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KCK is an affiliate organization of the American Canoe Association.

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Form shiny starTime to renew your KCK membership for 2014.
New members welcome!
$10 individual or $15 family
Download the 2014 KCK membership application. Application form must be printed, filled out completely and signed.


KCK Annual Paddling Safety Meeting will be Thursday, April 17, 2014  @ 6:30pm
Location: Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library,
3600 Denali St.,  Anchorage   Map Link: Link

Those of us who enjoy being on the waterways of our great state know that cold waters present dangers along with the countless rewards. Safety is key to enjoying the outdoors responsibly. This requires knowledge, recognition and prevention. To assist in gaining the knowledge and confidence of safety awareness and skills, Knik Canoers & Kayakers is proud to open their Annual Paddling Safety Meeting to the general public. All persons with interests in paddle sports are invited to attend. Whether you are a rafter, canoeist, kayaker or  self propelled boater of any type, you will find tremendous value in the information presented. Topics will include personal  clothing and safety gear,  river hazards, trip planning and sea kayaking safety.

Prior to the Safety Meeting from 5:30 pm until 6:20 pm in the lobby outside the theater there will be a host of guests with loads of paddle safety info, including representatives from the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the American Packraft Association and the University of Alaska. Sign-ups for remaining available spaces in comprehensive beginner classes offered by KCK in Canoeing and Rafting will be available on a first come - first served basis, Information on classes in Sea Kayaking, Pack Rafting and other moving water classes will be available from select commercial paddling instructors with discounts offered to KCK members. So if you aren't already a member you should first stop by the KCK membership desk to join or renew.
  • Membership, boating classes, and safety handouts available in the lobby 5:30pm to 6:20pm.
  • KCK membership applications will be available in the lobby prior to the meeting.
  • KCK classes will be available. All KCK paddling classes require attendance to the KCK Safety Meeting.
  • There will be a select group of commercial paddling and safety instructors available to provide information on advanced and beginner paddling classes offered through local Alaska based private companies.
  • Paddling Safety Meeting presentations will begin promptly at 6:30pm in the theater.
  • All persons present at the close of the meeting will be eligible for one several door prizes to be drawn.
  • Anyone can help publicize this event by downloading, printing and posting flyers at appropriate locations. Flyer LinkFlyer Link


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Listen in to Outdoor Explorer on radio KSKA: Getting Ready for Paddling Season
The ice will soon go out soon on our lakes and rivers. The sea otters are ready to pose for our pictures. On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’re getting ready for paddling season. Host Charles Wohlforth and guests will be talking about canoeing, kayaking, rafting, rivers, lakes and the ocean — gear, safety, planning and packing. We’ll be dreaming about the trips we would love to take, and talking to folks who have done them. Guests will be Zack Fields of KCK and Jim Gonski also of KCK and owner of Alaska Kayak Academy
Tune in to KSKA on Thursday, April 17, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.





KCK General Meeting will be *Monday*, April 21, 2014  @ 7pm
Location: Wilda Marston Theatre, Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.,  Anchorage   Map Link: Link
In continuation of our spring paddle safety reminders, KCK is proud to present the following speakers.
Becci Anderson will tell us about the latest topo maps from USGS and Anne Johnson from UAF will discuss GINA (Geographic Information Network of Alaska) satellite image maps of Alaska.  Jon Hunt with Frontier Safety and Supply will discuss Wilderness First Aid, including a video on cold water immersion emergencies.


Upcoming General Meetings for KCK in 2014

meetings subject to revision as necessary, start time: 7:00PM  in the Wilda Marston Theatre of the Loussac Library unless otherwise posted
 
Thursday, May 15th: General Meeting: Angela Coleman - hydrologist: river flows and more TBA
Thursday, June 26th: Summer BBQ, Goose Lake, 6pm-9pm
Thursday, July 24th: Summer BBQ, Goose Lake, 6pm-9pm
Thursday, August 28th: Summer BBQ, Goose Lake, 6pm-9pm



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BOATING CLASSES NOW FORMING
For 2014, Knik Canoers and Kayakers will offer classes in rafting and moving water canoeing.
For more info on these and other boating courses available visit the classes page.Link
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KCK on Facebook
A new Facebook page has been created for KCK to gain access to Facebook users and publicize
KCK classes. Please go to http://www.facebook.com/knikcanoersandkayakers and "like" it as well.




