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A change in the RAIN

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016
RAIN hires David Youngentob to be new coastal venture catalyst.
Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) has worked with the City of Florence and the coastal region for more than a year to bring focus and support to entrepreneurs and businesses. Now that it has proved the viability of a program in western Lane County, RAIN hired a new coastal

Nordahl retires after 39 years with Siuslaw News

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016
Siuslaw News graphic designer Carolyn Nordahl retired Friday after 39 years in the back office.
"My work has consisted of creating display advertising and section covers, plus merging the work of our news staff with that of the advertising department," Nordahl said.
Nearly every page published by the Siuslaw News has had Nordahl's fingerprints on it -- whether in paper

Linking up

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016
Oregon National Guard meets with local agencies, community.
Oregon National Guard units and Florence emergency responders conducted a joint exercise Sunday in the Florence Events Center parking lot.

The purpose of the exercise was to plan a response to a natural disaster that would require National Guard units to travel from Eugene to Florence to render assistance.

National Guard convoy comes to Florence Sunday

Modified: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
Local emergency response teams join disaster response exercise.
Oregon National Guard units from Eugene will be convoying to Florence tomorrow to set up a simulated emergency response to a major Cascadia earthquake and subsequent tsunami at the Florence Events Center parking lot, 715 Quince St. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley

Pumpkin Party

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
KCST Coast Radio's
annual Original Great Pumpkin Giveaway delivered more than 2,000 pounds of pumpkins to local youth Thursday. Families braved the weather to receive one pumpkin per youth aged 17 and under. Volunteers from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Florence-Siuslaw Lions Club helped with the event, fed community members and kept the event going in the

1 Full Year

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
FRAA celebrates first anniversary in Old Town.
Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) will be celebrating the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Old Town Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m..
The celebration is significant for a number of reasons, said FRAA Director Harlen Springer.
"We want to thank members, sponsors, our board and the

Principals Forum shares safety plans

Posted: Friday, Oct 21st, 2016
Siuslaw School District and Florence Community PTA held a safety forum Tuesday night at Siuslaw Middle School.
Hosted by Florence Mayor Joe Henry, the panel of civic leaders at the public event included Police Chief Thomas Turner, School Superintendent Andy Grzeskowski, Middle School Principal Andy Marohl and Elementary School Principal Michael Harklerode.
The sparsely attended meeting was an attempt

Great Pumpkin Giveaway set for Thursday

Modified: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Since the very first KCST Great Pumpkin giveaway 27 years ago, the annual event has been a birthday party with a different sort of twist. Instead of bringing a birthday gift, people attending get something to take home: a pumpkin.
That was true in 1989 when KCST Radio General Manager Jon Thompson decided to give away hundreds of pumpkins to

City sends in Coast Guard City USA application

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
After three months of preparation, the City of Florence officially handed over its Coast Guard City USA application to Chief Boatswains Mate Tim Tregoning, officer in charge of U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River, and Coast Guard Auxiliarist Deborah Heldt Cordone during the Oct. 17 council meeting.
"This is a designation only given to a few cities in the

An eye to the future

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Community retrospective looks back at important activism in the Siuslaw region.
The Gallery Above Silver Lining Boutique on Highway 101 opened a retrospective of 25 years of social activism in Florence on Saturday.
The event highlighted, on a number of large panels with all types of information displayed, the different issues and controversies that have been part of the

Teapot without a tempest

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Florence dodged the first major storm of the fall season last week. The predicted heavy rains did show up, but without the predicted 60 to 80 miles per hour wind gusts that could have been disastrous.
According to city of Florence Public Works Director Mike Miller, one tree blew down blocking one lane of Rhododendron Drive early Monday morning, but

Volunteer organization speaks to Friends

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2016
Representatives of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Eugene, (CASA), spoke at this month's Florence Friendship Club Oct.13 about the need in the Florence community for its services.
Director of Development and Communications for Lane County Katie Gatlin and Volunteer Coordinator Robben Lyons spoke to the club at Driftwood Shores and explained CASA's mission, training and support system.

Semper Paratus — Always Ready

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
Appreciation dinner honors Coast Guard's nearly 100 years on the Siuslaw River

In honor of its sustained relationship with the U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River for the past 99 years, the City of Florence will soon apply for the prestigious Coast Guard City designation.
The proposal was made earlier this year, and, at that time, an appreciation

Siuslaw Valley conducts early morning rescue

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
A late evening beach walk took a dangerous turn as three transients attempted to return to their car through thick brush near Carl G. Washburne State Park around 1 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) Fire Marshall Sean Barrett said, "Our duty chief, Chief Jim Langborg, got a call from the dispatch center saying, ‘There is

Great Shakeout prepares region

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
The City of Florence, local organizations and individuals will practice "Duck, Cover and Hold" during the "Great Shakeout" earthquake preparedness drill at 10:20 a.m. on Oct. 20.
The worldwide drill, now in its eighth year, is held on the third Thursday in October.
City of Florence Project Manager Megan Messmer said, "Our Public Works Department has been participating for several

Principals Forum focuses on school safety Tuesday

Posted: Friday, Oct 14th, 2016
The Siuslaw School District is inviting all interested residents to attend a free Principals Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m. to discuss the issue of safety in area schools. The forum will be held in the Siuslaw Middle School commons, 2525 Oak St.
The forum is presented by the district and Florence Community PTA.
Siuslaw School

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