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Emergency Cold Weather Shelter to open this week

Modified: Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2017
Florence's Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open Wednesday, Feb. 22, and Thursday, Feb. 23, at Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Highway 101. Registration starts at 5 p.m. and shuttles will run between 4:45 and 6 p.m. "We will continue to watch the weather forecast for Friday night and beyond and will open if the temperatures remain around 32

Pioneer of ODDA thinks update is needed

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Review of Death with Dignity Act highlights problems for Oregon residents.

(Editor's note: This is Part II of a three-part series on Oregon's Death With Dignity Act that began in our Feb. 15 issue. As part of Siuslaw News' examination of the act, Derek Humphry, author of New York Times Bestseller "Final Exit," spoke with reporter Mark Brennan about

Heceta Water crews fix main line breaks

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Heceta Water People's Utility District (HWPUD) reports the second water main line break in the Heceta Beach area in February. The first came on Feb. 6, and Monday had a second.
According to HWPUD Office Manager Vickie Kennedy, the two events were unrelated.
The first break occurred near Second Avenue, affecting the Idylewood area, Heceta South area and east to

Port handles ‘Tenacious’ sailboat situation

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2017
Port commissioners, manager disagree on delinquent moorage fee resolution.
Port of Siuslaw Board
of Commissioners held a special meeting Monday, Feb. 20, to determine whether to move forward with the scheduled Feb. 24 foreclosure sale of the sailing vessel Tenacious, owned by Gordon Owen.
Owen has moored the 40-foot sailboat at the Port of Siuslaw since 2011.
The port

Peace Harbor could face choppy seas

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) member nurses at PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center have been negotiating for better terms in a new contract since Nov. 30.
The previous contract expired Dec. 31 and a 30-day extension lapsed Jan. 31. The 75 Peace Harbor ONA members have been working without a contract since that date.

According to Peace Harbor Hospital

‘Points of Grace’ clinic offers drug-free treatment

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
Many Oregonians have a problem with pain. More precisely, they have a problem with the prescriptions that they receive for their pain. According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), three Oregonians a week die from prescription opioid abuse. That is one of the major reasons the Oregon American Medical Association conference last year had a single agenda item, "Oregon's Opioid

Lane County Circuit Court charges Randy Clay to 44 years

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
On Tuesday, Florence resident Randy Clay was sentenced by a Lane County Circuit Court to 44 years for sexually abusing two teenage girls.
Clay was arrested Sept. 6 by Florence police, who searched his home and interviewed him after conducting earlier interviews with two under-age victims.
Details surrounding the arrest of the 61-year-old man were made public after a

Around the world in just 1 day PTA hosts multi-cultural event at middle school

Posted: Friday, Feb 17th, 2017
lorence Community Parent Teacher Associa-
tion (PTA) is extending an invitation for Siuslaw students, parents and community members to join them and go "Around the World in a Day" during the PTA's first multi-cultural event.
The free event will take place next Saturday, Feb. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Siuslaw Middle School and is open to

Desire for dignity

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
In one of the most famous and enduring dramas ever written, William Shakespeare poses perhaps the fundamental question for each of us, "To be or not to be?"
That is the question that Florence resident Bruce Yelle asks himself on a regular basis. And the answer he has settled upon, at least for today, is that he wants to continue

Florence police investigate homicide

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Early Sunday morning, former Florence resident Carolyn Stickley, 73, was arrested for shooting her 93-year-old ex-husband in the head, killing him.
Florence Police Department received a 911 call from Stickley on Feb. 12 at 2:42 a.m., saying she had shot her ex-husband, Erwin Drake.
Police responded to Drake's riverfront residence at 13 Wild Winds, and found him deceased from

Ownership of iconic Stearman biplane changes hands

Modified: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Florence residents have become accustomed to the muffled whirr of the old plane's engine and its bright blue and yellow paint job passing overhead. They look skyward hoping to catch a glimpse of this airborne relic from another time.
And a lot of them make their way to the Florence Municipal Airport to take a trip skyward in the

Special district filing deadline is March 16

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 14th, 2017
Western Lane County has 24 special district positions open for the May 16 special election. The filing deadline is March 16.
Interested candidates need to have a completed SEL 190: Candidate Filing -- District application turned into Lane County by 5 p.m. on that day.
Lane County Clerk Sheryl Betschart said, "We want to remind people to make sure the

A royal affair

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
9th annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce event honors Florence-area citizens, businesses.

A full house of 245 people gathered at the Florence Events Center Wednesday evening to celebrate the best of Florence during the ninth annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Awards banquet celebration.
More than 30 businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals were nominated for nine categories. A

Lane Community College selects new president

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
At its Feb. 8 meeting, Lane Community College (LCC) Board of Education unanimously approved Dr. Margaret Hamilton as Lane's seventh president, after an 11-month national search.
"Dr. Hamilton is the right person for Lane going forward," said Board Chairwoman Sharon Stiles, a Florence-area resident.
Stiles said the board was thorough and deliberative in reviewing information, meeting with

Dowser brings class to Florence

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
Science has always relied on proof to make determinations about the physical world. However, there are some practices that predate even well-established scientific traditions.
Many of these practices have to do with an individual establishing a closer than usual connection with the natural world.
There are also individuals who seek to understand the science behind the tradition or

Nasty weather behind us?

Posted: Friday, Feb 10th, 2017
For anyone who hadn't noticed, this week has been wet -- very wet. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), along with strong winds, Florence received 4.69 inches of rain on Sunday, Feb. 5, alone -- more than any other city in Oregon.
According to Florence Public Works Director Mike Miller, heavy rain and high winds this past week caused

FEC comes full circle — Events center wraps up 20th year with Curtis Salgado’s ringing blues

Posted: Thursday, Jan 19th, 2017
Fresh from a 12-day visit to Hong Kong, where he played a nightclub with musician friends he met in the Philippines, blues musician Curtis Salgado is returning to Florence to play the final performance of 2016 at the Florence Events Center (FEC). The blues show wraps up a year-long celebration of the event center's 20th anniversary.
"The Hong Kong trip

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