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On the hunt

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
High school career and job fair draws hundreds.
Hundreds of students from Siuslaw and Mapleton schools attended the first Siuslaw High School Career and Job Fair held Thursday inside the school's gymnasium. In total, more than 500 students were invited to visit with 36 local businesses and organizations, which presented job opportunities and career information to interested students.
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election 2016 Lane County preps for primary

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
Voters should receive ballots by Tuesday.
Lane County will send out ballots for the May 17 Primary Election between now and Tuesday, May 3. Households should have already received the Voters' Pamphlet.
The ballot will contain the presidential primary vote, where those registered as Democrat or Republican will vote for their candidate; a vote for Oregon governor, with candidates including
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Solutions to repair erosion proposed

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
During the Port of Siuslaw board meeting April 20, maritime engineer Jack Aiken presented possible solutions to the ongoing erosion problems along an 800-foot section of riverbank at the east end of the port's campground property.
The erosion problem was exacerbated during the series of last December high tides and storms. The port has closed this portion of the
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Ambulance, fire districts advance with iga plan

Posted: Friday, Apr 29th, 2016
The boards of directors for Western Lane Ambulance District and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue have voted to proceed to the next step in developing an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for shared administration services.
Fire Chief Jim Langborg and Western Lane Interim Executive Director Brian Burright were present at Siuslaw Valley's April 20 meeting and the ambulance district's April 28 meeting.
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Q&A with Justice of Peace candidates

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Four candidates are vying for Lane County's Justice of the Peace position, which presides over the Lane County Justice Court, 900 Greenwood St. in Florence.
According to the county, the position handles small claims (civil actions involving up to $10,000 in damages), landlord-tenant disputes and traffic, animal, parks and boating offenses. The judge also approves search and arrest warrants
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Ambulance district shows a little ‘TLC’

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Program allows hospice patients a chance to fulfill last wishes.

Darlene Melton, a hospice patient with PeaceHealth Home and Hospice Program, always wanted to go to Shore Acres State Park to view the spring display of flowers. Thanks to Western Lane Ambulance District's TLC Program, she got to experience a day of flowers and sunshine before she passed away.
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OPB offers $1M loan program for businesses

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Low-interest loans available for storefront upgrades in Florence.
Oregon Pacific Bank (OPB) has created a $1 million Florence Economic Development loan program, which will provide more than 20 local business and property owners up to $50,000 for improvements to the visual and historical appeal of their building or storefront.
According to OPB, funding from this loan program is designed to
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Local schools, county seek bond support. Lane County Measure 20-239 would help fund 4-H and other rural extension programs.

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016


Lane County voters in the May 17 Primary Election are being asked to decide on Measure 20-239, which seeks funding for programs and services provided to county residents by Oregon State University Extension Services.
According to the explanatory statement, the five-year measure would authorize Lane County to levy a local option tax to help support the Extension Services'
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Local schools, county seek bond support. Multi-million-dollar bond measures to be decided for Mapleton, Siuslaw schools.

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016


Siuslaw and Mapleton school districts are seeking voter approval on two separate bond measures on the May 17 ballot.
Siuslaw is requesting $36.9 million to build a new high school to replace the current facility that was built in 1970 and fails to meet current safety and security standards.
Mapleton is asking voters to approve a $4 million
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April flowers

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Downtown Revitalization Team (from left) Chairman David Wiegan and members Susy Lacer, Ellen Huntingdon, Sharon Stiles and Harlan Springer and Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan stand under new flower baskets installed in Old Town by Florence Public Works Thursday. The baskets are part of the nine-member team's goal to unify and revitalize the downtown area as
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Library approves strategic plan

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Siuslaw Public Library concluded its strategic planning process this week with final approval by the board of directors on Wednesday. With an aim for more community involvement, the library developed a survey and invited people to attend a full day of planning.
Board President Jane Yecny said the board unanimously approved the plan.
"We're really excited about the plan and
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Exploring the estuary

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
Siuslaw eighth-graders help maintain, record estuary health.

Students from Siuslaw Middle School eighth-grade science classes helped remove invasive scotch broom and estimate clam populations as part of a three-day Siuslaw Salmon and Watershed Studies program held last week on the east end of Port of Siuslaw campground property.
The estuary studies program is in its fourth year and is
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Council selects Mills as admin

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
During the April 14 Dunes City Council meeting, councilors voted unanimously to offer interim city administrator Jamie Mills the permanent position.
Mills, a former city councilor, took over as interim city administrator and recorder in October after Fred Hilden retired from the position. She was one of five applicants to apply for the job.
Mills said, "I look forward
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City finalizes plans to extend access to Rhody Drive

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
Nearly 70 people attend open house about ODOT's shoulder extension project.

The City of Florence and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) finalized plans on the Rhododendron Drive Shoulder Extension Project that will add a walking and bike path alongside the road this spring. Nearly 70 community members attended the project's open house on April 14 at the Florence Events
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Multi-agency search suspended for swimmer

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
After 12 hours with no sign of a missing Portland man who was last seen swimming near the North Jetty in Florence on Friday night, Lane County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard has ended a multi-agency search.
According to the sheriff's office, Jack Charles O'Hollaren, a 20-year-old University of Oregon student from Portland, Ore., disappeared into the surf
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