25 March 2013
Funding for Historic Rock Work Restoration Sought
Oregon transportation officials are hoping to land a $2.4-million grant from the Federal Lands Access Program to renovate a 2-thousand foot long section of rock wall along one of the most scenic stretches of Highway 101. The wall, between Sea Lion Caves and the Cape Creek Tunnel was originally built in the 1930s as part of the Pacific Coast Highway Project. Age, neglect and natural forces have combined to cause deterioration to the point where some portions of the wall have begun to crumble.
Numerous pavement overlays have also made the wall lower than is considered safe.
If the federal funding is secured, The Oregon Department of Transportation will provide just under $300-thousand in matching money.
ODOT is also planning on resurfacing project for a 17-mile stretch of pavement between Cape Perpetua and Sutton Lake. That project is scheduled for 2015 and will also include repairing landslide failures near Sutton Lake Road, Sea Lion Caves and Bray’s Point.
It’s in place… now it needs a name.
The Siuslaw Public Library is seeking help from the community in providing a name for a life-size sculpture that was recently installed near the facility’s front entrance.
It’s the work of Gardiner sculptor and gallery owner Mack Holman and depicts a woman with a book standing on the beach.
The library will accept suggestions for names through April 12th with the winning name set to be selected by the library district’s board of directors April 17th.
Nomination forms are available at both library branches in Florence and Mapleton.
Funding for the sculpture was provided in part by a grant from the Lane County Cultural Coalition.
Spring Break at the Cape
A variety of activities and programs are available all this week at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, three miles south of Yachats. Center director Lori Robertson says the center offers programs and information on tribal culture, gray whales, forest ecology and tidepools.
That’s in addition to exhibits and films related to local resources and history of the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.
The center is open seven days a week, ten AM to four PM. There’s no cost to enter the center, but a day use fee is required to access the area.