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Hang gliders and paragliders celebrate 50 years

Group celebrates anniversary of first take-off, off butte

STEPTOE — Nearing the 50th anniversary of Steptoe Butte’s debut as a place for people to soar, many will take notice of the skies and see sites of hang gliders and paragliders.

Center of Lift, an unofficial chapter of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA), will host its first public presentation with members flying from the peak of Steptoe Butte on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10.

The chapter is based out of Spokane and frequents many peaks around the state. Reports say they are eager to encourage participation in hang gliding and paragliding through public...


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