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Unhappy Trails

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
A representative from Honeyman State Park and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) led a meeting about pedestrian safety on Wednesday night. The meeting is the first of three that will evaluate the success, safety and use of trails making up the current Honeyman trail system in light of the park's 2009 master plan.
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Cable resigns from port board

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Within a three-month period, a second Port of Siuslaw commissioner has resigned from his position this year. In a letter dated May 26, Jay Cable cited both personal and business reasons for his resignation, effective immediately.
Board president Ron Caputo read the resignation letter submitted by Cable at the beginning of Tuesday's budget meeting.
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‘Sprout’ healthy kids this summer

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County will start a 10-week summer day camp program beginning June 15. The camp will include weekly field trips to local attractions such as Sea Lion Caves, Sandland Adventures and Heceta Head Lighthouse at no additional charge.
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Laurel Bay Gardens celebrates 10-year milestone

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
For more than 25 years, Laurel Bay Gardens has created landscaping solutions for yards in the Florence area to reflect their customers' sense of style.
Last year it celebrated its silver anniversary of being in business. This year, staff celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the nursery and garden center.
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Cuts made to balance port budget

Posted: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Port of Siuslaw Commission-ers Ron Caputo, David Huntington and Nancy Rickard met with Port Manager Bob Forsythe and Administrative Assistant Dina McClure on May 26 to balance the port's proposed 2015 fiscal year budget, which begins July 1.
Commissioner Terry Duman was out of state, but participated via speakerphone.
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Athletes of the Year

Modified: Friday, May 29th, 2015
For those who were on hand during last night's Athletic Excellence Awards Banquet honoring KCST's 2014-15 Athletes of the Week, 41 athletes were recognized for their efforts this past school year. Over the course of the last three sports seasons, 21 new school records and five individual state champions were named between Siuslaw and Mapelton high schools.
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THE LAST CHAPTER

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
After 10 years, Read for the Need has turned its final page. The annual fundraiser, started by Siuslaw High School senior Taylor Graham when he was 7, has donated more than $60,000 to Florence Food Share.
According to Graham, now 17 years old, the idea "popped into his head" on his way home one day.
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Disposal of unused meds still available

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
The City of Florence shut down the used pharmaceutical drop box, located inside the Florence Justice Center, last fall due to abuse and suspected mass disposal of used needles by one or more health-related businesses.
Since that time, the city and PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center have been unable to implement a viable alternative.
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Mapleton outdoor school tradition continues

Posted: Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Anyone who ever said school was boring never attended the Mapleton School District outdoor school program, held earlier this month at Camp Lane, a 15-acre Lane County group camp facility located just off Highway 126 along the bank of the Siuslaw River, approximately eight miles east of Mapleton.
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POD PLAY

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Visitors to the 108th Rhododendron Festival last weekend received quite the surprise when a pod of about six orcas swam down the Siuslaw River. On Sunday afternoon, the killer whales swam past the Siuslaw River Bridge in Florence, looped around and went back toward the sea. There appeared to be four adults and two calves, all with the distinct markings
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Port rate increases shot down by board

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Port of Siuslaw commissioners declined to adopt two of four rate increase resolutions previously approved by the budget committee as part of the port's operating budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
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County sheriffs ensure peaceful Rhody Days

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) deputies conducted saturation patrols in the Florence area during the 108th annual Rhododendron Festival over the weekend.
Funding for these patrols was provided through the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and Oregon Deptartment of Transportation through three grants totalling $20,000. This funding makes possible the LCSO's participation in state and national campaigns to reduce traffic crashes,
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Voters reject vehicle fee

Posted: Friday, May 22nd, 2015
Many new faces will occupy local boards and commissions after Lane County announced Tuesday evening the results of the May 19 Special Election.
Lane County has 206,370 registered voters, but only about 35 percent cast ballots, with 71,717 received by the 8 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
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Rhody Fest Flair

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Thousands of people turned out for the many festivities going on during the 108th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence. Clockwise from top left, J. Johnson Tree Service wins the Grand Marshal award for its float; Siuslaw librarian Gayle Waiss goes green during the parade; the carnival ferris wheel spins in the night; spectators check out classic cars at the annual
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Rhody rocks!

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
After a weekend with more than 25,000 people in attendance, the 108th annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence has come to a close. People flocked to Old Town and the Port of Siuslaw to attend the festival's events.
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All the world’s a stage

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
City Lights Cinemas recently partnered with It's About Time Productions to put up the new Chaplin Stage in Theater 4. "An Evening of Music," at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 21, will open the new stage with a performance by and fundraiser for Siuslaw High School's jazz band and DynaMics a capella group.
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Looking for election results?

Posted: Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Readers looking for results from the May 19 Special Election will have to wait until Saturday's issue of the Siuslaw News to see them in print.
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