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City of Florence accepting applications for council seat

Applications will be reviewed by the city council in early January

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Florence Chamber announces discounted new memberships through Apex Helicopters

Nov. 18, 2020 — “If 25 new businesses can gain membership to the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, they can help their business succeed, even in these challenging times"

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Storms continue throughout the region

Nov. 18, 2020 — Residents lose power, water, internet sporadically over last five days

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Two-week ‘freeze’ begins today across Oregon

Nov. 18, 2020 — Restrictions in effect through Dec. 2

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Florence begins compiling work plan suggestions

Nov. 18, 2020 — Two meetings on Nov. 16 hear from committees, the public

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Temporary shelter for the Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter

Nov. 18, 2020 — New site will house 20 of Lane County’s Pallet shelters while local groups maintain COVID-19 protocols

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Siuslaw Public Library Temporarily Reduces Services

Siuslaw Public Library District will be temporarily suspending some library services through at least Dec. 2.

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Veterans Day parade marches on, expands route to provide distancing

The parade was held as a cruise that went through Old Town and also included a drive by of Shorewood Senior Living, Spruce Point Assisted Living, and Regency Florence.

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City council moves forward on 35th Street PUD

The purpose of this particular meeting was to gauge the legality and appropriateness of the items under appeal and determine their impact on the overall project.

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Giving thanks, giving pounds of food

Annual Pounding for Florence Food Share celebrates 20th year.

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Serving up Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov. 10, 2020 — Florence Kiwanis prepares 500 take-away meals for Thanksgiving Day

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Florence Farmer’s Market ends season by filling pantries of others

Nov. 10, 2020 — Fill Your Pantry provided staples to 170 households

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Hands-on learning

Siuslaw School District engages students through design, painting and constructing planter boxes

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Florence PD begins use of new body cams

The Florence Police Department (FPD) began the use of new body cams by all on-duty, uniformed officers last Monday

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Local, state vote approves old, new faces and measures

After the final votes were tabulated, Florence voters had chosen Joe Henry for another term as mayor

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Plastics ‘Take-Back’ lightens load to landfill

An EcoGeneration “Take Back” event was held last Sunday

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Red Kettle relief efforts likely to be stretched

Each year, more than 30 million Americans receive direct assistance from The Salvation Army

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City Council approves proclamation, purchase of new airport equipment

Among the agenda items Monday evening was the issuance of a proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of the ‘Exploding Whale’ incident

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Governor announces new metrics for schools

Latest state metrics offer schools a way forward in beginning in-person learning

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Planning Commission approves workplan for next biennium

Oct. 31, 2020 — Next step is to take goals to Florence City Council

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Trouble with Trebuchets

Oct. 31, 2020 — The Siuslaw woodshop trebuchet is almost ready to launch pumpkins

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Lane County to add Deputy Sheriffs to enhance rural patrols

Oct. 31, 2020 — County Commissioners approve 4 positions

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Oregon voters reminded to sign, review both sides of ballot

Oct. 27, 2020 — Today last suggested day to send in your ballot by mail

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Sweet Creek arsonist pleads guilty

Oct. 24, 2020 — Man who started fire near Mapleton sentenced to 10 years in prison

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October meeting of the Siuslaw School Board

Oct. 24, 2020 — Board discusses superintendent goals and evaluation, committee vacancies

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EMAC again tables climate discussion

Oct. 24, 2020 — Committee votes down proclamation; finalizes workplan

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Port of Siuslaw appoints new Commissioner

Oct. 24, 2020 — Rob Ward selected to Position 2 after a three-month vacancy

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Full boxes

Oct. 21, 2020 — Knights of Columbus to continue giving out food boxes

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‘If we ever needed this, we need it now’

Oct. 21, 2020 — Soroptimists plan ahead for the Christmas Food Basket Giveaway

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Florence Council delays 35th and Rhododendron PUD decision

Oct. 21, 2020 — Planning Commission passed the decision to the council on Sept. 8

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Annexation hearing postponed

Oct. 17, 2020 — Planning Commission to consider request in November

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CEDC continues goals for housing, business, partnerships

Oct. 17, 2020 — Florence committees prepare for November work session

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Fill Your Pantry to be ‘a gift to our community’

Oct. 17, 2020 — Florence Farmers Market concludes third season with bulk-buying event

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Oregon Public Awareness Campaign on face coverings launches nationwide

