Announcements

Club News: Roseburg Ladies Ausiliary to VFW Post 2468 Sept. offers Charity Flea Market Sept. 19 and Sept. 20

September 14, 2014 — 

VFW raises funds for charities

The Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 2468 will have a Charity Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the VFW Hall, 1127 N.E. Walnut St., Roseburg.

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Reunion: Former employees of Douglas Community Hospital have potluck reunion Sept. 21 in Roseburg

September 14, 2014 — 

Potluck reunion next Sunday

Past employees of Douglas Community Hospital are invited to bring their families and friends to a potluck reunion from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at The Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg.

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Military Note: Hopkins, Brendon M.

September 14, 2014 — 

Brendon Hopkins

Navy Seaman Recruit Brendon M. Hopkins, son of Mike S. and Kristina N. Hopkins of Roseburg, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

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Club News: Sutherlin Lions host club’s district governor at Sept. 18 meeting

September 14, 2014 — 

Lions district governor visits

The Sutherlin Lions Club will host Gail Black, its District 36-E Governor, at the 7 p.m. Thursday meeting at the Calapooia Free Methodist Church, 333 S.W. Church Road, Sutherlin.

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WEDDING: Woodward-Cross

September 14, 2014 — 

Woodward-Cross

Brittany Jeannette Woodward and Kevin Thomas Cross were married Aug. 17 at Mill Pond Park, Idleyld Park. The ceremony was officiated by John Bay and followed by a reception.

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Military Note: Ellenwood, Cavin M.

September 14, 2014 — 

Cavin Ellenwood

Cavin M. Ellenwood, son of David Ellenwood and Cheree Lyon of Myrtle Creek, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland, Oregon. The program allows recruits to enter the Navy and take up to one year to complete prior commitments such as high school.

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Club News: Roseburg Elks have Oktoberfest fundraiser Sept. 20

September 14, 2014 — 

Have fun and help local youth

There will be a brews, brats and dancing fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Roseburg Elks Lodge, 749 S.E. Jackson St., Roseburg.

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Club News: Umpqua Valley Audubon Society offers field trip to get the rap on raptors Sept. 27; reservations due by Sept. 19

September 14, 2014 — 

Get the rap on raptors at CRC

Join Umpqua Valley Audubon Society for a field trip Saturday, Sept. 27 to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene. Reservations must be submitted to UVAS by Sept. 19, so CRC can schedule the necessary guide volunteers. CRC will charge $5 per child, $10 per teen or senior, $11 per adult, payable at the entrance.

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Military Note: Miner, Christopher

September 14, 2014 — 

Christopher Miner

Army Pvt. Christopher Miner, son of Alicia Miner of Santa Maria, California, and Randy Miner of Roseburg, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Club News: Genealogical Society meets Sept. 18 in Roseburg for presentation on history of Oregon State Hospital

September 14, 2014 — 

Discover history with Gardner

The Genealogical Society of Douglas County will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday in Room 310 at the Douglas County Courthouse, Roseburg.

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Former Roseburg residents honor passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93

September 11, 2014 — 

SAN DIEGO – A 2005 Roseburg Senior High School graduate serves aboard USS Somerset.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Patricia A. Steele is a gunner’s mate aboard the San Diego-based ship, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. At nearly 684 feet, the ship is longer than two football fields, is 105 feet wide and weighs more than 25,000 tons. Four diesel engines can push the ship through the water at more than 24 mph.

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Douglas County Veterans Viewpoint: Honor first responders, veterans and victims of the terrorist attacks

September 9, 2014 — 

Be sure to mark your calendar for “A Day of Recognition, Saluting Our Veterans in Douglas County” on Thursday, Sept. 11 at Maj. Gen. Marion E. Carl Memorial Field (the Roseburg Regional Airport), 3896 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

Roseburg business owner Lisa Gogol contacted me and asked that I share details about this patriotic event. The ceremony will honor first responders, veterans and remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Kudos: Summer Festival Breakfast in Myrtle Creek was a great success

September 8, 2014 — 

Fundraiser was well attended

Myrtle Creek United Methodist Church appreciates the efforts of all those who made our 2014 Summer Festival Breakfast successful. Our thanks go out to everyone in our community and the surrounding area who attended our yearly breakfast and were instrumental in making one of our major fundraisers a success.

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Kudos: Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties foster youth aided by generosity of Umpqua Indians and Bay Area Hospital

September 8, 2014 — 

Grants assist youth program

Bob Belloni Ranch, Inc. received a generous grant from Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation and from Bay Area Hospital to support our Independent Living Program, a Foster Youth transition program serving Coos, Curry and Douglas Counties.

