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Book festival enjoys another successful year

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
The Florence Festival of Books, held Saturday at the Florence Events Center, attracted about 500 visitors interested in books, writing and publishing. More than 70 authors participated, along with about a dozen publishers. At least 17 of the authors are local residents. Authors also gave presentations and readings from their books throughout the day. Kevin Rhodes, events center director, said
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Fisherman rescues three boaters on Siuslaw

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
Tragedy was narrowly avoided on Monday, Sept. 22. At approximately 3 p.m., a boat owned and skippered by Gary Newman capsized on the Siuslaw River bar while attempting to return to Florence. Newman, along with his two passengers, Nick and Carol Krager, were thrown into the river when a wave estimated at more than 20 feet tall crashed onto their
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City council candidates share forum tonight

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
KCST Coast Radio and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a live radio show tonight, Oct. 1, featuring all the candidates currently running for office in the city of Florence. News Director Bob Sneddon will moderate the three-hour show that starts at 4 p.m. at the Florence Events Center. It will also be aired simultaneously on KCST 106.9.
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Support humane society at Friday gala, auction

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 30th, 2014
Wines of all kinds for sipping, tasty morsels for dipping at the giant chocolate fountain along with foods provided by area restaurants are just some of the attractions awaiting patrons on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Florence Area Humane Society's 22nd annual Wine and Chocolate Gala.
Doors open at 6 p.m. at Three Rivers Casino event center. Local
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WLCF celebrates 40 years, $2.4M of giving

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Recently, the board of directors and more than 60 members of the Florence and Mapleton communities gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Western Lane Community Foundation.
The foundation, started in 1974 with $3,500, now has endowed assets exceeding $5 million.
Gayle Waiss, executive director, described how the Siuslaw Public Library has benefited from the grants awarded by the foundation,
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Medical marijuana comes to western Lane County

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
On Nov. 4, Oregonians will vote on Measure 91 to decide whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Medical marijuana has been sanctioned in Oregon since 1998. Conflict over where medical marijuana dispensaries could and could not operate has been a heated topic ever since.
As of May 1, 2014, Florence and Dunes City became two of
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Oregon Pacific Bank pledges $30,000 to hospital

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
Oregon Pacific Bank announced its pledge of $30,000 to PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center for the remodel and expansion of the hospital's emergency department.
The emergency department was originally built 25 years ago with the capacity to care for about 2,500 patients per year. The ED has long surpassed what it was originally built for, with doctors now treating about
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Humane society gala auction includes antiques

Posted: Friday, Sep 26th, 2014
A Victorian sofa upholstered in brocade, as well as an antique children's rocker and antique dresser are among the prime items that will be featured on the live auction at the Florence Area Humane Society's 22nd annual Wine and Chocolate Gala on Oct. 3 at the Three Rivers Casino event center.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the giant
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$5M EXPANSION PLANNED TO START NEXT YEAR

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
During its 25th anniversary open house Saturday, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center announced plans for a $5 million expansion of its emergency department (ED) beginning in early 2015.
The ED expansion is part of a $10 million upgrade that included a new $5.2 million central utility plant and generator.
The expansion will double the size of the current ED
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DC reopens septic ordinance discussions

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
DUNES CITY -- The Dunes City Planning Commission is asking residents to comment on whether changes should be made to the current ordinance (No. 203) governing septic system maintenance.
The commission will hear comments during its regular meeting beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Dunes City Hall, 82877 Spruce St. in Westlake. This is the meeting to
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Team seeks ‘1 more million’

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center celebrated its 25th anniversary with the community on Saturday. Hospital tours, teddy bear clinics and ambulance tours afforded the opportunity for visitors to get a personal look at the Florence area hospital.
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Book festival features 70-plus authors, many local

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 23rd, 2014
Among the more than 70 authors participating in the Florence Festival of Books, 17 live in this area. Stop by the Florence Events Center, Saturday, Sept. 27, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to meet a local author who just might happen to be a neighbor.
Bob Jackson, artist and author who writes a column for Siuslaw News, will have
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Pipe bomb found on 22nd Street; dismantled at FPD

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
Florence Police and Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue closed off areas around the Justice Center Wednesday, Sept. 17, when an auxilliary officer arrived carrying a pipe bomb in his marked car.
According to Interim Police Chief Lynn Lamm, a woman walking her dog discovered what to her looked like an explosive device near Highway 101. She took it to an
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Now in session

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
New Siuslaw School District employees gather at the elementary school. Left to right: Tamara Carpenito, kindergarten; Kim Stokes, first grade; Terah Cleveland, fifth grade; Andrew Ahrendt, middle school counselor; Jill Neider, fifth grade; Renae Summers, Title I K-3 reading; Ken Hill, elementary school custodian; John Whisler, fourth and fifth grades Title I reading; Rick Steiner, special education assistant; Pamela Rasmussen,
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Port ponders dredging costs

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
During its Sept. 17 meeting, Port of Siuslaw board members discussed fiscal responsibility in funding ongoing dredging and maintenance costs.
Under new business, the board opened discussion on a resolution to adopt a supplemental budget and appropriate funds.
Commissioner Bill Fleenor expressed concern over the board's continued practice of taking contingency fund money to pay for maintenance projects. He
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Gardiner’s Port Hole Center hosts historic forest service reunion

Posted: Friday, Sep 19th, 2014
GARDINER -- Memories are best relived in the place where they happened. That's what 37 U.S. Forest Service (USFS) retirees and their spouses found when they attended a historic reunion at the site of the old Smith River Station headquarters in Gardiner, Sept. 6 and 7.  
Guests traveled from as far away as Missoula, Mont., Seattle and Spokane, Wash., Bend and Klamath Falls,
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