Community News

Florence community demands removal of hate symbol on 12th Street

Sept. 22, 2022 — ‘I like the flag, so I put it up’ man declares... more

Florence Festival of Books opens this weekend

Sept. 21, 2022 — ... more

Color the Coast for autism acceptance

Sept. 20, 2022 — Autism Walk & Family Fun Day... more

‘A real linchpin to the entire economy’

Sept. 20, 2022 — As Florence Food Share numbers rise, hope remains... more

A $12 Million dollar investment in Siuslaw coho salmon

Sept. 20, 2022 — OWEB’s first Focused Investment Partnership on Oregon Coast... more

Florence to hold Housing Implementation Plan open house

Sept. 16, 2022 - ... more

Two chances to meet City of Florence candidates

Sept. 12, 2022 — ... more

Smokin’ hot rods

Sept. 20, 2022 — Rods N Rhodies brings classic cars and hot rods to Florence ... more

Food, fun and sun at Back to School BBQ

Sept. 13, 2022 — City of Florence treats community... more

Vaccine clinics start this week at the FEC

Sept. 13, 2022 - ... more

Fire danger lowered to “high” after heat from Cedar Creek Fire affects Florence

Sept. 12, 2022 — WLFEA firefighters assist in fighting large blaze... more

Extreme fire danger warning for Florence area Sept. 8

Sept. 8, 2022 — Effective immediately: Extreme fire conditions through weekend... more

A smoke intrusion will worsen air quality overnight Sept. 8

Sept. 8, 2022 — LRAPA issues an air quality advisory through Saturday... more

City of Florence to host Back-to-School BBQ

Sept. 7, 2022 — The whole community is invited today at Miller Park... more

New Sailors set course for 2022-23 school year

Sept. 7, 2022 — Mapleton welcomes new staff to district... more

Siuslaw’s new staff ready for first day

Sept. 6, 2022 — District welcomes newcomers, honors those with years of service... more

Holly Jolly Follies hold Variety Act Auditions Sept. 10

Sept. 7, 2022 — ... more

New updated COVID-19 boosters available in Oregon

Sept. 5, 2022 — Boosters add protection against Omicron, BA.4/5 variants... more

Siuslaw to make Hall of Fame inductions, hold auction Sept. 10

Sept. 2, 2022 — Booster Club asks public to order tickets early so food can be ordered accordingly... more

A port of their own

Sept. 2, 2022 - ... more

Siuslaw Bridge work overnight on Wednesday, Sept. 7

Sept. 1, 2022 — ... more

Your Questions Answered – Keeping Summer Safe and Healthy

Aug. 30, 2022 — ... more

‘They’re all heroes’

Aug. 30, 2022 — ... more

Final bricks in the wall

Aug. 30, 2022 — ... more

Public Art Committee evaluates next round of Art Exposed

Aug. 30, 2022 —... more

‘This could be the model rural district in Oregon’

Aug. 30, 2022— Sue Wilson takes over as Mapleton superintendent... more

Governor declares emergency over wildfire threat

Aug. 30, 2022 — ... more

Florence wishes happy birthday to Sea Lion Caves

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, community hold celebration to celebrate 90 years... more

Fatal car crash claims life of Florence man

Aug. 29, 2022 — ... more

Florence supplements Benedict Holdings ordinance

August 23, 2022 — Council meeting covers Rods ‘N’ Rhodies, Planning Commission vacancy and RAIN ... more

Dunes City’s August meeting covers rentals, services, water

August 23, 2022 — ... more

Siuslaw School Board holds first meeting of 2022-23 school year

August 23, 2022 — Board discusses student representation; reelects Bob Sneddon as chair... more

Friends of the Library's Labor Day book sale returns Sept. 3-4

Sept. 2, 2022 — ... more

Wreaths Across America Mobile Exhibit comes to Florence

Aug. 19, 2022 — Oregon Dunes Chapter DAR, OCMM sponsor the Aug. 27 exhibit... more

Candidates for Florence mayor, councilors finalized

August 18, 2022 — ... more

Painting the town

August 16, 2022 — Progress begins on Lovejoy’s Tearoom’s mural ... more

‘I like it better up there than I do down here’

August 16, 2022 — Area youth celebrate graduation from Air Academy with flight over Florence... more

Safe Shelter hosts school clothes swap & giveaway Aug. 17-18

August 16, 2022 — ... more

It’s registration time for students of Western Lane County

August 16, 2022 — Siuslaw students register this week, Mapleton next week... more

‘We're all here to celebrate’

Aug. 16, 2022 — Florence performs at Pride in the park... more

Caremi headed to new home

August 12, 2022 — ... more

What a night!

Aug. 11, 2022 — Florence Police Department's National Night Out 2022... more

Council continues plans for Quince St. Hotel Development

Aug. 11, 2022 — Florence City Council meets Aug. 1... more

The feasibility of otters

Aug. 11, 2022 — Once abundant along Oregon’s coast, where did the sea otters go?... more

Air Academy students take remote control

Aug. 10, 2022 — ... more

Oregonians urged to take caution to prevent spread of hMPXV

Aug. 10, 2022 — ... more

Florence Food Share revives Green Bag Food Donation Program

Aug. 8, 2022 — Neighborhood Coordinators needed... more

Fire danger level increases to high on ODF-protected lands

August 8, 2022 —... more

EcoGeneration recycling event in Florence postponed

Aug. 4, 2022 — Next event planned for October 2022... more

To celebrate readers

Aug. 3, 2022 — Siuslaw Public Library unveils plaque at End of Summer Reading... more

Implementing housing in Florence

Aug. 3, 2022 — HIP meets to talk about City Code amendments, housing needs... more

Your Questions Answered – Journey through Grief

Aug. 3, 2022 — ... more

Coast Guard City Day 2022

Aug. 2, 2022 — City of Florence celebrates Station Siuslaw River, being a Coast Guard City... more

School Rocks Backpack Giveaway takes place July 31

July 29, 2022 — Local Verizon retailer to host annual backpack giveaway Sunday... more

Construction crews busy at high school

July 27, 2022 — Controversy erupts over Siuslaw School District’s removal of cement slabs... more

While COVID spreads, monkeypox declared a global health emergency

July 25, 2022 — Oregon Health Authority speaks on current outbreaks within state... more

Florence City Council meeting features decisions, debates

July 25, 2022 — July 18 meeting covers grants, priorities, honors for citizens... more

Dunes City considers capping short-term rentals

July 22, 2022 — City decides to ask voters about psilocybin in November... more

Candidates in Florence’s November 2022 city council election

July 22, 2022 — General Election sees open mayor, council seats... more

Siuslaw High's cement slabs deemed a liability

July 20, 2022 — Memorials will be preserved and relocated... more

Embarking on her military journey

July 20, 2022 — Rana Holmes leaves for U.S. Naval Academy... more

John Pitcher sworn in as Florence Chief of Police

July 20, 2022 — ... more

Block party a real blast

July 20, 2022 — ... more

‘To honor them and be honored because of them’

July 19, 2022 — Chamber’s Siuslaw Awards celebrate businesses, people giving back ... more

Military Heritage Chronicles — Museum Donations

July 19, 2022 — ... more

Artist Resilience Program announces awards for 485 Oregon artists

July 15, 2022 — Florence, Gardiner artists among winners of Oregon Arts Commission’s recovery grant awards... more

'Blast on Bay Street' presented by City of Florence

July 14, 2022 — Block Party features scavenger hunt, live music, ice cream... more

