Marine Board late on boater-renewal license notices

The director of the Oregon State Marine Board says he's taking responsibility for his agency's failure to mail boat-registration renewal notices to 80,000 boat owners until four weeks after their registrations lapsed.

The Marine Board historically mails its registration renewals to boat owners in November, but Marine Board Director Scott Brewen said printing glitches strung out the process until the agency's vendor was able to mail the notices last week.

Though registrations for.....

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Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Day Trippin': Upper Klamath Canoe Trail is a fall natural

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

If you want to combine a nature outing with an upper body workout — or if you haven’t been in a canoe or kayak for months or years — you might consider taking to the 9.5-mile Upper Klamath Canoe Trail.

This is a good time of the year, with the leaves turning color, to make the 53-mile, 65-minute drive.....

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Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Running out: Talent Irrigation District will make it to mid-September, but other districts won't be so lucky

Aggressive draw-downs of three reservoirs east of Ashland should keep Talent Irrigation District lands wet with water deep into September before the reservoirs are reduced to puddles at or below last fall's drought-plagued levels.

Howard Prairie Lake, where water levels never once reached the docks at the resort this year, is down to 19 percent of full — already lower than it was last fall — while nearby Hyatt Lake is at 13 percent full and dropping, water records...

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Rogue jet boat tour company eyes TouVelle for permanent home

Rogue jet boat tour company eyes TouVelle for permanent home

CENTRAL POINT — A Central Point man has signed on to a one-year pilot project this summer to determine whether running a commercial jet boat operation out of TouVelle State Park for interpretive boat trips along the Rogue River is a good long-term fit for the park and the company.

Taylor Grimes, the manager of Rogue Jet Boat Adventures, on Monday signed an Oregon State Parks Department contract which, when signed by state parks officials, would allow him to operate out of a...

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Howard Prairie up for a makeover

Howard Prairie up for a makeover

ASHLAND — Patched together over more than 50 years, the marina at Howard Prairie Resort seems like a project even extreme makeover shows might shun.

The ramps, which are not up to snuff with the Americans with Disabilities Act, lead to weathered docks with splinter-a-minute planks. Some of the pilings that keep those docks in check sit atop bedrock and are so poorly braced with rebar it takes only  two fingers to move them.

"You can actually make it wiggle," says....

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Columbia boaters face new distress rules

Oregon boaters in the lower Columbia River will have to start carrying U.S. Coast Guard-approved visual distress signals under a new proposed marine rule meant to shore up holes in on-the-water regulations.

The Oregon State Marine Board has proposed the change so lower Columbia boaters follow the same distress-signal rules that apply on the open sea.

"We're fixing up the rules," Marine Board spokeswoman Ashley Massey says. "It's one of those things that's been overlooked for a...

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Dry-dock inspections this weekend

Jackson County Sheriff's marine deputies over the next two weekends will hold their annual dry-dock inspections to give boaters the chance to have their powerboats and driftboats checked for the requisite safety gear.

The free inspections will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 and March 1, and again on March 7-8, at the Jackson County Marine headquarters, 620 Antelope Road, White City.

The inspections give fishing guides and other boaters a chance to have...

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