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Man's body recovered after drowning in Siltcoos Lake

Modified: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
A 78-year-old man drowned Thursday night after he went overboard off a boat on Siltcoos Lake, south of Florence.
Around 6 p.m. on Aug. 25, emergency responders were called when the man, whose name has not been released, did not resurface. The search continued until nightfall, with Lane County Search and Rescue continuing recovery efforts.
Officials said the man's

Multiple fires at Business Center set intentionally

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Bomb Squad also called to second suspicious incident on 12th Street.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Florence Police responded to two smoke-related incidents on 12th Street yesterday, one involving a commercial structure fire and the other forcing the local Elks Lodge to evacuate due to a suspicious container.
Dispatch sent firefighters to the Florence Business Center, 1525 12th

Bronco bash

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Almost 250 Ford Broncos attended the 2016 Northwest Bronco Roundup at Three Rivers Casino Resort earlier this month, from Aug. 10 through 14. The group not only showed off their classic rides around town, but also raised more than 4,660 pounds of canned food for Florence Food Share. The annual event is sponsored in part by the casino. At left,

Port receives update on riverbank erosion repair

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners met at the Mapleton schools library last week to hear a progress report on proposed erosion repairs to the campground from Port Manager Steven Leskin.
According to Leskin, defined areas of governmental authority have caused some confusion as to which federal agencies will oversee the repairs.
The problem originated last December when torrential

Thorís Well

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Yachats x 541-547-3289.
At a glance: Thor's Well is located about two miles south of Yachats at Cape Perpetua, near the base of Cook's Chasm, along Highway 101.
This natural phenomenon appears to be a huge bottomless sinkhole that drains all the water the Pacific Ocean can throw at it. It is most spectacular during high tides or

PeaceHealth holds town hall

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
Hundreds gather to hear local and corporate officials answer questions, explain doctor recruitment process.
Almost 300 local residents attended a town hall meeting jointly sponsored by PeaceHealth Medical Group, Peace Harbor Medical Center and the City of Florence at the Florence Events Center Thursday to talk about the current primary care physician shortage at Peace Harbor, affecting approximately 6,000 patients.

DeFazio talks on national, local issues

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
Rep. Peter DeFazio visited Florence on Wednesday as he held one of 16 town halls in Oregon. More than 70 people filled Siuslaw Public Library's Bromley Room to hear DeFazio speak on trade partnerships and the inefficiencies of the current congress. He answered questions about rural health care, the timber industry, disaster preparation and more.
The congressman opened the meeting


Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
2nd Star Festival reels in attendance with mermaids, magic, music and more.
Organizers Matt and Kesha Hawk brought the Second Star Festival for its second year at Florence Events Center Aug. 13 and 14. The event, featuring steampunk art styles, multiple stages, costumes, puppets and more, drew hundreds from the local community and the Pacific Northwest.

New preschool blossoms in Florence

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
Wildflower Montessori School opens Sept. 12.
Wildflower Montessori School, for children ages 3 to 6, opens Sept. 12 in the Children's Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW) Performing Arts Center at 3120 Highway 101.
The school will be operated by certified International Montessori instructors Kristen Goodman-Christiansen and lead teacher Lori Foskett.
"I felt the community needed this," Goodman-Christiansen said.

Coin, Stamp Show starts Saturday

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
More than 45 vendors from across the country will attend the 19th annual Coin and Stamp Show Aug. 20 and 21 at the Florence Events Center.
The show, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, is free to the public. People are encouraged to bring in coins and stamps for evaluation or

17th annual Relay for Life

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
Keeping in step.
Teams raise $53K for American Cancer Society at Relay for Life.
Relay for Life of Florence went back to a 24-hour event Aug. 13 and 14 for the 17th annual fundraiser for American Cancer Society (ACS) at Miller Park. Teams raised more than $53,000.
Participants walk in remembrance, support and celebration of lives affected by cancer.

Washburne State Park

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 16th, 2016
At a glance: Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is a five-mile stretch of beach 14 miles north of Florence on Highway 101.
The flat, easily accessed beach contains driftwood, sights of the Pacific and trails connecting to the Washburne campground across the highway and the Oregon Coast Trail system.
The day-use area offers picnic areas, restrooms and

Midnight in Florence

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
New literary salon inspires movement among writers.

Writers on the River and author Catherine Rourke welcomed more than 50 writers, community members and walk-ins to "Midnight in Florence," a literary salon, at Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) Art Center last Saturday night.
In the tradition of Gertrude Stein's famous Parisian salons of the 1930s, Rourke hopes to encourage

Spotted on the Siuslaw

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
Old Town visitors spotted otters swimming in the Siuslaw River on Thursday, catching glimpses from the Siuslaw River Interpretive Center and Gazebo Park on Bay Street. The otters chatted with each other and ate shellfish before disappearing into their burrow. The Siuslaw is also a prime location to watch birds and other wildlife.

Palliative care coming to Florence

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
The concept of home visits is as old as American medicine, but having a doctor or other care provider actually make house calls is almost unheard of in today's high-tech world of medicine.
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center and Western Lane Ambulance are actively seeking to bring medical care back into the home or nursing home of patients who

TR Hunter becomes new chamber underwriter

Posted: Friday, Aug 12th, 2016
Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has gained a new corporate underwriter, TR Hunter Real Estate.
Chamber Executive Director Bettina Hannigan said she met with TR Hunter owner Tim Sapp this week to talk about the benefits of being a distinguished sponsor or underwriter.
The chamber offers memberships from $125 for associate members to $2,500 for distinguished partners, with tiered membership

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