Eddie Yueh, age 53 and long time Gorge sailer, passed away on July 6th, 2010 after a year-long struggle with cancer. Living in Tucson, AZ, he traveled to the Gorge each July, camping in Memaloose State Park and sailing with his many friends there or wherever the wind took them. His favorite sites were “The Hatch” and, most of all “The Wall” where he sailed at every opportunity.
Also known as “Mr. Beer” (after his home brew business), one of his great passions was being in the Gorge, shredding big swells and socializing with members of “Team Curmudgeon” at Memaloose. His Gorge friends miss him greatly, but they will always feel his presence on the adjacent wave as he hoots and hollers all the way to the turn. Memorial gatherings which included his wife, Maureen, and his two sons, Chris and Alex, were held at Memaloose on July 19th and shortly thereafter, at The Wall.
Eddy’s family and friends contributed to a a donation fund to CGWA’s Gorge Groms kids program in Eddy’s memory.
On July 27th, Washington State Governor Chris Gregoire held a hearing to gather public feedback on the State’s upcoming budget shortfalls. The hearing was located at Clark College in Vancouver Washington. Hundreds of people filled the room to submit written comments, learn more about the issues at hand, and present their values to the Governor’s Committee on Transforming Washington’s Budget. Committee members present included Governor Chris Gregoire, Senators Joe Zarelli and Karen Fraser, and several others.
Among the speakers was Katie Crafts, Executive Director of the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association. Crafts presented information on the recreational and economic engines that Washington State Parks provide to the Gorge. ”The Gorge is in the top 5 worldwide destinations for windsurfing. It is home to international windsurfing manufacturers, the site of annual windsurfing trade shows, and countless small businesses. A closure or reduction in State Park services at these Gorge beaches would have an immediate negative impact on the local businesses that rely on the tourist trade.”
Washington State Parks that are within the Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association’s region are The Hatchery, Doug’s Beach, and Maryhill. According to Crafts, thousands of windsurfers, kiteboarders and sailors use Gorge beaches regularly throughout the spring, summer and fall. In a 2007 poll of 580 Gorge windsurfers, The Hatchery ranked the highest use for Gorge beaches, followed by Doug’s Beach at 2nd and Maryhill at 6th.
What do Maryhill, the Hatchery, and Doug’s beach have in common? They are all managed by Washington State Parks.
As Washington State faces a potential $3 billion shortfall in the 2011-13 biennium, and an $8 billion shortfall in the 2013-15 biennium, these and other Washington State Parks are facing potential cutbacks and closures.
Learn more about Washington State’s budget issues [here].
How can I help?
The Washington State Governor’s Office is holding public hearings to get feedback on the public’s priorities. If you enjoy outdoor recreation and park services, these are a great way to share your priorities with the people who make the decisions. Two hearings remain:
**TONIGHT!** July 27, 7–9pm.Gaiser Hall Clark College 1933 Fort Vancouver Way Vancouver
- July 29 5–7 pm. Spokane Community College Lair Student Center 1810 N. Greene St. Spokane
What if I can’t make a hearing?
If you can’t make the hearings, the Governor’s Office has set up an online submission form [here]. You can also vote on other peoples’ submitted ideas. If you can’t participate in person, please participate in the online discussion.
What should I say?
Since the State is going to have to make decisions about all of their services, they need to hear that State Parks are an essential service of government. Talk about State Parks – say how important they are – and that’s it. DON’T say that they’re important, but so are all these other State services, as that will only downplay your point. DON’T offer up new revenue ideas for the parks, as that will only guarantee that the general fund support for parks and recreation will be cut further.
DO simply state that State Parks have been open and available for public use for 97 years, and we expect them to remain open.
Thank you for your help!
For immediate release:
Join top professional windsurfers Levi Siver and Kai Lenny for the World Premiere of The Windsurfing Movie II
- Friday, July 16th at the Best Western Hood River Inn
- Doors open at 7:00 PM / $10 Admission
- All ages show
- Full bar, raffles, giveaways, DVD Sales, and meet and greet
From the winners of The X-Dance Film Festival ‘Best Director’ and ‘Best Soundtrack’ awards, Poor Boyz Productions is proud to announce that The World Premiere of The Windsurfing Movie II will be held in Hood River, Oregon on Friday July, 16th.
After three years in production, this is the first public showing of the much anticipated sequel of The Windsurfing Movie (2007).
Filmed in 8 countries, The Windsurfing Movie II is much more than just an action clip reel; its an emotional ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Also attending will be the local pro windsurfers to watch the most dynamic Gorge segment ever shot.
Please join us for this historic evening.