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Q&A with Justice of Peace candidates

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Four candidates are vying for Lane County's Justice of the Peace position, which presides over the Lane County Justice Court, 900 Greenwood St. in Florence.
According to the county, the position handles small claims (civil actions involving up to $10,000 in damages), landlord-tenant disputes and traffic, animal, parks and boating offenses. The judge also approves search and arrest warrants
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Ambulance district shows a little ‘TLC’

Modified: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Program allows hospice patients a chance to fulfill last wishes.

Darlene Melton, a hospice patient with PeaceHealth Home and Hospice Program, always wanted to go to Shore Acres State Park to view the spring display of flowers. Thanks to Western Lane Ambulance District's TLC Program, she got to experience a day of flowers and sunshine before she passed away.
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OPB offers $1M loan program for businesses

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 26th, 2016
Low-interest loans available for storefront upgrades in Florence.
Oregon Pacific Bank (OPB) has created a $1 million Florence Economic Development loan program, which will provide more than 20 local business and property owners up to $50,000 for improvements to the visual and historical appeal of their building or storefront.
According to OPB, funding from this loan program is designed to
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Local schools, county seek bond support. Lane County Measure 20-239 would help fund 4-H and other rural extension programs.

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016


Lane County voters in the May 17 Primary Election are being asked to decide on Measure 20-239, which seeks funding for programs and services provided to county residents by Oregon State University Extension Services.
According to the explanatory statement, the five-year measure would authorize Lane County to levy a local option tax to help support the Extension Services'
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Local schools, county seek bond support. Multi-million-dollar bond measures to be decided for Mapleton, Siuslaw schools.

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016


Siuslaw and Mapleton school districts are seeking voter approval on two separate bond measures on the May 17 ballot.
Siuslaw is requesting $36.9 million to build a new high school to replace the current facility that was built in 1970 and fails to meet current safety and security standards.
Mapleton is asking voters to approve a $4 million
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April flowers

Modified: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Downtown Revitalization Team (from left) Chairman David Wiegan and members Susy Lacer, Ellen Huntingdon, Sharon Stiles and Harlan Springer and Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bettina Hannigan stand under new flower baskets installed in Old Town by Florence Public Works Thursday. The baskets are part of the nine-member team's goal to unify and revitalize the downtown area as
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Library approves strategic plan

Posted: Friday, Apr 22nd, 2016
Siuslaw Public Library concluded its strategic planning process this week with final approval by the board of directors on Wednesday. With an aim for more community involvement, the library developed a survey and invited people to attend a full day of planning.
Board President Jane Yecny said the board unanimously approved the plan.
"We're really excited about the plan and
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Exploring the estuary

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
Siuslaw eighth-graders help maintain, record estuary health.

Students from Siuslaw Middle School eighth-grade science classes helped remove invasive scotch broom and estimate clam populations as part of a three-day Siuslaw Salmon and Watershed Studies program held last week on the east end of Port of Siuslaw campground property.
The estuary studies program is in its fourth year and is
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Council selects Mills as admin

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
During the April 14 Dunes City Council meeting, councilors voted unanimously to offer interim city administrator Jamie Mills the permanent position.
Mills, a former city councilor, took over as interim city administrator and recorder in October after Fred Hilden retired from the position. She was one of five applicants to apply for the job.
Mills said, "I look forward
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City finalizes plans to extend access to Rhody Drive

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
Nearly 70 people attend open house about ODOT's shoulder extension project.

The City of Florence and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) finalized plans on the Rhododendron Drive Shoulder Extension Project that will add a walking and bike path alongside the road this spring. Nearly 70 community members attended the project's open house on April 14 at the Florence Events
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Multi-agency search suspended for swimmer

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 19th, 2016
After 12 hours with no sign of a missing Portland man who was last seen swimming near the North Jetty in Florence on Friday night, Lane County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Coast Guard has ended a multi-agency search.
According to the sheriff's office, Jack Charles O'Hollaren, a 20-year-old University of Oregon student from Portland, Ore., disappeared into the surf
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Florence Chamber selects new director

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Bettina Hannigan fills exec role vacated in February.

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announced the selection of Florence resident Bettina Hannigan as its new executive director. Hannigan began the position on Wednesday.
"We are happy to welcome Bettina to the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce," said Chamber Board President Jenna Bartlett. "We are certain with her experience and expertise
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It’s not easy being green

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Shrek (played by Jacob Ternyik) reveals himself to Princess Fiona (Lacey Seeley) for the first time as Donkey (Cameron Utz) looks on
during one of two free performances of "Shrek the Musical, Jr.", presented by Children's Repertory of Oregon Workshops (CROW), for hundreds of local
elementary school students Thursday at the Florence Events Center. CROW's "Shrek" opened yesterday
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Red Cross, firefighters respond to house fire

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and American Red Cross responded to a house fire April 11 in the 2000 block of 19th Street at 12:40 p.m.
Fire Chief Jim Langborg said the fire began in a closed, unoccupied bedroom sometime after noon.
"Some type of candle ignited the contents of the room. Good thing the bedroom door was closed," Langborg
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Siuslaw school bond measure gains city support

Posted: Friday, Apr 15th, 2016
Florence City Council unanimously voted to support Siuslaw School District's $36.9 million bond measure for a new high school facility during its April 4 meeting.
Siuslaw School Board member Eric Rines requested the city's formal support at the meeting, following a March 21 presentation to the board by district Superintendent Ethel Angal.
According to Rines, Angal could not request the
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