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Oregon ends use of driver license and ID address stickers

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SALEM – When Oregon residents update their addresses with DMV, they will no longer be required to apply a sticker on their driver license, permit or ID card as of Jan. 1, 2020. Read more

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Oregon Fuel Tax Increase Set For Jan 1, 2020

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Second of four planned increases takes place January 1st.

The second of four planned increases in the gas tax goes into effect January 1, 2020. The increase is part of House Bill 2017, the “Keep Oregon Moving” legislation passed by the Oregon Legislature in 2017.

Gas Tax Increase Schedule

  • $.04 – Jan. 1, 2018
  • $.02 – Jan. 1, 2020
  • $.02 – Jan. 1, 2022
  • $.02 – Jan. 1, 2024

$.10 Total

Accountability Measures

For the first time, Oregon lawmakers set requirements that ODOT and Oregon cities and counties must meet in order to trigger the increase. The Oregon Transportation Commission sent the Legislature a report outlining how ODOT and local governments have met those requirements on November 26, 2019. Two more 2 cent gas tax increases in 2022 and 2024 are also on deck—but only if ODOT meets additional accountability requirements.

Requirements met

I-205 Projects

The gas tax increase was tied to ODOT completing two specific projects to help address congestion on I-205.

  • I-205 Corridor Bottleneck ($15.5M). ODOT paved portions of I-205 and constructed new lanes between interchanges in the Sunnybrook and Johnson Creek areas to improve safety and reduce congestion.
  • I-205 Active Traffic Management ($15.2M). ODOT installed signage giving motorists real-time information about travel times.

Road & Bridge Condition Reports

ODOT worked with Oregon cities and counties to produce a website detailing the condition of the major roads and all Oregon bridges. The site grades the major roads in and through communities as good, fair, or poor so people can see what they’re getting for their increased taxes.

Project Reporting

ODOT also had to provide a list of shovel-ready projects that could be constructed with additional funds and report on the agency’s efforts to address congestion through a number of other important projects in the Portland metro region, including the (I-5 Rose Quarter project, new lanes on OR 217, widening of I-205 between Stafford Road and the Abernethy Bridge, and implementation of tolling.

How the money will be spent

Of the nearly sixty million dollars this increase will raise, 20% goes to Oregon counties, 30% to Oregon cities and 50% to ODOT. ODOT will use its share ($27.9M) of the funds for:

  • Highway maintenance ($1.7M)
  • Bridge projects ($11.2M)
  • Seismic projects ($8.4M)
  • Preservation and culvert projects ($6.7M)

“Accountability ensures that our state and local transportation agencies are spending taxpayer dollars wisely,” said Governor Brown. “In this report, Oregonians can see exactly how we are building a transportation system that supports economic development, reduces congestion and related vehicle emissions, and creates more sustainable, livable communities,” Brown said.

“The Commission is proud of the excellent work ODOT has done to date to implement the 2017 transportation legislation,” noted Oregon Transportation Commission Chairman, Robert Van Brocklin. “The additional funding that we will see beginning next January as a result of ODOT’s work will allow us to make important new investments, including projects to reduce Portland area traffic congestion.  It will also allow us to build new and preserve existing transportation investments in every region of the state.  We look forward to continuing the work we have been charged with undertaking to keep Oregon moving.”

This first increase would raise the Oregon gas tax from 34 to 36 cents a gallon. The federal tax is 18.4 cents a gallon.  Oregon’s counties and cities are allowed to add their own local gas tax as well. At full implementation in 2024, Oregon’s gas tax will be 40 cents a gallon, still less than the gas tax in either Washington or California.

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GPS WINTER USE WARNING

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DON’T FOLLOW YOUR GPS IN A WINTER STORM

MEDFORD – The Jackson County Roads and Sheriff’s Departments are urging travelers to not follow their GPS devices to navigate around road closures in a winter storm.

As a result of Tuesday’s difficult travel conditions and Interstate 5 closures, many drivers diverted onto high mountain county roads in an attempt to by-pass I-5, only to get stuck and require assistance.

