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Florence health officials are concerned over a recent uptick in HIV infections. The small coastal community has seen a 300 percent increase since 2015.

Six Florence residents have tested positive in just the last few months. HIV Alliance is partnering with PeaceHealth Medical to provide free testing, counseling and referral services. Alliance’s Program Director Amanda McCluskey.

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The Siuslaw National Forest is proposing a plan to improve habitat and stream surroundings. Proposed actions include commercially thinning about 53 hundred acres; create snags to promote nesting cavities for wildlife, and placing wood in streams to improve Coho salmon spawning. Casey Hawes is with the Siuslaw National Forest. He says the area is located about 14 miles northeast of Florence.

Three Rivers Casino Opening In Coos Bay

May 6, 2015
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A new casino is opening in Coos Bay Thursday, bringing jobs and competition to the area. It will be called the Three Rivers Casino in Coos Bay.

Three Rivers projects the new casino will add more than 90 full time jobs with benefits in Coos Bay. The original casino is in Florence. The new expansion is part of the evolution into a full resort property according to Assistant general manager, Bob Garcia.

Oregon Department of Transportation

Earlier this month, a portion of roadway collapsed-- 12 miles north of Florence. Traffic continues to be limited to one lane with delays of up to 20 minutes. Today (Monday), The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) began installing a traffic signal to replace a pilot car and get vehicles through quicker.

Highway 101 along the Oregon Coastal Range is known as “landslide country.” The road collapse happened when water pressure built up in an existing active slide. The sunken roadway has led to weeks of traffic holdups as contractors stabilize and repave the segment.

Officials Re-open One Lane On Highway 101

Dec 21, 2014
Oregon Department of Transportation

One lane of Highway 101 is open for travel approximately 12 miles North of Florence in Lane County.

The lane closure is a result of damage to a retaining wall and the road due to heavy rain over the weekend. The Oregon Department of Transportation is working on the highway, there is no timetable for completed repairs or when the highway will be fully re-opened.

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Wind Warning Surges Along Oregon Coast

Dec 11, 2014
Amanda Butt

A high wind warning is in effect along the Oregon coast today. Winds are expected to reach up to 85 miles per hour in the higher coastal elevations. This extreme weather threat caused Siuslaw school district to shut down for the day and public officials prepared for emergencies.

The National Weather Service has forecast high winds all along the Oregon Coast. Siuslaw Fire and Rescue Chief Jim Langborg began warning the Florence community on social media and preparing his responders when he heard the storm was on its way.

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After the November election, the city of Florence may have a new mayor and turnover in three of the four city council seats.

Nola Xavier has been mayor of Florence two years. Before that, she was a city councilor for eight years. She wants to serve another term in order to complete several ongoing projects:

Xavier: "We're in the process of hiring a new city manager. We need a new police chief. We've been working with an interim in both of those positions for quite some time."

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Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner has learned he was not chosen to be Chief of Police in Florence.

Florence has had an interim police chief since January, when the former chief retired. They'd hoped to have the position filled by April. City Recorder Kelly Weese says there was a good reason for the delay:

Weese: "We had some great applicants, and I think if anything that made it take a little longer."

The City of Florence is looking for a new chief of police. One of the finalists is Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner.

The Interim Chief of Police in Florence is Lynn Lamm who was appointed after Ray Gutierrez retired. The chief oversees 22 employees, including 9 officers.

Oregon Ocean Information

The Oregon legislature recently designated two areas along the coast as marine reserves. The state hopes to involve the public in the new sites.

Cape Perpetua north of Florence and Cascade Head near Lincoln City join two marine reserves already protected by a 2012 law. In 2016, Cape Falcon near Cannon Beach will round out the coastal sites.

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