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EUGENE: Roseburg bird group plans raptor center visit

September 2, 2014 — 

EUGENE

Raptor Center field trip set

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Myrtle Creek man charged on suspicion of sex abuse

September 2, 2014 — 

A Myrtle Creek man was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for parole violation.

Myrtle Creek police say Richard Jay Bland, 37, of Myrtle Creek had been under investigation in a sex abuse case for two weeks prior to his arrest. After Bland was interviewed at the police department, he was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple counts of first-degree sex abuse and unlawful penetration.

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ROSEBURG: Fly Fishers hear ladder report

September 2, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers will meet at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 4 at Round Table Pizza, 2040 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

Guest speaker Rich Grost, aquatic scientist for Pacific Corp. Energy, will give a presentation on the effectiveness of a new fish passage installed at Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River. The ladder was completed in November 2012 and allows spawning salmon and steelhead access to the river above the dam for the fist time in 61 years.

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STEAMBOAT DRAINAGE: Forest-thinning field trip set

September 2, 2014 — 

Umpqua National Forest is hosting a Sept. 12 field trip to show activities proposed in the Lemon Butte Integrated Resource Project on the North Umpqua Ranger District.

The project is intended to accelerate traits of an older forest area to promote high-quality, more resilient wildlife habitat, said Forest Service Spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan. The agency is proposing to commercially thin 1,600 acres, producing approximately 10.5 million board feet of timber. One goal is to increase the growth, health and vigor of the remaining trees, according to an agency press release. The project will also include both thinning and prescribed fire to create a more fire-resilient landscape, Caplan said.

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Harvesting season for Matsutake mushrooms begins Tuesday

August 31, 2014 — 

Matsutake mushroom harvesting season will open Tuesday on Umpqua, Deschutes, Fremont-Winema and Willamette national forests.

The mushrooms can be found high in the Cascades on the Diamond Lake Ranger District, said Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan.

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NORTH COUNTY: Expect holiday traffic delays

August 29, 2014 — 

Starting Tuesday, Interstate 5 motorists should watch for lane closures and congestion south of Cottage Grove at mileposts 168-169 as contractors return to work on the I-5 Martin Creek to Anlauf Paving project.

I-5 will be limited to one lane in each direction for 10 weeks in this area, said ODOT spokesman Dan Latham. Motorists should expect congestion and possible delays during peak travel times, including morning and afternoon commutes, Sunday afternoons and evenings, and after university football games.

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Roseburg street closures planned for Saturday run

August 29, 2014 — 

Motorists in and around town on Saturday morning need to be on the lookout for runners and lane closures along the route of this year’s Umpqua River Run.

The northbound lane of Old Melrose Road from Goedeck Avenue to Melrose Road will be closed from 6 to 10 a.m., according to a news release.

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ROSEBURG: Celtic culture is evening focus

August 29, 2014 — 

Fiddler, storyteller and piper Kevin Carr of Grants Pass will lead a 15-musician celebration as Celtic Summit 2014 is launched Saturday at Delfino Vineyards.

A Celtic food court opens at 5 p.m., with harpist Candace Krietlow playing during the social hour. A traditional Celtic music session follows from 6 to 9 p.m.

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TOKETEE: Ranger station bridge closed

August 28, 2014 — 

Effective immediately, the bridge at the west entrance to the Toketee Ranger Station is closed for safety reasons.

The bridge is on Forest Service Road 4776, which leads to the office for the Diamond Lake Ranger District, said Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman Lucero Hernandez.

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ROSEBURG: Moon viewing party set in Stewart Park

August 27, 2014 — 

Lunar lovers can make a night of it on Sept. 6, when Umpqua Astronomers joins forces with other groups to present International Observe the Moon night in Stewart Park’s Fir Grove section.

Stargazers will gather from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot next to the Roseburg Veterans National Cemetery. Participants can meet local astronomers and look through telescopes not only at the moon, but also Saturn and other universal attractions.