Food trucks of the Florence area

July 14, 2022 — Pt. 1: Mobile restaurants bring flavors to area spaces... more

Lane County Public Health recommends indoor masking for all community members as of July 13

July 13, 2022 — A Lane County recommendation, not a mandate... more

Fighting climate change while flying high

July 12, 2022 — ‘Black Carbon’ makes stop in Florence ... more

Dunes City institutes short term rental permitting process

July 7, 2022 — City Council meets for special session June 29... more

Kiwanis flags disappearing from roadsides

July 6, 2022 — 11 taken since Rhody Days in May... more

Fourth of July returns with a bang

July 5, 2022 — Florence, Mapleton and Dunes City celebrate a festive weekend... more

Coquille Tribe and State Leaders Enter Historic Agreement

July 4, 2022 — Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw voice support... more

Monkeypox case identified in Lane County

July 1, 2022 — Second known case in Oregon, risk to public low... more

WLFEA moves forward on merger, accepts audit

July 1, 2022 — SVFR, WLAD combine operations personnel on July 1 ... more

People can ‘Double Up’ on produce at Florence Farmers Market

July 1, 2022 — Program gives SNAP users twice their budget to spend on fruits and vegetables ... more

Change of Command Ceremony sends off Nilles

July 1, 2022 — USCG Station Siuslaw River now under Jakubowski ... more

Oregon ‘more vibrant’ because of tourism

July 1, 2022 — Statewide survey reports varied outlooks on summer tourism... more

City of Florence Appoints New Police Chief

July 1, 2022 — John Pitcher assumes role... more

Stay safe and sober on the water for the 4th

July 1, 2022 — Operation Dry Water starts this holiday weekend... more

Florence kids go ‘adventuring’

June 29, 2022 — Siuslaw School District hosts second annual Adventure Camp ... more

‘We Won’t Go Back’

June 29, 2022 — Roe reaction spurs protest, support across the U.S. ... more

Ensuring reliable communications

June 29, 2022 — Radio club participates in 24-hour field day ... more

FURA approves Quince Street land purchase

June 25, 2022 — City Council will vote next on sale ... more

City prepares for Block Party, Nat’l Night Out

June 25, 2022 — Florence City Council meets June 22... more

CRUNCH! Port pulls apart abandoned boat

June 25, 2022 —... more

SMS students don’t flounder when it comes to art

June 25, 2022 — Lane Council of Arts Teaching Artist helps school complete second mural of 2022 ... more

Siuslaw River Bar dredged by Corps of Engineers

June 22, 2022 — Port Commission prepares for EV charging stations ... more

Mapleton School Board holds last meeting of 2021-22

June 22, 2022 — Board says goodbye to O’Mara, adopts budget ... more

Remembering Juneteenth

June 22, 2022 — Florence holds 2022 celebration... more

Siuslaw News to return to weekly news

June 22, 2022 — Wednesday-only editions begin July 6 for Florence’s community newspaper ... more

Honoring the flag

June 18, 2022 — Two Florence services reflect on flag history, etiquette... more

Mapleton Water District holds June meeting

June 18, 2022 — Board votes to increase rates ... more

SES students get in harmony with nature

June 18, 2022 — Camp Baker hosts first grade field trip... more

Rotary raises $84,767 in ‘Derby Dollars’ Auction

June 18, 2022 — 2022 Rotary Auction... more

‘March for Our Lives’ comes to Florence

June 18, 2022 — Region joins in ‘rally for common sense gun safety laws’... more

Seven graduates sail on from Mapleton

June 15, 2022 — Class of 2022 celebrates with Sailor pride... more

‘This class has a fire inside’

June 15, 2022 — Celebrating Siuslaw High School's Class of 2022... more

'Oops-a-daisy' at BeauxArts Fine Arts Material & Gallery

June 13, 2022 — ... more

Accident on bridge stops traffic for over an hour

June 13, 2022 —Driver cited for DUII, reckless endangering after hitting multiple vehicles... more

Dunes City races, screens and pumps

June 11, 2022 — ... more

Siuslaw holds last school board meeting of 2021-22

June 11, 2022 — Board passes budget, buys a bus and sends off seniors... more

Siuslaw Watershed Council ready for summer programs

June 11, 2022 — ... more

Searchers recover body of missing surfer

June 9, 2022 — Sheriffs, Coast Guard search area near Heceta Head... more

8th graders invited to celebrate the end of middle school

June 9, 2022 — Siuslaw parents to host party to celebrate promotion... more

Spinning the wheel of life

June 8, 2022 — Kiwanis’ version of ‘Game of Life’ returns to Siuslaw, Mapleton... more

All signs point to graduation

June 8, 2022 — Mapleton and Siuslaw Class of 2022 progress this week... more

SVFR, WLAD operations merge further

June 4, 2022 — Starting July 1, all employees, volunteers part of WLFEA ... more

Return of recycling

June 4, 2022 — Lane County now accepting #1 & #2 plastics ... more

SMS goes back to nature

June 4, 2022 — Outdoor School returns for Siuslaw after two-year break ... more

Florence City Council elections to be held in November 2022

June 1, 2022 — ... more

Shannon Graham named Oregon PTA Teacher of the Year

June 1, 2022 — Local educators, student receive Oregon State PTA Awards... more

Mapleton says goodbye to O’Mara

June 1, 2022 — Superintendent retiring after a decade... more

Recognizing the sacrifices

June 1, 2022 — Florence honors Memorial Day 2022... more

Community awards $314,500 in scholarships to Siuslaw seniors

May 28, 2022 — Siuslaw Scholarship Awards Ceremony honors Class of 2022... more

Mapleton School District hires Sue Wilson as superintendent

May 27, 2022 — ... more

Vehicle crashes into Siuslaw school bus

May 27, 2022 — Motorist injured, bus possibly totaled, but no students were injured ... more

Rhody Days 2022 cause few problems for local emergency response

May 25, 2022 — ... more

Your Questions Answered – Stroke Prevention and Treatment

May 25, 2022 — ... more

Local veterans gather to learn about Honor Flights

May 18, 2022 — Veterans, guides encouraged to apply to go to Washington, D.C.... more

Rhody Days is Back in Bloom this week

May 18, 2022 — Rhody Court Coronation, carnival kick off festival May 19... more

Middle schoolers make the most of our coast

May 18, 2022 — Siuslaw Stream Team’s spirit undampened by rain... more

Farmers market begins new season

May 14 — 2022 market will run Tuesdays through Oct. 11 ... more

Groups organize two rallies in support of Roe vs. Wade

May 13, 2022 — ... more

Help postal carriers ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ Saturday, May 14

May 11, 2022 —... more

Businesses concerned over Rhody Days staffing

May 11, 2022 — Eateries face security, kitchen shortage ... more

Policing pot in Florence

May 11, 2022 — Impact of legalization negligible, according to FPD... more

Florence rallies for reproductive rights

May 7, 2022 — Community joins outcry in response to leaked Supreme Court document ... more

Florence City Council welcomes 2022 Rhododendron Court

May 7, 2022 — ... more

Six Siuslaw students nominated for Future First Citizen

May 7, 2022 — Florence Chamber prepares to present Marteen Wick Future First Citizen Scholarship ... more

Shorewood learns ‘The Joys of Composting’

May 4, 2022 — ... more

May 3 Woman’s March draws attention to reproductive rights

May 3, 2022 —... more

Port discusses fireworks funding

April 30, 2022 — April meeting leads to further conversations ... more

Artist creates mural at Siuslaw Middle School

April 30, 2022 — Mural with middle school art students is next... more

Dunes council amends short-term rental ordinances

April 30, 2022 — April meeting covers amendments, upgrades, technology and water ... more

