Port Inks Deal With Manager; Accident Blocks 101; Gas Prices Drop; Empty Bowls

Port Inks Deal With Manager

The Port of Siuslaw board of commissioners met last week and after an executive meeting discussion they moved to enter into a contract with David Huntington as permanent port manager.  The contract includes a salary of $65,000 dollars per year.  After a motion by Bill Meyer,   commissioner Terry Duman called for a vote.

“All those in favor signify by saying aye!  Aye, Aye, Aye, Aye.  The motion passes unanimously.”

Meyer, Brandt and Duman were present at the meeting and commissioner Terry Zolezzi was teleconferenced in.  Huntington was actually hired to the position in May of 2018 following a brief interim position.  Last evening’s meeting finalized the contract with salary.

Accident Blocks 101

A two vehicle accident on highway 101 just north of North Bend yesterday afternoon closed down the road in both directions.  The road was closed for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes as crews and investigators were on the scene.  The crash happened at about 1:30 at milepost 229 near Hauser.  Oregon State Police were investigating.  There are no details released on the accident, but one witness said it appeared to be a head on collision.  The road was opened to one lane of traffic at 4:15 pm.

Gas Prices Drop

Overnight in Florence gas prices dropped below $3.00 for the first time since the beginning of the summer travel season.  The drop was a $.10 decrease.  The Oregon average dropped 3 cents a gallon to $3.17.  Crude oil prices plummeted on the market to close at $51.59 yesterday after getting close to the $50 mark.  These are the lowest prices since October of last year.  AAA Oregon’s Marie Dodds says the low demand and rising reserves have produced the largest drop in prices in over a year.

Empty Bowls

This weekend is the Empty Bowls event at the Florence Event Center.  It is the 23rd year for the event and features one of a kind, handmade ceramic bowls that are sold to support the Florence Food Share.  Purchasers receive a coupon for a free bowl of soup from participating restaurants in Florence.  The event begins Friday at 5 pm and continues Saturday from 10 to 5 and Sunday 12 to 3.