Oct. 14, 2020 — ‘A Mask is Just a Mask’ campaign aims to unite Americans on the importance of wearing face coverings to help reduce the spread of COVID-19

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EcoGeneration to host recycling ‘take-back’ events in Florence

Oct. 14, 2020 — Local groups team up on recycling event

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Club learning hub continues to serve students

Oct. 14, 2020 — Limited in-person option supports virtual learning at BGC

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Transportation Committee sends objectives on airport, transit to council

Oct. 10, 2020 — Florence committees prepare for November work session

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State prepares for Nov. 3 General Election

Oct. 10, 2020 — Deadline for voter registration is Oct. 13

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Republican ‘truck rally’ returns to Florence Oct. 10

Oct. 10, 2020 — Honking discouraged as Truck Rally drives through Old Town

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Dino ‘I Dos’

Oct. 10, 2020 — Couple wed in Old Town wearing inflatable dinosaur costumes

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October is Fire Prevention Month in Oregon

Oct. 7, 2020 — 2020 theme is “Serve up fire safety in the kitchen!”

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City council, march recognize domestic violence

Oct. 7, 2020 — Florence City Council meeting includes proclamation, grant approval

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Cause of fatal August home fire determined in joint Investigation

Oct. 3, 2020 — Nick Royal Story, 64, of Florence was the sole fatality in house fire

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Turning to the next page

Oct. 3, 2020 — Yvonne Pappagallo retires from the library

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Candidates for the Nov. 3 Election gather at the FEC

Sept. 30, 2020 — Community members meet regional Republican, non-partisan council candidates

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Planning Commission passes housing development on Rhody Drive to Florence City Council for next stage in process

Sept. 30, 2020 — Approval came at the Sept. 8 meeting

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Writings on the wall

Sept. 30, 2020 — Veterans Memorial Park works on names for final wall

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Welcome home, Ian

Sept. 26, 2020 — Bering Sea fisherman returns to Florence after injury aboard fishing vessel

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Siuslaw School Board updates school board goals, policies in September meetings

Sept. 26, 2020 — Board meets twice in September

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Florence ‘Rocks the Vote’

Sept. 23, 2020 — Oct. 13 is the deadline for people to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 General Election.

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Council meeting, work session shows the road forward

Sept. 23, 2020 — Florence covers pandemic mitigation, plans for vacancy

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Beginning the school year in comprehensive distance learning

Sept. 23, 2020 — Siuslaw School District checks in at start of school year

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Parks, housing, work plan focus of Community and Economic Development Committee

Sept. 23, 2020 — The majority of the CEDC agenda was updates by city staff

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Water in Mapleton still undrinkable

Sept. 16, 2020 — Mapleton Water District responds to resident concerns

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A fresh start for Siuslaw’s new school year — Pt. I

Sept. 16, 2020 — An introduction to some of Siuslaw School District's new staff members

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Coldwell Banker hosts water, supply drive for firefighters

Sept. 11, 2020 — Community members gather supplies for wildfire

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City of Florence Planning, Transportation committees meet

Sept. 12, 2020 — City committees hold meetings

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‘Our city is prepared to help these people’

Sept. 12, 2020 — Community prepares to help those affected by wildfires

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Smoke and fire cause concern, confusion, rumors

Sept. 12, 2020 — Western Lane County responds to area fires

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Constructing a gateway

Sept. 12, 2020 — ReVision Florence Gateway Monuments added to Maple Street

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Blueberries ripen into book bounty for local students

Sept. 9, 2020 — Graham said she will be able to give students new books several times throughout the school year

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Primary fire crews leave as Sweet Creek Fire nears 100 percent containment

Sept. 9, 2020 — Crews will continue monitoring control lines and repair impacts from fire suppression activities

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Labor Day weekend brings the crowds

Sept. 9, 2020 — Chamber, Port, businesses celebrate great weather over holiday weekend

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Housing a population

Sept. 5, 2020 — Local industry members discuss property ownership, renting during COVID-19

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Pandemic exacerbates childcare crisis

Sept. 5, 2020 — Local centers struggle with reduced slots for enrollment, rising costs

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Progress on Sweet Creek Fire continues

Sept. 5, 2020 — Evacuations for area residents are downgraded as crews near 50% containment

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Siuslaw school year now to begin on Sept. 16

Sept. 3, 2020 — Shipping delays, staff training bump start date back two days

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Exercising First Amendment Freedoms

Sept. 2, 2020 — Weekend events in Florence support two ideologies

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Local candidates file for November General Election

