Those Championship Seasons; Body Art Gone Bad; and the Homeless

4:05pm 1st Wednesday every monthThose are the three main topics this Wednesday during the November 2nd edition of KCST’s monthly audio news magazine “Our Town”.

“We have a broad and varied lineup” says host and KCST News Director Bob Sneddon.  “From a visit with the operators of a local tattoo studio about the perils of unlicensed operators, to conversations with three local high school coaches about winning, to coping with homelessness, we’re covering a lot of ground.”

In our first segment the local operators of a studio that specializes in body art; tattoos and piercing will represent.  Kylie Tezanos grew up in Medford and studied fine arts for several years before deciding the canvas she preferred to work on was skin.  She and her husband Victor opened Oregon Coast Tattoo last year in Florence and they’ll both talk about the increased popularity of body art and the importance of dealing with licensed tattoo artists.

Fall Sports at Siuslaw High School are still in full swing while at many other schools in Oregon, they’re already moving on to basketball and wrestling.  Why?  Well, success at the prep level means longer playing time as teams enter playoffs and advance to state and regional championship levels.  Coaches of all three fall sports:  Football, Cross Country and Volleyball will talk about their programs and their philosophies about competition at the prep level.  Sneddon will talk to Tim Dodson about his philosophy of “team” rather than individual accomplishments.  Viking Cross Country coach Chris Johnson will wrap up his 16th season at the helm of one of the most successful programs in the state.  During his tenure he’s collected 23 District Championships including an unprecedented fourth straight dual boys and girls crown.  Amy Peterson has been coaching volleyball at Siuslaw for more than a decade, wrapping up an undefeated Far West League Season last week.  She’s preparing her team for yet another post season appearance.

Finally, the conversation will shift to homelessness.  Nobody really knows how many  homeless people are in the area.  “They’re impossible to count” says Bettie Edgerton.  She’s the director of Siuslaw Outreach Services, just one of the many groups that reach out to homeless people when the weather turns wet and cold.  S.O.S. routinely gives away tents and sleeping bags, as well as clothing to the homeless.  Joining Edgerton in the studio will be Glen and Pat Stewart who recently moved their Helping Hands Coalition to a new location on Rhododendron Drive, just off Highway 101.  Pat Stewart said she was sitting at home, warm by the fire and watching tv last winter when it began raining very hard.  She said she wondered where people who didn’t have a roof over their head went to escape the rain.  “There are only so many bridges”, she said.  That’s when she decided to do something and founded the coalition that provides a meal, clothing and even a permanent address for people so they can receive mail and other services.

It’s all sponsored by Andy Baber of Edward Jones Investments; Davis, McCulloch, and Holloway, CPA’s; and PeaceHealth Siuslaw Region.  It airs on KCST, FM 106.9, Wednesday, November 2nd from 4:00 and 6:00 PM.


Portions of KCST’s Our Town also air on Community Television Channel 10 with the cooperation of Campbell Productions.  Viewers in Dunes City and Florence can watch the program on tape delay on this and other CPTV affiliate stations.  Each program airs 16 times per week, check local listings at    The programs also air on Charter Cable channel 18 in Lincoln and Tillamook Counties.