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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Kayak Fisherman Missing" (Houston, TX)
"A search was called off late Sunday for a 32-year-old kayaker who went missing in northwest Harris County retention pond Saturday morning, authorities said. The man, Ryan Smith, apparently arrived at the pond near Queesnston Boulevard and West Road around 9:30 a.m. Saturday with his kayak to fish..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle 
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Kayaker arrives in Key West after paddling 4,000 miles" (Key West, FL)
"A kayaker has arrived in Key West after paddling some 4,000 miles — from one of the northernmost spots in the U.S. to its southernmost city. Daniel Alvarez pulled his 17-foot kayak onto Key West's South Beach on Saturday, completing the trek that began June 11th. In this photo, Daniel Alvarez exits his kayak in Key West, Fla, after completing a paddling journey of some 4,000 miles from Minnesota's Northwest Angle to the Florida Keys. His route took him through Lake Superior, the Mississippi River, Florida's Everglades and a portion of the Florida Keys island chain..."
Complete story: The Republic 
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"Minn. couple near end of 11,700-mile kayak odyssey" (Duluth, MN)
"A Minnesota couple has approached the end of a three-year, 11,700-mile kayak odyssey. Dave and Amy Freeman started a journey in 2010 that has taken them up the Pacific Coast, across Canada and the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast, and down to Florida. They plan to reach Key West around April 6. The Grand Marais couple is using the journey to teach 100,000 students across the country about the outdoors through a website called the The Wilderness Classroom..."
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"Automated port at Boquillas to open soon" (Big Bend National Park, TX)
"Even as they wrestle with furloughs and other fiscal belt-tightening, U.S. agencies are quietly preparing to open a new automated border port of entry along the banks of the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. The new port across the river from Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, will re-establish an unofficial crossing used for decades by local residents and closed by the U.S. government after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by Linda Gorski.

"Paddling a kayak with one hand" (Australia)
"Paddling a kayak with one hand, impossible? Not for Sale to Sea entrant Wayne Silcock, who invented a devise that sits on the front of his kayak enabling him to complete the challenge. Wayne suffered a stroke which left the right side of his body without feeling. His wife Jennie is an avid kayaker and when she came home from work one day and asked him if he'd like to participate in the Sale to Sea, he started thinking of ways he might be able to paddle. "That's how my invention came about..."
Complete story: ABC Gippsland
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"Women's dugout canoe, lake voyage featured in museum exhibit" (Valparaiso, IN)
"The story of two young Northwest Indiana women - and a tree that became a boat - made its debut at the Porter County Museum of History Sunday afternoon. The museum hosted the opening of “Lake Michigan in a Dugout,” a new exhibit that chronicles the story of Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas, who circumnavigated the lake last summer in an 11-foot homemade dugout canoe. The exhibit features the canoe and its sail, narratives, photos, video and artifacts that illustrate the women’s 93-day voyage in “Mekeba,” the 300-pound boat..."
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"Cement Canoe Competition" (Corpus Christi, TX)
"Several civil engineer students from across the region got together down by the bayfront for their annual cement canoe races. The competition featured 13 different teams. Students built a boat out of cement that's designed to be less dense than water so they stay afloat. Today was the regional races featuring teams from schools like University of Houston and Texas A&M Kingsville. Whoever wins the competition today will go to the national competition and compete with 18 other regions..."
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