Sept. 2, 2020 — The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 13, 2020, in the November election

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Boys and Girls Club seeks to help kids keep ‘PACE’

Sept. 2, 2020 — Club adds new all-day program to help with distance learning

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LRAPA rates Florence’s air quality as ‘good’

Sept. 1, 2020 — County levels remain healthy despite Sweet Creek Road Fire

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Florence Planning Commission tackles development issues

Aug. 29, 2020 — Meeting covers major development projects

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A century of suffrage

Aug. 29, 2020 — Florence unites for women’s right to vote

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‘Schools are equally important for the education of children and for the economy’

Aug. 26, 2020 — Chamber webinar considers school, economic impacts

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‘Save the USPS’ rally held in Florence

Aug. 26, 2020 — Local residents support the postal service

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Morgan named to Florence Food Share leadership

Aug. 26, 2020 — New executive director began in summer 2020

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Siuslaw School District receives grant from First Book, Lego

Aug. 19, 2020 — School district receives a generous grant for new technology from First Book, CDW-G, Intel and Lego

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How lifestyle destinations can harness remote workers for economic growth

Aug. 12, 2020 — ‘Remote Workers and the Rise of Main Street’

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Mapleton schools to hold classes online for all grades

Aug. 12, 2020 — 2020-21 school year to begin Sept. 14

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‘Sea and shore’ to unite in new mural

Aug. 12, 2020 — Clawson’s Wheelhouse waits on city approval after community funds mural

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Florence Habitat awards participants of July 4 Porch Parade

July 8, 2020 — 19 participants lead to four awards in first year

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New program seeks to provide ‘Safe Shelter’ to students, families

July 8, 2020 — Safe Shelter for Siuslaw Students partners with local, county groups on community initiative

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Faces of the Fourth in Florence

July 8, 2020 — Unofficial festivities accompany political, patriotic demonstrations

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Siuslaw seeks ‘mosaic’ of solutions to student internet access

May 27, 2020 — "COVID has put a spotlight on inequalities, and they matter when we’re discussing connectivity as a major issue.”

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Thinking beyond the present

May 27, 2020 — ‘Christmas in June’ community grant program will assist local residents

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‘A strong history of patriotism’

May 27, 2020 — Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery installs new veteran memorial

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Memorial Day 2020

May 27, 2020 — Florence honors fallen with flags, Oregon Air National Guard flyover

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‘It’s about our seniors and our families — and honoring them’

May 23, 2020 — Mapleton’s virtual graduation to include in-person ceremonies

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Port of Siuslaw Campground set to reopen May 26

May 23, 2020 — Guidelines in place to reduce visitors, maintain distancing

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New OCHS Director begins among COVID-19

May 23, 2020 — Self-quarantine just one challenge as Charles Brown joins humane society

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Library Tidings: Reopening Plans

May 20, 2020 — Siuslaw Public Library prepares for materials drop-off, staff return

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Three Rivers Casino to reopen Friday

May 20, 2020 — Casino sets new hours, cleaning policy and arranges for social distancing

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Teaching on the home front

May 20, 2020 — Siuslaw Elementary staff adjust to distance learning

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Florence approves equipment purchases, resolutions

May 20, 2020 — City Council has quorum for meeting

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Siuslaw continues to adapt to online learning, plans for future

May 20, 2020 — School board declares district’s year to end on May 29

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WLAD annual budget proposal denied by committee

May 20, 2020 — Committee expresses concerns over operating expenses, financial outlook

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In the market for fresh food

May 16, 2020 — Florence Farmers Market now open weekly

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SHS Principal Kerri Tatum announces end-of-year resignation

April 25, 2020 — Vice Principal Garth Gerot named interim principal for 2020-21 school year

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PeaceHealth Peace Harbor open for procedures, testing

April 25, 2020 — State readies for fewer restrictions in healthcare elective services starting May 1

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Additional federal COVID funding bill passes

April 25, 2020 — $484 billion set aside to assist small businesses, hospitals

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LCC presents $121 million bond request in May special election

April 25, 2020 — If passed, funds would go toward workforce training and other programs

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Arbor Day Foundation names Florence a ‘Tree City USA’

April 22, 2020 — Florence Mayor Joe Henry has proclaimed April 24, 2020, as Arbor Day in the City of Florence

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Lane County shifts transfer stations to summer hours

