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Rhododendron Drive shoulder expansion

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Where the rhodies meet the road.
Crew members from Ray Wells, Inc., work to clear vegetation for two six-foot shoulders on Rhododendron Drive. The Rhododendron Drive Shoulder Expansion Project, set to be completed this fall, will increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists on Rhododendron Drive between Ninth Street and Wildwinds. The City of Florence and the construction crews are minimizing the
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Fire districts agree to automatic aid on Hwy 126

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Siuslaw Valley formalizes aid agreement with Mapleton Rural Fire.
Siuslaw Valley Fire Chief Jim Langborg and Mapleton Fire Chief Charlie Moore have been working with their boards of directors to update the fire districts' mutual aid agreement to automatic aid for certain calls.
"We had some discussions earlier in the year with the Mapleton Fire Chief Charlie Moore about
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Port financial position improving

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Added revenue from rate increases bolsters Port of Siuslaw's financial statements.
During the July 20 Port of Siuslaw board meeting, administrative assistant Dina McClure reported on the port's end of year financial condition. The port's fiscal year ends June 30.
"At the end of fiscal year, regarding expenses, all of the appropriate categories are within budget," McClure said.
McClure said
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Sharon Stiles selected to head LCC board

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Expects search for new president and funding as major 2016-17 challenges.
Florence resident Sharon Stiles was elected chairwoman of the 2016-17 Lane Community College's (LCC) Board of Education, at the board's July 13 meeting.
Stiles, 75, was first elected to the LCC board in 2009 and chaired the board in 2012-13. She holds the Zone 1 seat on the board,
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Feel the Power

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Hundreds of people reflected the "power of one" by joining the sixth annual Power of Florence on Saturday. Community members banded together to raise money for nonprofit groups, clean up parks, paint buildings, increase awareness on important issues and beautify Florence.
Founder Kaylee Graham, Mayor Joe Henry and Florence Police Chief Tom Turner started the event with the Power Walk
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New Public Works building process enters next step

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
$3.5M project's first phase to include maintenance building, office structure.
Florence City Council recently approved changes to the architectural services contract for the new Public Works Operations Facility to allow simultaneous construction of an office building and the maintenance building.
On July 11, City of Florence Project Manager Megan Messmer presented details on the 8,000-square-foot maintenance facility and 5,870-square-foot office
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New Siuslaw superintendent outlines priorities

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
New Siuslaw School District Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak took over this month from retiring superintendent Ethel Angal.
During his 20 years with the district, 46-year-old Grzeskowiak spent 10 years teaching high school, five years as athletic director, two years as assistant high school principal and three years as middle school principal.
"I've been a teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant
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Dunes City announces Volunteers of the Year

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
During the July 14 Dunes City Council meeting, Mayor Rebecca Ruede recognized local residents Norman and Judy Martin as the 2016 Volunteers of the Year.
"The Martins have consistently shown their loyalty to the citizens of Dunes City," Ruede said. "Both have served on the planning commission, on numerous committees, and Judy served on the city council for a
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City marijuana tax heads to voters

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Florence City Council approved Resolution No. 16, Series 16, to allow voters in the Nov. 8 election to decide whether or not Florence can tax recreational marijuana at the allowable state limit, currently set at 3 percent. The council also updated the city's recreational marijuana code at Monday's meeting.
The State of Oregon is currently collecting a temporary 25 percent
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Culture Canoe

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Participants in the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians' "Culture Canoe Camp" arrive at the Port of Siuslaw boat ramp Thursday in the Journey Canoe "Lottie," after completing a 14-mile trek along the Siuslaw River that began in Mapleton. For the complete story and more photos, view today's Sports section.
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Real Food co-op to close

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Final member vote for dissolution to be announced Tuesday.
After recent closures due to a lack of patrons and volunteers, Real Food Co-op has announced that it will permanently close, pending next week's outcome of a resolution approval by its members.
A special board meeting to announce the vote tally of the board of director's resolution to close the
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City honors Coast Guard ‘Good Samaritan’

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Florence City Council and Mayor Joe Henry honored two men Monday night for the May 28 rescue of two boys from dangerous surf near the Siuslaw River North Jetty.
U.S. Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River Fireman Dana Gagliardi received the city's Good Samaritan Award and medal of honor. Angelo Santiago of Springfield will also be honored by the city.
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Florence man arrested, guns recovered in True Value burglary

Modified: Wednesday, Jul 13th, 2016
Florence police arrested a local man Tuesday afternoon and recovered all nine guns that were stolen in the June 30 burglary at True Value Hardware.
Jose Luis Villa, 25, of Florence was arrested July 12 at a local residence after police reviewed security footage from the burglary and received information from several anonymous tips. Villa was charged with burglary, theft
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Hair today, gone tomorrow

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
Boys and Girls Club executive director loses bet, but members win big on grades.
Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County Executive Director Chuck Trent paid a bet he was happy to lose last week at Lisa's Barber Shop.
Trent bet the 40 Teen Center club members that if they collectively received 40 A's and four straight-A grade
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Three Rivers Casino expands nonsmoking area

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
Three Rivers Casino Resort will increase its nonsmoking gaming area to almost 12,000 square feet -- about 40 percent of its total gaming floor -- on July 29.
The expansion will make the Florence casino one of the largest nonsmoking gaming areas in Oregon.
"They asked, we listened," said Mike Rose, COO at Three Rivers Casino Resort. "Guests will now
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‘Power of One’ levels up

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
Kaylee Graham and Ava Glowacki have taken on the roles of "power girls" as they promote the sixth year of the Power of Florence, held this Saturday at various locations around town. With the support of their families, community sponsors and the Florence City Council, the girls aim to make this year's day of service projects the best one yet.
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Cleawox Lake

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 12th, 2016
At a glance: Cleawox Lake, located within Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park three miles south of Florence on Highway 101, is perfect for swimming, kayaking and fishing.
Surrounded by golden dunes, the 76.5-acre lake has restroom facilities, a bathhouse, a fishing dock and a large paved parking lot with a viewpoint overlooking the recreational area. The steep sand
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