Women Attacked While Walking Dogs; STEP Field Trip For Reedsport Students; Siuslaw School Seeks Public Input; 112th Rhody Days

Women Attacked While Walking Dogs

Douglas County Sheriff’s department is looking for a man who brutally attacked a woman at knife point and then raped her.  The incident happened on Sunday afternoon at the Carter Lake Campground Day Use Area near the Douglas/Lane County line along highway 101.  A woman who had been walking her dogs was assaulted by a large male in dark clothing according to the report released by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.  Detectives are looking for information about the assault and details about vehicles that may have been in the area around 1:20 Sunday afternoon.  The information began circulating about the attack late Sunday evening on social media outlets like facebook.  Friends of the victim were sharing the account in hopes of alerting people to be on the lookout for the suspect that they believe was driving a smaller model white pickup.  Calls were coming in to coast radio and the Siuslaw news throughout the day yesterday for information on the attack, but the Douglas County Sheriff’s department had not released any information to the public.  Coast Radio news finally received confirmation of the attack at 4pm Monday afternoon almost 15 hours after the attack.  An inquiry was made as to why there was such a long delay in disseminating the information, but no reason given only the official news release from the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

STEP Field Trip For Reedsport Students

Tomorrow students at Reedsport elementary school will be treated to a field trip to the hatchery in Gardiner.  Members of the Salmon Trout Enhancement Program or STEP are offering an educational program to youth to teach them about the importance of healthy salmon populations in Oregon.  STEP volunteers will be present to explain the workings of the hatchery and children will be able to help feed the fish.  Oregon department of Fish and Wildlife biologists will also be present for a show and tell on the salmon life cycles.  Education of the younger generation is one of STEP’s top goals along with capturing, spawning and raising fall Chinook Salmon.

Siuslaw School Seeks Public Input

The public is encourage to attend the Siuslaw School Board Facilities Advisory Committee collaborative workshop as they gather citizen input on facilities and education issues in the district.  The meeting will be held this evening at 6:30PM at the Siuslaw Public Library, 1460 9th St, Florence, OR 97439.  A quorum of the school board may be in attendance.

112th Rhody Days

The 112th  Rhododendron festival is two weeks away.  The event kicks off with the Rhody Queen and King of the Coast coronation on Wednesday, May 15th at the Florence event center at 6:30 and the Davis Show’s carnival opens at 3pm.  The street fair will be open Friday through Sunday featuring more than 30 vendors and exhibitors. And the annual Coast Radio KCST/KCFM car cruise will be Saturday evening, May 18th from 5-7pm.  More information on events and entertainment can be found at florencechamber.com