April 16, 2020 — Social Distancing requirements lead to expanded hours

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Poetry in (loco)motion

April 8, 2020 — Finding beauty in hidden places

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Candidates announced for May 19 Primary Election in Oregon

April 8, 2020 — Oregon's 2020 election cycle begins with May 19 Primary Election

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Dunes City votes to become Second Amendment Preservation City

April 8, 2020 — Council considers several issues as well as declaring a state of emergency

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U.S. Census limited to online answers for now

April 8, 2020 — In-person interviews delayed due to COVID-19

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‘Heroes Work Here’

April 8, 2020 — Siuslaw Region thanks essential workers

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Community gathers PPE for local emergency groups

April 4, 2020 — WLEOG initiated a PPE donation program this week

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Mapleton continues to serve upriver community

April 4, 2020 — School district provides instruction, resources

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Area businesses join Siuslaw School District in feeding the community

March 20, 2020 — Restaurants donate food to schools, area food shares

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Lane County adds local Veterans Service Officer hours

March 13, 2020 — Lane County Veteran’s Services now has twice-weekly office hours

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Census to send invitations this week

March 11, 2020 – The official count for this year’s Census begins April 1

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Florence Home and Garden Show ‘grows green’ in 23rd year

March 11, 2020 – The 2020 Florence Home and Garden Show took place at the Florence Events Center from March 6 to 8, showcasing more than 40 new and returning vendors.

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‘We Can Build It!’

March 11, 2020 – Florence Habitat for Humanity hosts 2020 Women Build

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Siuslaw Valley, Western Lane discuss future as operations continue to grow close

March 7, 2020 — At issue was how to replace former SVFR Operations Chief Jim Dickerson

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Reuse • Reduce • Recycle in the Siuslaw

March 7, 2020 — Florence Area Community Coalition showcases waste reduction organizations

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Birthing a community

March 7, 2020 — Update: Postponed — Reproductive Health Fair unites pregnancy and parenting resources in Western Lane County

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H&G Show ‘grows green’ in 2020

March 7, 2020 — KCST/KCFM Coast Radio and Siuslaw News presents the annual Florence Home and Garden Show

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2020 Community Career Fair

March 4, 2020 — Three Rivers' 5th annual fair connects employers and employees

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New suicide prevention training takes different tact

Feb. 15, 2020 — Lane County Suicide Prevention Council seeks to ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’

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Planning Commission initiates first step in updated floodplain amendments

Feb. 15, 2020 — Local update of Florence’s flood plain maps was prompted by FEMA and Lane County projects

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Addressing learning needs

Feb. 15, 2020 — Siuslaw School District seeks community input on Student Success Act — Part II

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12th annual Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Siuslaw Awards

Feb. 15, 2020 — Awards night honors residents, businesses for service to region

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Rotary prepares for March ‘madness’

Jan. 8, 2020 — ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ 2020 auction theme announced

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OCHS executive director abruptly resigns

Jan. 8, 2020 — Mark Curran leaves position Jan. 1

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Couple demands apology at council meeting

Jan. 8, 2020 — First Florence City Council meeting of 2020 brings up old debate, new agenda

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Decades of December

Dec. 24, 2019 — Relive Siuslaw’s holiday history from the past 50 years

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2019 Soroptimist Community Christmas Baskets and toy giveaway set for Dec. 14

Dec. 2, 2019 — Families can get toys, holiday food baskets

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Hello From Heaven — Psychic Medium Daniel Monroe

Sept. 1, 2019 — Spark your connection to your gifts and spirit

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2019 Siuslaw Alumni All-School Reunion and Scholarship Banquet

Sept. 11, 2019 — Banquet takes place at the Florence Events Center Sept. 21

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Facilities Advisory Committee presents new plan for high school bond

Aug. 17, 2019 — Siuslaw School Board dismisses complaints after holding executive sessions

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Students aid with Lane Blood Works blood drive

Aug. 17, 2019 — Siuslaw HOSA works with Lane Blood Works

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The point of acupuncture

Aug. 17, 2019 — Wellspring Clinic continues to offer alternative pain management options

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Air Academy celebrates flight

Aug. 17, 2019 — Third annual Florence program promotes science, careers & fun

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Nova Health clinic to offer urgent care in Florence starting Aug. 16

Aug. 14, 2019 — Comprehensive provider of quality urgent care, primary care, physical therapy and musculoskeletal services comes to Florence

