It was a relatively quiet year for us other than the Teeter homicide in Seneca. It was rather quiet and routine in nature.

This year I hope we can continue our public safety efforts and have as few emergencies as possible. I would like people to be safe and have a good interaction with the police. We hope to be more proactive this year in dealing with drugs in our community and public safety issues.

- Sgt. Gordon Larson

Oregon State Police

Last year went by too fast. Really, I think I've heard that from just about everybody.

- Anna Bass

John Day City Recorder

It wasn't the best year personally for me, but workwise it was great.

We got the Computer Assisted Dispatch (CAD) program in operation at the police department. We thought it would be a long time before we would be able to purchase a CAD system due to the cost, but we were able to obtain a grant. We also got the money for a new emergency genenerator for the 911 center. We haven't bought it yet, but the money is there.

This year, we are going to be implementing the Phase II mapping system for our enhanced 911 communications. With this system, we will be able to locate where a call from a cell phone is coming from rather than what tower it's closest to. This will greatly improve our response time to emergency situations.

- Valerie Luttrell

County's telecommunications supervisor

The past year has been one of the toughest in the petroleum industry since I've been in the business since 1971 because of the escalating fuel prices. And it's also been extremely difficult for my customers because of the fuel prices. Hopefully (this year) won't be as erratic as (last year) as far as fuel prices go. We need new oil refineries in this country, as well as more domestic crude oil, which requires drilling in the Alaskan wilderness preserve.

- Greg Jackson

Owner, Jackson Oil

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