Florence sculpture overlooks Justice Center

April 30, 2022 — City of Florence installs permanent public art piece... more

Candidates for Oregon Governor answer media survey

April 30, 2022 — More than 60 Oregon newsrooms publish Q&A with governor candidates before May Primary ... more

90by30 continues ‘5,000 Strong’ in Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 30, 2022 — ... more

OCHS celebrates Adopt A Shelter Pet Day April 30

April 30, 2022 — ... more

Ballots mailed Thursday, April 28

April 28, 2022 — May 17, 2022, Primary Election... more

Mapleton selects Sue Wilson as next superintendent

April 27, 2022 — Mapleton School board votes to begin contract talks at April meeting... more

DAR ‘never forgets’ veterans in Florence

April 27, 2022 — New garden installed at Memorial Park, award given to vet ... more

A day for the Earth

April 27, 2022 — Florence community honors Earth Day with various events ... more

Tips for being an informed voter in Lane County

April 26, 2022 — May 17 Primary Election approaches; April 26 last day to confirm registration... more

Coastal Lane County residents to receive emergency alert test on April 30

April 25, 2022 — People in the Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue service area will receive a test alert via phone or email on Saturday... more

May 17 Primary Election in Lane County

April 23, 2022 — Commissioner candidates in their own words ... more

Your Questions Answered – Volunteering at Peace Harbor

April 23, 2022 — ... more

‘For rural voters to have a voice’

April 23, 2022 — League, library host West Lane County Commissioner Candidate forum... more

SVFR responds to two structure fires April 20, 21

April 21, 2022 — Suspect in custody for attempted arson at Twin Lakes Store ... more

Plover protection takes effect on local beaches

April 20, 2022 — NatureServe joins area partners in Siltcoos Estuary tour ... more

4-20 aplenty in Florence

April 20, 2022 — Cannabis businesses thriving on coast ... more

Hoppy Hunting

April 20, 2022 — Community Easter Egg Hunts 2022 ... more

May 17 Primary Election approaches

April 16, 2022 — Register to vote by April 26... more

Mapleton fixes brief water outage April 8

April 13, 2022 — ... more

RAIN, Startup Blue seek to channel ocean-based innovation

April 13, 2022 — Panel to discuss Oregon’s blue economy... more

90by30 offers ways to support child abuse prevention in April

April 13, 2022 — ... more

Fatal crash closes Highway 126 for 4 hours April 10

April 11, 2022 — Monroe resident dies in head-on collision... more

Passing proclamations, honoring staff

April 9, 2022 — Florence holds council meeting April 4 ... more

Mehlum leaves ‘legacy of support’ to Mapleton

April 9, 2022 — Longtime local makes large donation to Mapleton Food Share... more

Low credibility threat made towards SHS

April 8, 2022 — Police thoroughly check campus after Thursday incident... more

Tax season coming to a close on April 18

April 6, 2022 — Many Oregonians still need to file tax returns, others awaiting refunds ... more

WLFEA holds combined meeting in March

April 6, 2022 — ... more

‘A completely different landscape’

April 6, 2022 — Lane County navigates second full year of COVID-19 pandemic, looks to future ... more

LCC waives fees for GED studies

April 6, 2022 — Program increases access to education ... more

City of Florence returns to in-person meetings

April 6, 2022 — ... more

The War in Ukraine — How did we get here?

April 2, 2022 — A timeline... more

Second boosters now available in Oregon, Lane County

April 2, 2022 — FDA approves next dose of COVID-19 vaccine... more

Rhody Court Committee brings together tradition, new ideas

April 2, 2022 — 115th annual Rhododendron Festival... more

Pod of orcas seen headed south

April 1, 2022 — Killer whales enjoyed a snack at Sea Lion Caves... more

Florence’s dynamic duo

March 30, 2022 — Members of Port of Siuslaw Commission also serve on Florence City Council... more

​Rhody Court ‘Back in Bloom’

March 30, 2022 —115th Rhododendron Festival... more

A Woman’s History in the Siuslaw

March 30, 2022 — Pioneer Mattie Coleman leads her family to the Siuslaw Valley in hopes of a better life in 1911 ... more

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman

March 28, 2022 — White Swan III lost 35 miles off the coast of Florence... more

Three Rivers brings the carnival to town

March 26, 2022 — Casino celebrates employees... more

Former publisher of the Siuslaw News passes away

March 26, 2022 — Community bids farewell to Paul Holman... more

Missing child found in South Jetty Dunes area

March 24, 2022 — ... more

City committees hold meetings in March

March 23, 2022 —... more

Henry announces he will not seek reelection

March 23, 2022 — ... more

Siuslaw students find ‘Sources of Strength’

March 23, 2022 — Program helps students help students... more

Florence approves first MUPTE applicants

March 12, 2022 — ... more

Siuslaw School District puts masking decision in parents’ hands

March 12, 2022 — Statewide indoor mask mandate ends today, March 12... more

Unmasked singers

March 12, 2022 — Last Resort Players return to the stage with ‘John and Jen’... more

Meeting covers council candidates, approval of resolutions

March 5, 2022 — City staff addresses Florence Friday Climate Strike incident... more

Commissioners endorse restoring ‘Goat Island’ name

March 5, 2022 — ... more

Three Mile Prairie moves forward with Phase 1 of housing development

March 5, 2022 — Florence adds first of hundreds of new homes ... more

Mapleton Community Caring Conversations

March 3, 2022... more

Florence gets ‘A Taste of Art & Wine’

Feb. 23, 2022 — ... more

WLFEA boards hear report on busy January/February

March 2, 2022 — ... more

Oregon King Tide Photo Contest announces winners

March 2, 2022 — ... more

State to lift mask requirements for indoor public spaces, schools March 12

March 2, 2022 — Oregon acknowledges two-year anniversary of state's first COVID case... more

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County Housing Waitlists open March 1

March 1, 2022 — Available housing includes Florence ... more

Governors move end of mask mandate to March 11

Feb. 28, 2022 -- Oregon, Washington and California to lift indoor masks early... more

Transportation Committee hold February meeting

Feb. 22, 2022... more

OHA vaccination, testing sites continue as FEMA sites demobilize

Feb. 23, 2022 -- Federal agency’s mobile vaccination units to close by Feb. 28... more

Novelli’s reclaims chowder title

Feb. 23, 2022 -- Florence Chamber brings Wine & Chowder Trails to February... more

Trees, weeds, recycling covered at EMAC

Feb. 19, 2022 — Florence environmental committee holds February meeting... more

Sheriffs identify person of interest in shooting deaths in Deadwood

Feb. 16, 2022 — Feb. 15 incident leads to three dead... more

Soroptimist of Florence celebrates 50 years

Feb. 16, 2022 —... more

Take it as a sign

Feb. 16, 2022 — Florence chamber rolls out promotions and plans for 2022 ... more

Florence police help stop high-speed chase

Feb. 14, 2022 — Feb. 11 chase ends on foot in the Sutton Lake area... more

Florence City Council holds first February meetings

Feb. 12, 2022 — Residents can now apply for open council seat... more

Siuslaw High says goodbye to Dewey Decimal

Feb. 12, 2022 — School board holds February meeting... more

SWC distributes thousands of free plants

Feb. 12, 2022 — Effort will stabilize riverbanks, provide wildlife habitats... more

'A loss for the community'

Feb. 12, 2022 — Dunes City, Florence lower flags to honor passing of Mayor Robert Forsythe... more

