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Willamette Whitewater Park on Hold 
Tentative plans, announced last spring, to build a whitewater park at Oregon City, part of the Willamette Falls Legacy Project, are up in the air. The project has indicated it will be proceeding without the whitewater park as part of their plan, though suggested it could be incorporated at a later date. The Oregonian has the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2016/08/oregon_city_whitewater_park_le.html#incart_2box_travel

Six National Parks to Explore by Boat 
The Smithsonian has cataloged six national parks which are most appropriately explored with watercraft. In most cases, they are quite paddle-friendly and the sites range from Florida to Minnesota to California. You’ll find the article, with alluring photos, here: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-park-water-based-wonders-180959896/?no-ist

Cute Squid Found in California Pacific 
In another testament to how much we don’t know about our planet’s oceans, researchers have discovered a new species of squid, (or cuttlefish, maybe), off the California coast. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “A squid, cute? Gimme a break.” But, really, this li’l guy is cute, see for yourself: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-stubby-squid-found-southern-california-180960160/