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Lane County Credit Rating Increases; Quakes Rock Off Bandon; Yard Debris; Cape Perpetua Fun

Lane County Credit Rating Increases

Lane County’s financial profile is improving.  The county just received a new credit rating and has improved from an Aa2 to an Aa1.  It is the second highest rating given by Moody’s Investor Service.  The company cited prudent and proactive leadership for the upgrade.  County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says it is a result of diligent efforts over several years to create structurally balanced budgets, lower debt, manage benefit costs and increase reserves.  Mokrohisky says “This decision is particularly notable given the fact that Lane County receives the third lowest per capita local revenue among the 36 counties in Oregon.

Quakes Rock Off Bandon

Just before 6am Wednesday morning a 5.4 magnitude earthquake rocked off the coast of Oregon about 141 miles west of Bandon.  No warnings were issued for coastal Oregon.  The quake was situated about 6 miles beneath the ocean’s surface and just east of the western fault line that parallels the coast.  A smaller 2.1 magnitude quake rumbled earlier in the day in the same vicinity just after midnight.

Yard Debris

This Saturday is the city’s yard debris collection.  Every third Saturday in the summer months the city provides the opportunity for residents to drop off yard clippings at the north end of the airport on 27th street just off of Kingwood.  June was the last month that Scotch Broom could be disposed of at the collection site.  Scotch Broom is considered a noxious weed and aggressively takes over native plants and can even hinder the growth of young trees.  In addition they are also toxic to livestock and horses.  Once in bloom it can no longer be collected as it will drop its seed and contaminate the debris collected.  A standard pick up load disposal fee is $11.

Cape Perpetua Fun

Cape Perpetua is gearing up for a summer of fun and education.  The scenic area north of Florence will have opportunities for individuals to help out in a marbled murrelet survey over the next two Mondays and Tuesdays.  On August 3rd a presentation linking the forest and ocean ecosystems.  On August 9th the center will help celebrate the 75th birthday of Smoky Bear.  Smokey will be on hand to share cake with visitors.  All events are free, but parking is $5.00 unless you have or purchase an Oregon Coast Passport or a Northwest Forest pass.