Sirens Ring Through Town; Person of Interest Still Being Sought; City Council Meeting; Nativity Displays; Tree Cutting Permits Available

Sirens Ring Through Town

Sirens on the streets of Florence on Saturday had many on social media wondering what the emergency was that had a multitude of law enforcement and first responders out.  Those that were aware quickly answered that the Siuslaw Viking Football team had returned to town after winning the 3A state championship and that there was no need for alarm.  Fire engines, ambulances and police escorted the team bus, band and cheerleaders through old town up highway 101 and to the school where dozens of people greeted them, many of whom were at the game in Cottage Grove.  We’ll have more on the Viking Championship coming up in Coast Radio Sports.

Person of Interest Still Being Sought

Lane County Sheriff’s deputies at last report were still searching for a person of interest in a stabbing that occurred on Thanksgiving day.  LCSO has still not released details on the stabbing itself but do know that they are looking for 40 year old Robert Gavin Bowers as a person of interest.  They believe that Bowers is likely homeless and could be armed.  Searchers were combing the South Jetty area where Bowers was last seen.  They believe Bowers is on foot and drivers should be hesitant to pick up hitchhikers.  Bowers is described as between 5’8” and 6’ and has reddish blonde hair and a reddish beard.

City Council Meeting

The Florence city Council meets for a special session this evening at 5:30.  On the agenda is the Multi-Unit Tax Exemption Program.  The Council will consider adopting the program that will provide a tax break to developers that build multi-unit dwellings within the Florence City Limits.  It is not clear if all developers would be eligible, but according to the plan they would have to submit for the relief and show proof of a financial need.

Nativity Displays

This Friday and Saturday the First Baptist Church of Florence will continue the tradition of a Christmas Bazaar and Nativity Exhibit.  Friday from 3-7 and Saturday from 11-4 at the church on 25th and Spruce invites the public to attend this event for the whole family.  Nativity scenes on loan from local members of the community will be on display as well as local crafts.

Tree Cutting Permits Available

The U.S Forest service has begun issuing Christmas Tree permits for the Siuslaw Nation Forest.  Permits can be purchased online for $5.00 with an additional $2.50 transaction fee.  Maps to approved locations within the forest will be distributed with each permit.  Permits will be issued through December 31st and can be found at can call a district ranger office to purchase a permit over the phone.  Forest service personnel suggest that you plan your day and begin early to have plenty of sunlight.  They also recommend a map and a compass as cell service may not be available in some areas.