School Board to Welcome New as Two Retire; Cases of COVID-19 Rise; Million Dollar Reminder; State Inches Slowly to 70 Percentile

School Board to Welcome New as Two Retire

At the end of this month two long term Siuslaw School District board members will retire.  June 30th signifies the date when Suzanne Mann-Heintz and Paul Burns will turn over their seats.  Board Chair Bob Sneddon says both have been an inspiration to him personally.  He says that their dedication goes way beyond the board room.

“Paul has been volunteering and overseeing the Stream Team for elementary and middle school kids, Suzanne has been volunteering in the buildings and in the class rooms for years and years and years and was also a driving force in the establishment of the Siuslaw Education foundation.”

Burns is finishing up 16 years on the board and Mann-Heintz is finishing her 7th  year.  Mann-Heintz told coast radio news that any efforts on her behalf were part of a larger team collaboration.  She says this past year has proven the dedication of everyone by being able to ensure that students not only received an education but were fed and provided the necessary tools to weather the pandemic. Sneddon says both their contributions have been significant over the years.  He says specifically that Burns has been a great source of wisdom for him personally over this past year as Board Chair.  The board will introduce Kady Sneddon and Maureen Miltenberger as new members whose terms begin July 1st.

Cases of COVID-19 Rise

After six straight weeks of declining numbers the Oregon Health Authority has reported more cases of COVID-19 in the past week.  The total is just shy of 1800 cases. Patrick Allen, OHA Director says unfortunately the individuals who remain most at risk are the unvaccinated.  The rise in numbers comes on the heels of one of the busiest travel times of the year.  Allen says the good news is that the vaccines are now widely available statewide.  Yesterdays report from the OHA reveal 247 new cases and 7 new deaths  3 of those deaths were Lane County residents and all 3 are believed to have underlying health conditions.  Lane County reported 18 new cases yesterday.  Multnomah, Clackamas, and Jackson counties currently have the highest rates of new infections.  There were no new cases reported for the 97439 zip code.

Million Dollar Reminder

The state of Oregon is pushing for all Oregonians to be vaccinated and is reiterating the chance of someone to receive a million dollars if they get vaccinated by June 27th.  everyone who has had at least one dose of the vaccine or the One Dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be registered for a chance to win.  The state has set up a website also for Oregonians who received their shot from the VA or who received their first shot out of state, they can enter the drawing by visiting

State Inches Slowly to 70 Percentile

The current rate of vaccinations is increasing by 2/10th of a percent per day.  The Oregon vaccination table is showing there are 68.2% of oregon’s population with at least one shot.  The state is reporting about 15,000 vaccinations per day, but not all are first doses.  There are still about 60,000 residents needed to reach the Governor’s goal by the 21st.