No Credible Threat; Cold Weather Shelter Open; Watershed Council Gathering

No Credible Threat

Yesterday an anonymous threat of violence was made through a texting app towards a middle school staff member and a small group of specifically  named middle school students.  That according to a press release from Siuslaw School superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak.  In the initial release the report says that police are investigating the incident to determine the perpetrator.  The threat was made after school hours yesterday.  Grzeskowiak said that for safety purposes all student bags would be searched prior to  entry to the school and additional police will be present.  Late last night an additional message was sent by Grzeskowiak to say that the police had determined the identity of the student who made the threat and that police do not believe that there is any credible threat and that the student has neither the ability or the means to carry out the threat.  Grzeskowiak says, in essence, it was a prank that went too far.  Florence Police commander John Pitcher spoke with coast radio this morning saying that officers will be out at all three schools today just to reassure parents and students. And reiterate that there is no credible threat to students or staff.


Cold Weather Shelter Open

The Florence emergency cold weather shelter is slated to be open this evening as temperatures are expected to drop to freezing overnight.  According to Greg Wood with the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw there will also be a limited amount of space to accommodate those with dogs.  Registration begins at 5 pm and dinner will be served at 6pm.  As always transportation will be provided from three areas around Florence: the Siuslaw library, Safeway, and Fred Meyer.  Wood says volunteer workers are also needed and any person willing to help can contact the volunteer coordinator, Meris Robison at

Watershed Council Gathering

The Siuslaw Watershed Council will hold a gathering Wednesday, January 29th, at the Siuslaw Public Library from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.  The discussion will center around Oregon’s rocky ocean habitats.  Explanations about the rocky ocean ecosystem, unique habitat adaptations and historical protections will be part of the topics.  In addition there will be a discussion of the King Tides Project and the Coast Watch and citizen science opportunities.  There is another round of King Tides in the month of February from the 8th through the 10th which coincides with the February 9th full moon.  The gathering is free and open to the public.