Vietnam Traveling Wall Comes to Florence; OCMM Holds Elections; Whales Appear; 101 Closed for a Time

Vietnam Traveling Wall Comes to Florence

The ¾ replica of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall has been slated to come to Florence.  Over the past several months Kim Pruitt from Spruce Point Assisted Living has been working with persons responsible for the traveling wall and was able to secure a date for the event.  The wall will arrive on April 2dn and remain here until the 7th and be setup at one of the fields at Siuslaw High School.  Pruitt says the wall comes at a price.

“It costs $10,000 to bring it.  We have to make payments for the next couple of months to get it here so we are looking for all kinds of sponsors.”

The wall contains over 58 thousand names of servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives during the war in Vitenam.  Parties interested in supporting the display of the wall can contact Spruce Point Assisted Living and Memory Care.

OCMM Holds Elections

The Oregon Coast Military Museum board during its December meeting held elections for board positions.    Original board member Tim Sapp of TR Hunter Real Estate was elected Board President and long time member Gary Cannon was elected vice-president.  Ann Dowdy was elected secretary and Shelly Medeiros was elected treasurer.  Dowdy, Cannon and Wayne Sharpe were also elected to serve additional 2 year terms.  11 board members make up the Oregon Coast Military Museum board.  Executive director Cal Applebee says that there is still one position open and interested parties can find information at

Whales Appear

People who made the trip to Depoe Bay yesterday were treated multiple sightings of whales as of 1:40 pm yesterday afternoon over 64 whales were seen heading to Baja California.  Activity is high along the coast and watchers can catch a glimpse of them at most points along the coast.  Watchers that would like some education on the event can go to designated spots like Sea Lion Caves and the Umpqua Lighthouse.  The best whale watching is now through the end of the month.

101 Closed for a Time

Travelers headed south on highway 101 had to be diverted south of Port Orford yesterday as crews worked on removing a large tree that had fallen across the road. It happened around 5 pm yesterday.  A tree 6 feet in diameter and 60 feet tall fell across the road at milepost 307 causing delays.  Both lanes were closed until 4 am this morning when ODOT gave the all clear.