Play’s the thing

Feb. 9, 2022 — Mapleton Elementary School unveils new playground equipment... more

Dunes City announces passing of Mayor Robert Forsythe

Feb. 8, 2022 — ... more

Omicron slows but remains active

Feb. 5, 2022 — Lane County cases have decreased since Jan. 28... more

Winter Music Festival features favorites in returning year

Feb. 2, 2022 — ... more

OHA makes indoor masks for K-12 ‘permanent’

Feb. 2, 2022 — Rule will be rescinded as soon as safe to do so... more

Vanessa Buss named CEO of Boys & Girls Club

Feb. 2, 2022 — Club leadership excited for program’s future... more

Group gathers to discuss climate

Jan. 29, 2022 — ... more

Florence amends building code and reviews aid program

Jan. 29, 2022 — ... more

Back on the road

Jan. 29, 2022 — Winter Music Festival returns this week... more

'Let Us Breathe'

Jan. 27, 2022 — Siuslaw School Board votes against making changes requiring athletes to wear masks or closing campus for lunch ... more

EMAC considers rates, Arbor Day, FloGro

Jan. 26, 2022 — Florence committee looks into city’s environmental topics... more

State to reopen the portal for the Oregon Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Jan. 26 for limited time

Jan. 26, 2022 — Nearly 34,000 Oregon households have received more than $235 million rental assistance relief due to hardship from pandemic ... more

On the march

Jan. 26, 2022 — Florence continues with global Women’s March movement... more

Councilor Wisniewski resigns from Florence City Council

Jan. 26, 2022 — An earlier version of this article was posted on Jan. 24, 2022... more

Flying Florence’s skies

Jan. 22, 2022 — Crystal Farnsworth earns private pilot’s license to fly with her husband Larry... more

Donation goes to address food security

Jan. 22, 2022 — Klaus & Maria Witte donate $25,000 to Florence Food Share... more

MUPTE seeks to become ‘another tool in the toolbox’ for housing

Jan. 19, 2022 — Florence leaders meet with Lane County Commissioners ... more

Honoring King by protecting voting rights

Jan. 19, 2022 — ... more

Tsunami warning issued, cancelled on Saturday

Jan. 19, 2022 — Volcanic eruption near Tonga required readiness for coastal residents ... more

Announcing the 2022 Rhododendron Junior Court

Jan. 19, 2022 — Senior Court helps welcome Junior Princesses... more

Florence receives positive audit, approves two ad-hoc committees

Jan. 15, 2022 — ... more

Siuslaw School Board holds first meeting of 2022

Jan. 15, 2022 — District talks modular buildings, banning concealed carry, bringing golf program back... more

Announcing the 2022 Rhododendron Senior Court

Jan. 14, 2022 — Rhody Days to be ‘Back in Bloom’ this May... more

Siuslaw students test positive for COVID

Jan. 14, 2022 — ‘To ensure the health and safety of everyone, no one should report to school when actively ill’... more

ODOT holds open house to show construction projects

Jan. 12, 2022 — ... more

‘A man of great social concern’

Jan. 12, 2022 — MLK counted on Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier’s support ... more

‘This virus will find you’

Jan. 12, 2022 — As Omicron cases surge, Oregon Health Authority updates state... more

2022 State of the County

Jan. 12, 2022 — Lane County looks back at 2021’s challenges... more

Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup expands use of Pfizer booster for 12- to 15-year-olds


Jan. 8, 2022 — Third vaccine dose for certain immunocompromised children authorized for 5- to 11-year olds  ... more

Agencies continue to respond to winter weather

Jan. 8, 2022 — ... more

Vigil for Democracy held at Florence City Hall

Jan. 8, 2022 — Anniversary of Jan. 6, 2021, violence in the U.S. Capitol recognized locally... more

Omicron prompts activities advisory from ODE and OHA

Jan. 7, 2022 — Siuslaw and Mapleton schools to continue extracurriculars with caution... more

Wind causes damages, power outages

Jan. 4, 2022 — City of Florence, Central Lincoln PUD tackle downed trees and lines... more

Trees cause closure of Thompson Creek Road

Dec. 29, 2021 — Closure expected thru Jan. 7... more

Food delivery on Christmas Day

Dec. 29, 2021 — Florence Elks prepare festive feast for community pick up... more

OHA to hold daily COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics at FEC

Dec. 29, 2021 — Clinics will offer walk-in vaccinations Dec. 31 through Jan. 21 ... more

Snow creates hazards in the Siuslaw

Dec. 29, 2021 — Cold weather prompts opening of shelter, city preparedness, state of emergency... more

Ambulance hits tree on Highway 126

Dec. 29, 2021- Fallen tree causes severe damage... more

Districts work on their strategic plans, operations

Dec. 24, 2021 — Siuslaw Valley, Western Lane meet for December ... more

Commissioner Bozievich to retire at end of current term

Dec. 24, 2021 — ... more

Police arrest driver in September’s four-vehicle highway accident

Dec. 24, 2021 — Accident led to death of local WLAD employee... more

Mapleton Superintendent O’Mara announces retirement

Dec. 24, 2021 — School board also announces director vacancy... more

Making merry

Dec. 24, 2021 — Holiday giving in the Florence area... more

Governor urges Oregonians to get COVID-19 booster shots to protect against Omicron

Dec. 22, 2021 — First variant case detected in Lane County... more

Heavy rains cause flooding, landslide on Highway 126

Dec. 22, 2021 —ODOT urges caution; drivers should check TripCheck.com before traveling... more

Lit up for the holidays

Dec. 22, 2021 — Heceta Head Lightstation’s 25th Victorian Christmas Open House... more

Omicron in Oregon

Dec. 18, 2021 — State detects new variant; PeaceHealth urges continued protection from COVID-19... more

Council approves MUPTE

Dec. 18, 2021 — Florence City Manager forgoes raise for third year... more

Winter weather causes fatal crash on Highway 126

Dec. 17, 2021 — Mapleton resident perishes ... more

FPD seek suspect

Dec. 18, 2021 - ... more

Siuslaw School Board swears in two new directors

Dec. 15, 2021 — City of Florence gives presentation on MUPTE ... more

‘Providing a warm, safe place for those who need one’

Dec. 15, 2021 — Emergency Cold Weather Shelter provides care this week... more

Soroptimists to feed families Saturday

Dec. 15, 2021 — Community Christmas Basket Project continues on Dec. 18... more

Winter storms close highways

Dec. 15, 2021 — Heavy rain and snow cause landslide on 101, accidents on 126... more

Cold Weather Shelter to open Dec. 14 and 15

Dec. 13, 2021 — Wintry conditions prompt opening of enclosed shelters... more

Rhody Court to be ‘Back in Bloom’ in 2022

Dec. 11, 2021 — Students at Mapleton and Siuslaw schools encouraged to take place in century-old tradition ... more

COVID-19 booster doses authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds

Dec. 11, 2021 — ... more

Coastal quakes cause concern

Dec. 11, 2021 — People encouraged to prepare for emergencies ... more

When moose were loose around Tahkenitch and Siltcoos

Dec. 11, 2021 — A failed attempt to introduce moose to lakes south of Florence... more

Providing ‘warmth and support’ to homeless students

Dec. 11, 2021 — ... more

Oregon’s U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio to retire in 2022

Dec. 8, 2021 — ... more

Shangri-La to close programs in Newport and Florence

Dec. 8, 2021 — ... more

Shining lights

Dec. 8, 2021 — Florence events shine light on the season... more

Florence police arrest Florida man Dec. 3

Dec. 6, 2021 — ... more

Florence considers housing, property taxes in special session

Dec. 4, 2021 — Lack of unanimous vote prevents further action on MUPTE Program... more

