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BOATERS BEWARE: The nation's largest recreational boat owners organization is predicting a significant increase in boating traffic on America's waterways over the long Fourth of July holiday. As a result, the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) is urging its members to use extra caution. One factor that often spells trouble is night-time operation, which is expected to increase as patriotic boaters head out to observe fireworks displays. "This is the one time of year that there is a terrific amount of boat traffic without the benefit of daylight, and it's moving all at the same time, right after the fireworks show ends," said Ruth Wood, a BoatU.S. spokesperson. Oregon Marine Board officials agree. "We almost always see a spike in collision accidents in July, beginning with this weekend," spokesman Randy Henry said. That agency will have beefed-up marine patrols working over the holiday weekend, with an emphasis on detecting intoxicated boaters.

YACHATS SMELT FRY SET: The Yachats Lions Club will host its 32nd annual Smelt Fry on July 13 at the picnic shelter behind the Yachats Commons. The festive event features door prizes, old-time fiddlers and all the smelt you can eat with rolls, coleslaw, pickles, drink and chips for $7. Children under the age of 12 dine for $3. For people who prefer smelt be used as bait, the Waldport Lions will be selling sausages and drink for $4. Proceeds go to Lions Sight and Hearing Programs, scholarships for area students and area nonprofit programs and organizations. Volunteers are needed. Call Cy Kauffman, (541) 547-4632, for details.

SCUBA, ANYONE? The River Road Pool is offering a chance to sample the sports of SCUBA diving and/or snorkeling. The park district and Eugene Skin Divers Supply will give introductory lessons July 13 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The $20 fee includes use of SCUBA and/or snorkeling equipment and a souvenir underwater photo. Participants must be at least 10 years old. Those who enjoy the SCUBA demo will also have an opportunity to register for a four-week PADI Open Water Certification class to begin July 27. Details, pre-registration: Margaret McKenney at 461-7777.

WAKEBOARDING DEMO MONDAY: Liquid Force and Ullr Sport Shop will host a "Wakeboarding Demo Day" on Monday at Orchard Point Park on Fern Ridge Reservoir. Boats, professional riders and demo equipment will be provided by Liquid Force, a manufacturer of wakeboards. People with their own boats can also check out free demo boards by presenting ID and a Visa or Mastercard. Pro riders participating in Liquid Force's "Trip Across America" promotion include the Women's World Champion Wakeboarder Emily Copeland, plus Melissa Marquardt and Kyle Schmidt. To assure a spot, sign up in advance at Ullr Sport Shop, 207 Coburg Road.

'ALL-CLEAR' ISSUED FOR RESERVOIR: The Willamette National Forest has lifted its general advisory warning people to avoid contact with water in the upper end of Hills Creek Reservoir. High concentrations of a toxic blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria led to the posting of warning signs in mid-June. The water is now safe, a spokesman said, although monitoring will continue throught the summer.

REPAIRS TO CLOSE BEACH STAIRS: Repairs will force closure of the stairs leading down to Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area north of Newport for much of the summer, according to the Bureau of Lane Management. The closure is scheduled to begin Monday and continue through Aug. 21. The repairs will involve shoring up the soil and replacing footings underneath overlook decks, one of which has been closed for more than a year due to the unsafe condition of the footings. Access to Quarry Cove will remain unchanged throughout the summer, and visitors are encouraged to explore this man-made tide pool area as an alternative to the natural tide pools at Cobble Beach. Meanwhile, the BLM also announced Yaquina Head Lighthouse will now open at 10 a.m. rather than noon.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 4, 2002
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