Fundraiser Hits New High; High WindsBomb Threat Not Credible; Port Meeting Cancelled; Increased DUI Enforcement; Sheriffs Continue to Seek Missing Florence Man

Fundraiser Hits New High

Friday evening was a night of giving as the beachcomber hosted its annual Dan Barnum Scholarship Drive featuring a giveaway of a Fat Tire Bicycle.  There was standing room only for the event that raises money for scholarships for Siuslaw high School Seniors.  Scott Weiss owner of the Beachcomber and moderator of the event says it was a record collection.

“We actually raised 10, 750 dollars and we had a last minute donor that said let’s make it 11 thousand dollars for the scholarship fund.”

Weiss said it was a fun evening for everyone except the janitor …

“The next morning our janitor came in and shook his head, he went out to his truck and got his leaf blower to clean up the place.”

The fund is administrated by the Western Lane community foundation and gives students $1000 dollar scholarships.  Weiss said when they first started they had hoped to be able to give out one scholarship.  This year it will be 11.

High Winds

High winds and rain continue throughout the day today in Florence.  Central Lincoln Pud has responded to several small outages in the area this morning.  They have reported outages in Dunes City as well as some spotty outages around Florence.  Crews were called out this morning at 3:45 for the first outage and upon arrival alerted a second crew for assistance as a large tree came down on power lines.

Bomb Threat Not Credible

The Oregon State Police responded to a bomb threat in a non-specific location.  The call came in at the same time sheriff’s deputies were responding to another bomb threat on the eastern most end of the county.  Sgt. Carrie Carver said the Florence threat was for the area of South Jetty Road near camp Florence, but OSP found no evidence that the threat was credible.

Port Meeting Cancelled

The lack of availability of a quorum has caused the cancellation of the December meeting of the Port of Siuslaw.  The meeting was scheduled for tomorrow but topics of discussion and any motions that will require a vote will be moved to the January meeting on the 16th.

Increased DUI Enforcement

The Florence Police Department will be participating in extra DUII Enforcement during the Christmas/New Year’s Holidays.  They have received grant funding for additional DUII enforcement over the Christmas and New Year Holiday period, which runs from December 13th, 2018-January 2nd, 2019. These funds are made available to the city from Oregon Impact, who administers DUII grant funding in Oregon.  Law Enforcement agencies throughout Oregon and the rest of the United States will be participating in this nationwide effort to get impaired drivers off the street. High Visibility enforcement, accomplished by increasing the number of officers on the streets aggressively seeking out impaired drivers, is designed to deter people from driving after they have been drinking.

Sheriffs Continue to Seek Missing Florence Man

According to the Lane county sheriff’s department the search for missing Florence resident Pat Stapp continues.  Deputies and search and rescue teams returned to the area where the 58 year old Stapp went missing on December 3rd after an apparent auto accident.  Checking the hillside, brush and even the water near Sutton Lake Road.  Yet there has been no evidence in the area to suspect that Stapp was there.  Citizens that may have information regarding the disappearance of Stapp are encouraged to call the Lane County Sheriff’s Department.