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HAPPY NEW YEAR from All of us at the AKA!
Several locations are having a New Years Kite Fly Please join us at your nearest New Years Fly or make your own!
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Avalanche Season in the Colorado Mountains! Be CAREFUL all of you Snowkiters, Skiers, Snowboarders, anyone in the Mountains, BE SAFE http://www.awsm.com/10209/pay-attention-folks-in-colorado-and-utah/ Thanks to Anton Rainold and Colorado Kite Force kiteboarder shop
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Oregon State Parks USAGE YOUR EMAILS ARE NEEDED MORE THEN EVER NOW!

by Amy Doran on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 10:56am

IMPORTANT: There is a stir being made by the number of emails being sent to Oregon State Parks contact: richard.walkoski@state.or.us I met Mr. Walkoski at the meeting here in Bend a week ago. He was a very pleasant man that really had no idea of what had happened at Lincoln City. He said he has heard from a lot of kiters, and expressed surprise at some of the things I told him happened at Lincoln City. He made the statement that he wants to work with us. Today, one of the people that was told by State Park officials that they could not fly without a permit was called by the State Park Beaches office. (this was a result of him sending his letter not only to Mr. Walkoski, but also to the Governor's Office). He stated that the kiters were misinformed. This is part of the issue with the way the new proposal of usage and permits , as it is so open ended, anything can be made to fit into the *Needs a Permit * catagory. Please take a moment to send an email to Mr. Walkoski at : richard.walkoski@state.or.us PLEASE copy and paste your email (1000 charactors or less) into the contact page at Oregon Governor Kitzhaber's contact page : http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/contact.shtml If you think it might not make a difference, I can personally tell you it does.. You should have seen Mr. Walkoski's face when I told him I was the Region 9 Director for the American Kitefliers Association. He immediately said to me * Now that is who I have been getting emails from... The Kiters! * Read below to see some of the things that have happened leading up to this point. Please note that the City of Lincoln City has been a huge supporter of Kiters and kiting for years now, and continues to be. They have had to deal with a lot of this as well. We commend them. The following items actually happened in the three weeks leading up to the Lincoln City Kite Festival: 1. Kiters were told by State Park Officials they would be sited if they put up kites without a permit.2. A single line kiter was told to LEAVE the beach by a State Park official. The woman went to the Visitors Bureau and told them about this. ( We do not know who this was but it was indeed reported) 3. Kiters were told by State Park officials that they were causing too many people to stop to see the kites and it was overloading the trash, bathroom, and parking, and they did not have as many workers at the parks now that it was the end of the summer. 4. Kiters were told by State Park officials they could not fly a kite that required a ground anchor, without a permit, or they would be sited. 5. Kiters were told by State Park workers they could not fly the red white and blue kites at the Celebration of Honor , in front of Veterans who were extremely upset by this. 6. It took a call to the Governer Kitzhaber's office to allow kiters to fly the Friday before the Lincoln City Festival in October. Share


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Ed Paulsen Great item, Amy, Thanks
October 27 at 11:51am



Catherine Gabrel I just sent a letter to the Governor and to Mr. Walkoski. I'd send it to you too, if you like, but I need you to message me your email address.
October 27 at 12:01pm



Ed Paulsen Amy, Is that a good address for the Governor ?
October 27 at 1:03pm



Amy Doran Up above is the link to Governor Kitzhaber's contact page: there you just fill in your information, and there is a place for your message as well.
October 27 at 1:06pm



Amy Doran http://governor.oregon.gov/Gov/contact.shtml
October 27 at 1:06pm



Ed Paulsen Done, Thanks
October 27 at 3:46pm



Cindy Thrall Just want to be sure I'm understanding--the State person who called the kiter that had been kicked off the beach and subsequently wrote the letter, is the person who said the kiters were misinformed is that right? If so, what did he (the "state" guy) mean? Did the kiter share that with you?
October 28 at 8:10pm



Donna Hertz Nice letter Amy. We also wrote letters regarding all of the above. We don't want to get permits, insurance and lifeguards just to use the beach.
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This is a statewide issue under the jurisdiction of Oregon State Parks & Beaches. The new revisions to their permit policy that they're proposing are not spelled out clearly, that's part of the problem, they can interpret enforcement of these vague rules, which we're pressuring them to clarify the wording
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