Here is the latest Oregon news from The Associated Press
UNDATED (AP) – The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says it will rely on volunteers to help pick up debris from last year’s tsunami in Japan when it starts hitting Oregon beaches. Representatives of state and federal agencies and nonprofit groups are meeting in Salem today to start developing formal plans. Volunteers already take part in twice-a-year beach cleanups.
NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) – The Coast Guard rescued three people early today from an overturned fishing vessel near Winchester Bay. The report came in around midnight and the Coast Guard responded with a helicopter from North Bend and a motor lifeboat from Umpqua River. The helicopter found the three on the hull of the 38-fishing vessel.
BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State Police say a pickup truck collided with two motorcycles on Highway 7 southwest of Baker City. The crash yesterday afternoon killed one motorcycle rider, a 46-year-old woman. The other rider, a 53-year-old woman, was airlifted to a hospital in Boise in critical condition. Two other motorcyclists who were riding with the others were not injured.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) – Morrow County is switching to a video conferencing system that allows law enforcement officers to make long-distance appearances before grand juries. The East Oregonian newspaper reports that the change eliminates hour-long trips for officers commuting to the Heppner courthouse from Boardman and Irrigon. Boardman Police Chief Rick Stokoe says the use of video cuts down on travel time and the time an officer has to sit in the courthouse waiting to testify.
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