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THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 3, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

Participants in the annual Pend Oreille Poker Paddle have a tradition of having fun while traveling 32 miles downstream on the Pend Oreille River in two days from Usk to Ione.  (Eileen Dugger )

Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle cancelled

PADDLING – The 36th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle will launch on Aug. 5, but organizers are offering incentives to register before July 31. Formerly a two-day event, this sometimes zany gathering has been honed to one day on the Pend Oreille River Water...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 27, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016


A young splash participant waits for the NIC mascot's arrival at Cecil’s Summer Splash at Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2015. (North Idaho College)

Watersports free to try at NIC Summer Splash

WATERSPORTS -- North Idaho College is offering a free opportunity to try out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and catamarans, and awarding scholarships, too, at the school's annual beach party (open to the public). What: North Idaho College Cecil’s Summer Splash When: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, July...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Spokane River flows have been lower and warmer than average in 2015. (Rich Landers)

Gov. Inslee asked to support Spokane River flows 

RIVERS – Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summer time flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the state’s second-largest city. The groups on Tuesday asked Inslee to revisit an...

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016



Kayakers paddle whitewater with the Yaak River at 4.9 feet. (Brian Jamieson)

Yaak River runs like the big ones in spring

WATERSPORTS -- For much of the year, the Yaak River in Western Montana is a smallish, trouty tributary of the Kootenai River. But as Spokane kayaker Brian Jamieson points out in this video, it's a true spring whitewater challenge at 4.9 feet. Heading there? You...

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MONDAY, MARCH 14, 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016

Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Video: Rafters go with the flow in Hangman Creek

RIVER RUNNING -- Hangman Creek is notorious among rafters and paddlers for being a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whitewater attraction. Adequate flows for rafting usually come and go quickly in winter or early spring with rain and snowmelt events. Spokane river runner Tanner Grant jumped on the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2016

Paul Green was survival instructor, mountaineer and river guide before becoming a professor.

Whitewater safety detailed by EWU expert

WATERSPORTS -- With ample mountain snowpacks hinting at a great rafting and paddling season ahead, the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is tapping a top rafting expert and Eastern Washington University recreation professor for a primer program on whitewater safety. Paul Green, who taught hundreds...

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