Tag Archives: Public Safety

Criminally Insane in Oregon Attack Twice as Many People… 

Editor’s Note: This updates a story published on Nov. 14 by ProPublica and the Malheur Enterprise that was based on an incomplete set of data provided by Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board. The board initially provided the names of 334 people it released from 2008 to 2017. In fact, the board freed 526 people during those […]
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Your view: Right to farm doesn’t mean right to harm

Editor’s note: This was written in response to our editorial in Friday’s paper. John Weisinger threatened me with a $100,000 lawsuit when I first moved here. He feared my inexperience with irrigating would flood and ruin his grapes. He was right. I had no knowledge of the relationships between the land I’d purchased, water, and […]
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A fire punches into your property. What’s your plan

What every homeowner should know about protecting their city or county property from fires. It wasn’t luck that saved Ron Crowell’s home from a fast-moving grass fire on Halloween night. It was seasons of hard work. Even though 20-foot-high flames flew up a hill and enshrouded his rural property southeast of Ashland in smoke, his […]
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How domestic violence leads to murder

The Washington Post found that nearly half of the women who were murdered during the past decade were killed by an intimate partner; in five cities, about a third of the male killers were known threats. Ciera Jackson filed for a restraining order, claiming in court documents that her ex-boyfriend Victor Whittier had sent a […]
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Do supervised drug consumption facilities save lives?

A new study will disappoint extremists on both sides of the debate. The soaring death count of the opioid epidemic has spurred a search for novel solutions. One of the most controversial is to establish sites where people can use illegal drugs such as heroin under the supervision of trained staff who can offer clean injection equipment […]
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State Police cheer as Gov. Brown proposes big funding boost

Oregon ranks second in per-capita trooper numbers. Brown and OSP plan to get the state to the middle of the pack, where they hope it will stay for good. For 26 years, Travis Hampton worked out of patrol offices for Oregon State Police. Year after year, he saw calls and car accidents increase as the […]
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Survey shows growing distrust of GMO safety 

A recent survey has detected a sharp uptick in the percentage of Americans who consider foods with genetically engineered ingredients to be worse for their health. The 2018 survey by the Pew Research Center found that 49 percent of respondents viewed such foods as less healthful than those without genetically engineered ingredients, up from 39 […]
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Editorial: State board fails Oregonians

Oregon’s Psychiatric Security Review Board has failed Oregonians. Its main mission, according to its own website, is to protect the public from those criminals who are found guilty except for insanity. It does not do that, and it has failed to study the issue in any serious way. If it had, it might have discovered […]
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Corps urges caution at Foster, Green Peter

Low water levels at Foster and Green Peter Reservoirs — due to lack of rainfall, less than 50 percent of normal for September through Sunday — has prompted the Army Corps of Engineers to warn boaters, anglers and hikers to use extreme caution. The low water levels have allowed muddy shelves to appear throughout the […]
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Oregon Board Says Those Found Criminally Insane Rarely Commit New Crimes. The Numbers Say Otherwise.

The Psychiatric Security Review Board questioned how many people it discharged from state custody returned to crime. But it did not share its findings or change policies even as former clients killed or raped. About 35 percent of people found criminally insane in Oregon and then let out of supervised psychiatric treatment were charged with […]
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