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Top priority: The premise is so simple it almost goes without saying, but boating safety experts agree the message can't be repeated enough: Wearing your life jacket can save your life.

That's the theme behind 1996 National Safe Boating Week, being observed this week.

``You can't find a cheaper insurance policy against accidental drowning than a life jacket,'' said John R. Banuelos, director of the state Department of Boating and Waterways. ``Boating accidents can happen in a split second. The only way your life jacket is going to help you is if you're already wearing it.''

The vast majority of people who die in recreational boating accidents fall overboard or capsize their boats. The U.S. Coast Guard estimates that 85 percent of the people who die in such accidents were not wearing life jackets and that 90 percent of those victims would have survived had they been worn.

Salmon regulations: Copies of the 1996 ocean salmon sport fishing rules are now available from Department of Fish and Game offices and license agents.

The DFG DFG Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council)
DFG Department of Fish and Game
DFG District Factor Group
DFG Data Flow Graph
DFG Difference Frequency Generation
DFG Diode Function Generator
DFG Dog Faced Gremlin
 issued the one-page flier as a supplement to the sport fishing regulations already adopted. The new rules cover size of fish, hook restrictions, weights and number of rods, as well as the different seasons and limits for various zones.

Urban angling: Los Angeles' Belvedere Park Lake will be Saturday's site for a DFG Fishing in the City angling clinic series.

Department interpreters will guide novice adult and youth fishers. Admission is free, however anglers 16 and older must have a valid sport fishing license to partake. Information: (310) 590-4835.

Oh, and don't miss out: Free fishing day - when no license is required to fish anywhere in the state - is set for June 8.

Expo '96: The Angeles Expo '96, a hands-on shooting sports expo, will be held May 31-June 2 at the Angeles Ranges, with proceeds to benefit the Boy and Girl Scout Councils of America.

The Expo, in addition to having a live-fire line where people who attend the show can shoot firearms from most of the major manufacturers, will have a vast array of demonstrations and instructional sessions all three days of the event. Some of the activities include full-size historic cannon live firing, quick draw and artistic gun handling demonstrations, instinctive and point-shooting seminars, rapid fire falling target demonstration, a mountain man rendezvous, displays of Olympic firearms, a cowboy shooting match, a staged Western gunfight, a sporting clays Sporting Clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting. Often described as golf with a shotgun, the sport differs from trap and skeet shooting in that:

1. It is considered by many to be more difficult than trap or skeet.

 tournament, women's gun handling sessions and more.

Kids 12 and younger can use air guns to shoot targets.

The ranges are located two miles north of the 210 freeway at 12651 Little Tujunga Canyon Road, San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
. For more information and directions, call (818) 899-2255.

Tourney results: Saturday's first Castaic Lake Castaic Lake is a lake on Castaic Creek formed by Castaic Dam, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic. The 323,700 acre foot lake (399,000,000 m³) is the terminus of the West Branch of the California Aqueduct, though some comes from the 154 mi²  Lower Lagoon Night Team Tournament was taken by Paul Sabesky and partner Jeff Gadzia of Tehachapi, who earned a $1,190 purse with their 11-pound, 3-ounce three-fish limit of largemouth bass largemouth bass

see micropterus salmoides.
 that included an event best 8.45-pounder.

The father and son team of Mike and Dave Woernley of Canyon Country placed second with 7.55 pounds for $325. Larry Reed of Mira Loma and Rick Krebs Richard S. Krebs (born October 9, 1949 in Reading, Pennsylvania) is a role-playing game designer. He received a B.A. from Albright College in 1971. Career
Rick Krebs is the original game designer for TSR, Inc.
 of Bloomington walked with $160 on 7.40 pounds of bass.

King of bass: Kalamazoo, Mich., angler and author Kevin VanDam Kevin VanDam (born October 14, 1967) has been hailed one of the top bass anglers in the world. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan (where he still resides), has a wife - Sherry, and two sons - Jackson and Nicholas.  captured the 1996 B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year title last week after accumulating the most points based on his rank of finishes in seven national tournaments.

It was the second title for VanDam, 28, author of a book on bass fishing tips. The first came in 1992.

In his career, VanDam has earned nearly $415,000 in tournament winnings from B.A.S.S. - Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, a Montgomery, Ala., fishing group dedicated to bass conservation and education.

New parks New Parks is an area in the city of Leicester, England. It is in the west of the city, close by the county border (west of which is Glenfield. South of New Parks is the Western Parks area, and to the east is the Newfound Pool area.  guides: A series of eight booklets in a series called ``National Parks This is a list of national parks ordered by nation. Africa
See also:
  • Algeria
  • Botswana
  • Chad
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Kenya
  • Madagascar
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
 Discovery Guide'' has been published by the National Parks and Conservation Association.

The series is broken into geographic regions chronicling the country's 369 national park areas. The Pacific edition, for example, features parks in California, Hawaii, Guam and American Samoa American Samoa, officially Territory of American Samoa, unincorporated territory of the United States (2000 pop. 57,291), comprising the eastern half of the Samoa island chain in the South Pacific. .

Each can be purchased for $11.80, including shipping and handling, bay calling (800) 395-7275.

Founded in 1919, the Washington, D.C.-based NPCA NPCA National Parks Conservation Association
NPCA National Peace Corps Association
NPCA National Precast Concrete Association
NPCA National Paint & Coatings Association
NPCA National Pest Control Association
NPCA Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
 is the only private, nonprofit citizen group dedicated solely to protecting, preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System. Information: (202) 223-6722.

Whale watching charters: Tourists travel from as far away as Europe and Japan to see blue and humpback whales in the Santa Barbara Channel The Santa Barbara Channel is that part of the Pacific Ocean which separates the mainland of California from the northern Channel Islands. It is generally south of the city of Santa Barbara, and west of the city of Ventura. .

Area residents just have to board a boat to get out to watch the denizens now. However, finding a private vessel to take you can be a challenge in itself, and most charters don't start motoring into the channel until late spring.

Following are some whale-watching charter options, if you don't mind the wait:

Island Packers, 1867 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura, (805) 642-1393 or (805) 642-7688. All-day, 60-mile round-trips begin at the end of June or in early July.

The Condor at Sea Landing, 301 W. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, (805) 963-3564. Whale trips start in late June or early July.

Prices for charters range from $55 to $65.

Special trips:

Marine Mammal Center Memorial Day weekend whale-photography workshop. First day on shore; second day on the water. Information: (805) 687-3255.

American Cetacean cetacean

Any of the exclusively aquatic placental mammals constituting the order Cetacea. They are found in oceans worldwide and in some freshwater environments. Modern cetaceans are grouped in two suborders: about 70 species of toothed whales (Odontoceti) and 13 species of
 Society cruise, Aug. 17. Humpback humpback: see hunchback.  and blue whale trip out of Santa Barbara from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: (805) 963-3564.

Cabrillo Marine Museum trips, Aug. 25 and Sept. 7. All-day trips out of Santa Barbara. Information: (805) 963-3564.

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is a reserve area off the Pacific coast of the United States, near California.

Established in 1980, the 1,252 square nautical mile (4,294 km²) portion of the Santa Barbara Channel is an area of national significance because of
 trips, July 7 and 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15. Preservation-oriented whale watch out of Santa Barbara. Information: (805) 963-3564.
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Date:May 23, 1996

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