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SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF FLORENCE • DUNES CITY • WESTLAKE • MAPLETON • SWISSHOME • DEADWOOD • YACHATS AND ALL POINTS BETWEEN
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May ballot the
Part I of II features look at
county’s road fee, local school
and library boards
Florence crowns King of the Coast
and Queen Rhododendra at annual
Rhody Court showcase
Voters to decide fate of
Vehicle Registration Fee
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B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
Lane County voters are preparing to decide
several key issues in the May 19 special elec-
tion. One of those, Measure 20-231, has the full
support of Florence City Council.
The Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) is a fee
of $35 per year for passenger vehicles, trailers
and light trucks and a $20 fee per year for
motorcycles. If approved by voters, the VRF
would fund maintenance and preservation of
safe roads and bridges.
According to the voters’ pamphlet, “Passage
of this measure will allow Lane County and
cities to preserve and maintain safe travel on
roads and bridges. The funds will be shared
between county, 60 percent, and cities, 40 per-
cent, enabling the 12 cities throughout the coun-
ty to properly maintain their streets and side-
“We approve of the county’s plan to use these
funds to preserve and maintain safe travel on
roads and bridges, as well as their plan to create
a citizen oversight committee to review how the
money is spent,” said Florence Mayor Joe Henry
in his letter in support of the measure.
Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich
visited Florence, Dunes City and other cities in
the county to gain support from elected officials.
During his Florence visit in January, he said,
“What this does is empower us locally. We’re
taking local control of our road system with this.
And it’s fiscally responsible.”
Candidates run unopposed
for schools, library
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PHOTOS BY CHANTELLE MEYER/SIUSLAW NEWS
All but two of eight school board openings for
Mapleton and Siuslaw school districts have can-
didates. Three Siuslaw Public Library board
members are seeking re-election. All are running
A total of five Siuslaw School District board
positions are open. Suzanne Mann-Heintz, posi-
tion 6, and Tammy Butler, position 5, are seek-
ing re-election to their current positions. Guy
Rosinbaum is seeking a first term on the board,
replacing Chad Clements at position 1.
Two other positions, currently held by
Michelle Rose, position 7, and Deena Mitchell,
position 3, have no candidates. The new board
will select appointees in July if no one is elected
to the two remaining positions.
Mann-Heintz has a Master’s degree in special
education and 35 years of teaching experience.
She was appointed to position 6 by the Siuslaw
School District Board of Directors in August
2014 to fill the position vacated by Scott
Salisbury in June 2014.
Butler is the current Siuslaw School Board
chairwoman and has served on the board since
2007. She holds a degree in special education
from the University of Oregon.
S AT U R D AY
B Y C HANTELLE M EYER
t was a night for the
rhodies as beautiful
decorated the main stage
at the Florence Events
Center Wednesday night for
the Rhododendron Court
Scholarship Showcase, marked
by the crowning of the royal
monarchs Queen Rhododendra
and King of the Coast.
Senior Princesses Natalie Madden, Trista Lane and Bailey Wells dance
to “We Go Together” with their Junior Princesses.
Siuslaw High School seniors Kennedy
Roylance and Keoni Castro took the
honors this year, respectively.
The showcase again moved away
from its pageant roots and featured plat-
forms, video presentations by the Senior
Princes, talents by the Senior Princesses,
dance numbers and interviews.
Queen Rhododendra Roylance danced
ballet to a song she choreographed. She
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leaped on stage and danced en pointe.
Her platform revealed her struggle to
define herself away from dance and the
desire for perfection.
Senior Princesses Courtney King,
Trista Lane, Natalie Madden and Bailey
Wells performed their talents on stage.
King, who was runner-up, read her