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Kudos: Oregon Community Foundation supports the work of St. Francis Community Kitchen in Sutherlin

September 8, 2014 — 

Kitchen offers thanks for OCF

The St. Francis Community Kitchen Executive Committee and its volunteers would like to thank the Oregon Community Foundation for its generous grant.

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Club News: Umpqua Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution host local historical author in Roseburg on Sept. 13

September 8, 2014 — 

DAR presents Goeres-Gardner

The Umpqua Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution will have a no-host luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Chi’s Garden Restaurant, 528 S.E. Stephens St., Roseburg.

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Club News: National Active and Retired Federal Employees have potluck Sept. 9 at Stewart Park in Roseburg

September 8, 2014 — 

NARFE plans park potluck

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees will have a potluck at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the small pavilion in Stewart Park, Roseburg.

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Club News: American Women Veterans’ Association of Douglas County will resume meetings Sept. 9 in Roseburg

September 8, 2014 — 

AWVA hosts potluck dinner

The American Women Veterans’ Association of Douglas County will resume meetings with a potluck dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the American Legion Post, 406 S.E. Oak Street, Roseburg.

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Club News: Lesh estate items in Roseburg raise funds Sept. 13 for HandUp project

September 8, 2014 — 

Still giving to our community

The Zonta Club of Roseburg will have a garage sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at the former Honn’s Drycleaning location, 1019 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg.

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Club News: Umpqua Orchid Society resumes meetings in Roseburg Sept. 11

September 8, 2014 — 

How did your orchids grow?

After taking the summer off, The Umpqua Orchid Society will have its first meeting of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday in Room 2 at the Mercy Education Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Club News: Roseburg ceremonies honor veterans, and the September 11 victims and first responders

September 8, 2014 — 

Remember our heroes

VFW Post 2468 will do a flag raising at 9 a.m. Thursday at Phoenix School, 3131 Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. The Post will also have a table from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at A Day of Recognition on Thursday at the Roseburg Regional Airport, 3896 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Club News: Previously postponed Umpqua Gem and Mineral Club speaker offers geology presentation Sept. 8

September 8, 2014 — 

UGMC speaks of local geology

The Umpqua Gem and Mineral Club will have a potluck beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, followed by a Jr. rock club meeting and special program at 6:30, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m., in Rooms 2 and 3 at the Mercy Community Education building, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

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Births: August 16 to August 18, 2014

September 3, 2014 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

NISWONGER — Robin and Nathan Niswonger, Roseburg, August 16, a son, Colton Andrew Niswonger, 8 pounds 8 ounces

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Births: August 19 to August 22, 2014

September 3, 2014 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

HICKS — Sarah Faydo and Brandon Hicks, Roseburg, August 19, a son, Cameron Eugene Hicks, 7 pounds 5 ounces

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Births: August 22 to August 25, 2014

September 3, 2014 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

VOSS — Katelyn and Randen Voss, Winchester, August 22, a son, Redek James Voss, 7 pounds 0 ounces

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Births: August 25 to August 27, 2014

September 3, 2014 — 

MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG

COOPER — Krista and Jonathan Cooper, Roseburg, August 25, a daughter, BaileeAnn Grace Cooper, 6 pounds 11 ounces

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Umpqua Edition: Scottsburg B&B in the middle of the action

September 2, 2014 — 

SCOTTSBURG — At first, Pat and Shelley Ryan thought their home in tiny, far-flung Scottsburg wouldn’t work as a bed and breakfast because it was so far from everything.

“Then we changed our way of thinking,” Shelley Ryan said. “We’re actually in the middle of everything.”

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Umpqua Edition: Biologist works to improve Umpqua fish habitat

September 2, 2014 — 

Growing up, Jeff McEnroe’s father often called him “Woody.” It was a nickname bestowed on the boy during a fishing trip.

“He’d go fishing and I would be throwing wood into the stream,” McEnroe chuckled. “I don’t think that helped his fishing.”

It’s ironic, McEnroe said, that he’s now a fish biologist who spends nearly half of his job putting wood into streams feeding into the Umpqua River for fish habitat restoration.

McEnroe has worked for the Bureau of Land Management since 2006. He has spent much of that time improving the Umpqua River in the northern reaches of the Roseburg District, strategically placing logs and boulders into streams to create spawning grounds and protection for juvenile fish.

“We are trying to accelerate stream recovery,” McEnroe said.

“And we try to mimic what was there naturally.”

His goal is to see double or triple annual fish runs and to make sure his son has fishing opportunities in the future.

