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Boater safety class scheduled for Saturday

Registration is open for a boater safety class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Clark County Public Works Maintenance and Operations Conference Center, 4700 N.E.78th St.

Offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Clark County Marine Patrol, the class costs $10 and continues until 4:45 p.m.

The course is designed to meet the needs of both the Washington and Oregon boat card requirements. Topics will include safety skills, navigation rules, equipment requirements and more.

Completion of the course can reduce the cost of boat insurance.

Johnston Ridge Observatory to close for winter

TOUTLE — Johnston Ridge Observatory on the north side of Mount St. Helens will be closed for winter beginning Monday.

At the end of state Highway 504, the center is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Sunday.

The observatory has films, ranger talks, trails, souvenirs and a food cart.