“The shooting has stopped at Sang Run.”
That opening sentence, lying beneath an equally benign headline of “Upper Yough,” fills only a small corner of a page in the American Whitewater Journal. Tucked away between articles on finding paddle buddies and President Reagan trying to gut the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, it was announcing a fundamental shift in the way forward for boaters in the Youghiogheny Valley, and yet a reader could have missed it entirely. Why wasn’t this article the front page of the magazine? And how had things gotten so bad at Sang Run; boaters so used to being harassed and shot at, that it was the stuff of tiny articles and benign headlines?