Boats on the Port of Siuslaw

New Speed Zone; Three Rivers Foundation Announces Grant Recipients; Veterans Get Loan Rate Break; PAC Meeting; Tribute Artists to Take Stage

New Speed Zone

If your travels take you down Rhododendron drive between Heceta Beach Road and Lighthouse Way you soon will notice a new speed limit sign.  Beginning Tuesday, the 26th , speed will be decreased to 40 miles per hour. The Oregon Department of Transportation, at the behest of the city completed a speed zone investigation and has determined that a lower speed is best considering road use density and the proximity of residential units along that stretch of road.  On a daily basis nearly 3000 vehicles move along the roadway in that area.  The survey was conducted during May of 2018 while school was still in session and found that the average speed for 85% of the traffic was 44 miles per hour.  One of the determining factors though for the decrease in speed was the 10 crashes reported in 2016.  Speed zones considerable optimal conditions for the roadway and driving conditions should dictate actual speeds.

Three Rivers Foundation Announces Grant Recipients

The Three Rivers Foundation marked its 7th round of giving yesterday at its luncheon gala.  The Foundation, the giving arm of the Three Rivers Casino Resort, announced gifts to 34 non-profits in the service district of the confederated tribes of the Coos, lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.  Benefactors in Florence and Mapleton were the boys and girls club of western lane county, Memory Care Respite of Florence, Siuslaw Outreach Services, Siuslaw School District, and Mapleton Food share. In total the foundation received 130 grant proposals from entities in the counties of Coos, Curry, Douglas, Lane, and Lincoln.

Veterans Get Loan Rate Break

If you are a veteran and are considering the purchase or refinance of a home, the Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs announced that it has made and across the board decrease of its lending rates on all of its home loan products. 20 year fixed rate loans begin at 4.038 percent and 30 year fixed rate is at 4.278 percent.  In addition ODVA increased the lending limit allowing veterans to borrow up to $484,350 for a single family, owner occupied residence in Oregon.

PAC Meeting

The Public Arts Committee will meet on Monday.  The meeting is set for 3:30 pm and will conduct committee elections as well as review the updated designs for the mural art project slated for the Central Lincoln PUD maintenance building.  The committee is likely to approve the final design and discuss the next steps.  The plan is to have the project under construction during Rhody Days and will include public input in the form of allowing school aged children participate in the painting of designated sections of the mural.  The PAC will also consider ratifying the Grant Work Plan and discuss the Siuslaw Bridge Step Beautification project. The meeting will be held at the Florence Event Center.

Tribute Artists to Take Stage

On March 16th at the Florence Event Center a nationally acclaimed group of tribute artists will be performing.  Keith Ormrod will perform as Kenny Chesney, Kaylee Starr as Taylor Swift, and Frank Garrett as Eric Church.  Country performer and local artist, Amy Clawson says it is a fun-loving family show for all ages.  Clawson will be co hosting the event with members of the KKNU morning show.  VIP seating is limited and available at the box office and include a backstage meet and greet reception and photo ops with the artists.