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Rich Landers: Human-powered vessels catching up to power boaters in fatalities

With eight weekends of summer remaining and a lot of hot weather attracting people to the water, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program is making an effort to emphasize boating safety …


Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle …


Life jackets top violations for boating anglers

One of the busiest days of the year is coming up for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Marine Unit – opening day of the state’s general fishing season.


Out & About: Pend Oreille River derby angler catches $1K pike

OUTFISH – Craig Moody of Elk caught a tagged northern pike to win $1,000 cash in a Pend Oreille River fishing derby last weekend. Despite stormy weather and high flows, …


Don’t forget boat rules

An angler’s boat needs even more attention than his tackle box in preparation for opening day. Boats that don’t meet basic requirements are subject to a fine, which would taint …


Two factors key to boat safety: Control alcohol, wear PFDs

Memorial Day weekend, usually considered the start of recreational boating season, often is a standout weekend for boating accidents. No states in the Northwest are in the nation’s top 10 …


Landers: Rock Lake rescue provides vital lesson

Two Spokane anglers at Rock Lake last week pulled in a couple of big ones they can’t get out of their minds. “We saved two lives,” David Shields said. “I …


Landers: America’s Boating Course worth taking

Starting this year, residents 40 years old or younger must carry a Washington State Boater Education Card while operating a powerboat in state waters. It’s safe to say the requirement …


Eye on Boise: Libraries in Idaho adding pep to the Net

BOISE – Although Idaho achieved the dubious distinction last week of being declared the state with the slowest Internet by the New York Times – some Idahoans apparently are having …


Marine patrol on the lookout for boating violators

It was Saturday afternoon and Chelan County sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Foltz and marine patrol volunteer Dana Starkweather were spending the early part of an 11-hour shift motoring up and down …


Landers: Boating safety offers ageless tips

A flotilla of Washington boaters is coming of age this year – the age at which they must be certified to operate a power boat. Patterned after hunter safety requirements …


Safety measures critical, wise winter boater warns

Wind gusts of 26 mph came out of nowhere and whipped up whitecaps on the Snake River. Spray from waves coated ice on my gun, waders, the fur on our …


Sgt. Matt Street

Boating is part of the Inland Northwest’s culture. In Kootenai County, there’s one registered boat for every seven residents. The county’s lakes and rivers are a draw for Washington boaters, …


Spokane County deputies offer boater classes

Spokane County sheriff’s marine deputies will offer free boater education classes beginning this weekend.


Deputies, agents patrolling for boating violations

Lowland lakes in Washington are expected to be busy this weekend with the opening of trout fishing season on Saturday, and Spokane sheriff’s deputies said they will be on patrol …


Authorities urge boating safety

With temperatures expected to hover near 80 degrees this Memorial Day heavy turnout is expected at lakes and rivers across the Inland Northwest. Authorities in Washington and Idaho are reminding …


Boating safety legislation dies in House committee

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers rejected boating safety legislation Thursday that would have restricted young children who operate motorboats and personal watercraft. “I think it needs more work. I hope they’ll …


Idaho Hopes For Safer Boating 1997 Was One Of The Worst Years On Record For Boating Fatalities

Marine patrol. Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathon Brandel takes a patrol boat out for a test run this week on Hayden Lake. Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Getting In Shipshape Coast Guard Inspecting North Idaho Commercial Boats

Crew member Jennifer Bershers holds a fire hose during Thursday’s inspection of “The Coeur d’Alene” cruise boat at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Photo by Julie Titone/The Spokesman-Review