World class kayaker returns home to Qiuincy

Shannon Morrow -

Seth Dow, a world-class kayaker who recently returned to Quincy, spent almost five months in Chile this past winter teaching with New River Academy, a high school that focuses on paddling whitewater around the world.

While in Chile from October to mid-March, Dow and his students traveled from Santiago all the way down to Futaleufú, which is in Patagonia.

The academy ran many different kinds of rivers, from big water to steep, technical creeks and even a 50-foot waterfall with most of the students.

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Fishing Report for the week of 4/18/2012

Spring has sprung; but where are the fish?

Michael Condon

“And finally, I fish not because I regard fishing as being terribly important, but because I suspect that so many of the other concerns of men are equally unimportant, and not nearly so much fun.”

—John Volker

Spring has sprung. Never mind that it is spitting snow as I write this. The weather man says it will be sunny by the time you read it. Such is the nature of spring in the Sierra.

The spring bite, if it hasn’t already arrived, will be coming to a lake or stream near you soon. It is time to shake off the shack nasties and get out to your favorite fishing hole.

Our local lakes are open for fishing. Some streams opened earlier this month and most of the rest will open the end of the month. Be sure to check the regulations before you go; some spawning streams will not open until the end of May.

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California Outdoors for the week of 4/18/2012

Raccoons as pets

Question: Is it legal to have a raccoon living in the house? I have seen a raccoon in my friend’s tree during the daytime (which is unusual) and they told me it belongs to their neighbor. My friend has a lot of grandchildren running around outside and so I worry this is a health issue. I am not sure if they have a special permit for this little creature. Should a game warden come out to check on the situation?

—Debra M.

Answer: It is not only illegal to keep raccoons (or any wildlife) as pets or in captivity, but it also may be dangerous. Wild animals such as raccoons can become very aggressive and dangerous to both humans and pets as they mature. In addition, they can carry diseases and parasites that can present health risks to humans. Wildlife needs to be kept wild for its safety and well-being, as well as ours. Only people who are permitted by Department of Fish and Game (for example, licensed wildlife rehabilitators or exhibitors) may keep wildlife in captivity. To report this situation, please contact our CalTIP line at (888) 334-2258.


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Golf courses set to open....if weather cooperates

Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor


With warm, sunny days followed by late-season snow storms, the variability of spring weather in the mountains makes it tricky for local golf courses to determine exactly when they will open for the season.

Most courses anticipate opening mid to late April and have set tentative dates to begin hosting golfers, but the golf pros are quick to point out that the dates are weather permitting.

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Local marathon growing quickly

Shannon Morrow
Sports Editor

It takes considerable time and energy to create a good event that  benefits a lot of people, but when done right, the rewards are substantial for everyone involved.

The Running with the Bears Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which will be held in Indian Valley Aug. 18, is a great example of how a  well-planned event can raise funds for a good cause, bring money into the county and provide a memorable experience for participants.

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