Gazebo on the Siuslaw River

Mid-Week SAT Offered; Wine and Chowder Trail; Isthmus Slough Bridge Closure; Oregon Issued ID’s Still OK

Mid-Week SAT Offered

Siuslaw school district has announced that it will be offering the Scholastic Aptitude Test for juniors and seniors.  Traditionally students that are preparing for college and taking the SAT have had to travel hours to take the test and have had to do it on a Saturday.  This year students will be able to stay local.  The College Board will be offered next Wednesday morning.  In addition this test will also be given at no charge due to the district’s High School Success fund provided by the Oregon Department of education.  Sophomores will also participate in the PSAT that morning.  Freshman will get a field day to the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.  All students will be released at noon that day or upon completion of the SAT which could run until about 1:15.

Wine and Chowder Trail

Beginning tomorrow, Old Town will begin its annual Wine and Chowder Trail hosted by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce and it sponsored businesses.  Friday afternoon locals and visitors will be able to hunt local businesses for coveted glass floats and have a passport stamped when they find them.  This will allow people to have the chance to win a float at the conclusion of the event.  the Wine Trail will be from 2-5 on Saturday and the Chowder Trail on Sunday from noon until 4.  All of the activities begin at the Trail head located at the Gazebo area on Laurel and Bay.  Added this year will be an art exhibit on the beach at Driftwood Shores and a clamming clinic with local clamming expert Mike Bones.

Isthmus Slough Bridge Closure

For people planning a trip southbound through Coos Bay will need to know that the Isthmus Slough bridge will once again be closed over the weekend creating a nine mile detour.  The bridge is undergoing some major renovations and will have to be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8pm tomorrow and remain closed until 6 am Monday.  Signs and detour route will be posted.

Oregon Issued ID’s Still OK

The Department of Homeland Security has given Oregon another annual extension for compliance with the federal Real ID Act through Oct. 10, 2019. Oregon-issued driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards will continue to be accepted at federal facilities where individuals are required to present an identification document for access.  The most common federal use of state-issued ID is for air travel. Oregon expects to continue to receive annual Real ID Act extensions until October 2020. The federal law set standards for state-issued ID to enter secure federal areas, which includes boarding domestic flights because airport security is administered by the federal Transportation Safety Administration.  Oregon DMV will begin issuing the optional Real ID-compliant cards in July 2020, as authorized by the Oregon Legislature in 2017. The legislation authorized DMV to build a Real ID-compliant card option into its computer system scheduled to debut in July 2020. Oregon law does not require you to get a Real ID card. Your current card will remain valid until its expiration date. You will be able to travel by air without a Real ID driver license or ID card – you can use a U.S. passport, for example, to board a plane.