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Paddle Oregon Set for August 15-19 
The Willamette Riverkeeper’s premier summer paddling event returns next month. In the years since its inception, the voyage has morphed into something akin to a Willamette River luxury cruise, complete with name bands for evening entertainment. If this sounds like the way you like to rough it, better sign up soon, as the event is popular and capacity limited: http://www.paddleoregon.org/

Paddle Safety Videos 
Canoe & Kayak magazine has partnered with the U.S. Coast Guard to produce informational videos on paddling safety topics. The first four of the videos are now available, and cover several essential areas, [thanks to MariAnn McKenzie at OSMB for the link]: http://www.canoekayak.com/skills/paddling-safely/

Grants Affect Local Facilities 
The Oregon State Marine Board has recently approved facilities grants for Buena Vista Park as well as the Buell Miller and Stayton Bridge boat ramps. You can find the details in the staff report: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Documents/Board%20Meetings/ItemNRoundTwoFacilitiesGrants062816.pdf

Paddling Hosmer Lake 
One of the favored destinations for paddling in Central Oregon is Hosmer Lake, along with other the lakes in the area, such as Sparks and Clear. If you missed it, the Statesman Journal had a nice gallery of photos depicting an outing on the lake: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/picture-gallery/travel/outdoors/2016/06/16/hosmer-lake-central-oregon/86000056/

Octogenarian Paddles Mississippi Source to Sea 
If you needed more motivational evidence to get you out there enjoying the rejuvenating benefits of paddling, here’s Dale Sanders to show you how it’s done, courtesy of Canoeroots magazine: https://www.rapidmedia.com/canoeroots/categories/departments/7765-profile-dale-sanders.html

Police in Dallas, Oregon Have Wildlife Moments 
Good deeds and happy endings ensue when officers encounter distressed, juvenile wildlife, in a charming video from the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/07/watch_dallas_ore_police_rescue.html#incart_river_index

Operation Dry Water Statistics 
County marine patrols and the Oregon State Police conducted Operation Dry Water, from June 24 through 26, to crack down on intoxicated boaters in Oregon. I found the statistics interesting: Officers stopped 397 motorized boaters vs. 687 non-motorized boaters, issued 81 warnings to motorized vs. 40 to non-motorized, and issued boating citations at 53 motorized, 10 non-motorized. Additionally, they conducted 20 standardized field sobriety tests on motorized boat operators, leading to two BUII arrests. It is unclear why there is such a large disparity between motorized and non-motorized stops; perhaps we’re just easier to run down. [Thanks to Ashley Massey at the OSMB for the source information.]

On a related note, the OSMB hosts a web form for reporting boaters operating in an unsafe manner, at: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/forms-library/Pages/Report-a-Boater.aspx

 

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