AWC
Knik Canoers and Kayakers is helping the Anchorage Waterways Council with the annual CREEK CLEANUP, May 10-17 .
 Amy Maclean is organizing a crew to clean up debris from a section of Campbell Creek west of Taku Lake to Dimomd. This event will take place on Saturday, May 17th from 9 am to 12 noon. Dress to get wet. Drysuits or waders recommended. Volunteers are desperately needed, so step up and do your part to help preserve the local waterways we all enjoy. To sign up contact Amy Maclean: mailamyFor more information or to register with AWC as a "honcho" willing to take leadership on another cleanup project visit Anchorage Waterways Council. Link

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pfd Knik Canoers and Kayakers is helping the Alaska Office of Boating Safety to sponsor ALASKA BOATING SAFETY DAY 
This free event will be held on Saturday June 14, 2014 at Goose Lake.
Activities will include boat demos, slideshows, a costume contest, kayak polo and paddle board demonstrations and finally a race for event participants.
Loads of fun for all ages and abilities. Bring the whole family. Follow the link  to download poster. Link


pfd Alaska Pacific University’s Outdoor Gear Swap will be held on Saturday April 5th from 10am-2pm at the Moseley Sports Center.
Drop Off times: Friday April 4th 5pm- 8pm and Saturday April 5th 8:30am-10am
There will be a 10% commission on all sales to benefit APU’s Outdoor Studies Program!
 Items may include packrafts, kayaks, bikes, skis, backpacks, climbing gear and much more.
Find us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1404645383128504/?ref_dashboard_filter=upco"
Questions email: pault@alaskapacific.edu Follow the link  to download poster. Link




KCK members are invited to view these digital paddling publications online free of charge.
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Offered through RapidMedia.com
2014
Buyer’s Guide

Rapid Media’s annual Paddling Buyer’s Guide is the most comprehensive in North America. Inside its 212 pages, discover 501 of the hottest canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and gear. Stop wondering what to add to your wish list—we’ll show you what you need to make 2014 your best year on the water.
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Various Issues

Canada open canoeing - Jody Dymond Interview: Mathieu Dumoulin China pt 2 - Sam Ellis Hurley Freestyle 1 - Antony Edmonds Hurley Freestyle 2 - Lee Parry UK Fairy Glen - Joe Rea-Dickins Cold water safety pt 2 - Moulton Avery UK sea kayak fishing advertorial - Jeff Cross Greece sea kayak - Apostolos Kontoulis Interview: Matt Rusher Whitewater SUP - Ian Smith Sickstick paddle - Tez Plavenieks Himalayan SUP - April Zilg US Rafting Grand Canyon - Hannah Taylor Madagascar - Don Pinnock
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Membership

KCK Official 2014 Membership Cards

Cards will be available to current members at the general meetings.
The 2014 membership cards will identify you as a current KCK member to a variety of vendors offering discounts to KCK on paddling gear and services.
If you are not a member, then please consider joining KCK for the low cost of $10 and support KCK's efforts toward safety, conservation and access rights for the Alaskan paddling community. The associated benefits are well worth the low $10 membership fee. http://kck.org/join.html

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KCK

NEEDS YOU
Volunteer today!
Openings Available.
KCK Volunteers Needed
Sergeant at Arms
Programs Assistant
Summer Grillmaster and Assistant
Conservation Advocate
Insurance Coordinator
Canoeing Instructor Assistants
Pack-Rafting Instructor: and Assistants
IK Instructor: and Assistants
Rafting Assistants
Volunteer by sending an e-mail to kckmail or by contacting any current Board member. For more information, follow the link:Link

