Two Arrested After Search Warrant; Council Moves Deliberations to November; Park Closes For Bear Issue; OHA Issues New Rules on Masks; COVID-19 Numbers; No Threat From Earthquake; Port Host Needed

Two Arrested After Search Warrant

On Friday the Florence Police Department assisted by the Reedsport Police K-9 unit served a search warrant at 1640 21st, in Florence.  Florence Police commander, John Pitcher in a press release stated that there was probable cause that the residence was a location where controlled substances were used.  During the search officers located heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  Two suspects were arrested at the scene.  29 year old Miranda Jean Wheeler and 39 year old Jody Michael Renfro.  They were arrested for possession of heroin and frequenting a place where a controlled substance was used.  Wheeler was also charged with possession of methamphetamine.  The two were taken to the Florence City jail and later transferred to Lane County Adult Corrections.

Council Moves Deliberations to November

After 2 hours and thirty minutes of a public hearing last night the Florence City Council decided to continue deliberations on the proposed Planned Unit Development on Rhododendron Drive near 35th street.  The council heard from several area residents about concerns that the new development could potentially bring to the neighborhood, including water runoff issues and traffic issues.  The council will again take up the issue on their November 9th meeting after the developer has time to respond to the appeal.  They will have until October 26th to do so.

Park Closes For Bear Issue

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has requested that the city close access to the Pepperoaks Park located on 34th Place and Lilac just off of 35th Street near Kingwood.  ODFW is in the process of trapping a bear in the area that has been seen around the neighborhood.  Fencing has been constructed around the park and will be in place until the city has been notified that ODFW has completed its task of trapping the bear.

OHA Issues New Rules on Masks

The Oregon Health Authority has issued new guidance on the use of masks.  OHA has determined that the use of face shields are not recommended with the exception of when dealing with the hearing impaired.  The OHA favors masking instead.  In addition face coverings are now required in all private and public workplaces and are required for outdoor and indoor markets, street fairs, and private and public schools and colleges.

COVID-19 Numbers

Lane County Public Health has added another 40 COVID-19 cases to the list for a total of 2,143 as the county now becomes part of the Governor’s watch list.  There are no additional cases for the 97439 zip code as that number remains at 30.  Jason Davis with Lane County public Health has indicated that he is looking at the 2 new cases from the weekend to see if they are part of a work cluster from the previous 3 cases from last weekend and will respond with information if that is the case.  Yesterday the OHA added a total of 266 new cases and an additional 8 new deaths reported.  3 of the new deaths were Lane County residents all of which had underlying health conditions.

No Threat From Earthquake

You may have heard about a 7.5 magnitude earthquake near the Alaska peninsula southwest of Homer Alaska.  While there was a tsunami warning for Alaska, there was never any warnings needed for the Washington or Oregon coast.

Port Host Needed

The Port of Siuslaw is currently looking for a camp host.  It is a year round volunteer position and Camp Host experience is preferred.  A description of the job, benefits, and requirements is available at or at the Port office at 100 Harbor Street.