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Idaho boat owners face registration hurdle for 2017

Idaho boat owners must get their hull identification number (HIN) inspected before registering their boats in 2017 — a national requirement that comes from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Idaho boat owners must get their hull identification number (HIN) inspected before registering their boats in 2017 — a national requirement that comes from the U.S. Coast Guard. Idaho Statesman file

Many Idaho boat owners must get their hull identification number (HIN) inspected before registering their boats in 2017 — a national requirement that comes from the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Idaho State Parks and Recreation department is encouraging boaters to get the inspection done this year, which will enable them to renew their registration by mail next year.

“We’re a year ahead, trying to make this as little of a bump in the road as possible,” said Tammy Kolsky, program manager for campground reservations and registrations at State Parks and Recreation.

The fee for a HIN inspection is $5 at the Idaho Transportation Department and county DMV offices. Non-titled boats only can be inspected for free at State Parks and Recreation headquarters.

Non-motorized boats and boats built prior to Nov. 1, 1972, aren’t required to have a HIN.

“The Coast Guard, working with Homeland Security, made changes to make sure all vessels have properly formatted HINs and we know who the owner is on those vessels,” Kolsky said. “All (states) have to come into compliance. Failure to come into compliance could cost the state of Idaho a lot of boat grant funds.”

If a HIN isn’t valid, a new one will be issued and added to the boat, she said.

From the Coast Guard:

“As of January 1, 2017, before taking any action relating to a vessel imported or manufactured on or after November 1, 1972, the issuing authority must determine whether the vessel has a primary HIN meeting the requirements of 33 CFR part 181, subpart C. ... If ... the issuing authority determines that the vessel does not have a primary HIN meeting the requirements ... then before taking any action the issuing authority must:

(1) Assign such a primary HIN to the vessel; and

(2) Verify that the owner of the vessel has permanently affixed the assigned primary HIN to the vessel in compliance with 33 CFR part 181, subpart C.

This paragraph means that as of January 1, 2017 ... the states may not issue, renew or update a certificate of number without first validating that the vessel has a properly formatted hull identification number (HIN).”

Watch highlights of Rebecca Rusch’s Kilimanjaro trip — and bid for her bike

Red Bull Media House has released a video about Rebecca Rusch’s mountain biking trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. The video, which you can watch below, is titled “Power of the Bicycle.”

Here’s the Q&A we did with Rusch, who lives in Ketchum, before she left.

Rusch and Patrick Sweeney, the rider she joined on the trip, are still short of their goal of raising $19,341 for World Bicycle Relief. She’s helping bridge that gap by auctioning off the bike she used for the trip. You can check out the auction here.

Idaho woman makes history on Everest

Melissa Arnot of Ketchum this week became the first American woman to summit Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen and safely complete the descent. She reached the summit for the sixth time overall. More here.

Chinook salmon seasons close in two rivers

From Idaho Fish and Game:

The lower Clearwater River from the Cherrylane Bridge upstream to the Orofino Bridge will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon at the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday. In addition, the North Fork Clearwater River will close to fishing for all Chinook salmon effective the end of fishing hours (9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time) on Monday. Due to this year’s low jack return, a “Jack Only” harvest season will not be provided.

These closures are being implemented because the harvest quota for adult Chinook salmon are anticipated to be met in these river sections by those dates. Harvest quotas in different reaches within the Clearwater drainage were developed using input from the public to help ensure all communities in the watershed have opportunities to harvest salmon.

Chinook salmon seasons will continue on the Clearwater River upstream of the Orofino Bridge, South Fork Clearwater, Middle Fork Clearwater, Little Salmon, Lochsa, and Snake rivers. The upper Salmon River and the South Fork Salmon River open June 18th.

Summer Chinook seasons set

From Idaho Fish and Game:

The Fish and Game Commission has approved fisheries for 2016 on the Upper Salmon River and South Fork Salmon River. Seasons will open on June 18 in both rivers and will remain open until further notice.

Limits on both rivers will be four fish per day, only two of which may be adults. The possession limit will be 12 fish, only six of which may be adults. An adult Chinook salmon is 24 inches or more in length.

The Upper Salmon River will be open from the Copper Mine boat ramp approximately 2.5 miles upstream from the mouth of the Middle Fork Salmon River to a posted boundary 100 yards downstream from the Fish and Game weir at Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley. Fishing hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mountain.

The South Fork Salmon River will be open from the bridge on Forest Service Road 48 (Lick Creek/ East Fork South Fork Road) where it crosses the mainstem South Fork Salmon River just upstream of the confluence with the East Fork South Fork Salmon River, upstream approximately 32 river miles to a posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream from the Idaho Fish and Game South Fork Salmon River weir and trap. Fishing hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mountain.

The season limit for Chinook salmon in Idaho is 20 adult salmon statewide during the 2016 seasons occurring before Sept. 1.

Big-game deadline approaches

From Idaho Fish and Game:

The application period for this fall’s deer, elk, pronghorn, black bear, and turkey controlled hunts goes through Sunday, June 5.

Hunters may apply for controlled hunts at any hunting and fishing license vendor, Fish and Game office; with a credit card by calling 1-800-55HUNT5; or online at fishandgame.idaho.gov. An additional fee is charged for telephone and Internet applications. Hunters must have a 2016 Idaho hunting license to apply.

Hunters can make informed decisions about what controlled hunts to apply for by using a feature on Fish and Game’s website that lists the 2015 drawing odds and statistics for all controlled hunts. The search tool is available here.

Harvest statistics and drawing odds from the past 10 years are also available on Fish and Game’s Hunt Planner here.

Boise State hosts Mars-viewing party

From Boise State:

Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in over a decade on Tuesday. Boise State’s physics department will host an astronomical viewing party to celebrate from 8:30 to 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“At the end of May and going into June, Mars will be the closest and brightest that it’s been in a decade as seen from the Earth,” said Brian Jackson, assistant professor of physics and event organizer. “This celestial alignment won’t happen again for two years, so the event will be an unusually good time to view our sister planet.”

The evening will kick off in the Multipurpose Classroom Building with a public talk on the latest science of the red planet from planetary scientist Josh Bandfield of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

Then at 9:30 p.m. participants will move to the Boise State Quad north of the Administration Building, where telescopes will be set up to view Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Sun Valley manager receives safety award

From Sun Valley Resort:

Sun Valley Resort continued its streak of on-mountain safety excellence by winning the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Champion award at the 2016 national convention held May 18-21 in Nashville, Tenn. The NSAA Safety Champion is a special award that recognizes a resort employee showing exceptional dedication and enthusiasm toward educating and promoting safety to guests and employees.

Linda Bowling, Sun Valley's mountain guest services manager, was the recipient of the special award. Bowling was recognized for her efforts with the use of short radio pieces to increase safety for both guests and employees, which was noted as very creative.

This is the fifth consecutive year Sun Valley Resort has been acknowledged for their safety programs and initiatives. Past NSAA Safety awards include Best Community Outreach (2011/12), Best Employee Involvement (2012/13), Best Chairlift Program (2013/14) and Best Overall Safety Program/over 350,000 visits (2014/15).