On the next “Spotlight on Siletz radio show, host Diane Rodriguez will interview the Chair of the Siletz Valley Friends of the Library Board Sally Jennings. Jennings will outline the preparations for the upcoming birthday party for the library.
The radio show will air on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 9:30am on KCUP Radio, Newport, 1230 AM on the radio dial.
Siletz Valley Grange Hall
Provided by Siletz Valley Partnership
The Siletz Valley Partnership is sponsoring a Chili Feed this Friday February 10th at the Siletz Grange Hall on Gaither Street. Hours are from 4:30 to 7 pm. $5 per person and $3 for age 6 and under. Funds will be used to pay utilities in order to keep the Grange Hall open.
The Siletz Grange Hall is used by a variety of community organizations such as: Narcotics Anonymous, VFW District Meets, Community Art Classes, Community Christmas Programs, school fundraisers, Reunions, Memorial services and a variety of business trainings. The Siletz Valley Grange is also the location of the weekly Bingo held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. The Grange Hall is also available for rent by contacting Rose Esbenshade at 541-444-2469. Fees vary.
Here’s a reminder that the Old River Road has slid down the hill making it completely impassible. However, locals in the Siletz area say residents are using Judd Road and Gwee Shut Road as an alternate way to get to town and Highway 229.
The Siletz Valley Partnership and the Siletz Grange are once again hosting a Free Community Christmas Day Dinner. Dinner will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Santa will be available for pictures and donations make it possible for each person to receive one free gift.
Volunteers are always welcome to help set-up, serve and clean-up. Questions can be directed to Sue Eatherly at 541-444-1173.
Fire units from Siletz and Toledo raced to a report of a major house fire on Bently Court, east of Siletz Saturday evening. Firefighters say they pulled up to see flames emanating from 6252 Bentley Court in the Twin Bridges area right off Logsden Road. The house was said to be fairly new, and was a total loss.
Fortunately there are no reports of any injuries. Fire Chief Dave Lapof said the husband and wife and their children were in Portland visiting friends when the fire broke out. Their dogs and cats were able to flee the house and were retrieved by a neighbor who is a practicing veterinarian. Fire investigators are expected to be soon on scene to begin their investigation into the cause.
Two aspects that caused fire fighters to be frustrated with their initial attack on the blaze was that there were reports of propane tanks outside and perhaps one inside the home. Upon learning of that information fire fighters had to pull back a considerable distance from the home lest they raise the chances that if a propane tank exploded they would be unwittingly right next to it, or near it. As it turned out, the danger was not as great as they thought but that information came too late to save even a portion of the home.
Another aspect raised by Chief Lapof is that rural residents should always have overhead sprinkler systems. Overhead systems can extinguish any fire or slow it down long enough for fire fighters to get there. Firefighters complain that the public still doesn’t realize that overhead sprinkler heads are activated ONLY IN THE AREA OF A FIRE. They don’t activate all sprinkler heads throughout the rest of the home or business. So there is no excuse for not having them. Yes they do cost a bit to install, but with new homes they pay for themselves by saving homeowners a great deal of money on their homeowners fire insurance. And that fact also makes them more affordable even if sprinklers are part of a retrofit.
After long discussions and some deep financial concerns by the Toledo City Council, the city council has signed a modified contract with the Siletz Tribes for reduced police services for Siletz. Instead of 120 hours of service a week, there will be 80. The reduction in fees for service by the Tribes drops payments to Toledo by $115,000 a year which normally would threaten the layoff of one Toledo Police officer. However, with some quick financial scrambling by the Toledo City Council, a major portion of the shortfall may be made up through a grant from the Tribes’ Charitable Foundation along with some city franchise fee payments that are reportedly in arrears by the Central Lincoln Peoples Utility District to the city – said to be due to a CLPUD bookkeeping error.
In the meatime, the Siletz City Council, which does not have broad taxing authority like many cities, indicated that they would be evaluating the situation during their upcoming budget hearings and see if they can come up with at least something – perhaps $5,000 a year. The city of Siletz is basically a water company with a city hall, with very limited services to its 1,100 citizens. The Tribes have traditionally stepped in to pay for police services since its tribal offices are located in Siletz. The Tribes reported to the Toledo City Council that the recession has hit their tribal income to the point they needed to trim police costs in Siletz.