the bands to the
great weather to the amazing riding,
the day was fun for everybody. Hope­
fully, next year will be as good as this
year’s event.
On the same note, Mt. Hood
Meadows will be hosting another
snowboarding event this weekend.
Vegetate, Snowboarding for Native
Wildflowers has been going on for
three years now, and raises money
to reseed ski trails with flowers dur­
ing the summer. There are four
events: Halfpipe, Big Air,
Slopestyle, and Boardercross. There
should be some top quality riding
going on, and it is for a good cause!
So anybody who is interested in
snowboarding, helping the environ­
ment, or both, should check out Veg­
etate. It won’t disappoint.
ALEX MAHAN / Clackamas Print
Students Invited
to Karaoke Lunch
With Candidates
Dear Fellow Students,
I would like to unite you to lunch1 I haxc
hopes that I will get the opportunity to know
you and for you to learn more about me.
We have planned a free lunch with a profes­
sional Karaoke D.J Hopefully you will be
there. Bryan Fuentez (Candidate for Vice
President) and I want to help Clackamas
Community College be a student friendly
college through our student leadership.
Please come find out how We will be in the
Skylight Dining Room on April 30 from
II 30 to 1 30 p m I hope we will get the
chance to talk.
David LeDoux
Above: Jason Chatfield wins the men's Big Air Finals with a
switch-stance corkscrew 720.
Top right: An unidentified female Big Air competitor spins a blurry
360 stalefish.
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Three authors-
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Palahniuk and
Joanna Rose,
will read from
their works in
the McLoughlin
Hall Theater on
April 29 at 7
Wednesday, April 29, 1998
Staff Writer
This term’s Authors’ Night will fea­
ture three writers with a list of accom­
Tom Spanbauer is the leader of a
Portland writing group that had five of
its members as finalists in the 1997 Or­
egon Book Awards. His novel, “The
Man Who Fell in love with the Moon”
won the Pacific Northwest Booksell­
ers Award and the Oregon Book Award.
He is also'the author of “Faraway
Places.”, He will be reading from a third
novel which is still in progress.
Joanna Rose has worked at a variety
of jobs, but she is best known as the
organizer and leader of Powell’s
Book Store famous readings and
events series. After introducing hun­
dreds of writers over the years, she
has had her own debut as a novelist
with “Little Miss Strange,” a com-
ing-of-age novel about an adolescent
girl in the “hippie” age of the late
60s arid early 70s.
Chuck Palahniuk had his debut by
winning the 1997 Oregon Book
Award for his novel, “Fight Club.”
The book will be made into a movie
staring Brad Pitt, Edward Horton and
Courtney Love.
Authors’ Night will be held in the
McLoughlin Hall Theater April 29
at 7 P-m. A $2 donation to the
Friends of the Library is appreciated.