Check Fire Extinguishers in Boats
Boat owners should take note of a new U.S. Coast Guard fire protection regulation that took effect April 20.
Recreational boats with a disposable (non-rechargeable) fire extinguisher with a manufacture stamped date on the bottle that is older than 12 years are considered expired and must be removed from service. Fire extinguishers with a label stamped “Marine Type – USCG Approved” are considered up-to-date, and extinguishers without a date or marine label are most likely older than 2007 and must be replaced.
The following recreational boats are required to carry marine fire extinguishers:
· Boats with permanently installed fuel tanks.
· Spaces that are capable of trapping fumes, such as:
· closed compartments, such as under seats,
· double bottoms not sealed to the hull or not completely filled with flotation material,
· closed living space,
· closed stowage compartment where combustible or flammable materials are stowed.
Tri-Cities Group Recognized
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has honored the Tri-Cities Joint Job Development Authority for its ongoing efforts to develop and maintain public-use facilities used and appreciated by anglers.
“The JDA was selected from a long list of candidates throughout the state and is a very worthy recipient of what this award stands for and is an outstanding example of the difference that entities can make to their local fisheries and public recreation areas,” said Bob Frohlich, Game and Fish Department fisheries development supervisor.
Over the years, the group has become more active in the construction, management and maintenance of public-use facilities ranging from courtesy docks to boat ramps to fish cleaning stations. In just the last two to three years alone, the Department has partnered and cooperated on seven new courtesy docks and a new vault toilet at Heart Butte Dam. In addition, the JDA is involved in the all-important role of ongoing operations and maintenance of public-use facilities.
NASP State Tournament Results
School-aged archers from across the state participated in the 2022 National Archery in the Schools state tournament in Minot.
Oakes students claimed top honors in the bull’s-eye high school (grades 9-12), middle school (grades 7-8) and elementary (grades 4-6) team divisions. The overall individual male winner was Wahpeton archer Joshua Wiebusch, while Hankinson student Danica Onchuck claimed the top individual spot in the female division.
Oakes students also took first place in the NASP 3-D Challenge high school and middle school team divisions, and Mt. Pleasant followed up with top honors in the elementary team division. Wiebusch was the top male winner, and Madision Samuelson from Mt. Pleasant was top female.
In addition, Layton Jacobson from New Rockford-Sheyenne (bull’s-eye middle school boys), Shayle Zimbelman from Oakes (bull’s-eye middle school girls) and Presley Thompson from Bob Callies (3-D elementary girls) captured first place at the Western Nationals, and as a state North Dakota placed in the top 10.