Three Buttes Fire; ALLIN Lane County; Clothing Drive; Dunes City Mayoral Application

Three Buttes Fire

As the month of September progresses the danger for fire continues to decrease with the level being at moderate now.  But warm dry temperatures expected over the next several days could cause the danger to rise again.  As of this morning there was no new update on the Three Buttes Fire burning just northeast of Florence though firefighters are still on the scene working in full suppression mode. The fire is currently contained to 144 acres just east of Herman Peak.  The Upper North Fork Siuslaw Road is open to traffic, however several forest roads remain closed.  Monday was the last full report available on the fire and at that time the area was 10% contained.

ALLIN Lane County

Lane County has announced the creation of a new digital dashboard from All In Lane County.  It was created through funds provided by HB 5019 and is intended to provide progress on the emergency efforts going into the homelessness crisis.  Kate Budd, the ALLIN Lane County lead says the dashboard provides transparency and accountability for how the funds are being used.  ALLIN Lane County’s emergency effort is aimed at preventing homelessness, create and improve homeless shelters and re-house unsheltered individuals in the county.  The website will be updated weekly.

Clothing Drive

For the third straight year members of the community are holding a ‘drive’ to collect clothes for students in Siuslaw and Mapleton schools.  Janelle Morgan is the Director of Habitat for Humanity.  She says they are looking for sweatshirts, sweat pants, athletic shoes and more.

“The school is the one that hands the clothing out, we just help collect it for them.  We do take used; we just ask that it be very gently used.”

Some personal items like shampoo or conditioner, sports bras and leggings for elementary age kids are being sought.  Morgan says all donations can be dropped off any time between September 19th and October 7th at Habitat for Humanity or Western Lane Fire and EMS.  There will also be a drive-by event in two weeks.  Thursday, September 28th.

Five to seven in the ReStore parking lot.”

It’s not just clothing, but she adds there are needs for sturdy backpacks and even sleeping bags.

Dunes City Mayoral Application

Dunes City residents who may be interested in applying for the open Mayor’s position need to turn in their applications today.  Dunes City administrator Jaime Mills says the deadline is actually Friday the 15th, but Dunes City Hall is not open on Fridays, adding that if someone were to slide it under the door of the building on Friday it would likely be accepted.  So far, only two current council members have expressed interest in filling the remainder of Sheldon Meyer’s term that runs through the end of 2024.  Meyer resigned in early August saying he was “worn out”.  Mills said there has been one application submitted from the community.  But, that person doesn’t live in Dunes City, and is not eligible to serve. Discussing the replacement is going to be on the agenda for next Wednesday’s regular September meeting.