Tag Archives: Public Safety

Our View: Lost lives a deadly reminder of surf-zone dangers

Thanks are due to emergency responders for a grueling weekend. A weekend clam-digging adventure came to a sorrowful end for two families last weekend when women drowned in Pacific County. Questions are being raised about how two deaths occurred miles apart within minutes of one another under startlingly similar circumstances. It should first be said […]
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Drone program in the works for Cannon Beach after dramatic Ecola State Park dog rescue

Cannon Beach starts drone program following dramatic dog rescue. Two months after a drone from a neighboring fire department aided in a dramatic rescue of a dog off a cliff at Ecola State Park, the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District has a drone of its own. Last month, the fire district voted to adopt […]
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Guest column: Officials must address problem of irresponsible target shooters

I live in Sundance, a neighborhood in rural Deschutes County where our home looks out over Deschutes National Forest to the west and Bureau of Land Management land to the east. These public lands are a popular playground for mountain bikers, off-highway vehicle riders, equestrians, spelunkers, hikers and target shooters. Source: Guest column: Officials must […]
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Nelson: Cellphone studies unlikely to quiet critics

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about overuse of cellphones: traffic collisions from distracted driving, the rudeness of carrying on private conversations in public places, and for smartphone addicts, social isolation from other human beings. But cancer isn’t one of them. Source: Nelson: Cellphone studies unlikely to quiet critics

Oregon State Police launches *OSP non-emergency call number

Oregon State Police has launched a new non-emergency cellphone dispatch number, *OSP (star 677). It is designed to be a quick and easy-to-remember way for the public to report traffic safety situations, highway hazards or obstructions, minor crashes and requests for assistance with a mobile phone. Source: Oregon State Police launches *OSP non-emergency call number

Oregon State Police launches ‘Star OSP’ service number

The Oregon State Police announced Thursday the launch of *OSP (star OSP), which it calls a fast and easy way to contact the OSP dispatchers for a non-emergency from your mobile phone. Source: Oregon State Police launches ‘Star OSP’ service number

Bill would fund scholarships for officers’ family members | Editorial

We’ve consistently (and with a regularity that likely borders on tiresome) made the case that the shorter legislative sessions, such as the one that begins next month, are not the proper place for sweeping new laws or changes in state policies. Source: Editorial: Bill would fund scholarships for officers’ family members

What it will take to reduce deadly shootings by police

Departments that have embraced cultural change are seeing results. One night in November 2015, a man entered a fast-food restaurant in downtown Camden, N.J., and threatened employees and customers with a knife. When police caught up with him, he was walking down a nearby street, swinging the knife in his right hand. He repeatedly ignored […]
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Oregon Senate GOP touts new laws due Jan. 1

Oregon Senate Republicans on Tuesday touted a wide range of legislation that takes effect Jan. 1, stressing the bipartisan nature of new laws that tackle issues ranging from combating sex trafficking to helping veterans and those in need while boosting public safety and government transparency. Source: Oregon Senate GOP touts new laws due Jan. 1

Hillsboro School District one of few to form police force

Hillsboro is one of the only districts in Washington County to have sworn police working security. Source: Hillsboro School District one of few to form police force