Many motorists, including semi-trucks which are prohibited under winter conditions, diverted onto Dead Indian Memorial Road, a remote, steep, narrow road that is 1000’ higher in elevation than Siskiyou Pass and is far more difficult to drive than I-5.  Most of these motorists were unprepared for the driving conditions, did not install chains and several crashed or slid off the road requiring assistance.  “Diverting from major highways to rural, remote county roads during a winter storm in hopes that you can make it is not a wise decision,” noted John Vial, Jackson County Roads and Parks Director.

The most challenging incident occurred when thirteen vehicles diverted from Interstate 5 onto Colestine Road and spent most of the night waiting for Jackson County Search and Rescue and County Road Department employees to rescue them.  Response crews were able to remove the stranded vehicles around 3:00 am Wednesday morning.  Sergeant Shawn Richards who responded to the incident noted, “We are seeing an increasing trend of drivers choosing to blindly follow a GPS into areas they are not familiar with and as we have seen in other areas, this could have turned out tragic, I’m grateful this time it didn’t.”

Colestine Road is a narrow, very steep, gravel road that is unmaintained during evening hours, that leads from the summit of the Siskiyou Pass into northern California.  The route is signed as not being maintained after dark in the winter.

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ODOT: Travel Not Advised In SW Oregon

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MEDFORD – Travel remains treacherous and not advised tonight (Nov. 26) along the I-5 corridor and other southwest interior Oregon highways. Several highways are closed due to either blizzard conditions and downed trees.

Oregon 138 east of Roseburg is closed due to blizzard conditions from Toketee east to U.S. 97. Oregon 62 from Prospect north, including Oregon 230 to Diamond Lake Junction, is also closed due to white out conditions. Oregon 255 (Carpenterville Highway), which parallels U.S. 101 between Pistol River and Brookings, is closed due to downed trees.

Chains are required both northbound and southbound on the I-5 Siskiyou Summit, south of Ashland. Caltrans is also reporting chain requirements south of the border with heavy snow, blizzard conditions and crashes near Mt. Shasta. Significant traffic back-ups have been observed on road cameras. Caltrans is holding northbound commercial trucks at Redding. Delay travel into this area.

Oregon Highways 38, 42, 42S and U.S. 101 are also reporting either downed trees or power lines, though all remain open to at least a single lane as of Tuesday afternoon.

Travel is not advised in southwest Oregon tonight. Be prepared for wind, low visibility and poor winter driving conditions until the storm passes. Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions as there have been numerous spin-outs and crashes.

Monitor www.Tripcheck.com in Oregon and Quickmap.dot.ca.gov in California for the latest travel conditions.

Winter driving tips available at: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/pages/winter-driving.aspx

 

Oregon Department Of Revenue Revises Kicker Amount To $1.6 Billion

The Oregon Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) adjusted the “kicker” for the 2018 tax year from more than $1.5 billion to $1.6 billion earlier this month. That means an increase in the amount returned to taxpayers.

The state hasn’t issued kicker checks since 2007. The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2019 state personal income tax returns filed in 2020.

To calculate the amount of your credit, multiply your 2018 tax liability before any credits—line 22 on the 2018 Form OR-40—by 17.171 percent. This percentage is determined and certified by OEA. Taxpayers who claimed a credit for tax paid to another state will need to subtract the credit amount from their liability before calculating the credit.

You’re eligible to claim the kicker if you filed a 2018 tax return and had tax due before credits. Even if you don’t have a filing obligation for 2019, you still must file a 2019 tax return to claim your credit. There will be detailed information on how to claim your credit in the 2019 Oregon personal income tax return instructions: Form OR-40 for full-year Oregon residents, Form OR-40-P for part-year residents, and Form OR-40-N for nonresidents. Composite and fiduciary-income tax return filers are also eligible.

Keep in mind, the state may use all or part of your refund, including the kicker, to pay any state debt, such as tax due for past years, child support, court fines, or school loans.

