Road Work ; Register to Vote; Author to Read to Students

Road Work

Traffic remains slow with access to Heceta Beach at stake.  The Knife River Company is currently working on repaving portions of Heceta Beach Road that recently underwent water line replacement for Heceta Water District.  The flow of traffic consisted of up to 15 minute waits on Monday and more work today will likely have the same results.  Combined with the closure of Rhododendron Drive from Wildwinds to 35th Street, the area has one clear path to the beach and Driftwood Shores.  Visitors and residents can access Heceta Beach and North Jetty from 35th street.  It will be a couple more days for Heceta Beach Road, though extensive progress has been made.

Register to Vote

The May primary election is just over a month away and voters in Lane County are being urged to double-check their registration status.   Oregon is a “closed primary” state, meaning all ballots for the May 21st election will contain ballot measures and non-partisan races.  Unless you are registered as being affiliated with a party you won’t be able to vote on your party’s candidate in the primary.  Lane County Clerk Dena Dawson says you can check the status of your registration; what your party affiliation is; and double check your home and mailing addresses by going to  At that site, you can check your registration, register to vote and find out about the election system in Oregon.  Ballots are scheduled to be mailed May 2nd.

Author to Read to Students

Author and screenwriter Peter Vanderwall will be in Florence this week. On Thursday he will spend some time at Siuslaw Elementary where he’ll read his new book, Mac’s Big Wish, to students.  The book is a tale of the true meaning of friendship told through the eyes of a shelter dog.  Following his readings to elementary students, Vanderwall will end the day with a reading at the Oregon Coast Humane Society’s Thrift Store at 1193 Bay Street at 4:30.  That reading is open to everyone.