School Board Expanded; Oregon COVID-19 Cases Still on the Decline; Pounding for Food Share; OCHS Photos with Santa; Potential Flooding

School Board Expanded

The Siuslaw School Board held their regular monthly meeting last night and after officially accepting the resignation of School Board Director Dennis King and Guy Rosinbaum the board began their process of filling the two open seats that were recently vacated.  The board paired down the selection to 23 candidates.  Former candidate for school board Brian Lacouture was placed in position 1 with a 4-1 vote.  Position 5 was awarded to Frank Armendariz by unanimous vote.  The board then continued with its regular meeting.  Several issues were addressed including a look at two house bills one that adds new aspects to discrimination by race as it pertains to physical characteristics and the other regarding the addition of a new gender classification.  The board will revisit both in their December 8th meeting.

Oregon COVID-19 Cases Still on the Decline

Oregon is not one of the 23 states that saw increases in COVID-19 infections this past week with a reported 16% decrease from the previous week.  Oregon had the lowest weekly total of cases since the last week of july, it did however see increases in deaths and hospitalizations.  Oregon hospitals admitted 65 more individuals for a total of 378 new admissions.  Deaths increased to 243 for the week which was 82 more than the previous week.  Oregon also reported 1,033 new or presumptive cases of the coronavirus.  Lane County added 62 and the 97439 zip code added 6.

Pounding for Food Share

The 21st annual pounding to benefit the Florence Food Share will be  held at Grocery Outlet on Saturday November 20th from 10 am until 2pm.  The pounding, founded and hosted by local businesswoman Cindy Wobbe, aims to fill the food share’s pantry with food for the holiday season.  Last year’s event raised just under 19,000 pounds of food. While it is a significant amount of food, it will only serve the over 700 families the Food Share serves for a short time.  Wobbe says with the increased need over the holiday’s food contributed during the pounding will likely last less than two weeks.  Coast Radio will also broadcast the event live for a portion of the event depending upon schedules.  That time will be determined next week.

OCHS Photos with Santa

The Oregon Coast Humane society will once again offer pet photos with Santa.  Beginning next Wednesday, November 17th there will be four opportunities to have your four legged loved one pictured with Santa.  The event is from 11-2 and will be available on 11-17, 11-20, 12-4 and 12-8.

Potential Flooding

This afternoon until late tomorrow evening the potential for flooding is possible along the central Oregon coast.  Excessive runoff may impact river levels and cause low lying area and roads to become flooded.  Excessive rainfall is possible in the area.  The flood watch is in effect from noon today until 6 am Saturday morning.