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Canoes Help Tribes Connect With Heritage 
With strong references to the Pacific Northwest, the Smithsonian reports on how canoes have become a tool helping native peoples reconnect with their culture and past: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-canoes-are-saving-lives-and-restoring-spirit-180957712/?no-ist

Paddling a Flooded Minto-Brown Park 
In case you missed it, Zach Urness, over at the Statesman, did an article on a popular local paddling destination, Minto-Brown Park during flood. You can find his take on the fun, here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2016/01/26/exploring-salems-flooded-forest-kayak/79324348/

Polecat Cuteness Along With Some Good Polecat News 
While the news comes from a bit far afield, Great Britain to be exact, the video that comes with the story of burgeoning polecat numbers is a real charmer. The BBC provides: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35386042

Coos Bay Sneaker Wave Caught on Video 
If you doubt the hazard posed by so-called “sneaker waves”, just watch this video and become a believer. The Oregonian provides: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/01/sneaker_wave_near_coos_bay_cau.html#incart_river_index

 

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