Oregon In Brief

Police lend radar guns to civilians


Residents of The Dalles are taking the radar guns into their own hands.

The police are lending the guns to people concerned about speeders in their neighborhoods.

"If they find one that has excessive speed, we will send a letter to the registered owner of that car," said Chief Jay Waterbury. "If it can help eliminate an accident or two, it's well worth it."

So far, 14 people have signed up for the Citizen Radar Patrol Program. Many keep watch on streets near schools.

Elena Bandell uses a radar gun because she's frustrated about teenagers and other drivers speeding on the streets around The Dalles High School.

"We don't need these streets and street lights to be memorials," said Bandell. "I don't want one named after my daughter."

Ore. tsunami plans serve as model


The methods and techniques used by emergency response officials in Lane County could help the nation of Thailand prepare for a tsunami disaster.

Representatives of Thailand's National Disaster Warning Center were given a tour and explanation this week.

Professor Naraporn Chanocha says the 2004 tsunami pointed out several challenges &

including teaching residents how to prepare.

Chanocha told KCST radio in Florence that Thailand needs to educate people more about tsunamis.

Thailand officials spent a day with local emergency officials, touring communications and response facilities. They also heard about education programs.

Crater Lake to close Rim Drive


Crater Lake officials have announced the annual closure of Rim Drive and the North Entrance due to anticipated snow and icy conditions by the end of the week.

Weather and road conditions can be severe due to winter storms and can change rapidly. Park officials say winter visitors should prepare vehicles for winter driving conditions.

The South and West Entrances to Crater Lake National Park remains open to visitor traffic year round.

Information about road, weather and avalanche conditions at the park can be obtained by calling Park Headquarters at (541) 594-3000.

Vehicles banned from Salem park


Motor vehicles will be permanently banned from a park west of Salem that has been closed for months because of its history of drug and public sex activity.

Park managers, in announcing the closure in July, said the Polk County sheriff had responded to more than 90 calls to Holman Wayside State Park in the previous 12 months, mostly for complaints about drugs and lewd behavior. Officials said the problems stretched back 30 to 40 years.

The bike and pedestrian path through the park will remain open, but a permanent locking gate will be installed to keep cars from the parking lot, said Dennis Wiley, the district manager of state parks in the Willamette Valley.

The existing restroom will be demolished, but a vault toilet may be installed when a long-term management plan has been implemented.

Wiley said the state Parks and Recreation Department will work with Polk County, Salem and various recreation groups to find a way to enhance the park.

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"Challenges remain at the wayside, but the problematic behavior is now under control for the first time in decades, opening the door for carefully considered and improved recreational opportunities," Wiley said in a report that will be presented Nov. 29 at a meeting of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.

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