Local News – Sweet Creek Road Repairs; Siuslaw Schools; Museum Donation and Viking Sports

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Sweet Creek Road Repairs to be Outlined

A major repair for an 11-hundred foot long retaining wall along Sweet Creek Road is set to begin in the summer of 2012.  The preliminary designs for that structure along the Siuslaw River, 2 miles south of Mapleton, will be introduced later this week.  Lane County will hold a public meeting Wednesday evening from six to eight pm at the Mapleton School Cafeteria to allow residents and interested parties to review the plans and learn about travel on Sweet Creek Road during construction. The current retaining wall between the road and the river is more than 40-years old and a series of temporary repairs have been made over the past several years.  Damage to the road itself prompted officials earlier this year to restrict Sweet Creek Road to one-lane through the area.  The total cost of the project is estimated at roughly $6-million.  But, because the road provides access to 30-thousand acres of Siuslaw National Forest, approximately 95-percent of the cost will be paid by the Federal Highway Administration.

Flags will Fly at Military Heritage Museum

The Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum accepted a five-figure donation last week from two area dentists.  Drs. Brian Holmes and Justin Linton combined to provide the $10-thousand donation that will be used to fund the purchase of a flag pole.  The museum is currently under construction, it’s located on Kingwood Street near the airport entrance.  Museum board president Sam Spayd said the museum is being made possible by cash donations and volunteer labor.  The plan is to fly the American Flag, along with the Oregon State Flag, a POW-MIA banner and flags for each of the service branches.

School Board to talk enhanced community relations and high school security

The Siuslaw School District Board will hear an update from Superintendent Jeff Davis this week on efforts to strengthen and enhance community partnerships.  The board meets Wednesday evening at the district offices on Oak Street.  Also on tap:  Changes to the attendance policy and a review of recent security enhancements at the high school.

Prep Wrestling under way

Viking Wrestling got underway Saturday in Springfield with a limited roster at the 15-team Springfield Invitational.  Due to the late run of the football team, only one-third of the eventual 25-member team participated.  Coach Neil Wartnik said three wrestlers had good performances…. Jesse Kuntz captured fourth at 182 pounds and Peter Tupua in his debut at 285 pounds also finished fourth.  One Freshman had a very good tournament, said Wartnik… Luke Carroll won two and lost one, finishing fifth at 145 pounds.

Viking Basketball

On the prep basketball court Friday night the Cottage Grove Lions swept the Siuslaw Vikings, taking down the boys 51-41 in Cottage Grove.  In Florence, the Lady Lions downed the Vikings 58-47.  Both teams are back on the court this evening… the girls in Elmira, the boys at home against the Falcons.