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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011

Sea kayaks of all types will be on display next weekend during the Sea Kayak Symposium at Point Defiance Park in north Tacoma. Metro Parks Tacoma photo
 (Metro Parks Tacoma photo / The Spokesman-Review)

Free 'Kayaking 101' program tonight at REI

PADDLING -- Kayak 101: An Introduction to Kayaks and Kayaking will be presented tonight, 7 p.m., by The Spokane Mountaineers paddling group. The program will over types, styles and materials for kayaks, difference between flatwater (sea and lake kayaking) and river kayaking. Learn what to...

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FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011

Sea kayak symposiums have offered paddlers a chance to try boats and learn skills. The largest events are canceled.

Free intro to kayaking basics

PADDLING -- The Spokane Mountaineers paddling group will present a free program, "Kayak 101 - An Introduction to Kayaks and Kayaking," on May 9 starting at 7 p.m. at REI. This seminar is designed for people new to the sport. Learn about the different types,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011


Don Kole of Avery runs his cataraft down Skookum Canyon on the St. Joe River with the river running at 12,000 cfs. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Snow, slides clog St. Joe River Road

RIVERS -- Spring is dawning for river runners and anglers on Idaho's St. Joe River. Here's a road and access report from Terry Miller, who scouted it out with his vehicle and kayak Monday. The road is clear on Marble Creek to past the "class...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011



SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011



Construction to affect centennial trail access

TRAILS -- The Indiana Avenue road extension project will limit access to the Centennial Trail and paddle-boat launching near Mission and Flora from April through July 4. Route changes in the area include new names for some of the roads, Spokane Valley officials said. Since...

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Get Spokane Whitewater Park updates by e-mail

PADDLING -- Supporters of the proposed Spokane River Whitewater Park in Peaceful Valley are still plugging along at getting approval for all the various permits. Spokane Parks and Recreation Department had organized an e-mail list to help people stay up to date on progress. Click...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

See documentary on Skeena River woes

RIVERS -- Whether you're a paddler or a steelhead angler, you've probably heard of British Columbia's Skeena River. It's an iconic natural resource that's threatened, according to a documentary that will be playing in Spokane on Friday. "Awakening at the Skeena," a film by Andrew...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 2011

Spokane River Water Trail discussed

RIVERS -- Andy Dunau, Executive Director of the Spokane River Forum, will discuss the effort to develop the recreation potential of the Spokane River Water Trail in a meeting with the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827...

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MONDAY, JAN. 17, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011

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)

River runners rev up to soggy forecast

PADDLING -- The rain-on-snow event that's making Inland Northwest roads and landscapes a mess is an opportunity to behold for paddlers and rafters. E-mails were buzzing today with the possibility of a rare opportunity this weekend to run boatable flows down Hangman Creek and the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2010

After the new Barker Road Bridge was completed over the Spokane River in 2010, City of Spokane Valley patched the erosion caused by the new bridge project and rendered the site much more difficult for boat launching.

 (Spokane Riverkeeper)

Barker Bridge squanders river's potential

SPOKANE RIVER -- The City of Spokane Valley and the entire region apparently got short-changed in the $11 million Barker Road Bridge construction project. City officials turned their backs on citizens and agencies that tried to work from the beginning of the project to improve...

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Paddlers float program for cancer kids

PADDLING -- If you're looking for inspiration tonight, check out the free First Descents program at the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club meeting."The River Ward" is a documentary that chronicles the experiences of four individuals as they attend a First Descents week-long kayak camp for...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

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