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Three new full-time teachers sign on at Mapleton schools

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Mapleton School District filled three new full-time teaching positions and hired one assistant teacher for the 2014-2015 school year.
McKenzie Perry, 23, is the new elementary education fifth grade teacher.
According to Mapleton School District Superintendent Jodi O'Mara, "McKenzie brings with her the experience of having grown up in Florence and having taught in a very small rural school
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Tatum named Siuslaw High School principal

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
On Sept. 2, Principal Kerri Tatum will meet the first of her more than 400 students as she and her staff welcome incoming freshmen and new students during Siuslaw High School's Link Day.
She was Siuslaw's assistant principal last year and was chosen by the Siuslaw School Board to replace Matt Henry, who accepted the position of school administrator for
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DeFazio town hall takes aim at local, national issues

Posted: Friday, Aug 29th, 2014
Rep. Peter DeFazio (4th Dist., Ore.) described the most recent workings of Congress Aug. 21, at a town hall meeting at the library. It was the 16th of 19 town halls he has scheduled during legislators' summer break. DeFazio's hectic schedule included participating in the annual Oregon Coast Economic Summit held for two days at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel.
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Local gas tax on horizon

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
Florence Mayor Nola Xavier addressed the pressing need for a local fuel tax during the Aug. 21 Florence Area Chamber of Commerce noon forum held at Three Rivers Casino and Hotel. The tax would be used to pare down the more than $5 million backlog of street repairs.
Xavier said, "There has never been an adequate local funding mechanism to
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Napa quake reminds Oregonians to be prepared

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The recent earthquake in Napa serves as a reminder to be prepared for earthquakes in Oregon. The magnitude 6.0 earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., just north of San Francisco last Sunday morning -- collapsing older buildings, sparking fires and causing scores of injuries -- fell along a series of cracks in the Earth tied to the famed and feared San
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Summer interns hone editorial skills at Siuslaw News

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
The Siuslaw News said goodbye to one of two hard-working non-paid summer interns this week. Chantelle Meyer, 25, and Dustin Stevenson, 28, came to the newspaper through different paths, but pursuing a mutual goal: to gain-first-hand experience in the field of journalism.
Stevenson took a traditional approach, applying for an intern position through Lane Community College's (LCC) Cooperative Education
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Dunes City explores bike/pedestrian path options

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 26th, 2014
During its Aug. 14 regular board meeting, the Dunes City council received a report about a bicycle/pedestrian path needs assessment. The report, prepared by University of Oregon intern Ron Peizer, was the culmination of a seven-month study.
The study combined online and mailed questionaires sent to all Dunes City residents. Nearly 100 people responded to the survey, giving it a
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Port seeks clarity on jurisdiction

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
Two issues dominated the Aug. 20 Port of Siuslaw board meeting: the ongoing debate over a 3 percent commercial moorage rate increase, and the possible impact a 105-year-old document will have on the port's relationship with the city of Florence.
Debate continued over how much the Port of Siuslaw should increase the commercial vessel moorage rates. Currently those rates are
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Summit aims to develop statewide collaboration to revitalize economy

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
While coastal residents observe and withstand the personal and commercial hardships of this recession, they may hesitate to buy into a vision of a better future on the horizon.
But the messages of optimism and opportunity for the region were abundant this week, delivered by dozens of government, tribal, university, business and other dignitaries attending a two-day meeting convened at
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Telephone scams target taxpayers

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
SALEM -- After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information.
Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as revenue representatives or IRS agents.
The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire
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County crews to stripe local streets

Posted: Friday, Aug 22nd, 2014
The City of Florence maintains almost 90 lane miles of roadway with approximately 38 of those center lane miles.
Under a contract with the City of Florence, Lane County crews will be striping city streets on Tuesday, Aug. 26, weather permitting.
Next to traffic control device maintenance, striping is a top safety priority.
Remember to give striping
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HEAVY-DUTY CLEANUP

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
City staff and volunteers collect appliances, tires, scrap metal and more
to make it easy for citizens to recycle.

More than 100 people dropped off some big recyclables at the annual Black and White Recycling Event held Saturday, Aug. 16. More than 400 tires will be transferred to the dump, as well as 47 propane tanks and 81
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Residents give resounding ‘no’ to Rhody multi-use path

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
After nearly a decade in the planning, a project to begin development of a multi-use path along Rhododendron Drive has been derailed.
Some 2,500-plus people have signed petitions to halt the development, and many of those voices were present at the city council meeting Monday night, Aug. 18, where Vicky Martin of the Citizens Committee to Save Our Native Rhododendrons,
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Nurse-Family Partnership looks ahead

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
Sandy Hagan, a registered nurse with Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), has spent the past year providing free weekly home visits to first-time parents in the local area. During that time, federal funding for the program was extended. Hagan anticipates continued success on the central coast.
NFP started its local program in August 2013. With nine year's experience with the program in
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Siuslaw School Board chooses new member

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 19th, 2014
During a special board meeting Aug. 6, the Siuslaw School District board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Suzanne Mann-Heintz to fill board position 6, replacing Scott Salisbury who resigned from the board in June.
Mann-Heintz took the oath of office during the Aug. 13 regular board meeting. She will serve the remaining 10 months of Salisbury's term.
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