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The Siuslaw News is located in Florence, Oregon on the central coast of Oregon, 50 miles west of Eugene. The Siuslaw News, its predecessor the Siuslaw Oar and its predecessor The West, have served the coast since the 1890s. With a circulation of over 6,000, the Siuslaw News is the main source of local news, events and information for the central coast. The paper is delivered by mail twice a week. Our Commenting Policy Effective August 14, 2017 We encourage an open exchange of opinions on our stories, and we consider it an important element of the user experience on TheSiuslawNews.com. We invite readers to comment on our content as part of our interactive community. But we ask that you remain civil and follow these guidelines: — We do not approve comments that contain personal attacks or abuse. You may disagree with the content of an article, with the reporter or with other readers’ comments, but do not attack anyone personally. Do not libel or defame anyone or violate their privacy. — Keep your comments succinct and stay on topic. Comments that bear no relation to the story will be deleted. — Use your legal name as your identity; no nicknames or inappropriate monikers — Do not use foul language, or camouflage profanity with asterisks or other symbols or foreign phrases. — Avoid hate speech. Racist rants or defamatory statements about any group will be deleted. Especially offensive violations of this guideline may result in an immediate ban from making future comments on our site. — Do not use threatening language. — Use standard English grammar and observe accepted rules for capitalization, punctuation and spelling. Do not post a comment using all capital letters. — Do not post spam or advertising of any kind; violators will lose their registration and be unable to comment again. — Do not add images to your comments. — Do not report comments as abusive simply because you disagree with them. Report them only if they violate these guidelines. We reserve the right, using our judgment, to delete posts that we consider violations of these guidelines. If a post is determined to have violated the guidelines listed above, it may be blocked. A blocked post will be displayed to the user who posted it and to that user’s Facebook friends, but no other users will see it. Blocked posts can be unblocked if there is sufficient reason to do so. Users who commit three serious violations of these guidelines will be blocked from submitting future comments as well, without warning. We reserve the right to block a commenter after a single violation if it is particularly offensive, or if the commenter is clearly using a fake identity. On Facebook, your comment will appear automatically unless it contains a word that is not allowed by our word filter, or contains a URL. If you are commenting via Disqus, your comment will appear after it has been reviewed. Thank you, and enjoy expressing your opinions and participating in the community conversation.

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2020 will bring a "Blast from the Past" with this year's Rhododendron Festival theme. Submit your designs now for the Rh...
01/06/2020
Chamber announces 2020 Rhody Fest theme, logo contest

2020 will bring a "Blast from the Past" with this year's Rhododendron Festival theme. Submit your designs now for the Rhody Days logo. The top pick will win $250 and carnival passes during Rhody Days, May 15 to 17.

Jan. 6, 2020 — 113th annual Florence Rhododendron Festival to take place May 15 to 17, 2020

Curated by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, the annual Arts Festival brings together local and regional artists and ...
01/05/2020
FRAA Winter Arts Festival 2020

Curated by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance, the annual Arts Festival brings together local and regional artists and craftsmen to fill more than 30 booths with their latest creations...

Jan. 1, 2020 — Arts Festival brings together local and regional artists and craftsmen

It’s through conversations held in real time rather than through a digital vacuum that I’ve seen a genuine desire for a ...
01/05/2020
Expect better from ourselves in 2020

It’s through conversations held in real time rather than through a digital vacuum that I’ve seen a genuine desire for a return to a civil exchange of viewpoints rather than pot shots...

We can expect better for 2020 — and should.

Beachgoers, hikers and recreationists enjoyed a brief break in the clouds on Wednesday, Jan. 1, as they began 2020 by ex...
01/04/2020
Walking into the New Year

Beachgoers, hikers and recreationists enjoyed a brief break in the clouds on Wednesday, Jan. 1, as they began 2020 by exploring the great outdoors...

