Friday, October 9, 2015

Elysian Valley stories, photos and more

Elysian Valley kayaker leaves his disability on the shore

Kayaker Andy Janicki paddles away | Courtesy Andy Janicki

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- “The one that about being in a wheelchair is that you are often looking down on the ground, making sure you won’t run over something, watching for rocks or other obstacles,” says 32-year-old Andy Janicki. “When you are in a kayak, you can look up and all around. It’s a whole new experience that empowers those with disabilities.” Read More »

One man found fatally shot in Elysian Valley [updated]

1600 blake avenue map

ELYSIAN VALLEY — Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a man who was found inside a parked vehicle in the 1600 block of Blake Avenue this afternoon. Officers found the victim at about 4 p.m., said LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez. “It’s being treated as ... Read More »

Lost in Elysian Heights: Orange Tabby kitten


Our two month old Orange tabby kitten ran away from our Baxter home Thursday evening around 8pm. She ran up Princeton Ave from Baxter (across from Elysian school). She is very scared and needs to get back home ASAP. Please please let me know if anyone ... Read More »

Was that Chicken Boy in the L.A. River?

Photo by Martha Benedict

ELYSIAN VALLEY — A stretch of the L.A. River was turned into a race course on Saturday, with kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders, some of whom were dressed in costume or accompanied by dogs, zipping down the waterway. In addition to spectators, the second annual L.A. River ... Read More »

LA River Boat Race Returns with Costumes, New Course, Good Times


Grab those water socks and head on down to the Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone for the 2nd Annual LA River Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Honorary boaters will hit the water starting at 11:30 a.m., with Los Angeles City Council River Committee chair Mitch O’Farrell welcoming the official racers at noon. Read More »

How recycling fishing line can save L.A. River birds

Black fishing line recycling tubes were installed along the L.A River. | William Preston Bowling/FoLAR

The death of a blue heron named Mr. Fred, which had become tangled in fishing line along the L.A. River, has prompted the creation of a program intended to save other birds from a similar fate. The Friends of The Los Angeles River recently installed fishing ... Read More »