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Emergency Preparedness Fair scheduled; Discounted RV rates available at some parks; State seeks input on towed water sport rules

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On Sept. 13 the City is hosting its annual Emergency Preparedness Fair. The event, scheduled from 4-7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Rosemont Road, will feature presentations on earthquake risks and hazards in the Pacific Northwest, access to safe water in an emergency.

Discounted RV rates available at some parks

A special pilot program that will offer discounted rates for electrical and full-hookup RV campsites is available at selected state parks during September and October. Campers can apply a special online code to receive a $7 discount off the nightly RV campsite rate, bringing the current rate from $24-33 down to $17-26.

From Sept. 4-30, the discount can apply to reservations made for Sunday through and including Thursday nights. From Oct. 1-31, the discount is valid all days of the week.

Only reservations made online are eligible for the discounted rate. Campers must use a special code at checkout—FallFun7—to receive the discount. For more information, go online to bit.ly/fall4fun.

The discount is available at these parks:

September

- Farewell Bend State Recreation Area near Ontario

- Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park near Florence

- Joseph H. Stewart State Recreation Area near Crater Lake

- L.L. Stub Stewart State Park west of Portland

- Viento State Park east of Cascade Locks

- William M. Tugman State Park south of Reedsport

October

- Champoeg State Heritage Area near Newberg

- Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area east of Pendleton

- Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park

- L.L. Stub Stewart State Park

- Milo McIver State Park near Estacada

- Prineville Reservoir State Park south of Prineville

- South Beach State Park near Newport

- Viento State Park

State seeks input on towed water sport rules

The Oregon State Marine Board seeks written public comments on a proposed definition for "towed water sports." The proposed definition will be used in local Boat Operation rules in Chapter 250.

Where applicable, the agency is proposing to amend 10 MPH restrictions in local Boat Operation rules to include towed water sports.  Many local Boat Operation rules were adopted between 1960 and the 1980s and since that timeframe, towed water sports have evolved. Activities such as wake surfing and tubing are capable of being conducted below 10 MPH. A towed water sports restriction is needed to support the current regulations, enhance safety and reduce boater conflict in light of changing boating use and technology.

To view the proposed rule language, visit www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx

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