Levy Results; Gas Station to Re-Open; Missing Mushroom Hunter Rescued; Pounding Scheduled

Levy Results

According to early results there is reason to believe that the Siuslaw School District levy will pass.  Lane County will post more results at 5 pm this evening, but early results show a modest lead for the continuance of the levy that will bring 8.5 million dollars to the district over the next 5 years.  The average home in the district will pay about $163.00 dollars annually to help fund operations at the school including vocational, fine arts and music programs as well as maintain reduced classroom sizes.  The levy was initially passed in 2009.

Gas Station to Re-Open

Fred Meyer Manager Angela Nelson says the completion of reconstruction of the fuel station should come today as crews wrap up minor details on the two month long project.  Crews have replaced pumps and updated the infrastructure including better defining ingress and egress into the facility.  Nelson says they hope to be completely open on Friday, but will may have a soft opening later tomorrow.  Nelson also says that fuel points have been allowed to accumulate during the closure and to even add value there will be a .30 discount for approximately the next month.

Missing Mushroom Hunter Rescued

Two mushroom pickers who had been lost for more than two days in a heavily forested area north of Florence were rescued by the Lane County Search and Rescue team earlier this week.  An unnamed male managed to make his way to a house in the Mercer Lake area about 2:30 Monday afternoon.  He reported that he and his girlfriend had become separated “a couple of days earlier” and he believed she was still lost.   Ground searchers were able to find her late that evening.  She had fallen in an area that was very difficult to access and was hypothermic, disoriented and difficult to move.  A US Coast Guard helicopter responded, but due to heavy fog was unable to hoist her out.  Rescuers were able to stabilize the woman, also unnamed, and remained with her through the night, eventually hiking out Tuesday morning.  She was then transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Pounding Scheduled

The Florence Food Share will once again be the recipient of the areas generosity as efforts to bring the 23rd annual Pounding to life.  Local businesswoman and founder of the event Cindy Wobbe shared that nearly 800 families in the Florence area are food insecure and this event helps in time for the thanksgiving holiday.  The event will be on Saturday the 18th of November from 10am until 2 pm. In front of the Grocery Outlet supermarket.  It will once again be a drive through event where you can pull up to the store and drop off your donations. Grocery Outlet will also offer discounted prices on popular items that day. According to Wobbe the event has raised nearly 200,000 pounds of food since its inception. Along with dry and canned goods the event will accept frozen and refrigerated items.  KCST will also assist and have a live remote.