Walking into the New Year

Siuslaw News takes a look back through the calendar as we revisit the top sports stories from 2019...
01/04/2020
Top Sports Stories of 2019

Siuslaw News takes a look back through the calendar as we revisit the top sports stories from 2019...

A look back through the calendar as we revisit the top sports stories from 2019

2019 was a year of change and growth for the Siuslaw Region and the City of Florence. There were a number of transformat...
01/03/2020
2019 Year in Review

2019 was a year of change and growth for the Siuslaw Region and the City of Florence. There were a number of transformative events that took place in 2019, some of which were unexpected while others were years in the making...

A look back at 2019

Eagle Scouts and an abbreviated deer discussion were the topics of December’s Dune City council meeting, held earlier in...
01/02/2020
Dunes City Council meets in December

Eagle Scouts and an abbreviated deer discussion were the topics of December’s Dune City council meeting, held earlier in the month...

Council hears about Scout projects, water testing

The 2019 Oregon Legislature passed 120 bills during this year’s short summer session. while some of these new laws have ...
01/01/2020
2020 sees many new laws take effect

The 2019 Oregon Legislature passed 120 bills during this year’s short summer session. while some of these new laws have already taken effect, many others become law today...

The 2019 Oregon Legislature passed 120 bills during this year’s short summer session

“No person shall maintain, operate, engage in, conduct or carry on any business within the city without first having obt...
12/31/2019
All business license renewals due Jan. 1 in Florence

“No person shall maintain, operate, engage in, conduct or carry on any business within the city without first having obtained a license" — Florence City Code, Title 3, Chapter 1

“No person shall maintain, operate, engage in, conduct or carry on any business within the city without first having obtained a license

It was a win-loss evening for Siuslaw as the Vikings hosted a non-league game against the Douglas Trojans last Friday ni...
12/31/2019
Siuslaw splits wins with Douglas

It was a win-loss evening for Siuslaw as the Vikings hosted a non-league game against the Douglas Trojans last Friday night...

Boys win second in a row, girls still searching for first win

12/31/2019
Gray whales are still on the move south and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating the migration w...
12/31/2019
Winter Whale Watch Week continues

Gray whales are still on the move south and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is celebrating the migration with the annual Whale Watching Week, which ends today. However, whales will continue their migration through next week...

See up to 30 grey whales per hour at vantage points along the coast

The awards banquet, sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, will happen February 12 at the Florence Events C...
12/30/2019
Nominations for Siuslaw Awards now open

The awards banquet, sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, will happen February 12 at the Florence Events Center and is open to the public...

The awards banquet, sponsored by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, will happen February 12 at the Florence Events Center and is open to the public

A trip through the past 130 years of the Siuslaw News reinforces the unique responsibility and privilege we have, as you...
12/29/2019
Moving into 2020 and 130 years of Siuslaw News

A trip through the past 130 years of the Siuslaw News reinforces the unique responsibility and privilege we have, as your community newspaper, to be the keepers of the past, chroniclers of the present and initiators of conversation for the future...

Over the course of a few hours, one can time-travel through what will soon be 130 years of local history captured in aged clippings, folded newspaper pages and pamphlets

The Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter opened its doors on Christmas Day for the first time...
12/28/2019
Comfort from the cold

The Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter opened its doors on Christmas Day for the first time...

Emergency shelter offers two nights of service

Legislation passed in 2019 takes effect Jan. 1 to reduce Oregon’s single-use bags, particularly plastic bags which cause...
12/28/2019
Single-use shopping bags banned in 2020

Legislation passed in 2019 takes effect Jan. 1 to reduce Oregon’s single-use bags, particularly plastic bags which cause contamination in the recycling stream...

The legislation was passed in a bid to reduce Oregon’s single-use bags, particularly plastic bags which cause contamination in the recycling stream

Dozens of members of Florence Elks Lodge #1858 spent their Christmas Day cooking and preparing food for hundreds of thei...
12/27/2019
The most wonderful time of the year

Dozens of members of Florence Elks Lodge #1858 spent their Christmas Day cooking and preparing food for hundreds of their neighbors...

