Radio Chain Alpha Media Says It Will Launch News Drones Over Oregon


Alpha Media, which owns KXL-FM and other local stations, says it will start using drones to shooting video for traffic reports. The company, which owns about 70 radio stations nationwide, says it's reached an agreement with a manufacturer to provide the craft, according to a Reuters story by Courtney Sherwood. KOIN-TV also picked up the story, noting Alpha's agreement is with Aerial Technology out ...   More
Friday, December 5, 2014 WW Staff

Tad McGeer, Drone Critic and Drone Builder, is Speaking at TechFestNW


If you fear drones. If you are fascinated by them. If you worry that they are one step removed from George Orwell's 1984. Or if you think drones have the capacity to save lives and create economic efficiencies.  If any of those even remotely describe you, you won't want to miss Tad McGeer's presentation at TechFestNW.McGeer, who lives in the Columbia gorge, is both brilliant and complicated: he ...   More
Monday, July 7, 2014 by

The It List: The Top 10 Things in Portland and the World

The triumphant sheepish return!


Each week our culture scientists rank their 10 favorite things in the universe. The resulting list is infallible. The list is perfect. If you don't agree with the list, you are wrong. Some items may stay atop the list for weeks, others may only make a brief appearance. Some items are Portland-centric, but only because Portland is at the center of the universe. Please do not write to us, asking ...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 WW Culture Staff

TechfestNW 2013: Drone Attack!

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Whatever you’ve heard on the news about Iran or Pakistan, Oregon is ground zero for drones. Tad McGeer, a Hood River pacifist and inventor, founded the Columbia Gorge company, Insitu, that manu   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

OSU Drones Will Spy on Potatoes

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WW reported in February that Oregon State University had applied with the Federal Aviation Administration for a license to use unmanned drones.Today, the university announced it will start using two drones this month—to look at potato fields.OSU officials said today that two small unmanned aircraft will fly three times a week over potato fields at the 300-acre Hermiston Agricultural Research and ...   More
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Oregon City Company Promises Protection From Drones


The Oregon Legislature is poised to strictly limit the use of unmanned drones in Oregon airspace this week, as the threat of machines monitoring American citizens from the skies has gripped imaginations on the right and left. The legislature will consider its drone regulations on Wednesday, even as the issue gains national traction. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) made domestic drones a centerpiece of ...   More
Monday, March 18, 2013 AARON MESH

The Argument Against Outlawing Drones in Oregon


The unmanned flying vehicles called drones get lots of bad press because of their use in killing people in Afghanistan and other global hotspots. As WW has reported, drones also provide a lot of good jobs in parts of this region that don't have great employment opportunities.In the current legislative session, the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), has introduced ...   More
Friday, March 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Drones: Coming to Clackamas and Corvallis Airspace


Updated 1 pm: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. James Rhodes says there is no money and no immediate plans for a drone to join the department. He says they applied so that the department could use one, "should we choose to look into them."Original story: As concerns over the use of unmanned drone planes in the United States reach a feverish buzz, two more Oregon institutions are quietly ...   More
Monday, February 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Spying the Friendly Skies

Drone aircraft used for recon in Afghanistan are now in Portland.

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Military surveillance drones of the kind used to spy on Taliban targets for U.S. forces in Afghanistan are now based in Portland, but U.S. government officials are unclear how or when they might   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 COREY PEIN


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