Cabela’s Hosts Life Jacket Exchange

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — If you have a life jacket that’s too small, you can trade it in for a properly fitting one at an exchange event this weekend. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with Cabela’s for it’s fourth annual life jacket exchange. They are inviting people to bring in old life jackets that … Continue reading »

Officers Prep for Operation Dry Water

EUGENE, Ore. — A warning for people heading out to the lake or river ahead of the holiday weekend. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is out looking for boaters who have had too much to drink. Deputies will be on the water as part of Operation Dry Water. It’s a national event meant to drastically … Continue reading »

Boaters Back on the Water

NEAR EUGENE, Ore. —  As Memorial Day weekend approaches boaters are back out on the water after a tough season at Fern Ridge Reservoir. Last year the low water levels made it difficult for boaters to get out on the water — but it’s a different story this year. The docks are full — and … Continue reading »

High Water Creating Boating Hazards

HARRISBURG, Ore. — A warning for boaters, extremely high water levels are causing hazards on parts of the Willamette River. It’s especially a problem at the Harrisburg rail board bridges. The Lane County Marine Patrol says there’s only five feet of clearance between the bridge and the water. Officials say it’s unsafe for watercraft to … Continue reading »

Low Water Levels: Warning for Boaters

VENETA, Ore. — Marinas around Fern Ridge Reservoir are repeating a warning from earlier in the year, that the low water levels could get your boat stuck in the mud. Lane County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue says the reservoir is evaporating quickly. They say boats are getting stuck in the mud in places they normally … Continue reading »

OSMB Reminds to Boat Safe This Weekend

SALEM, Ore. – Memorial Day weekend signals the beginning of boating season in Oregon and the Oregon State Marine Board wants to make sure boaters are prepared. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that alcohol consumption attributed to 296 accidents with 243 injuries and 125 deaths in 2011. “A fun-filled day can turn tragic from drinking … Continue reading »

Outdoors Show Continues in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Even the Super Bowl wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Lane County residents from checking out the last day of the Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show. Even in the grey of winter, it looks like everyone is ready to get outside. The show has really become a tradition in Eugene. The show … Continue reading »

Local Deputy Wins Statewide Award

EUGENE, Ore. — A huge honor was announced for a Lane County sheriff’s deputy. Deputy Charles Douglass was named Oregon Marine Patrol Officer of the Year by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators. He beat out more than 100 county and state law enforcement officers who monitor Oregon’s waterways. Douglass has worked for the … Continue reading »