ODOT erases 101
ODOT teams worked for nearly 7 hours on Saturday afternoon in the evening to clear more than 40 meters of debris that covered the roadway. A landslide covered both lanes of Highway 101 on Saturday, blocking access to shopping and the Heceta lighthouse. Heavy rains and wind likely contributed to the landslide. It happened just north of Sea Lion Caves, a location that has seen previous slides. As the rain continues, there are possibilities for more slides. ODOT warns drivers to be aware of potential dangers on the road.
Watch out for crooks
People are out shopping for the holidays. Unfortunately, the crooks are looking to take advantage of their good humor. Carmel Snyder of AARP Oregon says the season offers plenty of opportunities for thieves.
“The point is not to take away the joy from this time of year when we are talking about it or the pleasure of giving gifts, but to help raise awareness so that you can protect yourself and your loved ones.”
More than a third of American adults have been victims of fraud when purchasing a product through an online ad, according to a new AARP survey. Snyder says it’s best to avoid these ads altogether when shopping online.
“Avoid clicking on links, even if you think the message or advertisement is from a familiar retailer. Instead, use your web browser and type in the web address you know is the correct one to avoid being sent to a cloned site.
Snyder says crooks use cloned sites that look like legitimate sites to steal people’s information. Another concern is that packages dropped off at homes are a target for thieves trying to make an easy mark. To help the Florence police, the police have set up a parcel depot for residents. Packages can be mailed c / o Florence Police Department 900 Greenwood street, Florence, or 97439. The exemption is that Florence Police cannot accept packages mailed through the United States Post Office.
There have been at least 829 residents of zip code 97439 infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. Despite high vaccination percentages for the region, individuals still contract the virus. 4 more cases were reported on Friday evening. Lane County Public Health is still not posting Saturday and Sunday results as staffing continues to be a problem. Nearly 31,000 people have contracted the virus in Lane County. The Oregon Health Authority reported a decrease in testing last week as the 7-day average for vaccinations continues to be high. The OHA continues to report a high number of first and second dose injections, with booster doses being the highest percentage.
The City of Florence and Lane County Public Health are sponsoring another COVID-19 vaccination clinic. This Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., by appointment, the Florence Events Center will provide the first, second and booster doses of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson. This clinic is for people 12 years of age and older and will not include pediatric doses. For an appointment, visit lanecounty.org/vaxclinics.
Dick smith passes
One of Florence’s last WWII veterans died last week. Dick Smith, 98, was a navigator on a B-17. Smith was a member of Florence Rotary and past president of the club. He is also co-author of the book Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges. Memorial service plans have yet to be announced.