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Saturday, July 4, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Out & About: Meet Me at The River raft trips set

Whitewater guides are ushering guests down the Spokane River.
Whitewater guides are ushering guests down the Spokane River.

OUTDO – The popular Meet Me at The River raft trips – to introduce residents to the wonders of the Spokane River running through our city – are set for the summer and the openings are filling fast.

The first two guided trips, June 5 and June 11, are whitewater rafting, organized by the Spokane River Forum.

Trips following in July, August and September will involve paddling sea kayaks on tamer water, which allows participants to be in individual or tandem boats. Equipment is provided if needed. The 11 trips include a moonlight paddle, an overnighter and a dinner paddle.

Sign up:

Info: 535-7084.

Other options: ROW Adventures is offering several ways to greet the whitewater this season, including Happy Hour afternoon rafting trips Thursdays and Fridays at 4:30 plus special offers for the Lochsa, Moyie and St. Joe rivers.

Info: (208) 770-2517, email

Bird dog group to hold ‘Fun Hunt’

OUTSHOOT – A unique bird dog fun hunt that combines training with hunting and friendly competition is set for June 18 at the Espanola dog-training area near Medical Lake.

The timed event is open to 40 handlers, and dogs of any breed.

The eight hunters who get their limit of chukars the fastest in the first round (order determined by drawing) will advance to the final round.

Hunters will be allowed to use training aids in the first round, including check cords, electronics and designated shooters.

No training aids will be allowed in the final round.

The field will be limited to the first 40 entries.

Sign up: Send handler’s name, dog’s name, and $40 before June 13 to Dan Hoke, 10420 S. Granite Lake Road, Cheney, WA 99004.

Info: Dan Hoke, (509) 299-5181, email

Local paddlers offer canoe-kayak clinics

OUTCLASS – The Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club will start its annual series of paddling clinics, with something for every level of boater.

Flatwater canoeing, June 12, for solo or tandem boats, at Medical Lake.

Moving-water canoeing, July 9-10, for solo or tandem boats on a local river.

Sea kayaking, July 13 evening indoor class followed by July 16-17 session at Medical Lake, for beginners as well as seasoned paddlers.

Whitewater kayaking, July 16-17 on Spokane River.

• Cost for all clinics: $55 per person per class, plus $20 club membership.

• Preregistration required: Diane Adams, 448-9214 or email

Route of Hiawatha opening June 11

OUTCYCLE – The Route of the Hiawatha near Lookout Pass is scheduled to open June 11, according to Lookout Pass Ski Area, which coordinates bus shuttles and bicycle rentals for the popular 15-mile rail trail.

The trail opened three weeks earlier last year when the mountains were not so loaded with snow.

The trail, which includes 10 tunnels and seven trestles as high as 230 feet, attracts visitors from around the world.

Contact: (208) 744-1301;

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