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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Spey champ to visit Rogue Flyfishers

A four-time women's spey-casting champion will be in Southern Oregon later this month to talk to the Rogue FlyFishers Association about casting, and she'll hold a casting workshop on the Rogue River.

Whitney Gould is the featured speaker at the club meeting set for Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Rogue Regency, 2300 N. Biddle Road, Medford.

She will follow that presentation up with a spey-casting class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TouVelle State Park on the Rogue at Table Rock Road. The...

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Whitewater cowboys

Whitewater cowboys

SUPs are the new whitewater fad on the upper Rogue River.
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Water police will be watching for drunk boaters this weekend

Marine patrol officers will be out in force in Jackson County and throughout the U.S. this weekend aggressively enforcing drunken-boating laws as part of the annual Operation Dry Water awareness and education campaign.
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Marine Board takes fee-increase plea to Medford

The Oregon State Marine Board is coming to Medford on Monday to stump for a proposed budget that calls for the first boater-registration fee hikes in a dozen years.
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