Florence Elks host annual free Christmas Dinner

Beginning Jan. 1, boaters in Oregon will have a series of new laws to observe, primarily aimed at addressing safety and ...
12/27/2019
New boating laws focus on safety, environment

Beginning Jan. 1, boaters in Oregon will have a series of new laws to observe, primarily aimed at addressing safety and the environmental concerns...

Beginning Jan. 1, boaters in Oregon will have a series of new laws to observe

Freshman Mason Buss and sophomore Hayden Muller each won varsity titles, marking the first time the Viks have won champi...
12/27/2019
Viks land top spots at Grants Pass

Freshman Mason Buss and sophomore Hayden Muller each won varsity titles, marking the first time the Viks have won championships at the large Grants Pass tournament...

The varsity boys took eighth place out of 34 teams, while the girls took ninth out of 24.

Congratulations!
12/26/2019

Congratulations!

Congratulations to our Sea Lion on a Shelf promotion winners! 😊
We appreciate all who searched for Sami as well as the 35 participating Chamber merchants.
A huge thank you to event sponsor Sea Lion Caves!
This event was fun for all!

Local winners will be able to pick up their gift certificates starting tomorrow Friday, December 27th at the Visitors Center. Out of town winners will receive theirs via mail.
All winners will be notified via phone by Chamber staff as well. Thank you!

Multiple developments throughout the Florence area could see 500 new homes over the next 5 years...
12/26/2019
Constructing progress on housing

Multiple developments throughout the Florence area could see 500 new homes over the next 5 years...

Multiple developments throughout the Florence could see 500 new homes in 5 years

As the end of the decade nears and the 2020s prepare to roar in, we offer some reminiscences from the past 50 years in F...
12/25/2019
Decades of December

As the end of the decade nears and the 2020s prepare to roar in, we offer some reminiscences from the past 50 years in Florence's holiday history, including visits with Santa, Christmas pageants and more...

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

The following editorial was first published Sept. 21, 1897, in the New York Sun, written in response to 8-year-old Virgi...
12/25/2019
Yes, Virginia, this 121-year-old editorial remains relevent in the heart of childhood

The following editorial was first published Sept. 21, 1897, in the New York Sun, written in response to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s poignant question: Is there a Santa Claus?

Dec. 24, 2019 — The following editorial was first published Sept. 21, 1897, in the New York Sun, written in response to 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon’s poignant question: Is there a Santa Claus?

COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPENING DEC. 25, 26: The Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open the evenings of Chris...
12/24/2019

COLD WEATHER SHELTER OPENING DEC. 25, 26: The Florence Emergency Cold Weather Shelter will be open the evenings of Christmas (Dec. 25) and Dec. 26. Registration starts at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26. The shelter is located at the Presbyterian Church, 3996 Highway 101.

The Cold Weather Shelter welcomes all guests providing a hot meal, usually served at 6 p.m. Mattresses, pillows and all linens are provided. Breakfast is served around 7 a.m. A limited number of pets are allowed inside each night.

The Cold Weather announcement flags will be placed near the main entrance to the Siuslaw Public Library, near the transit hut north of Safeway, and in front of Fred Meyers. Pick up from these locations is available between 5 and 6 p.m. on nights when the shelter is open.

This Friday night, Siuslaw will return to its home hardwood for a nonleague endowment game against Douglas at Glenn Butl...
12/24/2019
Siuslaw falls to South Umpqua

This Friday night, Siuslaw will return to its home hardwood for a nonleague endowment game against Douglas at Glenn Butler Court...

This Friday night, Siuslaw will return to its home hardwood for a nonleague endowment game against Douglas at Glenn Butler Court

Due to the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, this week and next week the Siuslaw News is publishing a day early on ...
12/24/2019

Due to the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays, this week and next week the Siuslaw News is publishing a day early on Tuesdays, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Siuslaw News wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season!

