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New assistant principal makes graduation rates top priority

Modified: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
Leonard Ulrich joins Siuslaw School District.

Siuslaw Elementary and Middle schools selected Leonard Ulrich as the next assistant principal. The position opened in July when Andy Marhol was promoted to principal at Siuslaw Middle School.
Ulrich, 39, a Lincoln City Taft High School graduate, spent the past two years at the Yamhill Carlton School District near Newburg.
"My
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Long-range goal

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
New Siuslaw Youth Soccer Association offers soccer to youth aged 5 to 18.
Youth will continue to play soccer at Miller Park thanks to the new Siuslaw Youth Soccer Association (SYSA) and its teamwork with Boys and Girls Club of Western Lane County and the City of Florence.
SYSA held an open house and registration night on Friday to meet
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Mapleton welcomes teachers

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
Two new teachers (left) join the team at Mapleton School District for the 2016-17 school year. Pamela Lauer, from Mt. Shasta, Calif., will teach first and second grade and Clara Smith, from Portland, Ore., will teach fifth and sixth grade. At right, Mapleton Lions Club served a free taco lunch for the staff and teachers of the entire district on
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Strawberry Hill

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 30th, 2016
Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint, Florence x 541-547-3416.
At a glance: Strawberry Hill is the access point to two beaches and several rocky outcroppings, ideal for beachcombing, tide pooling and agate hunting. This stretch of the coast has been referred to as a microcosm of the central Oregon coast.
The grassy knoll adjacent to the parking lot has benches for picnicking and
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Lake Oswego man drowns in Siltcoos Lake

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
Emergency response teams from the U.S. Coast Guard, Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, Lane County Sheriff's Office and Western Lane Ambulance assisted in the search for a missing man who disappeared under water Thursday after jumping off a boat into Siltcoos Lake.
Dispatch received a call for assistance at 6:18 p.m. Aug. 25 after Robert Cook, a 78-year-old Lake Oswego
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The Siuslaw Seven

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
Seven new instructors have joined the Siuslaw School District staff for the 2016-17 school year: (from left) Carrie McNeill, first grade; Anna Moser, high school physical education and health; Charnae Decker, sixth-grade math; Max Perry, high school freshman future success and English; McKenzie Perry, returning to sixth-grade science; Allyson Bitner, elementary school counselor; and Stephanie Rogers, alternative education coordinator and
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Business Center arson linked to ‘smoking box’

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
Evidence reveals Tuesday's incidents are related, officials say.
New evidence has linked two fire-related incidents on 12th Street that occurred within hours from each other on Tuesday, Florence Police said.
The first involved an arson at the Florence Business Center, 1525 12th St., which was extinguished by the building's sprinkler system. The second involved a suspicious container found outside
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Yachats faces water shortage

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
YACHATS -- The City of Yachats reported that it is facing a raw water supply shortage and, effective immediately, must enter Phase I water conservation and curtailment until further notice.
"Thank you for your assistance in helping conserve our water during this long, dry summer," Yachats City Administrator Joan Davies said.
To best conserve water, the city requests that
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School district food program a hit

Posted: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
Siuslaw School District Food Service Manager Dave Bitner recently reported on the successful results of the district's first year of self-operated food service.
"This last year was very challenging, educating and sometimes frustrating, but overall, very rewarding for me personally," said Bitner, who was hired last year to head up the district's new program.
According to Bitner, during the 2015-16
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Man's body recovered after drowning in Siltcoos Lake

Modified: Friday, Aug 26th, 2016
A 78-year-old man drowned Thursday night after he went overboard off a boat on Siltcoos Lake, south of Florence.
Around 6 p.m. on Aug. 25, emergency responders were called when the man, whose name has not been released, did not resurface. The search continued until nightfall, with Lane County Search and Rescue continuing recovery efforts.
Officials said the man's
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Multiple fires at Business Center set intentionally

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Bomb Squad also called to second suspicious incident on 12th Street.
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue and Florence Police responded to two smoke-related incidents on 12th Street yesterday, one involving a commercial structure fire and the other forcing the local Elks Lodge to evacuate due to a suspicious container.
Dispatch sent firefighters to the Florence Business Center, 1525 12th
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Bronco bash

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Almost 250 Ford Broncos attended the 2016 Northwest Bronco Roundup at Three Rivers Casino Resort earlier this month, from Aug. 10 through 14. The group not only showed off their classic rides around town, but also raised more than 4,660 pounds of canned food for Florence Food Share. The annual event is sponsored in part by the casino. At left,
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Port receives update on riverbank erosion repair

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Port of Siuslaw Board of Commissioners met at the Mapleton schools library last week to hear a progress report on proposed erosion repairs to the campground from Port Manager Steven Leskin.
According to Leskin, defined areas of governmental authority have caused some confusion as to which federal agencies will oversee the repairs.
The problem originated last December when torrential
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Thor’s Well

Posted: Tuesday, Aug 23rd, 2016
Cape Perpetua Scenic Area, Yachats x 541-547-3289.
At a glance: Thor's Well is located about two miles south of Yachats at Cape Perpetua, near the base of Cook's Chasm, along Highway 101.
This natural phenomenon appears to be a huge bottomless sinkhole that drains all the water the Pacific Ocean can throw at it. It is most spectacular during high tides or
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PeaceHealth holds town hall

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
Hundreds gather to hear local and corporate officials answer questions, explain doctor recruitment process.
Almost 300 local residents attended a town hall meeting jointly sponsored by PeaceHealth Medical Group, Peace Harbor Medical Center and the City of Florence at the Florence Events Center Thursday to talk about the current primary care physician shortage at Peace Harbor, affecting approximately 6,000 patients.
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DeFazio talks on national, local issues

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
Rep. Peter DeFazio visited Florence on Wednesday as he held one of 16 town halls in Oregon. More than 70 people filled Siuslaw Public Library's Bromley Room to hear DeFazio speak on trade partnerships and the inefficiencies of the current congress. He answered questions about rural health care, the timber industry, disaster preparation and more.
The congressman opened the meeting
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Hooked

Posted: Friday, Aug 19th, 2016
2nd Star Festival reels in attendance with mermaids, magic, music and more.
Organizers Matt and Kesha Hawk brought the Second Star Festival for its second year at Florence Events Center Aug. 13 and 14. The event, featuring steampunk art styles, multiple stages, costumes, puppets and more, drew hundreds from the local community and the Pacific Northwest.
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