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September 11, 2011
The Forks of the Kern, where the rapids line up one after another - as white as your mother's wedding dress - is among the finer river runs anywhere. Beneath the white water? Granite boulders, large and larger. Wedge your foot beneath one of these beasts and the Kern River will slam you to its basement. Conk your head. Fracture a collarbone. Burst an aorta. No 911 here. It's just you and God and a $4 plastic paddle. "You're in the wilderness, a long way from help," a guide warned us. The knock against California is that it's overrun.
January 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
For a time, the only Christmas presents two fishermen thought they would give their families were the farewell messages scratched on the plastic paddles of their life raft. "If I don't make it, I hope to see you in my next life," wrote David Summers. "I hope I make it, but if not give the family my love," wrote Richard Enslow Jr.
October 12, 2010 | By Christi Parsons, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama made a new pitch for his $50-billion "roads, railways and runways" program Monday, saying that there is a crucial need to upgrade the nation's infrastructure capacity and American competitiveness in the 21st century depends on swift action. Clogged roads, airways and other infrastructure chip away at worker productivity, Obama said, and the longer the country waits to fix it, "the deeper our competitive edge erodes. " Speaking to reporters in the Rose Garden, Obama pitched the plan as a benefit to the economy ?
April 25, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Kon-Tiki" is a ripping yarn torn from yesterday's headlines. Though somewhat forgotten now, the 1947 story of six men, an oceangoing raft and a wild and crazy theory was a media sensation that gripped the world's imagination - and launched a thousand tiki bars. Though scientists then and now largely believe that the original inhabitants of Polynesia came eastward from Asia, Norwegian scientist and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl became convinced that they had come westward, from pre-Inca Peru, drifting over on the Humboldt Current on enormous balsa-wood rafts.
September 10, 2009 | Eric Bailey and Patrick McGreevy
State lawmakers forged into the final 72 hours of their legislative year by passing a flurry of measures Wednesday that included a jab at the Culligan Man, a bow to breast-feeding mothers and an effort to thwart the potential perils of cosmetic surgery. With the fate of California's biggest issues -- including a potential re-plumbing of the state's water system -- still unresolved, lawmakers churned through scores of bills as the clock ticked toward the end-of-session deadline at midnight Friday.
August 20, 1987 | United Press International
Archeologists combing the sand dunes of Mustang Island have pinpointed the remains of a century-old minesweeper, a Civil War torpedo raft that they believe washed ashore 120 years ago. Herman Smith, an archeologist from the Corpus Christi Museum, spent four hours Tuesday using metal detectors to find the iron-spiked wooden fragments of the raft. The raft is of the type used by the Union Navy as a crude minesweeper during the Civil War, Smith said.
May 5, 1989
Ralph E. Adams, 76, a World War II submariner who helped rescue a downed Navy flier destined to become President of the United States. Adams, an electronics technician and navigator, was part of a rescue party sent from the submarine Finback on Sept. 4, 1944, to pick up then-Lt. (j.g.) George Bush and four other downed Navy airmen in a rubber raft bobbing about 70 miles off Osaka, Japan. Bush, who had been piloting a single-engine bomber that was shot down by the Japanese, and one of his crewmen were in the raft along with three other fliers from another downed plane.
August 12, 2001
I was surprised to see that your list of outfitters for Idaho's Salmon River ("A Rich Entree Into the Wild Salmon," July 15) omitted Canyons Inc., Internet I just finished a trip with the company in June. Our group had no interest in the type of gourmet cooking or cabins mentioned in the article. However, we went crazy for the scenic rafting passage, the excellent basic food (including salmon and steak), the choice of three boat types (cargo raft, paddle raft and kayak)
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