A What’s My Kicker? calculator will be active on Revenue’s website for personal income tax filers when filing season opens in January. To calculate your kicker, you’ll enter your name, Social Security number, and filing status for 2018 and 2019.

Visit www.oregon.gov/dor to get tax forms, check the status of your refund, or make tax payments; call 800-356-4222 toll-free from an Oregon prefix (English or Spanish); 503-378-4988 in Salem and outside Oregon; or email questions.dor@oregon.gov. For TTY (hearing or speech impaired), call 800-886-7204.

 

FOUND EXPLOSIVE DEVICES **UPDATE**

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On 11-12-19 at approximately 1035AM, the Grants Pass Dept. of Public Safety received a report of a possible explosive device located just off of NE 7th street near the driveway for North McDonald’s.  Officers arrived in the area and confirmed there was what appeared to be a hand grenade located in the landscaping near the driveway.  The Oregon State Police Explosive Unit responded to assess the device and assist with the call.  After recovering one device, the Tech located three more devices partially buried in the dirt.  These devices were all recovered without incident.

Further inspection was conducted on all four devices yesterday.  After inspection, it was determined three of the four devices were live.  At the time of the recovery, the immediate area around where the devices had been located was checked and no other items of concern were located.  Currently we are in the process of checking the entire area more thoroughly for any other potential devices.  We do not have any indicators of additional devices or threats, this is strictly a precautionary measure in an effort to ensure the safety for those who will be working in the area.

The department would like to use this incident as an opportunity to remind the public to use extreme caution when observing or locating devices that appear to be explosive.  Without extensive training and safety equipment, it is always recommended to contact local law enforcement for assistance with recovering and rendering safe any potential device or suspicious package.

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Oregon man

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BROOKINGS, Ore. — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a 59-year-old-man Wednesday night after more than 22 hours of combined searches in the vicinity of Brookings.

Missing is Dan VanCleave.

Coast Guard Sector North Bend coordinated 14 combined searches, which were conducted by an MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, an aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Chetco River and a beach-combing search conducted by members of Station Chetco River. All searches resulted in negative results.

“Suspending a search is never an easy decision to make,” said Capt. Benjamin Berg, chief of response for the 13th Coast Guard District. “We strive to save every single life, but tonight our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. VanCleave.”

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MAN ARRESTED FOR KILLING ROOMMATE

SHADY COVE, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives arrested a Shady Cove man Tuesday on charges related to the death of his roommate.  Detectives say Shane Ryan Micheal Wayman, 21, killed Destiny Anne Finch, 20, in their home, and then left her remains in a wooded area north of Trail.

On Monday, November 11, 2019, at 6:51 p.m., dispatch received a call from a family member reporting that Finch was missing from her home in the first block of Brophy Way, Shady Cove.  Deputies responded and found evidence that an assault had occurred there.

Deputies learned that Finch and Wayman had an argument earlier in the day; neither were present at the residence at the time of the missing person report.  Finch and her fiancé lived together in the home, along with Wayman and another male adult.

JCSO detectives activated the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) Monday evening.  Personnel from the Oregon State Police, the Medford Police Department, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office responded to assist in the investigation.

On Tuesday, November 12, at approximately 6:15 a.m., Medford Police detectives located Wayman walking along Highway 62 at mile marker 24.  He was detained without incident.  Moments later, JCSO detectives found Wayman’s vehicle, a white 1999 Hyundai Sonata, parked along Highway 62 near the Prospect Ranger Station.

Detectives located Finch’s remains just before noon on Tuesday in a wooded area near Highway 227 in Douglas County, just north of the county line.  After consultation with authorities in Douglas County, Jackson County investigators continued as the lead agency for the investigation.

An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene.  An autopsy is planned for Wednesday afternoon to confirm the cause and manner of death.  Detectives have notified Finch’s family of her death.

JCSO detectives lodged Wayman in the Jackson County jail on charges of murder, first degree assault, second degree abuse of a corpse, and unlawful use of a weapon.  The investigation is ongoing.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have video footage that could assist in the investigation.  They are specifically looking for footage of the following roadways:  Highway 62 from mile marker 18 to Highway 230;  Highway 227 between Highway 62 and the Douglas County line; Highway 230 between Highway 62 and Highway 138.  Anyone with video cameras in those areas, or any other information about the case, can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 770-8333.

