Tag Archives: Public Safety

Avalanche Danger on Mount Hood Increases as Snow Depth Rises to Over Seven Feet

Snowfall might be skipping Portland, but more than seven feet of powder has accumulated on Mount Hood in the last week. Snow depths at lower elevations on Mount Hood have increased from 38 inches to 90 inches during the last eight days, and at higher elevations from 43 inches to 109 inches, according to the […]
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Wallowa Avalanche Center provides training, online information for winter backcountry recreation

Every winter the remote mountains of Northeast Oregon draw backcountry skiers and snowmobilers from around the West. For the last 10 years the Wallowa Avalanche Center has been winter enthusiasts’ best resource for avalanche danger and snow conditions. Through the center’s website, advisories are posted once or twice a week. Victor McNeil, the center’s director, […]
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Derailment report shows how much Sound Transit must improve

A new report lays bare a pattern of Sound Transit mismanagement leading up to 2017’s catastrophic Point Defiance Bypass derailment. The agency must work to restore public faith. Two years after the disastrous Point Defiance Bypass Amtrak crash, a new report makes clear Sound Transit should not have been trusted to lead this unique multiagency […]
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Officials list Oregon volcanoes that could erupt next

A killer volcano that erupted on an island near New Zealand is a stark reminder that Jackson County is ringed by mountains that could blow their tops and send a cloud of deadly ash over the region. “Every 50 years or so there is a large eruptive event,” said Althea Rizzo, coordinator for the Oregon […]
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Could a volcanic eruption like the one that rocked New Zealand come to the Cascades? Not likely, experts say 

Could a volcanic eruption like the one that rocked New Zealand come to the Cascades? A volcanic eruption on an island off the coast of New Zealand spewed steam and ash thousands of feet into the air Monday, leaving at least five people dead as tourists were touring the remote and desolate landscape. Source: Could a volcanic […]
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News Roundtable | Cave Junction | Cowboy Poetry – OPB’s Think Out Loud

The southern Oregon city of Cave Junction has gotten a lot of media attention lately for a proposal to install security cameras as part of a new public safety effort. The small city does not have 24-hour law enforcement and a volunteer citizen group fills in the gaps. It’s unclear what kind of access this […]
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OFFICIAL ASKS OREGONIANS TO ADD SAFETY TO HOLIDAY MENU

State Fire Marshal Jim Walker wants to remind Oregonians to add fire safety to their cooking and holiday meal plans. A release from the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office said by following basic fire-prevention tips, residents can keep themselves and loved ones safe and avoid cooking-related fires. Source: OFFICIAL ASKS OREGONIANS TO ADD SAFETY TO […]
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Live Hand Grenades Found Near Grants Pass McDonald’s

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety and Oregon State Police Explosive Unit found a total of four hand grenades near the fast food restaurant, three of which were determined to be live. Source: Live Hand Grenades Found Near Grants Pass McDonald’s . News | OPB

Portland Has Broken Its Promise to Keep Neighborhoods Safe From Demolition Contaminants

The city has failed to analyze how often an inspector was on site when a building was ripped apart. In 2018, the city of Portland passed a landmark ordinance to protect people living in its residential neighborhoods from exposure to lead when old houses were ripped apart. The ordinance, the most comprehensive in the U.S., […]
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Oregon dams among more than 1,600 at risk nationally, AP investigation finds

State Library Ed. Note: Story contains a graphic of the condition of dams in Oregon. On a cold morning last March, Kenny Angel got a frantic knock on his door. Two workers from a utility company in northern Nebraska had come with a stark warning: Get out of your house. Just a little over a […]
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