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Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, releases its 2011 workshop schedule

Fly-fishing workshop attendees practice casting before heading to the water.

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, California, has posted its 2011 workshop schedule on its website.

The first clinic is a duck hunt on Jan. 15 in Williams. Limited to 10 participants, the California nonprofit's president, Susan Herrgesell, recommends that those interested in attending this workshop should register soon.

Other clinics include fly-fishing, pheasant hunting, whitewater rafting, shooting and ATV/dirt-bike riding. The organization's popular multi-course workshop will take place from Oct. 7 to 9 at Wonder Valley Ranch in Fresno County.

For both the novice and the expert, these one-, two- or three-day workshops feature hands-on training with top-of-the-line equipment as well as knowledgeable and encouraging instructors and include classroom time, equipment overviews, safety and field instruction.

Registration can be completed either online on the BOW-California website or by printing and mailing a registration form.

-- Kelly Burgess
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Photo: Fly-fishing workshop attendees practice casting before heading to the water. Credit: BOW, California

Bomber floating eyewear helps you hold onto your glasses

Bomber D-Bombs in matte black.

I've come across some sunglasses which may prevent me from ever losing a pair again.

The Bomber line of sun- and safety-glasses includes models that come with a patented foam lining, which makes the glasses buoyant. The foam also provides a snug fit, helping hold them in place while keeping perspiration (and sunscreen) away from your eyes.

World Champion jet ski racer Tommy "the Bomber" Bonacci designed the floating eyewear when trying to solve the problem of his glasses falling off and sinking. Bonacci discovered the flotation foam also provided that snug fit, which prevents the glasses from blowing off when turning your head on a jet ski, boat, bike or motorcycle. Bonacci soon had people around the world asking him for a pair of these durable and stylish sunglasses.

Lightweight and comfortable, Bomber eyewear is affordable enough to own more than one pair. In fact, I have numerous -- clear safety for the shooting range; floating polarized which I keep in my tacklebox for fishing, and another polarized pair for driving and everyday use.

With prices ranging from $7.95 to $34.95, glasses can be purchased via the Bomber website or at more than 500 dealers nationwide.

-- Kelly Burgess

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Photo: Bomber "D-Bombs" in matte black. Credit: Bomber eyewear

Montana man sentenced to federal prison for building ATV trail

 Lava Lake in Gallatin National Forest.

A Livingston, Mont., resident has been sentenced to five months in federal prison, a $2,000 fine and $25,000 in restitution for damage done by his building an illegal ATV route in a national forest.

Francis Leroy McLain, 60, pleaded guilty last month to the misdemeanor charge of damage to government property for trail work done in Gallatin National Forest, located behind his residence, reports the Billings Gazette. McLain originally was indicted on a felony and faced a maximum one year in prison and $100,000 fine, but agreed to admit to a misdemeanor in a plea agreement.

McLain told the judge that he enjoyed hiking in the forest behind his property and thought he'd clear some blown-down trees from a trail and reduce the fire hazard.

Turns out, McLain did more than clear a few displaced trees. U.S. Forest Service officials determined that McLain built a mile-and-a-half-long, six-foot-wide ATV trail. Agency officials estimated the cost to restore the land to prevent erosion and dispose of downed trees that McLain had stacked to be more than $33,000.

His prison term will run concurrently with a four-year federal sentence he is serving for tax evasion in Minnesota.

I'm curious as to if readers think the punishment was too severe, fit the crime, or wasn't harsh enough.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Lava Lake in Gallatin National Forest. Credit: Sam Gardner / USDA Forest Service

Mexico's drug war violence prompts BLM warning for Imperial Sand Dunes visitors

U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols the fence at Imperial Sand Dunes on an all-terrain vehicle.

Talk about joining the bandwagon late. The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday issued a news release cautioning the public to beware in border areas because of violence attributed to Mexico's drug cartels and their illegal activity.

It pertains to the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, which skirts the border in Imperial County, and basically implores people to exercise common sense while visiting the popular off-road recreation destination.

The BLM reminds: Cellphone service is limited at best; do not pick up hitchhikers; keep valuables in sight; and do not make contact with people who appear to be in distress. "People in distress may ask for food, water and other assistance," the news release states. "Do not make contact. Report the location of the distressed people to the nearest BLM or other law enforcement authority."

This is an interesting request. It makes sense if one is to assume anyone appearing in distress is in fact a criminal seeking victims. In fact, that might be the case. But what if a person who appears in distress really is, and you ride off, and he or she dies in the sand, how would you feel?

Again, common sense and an increased level of wariness -- not to be confused with paranoia -- should serve off-roaders well enough, especially if they ride with others.

To read up on all sorts of issues related to the drug war, click here.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols the fence at Imperial Sand Dunes on an all-terrain vehicle. Credit: Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times

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