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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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Expo lays out tools for disaster preparedness

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
Al Kreitz of Western Lane Ambulance District brought emergency kits and even an emergency "patient" to the Emergency Preparedness Expo Saturday, Sept. 13, held at the Greentrees Village Recreation Hall. The event was open to the public and offered information packets from every emergency agency that serves this area and many other groups, food samples, exhibits, history and more to
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Major repairs slated over 3 years for Siuslaw River Bridge

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
The sounds of drilling will herald the preliminary stages of a major Oregon Department of Transportation three-year bridge refurbishment project. ODOT plans to drill three locations near the Siuslaw River Bridge to sample foundations and locate the depth of bedrock beneath it.
A barge containing the drilling apparatus and drive-motor will be moored in three places near the south,
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Florence Downtown Revitalization Team launches banner project

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
The Florence Downtown Revitalization Team (DRT) has embarked on the first phase of a project designed to create more interest in and bring more travelers to Florence's Historic Old Town district.
According to David Wiegan, Siuslaw Outreach Services executive director and Florence Area Chamber of Commerce board member, the project started last fall.
"I was new on the
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Medical center to host 25th anniversary open house

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center is hosting an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 4 p.m., in the tent at the hospital parking lot.
This open house is a great opportunity for the community to come see the advances in medical care and explore the many ways this hospital and
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WLAD joins in Sept. 20 celebrations

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 16th, 2014
In 1989, the emergency medical services for western Lane County changed hands from Western Lane Hospital to the then newly formed Western Lane Ambulance District (WLAD).
David Rossi, WLAD paramedic and supervisor, was on hand at that time to see the transition.
"We went from a full-time staff of six medical crew members and no administrative staff, to 14 full-time
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Florence woman dies in Highway 126 accident

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday afternoon's single-vehicle traffic crash that caused the death of an elderly female passenger.
The driver sustained minor injuries but declined transport to a hospital.
According to Sgt. Casey Codding, on Sept. 12, about 3:30 p.m., a Toyota pickup, driven by William L. Calhoun, 64, of Bend, was traveling
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Scorching hot at the dunes

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Thirty-five to 40 acres of brush were burned Thursday at the South Jetty. The prescribed burn focused on eradicating beach grass and Scotch broom. About 10 firefighters from Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue participated, in support of the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Department of Forestry and Newport fire teams, which put about 30 people on scene. Crews worked Friday, too,
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Annual Night at the Drive-In tonight

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Celestial mystery and magic will come to Miller Park tonight with Coast Radio's nostalgic Night at the Drive-In.
Steven Spielberg's 1982 box office hit "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" will be this year's featured movie, which will begin at 8 p.m. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, "E.T." was the highest grossing movie of the decade.
Gates at the 15th Street
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Angal signs two-year contract with Siuslaw

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Siuslaw School District board of directors offered Ethel Angal a two-year district superintendent contract during its Sept. 10 meeting. Angal has been serving as interim superintendent on a month-to-month basis since June.
Her contract, which pays $107,000 a year, runs through June 30, 2016.
"I was nearing retirement and probably would have retired at the end of this year as
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District settles with former superintendent

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
During its Sept. 10 meeting, the Siuslaw School District board of directors voted to approve a settlement between former Superintendent Shawn Wiencek and the district for $50,000. PACE, the school district's property and casualty insurance carrier will pay the settlement amount. The school district will then pay $20,000 to PACE.
The motion, unanimously approved by the board members present, was
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Beethoven’s opera to be performed at FEC this weekend

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Cascadia Concert Opera will conclude its 2014 season with Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St.
The concert is sponsored by the Lane County Cultural Coalition, and tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
"Fidelio" will be presented in English with piano accompaniment and chorus.
Beethoven's
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Exchange program seeks students, volunteers

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
Even though there is a large display case in city hall containing 20 year's worth of gifts, many Florence residents may not know that the city maintains a Friendship City relationship with Yamagata City in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. A key element of this relationship has been an ongoing student exchange program.
Julia Tousley-Ritt, coordinator for international relations for the City
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CUSTOM & CLASSIC

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Jim and Kathy Schuette of Salem took home the prize for Best of Show in the Open Class with their 1958 Buick at the annual Rods ‘n' Rhodies Car Show last weekend. High-end Custom Hot Rod Class was won by Glen Jahnke of Gold Hill for his 1955 Nomad. For more photos, go to page B1, and coming soon, the
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Meet city manager candidates Friday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The City of Florence is hosting an informal "meet and greet" so residents can gather to talk with the final candidates being considered for the job of city manager.
Six people are traveling from as far as New Jersey to vie for the position.
The meet-and-greet is Friday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Florence Events Center
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BeachWalk means sandy paws for a good cause

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Canine pals are invited to participate in the annual Habitat for Humanity BeachWalk Saturday, Sept. 13.
Bandannas will be available to purchase so that dogs will be in style for the trek down the beach toward Driftwood Shores.
Each dog will receive a doggie litter bag and a biscuit. Participants can even create a team in a dog's name or
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New administrative team ready for school year

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Siuslaw High School welcomes three new members to the administrative team, Principal Kerri Tatum, Vice Principal Corky Franklin and Athletic Director Jeromy Graybill. Of the three, only Tatum has history with the district.
Tatum was Siuslaw High School's assistant principal last year and was chosen by the Siuslaw School Board to replace Matt Henry, who accepted the position of school
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Emergency Prep Expo at Greentrees Saturday

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
Florence-area residents are invited to attend an Emergency Preparedness Expo, sponsored by the West Lane Emergency Operations Group, Greentrees Village Homeowners Association, Bi-Mart and True Value Hardware.
Speakers and exhibits will present user-friendly information on how to get ready to survive a disaster, whether it is a fire, flood, storm or earthquake.
Topics will include emergency water issues,
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Siuslaw foresters plan prescribed burns for dunes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Siuslaw National Forest prescribed burning for the South Jetty could happen as early as Thursday, Sept. 11, and the Dunes Overlook the week of Sept. 15. All burning depends on the weather and may not be done if the conditions change.
"We are doing the work this time of year to impact as little as possible the public who
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Prescribed burns planned for dunes

Posted: Tuesday, Sep 9th, 2014
The Siuslaw National Forest prescribed burning for the South Jetty could happen as early as Thursday, Sept. 11 and the Dunes Overlook the week of Sep.r 15. All burning depends on the weather and may not be done if the conditions change.
"We are doing the work this time of year to impact as little as possible the public
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