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Council declines agenda proposal

Modified: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
During the April 22 Florence City Council Work Session, councilors chose not to include an agenda item submitted by Councilor Ron Preisler asking city staff to prepare a draft ordinance similar to the "Ordinance Concerning Protections for Individuals" recently approved by the Eugene City Council.
Preisler's letter states, "The city manager is asked to prepare a draft ordinance to prohibit
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Making connections

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
Organizers estimate that more than 350 people attended Three Rivers Casino Resort's second annual Community Job Fair Thursday. "This year, attendance stayed steady throughout the day. It was a nice stream of people all day long," said Pam Hickson, event organizer and Three Rivers recruitment specialist. "Vendors said they made a lot of great connections and it was a good
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Clearing the air

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
Take in a long slow deep breath. Now hold it for a second or two. And then let it escape easily. That will be just one of more than 20,000 lung fulls of air that the average person will take in today, with no way of knowing what is in the air.
According to the Center for Disease Control,
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Guns stolen from The Sportsman

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
The Sportsman sporting goods store, 249 Highway 101, was burglarized early Thursday morning.
According to Florence Police Commander John Pitcher, police received a call at 3:30 a.m. reporting the break in.
According to Pitcher, the alarm activation was called in to owner Bill Pinkney, who then responded and found that a block had been thrown through the north window.
Six
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Fire destroys $200K RV

Posted: Friday, Mar 24th, 2017
A 40-foot RV was completely destroyed by fire in the early morning hours of March 23, but the two occupants and their two cats managed to escape uninjured.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue (SVFR) firefighters were dispatched to an RV fire at Heceta Trailer Park, 4636 Heceta Beach Road, at 2:50 a.m. Thursday.
A total of six fire vehicles,
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Dancing for the Stars of Tomorrow

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Rotary Auction sets record high for third straight year.
Rotary Club of Florence announced the grand total of this year's Rotary Auction at its lunch meeting on March 21, and the total had club members dancing. The March 11 auction, called "Dancing for the Stars of Tomorrow," raised $109,131.89. This is up nearly $8,000 from last year's "Sky's the Limit"
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Getting the ‘Conversation’ started

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
The current heated political climate has highlighted the many differences that exist between individuals across the country and in the Florence community. The issues that divide people can appear at times to be insurmountable. One solution to this problem, and to most others, is to talk about it.
The process of listening to others, even those with wildly different
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Three Rivers hosts Community Job Fair Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
Thursday will see a gathering of employers currently hiring and active job seekers all in one room, thanks to the efforts of Three Rivers Casino Resort and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The Community Job Fair will be March 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Three Rivers event center at 5647 Highway
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Pesticide concern prompts voluntary marijuana recall

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 21st, 2017
On Monday, The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) issued an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue on retail plant material produced from marijuana cultivated by Emerald Wave Estate, LLC.
The effected marijuana failed a pesticide test for pyrethrins exceeding the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) action level for this class of pesticide.
Affected
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Lighthouse lens celebrates 123rd birthday March 30

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Heceta Head Lightstation
will host free
community party

One of Florence's most famous destination locations is inviting the community to a birthday party -- and the guest of honor is 123 years old.
On Thursday, March 30, Heceta Head Lightstation is celebrating the most important component of the Heceta Head Lighthouse -- its lens -- which arrived
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Port struggles to define ‘commercial’ vessel

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Port manager, several commissioners at loggerheads over authority issues.
During the March 15 Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners meeting, several heated exchanges erupted between Port Manager Steven Leskin and Port commissioners Mike Buckwald and Terry Duman.
The tension in the meeting began shortly after Board President Ron Caputo gaveled the meeting open. Three moorage tenants voiced concerns and complaints
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Governor’s forum covers gamut of issues

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visited Florence Tuesday to discuss local economic development initiatives and partnerships. The latter half of her visit included a one-hour public forum, where area residents talked about anything but economic development.
Brown said, "We are envisioning these town hall forums as listening sessions. I'd like to think of them as bringing the state capital to you.
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Florence offers free self-serve sandbags

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
With rain predicted to continue for four out of the next five days, and local rainfall already at record highs, standing water and runoff accumulation has closed streets and area roads, as well as created flooding in neighborhoods.
To help alleviate some of that flooding, a self-serve sandbag station has been set up by Florence Public Works for residents wishing
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LCC Health Clinic reports data breach

Posted: Friday, Mar 17th, 2017
Lane Community College is notifying patients of its health clinic in Eugene by letter to inform them of a breach of the clinic's electronic medical records, the steps that are being taken to secure information and what patients can do.
"We take all aspects of health care seriously at the clinic," said Brian Kelly, vice president of college services, "including
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Moving Florence forward

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
Against the backdrop of the Siuslaw River Bridge, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown received a warm -- though rainy -- welcome from western Lane County representatives during her visit to Florence yesterday.
More than 35 people joined Brown to hear about the area's economic vitality and recent efforts to increase development, create partnerships with regional organizations, improve infrastructure and more.
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Relay for Life changes date, format for 2017

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
The 2017 12-hour American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life of Florence fundraiser will be July 22 at the Florence Events Center.
Until last year, the 16-year-old Florence event was a 24-hour campout held at Miller Park during the first part of August.
Another change, according to Relay for Life Community Manager Amy Bickleman, was the resignation of the
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Boys and Girls Club ‘gets game’

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
The Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County has announced that Tracy Aaron has accepted the position of Teen Center and Athletic Director on a permanent basis. Aaron has been involved at the club for the past few years, originally as a volunteer, and then as a part time staff person.
Aaron said that her new responsibilities with the
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Saturday’s annual Powwow abruptly cancelled

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 14th, 2017
On Tuesday, the Siuslaw School District confirmed the cancellation of the 24th annual Siuslaw Indian Education Program Powwow, originally scheduled for this Saturday, March 18.
The Powwow, which last year had more than 500 attendees representing 350 federally-recognized Indian Nations, had been slated to take place at Siuslaw Middle School as late as Monday.
Lynn Anderson, Director
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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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