Boat inspections, classes slated


The annual boat safety inspection will be conducted by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Marine Patrol from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saaturday, April 19, in both Madras and Crooked River Ranch.

The event is one week before the opening weekend of fishing season. Successful completion of the exam, which focuses on the mandatory equipment needed for particular boats, earns boaters the annual safety sticker that goes on the back of the vessel.

Participation greatly reduces the chances of being contacted on the water by marine patrol personnel.

No punitive action takes place. If, for example, a fire extinguisher is founded discharged, participants can get a new one and then earn a safety decal.

The parking lot checks will take place at the Madras Bi-Mart and the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department.

Upcoming classes for proctored boater education are set for May 7, from 6-8 p.m., at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and on May 8, from 6-8 p.m., at the Crooked River Ranch Fire Department. there is no cost or reservation required.

For more information contact Capt. Marc Heckathorn at 541-475-6520