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fire use restricted during heat wave

Modified: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
With record-breaking temperatures scorching the state this week, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Oregon Department of Forestry have issued restrictions for all fire-prone activities in the Florence and Dunes City areas.
"Due to the current fire weather forecasts, and to bring the entire district into the same precaution level, I am issuing the following emergency order," Fire Chief Jim
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Ultimate Road Trip

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
Joe and Betty Swann from York, Pa., arrived in Florence on Monday in their rebuilt 1912 E-M-F touring car. At 5,011 miles traveled, Florence is the midway stop on a 10,000-mile odyssey that will circumnavigate the United States. The Swanns left York on May 30. To date, they have traveled through Pennsylvania; New York; Ontario, Canada; Michigan; Wisconsin; North Dakota;
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Blue-green algae concerns addressed at meeting

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
More than 40 concerned residents braved the heat Wednesday evening to hear a presentation by Tim Otten of Oregon State University on the risk assessment of toxic blue-green algae (microcystis) blooms.
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Progress in ‘motion’

Posted: Friday, Jul 31st, 2015
Florence City Manager Erin Reynolds presented a mid-year update on Florence City Council's 2015 City Goals at the council meeting on July 20. She evaluated each of the city's seven goals in light of recent additions to city staff, new committees, physical plant maintenance and the beginning of two Rhododendron Drive improvement projects.
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Bandon Beach Riding Stables

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
At a glance: Are you looking for a fun and unique beach experience? Have you dreamed of riding a horse along the ocean?
Seven days a week, guided horseback riding tours leave from the Bandon Stables, cross Beach Loop Drive and take you right on the beach.
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Teen Center to reopen this fall

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
The newly painted and remodeled Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County Teen Center will reopen in September, coinciding with the start of the 2015-16 school year.
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Operating under fire

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
In a continuation of the ALICE (Alert-Lockdown-Inform-Counter-Evacuate) training held in June, Florence Police Department, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District joined the Lane County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) in an active shooter training session July 23 at Siuslaw High School.
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major Highway 101 paving to begin

Modified: Tuesday, Jul 28th, 2015
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin a major paving project north of Florence on Highway 101 in August. This two-year project will work on paving and curve widening.
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Chief reinstated

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) Chief Jim Langborg returned to his position Wednesday after the district's board of directors rescinded its ruling to relieve him of his duties last week.
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shared educational foundation explored

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Siuslaw School Board members recently received a presentation by Lynn Finney about creating an educational foundation to acquire grant money for programs and projects not covered in normal state school budgets.
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Family to reopen ABC Preschool

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
The Alice Brauer Christian (ABC) Preschool, located in the New Life Lutheran Church at 2100 Spruce St., will reopen Aug. 3. Stacie Navarro and her daughter Meggan Haflett will operate the preschool, which will have an initial capacity of 20 children from 3 to 6 years old.
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Firefighters respond to 3-story house fire in Heceta Beach area

Posted: Friday, Jul 24th, 2015
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Western Lane Ambulance District responded to a house fire at 04582 Joshua Lane last weekend that caused an estimated $80,000 in damage and killed a family pet.
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Powerful Florence

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
The fifth annual Power of Florence on Saturday was a powerful experience for the many volunteers, organizations and community members that made the day of service possible.

Led by 15-year-old founder Kaylee Graham, the day included 48 official events. Graham and Florence Mayor Joe Henry opened the day at 9 a.m. with the Power Walk through Old Town.
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Archie Knowles saved

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
Archie Knowles Campground, located four miles east of Mapleton on Highway 126 and closed by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in 2012, will reopen under the jurisdiction of Lane County, thanks to an $84,976 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
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Siuslaw Pioneer Museum

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 21st, 2015
At a glance: The Siuslaw Pioneer Museum is the home of historic displays, pictures and other information about the Siuslaw River area, including the pioneers and the City of Florence. These displays feature the pioneers whose occupations were primarily as loggers and fishermen.
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