Dunes City to reconsider lighting, computer changes

Dec. 4, 2021 — November Special Meeting... more

Staff shortages shutter services

Dec. 4, 2021 — Rite-Aid pharmacy currently closed while Shangri-La gives residences notice ... more

Military Heritage Chronicles — Pearl Harbor – an Aerial View

Dec. 4, 2021 — 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor... more

Thanksgiving Day stabbing suspect is captured

Dec. 3, 2021... more

OHA expresses concern about Omicron, recommends vaccination

Dec. 1, 2021 — ... more

Kiwanis provides 2021 Florence Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Dec. 1, 2021 — ... more

Big bowls to fill

Dec. 1, 2021 — After hiatus, the Empty Bowl fundraiser returns ... more

‘Music has been their sanity’

Nov. 24, 2021 — Musicians compose their way through COVID-19... more

Eligibility expands for Pfizer, Moderna booster shots to all 18 and older

Nov. 24, 2021 — Booster doses sustain protection against COVID-19, especially for individuals at higher risk for hospitalization, severe illness ... more

Siuslaw Outreach Services closes after crash

Nov. 23, 2021 — SOS will be closed to drop-ins all week after a vehicle crashed through the front of the building... more

Siuslaw hears from public at November meeting

Nov. 20, 2021 — ... more

Kiwanis again offers drive-thru Thanksgiving in 2021

Nov. 20, 2021 — ... more

Venerating Veterans 2021

Nov. 17, 2021 — ... more

PeaceHealth honors Peace Harbor healthcare workers

Nov. 17, 2021 — Ceremony held for Daisy, Dove Awards... more

Mapleton asks customers to conserve water

Nov. 16, 2021 — Mapleton schools close for at least a day as water district works on solution... more

Whale of a tale

Nov. 16, 2021 — ... more

Florence Food Share enters its high season

Nov. 13, 2021 — 21st annual Pounding for Food Share planned for Saturday, Nov. 20; Empty Bowls ready for December... more

‘Recognizing those who came before us to ensure the freedom we all enjoy’

Nov. 13, 2021 — Siuslaw High School honors local veterans... more

Weather conditions call for awareness of potential hazards

Nov. 11, 2021 — Flooding, landslides possible through weekend... more

Armendariz, Lacouture selected to fill open positions

Nov. 11, 2021 — Siuslaw School Board holds November meeting ... more

Florence woman dies in Nov. 6 fire

Nov. 10, 2021 — ... more

Market event fills people’s pantries

Nov. 10, 2021 — Second annual Fill Your Pantry provides shelf-stable vegetables, meat, more... more

Veterans Day Honor Cruise Thursday to feature two grand marshals

Nov. 9, 2021 — Local business to offer free services on Veterans Day... more

Lane County assists resident in accessing senior services

Nov. 6, 2021 — ... more

Florence approves new city salary plan

Nov. 6, 2021 — Mayor gives Exploding Whale 51st Anniversary Proclamation... more

A look into local crime

Nov. 6, 2021 — Florence Police Department statistics show crime is down... more

Voters approve renewal of Western Lane Ambulance District Measure

Nov. 3, 2021 — Response to preliminary Nov. 2 Special Election results... more

Fatal crash Highway 126 reported on Nov. 2

Nov. 3, 2021 — ... more

Lane County announces Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics for kids 5 to 11

Nov. 3, 2021 — Pending final federal and state approval, local providers and Lane County are ready to go... more

Halloween 2021 ‘a real treat’

Nov. 3, 2021 — ... more

Dunes City Planning Commission adds another public hearing

Nov. 3, 2021 — ... more

Development adds 12 new homes to Florence

Nov. 3, 2021 — DevNW’s Keener Place begins occupancy... more

Nov. 2 Special Election Preliminary Results

Nov. 2, 2021— 2021 vote on Western Lane Ambulance Levy... more

A chilling tale of the Oregon Coast

Oct. 30, 2021 — Mysteries of Preacher’s Cave captured nation’s attention in spring 1906 ... more

Florence to honor veterans, grand marshals with Veterans Honor Cruise

Oct. 30, 2021 — Cruise takes place on Veterans Day ... more

School board considers candidates for more than one vacancy

Oct. 30, 2021 — Director Dennis King announces his resignation from Siuslaw School Board ... more

Polk County missing man’s body found by drone

Oct. 27, 2021 —... more

Mowbray Gardens showcases rhododendron hybrids

Oct. 27, 2021 — ... more

Bi-Mart Pharmacy in Florence to close by Nov. 3

Oct. 27, 2021 — ... more

Lane County rated second for mushrooms

Oct. 22, 2021... more

Food Backpacks fill the gaps in local hunger

Oct. 22, 2021... more

Barbershop builds bridges

Oct. 22, 2021 - Old Town Barbershop, Camp Florence team up to help incarcerated youth transition to professional careers... more

Around in circles

Oct. 20, 2021 — Artist brings Circles in the Sand back to Florence... more

Florence issues proclamations, makes purchases

Oct. 16, 2021 — Soroptimists celebrate 100th anniversary during National Arts & Humanities Month ... more

November levy draws attention, criticism to Western Lane Ambulance

Oct. 16, 2021 — Only item in Nov. 2 Special Election is to renew an ambulance levy... more

Some ‘what to do’s’ for all during Digital Citizenship Week

Oct. 16, 2021 — National Digital Citizenship Week is Oct. 18 to 22, 2021... more

Red Ribbon Week 2021

Oct. 16, 2021 — Florence Police and Siuslaw schools team up to draw attention to drinking, drugs ... more

Siuslaw celebrates 2021 Homecoming

Seniors Zion Jones and Gracie Perkins were chosen as 2021 Siuslaw High Homecoming King and Queen.... more

‘Engaging & empowering families and communities’

Oct. 13, 2021 — Florence Community PTA celebrates 30th anniversary... more

SWC hires director, new staff as it continues work

Oct. 13, 2021 — ... more

OCHS Dogs have their day

Oct. 13, 2021 — OCHS teams up with Jordan’s Way for fundraiser... more

Hometown honor

Oct. 13, 2021 — Siuslaw graduate joins South Willamette Valley Honor Flight veterans in Washington, D.C.... more

A look at local COVID data — Oct. 9, 2021

Oct. 9, 2021 —... more

Moving sands

Oct. 8, 2021 — How author Frank Herbert came to Florence and was inspired to write ‘Dune’... more

Darlings holds 2nd annual Chili Cookoff

Oct. 6, 2021 — ... more

Marching in Florence for reproductive rights

Oct. 6, 2021 — ... more

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2021

Oct. 6, 2021 — Annual march draws attention to issue... more

Mapleton Autumn Festival brings together community

Oct. 6, 2021 — ... more

Mapleton woman dead after standoff following dispute

Oct. 3, 2021 — ... more

Governor signs redistricting law

Oct. 2, 2021 — State gains one district after 2020 Census ... more

Program offers an individual, ‘special’ education to students

Oct. 2, 2021 — Siuslaw’s Special Education Department matches students with resources ... more

