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BOATING — The Washington State Boating Program reached a milestone in its mandatory boater education program last week, issuing card number 100,000.
David Eckols of Seattle won tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game for being the 100,000th boater card recipient.
See my recent column pointing out that since January, all Washington powerboat drivers age 40 and and younger must have a boater education card to operate a boat powered by a 15 horsepower motor or larger.
Last year, the Boating Programs recorded 17 boating fatalities, the lowest number in 10 years. According to Washington State Parks Director, Don Hoch, educated boaters are less likely to be involved in boating accidents than non-educated boaters.
“Since the program started in 2008 we have had an outstanding compliance rate,” says Hoch. “The great news is that we are starting to see a reduction in boating fatalities, property damage and injuries. We hope this trend continues.”
Read on for more details about Washington boater education requirement.
WINTER SPORTS — The Washington Legislature is toying with proposals that could divert dedicated gas-tax funds from established and popular Sno-Park programs. These are the programs, such as those at Mount Spokane, that plow parking areas and groom trails for snowmobiling, cross-country skiers, snowshoers and other winter recreation.
Some recreation groups say there's nothing to fear from the proposals, but the issues should be carefully followed.
See the latest on what some contend is an attempt to raid an important winter recreation component of the state's economy in this story by Scott Sandsberry of the Yakima Herald-Republic.