School Bus Accident; Vintage Trailer Rally; Lane County Recognized; Paid Leave Oregon Slow Start

School Bus Accident

No students were harmed yesterday morning after what officials are calling a minor accident.  A Siuslaw School Bus was preparing to turn on to 27th street from Highway 101 when it was sideswiped by a passenger car.  The car crossed lanes and hit the rear tire of the bus.  Florence police responded to the accident and is investigating the circumstances that caused it.  There were about 15 students on board at the time.  The passenger of the automobile was not hurt either.  Superintendent Andy Grzeskowiak says the bus sustained no significant damage but that it will undergo a full safety inspection before it is returned to service.

Vintage Trailer Rally

A popular exhibit returns to Florence on Saturday September 30th.  more than 35 vintage restored trailers will be on display at the Heceta Beach RV Park from noon until 3pm.  The trailers are in various stages of remodel with some completely restored to some that are a work in progress.  Organizer Terry Hankins says they enjoy what Florence has to offer in the way of antiquing and thrifting which makes the event fun for the participants as well as the ones who come to view the trailers. The group has a facebook page: “Goin with the Flo Vintage Trailer Rally”  Hankins says the owners look forward to sharing their Vintage RV experience.

Lane County Recognized

Lane County has been recognized for its efforts to ensure the integrity and security of the democratic process according to a release yesterday.  The National Association of Election Officials awarded the county  based on three specific criteria: access to a 24-hour livestream of the Elections Office, publishing an 8-step Mail Ballot Processing Guide and publicizing a tentative schedule of mail ballot processing activities so people can follow along with the process in real time.  County Administrator Steve Mokrohisky says the award is a testament to their team’s tireless dedication to upholding the fundamental principles of democracy.

Paid Leave Oregon Slow Start

State officials say that about half of the individuals they projected to participate in the new Paid Leave Oregon have applied for benefits.  Since august 14th only about 19,000 have signed up of the 41,000 forecasted.  To date more than 5,800 applicants have been approved and about 2.3 million dollars have been distributed.  Director of Paid Leave Oregon Karen Humelbaugh says individuals seeking monies through the program need to ensure they are attaching all of the correct supporting documents.  Each type of leave requested needs to be approved and documents differ depending on the request.  Information on the program can be found at