Florence veterans board Honor Flight

Oct. 2, 2021 — Weekend events recognize service, sacrifice... more

Return of the ‘King’ slows traffic

Oct. 1, 2021 — Burger King’s opening week affects driving, bus patterns... more

Autumn Festival to kick off fall in Mapleton

Sept. 29, 2021 —... more

Boards gather for September meeting

Sept. 29, 2021 — WLFEA honors life, years of service of two women... more

Dunes City considers projects for COVID relief funding

Sept. 29, 2021 — ... more

Discarded box becomes a treasure for Pioneer Museum

Sept. 29, 2021 — ... more

Debate precedes November vote on Western Lane Ambulance levy

Sept. 25, 2021 — ... more

Florence proclaims awareness month, approves agenda

Sept. 25, 2021 — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month... more

Connect with neighbors ‘Nextdoor’

Sept. 25, 2021 — Social media platform promotes community through location-based chats ... more

Emergency response organizations honor life of Sarah Susman

Sept. 25, 2021 — Western Lane Ambulance employee died Sept. 20 in Highway 126 accident... more

Siuslaw holds meeting to address comments, prepare for fall

Sept. 22, 2021 — School board declares position vacancy; people can apply through Oct. 6... more

Mapleton School Board hosts first meeting of school year

Sept. 22, 2021 — New staff, Film Studies class among topics... more

Next chapter opens at Florence Festival of Books

Sept. 22, 2021 — 10th festival returns to the FEC with COVID guidance... more

Wild coho season opens on Siltcoos and Tahkenitch Oct. 1

Sept. 18, 2021 — ... more

South Jetty Road construction continues

Sept. 18, 2021 — Closure continues through October... more

Crossing borders to Florence

Sept. 15, 2021 — Community members open their homes to international students for the 2021-22 school year... more

Florence honors Sept. 11

Sept. 15, 2021 — ... more

Cases of COVID-19 detected in Siuslaw schools

Sept. 13, 2021 —... more

The realities of Siuslaw’s new school year

Sept. 11, 2021 — Superintendent Grzeskowiak talks about first week, concerns and preparation ... more

School board hears comments, complaints, commendations

Sept. 11, 2021 — Special Meeting called for public comment... more

PeaceHealth adds solutions to help staff wearing thin

Sept. 4, 2021 — ‘It really is important at this time that we're taking every measure possible to prevent further spread’ ... more

Western Lane Fire/EMS considers next step of merger

Sept. 1, 2021 —Public comments address upcoming ambulance levy vote... more

‘The fight continues for voting rights’

Sept. 1, 2021 —Florence activists celebrate the 58th anniversary of the March on Washington ... more

Local restaurants struggle

Sept. 1, 2021 — Clawson’s, Off Bay Street Bistro shutter doors while others close for short-term... more

Florence approves mural, street closures in special session

Aug. 28, 2021 — ... more

One pandemic financial lifeline continues, another ends

Aug. 28, 2021 — U.S. government extends halt on student loan payments, concludes temporary federal unemployment benefits ... more

Dunes City hears about water, council considers masks

Aug. 28, 2021 — ... more

Bronco Roundup roars to coast

Aug. 25, 2021 — Annual gathering brings hundreds of Ford Broncos to Florence... more

Siuslaw plans special meeting for public comment on Sept. 1

Aug. 25, 2021 — ... more

Protesters rally for ‘Medical Freedom’

Aug. 25, 2021 — New vaccination rulings require health care workers to be vaccinated... more

Ambassadors represent Florence

Aug. 21, 2021 — New volunteers needed for public functions... more

‘As of today, more than a quarter-million Oregonians have contracted COVID-19’

Aug. 21, 2021 — Officials continue to urge vaccinations as hospitals near capacity... more

2020 Census data released for Lane County

Aug. 18, 2021 — Analysis seeks "to illuminate how the local and demographic makeup of our nation has changed over the last decade"... more

Siuslaw Teacher Librarian Jennifer McKenzie receives Fulbright Award

Aug. 18, 2021 — Prestigious award will expand international community/educational connections, grow digital citizenship ... more

South Jetty Road to undergo construction

Aug. 14, 2021 — Access to crab dock and surfing will be impacted Aug. 16 to October ... more

Governments require return to masks

Aug. 11, 2021 — Lane County, State of Oregon release health advisories about rising COVID-19 cases... more

Friday Climate Strikes hit 100 weeks

Aug. 11, 2021 — Intergovernmental panel calls climate change ‘a code red for humanity’... more

Rapper catalyzes feline adoption at Oregon Coast Humane Society

Aug. 11, 2021 — New executive director partners with Moshow The Cat Rapper... more

Together, again

Aug. 7, 2021 — National Night Out brings together first responders, community... more

British Car Club motors back to action

Aug. 4, 2021 — Central coast group restarts in-person meetings and trips ... more

Cottage Preschool ‘reinforces compassion, kindness’ towards animals

Aug. 4, 2021 — Children make Art for the Animals at Oregon Coast Humane Society ... more

South Coast Water Company delays rate increase request

Aug. 4, 2021 — Water company for Dunes City residents withdraws request from Public Utilities Commission ... more

Veterans Wall adds final tiles

Aug. 4, 2021 — Remaining section at Veteran’s Memorial Park completed this week... more

Visitor restrictions reinstated at PeaceHealth Oregon hospitals and clinics

Aug. 2, 2021 — Change takes effect at noon on Aug. 3... more

Veteran Service Officers return to Florence in August

July 31, 2021 — DAV announces new hours, schedule ... more

Dunes City braces for water rate increase

July 31, 2021 — South Coast Water Company cites infrastructure improvements ... more

Assisted living employers network at Healthcare Job Fair

July 31, 2021 — Senior care facilities seeking staff members come up against housing shortage ... more

‘COVID’s still here’

July 31, 2021 — PeaceHealth talks about masks, vaccinations in preventing further spread... more

Agencies swear in new members to boards of directors

July 28, 2021 — Siuslaw Valley, Western Lane hold combined meeting... more

Summer in the city

July 28, 2021 — Siuslaw concludes summer school 2021... more

In the wake of the Olympics

July 28, 2021 — On the road to surf inclusion for the Oregon Coast... more

Longtime Mason supports the children’s library in Florence

July 24, 2021 — $500,000+ donated to Siuslaw Public Library’s program ... more

Fuller Center Bike Adventure ‘builds community’ — Part II

July 24, 2021 — On rides, cyclists raise money for homebuilding... more

And still they rise

July 23, 2021 — Florence Chamber announces 2020 Siuslaw Award Winners... more

Power of Florence makes comeback

July 21, 2021 — 11th annual event continues tradition of ‘making a difference' ... more

2021 wildfires pose significant threat

July 21, 2021 — Legislators push for preparedness... more

Back in session

July 21, 2021 — Florence City Council resumes in-person meetings ... more

Cycling through Florence

July 14, 2021 — University of Texas students stop by on their 70-day bike journey... more

Summer in full swing with Florence’s reopening

July 14, 2021 — Restaurants, businesses report on first weeks beyond pandemic restrictions... more

Four Siuslaw residents honored with First Citizen nominations

July 14, 2021 — Chamber’s Siuslaw Awards highlight local volunteers, community builders... more

50th anniversary of the Oregon Bottle Bill

July 10, 2021 — BottleDrop one way to gain deposit... more

Coastal visitors should keep safety in mind

July 7, 2021 — Sneaker waves and rip currents possible all year... more

Festive Fourth

July 7, 2021 — By Mark Brennan, Reina Harwood, Chantelle Meyer & Zeahna Young/Siuslaw News... more

Connecting the community

July 3, 2021 — Siuslaw Vision invites new members as it prepares to recover, renew and respond... more

Local organizations take extra precautions for July 4 fireworks

July 2, 2021 — Drought conditions, wildfire emergency cause alert over holiday weekend... more

