Tag Archives: Public Safety

Community voices earthquake concerns over fuel tanks along Willamette River

A large earthquake in the Portland area poses a major risk to fuel storage tanks along the Willamette River. Multnomah County leaders say the damage could be catastrophic. On Monday night, the county took a first step in coming up with a mitigation plan. The fuel tanks are a few hundred feet from the Willamette […]
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Jail cost increase a foregone conclusion

It’s no surprise that the projected cost of Jackson County’s much-needed new jail has increased since the spring. County officials have said all along that construction costs will continue upward, and the longer the project is delayed, the bigger the price tag. That’s just one reason to move ahead with replacing the existing 38-year-old jail […]
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ICYMI: Uber, Lyft driver checks miss convicted murderer, sex offender

The ride-hailing companies are pushing for statewide legislation that would eliminate more stringent background checks For about a week, a convicted murderer was working as a driver for a ride-hailing company in the Eugene-Springfield area. In another case, a registered sex offender was behind the wheel. Source: ICYMI: Uber, Lyft driver checks miss convicted murderer, […]
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Forest Service monitoring newly-opened Gorge trail

Fire prevention specialists with the U.S. Forest Service were on the Wahclella Falls Trail on Saturday morning, monitoring a trail that had a close call earlier this week. A hiker told KATU News on Thursday that falling rocks nearly hit her as she was taking the two-mile loop in the Columbia River Gorge. Source: Forest […]
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Multnomah County commissioners approve $2.6 million in public safety cuts due to reduced state funding

Multnomah County’s board of commissioners Thursday reluctantly approved $2.6 million in public safety cuts for this fiscal year, eliminating 19 full-time positions that include probation officers and corrections counselors, stemming from reduced funding from the state. Source: Multnomah County commissioners approve $2.6 million in public safety cuts due to reduced state funding – oregonlive.com

Speed Cameras Save Lives. So Why Does Portland Have Only Eight of Them?

The existing cameras—and any potential expansion—are constrained by a staffing shortage at the Portland Police Bureau. Ray Thomas says the Portland Bureau of Transportation should erect speed cameras all over town. “Fixed speed cameras are great,” says Thomas, a lawyer who represents victims of car crashes. “They don’t discriminate against any socioeconomic group or political […]
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Residents not always required to leave homes during fire evacuations

Q: Are people required to abide by evacuation levels during a wildfire? Like say if there’s a Level 3, is that still just a heavy recommendation or a requirement? — A: They’re definitely recommendations, Clearing. Then again, washing your hands after using the restroom is, too. Even if it’s a Level 3 evacuation level, which […]
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Colleges and universities can do more to protect students and faculty against hate crimes. Here are some ideas.

State Library Ed. Note: If you cannot access this story via the link below, state employees can access this Washington Post story HERE via the State Library’s subscription to the US Newstream database. Alternatively, state employees can contact us for access: library.help@state.or.us or 503-378-8800, Colleges and universities can do more to protect students and faculty against hate crimes. Here […]
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Editorial: Radio upgrade requires an oversight upgrade

The best news about Deschutes County 911’s radio system is that it hasn’t been in the news lately. There are still occasional performance hiccups, but it’s nothing like it was after it launched in 2017. Deschutes County and Harris Corp., the project contractor, horribly botched the launch of the $5 million digital radio system for […]
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Health officials issue warning about vaping after dozens fall ill

The Oregon Health Authority and local public health departments are warning doctors and the public to be alert for signs of severe respiratory illness caused by vaping or e-cigarette use. An Illinois patient who contracted a serious lung disease after vaping has died, the first death in the United States linked to the smoking alternative […]
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