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September 12, 2013     
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The Spokane River Forum is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that creates materials, events and activities that promote sustaining a healthy river system while meeting the needs of a growing population.

The state of water trail access,  

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Spokane Convention Center Expansion 


On his blog today, Rich Landers with Spokesman Review writes "Plans for the voter funded $55-$65 million expansion of the Spokane Convention Center are advancing to the construction stage, but Public Facilities District officials continue to suggest that maintaining viable public river access at Division Street Bridge for rafts, kayaks, paddle boards and outfitters is not their priority."   


Click here to comment on blog:  The Forum would love to know what people think, so comment away on Rich's blog.  Click here to go straight to today's newspaper story

Spokane Valley Upriver Scrub set for September 28th

The 11th annual Spokane River Clean-up is scheduled for Saturday, September 28th. Up to 1,000 people participate in this annual volunteer event that is organized by Friends of the Falls.


Upriver Scrub is for people who want to focus their river clean-up efforts in Spokane Valley. Since 2010, the Northwest Whitewater Association and Spokane River Forum have partnered with Friends of the Falls to extend river clean-up to Spokane Valley.



Date: September 28th

Meet-up Time, Registration and Safety Talk: 9:30am to 10:00am

Meet-up Locations:  State Line, Harvard Road and Barker Road. Meet at Centennial Trail trailhead at each location.

Sign-up: Registration is not required. Groups planning on working together are encouraged to e-mail the Spokane River Forum at info@spokaneriver.net with numbers of people attending and location they would like to work. This helps organizers assure there are enough supplies for everyone. Read More 


REI $500 Raffle Winner Selected

Congratulations to Hal McGlathery for winning the Forum member drive raffle sponsored by REI. After thirty-four years with Spokane Parks and Recreation, Hal is happily retired but still very involved in community work and enjoying the outdoors.

Said Hal, "I joined the Forum a couple of years ago because I believe in what you're doing. The raffle reminded me I wanted to continue to show my support. With or without a raffle, I hope others continue to join."

So what do you especially like about the Forum? Said Hal, "We're the only community I know of which literally has a river cascading through its downtown area. It's a treasure originally acknowledged by the Olmstead brothers. The Spokane River Water Trail brings us back to valuing and enjoying the river that is in the DNA of our community."

Hal has already wandered the aisles of REI thinking what to select. "I realized," said Hal "that my step-sons, who live in Montana and are avid outdoorsmen and skiers, would be drooling. I'm thinking Christmas is coming early for my family."  


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