KCK Board of Directors and Officers for 2014
KCK Board of Directors
Volunteer Positions
President:
Eric Downey
Sergeant at Arms:
OPEN
Grillmaster:
OPEN
Vice President:
Steve Shamburek Membership:
Charlene Carter
Grillmaster Assistant: 
OPEN
Secretary / Treasurer:
Jim Davis
Programs Director:
Keith Hawkings
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Board Member:
Amy Maclean
Programs Assistant:
OPEN Insurance Coordinator: 
OPEN
Board Member: 
Dan Schubert
Webmaster:
Marvin Copley
Canoeing Instructor:
Zack Fields
Board Member: 
Keith Hawkings Newsletter Editor:
Richard Sepersky
Rafting Instructor:
Eric Downey
Board Member:  Peggy  Wilcox Bookkeeper:
Alden Worachek
Sea Kayaking Instructor: 
OPEN
Board Member:  Rich Crain
Safety Meeting Coordinator: Marvin Copley Pack-Rafting Instructor: 
OPEN
Board Member: 
Conservation:
Peggy Wilcox



CASH

Interested in having the club help you pay for professional development?

The KCK Board is interested in encouraging people to take leadership roles in club activities as well as promoting safety education. To further those goals the club will pay up to $100 to those members that take recognized outdoor professional development training. The applicant must approach the Board and the award of the scholarship will be on a case by case basis. Think of this as your chance to help the club and learn something that could save a life! Contact any Board member or email :
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  The proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project would be located approximately half-way between Anchorage and Fairbanks on the upper Susitna River. The Susitna-Watana dam would be located within a steep-sided valley of the Susitna River at River Mile 184 above the mouth, approximately 34 miles upstream of the Devil’s Canyon rapids. The single dam would be at the same location below Watana Creek as in the larger two-dam Susitna Hydroelectric Project proposed in the 1980’s. The 700-foot high Susitna-Watana dam would have a 557-foot difference between tail water and the maximum pond elevation of 2,014 feet. The resulting reservoir would be 39 miles long and up to 2 miles wide. Construction access would be provided by a proposed road from the Denali Highway as well as a rail spur fro the Alaska Railroad at Gold Creek.
  A synopsis from the Alaska Energy Authority website says:
"In 2010, the Alaska State Legislature passed legislation which declares a State energy policy. The bill directs the State to receive 50 percent of its electrical generation from renewable and alternative energy sources by 2025. Hydropower, the lowest cost energy for Alaska consumers, currently provides approximately 24 percent of the electrical energy used in Alaska. The only way to achieve the new goal of deriving 50 percent of our electricity from renewable and alternative sources is for a new, large hydroelectric project to be built in the Railbelt region."
For more info visit: Linkwww.susitna-watanahydro.org/

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                                              LogoAmerican Whitewater is a stakeholder engaged in the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project that would dam the Susitna River upstream of Devil's Canyon. The project would impact instream flows through Devil's Canyon and inundate a significant stretch of river upstream of the canyon.

 
Currently the State of Alaska, the proponent of the hydropower project, is undertaking the a series of studies to examine the feasibility of constructing the project and the associated impacts. In an effort to better understand the recreational impacts of the project, the State of Alaska has contracted with URS / Environmental Resources Management (ERM) to conduct a survey of individuals recreating on the Susitna River. We encourage any who have experienced this stretch of river to take the survey.
 
To take the survey, go to:Link www.susitnariversurvey.com
 
Respondents completing a survey will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift certificate redeemable at Amazon.com or Cabela’s. Your responses to the survey will be kept completely confidential. Please take the time to complete the Susitna River Recreation Survey, and encourage other river recreators to do so as well!



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Paddlesports Safety Resources
offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in partnership with the American Canoe Association


The ACA and the USCGA are working together to promote safety among those who use kayaks, canoes and other paddlecraft. For more information follow the link Link.
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