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Paddling  Salem’s Mill Creek  
Some of you may recall the days when we ran Mill Creek, usually the upper run, before it got built up. Recently, paddlers braved the lower stretch, and documented the adventure with a photo gallery, in the Statesman: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/picture-gallery/travel/outdoors/2016/10/26/mill-creek-float/92796664/

Invasive Mussels Found in Northwest Waters 
An infestation of invasive mussels has been found in an Idaho reservoir. Is this a good point at which to mention, that with the New Year, it’s time to renew your Aquatic Invasive Species permit? Anyway, the Oregonian has the story: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2016/11/invasive_mussel_larvae_found_i.html#incart_river_index

Unfortunately, the invaders were also found in Montana: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2016/nov/18/invasive-mussel-larvae-find-in-montana-prompts-con/

Illuminata Regatta set for December 17 
Salem’s own floating Christmas light display, the Illuminata Regatta, is set for the evening of December 17. The launch is set to precede the 5:30 pm start time for the display. Festivities are planned to go until 7:00 at Riverfront Park.

Oregon State Marine Board News 
The marine board has issued a flurry of news releases of possible interest to paddlers. The matters in question include boat ramps, no-wake zones, and facilities around the area and the state. You can find the releases on this OSMB page: https://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/News-Releases.aspx

Also by way of the Marine Board, comes the news the BLM has moved the permit lottery application function to Recreation.gov for the Rogue River. The application period runs until January 31, 2017, so get your application in, if you want a launch date.