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  Holmstrom Honored
  BQR ~ fall 1998

n August 22, the small town of Coquille, Oregon, dedicated a monument to hometown hero Buzz Holmstrom, first to run the Green and Colorado alone. In a series of short, moving talks, local officials, Buzz's younger siblings Anna and Rolf, and Buzz's biographers each paid homage to the humble river runner. Anna Holmstrom Smith then unveiled the bronze plaque, affixed to a massive boulder on the banks of the Coquille River.

   From across the West, river men and women, family, and old friends spent the rest of the morning exchanging tales of Buzz Holmstrom, and assaulting the mountain of cookies Anna's family baked for the occasion. If you're ever passing through Coquille, stop by Sturdivant Park, pull the weeds around the monument, and spend a quiet moment with Buzz.

Jake Luck

   A great veteran boatman caught that big backeddy in the sky this fall. Jake Luck entered and ran his last rapid on September 2, after a long illness.

  Recalling the Canyon experience, Jake said, "Being able to learn about it, to impart it to the people that traverse the Grand Canyon. Study it, care about it, and try to realize what happened here. That's all we can do, is try to realize. There's no way we could know, because we were not there. We cannot be there…

  I don't put myself up to be a smart old sonofabitch. Alright? But I have tried to listen to those who think they know."

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