Florence

Communities TV now in HD in Florence area TV now in HD in Florence area
The Florence television translators are now available in HD digital. The analog translators will be turned off in early February. To continue to receive free over-the-air television in Florence, you will need a digital TV or set-to-box.
Communities What is a tsunami advisory? What is a tsunami advisory?
From the KVAL.com archives

An earthquake Sept. 29, 2009, sent shockwaves around the world and waves that forecasters feared might hit Oregon's shores, triggering a Tsunami Advisory for the Oregon Coast.
Communities Florence Goodwill store 'a God send' Florence Goodwill store 'a God send'
From the KVAL.com archives

Brian Todd has lived in Florence for 11 years. He was working in construction last year until the economy took a turn for the worst.

"For me going 8 months without a job, kind of blew me back a little bit. I was becoming a very desperate person," said Todd.
Communities Does night fall ever get old in Florence? Does night fall ever get old in Florence?
How can something that happens every day be news?

Check out the sunset photos posted on KVAL.com by YouNews reporters who visit or live in Florence and, well, you get a sense for how the sun going down might just be the biggest news of even the best days.

Check these out -- then share your own.
Communities A Taste of BBQ A Taste of BBQ
KVAL Meteorologist Seth Wayne and I judged a BBQ contest at Three Rivers Casino Hotel a couple of weeks ago and the food was truly marvelous.

Seth and I tried chicken and ribs from four different vendors. I really like BBQ food to be a bit smokey and saucy.
Communities Best of KLCC's Microbrew Fest Best of KLCC's Microbrew Fest
51 breweries participated in the Microbrew Fest over the weekend by offering brews to taste. Patrons purchased "taste tickets" for $1 each and I sampled 5 different brews. (The samples were small.)

Of those, my favorite was the Firthur Pale Ale from Wakonda, Florence, Oregon.
Communities Legislature votes to ban offshore drilling until 2020
Press release

On Thursday, the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 3613A 22 to 8, establishing a moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling until 2020. This ten-year moratorium is four times as long as the previous moratorium passed in mid-2007 that expired this January 2, 2010.
Communities $1K reward in Oregon Coast elk poaching case $1K reward in Oregon Coast elk poaching case
Press release

Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish and Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the suspect(s) responsible for the illegal kill and waste of three elk in the Trask Unit near Tillamook.
Communities Eugene men charged with Florence burglary Eugene men charged with Florence burglary
Two Eugene men faces burglary and theft charges after a deputy stopped to check on their vehicle and discovered property traced to a breakin in Florence, Ore.
Communities OSU study: Sperm whales work together to 'herd' squid OSU study: Sperm whales work together to 'herd' squid
Press release courtesy OSU

Toothed whales are known to form long-standing social groups – especially among females – and scientists have hypothesized that these bonds are created to fend off sub-dominant males interested in mating, and to watch after each other's offspring while individual females dive for food
Communities New event center open in Yachats New event center open in Yachats
The new Overleaf Event Center in Yachats is open and ready for meetings and gatherings. Located at the entrance to the Overleaf Lodge Resort, the Event Center offers an intimate environment surrounded by the natural beauty of native plantings and walking trails.
Communities First Ave. in Florence closed March 8 until March 26
From Lane County

Road name: First Avenue

Location: Florence, Oregon

Closed at: Mile post 0.346 (near Lookout Street) to mile post 0.410 (Falcon Street)

Dates and times: 8 a.m., Monday, March 8 until 5 p.m.
Communities Send Us Your Photos
If you're on the Oregon coast today, please send us your photos. With the coast under a tsunami warning following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, we want a glimpse of conditions. No flooding is expected for Oregon but sea levels are expected to rise. Post here or e-mail kvalnews@kval.