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Protesters rally for ‘Medical Freedom’
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A UGUST 25, 2021
F LORENCE , O REGON
rulings require health care
workers to be vaccinated
with a high of 62
and a low of 53.
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Approximately 35 people gathered at the corners of Highway 101 and Highway 126 in Florence on Saturday to rally against new Oregon
vaccine mandates for health care workers. Signs included “My Body, My Choice,” “Medical Freedom,” “Freedom to Choose” and more.
Story & Photos
By Reina Harwood
Earlier in August, Oregon Gov.
Kate Brown announced a ruling that
mandated COVID-19 vaccinations
or a weekly required test amongst all
Oregon health care workers starting
Sept. 30. Following this ruling, on
Thursday, Aug. 19, Brown added to
“Oregon’s vaccination require-
ment for health care workers will
no longer have a testing alternative.
Health care workers will be required
to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18 or
six weeks after full FDA approval,”
Brown said in a press release.
The U.S. Food and Drug Admin-
istration (FDA) announced the offi-
cial approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech
COVID-19 Vaccine on Aug. 23.
In response to the governor’s
announcement, Oregon activists
rallied against COVID-19 vaccine
mandates for health care workers,
including Florence community
On Saturday, Aug. 21, around
35 people gathered to rally against
See RALLY page 5A
Bronco Roundup roars to coast FEC cancels 25th
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Story & Photo
By Mark Brennan
planned for today
The 2021 Northwest Bronco
Roundup came to town last week-
end, with hundreds of the popular
Ford Broncos on view on Bay Street
and other local gathering spots.
The vehicles, often 20+ years old,
had a variety of unusual body styles
and off-road modifications. Some
of these were purely cosmetic, but
others allowed the classic off-road
vehicles to race, climb and speed
across miles of open sand in the
Oregon Dunes National Recreation
The vehicles started arriving
on Thursday as their owners rent-
ed dozens of campground sites
and motel rooms for the weekend.
The visitors then spent much of
the weekend driving and climbing
along the long stretch of coastal
Due to the rise in COVID-19
cases in the area and the Lane
County advisory on events issued
Aug. 21, the City of Florence an-
nounced that the Florence Events
Center 25 Year Celebration has
According to a post about the
canceled event on Facebook,
event center staff wrote, “We will
find ways throughout the year to
celebrate the FEC and our com-
munity. We greatly appreciate the
sponsors who provided support
for this event. Thank you for your
understanding and support.”
The announcement came Mon-
day, just two days before the event
had been planned for Aug. 25.
The event would have been held
See EVENT page 5A
Annual gathering brings hundreds of Ford Broncos to Florence
Nearly 240 Ford Broncos came to the coast for the 2021 Northwest
Bronco Roundup this past weekend.
dunes that lie directly south of Flor-
The annual Northwest Bronco
Roundup is a family-friendly event,
with visitors of all ages attending the
nightly group dinners. One of those
dinners featured boiled shrimp,
baked potatoes and corn on the cob.
Tom Dummer, who coordinates
the event, said he was pleased with
this year’s turnout.
See BRONCO page 6A
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The Siuslaw School District 97J
Board of Directors will be holding a
special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 1,
for the exclusive purpose of hearing
“A lot of community conversa-
tion in the past 10 days has focused
on the recent mandate by the State
of Oregon requiring students and
staff to wear masks upon return to
the classroom this fall,” said Board
Chair Bob Sneddon. “Needless to
say, emotions surrounding the issue
The next regular meeting of the
board would not be until Sept. 15,
which is after the school start date
of Sept. 6.
See MEETING page 5A
Florence Golf Links
holds free two-week
Junior Golf Camp
Story & Photo
By Mark Brennan
One of the sports that has re-
mained available to all ages
throughout the pandemic is golf.
The sport is played outdoors and
easily allows for social distancing.
Golf is physical and provides the
chance for exercise while focusing
on a long term, multi-faceted ap-
proach to succeed.
Florence has two golf cours-
es, and both will hold important
events sponsored by the Oregon
Golf Association (OGA) this week,
Golf pro Nik Remmer planned the Junior Golf Camp at Florence
Golf Links in order to get more kids involved in golf locally.
drawing dozens of top-level youth
golfers from around the state to
this area for the competition.
Nik Remmer, the PGA Pro at
Florence Golf Links, coordinated
a unique effort to not only encour-
age healthy outdoor alternatives for
youth but that hopes to re-energize
a once successful community of
young golfers in the Florence area.
“What we hope to achieve long
term is more young golfers,” he
said. “We want to give kids a sport
See GOLF page 7A
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