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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Humpback whale 'love taps' canoe in Hawaii" (Maui, Hawaii)
"Video shows four friends paddling a canoe off the coast of Maui, Hawaii, when a humpback whale came out of nowhere and lifted the front end of the boat..."
Complete story: CBS News 
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"10 Texas Paddling Trails to Open on Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou" (Texas)
"Ten new paddling trails encompassing more than 50 miles will open along a scenic stretch of Big Cypress Bayou and areas in and aroundCaddoLakeon Saturday, Feb. 2, to coincide with World Wetlands Day. “The Caddo area trails increase the total number of official state paddling trails to 48, giving Texans over 430 miles of day-trip trails to explore throughout the state", says Shelly Plante, nature tourism manager for theTexasParks and Wildlife Department..."
Complete story: Texas Parks and Wildlife 
Entry contributed by Dana Enos.

"Inmates jump in to help kids after canoe overturns" (Vancouver, WA)
"Inmates on a work crew jumped into action Wednesday when a canoe overturned in a creek in Vancouver, sending three children into cold, fast-moving water. A 16-year-old boy was able to swim to shore. The other two children involved, who are 8 and 11 years old, only managed to swim to some wood debris in the water. Inmates Larry Bohn and Nelson Pettis were doing work as part of a maintenance crew and jumped in the water to help the stranded boys..."
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"Invasive plant species threaten Texas waters" (Texas)
"Texas' waters - its wetlands and rivers and streams and reservoirs - are the water of life for all Texans, and for the fish and other wildlife resources that depend on them. And spending time on those waters has benefits that far outstrip the obvious. They are vital parts of our natural, cultural and social heritage. But the visit to Lake Charlotte and the surrounding wetlands and adjacent Trinity River earlier this week wasn't a pleasure trip. It was anything but. And it points to the challenge Texas resource managers face from invasive aquatic vegetation and what's at stake for Texas and Texans..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Bartos.

"She paddles around the globe in her kayak" (Australia)
"Sandy Robson had a big smile on her face as she paddled her kayak to the shores of Kochi on Saturday morning. For her, each yard she covers is a big step towards achieving her dream and each shore she steps on to is a feather in her cap. This 45-year-old kayaker from Western Australia has taken one more step in her grand mission of rowing around the world to cover 55,000 km in a single kayak. She paddles eight to 10 hours covering about 60 km every day..."
Complete story: Deccan Chronicle 
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"Castroville settles challenge to wastewater treatment plant"
(Castroville, TX)
"A settlement between a statewide river protection group and Castroville to end a long-running permit fight should clear the way for the small but growing city to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, officials say..."
Complete story:  
Entry contributed by David Reichert.

"Canoe liveries sue to stop fun tax" (Westfall Township, PA)
"Westfall is being sued by two canoe liveries challenging the township's new fun tax. Kittatinny Canoes and Indian Head Canoes have asked the Court of Common Pleas for a preliminary injunction preventing the township from enforcing the tax before it is heard in court. Westfall supervisors passed a 1 percent tax in December on anything considered entertainment where admission is charged. The liveries argue in court papers that the township adopted the tax under the color of state law and that taxing the liveries is in violation two federal laws..."
Complete story: Pocono Record
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