Now here’s a stand-up guy: Matthew Honor of Wenatchee is hoping to maneuver his paddleboard the length of the Columbia River. And we’re talking 1,200 miles from its headwaters in Canada to the Pacific Ocean.
His goal is to be the first person to do this.
The Worm has not heard of any contenders, so his chances seem reasonably good.
As of the middle of this past week, Honor was at Evans, an unincorporated town in northeastern Washington. He hoped to be portaging around Grand Coulee Dam on July 8. His goal is to be in Wenatchee about the middle of July, when a World reporter plans to catch up to him for a more in-depth story.
On a quick telephone call from Evans, Honor said that he has been paddling about 25 miles a day, hitting the river for 10 hours each time.
Honor, who turns 23 on July 1, is a special education teacher at Eastmont Junior High School. His river experience includes two years as a rafting guide on the Wenatchee River.
Honor is paddling with a 40-pound pack and a 15-pound pack, and making landfall at areas where friends and family have dropped food for him. Mimi Roe of Wenatchee met her son Tuesday and accommodated his wish for American beer. “He wanted 21st Amendment IPA,” she said. “He was very specific on the brand.”
Follow Honor on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheBigRiverRun.
Fundraising success: Firefighters raised more than $6,500 — $3 more to be exact — in just five hours Monday with the money going to the families of the 19 firefighters killed in a wildfire in Arizona on Sunday.
Dan Pickard, a member of the U.S. Forest Service’s Entiat Hot Shot crew, said the 20-person Entiat-based crew wanted to support the relatives of their fellow firefighters. The barbecue at the Riverside Center in Cashmere, cooked up by the crew, came together quickly and attracted 270 people to eat hamburgers and hot dogs for the cause. Proceeds will go to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation, based in Boise, Idaho.
“The amount of support was just amazing,” Pickard said.
Give up your gold — for a good cause: Friends of Kris Zehm of Leavenworth are holding two fundraisers this week and one offers a chance to part with unused and unwanted gold, silver and platinum. A precious metals buyer will be on hand during an auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday to accept donations and give the market rate to the fundraiser, said Julie Averill, a family friend of Zehm and his family.
Zehm, 45, an industrial design teacher at Wenatchee Valley College, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, Averill said. Friends are hosting what they a gold exchange, with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres, from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Icicle Ridge Winery. The price is $20 at the door or $15 in advance through Leavenworth Properties, 305 Highway 2, in Leavenworth.
A second fundraiser is a barbecue and outdoor movie night at a home in Leavenworth, starting at 6 p.m. July 13. “The Hobbit” will be shown. The home is at 12697 Shore Street. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 at the door or $3 off through Leavenworth Properties.
For information on both fundraisers, call Julie Averill at (206) 234-2225.