As drones take off, Oregon rules up in air

A public forum on the civilian and military use of drones takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, at the First Unitarian Church of Portlands Eliot Chapel at Southwest 12th Avenue and Salmon Street.

The past year has been a big one for drones.

The unmanned aerial vehicles have caught worldwide attention for more than just warcraft. With few rules to govern their use, the technology is advancing to let people use drones for both innovation and mischief: everything from smuggling contraband into prisons and taking selfies, to potentially fighting fires, monitoring crops, filming movies, and delivering goods.