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COOS BAY

MONDAY

Southwestern Oregon Community College Board - 7 p.m., Room 505, Tioga Hall, SWOCC campus, 1988 Newmark Ave. 888-7400.

FLORENCE

Port to use booms: Increased debris flow in the Siuslaw River caused by recent stormy weather has prompted the Port of Siuslaw to begin limited seasonal operations in its marinas.

To protect vessels from debris, the port will place protective log booms around the eastern recreational basin, the western commercial basin and the public launch ramp at the foot of Harbor Street in Florence. Recreational moorage will be limited to the full-service slips on G dock only.

The port recommends that boaters use special care when operating around the log booms, and replace any boom removed to enter or exit the marina or launch ramp areas.

A section of the G dock and the marine fuel station will remain open through winter. The E, F, and H docks in the recreational basin will be closed until spring.

MONDAY

City Council - 6:30 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 250 Highway 101. Study session on draft comprehensive plan public hearing testimony. 997-3437.

LANE COUNTY

Santa and Fido: People and their pets can pose for a photo with Santa Claus this weekend - and benefit local stray animals - during PetsMart's Santa Claws benefit for the Lane Animal Regulation Authority.

The event will be Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the PetsMart store, 2847 Chad Drive in Eugene.

"This event is a great opportunity not only for pet owners to get a fun and memorable picture of their pet, but also to help animals that have gotten lost or aren't as fortunate to have a caring owner," said Mike Wellington, animal authority supervisor.

The program provides money to participating animal welfare organizations. The organizations staff the event and receive

$5 from each photo package sold.

Customers receive two photographs for $9.95. One photo is placed in a holiday ornament and the other in a holiday paperboard frame.

For more information, visit www.co.lane.or.us/animal_reg or call Wellington at 682-2370.

Program receives grant: The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department has awarded a $150,000 grant to Lane County's Regional Housing Rehabilitation Program.

The program makes loans to qualified lower-income families in rural parts of the county.

The new funds will go toward household repairs and improvements in Marcola and in Springfield's South 79th Street neighborhood.

Earlier this year, Lane County and the cities of Cottage Grove, Lowell, Oakridge and Creswell created the housing rehabilitation program, which is administered by the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County.

So far, 19 homeowners have been approved for loans and 13 others are completing applications.

NEWPORT

Audit endangers dredge: Oregon lawmakers have asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the value of the federal dredge Yaquina when proceeding with an audit ordered by a corps official.

The Army Audit Agency was ordered in August to audit the Yaquina, and lawmakers, led by Oregon 4th District Rep. Peter DeFazio, fear that private contractors will use the results to force the dredge into retirement.

Congressional restrictions prevent the Yaquina from operating more than 180 days a year, which raises costs and may skew audit results, DeFazio said.

Lifting the restriction would provide a better value for taxpayers, he said.

In 1978, the corps began reducing its dredge fleet and farming out contracts to commercial dredges. The Yaquina and the Essayons are the only federal dredges operating in the Northwest.

DeFazio said they play a crucial role in the economic livelihood of the region.

Without them, smaller ports such as those on the Oregon Coast might lose access to affordable and timely dredging, he said.

The Yaquina often undertakes difficult jobs that private dredgers might turn down because of low profits.

NORTH BEND

MONDAY

City Council - 4 p.m., Council Chamber, City Hall, 835 California St. Work session. 756-8500.

OAKRIDGE

MONDAY

Oakridge Museum Potluck - 6:30 p.m., Greenwaters Park Clubhouse, 48362 Highway 58.

Program will be Hal Beamer and his music boxes. 782-1031.
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