SVFR Chief Langborg Resigns; ODOT Announces New Yachats Connector; Be Ready Expo; Kiwanis Club Assists Boys and Girls Club; Cougar Sightning in Dunes City

SVFR Chief Langborg Resigns

Last night the Siuslaw valley fire and rescue board met during a public meeting and during the meeting Chief Jim Langborg announced that he would be resigning his position as Chief.  Langborg is expected to continue on through October.  He has accepted a position in California, but the city was not announced due to the fact that they have not yet made the announcement there.  Discussion regarding the Inter agency agreement followed leaving questions about the future of the IGA.  After the meeting the board went into executive session with Chief Langborg.  Coast radio news is following the story closely with more details as they become available.

ODOT Announces New Yachats Connector

An ODOT meeting at the Florence Event Center yesterday outlined the new connector service between Florence and Yachats.  The Florence-Yachats connector will begin service on September 4th and operate four routes daily, Monday through Friday with the exceptions of holidays.  First service in the morning will leave the Grocery Outlet Parking lot at 8 am and arrive in Yachats at 8:50 with a quick s top at Carl G. Washburn State Park.  The last bus will return to Florence at 7:35 in the evening.  Tickets for the ride will be $5.00 for all day service or $2.50 for a single one way ticket.  Tickets can be purchased through River City Taxis or exact change is welcome.  The Driver will not carry cash or make change.  Bicycles are also welcome as space permits.  Information on the Florence-Eugene connector will follow.

Be Ready Expo

The Siuslaw News and the Western Lane Emergency Operations Group will be holding another Be Ready Expo next Saturday.  From 10-3 on the 25th the Florence event center will be open and vendors and exhibits featuring the latest in disaster preparation will be on hand.  Returning will be a panel of experts that will discuss what to do in case of an earthquake or other disaster and what you will need to stay safe in the days and weeks following such an event.  the event is free and open to the public

Kiwanis Club Assists Boys and Girls Club

Last week the Kiwanis club of Florence presented the Boy’s  and Girl’s club of Western Lane county a check for $3000.  The check was for the keep the lights on campaign.  Kiwanis president, Jean Murphey says the two clubs align philosophically in knowing that the future of Florence and out country rests in the hands of the children.

Cougar Sightning in Dunes City

Dunes City received a report of a cougar sighting yesterday morning and they are advising residents to use caution when going outside and protect your children and pets.  Often loud noises will scare off potential threats, but residents are advised to not go outside if they know an animal is present.