The problem stems from old logging practices. McEnroe said operators used to build temporary wooden splash dams that raised the water level to float logs downstream to sawmills. This tore up streams, he said.

To rectify the problem, operators cleaned up the waterways, which included clearing out all logs.

It was then discovered logs in the water benefitted fish habitat, providing protection for young fish from being swept up in the current during the high-water season. Logs also hold gravel on the stream’s bed, which is needed for spawning, McEnroe explained.

“When it’s all bedrock, it’s like concrete, and there is no place to build a nest,” McEnroe said.

For the last two decades, agencies, such as the BLM, have worked to fix the problem by placing logs and boulders in streams.

“We spent 80 years tearing these streams apart and now we have to put these structures in,” McEnroe said. “We are just basically putting a Band-Aid on to fix it until trees (near the water) can grow up to old growth and fall and create habitat.”

The largest enhancement project McEnroe has been involved with was a 13-mile stretch of Little Wolf Creek. The $2.5 million effort took four years to complete.

This summer, the BLM is working on 2 1/2 miles of Brush Creek, a tributary to Elk Creek, which feeds into the Umpqua River near Elkton. The work is being done in phases, and when finished, will span 10 to 11 miles of stream, McEnroe said.

Another project this summer is on Rock Creek, a tributary to the North Umpqua. McEnroe said 2 miles of the creek is being restored. Nearly 16 miles of creek will be restored when the project is finished.

Up to a dozen miles of creeks and streams in the Umpqua Watershed and the Umpqua River are restored for fish habitat every year, McEnroe said. About half of that is BLM land.

The agency prefers enhancing several continuous miles in the watershed, McEnroe said. This can be difficult, he explained, because the BLM’s lands are what is known as Oregon and California Railroad Trust lands that are interspersed with private timberland. The different ownerships create a checkerboard of 1-mile squares.

To have a project cover private and public lands, McEnroe said the BLM works with The Partnership for the Umpqua River to build relationships with the various landowners and to pursue funding for work on the private property. The average cost to enhance a mile of creek is $60,000 to $70,000.

One funding source has been the Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby, an annual event that raises money for restoration projects. The BLM uses the grants as seed money to levy more funding.

“Many of the streams cross both private and public lands, and we are looking to improve the opportunity for fishing on the Umpqua system,” said derby chairman Dale Roberts of Roseburg. “We are looking to increase the number of fish, and the way to do that is to improve habitat and improve the spawning grounds.”

Roberts said creeks have seen salmon spawning return because of enhancement projects like those of the BLM.

“Half of a fish’s life is spent in the ocean and the other half is spent in streams and creeks,” Roberts said. “We can’t control the half of the life spent in the ocean, but we can in the river and improve opportunities for fish to reproduce and survive.”

•You can reach reporter Christina George at 541-957-4202 or at cgeorge@nrtoday.com.

Umpqua Edition 2014: Partners for the Umpqua Rivers study river quality

September 2, 2014 — 

Sometimes, caught between thigh-high river grass and the sound of water flowing over pebbles, Sandy Lyon, 67, and Joe Carnes, 22, stop to appreciate their working environment.

“We’re out there and we look at each other, ‘Can you believe we’re getting paid to do this?’” Lyon said.

Lyon, monitoring coordinator, and Carnes, watershed technician, monitor water quality within the Umpqua Basin in Douglas County for the nonprofit organization Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers.

The partnership is not governmentally regulated and is funded mostly through grants.

Lyon and Carnes gather data, which helps the partnership’s board assess areas along the basin that would benefit from stream restoration, improving the habitat for fish populations.

“It’s all aimed at how we can help fish,” Lyon said.

They focus on streams and sections of the Umpqua river system other agencies don’t typically monitor. Private landowners are more likely to let them onto their property since they are a non-regulatory organization, Lyon said.

“That was the whole purpose of watershed council, to take it and put it into the people’s hands,” Lyon said.

The partnership, in addition to working with local landowners, sometimes partners with state, federal and tribal agencies to implement projects.

Lyon and Carnes start their day in the southern part of the basin and work their way up to Reedsport, checking in on 12-19 sites. They make these runs one to two times a week.

“We monitor what points would be good to know, which ones tell us the most information,” Lyon said. “Compared to others in the country, (the streams) are looking pretty good.”

She attributes the wellness of the Umpqua Basin to the county’s lower population relative to bigger cities or more agriculturally intense areas, like California.

Lyon, of Days Creek, earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego in biology and has 25 years of experience in medical research and lab work.

