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North Douglas, Yoncalla voters will decide merger

DRAIN - The North Douglas and Yoncalla school boards both voted to merge their financially struggling school districts last spring, but now it will be up to the residents of both communities whether it will happen at all.

Enough signatures have been gathered on petitions in both communities to hold two separate elections next year. North Douglas voters will decide the merger's fate in March. If it passes there, Yoncalla voters will cast their ballots in May.

If approved, the merger would take place in 2005

Warm items needed

to help homeless

As winter closes in on Lane County, the St. Vincent de Paul Society is asking for donations of warm items for the needy.

Blankets, sleeping bags, coats, socks, gloves, bedding and warm winter clothing of any kind are needed to help the homeless this year. Donations can be left at St. Vincent's First Place Family Center, 1995 Amazon Parkway, near South Eugene High School, or at St. Vincent's Eugene Service Station, 450 Highway 99.

'The Pinochet File' author to give address tonight

A National Security Archive analyst who wrote a book on the Chilean military coup will present the keynote lecture tonight at a symposium that commemorates the 30th anniversary of the 1973 event.

Peter Kornbluh will speak in the Knight Library Browsing Room at 7:30. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Kornbluh will discuss "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability."

The National Security Archive is an independent organization charged with making sure classified documents are declassified when the law mandates.

The lecture is part of the three-day symposium "Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future (30 years after September 11th, 1973)."

Information on the symposium is available on the Web at babel.uoregon.edu/LAS/news.htm.

Citzens Corps for Coos County invites members

COOS COUNTY - The Citizens Corps for Coos County is looking for members to be involved in community preparedness, public outreach, training programs and responding to large-scale emergencies.

The citizens corps is seeking individuals from neighborhood watch groups, volunteer fire departments, local businesses, the medical community, school districts, service organizations and the like to attend its meeting Friday at 9 a.m. in the Coos Bay Library's large meeting room.

The citizens corps will establish its mission statement, decide on an organizational structure, make nominations, vote and form working committees.

Ladies of Elks plans

holiday bazaar, pie sale

FLORENCE - The Ladies of Elks will hold its three-day annual holiday bazaar and pie sale Friday through Sunday at Elks Lodge No.1858 at 1686 12th St.

The sale will include holiday gifts, decorations, baked goods, jams and jellies, holiday baskets and jewelry. There will also be a raffle drawing for a variety of cash prizes. A donation of $1 per ticket is requested per raffle ticket, with all proceeds going to local charities. The drawing will take place Dec. 13.

The sale will run from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. A lunch of homemade soups, chili and corn bread will be available Saturday.

For more information, call 997-3886.

Lecturer will discuss

healing techniques

SPRINGFIELD - A free lecture will be presented Friday by Harold McCoy, founder and director of the Ozark Research Institute. His topic will be healing techniques he has developed.

The lecture will be at 7 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott, 3443 Hutton St. For information, call (541) 915-6275.

South Slough to host

educational events

A number of events will be held at the South Slough that will allow people to learn more about the estuary.

On Saturday, kids from ages 1 to 5 can play and sing along with other children at the Interpretive Center, four miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Pre-register by calling 888-5558. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Folks can get an up-close look at the water of South Slough on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during a paddling tour.

An interpretive guide will describe the natural and cultural history of this wild arm of the Coos estuary.

The tour will meet at the Interpretive Center at 8:30 a.m. Boats will be launched at Hinch Road. People will need to provide their own paddle, canoe, life jacket and lunch. Attendees should dress appropriately for the weather. A donation of $10 per boat is requested. To register, call 888-5558.

On Thursday, Nov. 20, from noon until 1:30 p.m., South Slough Reserve and OCEAN will be hosting the first installment of the Lunch and Learn seminar series.

Speakers from local community groups will address topics relating to the natural and cultural history of Coos County. Topics will range from Oregon lighthouses and maritime history to marine archaeology and bird migration. Attendees should bring a brown bag lunch to the ESD conference center at 1350 Teakwood.

Host sites vary. For more information, call 888-5558.

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