City Council Race Down To Three; Coast Guard Assist Cruise Passenger; Paving Scheduled; Bridge Construction to Resume; Twilight Program Continues

City Council Race Down To Three

The field of candidates is down to three.  The Florence City council has two seats available for the November 6th election as well as the Mayors post.  Mayor Joe Henry is unopposed for reelection.  There were originally 5 candidates for city council, but according to sources two of the candidates failed to complete their filings due to either lack of signatures or missing the deadline.  That leaves Woody Woodbury who is currently on the council, Geraldine Lucio and Maureen MIltenberger.  MIltenberger is a retired teacher and social worker and was formerly on the Canby city council in the early 90’s.  Lucio has been a barber for the past 10 years and was an IT specialist for Chase Bank and USAA.  Woodbury is the former owner of Grocery Outlet in Florence and has recently retired.

Coast Guard Assist Cruise Passenger

A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a female reportedly suffering from a head injury while aboard the cruise ship Grand Princess near Yaquina Bay, Sunday morning.  A Coast Guard Air Facility Newport aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter hoisted the individual and transported her to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel in Newport.  Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders initially received the request for assistance from cruise ship personnel at 5 a.m.  The cruise ship began transiting toward Yaquina Bay, so Coast Guard Sector North Bend Command Center watchstanders took over control as the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinators.   The North Bend personnel dispatched the helicopter crew to meet the cruise ship, which was approximately 35 nautical miles off of Yaquina Bay when the medevac occurred.   Condition of the woman is unknown.

Paving Scheduled

More paving is scheduled this week for a section of 126 between Veneta and Eugene.  The bulk of the work will be done after 7pm in the evening and prior to 6am in the morning.  Work is expected to continue through Thursday morning.

Bridge Construction to Resume

The Siuslaw River Bridge construction is set to resume.  Crews will return the week of September 10 to begin completion on the remaining bridge work. This includes finishing the protective coating touch-up work, pouring the remaining bridge rail curb, installing new expansion joints and finishing the sidewalk improvements on the north side. Crews will also install new asphalt ramps on the south end of the bridge. The project is to be completed by the end of March 2019.

Twilight Program Continues

The Siuslaw School District has announced that they will be able to provide one more year of free after school activities through the Elementary Twilight program. The program will serve Kindergarten through 5th grade students at Siuslaw Elementary from 2:50 until 5:00 PM. The program will begin on September 10th, and will follow the school calendar.   Parents and guardians can pick up applications at the Siuslaw Elementary School’s Back to School BBQ tomorrow.