Dunes City approves $761,201 budget for FY 2021-22

June 26, 2021 — City confirms services it provides to residents... more

Florence City Council hears about wind energy

June 26, 2021 — Council approves items at June 21 meeting... more

A sign for the sand

June 26, 2021 — Beach exposed at Exploding Whale Park causes trouble at low tide... more

Siuslaw School Board approves 2021-22 Budget

June 23, 2021 — Directors consider policies... more

Port continues partnerships

June 23, 2021 — Plans move forward on July 4 fireworks... more

The return of Rotary

June 19, 2021 — Club brings back popular auction as it prepares to resume in-person meetings ... more

Honoring Juneteenth and liberation

June 19, 2021 — New federal holiday begins today ... more

Warmer, dryer trends point to fire risks

June 16, 2021 — June 15 was final day for outdoor burning for Lane County... more

Flag Day ‘honors the American spirit’

June 16, 2021 — Florence community resumes Flag Day ceremonies ... more

Siuslaw High School honors 94 in graduating class

June 16, 2021 — Celebrating the Class of 2021 ... more

Mapleton’s Seniors graduate with community support

June 16, 2021 — Celebrating the Class of 2021 ... more

Florence City Council approves 2021-23 biennium budget

June 9, 2021 — City to end COVID-19 state of emergency... more

Golf tournament helps BGC drive toward summer

June 9, 2021 — 24th Fore! Kids Golf Tournament ... more

Expanded program brings support to veterans

June 5, 2021 — Disabled American Veterans hosts counselor to address wellbeing ... more

Siuslaw Valley, Western Lane conduct poll

June 5, 2021 — Districts seek input on future of combined fire, EMS services ... more

Students receive acknowledgment, support

June 5, 2021 — Regional scholarships go to Mapleton, Siuslaw students ... more

Florence Food Share reopens to public

June 5, 2021 — Community members can now shop the pantry in person... more

Youth learn heavy equipment skills

June 2, 2021 — Program gives Camp Florence hands-on construction equipment training... more

Boys and Girls Club prepares for summer of learning and fun

June 2, 2021 — Golf tournament, grants help fund summer program ... more

Memorial Day Services honor the fallen

June 2, 2021 — Florence veterans resume local Memorial Day traditions ... more

Mapleton considers budget at school board meeting

May 26, 2021 — The full budget presentation, as well as the rest of the meeting, is available to view on the school district’s YouTube channel... more

Chipping in for a great cause

May 26, 2021 — ... more

Governor declares May 22 to 28 as National Safe Boating Week

May 19, 2021 — Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, excessive speed and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.... more

In recognition of Rhody Days

May 19, 2021 — People honor 114th festival even without many formal events ... more

FURA approves proposed budget for 2021-23 biennium

May 15, 2021 — Public hearing included in the agenda... more

Siuslaw brings students back to school 4 days a week

May 15, 2021 — School board meeting covers political policy, budget, graduation... more

Recognizing nursing excellence

May 15, 2021 — Eight caregivers honored with awards... more

Meyer to be next editor of Siuslaw News

May 12, 2021 — Newsroom to undergo changes in June... more

Open season

May 12, 2021 — Florence Farmers Market again offers in-person shopping... more

Just kidding around

May 12, 2021 — Goats a sustainable, eco-friendly way to manage land... more

Protesting Florentine’s sign, flag law

May 12, 2021 — Residents concerned over rule limiting military service flags... more

How does your garden grow?

May 8, 2021 — Committee tours treatment plant to learn about FloGro... more

Council deliberates on Solid Waste Haulers Rate Review

May 5, 2021 — Florence cancels Reverse Rhody Days Parade... more

Mapleton elects to have families opt in to standardized testing

May 5, 2021 — April meeting updates March resolution... more

‘Extreme risk’ doesn’t deter crowds from Florence

May 5, 2021 — Restaurants adapt to restrictions in time for sunny weekend... more

Siuslaw News Voter Guide — Siuslaw School District #97J

May 18, 2021, Special Election... more

Siuslaw News Voter Guide — Lane Community College

May 18, 2021, Special Election... more

Siuslaw News Voter Guide — Lane Education Service District

May 18, 2021, Special Election... more

Commission reviews zoning resolutions

May 1, 2021 — Meeting honors former member... more

Dunes City considers noise complaints

May 1, 2021 — Council discusses violations, fines... more

Rhodies are ready

May 1, 2021 — Colorful rhododendrons begin to blossom after dry spring... more

WLFEA leadership still divided on future planning

April 28, 2021 — Boards consider finances, strategic plans... more

Siuslaw to partner with Hyak on rural fiber internet project

April 28, 2021 — School board votes to provide three-year letter of credit... more

Lane among counties moving to 'Extreme Risk' amid surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

April 27, 2021 — Governor says vaccinations key to staying safe, fully reopening the economy... more

Port continues improvements to facilities, campground

April 24, 2021 — Revenue remains steady after year of changes... more

Farmers Market prepares to return safely

April 24, 2021 — Changes include spacing, masks as May-October market gathers in person... more

Club helps people keep on jeepin’

April 24, 2021 — Jeeps R Us Florence offers trail rides, newsletter to members... more

Twombly family reaches business milestone

April 24, 2021 — Central Coast Disposal celebrates 30th anniversary ... more

Council approves City Workplan for next biennium

April 21, 2021 — April 19 was a busy day for Florence City Council... more

Local veteran honored by Daughters of the American Revolution

April 21, 2021 — Oregon Dunes chapter recognizes Tim Sapp with Oregon Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award... more

Florence to celebrate Earth Day for a whole week

April 14, 2021 — Week to include beach cleanups, porch parade... more

Council approves Benedick annexation

April 7, 2021 — City of Florence extends COVID-19 State of Emergency... more

EMAC meeting cancelled after failing to reach quorum

April 3, 2021 — Topic of climate again splits committee... more

FEMA housing arrives in Gardiner

April 3, 2021 — Site to hold displaced families from 2020 wildfires... more

Siuslaw School District responds to death of student

April 3, 2021 — District Care Team shows ‘we're here, we're available and we're ready to help’... more

Mapleton schools tackle standardized testing

March 31, 2021 — School board passes resolution urging families to opt out... more

Mapleton Water District changes course to avert further troubles

March 27, 2021 — Community meeting gives information ... more

Planning Commission approves accessibility request for Harbor Vista Campground

March 27, 2021 — Florence Planning Commission met March 23... more

CEDC finalizes workplan for submission to Florence City Council

March 27, 2021 — Committee to focus on economic development, housing, community development and parks... more

Advanced Life Support added to SVFR emergency response capabilities

March 27, 2021 — Fire department adds certified paramedic to Advanced Life Support team... more

Hyak begins prep for major project

March 23, 2021 — Digital Opportunity Fund awards local broadband business $1.6 million... more

Mapleton water woes continue

March 23, 2021 — District to hold virtual community meeting March 24 to discuss board, next steps... more

Help wanted in Florence

March 20, 2021 — Area businesses struggle to bring back staff... more

Boardwalk to get improvements

March 20, 2021 — Port of Siuslaw agrees to enter into IGA with City of Florence ... more

EMAC reviews waste rates, sponsorships

March 20, 2021 — Group considers subcommittee to address climate change... more

Florence considers intergovernmental agreement with Port of Siuslaw

March 17, 2021 — Public comments ask for consideration on climate issues... more

How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in western Lane County

March 17, 2021 — Lane County Public Health details best ways to access info... more

