Miller Leaving SVFR for State Post; City Council Approves Desire for State Funds; Chamber Announces Siuslaw Award Nominees

Miller Leaving SVFR for State Post

Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue will be losing its Fire Marshall.  Chief Michael Schick announced yesterday that FM Tony Miller has accepted a position with the state of Oregon as a deputy Fire Marshall.

“He is going to be in charge of Polk and Yamhill counties to the north of us.  It’s just a great opportunity for him, it’s a huge advancement in his career.”

Schick says this will leave a hole in Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue.  SVFR will now have to count on the Deputy State Fire Marshall for Lane County, Kristina Deschaine.  Deschaine covers the entirety of Lane County, but Schick says when needed she will be available.

“She’s here to help us and certainly if we have a large fire or a fatality fire she will be right there helping us.”

Miller’s last day will be this Friday.  Miller began his fire career in 2014 as a volunteer and worked diligently to achieve Fire Marshall status. Chief Schick says they hope to be able to find a replacement for Miller and will be posting the position shortly.

City Council Approves Desire for State Funds

The City of Florence is poised to receive almost 2 million dollars from the State of Oregon over the next two fiscal years.  The city council unanimously approved two resolutions last night that would bring revenue derived from 5 different revenue streams including money from the state’s liquor tax, cigarette tax, and marijuana tax.  The total dollars coming to the city will be 1,989,100.  The two resolutions passed notify the state that the city is eligible for the funds and that they then would like to receive the funds.

Chamber Announces Siuslaw Award Nominees

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominations for the Siuslaw Awards that will be presented on Thursday July 14th at 5pm at Three Rivers Casino Resort.  28 business have been nominated for the various awards, Excellence in Customer Service, Innovation is Everything, Profound Difference, Heart on their Sleeve (community caring) and Bold New Business.


Excellence in Customer Service: For those who consistently and abundantly provide the highest level of customer service.

Grocery Outlet

Johnston Motors

New Horizons In – Home Care

Torex ATV Rentals


Innovation is Everything: For the business or organization who thinks out of the box and isn’t afraid to color outside the lines to bring new and exciting products, services, or opportunities to Florence.

Driftwood Shores Resort

Florence Farmers Market

Sand Master Park

The Siuslaw News


Profound Difference: For the nonprofit organization that makes the biggest impact to the community.

Elks Lodge # 1858

Oregon Coast Humane Society

Rotary Club of Florence

Siuslaw Outreach Services


Heart On Their Sleeve (Community Caring): The business that often puts the community over profit, dedicating their time, money, and talents to make a difference to individuals and/or groups in Florence.

Hoberg’s Auto Repair

Lofy Construction

NOSH Eatery

Shorewood Senior Living


Bold New Business: A favorite new business that opened or changed hands in the last 13 months.

Finance of America Mortgage – Beth Rudometkin

Laughing Crab Gallery

Pacific Hope Pain & Wellness  – Dr. Jessica Kubisch

Peterson’s Pretzels Food Cart


Still Going Strong: For the entrepreneur over the age of 65 who is deserving to be recognized for their service to the community.

Marianne Brisbane – Hostel 101 & Bodega Wine Parlor

Larry & Crystal Farnsworth – Heceta Self Storage

Glenna Martin – PS Winkles

Tim Sapp – TR Hunter


Stu Johnston Business of the Year: The business or organization that shows compassion and innovation, while providing outstanding service to the community.


Fred Meyer

Sea Lion Caves

Three Rivers Casino & Resort