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Master Sgt. Rick Cowan / U.S. Coast Guard

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter came within 50 feet of colliding with a drone over Port Angeles, Washington, last weekend. The Coast Guard said an air crew was doing low altitude training exercises near Fairchild International Airport when it had to take evasive action.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Oregon Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make exceptions for the use of drones.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Idaho fish and game regulators want there to be no doubt that hunters cannot use drones. In Oregon as well, lawmakers have tried to head off a fair chase issue before it rears its head.

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Managers at Insitu, a military drone maker headquartered in Bingen, Washington, say they see great potential for civil and commercial uses for their best known aircraft.

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Both Oregon and Washington’s state forestry departments had hoped to try out drones this summer to provide reconnaissance at wildfire scenes. But neither firefighting agency managed to pull it off. Now both plan to try again next year.

Peak3 Inc.

A drone test range in northeastern Oregon launched its first flight Tuesday.

Drone Restrictions Moving Forward At Oregon Capitol

Jun 25, 2013
Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

New restrictions on drones are moving forward in the Oregon legislature. Lawmakers reached an agreement Tuesday on a measure that would limit the way law enforcement can use unmanned aircraft.

Earlier this year, hobbyists raised a fuss when lawmakers considered a measure that would have required all unmanned aircraft — even a child's toy — to be registered with the state. The compromise version of the bill removes that requirement.

Northwest Lawmakers Target Drones For Regulation

Feb 15, 2013
Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

SALEM, Ore. – Rapidly changing drone technology has some Northwest lawmakers uncomfortable. Legislators in Oregon, Washington and Idaho have introduced measures to regulate and limit the way law enforcement can use the devices. But people who fly these unmanned aircraft for fun are afraid well-intentioned regulations will criminalize their hobby.

Patrick Sherman straps on a pair of goggles and fires up a strange looking aircraft sitting in front of him.