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Broncos rumble through

Aug. 14, 2019 — 2019 Northwest Bronco Roundup starts Aug. 14

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Women in business

Aug. 14, 2019 — Two long-time, local restaurant owners discuss the rewards, challenges of being women in business in Florence

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Reedsport community celebrates Centennial

Aug. 14, 2019 — 100th anniversary of City of Reedsport highlights resilience, recent growth

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Taking ownership of Singing Pines Dog Park

July 13, 2019 — Bark in the Park Fundraiser seeks to rehabilitate Florence's dog park

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Celebrating Camp Cleawox

July 13, 2019 — Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington gather to celebrate 90 years 90 years of Camp Cleawox’s history

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Crafting beer culture

July 13, 2019 — Local brewpub still in the future for Florence

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New technology means better tool for women’s health

July 13, 2019 — Peace Harbor second hospital on the West Coast to offer Siemens 3D mammography machine

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SOS provides students with valuable life lessons

June 26, 2019 — Siuslaw Outreach Services Executive Director Bob Teter teaches youth about important rules for growing up

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Field Exercise provides training for emergencies

June 26, 2019 — Local ham radio operators practice for 24 hours straight

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‘The best use for North Jetty Park’

June 26, 2019 — Lane County discusses future of North Jetty at public meeting

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School district terminates shop teacher

Clint Tatum was hired by the district to work in the Career Technical Education program

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Learning about life untethered from electronics

Watershed Exploration Camp offers a view of nature through hands-on experience.

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Updated: Siuslaw Elementary School reports Monday morning fire

May 20, 2019 — Fire contained as investigation continues

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Showing love for the Siuslaw Public Library

March 30, 2019 — Community rallies around library with art after vandalism incident

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Florence Home & Garden Show plans for spring

March 1, 2019 — 2019 Home & Garden Show opens at 2 p.m. Friday

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Oregon’s Civil War connections

Feb. 27, 2019 — Military Heritage Day highlights local links to U.S. history

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Dogs have their day

Feb. 27, 2019 — Local dogs Reno and Phoenix shine on biggest stage

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New Recycle Guide available from Lane County

Feb. 27, 2019 — Changing international rules prompt creation of guide

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County declares weather emergency

Feb. 27, 2019 — Officials urge people to be prepared, check on neighbors

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Introducing the 2019 Rhododendron Court

Jan. 16, 2019 — The Rhododendron Senior Court met for the first time last week

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How to support Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River

Jan. 14, 2019 — Community discounts, fund come together for area Coasties

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Florence Area Chamber of Commerce announces nominees for 2018 Siuslaw Awards

Jan. 9, 2018 — Tickets on sale for the 11th annual Siuslaw Awards banquet

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Oregon law aims to end pay discrimination

Jan. 2, 2019 — Final component of 2017 Oregon Equal Pay Act goes into effect

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Myeena Loop residence lost to fire Sunday

Jan. 2, 2019 — One resident was displaced after a mid-morning fire on Dec. 30.

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Body recovered from Mercer Lake

Jan. 2, 2019 — Officials confirm body recovered from lake was Florence man Pat Stapp

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To bond or not to bond?

Oct. 30, 2018 — A conversation with Siuslaw students & staff

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Pros and cons of Measure 106

Oct. 31, 2018 — Measure 106 prohibits spending public funds for abortion

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In their own words: Candidates for Congress, governor

Oct. 31, 2018 — Oregon candidates for Congress, governor weigh in on issues

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Florence updates code to ‘Beat the Wave’

Oct. 31, 2018 — City amends tsunami & earthquake code

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2018 State of the Coast

Oct. 31, 2018 — Coastal conference focuses on programs designed to support, enhance coastal life

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Florence project could address part of area’s housing needs

June 23, 2018 — New multi-use Cannery Station could bring progress, concerns

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OCHS holds annual member meeting

June 23, 2018 — First public meeting under new leadership shows positive interactions with members

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Hundreds of new adventures await

June 9, 2018 — Library endowment fund provides 600 new books

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Florence, NEDCO continue to seek affordable housing funding

June 9, 2018 — Proposed site could create 12 ‘cottage cluster’ homes

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A public work

June 9, 2018 — New Public Works Facility ‘A long time in the making’

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Reigning Royalty

May 19, 2018 — 2018 Queen Rhododendra Lainey Goss and King of the Coast Trent Reavis step into history

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Boys & Girls Club contemplates financials

Feb. 14, 2018 — While not in crisis, Boys & Girls Club sees possible funding shortfalls in the near future

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