Three Rivers Casino Designates Funds For Coast Guard; FURA To Decide on Mural; Quake Rattles Ocean Floor; Oregon Flu Numbers Minimal; Music Festival Packs Them In

Three Rivers Casino Designates Funds For Coast Guard

In spite of the government shutdown ending Funds are still coming in to assist the U.S. Coast guard Siuslaw Station.  Three Rivers Casino announced Friday that they were matching a donation of $2500.00 that the Confederated Tribes made to the U.S. Coast Guard North Bend Sector.  The $2500.00 that Three Rivers donated will go directly to the Siuslaw Station.  Three Rivers Casino Marketing Director, Rich Colton said in a statement that “the Tribes and the casino are both committed to our local men and service women,”  Food pantries and other assistance programs have also been assisting local coast guard staff.

FURA To Decide on Mural

This Wednesday the Florence Urban Renewal Agency will meet to get an update on the Revision Florence Project that is slated to begin in February.  FURA will also consider signing a contract for the mural that will be painted on the side of the Central Lincoln PUD building.  The $30,000 project, if approved will be created by Marino-Heidel studios out of Portland.

Quake Rattles Ocean Floor

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon. The agency says the earthquake hit a spot 286.5 miles (462.0 kilometers) west of Yachats at 7:40 p.m.  The earthquake had a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). There are no reports of damage.

Oregon Flu Numbers Minimal

Despite an outbreak of flu like symptoms last week at Siuslaw schools, the weekly count of actual influenza cases throughout the county and state of Oregon continue to be lower than previous years.  The Oregon Health Authority issued its weekly report and despite a slight uptick in reports of flu-like symptoms, the average is still low.  Statewide there were a total of 354 cases that tested positive last week and the majority of them were in the 50 plus age category with a smaller portion in the 18-49 age group.  Most of the reported cases were also in large urban areas like Portland.  Oregon is in the low percentile of states experiencing flu symptoms while the mid-western states show a high rate of influenza cases.

Music Festival Packs Them In

The Winter Music festival is in the books as crowds gathered over the weekend to hear bluegrass, Americana, and gospel at the Florence Event Center.  Saturday’s headliner, John McEuen and guests performed to a full house and provided a trip down memory lane for lovers of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Producer Rachel Pearson said she was pleased with the turnout for the festival.  McEuen played for a full two hours as the audience sang and clapped along.