A half billion dollar effort to erect 100 new radio towers statewide on hard to reach mountain tops along with a system that lets cops and fire fighters talk to each other during very serious emergencies has apparently crashed and nearly burned from reported mismanagement and horrendous cost overruns. Many local sheriffs, police and fire chiefs had been wondering “where’s that new centralized 9-1-1 system the state was always promising?” Well, the Portland Oregonian just found out. Click on the link below.
As a footnote, Toledo City Manager Michelle Amberg and Mayor Rod Cross made it clear during a recent meeting of officials from Lincoln City, Toledo and Lincoln County, that if the state was not serious (or in this case not immediately capable) of making good on being a partner in a consolidated 9-1-1 system, Toledo will go back home and be satisfied with the 9-1-1 system they have headquartered in their police station. Of course as conditions change and evolve, politically and technologically, that may not be Toledo’s final, final position. Lincoln City’s 9-1-1 system works fine for them too, but it has been estimated to cost the city $300k-$600K more than if it was blended with a county-wide 9-1-1 system. The officials who gathered around a table recently in Newport to talk about such a system plan to do so again in the near future. They’ll have a lot to talk about when each city and county official whips out their own copy of this Oregonian story and by then, a few updates.
A high tech motorized lifeguard named “Emily” will be going through her paces, showing off her rescuing skills at Gleneden Beach Friday at Gleneden Beach. It will be a test of the robotic lifeguard in heavier seas than it’s ever been in. Designers will launching Emily for her first rough-seas-run at around 10:30 Friday morning. Here’s how Emily looked on a recent video news story on CNN. As you’ll see from the video, Emily really hasn’t been tested in the “big stuff” that our Oregon Coast rescue swimmers encounter on a regular basis. And there is no mention whether it can outrun a Great White.
Oregon State Police say two young men from Elmira got caught illegally shooting a doe deer near Noti, just west of Veneta. There were no eyewitnesses to the crime but circumstances provided the evidence anyway.
OSP troopers say it’s clear to them that Tom Whittaker, 22 and Azch Heineman, 21, both of Elmira were out in a pick-up with a gun aboard. As the two drove near Noti, they spotted a deer along side the road. They shot it, and the deer turned and jumped down a steep ravine. Troopers say the two men tried to back their pick-up right to the edge of the ravine to retreive the deer. But the vehicle slipped over the edge and slid down right on top of the deer. When troopers arrived and had a tow truck extricate the pick-up, they spotted the deer underneath it, discovered it had been shot, and immediately cited Heineman and Whittaker for unlawful taking of a doe deer, prohibited hours and closed season.
The fine for such offenses can exceed $6,000 and they forfeited the deer.
A quick note from the folks at Food Share, over on NE First.
The LINCOLN COUNTY EMPLOYEE FOOD DRIVE was a huge success! Lincoln County employees nearly DOUBLED their contribution to Food Share with 671 pounds of food and $2,689 in cash! Last year they brought in $1,400. Lincoln County IT department was the winner of the departmental challenge…again! Money converted to food purchased means the county employees brought in over 14,000 pounds of food! Another HUNGER HERO example!
Those who would like to donate food can do so by calling Food Share of Lincoln County at 541-265-8578, or stop by their office at 535 NE First Street, Newport.
A Grants Pass woman who headed into town to pick up her children at school, stopped off at a local branch of Umpqua Bank on Midland Avenue. Erica Fay Anderson, 37, got out of the car, driven by a friend Joshua Tseu, went inside and approached the teller. She handed the teller a note that read that it was a robbery, and to give her the money. After the transaction was completed, Anderson walked out, got back into her car and Tseu aimed the vehicle for the school where Anderson’s children were waiting for her. They picked up the kids, and returned home.
A few minutes later, a knock came on Anderson’s door. Somebody had written down Anderson’s license plate. It was the police. They arrested Anderson and Tseu for robbery and theft. Both are being held in the Josephine County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Anderson’s children were turned over to state child protective services.
Thompson’s Sanitary, Dahl Disposal and North Lincoln Sanitary are staging a County Haulers Food Drive From September 20th to 24th. You can help alleviate hunger in Lincoln County by leaving a bag of non-perishable food items next to your trash receptacle on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Items may include hearty soups, stews, canned tuna, chili, Top Ramen and other non-perishables. Coffee, tea, powdered milk, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables and are also needed. Organics are always appreciated. Food Share’s shelves are bare; please help the haulers stock them. To give a monetary gift, visit www.foodsharelincolncounty.orgor call 541-265-8578.