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ROSEBURG: Run for recovery boosts awareness of social problems

August 26, 2014 — 

Douglas County residents can make a splash of color while raising awareness of social problems at The Blast! for Recovery and Prevention Sept. 13.

The event highlights recovery from substance abuse, gambling and bullying and also suicide prevention. Participants in the 5K Run/Walk will be color-blasted with dyed cornstarch. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Stewart Park. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. A free resource fair will run from 8 a.m. to noon.

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ROSEBURG: Renewable energy meetings planned

August 26, 2014 — 

The first of a four-part series on renewable energy for Douglas County will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road.

The meeting is sponsored by the Lunch Bunch and will focus on technologies, economics and policies that influence the use of solar and small-scale hydropower. Speakers include Eugene architect Mike Magee, David Longthorne of Newcastle Solar of Myrtle Creek and Virgil Young from Clean Current in Umpqua.

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DFPA increases industrial fire restrictions

August 25, 2014 — 

The warm, dry weather has prompted the Douglas Forest Protective Association to impose stricter industrial regulations beginning Tuesday on DFPA-protected land.

Cable yarding is prohibited. Gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and chokers.

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Vehicle exhaust ignites grass fires near Winston

August 25, 2014 — 

A vehicle exhaust sparked four small grass fires that burned about one-tenth of an acre Friday afternoon, 4 miles west of Winston, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Firefighters responded to the area of Highway 42 and Hoover Hill at about 5 p.m., DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said. The fires started within 300 yards of each other.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Hikers head for Crater Lake

August 22, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Hikers head for Crater Lake

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ROSEBURG: Canned food drive today at Absolute Sound and Music

August 22, 2014 — 

Hearts Across America will hold a canned food drive for Drain’s Living Hope Outreach program from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at Absolute Sound and Music, 2210 N.W. Stewart Parkway. The food will be used to serve lunches for people in need.

Living Hope Outreach Program Director Sharon Hove said the project served 171 meals Wednesday. The meals are offered from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Gateway Family Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 337 C Ave., Drain. About 100 home meals are also delivered weekly, and the project maintains a food pantry.

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LEMOLO FALLS: Bridge work begins Tuesday

August 21, 2014 — 

Work to replace the Lemolo Falls trail bridge on the Umpqua National Forest will begin Tuesday.

The construction affects a 3-mile segment of the Dread and Terror section of the North Umpqua Trail, from the Lemolo Falls bridge to the White Mule trailhead, said forest spokeswoman Lucero Hernandez.

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Grass fire investigated near Glide

August 21, 2014 — 

A grass fire burned about one-tenth of an acre Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 138 East and French Creek Road, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. about a mile northeast of Glide, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST: Hikes planned to mark Wilderness Act anniversary

August 21, 2014 — 

The Umpqua National Forest will host hikes into the Boulder Creek Wilderness Tuesday and to Fish Lake in the Roque-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Wednesday.

The hikes are in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

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Author, former sheriff’s deputy file for Douglas County commissioner

August 20, 2014 — 

An author and a former sheriff’s deputy have added their names to the growing list of candidates for a Douglas County commissioner seat vacated by Doug Robertson.

Jeff Admire of Roseburg worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is part-owner of Advantage Training Solutions and also a former Sutherlin city councilor.

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Entrepreneurs plan meeting

August 20, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Entrepreneurs plan meeting

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ROSEBURG: Dentist donates to Saving Grace

August 20, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Dentist donates

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Downed power line starts grass fire near Myrtle Creek

August 20, 2014 — 

A downed power line sparked a vegetation fire that burned about one-tenth of an acre Tuesday evening east of Myrtle Creek, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Firefighters arrived at about 6:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Myrtle Road, about 4 miles outside of town, and found a dead tree had fallen across power lines, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Lone Rock closes land due to fire danger

August 20, 2014 — 

Effective immediately, Roseburg-based Lone Rock Resources is closing all its lands to non-operational activities due to extreme fire danger caused by weather conditions.