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Coast Guard searches for missing boater on Oregon coast

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BROOKINGS, Ore. — The Coast Guard is searching for a 59-year-old man reported missing in the waters in the vicinity of Chetco River.

Missing is Dan VanCleave, who was reported overdue Tuesday night by his wife after he failed to return home before sunset.

The 13th Coast Guard District Command Center in Seattle conducted a forensics investigation, and VanCleave’s cellphone company produced the phone’s location on land in Brookings, with a 2000-foot radius area of uncertainty that includes the beaches and ocean.

At 7:10 p.m. members of Coast Guard Station Chetco River conducted a land-based search of beach areas within the cell phone range and launched illumination flares.

At 7:40 p.m. Coast Guard Sector North Bend launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to search above the marine layer to possibly draw a flare and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Chetco River searched outside the Chetco River entrance.

At 8 p.m. VanCleave’s truck and trailer was located at the Brookings Boat Basin.

Coast Guard members reviewed the day’s footage from the bar-tower camera to determine if or when VanCleave’s vessel departed the harbor.

At 10 p.m. the aircrew located an unlit boat 1.7 miles south of the Chetco River Jetty.

The MLB crew arrived on scene and confirmed that the 16-foot vessel, which was found with the engine idling in the down position, was registered to VanCleave. His cellphone and other personal items were found however the boat was unattended.

The crew towed the boat into Brookings and then continued with the search effort through the night.

Aircrews from Sector North Bend and boatcrews from Station Chetco River continue to search the area Wednesday morning.

The air temperature was reported at 48 degrees with a water temperature of 50 degrees. Visibility was 200 yards.

OSP Seeks Public Help For Investigation Into Bald Eagle Killing (Douglas County)

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife troopers are seeking the public’s assistance regarding a bald eagle being illegally shot with a firearm on Lower Cow Creek Road near West Fork Cow Creek Road.

On November 7, 2019 at about 9:00 AM, OSP Fish and Wildlife troopers responded to a reported bald eagle that was deceased in Lower Cow Creek.  Upon examination by Fish and Wildlife troopers and personnel from Umpqua Wildlife Rescue, it was determined that the bald eagle died from being shot by a firearm.  It is believed the bald eagle had been deceased for one to two days before being reported.

In conjunction with The TIP program and the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward up to $2,500 for information leading to a criminal conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting.  The bald eagle is currently protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The killing or possession of a bald eagle or its parts is a violation of both Acts, punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact OSP Senior Trooper Kyle Bachmeier or Senior Trooper Curtis Weaver through the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (mobile).

** Report Wildlife and Habitat Law Violators** 

The TIP program offers preference point rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of big game mammals.

Preference Point Rewards:

* 5 Points-Bighorn Sheep

* 5 Points-Rocky Mountain Goat

* 5 Points-Moose

* 5 Points-Wolf

* 4 Points-Elk

* 4 Points-Deer

* 4 Points-Antelope

* 4 Points-Bear

* 4 Points-Cougar

Or the Oregon Hunters Association TIP reward fund also offers cash rewards for information leading to an arrest or issuance of a citation for the unlawful take/possession or waste of Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat, Moose, Elk, Deer, Antelope, Bear, Cougar, Wolf, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, Furbearers, Game Fish and Shellfish.  Cash rewards can also be awarded for turning in people who destroy habitat, illegally obtain licenses/tags and for the unlawful lending/borrowing of big game tags.

