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It's a different kind of target practice; Columbia County deputies firing dozens of rounds in the sides and bottom of a boat to see if the bullet holes will cause it to sink. The boat, designed by the Tigard company “HIT” or  "High Impact Technology", is pummeled but takes on no water. Russ Monk says his "Zumo" boat is designed for water rescue and gear hauling. It’s treated with a special material called "battle jacket."  The slugs stick in the material or pass right through it, the holes quickly closing. “Every cubic foot of the boat has over a million air bubbles in it. So if they get popped, it really doesn’t hurt it any.” Monk says pontoon boats used for Hurricane Katrina emergency response were easily disabled by barbed wire, mailboxes and scrap metal under water. HIT hopes to begin production on the line of "Zumos" early next year. Small community search and rescue teams are their ideal customers. The boats will cost $16,000 to $20,000 each.

Help Puerto Rico

Most organizations are asking for cash, rather than supplies, so they can route help to where it’s needed most more quickly. Here are some of the largest groups with campaigns underway:

 

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.