Washington’s lower White Salmon River is now open to paddlers for the first time in nearly 100 years. On October 31, the PacifiCorp power company finished the last stages of decommissioning the Condit Dam, which was breached with dynamite a year ago. The White Salmon now flows freely to the Columbia River and into the ocean. "The restoration of a free-flowing river is an exciting event for the whitewater boating community," said Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. Paddlers eager to try the new stretch of river are strongly advised to exercise extreme caution, as the changing nature of the riverbed, combined with the high volume of wood and debris makes conditions unpredictable.
The International Ski Federation has decided that Lindsey Vonn will not be allowed to participate in the men’s World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise on November 24. The Federation said in a press release that "one gender is not entitled to participate in races of the other and exceptions will not be made to the FIS Rules." They welcomed Vonn to submit a request for to be a forerunner, testing the course before the men's race, but doing so would disqualify her from the women's event. "I'd like to have one chance in my life to race against them,” the four-time overall World Cup champion said. "Annika Sorenstam did it in golf and paved the way for women. I'm not asking for World Cup points. I just want the chance to compete."
Via BBC News
Remember those big generators that were supposed to be used for the New York City Marathon that never happened? As of Sunday, they were still sitting near the finish line, not being used. In addition the generators, according to the New York Post, “20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar ‘space’ blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water” were still in boxes at the finish line. Race organizers did donate 104,000 bottles of water, 35,000 shirts, 23,000 Powerbars and other supplies to those hit by Hurricane Sandy.
Via Atlantic Wire
Little more than a week after the deadliest East Coast storm in 15 years, a nor’easter is set to roll through New York and New Jersey on Wednesday. Meteorologists are predicting 55mph winds, coastal flooding, and up to three inches of rain in New Jersey. New York City could be hit with 40mph winds, heavy rain, and temperatures around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. “If we hadn’t just dealt with Sandy, I think it would be just our typical nor’easter,” said Tom Kines, a meteorologist at AccuWeather Inc. “I don’t want to downplay it. It is a rather strong storm and it will bring some wind and rain along the coast.” The lack of sand dunes due to Sandy could exacerbate flooding along the coast, and the predicted low temperatures may increase energy demand in a region where about 1.9 million people are still without electricity.