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JCSO helps boaters prepare for season


   The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is preparing for a busy boating season and wants boaters to be ready for summer time fun.
   By taking time in the spring to ready yourself and your boat people can help alleviate some common problems.
   For example persons 70 and younger residing in Oregon must now possess a Boaters Education Card to legally operate a motor boat with an engine of 10 Hp or more.
   The Sheriff's Office is providing an additional option to those person who do not want to take the test on the Internet, by offering a proctored classroom course.
   The proctored class is taught by deputy sheriffs and takes about two hours.
   The class includes a study session and concludes with a test. Those person who pass are provided a certificate of completion which they can send to the Oregon State Marine Board who will issue the Boaters Education cards.
   The next proctored class will be held at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Wednesday April 16, at 7 p.m.
   Also, on Saturday April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Madras at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, and in Crooked River Ranch at the fire hall, deputies will be inspecting boats and issuing safety decals for those who have the necessary equipment.
   If your boat's registration has expired over the winter renewing the registration in the spring will result in the Marine Board processing your request much faster than in the busy summer months.