This closure is effective on all lands managed by Lone Rock Timber Management Co., including Lone Rock Timberland Co., Juniper Properties LLC, Lone Rock Timber Investments-MDB, and Lone Rock Timber Investments-1 and 2, said Jake Gibbs, director of external affairs.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Fires quelled along interstate

August 19, 2014 — 

Firefighters responded to a vegetation and car fire along Interstate 5 Monday evening near Winston and Canyonville, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

A grass fire sparked alongside I-5 northbound near Milepost 118 around 6:30 p.m. and spread into an adjacent mowed field, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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Storms touch off smolders in Umpqua National Forest

August 19, 2014 — 

Lightning from Monday night storms touched off five smokes in the Diamond Lake Ranger Forest District, sending firefighters to four of them west of Lemolo Reservoir, according to a press release issued this morning by the Umpqua National Forest.

Crews also responded to a fifth smoke west of Diamond Lake, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan.

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Drugs allegedly found on suspect at jail

August 16, 2014 — 

Authorities reporting finding methamphetamine and heroin on a Roseburg woman being booked into the Douglas County Jail on a misdemeanor warrant.

Heather Ann Burns, 37, was in the backseat of a vehicle that Myrtle Creek police stopped Monday at Third Avenue and Pleasant Street.

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Groups to show film about dams

August 16, 2014 — 

The award-winning Patagonia film “DamNation” will be shown Aug. 24 at Splitz Family Grill, 2400 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.

The film explores the historical role of dams and the more recent role of dam removal in river management and restoration, according to a news release.

A pizza and salad buffet will open at 6 p.m., with the film starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children under 10 years old.

Umpqua Watersheds, Steamboaters, and the North Umpqua Foundation are sponsoring the event.

Information: 541-672-7065.

Bean counters tally votes cast at Douglas County Fair

August 15, 2014 — 

Some 400 people cast their beans during the Douglas County Fair on topical questions posed by the Douglas County Democratic Party.

A white bean meant “for.” A black bean meant “against,” and a brown bean stood for “undecided.”

Here are the questions and results:

Do you favor legalizing marijuana with controls? For 50.7 percent; against 37.1 percent; undecided 12 percent.

Do you favor labeling genetically altered foods? For 80.4 percent, against 9.9 percent; undecided 9.6 percent.

Should a for profit corporation be allowed to take private property by eminent domain? For 3.1 percent; against 90.7 percent; undecided 6.1 percent.

Should the Internet be protected from corporate controls? For 86.4 percent; against 9.4 percent; undecided 4 percent.

The poll was unscientific.

Work to close Interstate 5 ramps in Douglas County

August 15, 2014 — 

Motorists traveling in Douglas County may encounter delays and closures on several highways as the Oregon Department of Transportation continues summer construction.

There will be intermittent nighttime closures at Exit 124 on Interstate 5 beginning next week while ODOT repairs and replaces the barrier and guardrail, the agency said in a news release.

The southbound on-ramp will be closed Monday. The northbound on-ramp will be closed Tuesday for westbound Harvard Avenue traffic and Wednesday for the eastbound Harvard traffic.

Travelers can expect intermittent lane and shoulder closures elsewhere on I-5 in Douglas County.

Crews will pave southbound ramps at I-5 Exit 125, Garden Valley Boulevard, on Sunday night. The northbound on-ramp will be paved Monday night.

Southbound ramps and the northbound on-ramp at Exit 106, Weaver Road, will be paved Tuesday night.

ODOT will also pave the decks of several bridges in Douglas County. Lane closures will be necessary for paving. Any delays will be at daytime and likely be brief unless otherwise noted.

Watch for lane closures Monday through Friday on the I-5 bridge over Bellows Street at Milepost 124.2.

There will be lane closures Monday through Friday and again Aug. 25-29 on the bridge over Clarks Branch Road at Milepost 113.5.

Lane closures will occur on the bridge over Sutherlin Creek at Milepost 131.5 the week of Sept. 2-5 and Sept. 8-12.

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