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Saturation patrol set

in western Lane County

FLORENCE - Drivers can expect more police on the road in western Lane County this weekend, as the Lane County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Florence police join forces for a saturation patrol during the Rhododendron Festival.

Today and Saturday, officers will focus on minors in possession of alcohol, drunken driving, speeding, following too close, seat belt violations and other traffic safety issues. A grant from the state Department of Transportation will pay for the deputies and Florence officers. State police troopers will work overtime for drunken driving enforcement.

The purpose of the multi-agency traffic team grant is to provide enforcement on Lane County roadways that have frequent traffic collisions and fatalities. The special patrol aims to provide increased presence to deal with drunken drivers and address traffic safety issues.

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State Land Board to hear

New Carissa proposal

SALEM - The Oregon State Land Board will meet in a special session next Tuesday to consider a proposed legal settlement to remove the remaining section of the grounded cargo ship New Carissa from the Oregon shore near Coos Bay.

The board will also discuss whether to authorize state officials to ask the Legislative Emergency Board in September to fund removal work.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Land Board Room at the Department of State Lands, 775 Summer St. N.E., Suite 100.

The meeting will include a nonpublic session for the board to consult with attorneys about the New Carissa legal case, State vs. Taiheiyo Kaiun Co., LTD. At the end of the closed session, the public meeting will begin.

The State Land Board consists of Gov. Ted Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. The Department of State Lands administers some state-owned natural resource land in Oregon.

The 660-foot New Carissa went aground north of Coos Bay on Feb. 4, 1999. The cargo ship broke in half and leaked 25,000 to 140,000 gallons of oil.

Oregon senator makes

return trip to Iraq

WASHINGTON - Sen. Gordon Smith is returning to Iraq to meet with Oregon troops and Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Nouri al Maliki, his office said. Smith left Thursday and will also attend a World Economic Forum event in Egypt.

Smith said he wanted to assess Iraq's recent elections and ``see firsthand the implementation of Iraq's newly elected government.''

Diverted flight may

have had engine trouble

PORTLAND - An Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Southern California diverted to Portland International Airport on Thursday after an indicator light warned of a problem with one of the MD-80's two engines.

Crews were inspecting the plane Thursday night. The 140 passengers were placed on different flights to the Los Angeles area.

Corvallis man launches bid for Oval Office

CORVALLIS - No Oregon politician has ever been elected president of the United States, and Michael Charles Smith doesn't expect to change that.

But though the Corvallis man knows he is unlikely to ever have a seat in the Oval Office, he has entered the race for the 2008 Republican nomination.

The Hewlett-Packard employee will formally launch his campaign Saturday, with a fundraising event in Gueber Hall at the Benton County Fairgrounds.
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Date:May 19, 2006
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