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Payette River Games sinks

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Organizers announced earlier this month the Payette River Games are officially sunk. Tired of funding most of the event out of pocket, they called the whole thing off for summer 2016. The three-day event, which took place at Kelly's Whitewater Park in Cascade each June, ran for three years and offered a $100,000 purse: $50,000 for kayakers and $50,000 for stand up paddle boarders. In June, organizers decided to cut the $50,000 purse for kayak events and focus solely on stand up paddle boarding—leaving its purse intact. The news was disappointing for many local boaters, who responded with a mix of understanding, anger and bitterness.

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