• Public comment sought on 'Slow No Wake' definition

  • The Oregon State Marine Board is taking public comment on its proposed new definition for no-wake zones.
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  • The Oregon State Marine Board is taking public comment on its proposed new definition for no-wake zones.
    The agency's policy analysts have recommended that all "Slow No Wake" designations be replaced with the wording "Slow No Wake, maximum 5 mph."
    The Marine Board will hold a public meeting on the proposed change at 6 p.m. March 24 at its offices in Salem.
    Written comments will be accepted through March 31. They can be submitted by email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us or by conventional mail to June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial St. NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.
    Telephone comments will not be accepted.
    The idea for a new definition of wake and its application to Slow No Wake zones came after a Clackamas County judge threw out a citation for violating a no-wake zone last summer after the defendant argued that there was no clear definition of wakes in statute.
    The current rule states that no person shall operate a boat on the no-wake zone faster than 5 mph within 200 feet of a boat launch, marina with a capacity of at least six boats, floating homes and other areas.
    Swinging flies for steelhead, and the attitudes of those who practice this art, will be the featured attraction Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association.
    Fly-fishing author John Shewey will offer a presentation on swinging flies for steelhead on various Pacific Northwest rivers, offering insights into flies and techniques, as well as what makes this pursuit a near religion to some of its most devout followers.
    The Medford-based club meets at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road.
    A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner, raffle and club business will begin at 7 p.m.
    Dinner tickets cost $22, and other packages are available that include raffle tickets.
    The public is welcome.
    For more information, see www.rogueflyfishers.org.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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