Public Art Committee continues work

March 13, 2021 — Staff reviews past work, next projects... more

Siuslaw School Board grades superintendent accomplished, effective

March 13, 2021 — Directors pass Superintendent Evaluation during school board meeting... more

Planning Commission addresses construction penalties

March 13, 2021 — Fairway Estates challenges fines, code violations... more

‘The first day of school all over again’

March 13, 2021 — Siuslaw middle, high school begin on-campus hybrid learning... more

Peace Harbor completes seismic upgrade

March 13, 2021 — $2.5 million Seismic Rehabilitation Grant pays for medical center’s retrofit ... more

A heart for kids

March 10, 2021 — New executive director begins at local Boys and Girls Club ... more

Dunes City continues discussion on short term rentals

March 6, 2021 — Ordinance could provide framework to deal with short-term rentals ... more

Kids (back) in the hall

March 6, 2021 — Mapleton juniors and seniors return to on-campus learning... more

Bringing the vaccine to Florence

March 6, 2021 — Lane County hosts vaccination clinic for more than 1,000 at the FEC... more

Two local eateries fined a combined $35,950

Feb. 27, 2021 — Citing ‘willful violations,' OSHA fines Little Brown Hen and Firehouse... more

Mapleton continues to move forward with reopening

Feb. 27, 2021 — School board gets COVID-19 update... more

Planning Commission discusses annexation, appoints new chair

Feb. 27, 2021 — ... more

Highway 101 closure between Florence, Yachats continues

Feb. 24, 2021 — Florence-Yachats Connector halted until highway repairs complete... more

Benedick annexation moves forward after Florence City Council meeting

Feb. 24, 2021 — Council also hears about grants for airport, police ... more

Lane County enters ‘high risk’ on Feb. 26

Feb. 24, 2021 — Restaurants may offer indoor dining, museums may open under new category... more

Siuslaw Elementary welcomes students back to campus

Feb. 24, 2021 — Hybrid learning model maintains distance, safety precautions... more

Good Samaritans respond during highway collapse near Yachats

Feb. 17, 2021 — Efforts result in rescue of drill operator... more

‘Elevating the work of entrepreneurs’

Feb. 17, 2021 — RAIN hires local representatives as it continues its mission to support businesses... more

New city council meets for February work session

Feb. 13, 2021 — Presentations from City Manager, City Recorder, Florence Police Chief and Public Works ... more

Mrs. Rankin retires

Feb. 13, 2021 — Longtime Siuslaw teacher wraps up 30 years... more

Otterly delightful

Feb. 13, 2021 — Mapleton welcomes fifth and sixth grade back on campus... more

Community dinner program continues

Feb. 10, 2021 — Food share, school district team up to provide nutrition... more

New community multi-purpose center planned for region

Feb. 6, 2021 — Regional community & recreation center still in initial stages... more

Florence City Council delays annexation decision

Feb. 3, 2021 — Public comment now accepted through Feb. 22... more

Returning to in-person learning

Feb. 3, 2021 — Siuslaw School District prepares for hybrid model of return to campus... more

WLAD consults on local option levy

Jan. 27, 2021 — Special meeting discussed topics related to the district’s future financial status... more

Lane County holds vaccine town hall

Jan. 23, 2021 — Hospitals, EMS, U of O and others give insight into state of local vaccinations... more

Port accepts bids for electrical upgrade

Jan. 23, 2021 — CFE Electrical Contractors will return for project... more

Florence City Council discusses open committee positions

Jan. 23, 2021 — Mayor to make final decisions... more

Learning the lesson of peace

Jan. 20, 2021 — In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.... more

FURA moves forward on Quince Street development

Jan. 20, 2021 — $44,000 in pre-development costs approved... more

‘Taking comfort from Dr. King’s powerful words’

Jan. 20, 2021 — KXCR hosts live, on-air MLK Day celebration... more

Wind, rain roil Siuslaw region mid-week

Jan. 16, 2021 — Jan. 12 storm causes power outages, flooding, slides... more

Florence selects Margaret Wisniewski for open council seat

3-1 vote secures city council appointment, scheduled for Jan. 25... more

Siuslaw School District navigates a new year

Jan. 9, 2021 — District takes a look back as it heads into 2021... more

Connecting neighbors to ‘Every Child’

Jan. 9, 2021 — Western Lane County gets increased support for foster system... more

SVFR responds to apartment blaze

Jan. 2, 2021 — Fire department also hires two career firefighters... more

2020: A Year in Review

Jan. 2, 2021 — Watch the progression of stories from regular Siuslaw Region life to living under lockdown... more

Port of Siuslaw Commission concludes the year

Dec. 19, 2020 — Port, Huntington agree to a three-year contract... more

Water customers in Mapleton get relief

Dec. 19, 2020 — Mapleton Water District installs temporary treatment skid... more

Lane County chambers unite in plea to governor

Dec. 19, 2020 — Florence among five county chambers seeking relief for local small businesses... more

Limited in-person instruction begins at Siuslaw School District

Dec. 11, 2020 —School Board votes on policy, hears special presentations at December meeting... more

Florence Planning approves Oceana annexation

Dec. 11, 2020 — Commission sends annexation request on to Florence City Council... more

Fundraiser launches for retired Florence Police officer’s medical bills

Dec. 11, 2020 — A GoFundMe page has been set up for Gerry Hine... more

Storms continue throughout the region

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

Two-week ‘freeze’ begins today across Oregon

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

Florence begins compiling work plan suggestions

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

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 ... more

Serving up Thanksgiving Dinner

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

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

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

Planning Commission approves workplan for next biennium

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

Trouble with Trebuchets

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

Lane County to add Deputy Sheriffs to enhance rural patrols

Oct. 31, 2020 — County Commissioners approve 4 positions... more

Oregon voters reminded to sign, review both sides of ballot

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

Sweet Creek arsonist pleads guilty

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

October meeting of the Siuslaw School Board

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

EMAC again tables climate discussion

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

Port of Siuslaw appoints new Commissioner

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

Full boxes

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

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

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

Florence Council delays 35th and Rhododendron PUD decision

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

Annexation hearing postponed

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

CEDC continues goals for housing, business, partnerships

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

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

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

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... more

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

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

Club learning hub continues to serve students

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

Transportation Committee sends objectives on airport, transit to council

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

State prepares for Nov. 3 General Election

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

Republican ‘truck rally’ returns to Florence Oct. 10

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

Dino ‘I Dos’

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

October is Fire Prevention Month in Oregon

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

City council, march recognize domestic violence

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

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... more

Turning to the next page

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

Candidates for the Nov. 3 Election gather at the FEC

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

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... more

Writings on the wall

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

Poetry in (loco)motion

April 8, 2020 — Finding beauty in hidden places... more

Dunes City votes to become Second Amendment Preservation City

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

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... more

Birthing a community

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

Decades of December

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

Taking ownership of Singing Pines Dog Park

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

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... more

Crafting beer culture

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

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... more

School district terminates shop teacher

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

Learning about life untethered from electronics

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

Florence Home & Garden Show plans for spring

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

Oregon’s Civil War connections

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

Dogs have their day

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

New Recycle Guide available from Lane County

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

County declares weather emergency

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

Crash on Highway 101 takes life of Mapleton woman

Jamie Jones and her companion dog, Loki, died in the crash, which sent two others to the hospital in serious condition Saturday. ... more

Introducing the 2019 Rhododendron Court

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

Newspapers in Education

Schools in Florence and Mapleton use newspapers as up to date textbooks in the classrooms. Students who use newspapers in the classroom get a head start in life.... more