Tag Archives: Public Safety

A recovering sheriff’s department 

Sheriff Craig Zanni explains its missing detective unit. About 80 percent of the Coos County Jail is sitting in the dark. Only 49 of the 250 jail beds are in use, while the remaining levels lurk above behind a maze of hallways and doors. That jail is Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni’s No. 1 priority, […]
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Before Wildfire, the Columbia River Gorge Was Groaning With New Visitors Unprepared for the Outdoors

Experts say the Eagle Creek fire is a result of ever-increasing use—not exceptional stupidity. In a 2012 YouTube video, seven hikers from Long Beach, Calif., launch themselves from 80 feet above the bottle-green waters of Punch Bowl Falls on the Eagle Creek Trail. Source: Before Wildfire, the Columbia River Gorge Was Groaning With New Visitors […]
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Seven states, and D.C., lead in avoiding preventable deaths

Choking, fires, and motor vehicle crashes are all accidents that can cause otherwise preventable deaths. Easy tasks like knowing CPR, having smoke detectors in your home, and buckling your seatbelt are all things that could prevent an accidental death. Joining us is Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, an organization that focuses on eliminating preventable […]
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Hikers Caught Between Columbia Gorge Wildfires Rescued

Update: Sunday, Sept. 3, 3:45 p.m.: After spending an evening trapped between two growing wildfires in Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge, 153 hikers safely emerged from the forest Sunday after being rescued. The hikers were led down the Eagle Creek Trail, near the city of Cascade Locks, where they were reunited with friends and family after spending the evening near […]
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How Dog Lovers Sparked Laws That Could Save Kids in Hot Cars

About 37 children die of heat stroke in cars every year. New laws ensure that bystanders who break car windows to rescue children trapped in cars won’t be held liable. By the time Steven Eckel spotted her, the baby girl in the back seat was drenched in sweat. The 4-month-old had been left alone in […]
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Planning pays off for eclipse rush

While the total number of visitors has yet to be figured, communities in Eastern Oregon say they are pleased with how they handled the total solar eclipse. After months of bracing for massive crowds, gnarled traffic and barren supermarket shelves, it turns out rural Eastern Oregon was more than prepared to handle the influx of […]
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Planning pays off for eclipse rush – Opinion

While the total number of visitors has yet to be figured, communities in Eastern Oregon say they are pleased with how they handled the total solar eclipse. After months of bracing for massive crowds, gnarled traffic and barren supermarket shelves, it turns out rural Eastern Oregon was more than prepared to handle the influx of […]
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Commentary: Better training, more transparency would ‘protect and serve’ the public and the police

Sooner or later, maybe today, there will be another fatal encounter between law enforcement and a citizen that will raise questions as to whether or not the police response was appropriate. Today, we have no way of knowing, and the Department of Justice, having oversight for law enforcement, can’t provide answers the public deserves. The […]
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Wildfire smoke can be significant health hazard

Docs recommend staying inside, closing windows. The thick smoke from nearby fires that’s blanketing Central Oregon does much more than obscure views of the mountains. For some, it’s also a significant health hazard. Source: Wildfire smoke can be significant health hazard; Docs recommend staying inside, closing windows

Hospitals quiet after heavy eclipse prep

Influx of patients never came. There was more action outside St. Charles Bend during the eclipse Monday than inside the hospital as a projected influx of patients never materialized. Doctors and nurses, patients and staff took advantage of the unexpected slowdown to gather outside the hospital and on balconies to watch the celestial event. Source: […]
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