OPB Names Thompson As Board Chairman; Oregon Poised To Ban Plastic Bags; Library Offers Museum Passes

OPB Names Thompson As Board Chairman

Jon Thompson

Last week Oregon Pacific Bank announced the retiring of its chairman of the board Bobby King.  In a news release this week OPB announced that the new Chairman will be the owner and general manager of Coast Broadcasting Jon Thompson.  Thompson has been the owner of Coast Broadcasting since 1988 and has served on the OPB board of directors since 2004.  Thompson received unanimous support from the board.  He says he is proud and honored to work among the group that makes up Oregon Pacific Bank and has seen the bank overcome difficult times when other banks had to fold.  Thompson has served as president of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized as a Florence First citizen and had recently been named as 2016 Broadcaster of the Year by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.  Other changes to the OPB board include the election of Dan Jones, owner of DJ financial as the board’s new vice chair.  Jones is a CPA with a degree in accounting and a registered investment advisor.  Jones donates his time to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation as well as services to assist with elder care issues.  He has been on the board since 2014 representing the bank’s Douglas County Communities.

Oregon Poised To Ban Plastic Bags

The city’s EMAC committee has been working on a proposal to ban or limit the use of plastic bags in the community, but had tabled that effort last month on word that the state was also working on a ban.  That ban passed the Oregon House on Thursday.  Lawmakers voted 42-18. and it prohibits large retailers and grocery stores from offering plastic checkout bags.  Stores can offer recycled paper bags and reusable plastic bags for a 5 cent fee.  The measure still has to pass the Oregon Senate for consideration.  If adopted, Oregon will become the third state to place such a ban on bags.  The state is also considering a ban on plastic straws and Styrofoam to-go containers.  Florence has already enacted a ban on Styrofoam.

Library Offers Museum Passes

The Siuslaw public library announced that patrons to the library can now check out a complimentary pass to the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.  The passes were recently donated to the library to encourage guest who might otherwise be limited by the cost of admission and also to encourage residents to take advantage of this asset in our community.  The museum in located on the campus of the University of Oregon and is open Tuesday through Sunday.  The museum is filled with art, archaeological collections and a variety of fun and educational activities.  Information on how to check out a pass is available at www.siuslawlibrary.info or you can stop by the library on 9th street.