Pilot Forced to Land Plane on its Belly

FLORENCE, Ore. — A Florence pilot did some quick thinking Friday when he was forced to land his plane without landing gear. An airport volunteer says the pilot knew his gear wasn’t coming down so he made a flyby, which confirmed to airport officials that his gear was indeed not coming down. The airport says … Continue reading »

Strong Storm Hits Florence

FLORENCE, Ore. — Between the waves crashing into the shoreline, the wind rattling between strands of grass on the coastline, and heavy rain hitting the sand, it was a pretty loud afternoon on the coast. But the storm wasn’t the only sound filling the air. “The bands are all here ready to play and so … Continue reading »

Cheering On a Dream

FLORENCE, Ore. — It’s a typical Friday night at Siuslaw High School. There’s a slight chill in the air as the Vikings hosted the South Umpqua Lancers. Cheyanne Rudder, 14, a freshman at Siuslaw High, has wanted to be a cheerleader. Rudder has Down syndrome and autism and experts said she’d never go to a … Continue reading »

Florence Hitman Arrested

FLORENCE, Ore. — A Florence man is in jail, accused of trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Brian Raymond Frelich was arrested Monday. Police say they searched Frelich’s home and found several guns, and additional evidence relating to a previous menacing complaint involving a gun. Frelich is charged with … Continue reading »

Crews Contain Two-Acre Fire in Florence

FLORENCE, Ore. — Firefighters responded to a two-acre fire on the South Jetty, Tuesday night. Around 10 p.m., firefighters from the Siuslaw Valley Rural Fire Department,¬†Siuslaw National Forest,¬†and the Oregon Department of Forestry responded to a fire reported on the jetty near the sand dunes. The fire was burning in the brush and grasses. Fire … Continue reading »

OSP Investigates Fatal RV Fire

FLORENCE, Ore. — Oregon State Police and the Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office are continuing their investigation into the death of a person found Saturday night inside a fire-damaged recreational vehicle. Around 8:30 p.m., OSP, Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, and Mapleton Fire District responded to two recreational vehicles on fire along Highway 126, about … Continue reading »

Residents React to Tsunami Advisory

FLORENCE, Ore. — The National Weather Service (NWS) said the earthquake that rattled off the western coast of Canada will not generate a tsunami. Saturday night, there were some threats to British Columbia, Alaska and Hawaii and even an advisory for parts of the Oregon Coast. The Oregon Coast is now in the clear, but … Continue reading »

Tsunami Debris Update in Florence

FLORENCE, Ore. — The public can get an update on the response to the Japanese tsunami debris that’s washing up on the Oregon Coast. Wednesday night, the Governor’s Task Force on Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris will talk about how the response has gone so far and what to expect in the future. Representatives from the … Continue reading »

Deadliest Job: Commercial Fishing

FLORENCE, Ore. — Catching fish for a living is the deadliest job in the nation. A new study by National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health confirms that more workers die in the commercial fishing industry than in any other job. Fishermen in Florence said they aren’t surprised to hear that heading out on their … Continue reading »

50 Years of KEZI 9 News: Beached Whale Blown Up

FLORENCE, Ore. — Fifty years is a lot of time to cover, but that’s what we’re doing in our “50 for 50″ project, one story for each of the 50 years KEZI 9 News has been on the air. This one is a whale of a tale. Some of you will remember this story from … Continue reading »

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