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W ESTERN O REGON T RIBAL F AIRNESS A CT
Legislation would transfer control of
32,000 acres of federal land to tribes
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In a rare example of bipartisan
law making, House Resolution (HR)
1306, The Western Oregon Tribal
Fairness Act, will convey more than
32,000 acres of land, currently under
federal control, to three tribal enti-
ties in western and southern Oregon.
The bill was passed by the House
of Representatives in the summer of
2017 and the Senate approved the
bill by voice vote for delivery to the
President on Dec. 27, 2017.
HR 1306 provides for conveyance
of land to three of Oregon’s nine
FLORENCE, OREGON
SET TO BECOME
Coquille Indian Tribes’ forestlands
in the same way as other tribal
forestlands.
President Donald Trump has 10
legislative days from the time the
bill is presented for his signature, to
veto the legislation or to sign it into
ly because of the strong support the
bill has received in both houses of
legislative branch.
If there is no veto of the bill, it
federally recognized tribes.
will take effect on Tuesday, Jan. 8.
The Western Oregon Tribal
HR 1306 was introduced in
Fairness Act would place 17,519
March by District 4 Rep. Peter
acres of federal
Defazio and the
land, currently man-
legislation
is
aged by the Bureau “We are excited to once again be in control of a small cosponsored
by
of Land Manage- piece of our homeland.”
District 2 Rep.
ment, (BLM) into
Greg Walden.
— Brenda Meade, Coquille Indian Tribal Chairwoman
trust for the Cow
Senators
Ron
Creek Band of
Wyden and Jeff
Umpqua Tribe of Indians and 14,742 law.
Merkley were sponsors of the bill in
acres of federal land into trust for the
If no action is taken by the presi- the Senate.
Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower dent during this time period, the bill
Coquille Tribal Chairwoman
Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.
automatically becomes law.
Brenda Meade is pleased with the
It would also amend the Coquille
The president is not expected to change in the law and the shift in the
Restoration Act to require the veto the legislation, according to position of the federal government.
Interior Department to manage the multiple sources on the hill, primari-
“We are tremendously relieved
Siuslaw Bridge
upgrade is ahead
of schedule
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and grateful to have the Senate
address the disparity that has bur-
dened our forest for so long. We
have managed these forests since
time began,” Meade said. “We are
excited to once again be in control
of a small piece of our homeland.”
The intent of the legislation has
several components. One element is
the restoration of ancestral lands to
indigenous people that were victim-
ized by government officials and
civilians intent on cashing in on the
gold fever of the 1850s.
Additionally, the bills’ sponsors
said they see the need to expand the
control native peoples have over the
resources they own, such as timber
and minerals.
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‘You have already won’
ODOT expects all phases of
bridge protection project to be
finished in fall of 2018
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
released the 2017 Bridge Condition Report this week.
ODOT currently manages
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2,742 bridges. The report stated
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that 13.7 percent of Oregon
bridges are in good condition,
84.2 percent are in fair condition and 2.1 percent are
in poor condition.
The information provided in this year’s report also
includes updates on upgrades being conducted across
the state. This includes information on the progress
of the improvements underway at the Siuslaw River
Bridge in Florence.
According to ODOT Region 2 Public Information
Officer Angela Beers Seydel, the overall status of the
Siuslaw Bridge Protection Project is good.
“The northern half of the bridge is complete and
the crews are currently working on the southern half
of the bridge. The rail replacement is about three
quarters done and crews are currently working on the
arches and the northeast section of the bridge,” Beers
Seydel said.
The Siuslaw River Bridge project does present
some unique challenges, as it is an historical land-
mark which also serves as an entrance to a function-
ing port and marina, as well as serving as part of
Highway 101.
ODOT also seeks to protect the bridge from the
corrosive effects of sea air and river tidal movement.
The name for this aspect of the upgrade is cathodic
protection. The muti-phase process is partly complet-
ed at this point.
ODOT State Bridge Engineer Bruce Johnson
believes cathodic protection is essential to maintain-
ing the Siuslaw River Bridge for the foreseeable
future, and, coupled with the other improvements
being undertaken, will significantly lengthen the
usable life of the structure.
“We are very happy with the work on the Siuslaw
Bridge Protection project. All of our projects don’t go
as well as this one,” Johnson said. “Our contractor is
organized and the major areas of repair work are all
progressing quite well. We have fabricated a new rail
that resembles the classic design of the previous rail.
We are also applying a cathodic protection layer of
zinc, which will corrode before the steel of the
bridge, helping to protect the structure from the harsh
coastal environment.”
Unfortunately, the danger of a catastrophic natural
event will still pose an ongoing threat to the residents
of Florence. This is mainly because the seismic
improvements that are being installed will not totally
protect the bridge from a major earthquake.
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‘Small Business
Revolution – Main Street’
comes to Florence to find
big support
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Deluxe Corporation and Small Business Revolution leader Amanda Brinkman addresses a crowd of more than 500 at the
Florence Events Center at a reception featuring 10 restaurants, small business owners, singers and community members.
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Above, ten restaurants provide samples of their cuisine at
the reception. Below, Brinkman visits with community
members during site visits and meetings on Thursday.
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THIS WEEK ’ S
he Florence Events Center
(FEC) was packed on
Wednesday night as pro-
ducers and hosts from the Hulu
television show “Small Business
Revolution – Main Street” came
to Florence.
The event was spearheaded by
the Downtown Revitalization
Team (DRT), a committee of the
Florence Area Chamber of
Commerce, and was led by DRT
Chairwoman Ellen Huntingdon.
The reception itself was hosted by
the City of Florence.
Small business owners and
community members flooded the
main floor of the FEC as they
dined on refreshments provided
by 10 area restaurants.
“I really hate it when you
schedule an event and nobody
shows up,” Mayor Joe Henry
joked as he spoke to the crowd.
“There are at least 500 people
here. It’s really amazing on short
notice what’s been put together
here, and that everybody turned
out like this. It shows what small
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town America is all about, and
what being the ‘premiere coastal
city’ in Oregon is all about.”
Chamber Executive Direction
Bettina Hannigan said, “The
Small Business Revolution team
was blown away by the turnout.
They said that they had never had
a turnout like that ever, in the last
two years. Our community just
blew their socks off.”
The keynote speaker of the
evening was Amanda Brinkman,
cohost of the show.
“This is the first stop on our 10-
city tour, and you guys have set
the bar,” Brinkman said to a round
of applause. “There were thou-
sands of nominations for season
three (of the show). Of those thou-
sands of nominations, you made it
into the top 20, which is a big deal
in of itself. Now you’re in the top
10. These are the 10 towns we get
to visit and get to know better.
“We want to meet the small
businesses and the community
residents and find out what your
needs are, your challenges, your
successes, and what makes this
place special.”
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