CASH REWARDS:
* $1,000 Bighorn Sheep, Rocky Mountain Goat and Moose
* $500 Elk, Deer and Antelope
* $300 Bear, Cougar and Wolf
* $300 Habitat Destruction

* $200 Illegally Obtaining License/Tag(s)

* $200 Unlawful Lend/Borrow Big Game Tags(s)
* $100 Upland Birds and Waterfowl
* $100 Furbearers

* $100 Game Fish and Shellfish
How to Report a Wildlife and/or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity:

TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677)

TIP E-Mail: TIP@state.or.us (Monitored M-F 8:00AM – 5:00PM)

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE INMATE DEATH (UPDATE 11/6)

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Update, 11/6/19:

An autopsy performed on November 5, 2019, confirmed that Scott Lee Ashbaugh died as the result of suicide by ligature asphyxiation.

A final media release regarding this incident will come from the Jackson County District Attorney at the conclusion of the investigation.  No further information is available for release at this time.

Original release, 11/5/19:

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Detectives are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred in the Jackson County jail late Monday night.  The preliminary investigation indicates that Scott Lee Ashbaugh, 28, died of an apparent suicide.

On November 4, 2019, at 10:56 p.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy found Ashbaugh unresponsive during a cell check and initiated life-saving efforts.  Medical help was summoned from Medford Fire & Rescue and Mercy Flights; however, Ashbaugh was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated, a standard procedure with in-custody deaths in Jackson County.  A detective from Medford PD is leading the investigation.

According to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy is scheduled for November 6 to confirm the cause and manner of death.  Detectives say Ashbaugh’s family has been notified of his death.

Ashbaugh was arrested by Medford Police on October 19 for a probation violation for failing to report as a sex offender and resisting arrest.  He was serving a sanction for the probation violation and was set to be released from jail on November 7.  Jail officials say Ashbaugh was housed in a cell with no other inmates present at the time of his death.

No further information is available for release at this time.  An update will be provided by the Jackson County District Attorney at the conclusion of the investigation.

JCSO officials say mental health services are available to inmates in the jail, as well as locally for people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The Jackson County Mental Health 24-hour crisis hotline number is (541) 774-8201.  Walk-in mental health services are also available at 140 S. Holly Street, Medford (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5 pm).  The number to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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FATAL CRASH ON HWY 140 – JACKSON COUNTY

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On Tuesday,  November 5, 2019 at approximately 1:45 P.M. Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a two vehicle crash on Highway 140 at the intersection of Kershaw Road.

Preliminary Investigation revealed that 2000 gold Ford Explorer, operated by Enrique Hames (25) of Argentina, was northbound on Kershaw Rd. when it failed to stop at the traffic control device onto Hwy 140.  The Ford drove into the path of an eastbound 2005 Fleetwood Motor home operated by William Silva (41) of Grants Pass.

Hames was transported with serious injuries.

Silva was transported with minor injuries.

There were two passengers in the Ford – Nicole Rossi (24) of Argentina was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Cristina Hernandez Selles (26) of Spain sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP was assisted by Jackson County Fire District 3, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and ODOT

Next of kin was notified with the assistance of the Spanish Consulate.

DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE INMATE DEATH – JACKSON COUNTY

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MEDFORD, Ore. –  Detectives are investigating the death of an inmate that occurred in the Jackson County jail late Monday night.  The preliminary investigation indicates that Scott Lee Ashbaugh, 28, died of an apparent suicide.

On November 4, 2019, at 10:56 p.m., a Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputy found Ashbaugh unresponsive during a cell check and initiated life-saving efforts.  Medical help was summoned from Medford Fire & Rescue and Mercy Flights; however, Ashbaugh was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) was activated, a standard procedure with in-custody deaths in Jackson County.  A detective from Medford PD is leading the investigation.

According to the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office, an autopsy is scheduled for November 6 to confirm the cause and manner of death.  Detectives say Ashbaugh’s family has been notified of his death.

Ashbaugh was arrested by Medford Police on October 19 for a probation violation for failing to report as a sex offender and resisting arrest.  He was serving a sanction for the probation violation and was set to be released from jail on November 7.  Jail officials say Ashbaugh was housed in a cell with no other inmates present at the time of his death.

No further information is available for release at this time.  An update will be provided by the Jackson County District Attorney at the conclusion of the investigation.

