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Decision imminent from forest service for new OHV dunes rules

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
The well-intended but unfortunate introduction of European beach grass and Scotch broom into the delicate ecosystem of the Oregon coast dunes is playing a major role in the current U.S. Forest Service's (USFS) determination of where off-highway vehicles (OHV) may and may not go.
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Final week for public input on Pathways project

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Pathways, a new Community Vitality program sponsored by the Ford Family Foundation, has entered the last week of its information gathering process through an online inventory.
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Talking points II: Mayor, council candidates hold forum

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Three Florence residents are running for mayor. They participated in a forum at the Florence Events Center on Oct. 1 during which they introduced themselves then shared the stage with the city council candidates. KCST Radio and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event. The event continues to be broadcast on Charter Cable channel 191.
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Walmart grant funds Food Share renovations

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Florence Food Share acknowledged the receipt of $30,000 from Walmart Oct. 16 during its grand reopening. The funds were used to repair the Food Share building's siding, install a new warehouse door and new flooring.
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KCST Pumpkin Giveaway to celebrate 25 years

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Ö orange? That may be a variation on an old adage related to weddings. But Coast Radio and its sponsors are turning it on its ear for this year's 25th annual Original Great Pumpkin Giveaway, Thursday, Oct. 23.
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Black bear sightings on rise

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
In Florence, fall is the season for salmon, mushrooms, falling leaves and bear sightings. This year, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) District Wildlife Biologist Doug Cottam, there has been an increase in the number of reported bear sightings and nuisance issues compared to the past several years.
ODFW lists three categories of bear problems: nuisance bears,
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City denies portís float-a-potty proposal

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Every fall, salmon and salmon fishermen inundate the Siuslaw River. The Oregon Marine Board, with the help of the Port of Siuslaw, proposed installing a floating relief station for the benefit of the fishermen.
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Forest service to begin restorations on North Fork

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Restoration work on Forest Service dispersed campsites along the North Fork Siuslaw River will start Oct. 20 and will take about four weeks. The work is intended to improve riparian area conditions while continuing to provide dispersed recreation.
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SS Bean sails into Old Town

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
The SS Bean "came into port," courtesy of the Port of Siuslaw, Saturday to help Old Town and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce celebrate Columbus Day. The oddly shaped boat was renovated by Florence volunteers Margaret McDermott, Dan Grimes and Karen Mechek, and it will be used as an occasional landmark during festivals and parades. The SS Bean is
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Siuslaw High School scores above state averages

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
Students at Siuslaw High School exceeded statewide averages in every category of the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) evaluations for the 2013-14 school year.
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Local restaurants dominate chowder competition

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce may want to change its name to the "Chamber of Chowder" after three local restaurants took the top prizes in a regional chowder competition last month.
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ROLLINí ON THE RIVER

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
The Siuslaw River was still teeming with boats Friday morning as wild coho continue providing plenty of catches for anglers fishing in the lower bay up to around the North Fork confluence. Cutthroat trout fishing is fair with sea run cutthroat trout found in upper tidewater and the lower portions on the Siuslaw.
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Florence LCC campus to celebrate 50 years

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
The Lane Community College Florence Center is hosting a reception Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m., to observe the college's 50th anniversary.
The reception precedes the college board of education meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m.
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LCC intern program benefits students and businesses

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
Lane Community College Florence campus has been offering a student intern program for more than 20 years. The program has proved beneficial to students, businesses and non-profit organizations that participate.
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Open house to debate new Rhody multi-use path alternatives

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
City of Florence staff will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Florence Events Center to discuss and get the public's feedback on the new plan alternatives for the Rhododendron Drive Multi-Use Path.
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City manager candidate exits stage

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
Florence City Council and staff are back to square one this week in their search for a new city manager.
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