Carnes, of Roseburg, has an associate’s degree from Umpqua Community College in information systems. He has been part of the partnership for about two years.

In the field, Carnes applies his knowledge by operating the rod-shaped, waterproof device called a multiparameter sonde.

The $10,000 instrument measures pH, conductivity, temperature and dissolved oxygen readings and logs them digitally. It is also capable of measuring depth and barometric pressure.

Carnes uses an iPod, in a waterproof case, to record measurements.

Previously, Lyon used kits and manually collected and recorded data.

The sonde makes the process more efficient.

“We can stand by the data we produce,” Lyon said. “It’s important to track what’s happening.”

They collect water samples to test for E. coli levels back at their lab, which is located in the basement of their offices in Roseburg.

In the lab, they mix these water samples with E. coli “food,” which contains dye.

The water samples are stored in an incubator for 18 hours.

When they check them in the morning, samples glowing under a blacklight indicate the E. coli’s presence.

During the summer, the pair takes additional readings which test for blue-green algae.

In the field, they take pictures to document the stream and record other observations, like weather.

“If we ever wondered if something different was in the data, it’s an indicator of the conditions,” Lyon said.

Lyon and Carnes are two of six paid employees for the nonprofit.

• Reporter Megan Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4221 or macampbell@nrtoday.com.

Arizona family rafts North Umpqua River’s whitewater

September 2, 2014 — 

The Moffos, a family of four from Phoenix, Arizona, were looking for a wet and wild adventure when they suited up July 23 to raft an 8-mile stretch of the North Umpqua River for the first time.

Alison Moffo, 51, husband, Tom, 56, and their two teenage sons, Nick and Jake, have conquered whitewater with the help of commercial guides in at least half a dozen states.

“I compare whitewater rafting to being on a roller coaster on the water,” Alison Moffo said.

The family, which stays in Brookings every summer, said they enjoy exploring different areas of Oregon and heard good things about the North Umpqua, so they decided to give it a spin.

They contacted Dave Loos of Oregon Whitewater Adventures in Springfield to guide them on their half-day trip.

Loos, 62, said he and his wife are in their 26th season as river rafting guides. They offer trips on the North Umpqua, Grande Ronde, John Day, McKenzie, Owyhee and Deschutes rivers, some ranging from half a day to five days.

“It’s been such a wonderful experience. Everyone leaves with a smile,” he said.

“It’s fun for everybody. I have taken people from all over the world, which is very gratifying,” Loos said.

Loos said he’s also taken people of all ages.

Rafters on the half-day North Umpqua trip put in at Horseshoe Bend and travel about 2½ hours to Gravel Bin Boat Ramp, a mile before Steamboat Inn.

The river has medium to large-sized waves and hydraulics with many obstacles. It has more rapids per mile than any other Oregon river, according to Oregon Whitewater Adventures’ website.

The Moffos said although they have experience rafting and kayaking on rivers, they still get a little nervous each time about falling in.

“I always try to have a healthy respect for the water,” Alison Moffo said.

Tom Moffo, who elected to sit in the front of the raft, said he planned to get wet during the excursion but was a little apprehensive about the chilly water. He said being from Arizona, he’s used to warmer river temperatures.

Temperatures for the North Umpqua ranged from between 53 to 56 degrees that day, according to data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Loos told the family during his safety briefing that paddling through the rapids would help keep everyone in the raft.

“It helps if the guide can stay in the raft so we don’t all fall in the drink,” he told the Moffos.

“After you do the safety talk, people are terrified but, by the end of the trip, they want to do something bigger and better,” Loos said in an interview.

Alison Moffo, determined to stay inside the raft, decided the safest place to sit was the middle.

She said her husband first introduced her to whitewater rafting during their honeymoon 20 years ago in Alaska.

“Mostly, he loves it, and I love him so I follow him,” she said, chuckling.

Tom Moffo said he often goes on commercial trips and has a group of friends with the same interest. He said a combination of factors keeps him coming back for the adrenaline rush.

“It’s a little bit more adventurous, plus, you’re out in nature,” he said.

He said it’s become easier to take rafting trips with his family as his two sons get older.

Sixteen-year-old Nick Moffo said he also enjoys spending time on the river.

“There’s a lot of cool stories you can tell your friends afterward,” he said.

Jake Moffo, 14, agreed and said his favorite part is seeing the wildlife.

He also likes stopping along the river to jump off a rock or swim, he said.

Alison Moffo said whitewater rafting has brought her family closer.

“It’s about being together as a family and having a little fun,” she said.

• Reporter Jessica Prokop can be reached at 541-957-4209 and jprokop@nrtoday.com.

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