From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19 the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Division will conduct its annual boat safety examination day.

The event is being held one week prior to the opening weekend of fishing season. Successful completion of the exam, which focuses on the mandatory equipment needed for particular boats, earns boaters the annual safety sticker that goes on the back of a vessel. Participation greatly reduces the chances of being contacted on the water by marine patrol personnel for the exam.

No punitive action takes place. If, for example, a fire extinguisher is expired, participants can get a new one and then earn a safety decal.

The parking lot checks will take place at Sportsman’s Warehouse, 63492 Hunnell Road, Bend; Big Country RV, 3111 N. Canal, Redmond; and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office substation, 51340 U.S. 97, La Pine.

Contact: 541-388-6503.

— From staff reports