Body of Missing Man Discovered; COVID-19 Numbers Continue Decline; Lane County Interested in Public Input; Increased SNAP Benefits Continue

Body of Missing Man Discovered

The search for a man missing since October 15th is over.  Lane County Sheriff’s reported yesterday that after an extensive search in the area around where Guy Vernon Knight’s 2021 Jeep was discovered a drone located his body.  Lane County Search and Rescue combed the area near the South Jetty staging area and discovered Knight in a nearby wilderness area away from the main roadway.  The preliminary investigation shows no evidence that Knight was the victim of a crime or other foul play had occurred.  Knight was known to have health issues including diabetes and an underlying heart condition.  Authorities are continuing the investigation.

COVID-19 Numbers Continue Decline

The latest COVID-19 numbers from  the Oregon Health Authority show a decrease in cases for the eighth consecutive week.  The OHA says cases have gone down about 4% from the previous week and that there were fewer deaths reported.  There were, however, increases in hospitalizations.  415 individuals were admitted to hospitals in the past week that is a rise of 38 from last week’s totals.  The death toll was at its lowest point since mid august, but there were still 110 deaths reported last week.  New cases for Lane County yesterday were 80 with one new cases locally bringing the 97439 total to 709.

Lane County Interested in Public Input

The Lane County Board of Commissioners are interested in receiving input from the community regarding the county’s strategic plan for the 2022-2024 biennium.   Lane County Commissioners have set three meetings next week for public input.  County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky said it was imperative that the public give their input in order to align priorities with resident’s needs and expectations.  The meeting schedules are Tuesday from 11:30 until 1:00 pm, Wednesday from 5:30 until 7:00 Pm and Thursday from 6:30 until 8:00 pm and will be done virtually and can be accessed through  Mokrohisky says the county has had to find opportunities with the unique challenges the last two years have presented.  The county’s strategic plan covers four areas, a safe and healthy county, vibrant communities, robust infrastructure, and people and partnerships.  To preview the current strategic plan go to

Increased SNAP Benefits Continue

If you currently receive SNAP benefits the Oregon Department of Human Services has announced that it will continue to provide increased food allotments for the month of November.  Allotments will be distributed on November 11th.  If you are new to the SNAP program you will have available benefits by December 2nd.