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Time to Learn Boating Safety if You Are 60 and Younger -- 12/11/06

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12/11/2006 -- Oregon State Marine Board
December 4, 2006

The Mandatory Boater Education program is past the half-way point of the age required phase-in. Beginning in 2007, powerboat operators 60 and younger will be required to take a boating safety course and carry their boater education card when operating boats greater than 10 hp.

"This is our largest group of registered boat owners," says MariAnn Koloszar, Education Coordinator for the Oregon State Marine Board. "There are approximately 36,000 registered boat owners between 51 and 60 years old who will need their education cards in 2007."

Boaters have several options to meet the mandatory education requirement. "We encourage boaters to take advantage of classroom courses," says Koloszar. "It's the best learning environment because the instructors use various teaching techniques that cater to different learning styles. Classroom course materials are organized to make learning easy, fun and interactive. Boaters also have an opportunity to learn about local hot spots and hazards -information you can only get in a classroom with other boaters." Koloszar adds.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, U. S. Power Squadrons, Oregon State Marine Board Volunteer Instructors and other private providers offer classroom courses.

Your local Sheriff's...

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Submitted by: Cathy Stahr McBride/OR Sea Grant Extension  

Choosing and Using the Right Anchor -- 12/05/06

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12/05/2006 -- Note: Heads-Up! Does not endorse this article and it's contents, please use at your own risk.

Tips for choosing and using the right Anchor.

Myths and Facts:

Myth: The heavier the anchor, the better...

Fact: Modern designs and state-of-the-art engineering have made anchors not only better, but lighter, too! In several real world tests, including one conducted by the U.S. Navy, the best holding anchors were actually among the lightest! Anchor design has more effect on holding power than weight.

Myth: Steel is the strongest material for anchors...

Fact: Not anymore! Many materials are now stronger than steel. For example, high-tensile aluminum-magnesium alloy is well suited for anchors and is, pound-for-pound, more than twice as strong as steel.

Myth: All anchors perform the same way...

Fact: Not so! Different designs and different materials make anchors perform very differently. When you consider the value of the boat an anchor is protecting, (your boat!) an anchor is no place to economize. It pays to get the best performing anchor you can.

Myth: Anchors that look alike, are alike...

Fact: Looks can be deceiving. Technical designs, manufacturing processes and metal alloys go through...

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Annual Biofuels Industry Summit -- 11/29/06

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11/29/2006 -- The Western States Biofuels Association (WSBA) is hosting its First Annual Biofuels Industry Summit December 12-14, 2006, at the AmeriSuites/Trade, Recreational & Agricultural Center (TRAC) in Pasco, WA.

The trade convention is structured to enhance learning, encourage networking, and give forward momentum to the industries evolving around the new biofuels economy.

Participants will participate in panel discussions, attend all of the 23 general sessions, and browse a biofuel-focused trade show all under one roof. It will critically cover the issues, challenges, and opportunities for biofuels at all stages of the production chain, from farm suppliers and commodity producers to researchers, refiners and distributors.

See the brochure at the link above.

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Submitted by: Cathy Stahr McBride/OR Sea Grant Extension  

2007 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations Available -- 11/28/06

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11/28/2006 -- November 15, 2006
Contact: David Haight (541) 826-8778 x224
Meghan Collins (541) 440-3353
Fax: (541) 673-0372

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon anglers can pick up a copy of the 2007 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations from license agents.

Anglers are highly encouraged to carefully review the 2007 regulation because many important rule changes occurred during the 2006 fishing season. The new rules are highlighted in blue and appear throughout the regulation.

In addition to the new rules, several changes were made to improve the overall quality of the regulation, to include moving advertisements to the end of the regulation and "freshening up" the content for readers.

A new section titled, "Looking for Somewhere to Go Fishing" directs anglers to an ODFW web site feature called, "Easy Angling Oregon" that will offer information on fishing opportunities and angling techniques at several of Oregon's more productive fishing spots.

Major changes for 2007 include changing crayfish harvest regulations to prohibit angling for crayfish with hook and line.

The spring chinook control zone area in the near shore ocean off Tillamook Bay has been redefined from a triangle to a rectangle. The area covers from the jetty tips...

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Recipe: Cheesy Potato Crab Cakes -- 11/28/06

11/28/2006 -- A recipe for the cooks among us to tuck away until the crab comes in. Which is soon!

Cheesy Potato Crab Cakes
Makes 4 - 5 Servings

Although you can use fresh crab, canned crab comes to the rescue for these fast and healthy cakes. Use leftover mashed potatoes or instant, and serve with your favorite salad or a medley of roasted vegetables on the side.

Two 6-ounce cans crab meat, well drained
1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
3/4 cup shredded low-fat or regular cheddar cheese
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs or cracker crumbs
1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, very finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill or 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper (optional)
1+ tablespoons canola oil

Combine the crab meat, potatoes, cheese, bread crumbs, bell pepper, egg, mustard, dill, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and mix until well blended. Heat half the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Shape the mixture into twelve patties. Add half the patties to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about...

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Submitted by: Cathy Stahr McBride/OR Sea Grant Extension  

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