JCSO officials say mental health services are available to inmates in the jail, as well as locally for people experiencing a mental health crisis.  The Jackson County Mental Health 24-hour crisis hotline number is (541) 774-8201.  Walk-in mental health services are also available at 140 S. Holly Street, Medford (Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5 pm).  The number to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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Oregon based Coast Guard cutter returns home following $54 million cocaine seizure in Eastern Pacific Ocean

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Above: Astoria, Oregon based Coast Guard cutter “Alert” Photo from USCG

ASTORIA, Ore. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to their homeport of Astoria Friday following a 10,700 nautical mile, 65-day, multi-mission patrol, resulting in the interdiction of nearly 4,000 pounds of cocaine worth approximately $54 million.

Alert’s crew conducted counter drug operations in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, where boarding teams interdicted two go-fast vessels, seizing the cocaine and detaining six suspected drug smugglers.

Three Mexican naval officers joined Alert for the patrol to share lessons learned and to build cohesion between the two sea services.

“I am extremely proud of this crew for doing their part to keep these dangerous drugs off the streets,” said Cmdr. Tyson Scofield, Alert’s commanding officer. “The Eastern Pacific Ocean is a challenging environment, especially on a ship that is in her 50th year of service, yet this crew persevered to disrupt the illegal flow of narcotics that fuels instability in Central and South America. The counterdrug mission is as important now as it has ever been, and these brave men and women can return home after a 65-day patrol knowing they made a difference.”

The Coast Guard’s medium endurance cutters represent 70% of the service’s counter drug interdiction fleet, but many are nearing the end of their service life. Replacing the aging fleet of medium endurance cutters with the offshore patrol cutter is one of the Coast Guard’s top priorities.

As cartels become more advanced in their trafficking methods at sea, the Coast Guard is recapitalizing the fleet with modern assets equipped to detect, interdict and disrupt the growing flow of illegal drugs, weapons and people in the Eastern Pacific.

The offshore patrol cutter will provide a critical capability bridge between national security cutters like the Coast Guard Cutter Munro, which offloaded 39,000 pounds of cocaine earlier this year, and fast response cutters like the Robert Ward, which seized more than 1,500 pounds of the cocaine during a recent patrol.

Alert’s crew offloaded more than $92 million worth of cocaine Oct.16 in San Diego before returning home. The cocaine offloaded represents a  total of four suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the crews of the Alert and the Coast Guard Cutters Robert Ward and Seneca who patrolled the same international waters between late July and early October.

Alert’s crew also patrolled off the coast of California, providing an increased off-shore deterrence to illicit narcotics trafficking and human smuggling. The amount of recreational and commercial fishing traffic provided Alert’s law enforcement teams with opportunities to board vessels not normally inspected at sea.

Alert’s engineers also provided mechanical assistance to a disabled vessel, helping the distressed crew to return to port prior to the arrival of gale force weather conditions.

Alert’s embarked helicopter and aircrew from Air Station Humboldt Bay also assisted two U.S. Navy ships by flying their severely injured crewmembers ashore to receive advanced medical treatment.

Alert began their patrol by participating in the 2019 Los Angeles Fleet Week celebration, a public event that celebrated the U.S. Armed Forces and the Port of Los Angeles. During the course of the week, Alert’s crew provided shipboard tours to 880 patrons and worked jointly with the Coast Guard Cutter Forrest Rednour to increase the public’s awareness to the Coast Guard and its missions. The crew also volunteered in a Habitat for Humanity community service event where they aided a local food bank with boxing meals for families in need.

Alert is one of three 210-foot medium endurance cutters stationed on the West Coast. Crews aboard medium endurance cutters like the Alert conduct missions throughout the Pacific Ocean from the U.S.-Canadian border to South America and as far as the Galapagos Islands.

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Bales of cocaine lie stacked under the deck of a suspected smuggling vessel in October interdicted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Approximately 2,000 pounds of cocaine were seized and three suspected smugglers were detained. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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A suspected smuggling vessel drifts in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean after being intercepted by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert in October. Approximately 2,000 pounds of cocaine were seized and three suspected smugglers were detained. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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