Highway 126 Closure Impacts Drivers

CUSHMAN, Ore. — Travelers heading to Florence Sunday afternoon had to wait a few hours to get through a flooded portion of Highway 126. Florence resident Neil Karp says the closure on Highway 126 Sunday afternoon wasn’t the first road closure he had to deal with this weekend. Saturday the Highway 101 closure delayed his … Continue reading »

Crews Share Remodel Plan for Bridge

FLORENCE, Ore. – Residents can learn more about the remodel plan in place for the Siuslaw Bridge. Members of the team working on the project to protect, restore and improve the safety of the historic Florence bridge will explain the details of their project. It is set to begin in 2015 and expected to last … Continue reading »

Florence Couple Questions Ebola Protocol

FLORENCE, Ore. — June Parsell, of Florence, says she called 9-1-1 Thursday after her husband, Ray, was having a bad reaction to some medication he was taking because of a recent surgery. “I looked at him and he didn’t feel well. Nothing, even water. He couldn’t keep in,” said June Parsell. She says when emergency … Continue reading »

Police Investigate Fatal Hwy 126 Crash

MAPLETON, Ore. — A Florence man was killed in a crash east of Mapleton early Saturday morning. Oregon State Police say an SUV was westbound on Highway 126 near milepost 22 when it traveled across the eastbound lane and into a tree. It happened just after 3 a.m. The driver, 68-year-old Raymond Mosley, was pronounced … Continue reading »

Wife Remembers Pilot After Deadly Crash

FLORENCE, Ore. — As a family loses a husband, dad and grandfather, his friends and family reflect on the legacy he leaves behind. 69 year-old Richard Munger died in a plane crash off the coast of Florence Sunday. Crews are still searching for his 15 year-old grandson Benjamin Dressler. Munger’s wife Jill Hardin describes him … Continue reading »

One Missing After Fatal Plane Crash

UPDATE (12:15 p.m., June 16): Lane County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilot as 69-year-old Richard Munger of Florence. His grandson, 15-year-old Benjamin Dressler from Washington, is still missing. FLORENCE, Ore. — One person is dead and another still missing after a plane crashed off the coast near Florence Sunday morning. Search efforts for that second person still … Continue reading »

Testing the Waters

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s been more than three years since a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After all that time, there are still concerns leaked radiation is washing up on Oregon’s beaches. In March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit a hundred miles off the coast of Japan. It was Japan’s largest quake … Continue reading »

Sheriff Turner Loses Out on Chief Job

LANE COUNTY, Ore. — Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner did not get the Florence Police Chief job. Sheriff Turner says he doesn’t know whether a candidate has been selected or who is still in the running for the job. “I was very hopeful, but it didn’t work out…I plan to continue to be the best … Continue reading »

Friends Remember Man Killed in Florence

EUGENE, Ore. — The Eugene man killed by a log on a Florence beach Sunday was remembered by his friends and frequent customers, Tuesday. Ming Hsieh and his wife own the Yi Shen Market and Restaurant in west Eugene. Friends and acquaintances say the news of his death is heartbreaking. They remembered his generosity and … Continue reading »

Officials Warn of Ocean Dangers

FLORENCE, Ore. — A warning tonight about the dangers of visiting the beach after a Eugene man died this weekend trying to save a family member in Florence. Police say a log rolled over him, soon after a wave came crashing onshore. Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue says it takes just a few inches of … Continue reading »

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