Archive for Thursday, September 26, 2013

Brownback to lead river float trip

September 26, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback will lead state officials and outdoor enthusiasts in a float trip along a stretch of the Kansas River.

Thursday morning's canoe and kayak excursion is part of the administration's effort to tout the recreational and economic value of the 173-mile river.

About 100 people were expected to participate, starting in the northeast Kansas town of Wamego and ending about 10 miles downstream at Belvue.

The Kansas River was designated in July 2012 as a National River Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior, one of about a dozen nationwide.

Brownback has been active as governor in events that encourage outdoor recreation throughout Kansas.


EarthaKitt 4 years, 8 months ago

I thought we were trying to get sewage OUT of the river. HOT cha cha...

Kansass 4 years, 8 months ago


I'd think twice about getting in the water if I saw a Brownback floating in it.

4getabouit 4 years, 8 months ago

This is a very logical and appropriate trip for our honorable Gov.

Afterall, the state is headed up the creek without a paddle anyway.

peartree 4 years, 8 months ago

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Joe Blackford II 4 years, 8 months ago

Judging from his float into Manhattan to champagne the Flint Hills Discovery Center, Sam will be OK if he follows the orders of KDWP&T, rather than have dignitaries jump into the mud to get ashore, per Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Shelley Bock 4 years, 8 months ago

Don't drink the water Sam. Just a moment, on the other hand, drink all you want. Yea, it's good for you.

blindrabbit 4 years, 8 months ago

To paraphrase an honorable U.S. Navy Admiral during the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864, David Farragut voiced "Dame the torpedoes, full speed ahead". In the case of the Brownback, floating the Kaw aboard the canoe UKS Koch, Brownback uttered "Damn progress, full retreat to the rear".

deec 4 years, 8 months ago

This is pretty sad considering his administration is working to expand fracking.

riverdrifter 4 years, 8 months ago

Some much-younger friends wanted to borrow my air boat to cruise by them. I thought it over -briefly. 1,000 HP GM 1071 engine on a Diamondback welded hull, 90+ mph. What could possibly go wrong? Nah. Let the guvner and his entourage have the river today.

Bruce Bertsch 4 years, 8 months ago

Maybe he should take a float trip down the Arkansas from the Kansas border to Great Bend. Oh wait, the river is empty; kind of like Sam's plans for Kansas.

Paul Geisler 4 years, 8 months ago

Brownslack floating in the brown water of the Mighty Kaw! Sounds about right because if it smells like s*it it probably is!

Joe Hyde 4 years, 8 months ago

Helping the Kansas River get federal National River Trail designation is something I'm very grateful to Gov. Brownback for doing. His participation in the effort should be recognized as a significant political risk in view of the generally paranoid tone of "property rights taking" that characterized earlier failed efforts to get a number of beautiful Kansas streams, or stream sections, approved for federal Wild & Scenic River status.

The Wamego/Belvue section that the group floated today is very beautiful, as is the river's entire western region from Junction City to Topeka. Hopefully, group participants today spotted some migrating Monarch butterflies headed south. It's that time of year.

Jim Russo 4 years, 8 months ago

I agree. Let's give credit where credit is due. If enough people get out on the river, perhaps they will be more supportive of efforts to clean it up.

Joe Hyde 4 years, 8 months ago

The National Park Service over 30 years ago pre-registered the western Kaw from Junction City to Topeka, and a middle section from Tecumseh to Lawrence, for future inclusion in the federal Wild & Scenic Rivers system. Other Kansas streams, such as Mill Creek in Wabaunsee County and sections of the Cottonwood River are also pre-registered for Wild & Scenic. (Others, too, but I can't recall their names, and don't have the paperwork handy at the moment to check.) All those streams, and stream sections, are rated by outside observers as among the best and most beautiful rivers in the entire United States. But unfortunately, as Gov. Brownback accurately says, they are un-appreciated, largely inaccessible and virtually unknown to most Kansas residents.

To my knowledge, no Kansas governor prior to Gov. Brownback has ever taken the political risk of personally going to bat for the Kansas River in such a high-profile manner. It's a bit breath-taking to think that such commitment might help pave the way for our state's very best rivers to gain the Congress' approval for Wild & Scenic River designation.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

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PhilChiles 4 years, 8 months ago

Sounds fun! I'm imagining Huckleberry Finn, but with 100 rich white guys.

Jim Johnson 4 years, 8 months ago

It sure is fun to read all this Liberal nonsense on here, but ol' Husein Obama can golf when the world is killing his ambassadors and that's just OK by them.

Pr0digy 4 years, 8 months ago

Would it have been better if he read "My Pet Goat"?

Pr0digy 4 years, 8 months ago

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Pete Nachbar 4 years, 8 months ago

Sam thinks he is leading his expedition down the RIVER STYX toward home.

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 8 months ago

"Brownback has been active as governor in events that encourage outdoor recreation throughout Kansas." But not for anyone whose income is under six figures. We should be working. No sleep for you!

TongiJayhawk 4 years, 8 months ago

I've noticed the Kansas Park fees have dropped considerable from years past. Hopefully this will encourage more folks to visit our great Kansas lakes!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

What has reducing fees cost the good people of Kansas? Ca we say the unemployment numbers went up?

What services went up in smoke?

Lisa Medsker 4 years, 8 months ago

You missed the point. The cost of the park fees doesn't matter. Poor people are only poor because they are "stupid", or "not as clever as Sam or the Kochidiots". Poor people have things like coolers because they are defrauding the system, and obviously buying beer with their SNAP benefits, because someone knows someone who knows someone who saw someone who... (We've all heard the little anecdotes.) Instead of whining, they should be working! Poor people don't GET to have recreation. Or appliances. Or cars. (Have you not been following this Brown Bag Regime Rhetoric?)

Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

This a good tool to keep Kansas voters distracted from the fact that Sam Brownback has not been successful at putting all of those laid off state workers back to work.

And he has been evermore busy at reducing spending capabilities of our retired and future retirees. Perhaps the media should be keeping tabs on what Sam Brownback has not done.

Meanwhile looting Kansas Pensions is taking place while Sam is on the campaign trail.

In Kansas, the state government slashed guaranteed pension benefits despite being lambasted by a watchdog group for its penchant for spending huge money on corporate welfare “megadeals.”

I 'd say this float trip is more about campaigning than his love for the outdoors.

Topple 4 years, 8 months ago

That's one float trip bound to sink.

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