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  • Marine deputy training will be held between Agness and Gold Beach

  • I saw a blurb on your web site about the Oregon State Marine Board holding a weeklong series of courses for its marine patrol deputies on the Rogue River and that we normal river-users should try to avoid them. But the article never said where they were doing their training. So, where are we supposed to avoid?
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  • I saw a blurb on your web site about the Oregon State Marine Board holding a weeklong series of courses for its marine patrol deputies on the Rogue River and that we normal river-users should try to avoid them. But the article never said where they were doing their training. So, where are we supposed to avoid?
    — Larry L., by email
    Well, Larry, it took an email to the Marine Board to clarify where on the 157-mile stretch of the Rogue River all those water cops will be.
    Turns out, the Marine Board's Whitewater Jet Boat Training will be run along the lower Rogue between Agness and Gold Beach.
    That stretch of water is pretty conducive to teaching novice marine deputies how to run powerboats on rivers, practice swift-water rescuing and other skills training planned beginning Monday and running through Thursday.
    Dale Flowers, the Marine Board's law-enforcement training coordinator, believes the deputies will have only minimal impacts on recreation on that stretch of river. But give them a wide berth if you encounter them, because they're likely not as confident at the helm as seasoned boaters.
    The marine deputies won't be running the two diciest rapids in that area, Shasta Costa and Foster, because of low-water conditions during this summer's drought, according to the Marine Board.
    Signs will be posted at the boat ramps between Gold Beach and Agness about the training.
    Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to youasked@mailtribune.com.
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