Out & About

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Boater safety class scheduled Jan. 25 in Vancouver

Registration is open for a boater safety class beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 25 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.

Also offered on Jan. 25 will be a course on marine band radio communications beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the same location. The marine radio class will cost $10 per person. To register for either course, call 360-256-2991 or 503-799-5250.

Winter steelhead fishing clinic scheduled Jan. 30 in Vancouver

A free clinic on winter steelhead fishing will being at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 at Pacific Northwest Sporting Goods, 212 N.E. 164th Ave, Suite 4. Pro Escodedo of Team VIP Outdoors will be the guest speaker.

Mount Hood Skibowl to operate Multorpor for holiday weekend

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. — Multorpor chairlift at Mount Hood Skibowl will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Operating hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Chairlift tickets will be discounted to $35 and all Skibowl season passes will be valid, including night passes.

The recent storm dropped 14 inches. With cold night temperatures, the ski area has been able to groom Multorpor for skiing and riding this weekend.

Oregon Bass and Panfish Club to meet Jan. 23 in Portland

PORTLAND — The Oregon Bass and Panfish Club will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the East Portland Community Center, 740 S.E. 106th Ave.

Awards will be presented to the 2013 winners of the club’s annual fishing contests.