With a minute left in the game and down by 2, the Viks were looking to secure the lead by going for a 3-pointer....
12/24/2019
Viks dodge Lancers, 70-67

With a minute left in the game and down by 2, the Viks were looking to secure the lead by going for a 3-pointer....

The last moments of the boys’ basketball game between Siuslaw and South Umpqua were tense.

According to Port Manager Dave Huntington, the preliminary work needed to prepare the site began last week with the actu...
12/24/2019
Dredge arrives in Florence

According to Port Manager Dave Huntington, the preliminary work needed to prepare the site began last week with the actual removal of mud and silt set to begin just after the first of the year...

Port prepares for 2020 by dredging Siuslaw River

"I do not vote for President Trump but I don't want him called to account simply as a method to overturn his election." ...
12/22/2019
Impeachment merely symptom of larger challenge

"I do not vote for President Trump but I don't want him called to account simply as a method to overturn his election." — Ivy Medow, Florence resident

(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint submissions on this and other topics are always welcome as part of our goal to encourage community discussion and exchange of perspectives.)

"It is easy to hate but takes energy to love. Florence is worthy of that energy." — Ed Gunderson, local artist
12/22/2019
We can agree one one thing: We all love Florence

"It is easy to hate but takes energy to love. Florence is worthy of that energy." — Ed Gunderson, local artist

(Editor’s Note: Viewpoint submissions on this and other topics are always welcome as part of our goal to encourage community discussion and exchange of perspectives.)

Distribution of donations is done through The Salvation Army Service Extension Coordinator Debi Leighton, from Klamath F...
12/22/2019
Red Kettle bells continue to ring in Western Lane County

Distribution of donations is done through The Salvation Army Service Extension Coordinator Debi Leighton, from Klamath Falls, who coordinates with several local pastors...

Still time to volunteer as bell ringers for The Salvation Army

Local organizations seek to mitigate what can be the downside to the holiday season festivities for some in our communit...
12/22/2019
‘We need to have each other’s back’

Local organizations seek to mitigate what can be the downside to the holiday season festivities for some in our community...

Groups seek to mitigate the downside to the holiday season

An increase in new housing will mean a population increase, putting additional stress on school facilities. To help ease...
12/21/2019
District raises excise tax on local construction

An increase in new housing will mean a population increase, putting additional stress on school facilities. To help ease that stress, the school board raised its [new] construction excise tax from $1 per square foot to $1.35 during last week’s school board meeting...

Move will not raise taxes for existing homeowners while helping Siuslaw School District’s aging facilities

“They’re playing with more passion, more heart. And I like to see that" — Head coach Melissa Duffy
12/21/2019
Mapleton loses close one to Lakers

“They’re playing with more passion, more heart. And I like to see that" — Head coach Melissa Duffy

“They’re playing with more passion, more heart. And I like to see that

“We came in with the intention of playing the best basketball we’ve played all year long,” — head coach Eric Wolgamott
12/21/2019
Sailors lock down Lakers

“We came in with the intention of playing the best basketball we’ve played all year long,” — head coach Eric Wolgamott

“We came in with the intention of playing the best basketball we’ve played all year long,” head coach Eric Wolgamott said.

More than 200 people gathered in front of Florence City Hall and across the highway in support of the House of Represent...
12/21/2019
Peaceful Assembly

More than 200 people gathered in front of Florence City Hall and across the highway in support of the House of Representatives’ action to formalize Articles of Impeachment last Tuesday...

More than 200 people gathered in front of Florence City Hall and across the highway in support of the House of Representatives’ action to formalize Articles of Impeachment

The Siuslaw News got a special shipment today. Florence-Opoly games are here! Just in time for the holidays. Stop by the...
12/20/2019

The Siuslaw News got a special shipment today. Florence-Opoly games are here! Just in time for the holidays. Stop by the Siuslaw News to get yours today for $34.99! (Only 500 available)

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