Reynolds Honored; Cold Weather Shelter Open; Woman Identified; Gas Prices Steady

Reynolds Honored

Last night at the official opening of the Florence City Hall the Lane Council of Governments representative Brenda Wilson, announced the LCOG award for outstanding performance.

“Every year for over 50 years the Lane Council of Governments has been celebrating outstanding work in our region, there’s a lot of it going on, and so we represent almost every man woman and child in lane county so these are awards that are well deserved and highly competitive.”

Wilson announced that this year’s award would be going to City Manager Erin Reynolds which brought cheers from the crowd.  Reynolds graciously accepted the award and included the team of people that made it possible.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf on the city of Florence and all the employees and the city council and everybody that’s gone before me of which we are building this success from, truly is a great foundation we have had to work from these last 4 years.”

Reynolds will be honored at an awards ceremony in Eugene on March 2nd.

Cold Weather Shelter Open

Forecasted cold weather for the region is prompting the opening of the cold weather shelter in Florence for two more nights.  Tonight and tomorrow night the facility at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw will be available for those who do not have shelter from the cold.  Transportation will be available beginning at 5 pm from the Siuslaw Public Library, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.  Dinner will be served at 6 and breakfast will be served in the morning.  Pastor Greg Wood asked If you are aware of someone needing shelter, to please direct them to the facility.

Woman Identified

Oregon State police have identified the woman found in a cove near God’s Thumb.  Kahrin Jean McDonald, 63, of Lincoln City, was last seen on February 11th.  OSP is continuing its investigation but says McDonald’s death does not seem suspicious.

Gas Prices Steady

National averages for the price of gas is shooting up around the U.S. due to rising crude prices and refinery issues, but it does not seem to be affecting Oregon.  Prices jumped over a nickel nationwide while Oregon prices dipped a penny to $2.74 a gallon for regular gas. Florence remains steady at $2.37 a gallon.