Siuslaw High School Hires New Coach; Rhododendron Lane Closure Set For Monday; Bozevich: Not Finished with Work; Kent Challenges Bozevich

Siuslaw High School Hires New Coach

Siuslaw High School  has chosen a new football coach.  SHS Athletic Director, Chris Johnson, has announced that former Seaside Head Coach, Chad Smith has accepted the position.  Johnson says the field was wide, but the committee was instantly impressed with smith.

“We had a lot of applicants and spent a lot of time screening and interviewing and from the getgo the committee was pretty impressed with his preparedness and his vision and it’s going to be exciting.”

Smith coached Seaside High School during the 2016/2017 season before moving on to accept a teaching position in Douglas.  Johnson says that Smith and his girlfriend had looked at Florence and felt like they could put down roots here.  Smith will be meeting with players in the next several weeks

Rhododendron Lane Closure Set For Monday

The city contractor has requested a lane closure on Rhododendron Drive at south Harbor Vista Drive.  The Project to connect Harbor Vista to the city’s sewer system is well under way and the contractor is ready to install the new lines and place a manhole cover which will require closing part of the street.  The closure will take place this Monday, April 30th and will be limited to one lane of traffic on the southbound lane.  Flaggers will be visible controlling traffic from 7am to 5 pm.  Public Works director Mike Miller say an emphasis will be made to allow emergency vehicles and buses through.  Traffic will be slow and some delays will occur.  If you can use an alternate route that will cut down on congestion in the area.  The city is planning on having construction completed and the park open for visitors by Rhododendron weekend.

Bozevich: Not Finished with Work

He says he is not finished with the work.  West Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozevich says he would like to continue to serve the public as a county commissioner and that he believes that the commissioners have done a good job in creating a better Lane County.

“After being, you know, on the Secretary of State’s list of counties to watch financially for potential bankruptcy, now we have the highest bond rating we’ve ever had.  I think that’s a pretty major success story over my term as commissioner.”

Bozevich says he would still like to make headway on affordable housing and increase the sheriff’s deputy presence in western Lane County, something he sees as a very real possibility.  Commissioner Bozevich will be a guest on May’s Our Town.

Kent Challenges Bozevich

On the primary ballot, Nora Kent is a challenger for Jay Bozevich.  Kent is an educator at Lane Community College and works with student in the adult education.  She says that her connection to the people has allowed her to see the real struggles that people face.

“Many of my students have succeeded and gone on to college and work, but many have not succeeded because of issues of health, with issues of housing.”

Kent says she feels a lot of these issues are not being properly addressed and she would like the opportunity to get on the board and begin problem solving.  Kent says many of her supporters call her tenacious, including Congressman Peter DeFazio.  She believes that it is time for a fresh set of eyes to look at and begin to solve some of the issues still plaguing west Lane County.  Kent will also be a guest on May’s our town.