Vandals Strike Again; Siuslaw Awards; COVID-19 Update

Vandals Strike Again

Cable and internet customers of charter/spectrum were without service most of the day yesterday in the greater Florence area according to Bret Picciolo, communications director for the company.  Picciolo says the outage was a result of vandalism but did not specify what type or where the vandalism occurred.  Customers as far south as Dunes city and north to South view were affected.  Spectrum says the results of the vandalism were repaired late Monday morning, but customers around the region were still without service until about 3 pm yesterday.  Picciolo says the lag in service restoration may have been another issue, and he said the engineering team was working on what the continuing issues were.  The vandalism comes less than a week after someone cut lines and started a fire on century link lines south of the bridge.  Coast Radio News has learned that a person of interest in that case was detained, questioned and released pending further investigation.  It is not known if the two incidents are related.

Siuslaw Awards

The Phoenix Rising is the theme for this years Siuslaw Awards which is just over two weeks away.  The event has been scheduled for July 22nd at three Rivers Casino Resort will recognize businesses and those who inspired others over the past 18 months according to a release by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce.  The semi-formal dinner and awards presentation will begin at 5 pm.  Individual tickets are 40 dollars or a table of 8 can be purchased for $320.00.  Categories have updated to be more pandemic related according to CHamber President and CEO Bettina Hannigan yet still include the Stu Johnston Business of the year award and the Future First Citizen and First Citizen award.  Tickets for the event are available from the chamber of commerce office at 290 Highway 101 or at

COVID-19 Update

There has still been no update from the Oregon Health Authority regarding the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On Friday the state released the information that it had reached the 70% goal though many of the southern and eastern counties were below the 50% mark at the time of the announcement.  The state said that it had discontinued its reporting over the weekend but there was an expectation that Monday reports would continue.  It has been 4 days since the public has been notified as to what the status is around the state and even Lane County Public Health has not updated its numbers since 8 am Friday morning.