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New youth program has ‘soccer goals’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Soccer's unsettled foothold in the local sports landscape is taking a new direction this fall.
The newly formed Siuslaw Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) has begun registering area youth ages 5 to 18 for its inaugural fall season at Miller Park.
The SYSA is taking control of the sport for the younger age groups from the Boys and Girls Club of

‘Building on Tradition’

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
For some, it will be their first snap of the football. For others, it will be a matter of building on fundamentals gained from past Viking football camps.
In either case, it will be an opportunity for young future Viking football players to learn technique as well as tradition when this year's Siuslaw Football Camp gets underway Aug. 8.

Early signups for B&GC fall sports ends Friday

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 26th, 2016
Registration has begun for the Boys and Girls Club's fall sports season, with Friday, July 29, the deadline for early-bird rates.
Fees go up $15 after Friday, with the final deadline for registration Aug. 19.
Activities include flag football for grades 1-4, tackle football for grades 5-6, cross country running for grades 3-5, volleyball for grades 3-6 and cheerleading for

Emeralds reach playoffs for first time in five years

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
EUGENE -- The Eugene Emeralds have clinched a playoff berth in the Northwest League by winning the first half title in the South Division. This marks the first time the Ems have made the playoffs since 2011. 
The Northwest League season is split in two halves and the winner of each half secures a spot in the playoffs. The

Time’s silent sentinel

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
Perhaps it's the need to connect with something that remains solid and virtually unchanged even as the world changes around it that draws us like inquisitive fireflies to the rotating beam of our lighthouses.
Braced against both time and nature, there are few icons along the coast representing a stronger image of resoluteness and unwavering loyalty. In some ways,

Volunteers needed to identify marine life

Posted: Friday, Jul 22nd, 2016
YACHATS -- The public is invited to help track marine biodiversity at Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve during two BioBlitz events, Aug. 3 and 4, hosted by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and U.S. Forest Service.
Both events are from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The Aug. 3 event is at Yachats

Cyclists leave for next leg of 4,000-mile journey

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Students from the University of Texas make an annual ride of 4,000 miles from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, to raise money for cancer treatment and research. It is the longest charity bike ride in the world.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Florence has hosted, fed and arranged overnight housing for the group for the past 10 years.
Many of

Sands of Time

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Clockwise from far left: Sandboarders watch for the signal to begin racing runs; Jackson Cruz sets a new Honeyman State Park course speed record in the sand drag to win the event at 33.5 mph; Sand Master Park owner Lon Beale uses a radar gun to record sand drag speed; competitors (back to front) Gabe Cruz, Matt Carter and Rolland

Record breaking on the dunes

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 19th, 2016
Despite light rains the night before that can slow down sandboarding times, the 20th annual Sand Master Jam saw record-breaking times in both events during Saturday's competition at Honeyman State Park.
"The blistering speed run by Jackson Cruz in the sand drag dropped our jaws," said Lon Beale, owner of Sand Master Park and creator of the Sand Master Jam,

Johnson named new SHS athletic director

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Come September, longtime Siuslaw coach Chris Johnson will be lacing up his running shoes for more than the Vikings' highly successful cross country and track programs. That's because he'll be doing a different kind of running around as the school's new athletic director.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Siuslaw High School principal Kerri Tatum, who explained that Johnson will

Paddling with peace

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
The surface along the Siuslaw River was calm Thursday morning when the 14 participants of the "Culture Canoe Camp" climbed into the 32-and-a-half-foot Journey Canoe named "Lottie," which represents the daughter of historic tribal chief, Daloose Jackson, and began the 14-mile trek from Mapleton to the Port of Siuslaw in Florence.
However, by late afternoon, as the canoers paddled through

Cape Perpetua offering hikes, films, Pokemon

Posted: Friday, Jul 15th, 2016
Waldport -- Visitors are invited to join forces with Team Mystic, which currently controls the Cape Perpetua PokemonGo gym, this weekend while discovering the secrets of this special place.
During Forest Exploration Day today, visitors, families and Pokemon players can learn about this coastal forest that is home to giant trees, elusive birds and a growing population of

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