OCHS Thrift Store to Reopen; Florence Woman Dies in Crash; Repaving to Start; SVFR Offers Wildfire Preparedness

OCHS Thrift Store to Reopen

The Oregon Coast Humane Society thrift store is set to reopen for the Rhododendron festival this weekend.  The facility was closed last week while the board of directors looked at the staffing in the facility.  The board made the decision to look at the past volunteer roster and bring back several of the former workers at the store that had either left or were asked to leave as part of the former boards management of the facility.  This according to OCHS board vice president Shauna Robbers.  Robbers says the goal is to return to full week’s schedule.

“we want to get the store back and operating at full throttle making the money it used to make.”

The board is meeting with volunteers today to solidify schedules for the weekend.  According to Robbers the store had brought in between 10 and 20 thousand dollars a month but says it recently had seen a dip in sales.  She also says that they are leaving the functionality of the store up to the former volunteers whom she says has the knowledge and experience.

Florence Woman Dies in Crash

Reedsport Police report that a Florence woman died after her vehicle went off the road on highway 138 near Elkton.  Motorists along the stretch of road saw taillights veer off the road Saturday evening.  67 year old Leona Robb was not wearing her seatbelt when the crash occurred but a preliminary investigation shows that she may have been unconscious before the crash.  Robb was traveling alone in the vehicle.

Repaving to Start

Cones are out on highway 101 and on highway 126 as crews begin paving over the trench created by new water lines.  The paving is scheduled to be completed by Thursday and should not interfere with the Rhododendron festival events.  Updates to the repairs can be found at tripcheck.com.

SVFR Offers Wildfire Preparedness

As part of Wildfire Awareness Month the Siuslaw Valley Fire and rescue will be offering home and business evaluations to see if you are ready in case of a disasterous fire in western lane county.  After last year’s devastating Chetco-Bar fire SVFR has put together information on how to make your home as safe as possible from fire.  They will take into account landscaping, tree placement, underbrush and out buildings.  You can contact SVFR directly to set up a home inspection and evaluation.  541-997-3212