Florence

Communities Nice time in Florence Nice time in Florence
Right now is the time to visit Florence. With spring starting this week-end and spring break starting this next week, I'm sure the stores and shops will be open, possibly with special hours, for the influx of people that are sure to come in the next week or so.
Communities Suspect last seen floating toward Pacific Ocean taken into custody Suspect last seen floating toward Pacific Ocean taken into custody
From the Florence Police Department:

Robert "Robbie" Alan Strebendt, aka Robert "Robbie" Alan Cooksey was taken into custody without incident by Florence Police Thursday, March 18, 2010 around 8:40 pm at a location near 4th Avenue and Joshua Lane in Florence.
Communities Starting a business in Florence?
Here is some useful information from the city government of if you are interested in starting a small business in Florence:

Florence has faced great economic challenges, such as the decline of the logging and fishing industries.
Communities 'Name the Sea Lion' contest 'Name the Sea Lion' contest
From a press release

As spring break arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, so have two new members of the Aquarium's animal family. The Aquarium is asking for help in naming its two new sea lions, with a "Name the Sea Lion" contest during spring break.
Communities Coast Guard rescues surfers north of Depoe Bay
From the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard rescued four surfers caught in a riptide between Depoe Bay, Ore., and Newport, Ore., Thursday, in an area known as Devils Punchbowl. HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, Ore., and Air Station North Bend, Ore.
Communities ODOT: Hwy 126 re-opens after crash
Update:





ODOT/Valley, No. Coast: OR 126W (Florence-Eugene Hwy) is now open to one lane of travel at milepost 15, east of Mapleton due to a crash. Expect delays.Earlier:

ODOT/Valley, No. Coast: OR 126W (Florence-Eugene Hwy) remains closed at milepost 15, east of Mapleton due to a crash.
Communities Semi truck stuck in snow blocked Hwy 126 west of Eugene
UPDATE at 10:30 a.m.

All lanes are now open on OR126W (Florence-Eugene Hwy)at milepost 36, near Badger Mountain, east of Walton, where a semi truck was disabled by snow earlier. Motorists traveling at higher elevations in should carry chains and be prepared for winter conditions.
Communities Elephant seals coming ashore Oregon Coast to molt Elephant seals coming ashore Oregon Coast to molt
From the Seaside Aquarium

It's that time of year again when elephant seals come ashore to molt.

There is a molting elephant seal in Hammond, Ore., resting on the beach. He was reported to us Tuesday morning.
Communities Heavy snow slows traffic on Hwy 126 Heavy snow slows traffic on Hwy 126
Snow caught drivers by surprise this morning on Highway 126 west of Eugene.

State Police tell KVAL news 2 trucks jackknifed and there was one minor traffic accident on the highway west of Veneta.

For the most part, drivers were slowing down and respecting the slick road conditions.
Communities Mayors endorse Bozievich for West Lane commissioner
From a press release

Jay Bozievich, candidate for Lane County Board of Commissioners from the West Lane district, recently earned the endorsements of Mayors of Junction City, Florence, and Veneta as well as may others.
Communities OSU team frees 'Willy' from plastic band OSU team frees 'Willy' from plastic band
From a press release

Less than one month after deploying a "capture cage" in an experimental effort to catch and rescue sea lions caught in man-made debris, a team led by Oregon State University used the floating enclosure to confine and free an adolescent California sea lion from a plastic packing band that had been caught around its neck for more than a year
Communities Florence Coastal Cuisine Gala
We received this press release today from Marge Renwick:

An event will take place here in Florence very soon and it's for a very worthy cause. Florence Food Share is a private non-profit emergency food-box pantry dedicated to alleviating hunger in West Lane County.
Communities Storm damage reported south of Florence Storm damage reported south of Florence
A viewer sent these photos of an old tree down across a house in Dunes City, south of Florence.

No one was hurt, although the owner was inside at the time.