Divers Body Discovered; Gas Prices; Art Exposed Decision

Divers Body Discovered

It has been two weeks since a Eugene man went missing after he went scuba diving near the mouth of the Umpqua River.  Yesterday deputies from Douglas County and Oregon State Troopers responded to a deceased body in the water near the site. The body was that of the missing scuba diver 47 year old Jeffrey Scott Harris.  On January 28 at approximately 12:30 pm, the day Harris went missing, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies along with two boats from the USCG and a helicopter searched the water unsuccessfully.  Harris’ next of kin has been notified and no foul play is suspected after an initial investigation by the Douglas County Medical Examiner’s office.

Gas Prices

Gas prices have begun their upward movement across the state. In the latest report from AAA Oregon the price of a gallon of regular gas has risen several cents to $3.58 a gallon and Lane County prices have risen slightly to $3.40 a gallon.  Here along the coast in Florence the price have spiked a little more with prices now hovering around $3.15 a gallon on average more than 10 cents higher than the previous week although two local stations have managed to stay below $3.00 a gallon.  Gas prices are expected to see a gradual increase over the coming months but for now winter blend fuels are still in production and gas demands are still relatively low according to AAA.

Art Exposed Decision

Tomorrow evening’s City of Florence Public Arts Committee will look at 12 pieces of art and determine which of them will become part of the Streetscape of Highway 101.  The 5:30 meeting at City Hall is open to the public.  The selections being considered include a large hummingbird, a totem, a large salmon and a dancer posing.  All of the items being considered can be found on the city’s website at ci.florence.or.us. city Manager Erin Reynolds.

“If that interests you we really want people to go on to our website and click on the big button that says Art Exposed and  you can those 12 pieces.”

Three bases for the artwork have already been completed with three more to be constructed.  Reynolds says the plan is to have all the pieces installed for Rhody Days.