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Commissioners approve grant for Umpqua Community College Health, Nursing & Science Center

October 22, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Commissioners OK UCC grant

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Conference at UCC to share early learning education strategies

October 19, 2014 — 

WINCHESTER

Conference to share early learning education strategies

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DFPA announces end of fire season

October 19, 2014 — 

Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures prompted fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to end fire season last week in Douglas County.

Industrial fire restrictions and public-use closures on DFPA-protected land will no longer be in effect.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Elections division mails out ballots

October 17, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Ballots mailed to voters

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October 17, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Craft show supports UCAN

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Riversdale Grange plans open house

October 17, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Grange plans

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October 14, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Libraries forgive fines with food

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ROSEBURG: City council considers ordinance to tax recreational marijuana

October 14, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Council talks taxing pot

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News-Review section honors those in the military

October 14, 2014 — 

The News-Review will honor veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces with a special section that will be part of the Nov.9 newspaper.

Stories about military service can be written in the first person or by people as a salute to a veteran or person on active-duty.

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Truck crash closes down interstate south of Sutherlin

October 10, 2014 — 

A semi truck crash closed down the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Sutherlin near Exit 135 late Friday afternoon. The lanes were shut down only a short time however. The southbound lanes were reopened by 5:54 p.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation asks motorists to use caution and watch for crews and equipment along the shoulder of the highway.

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Hikers to visit Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail Saturday

October 10, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club will hike the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail past Tiller Oct. 11. Those wishing to join the hike should met before 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. in Roseburg. It will be an 8 to 9.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike with spectacular views and fall color on early-turning maples, according to organizer Lois Soulia.

Bring lunch, water and rain gear and be prepared to share the cost of a car pool.

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Hobo stew fundraiser supports Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry

October 8, 2014 — 

The Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry will offer a Hobo Stew fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 150 S. Willamette, Sutherlin.

The menu will include stew, cole slaw, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $2.50 per child’s plate and $5 per adult plate. Proceeds from the fundraiser help the Pantry provide food boxes for the needy in Sutherlin, Oakland, Wilbur and Umpqua. Pantry volunteers say, “Enjoy the stew and an evening out, too!”

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Landslide prompts BLM road closure near Myrtle Creek

October 8, 2014 — 

A landslide Wednesday closed road 29-4-11 leading through the Louis Creek drainage, indefinitely, according to the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management.

Officials do not have an estimate on when the road will reopen because of the instability of the hillside above and below the area.

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ROSEBURG: Volunteers to complete Saving Grace path

October 8, 2014 — 

Volunteers this Saturday will complete a gravel walking loop around Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center.

Students from the Umpqua Community College Scholars Program and employees of Home Depot will resurface the trail and install gutter guards. The path is used by shelter volunteers for exercising dogs.

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Douglas County agencies discuss fire safety

October 8, 2014 — 

Local fire agencies are working to raise fire safety awareness with daily activities as part of National Fire Prevention Week through Saturday.

Officials with the Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative today will discuss cooking fire safety at the Roseburg Home Depot, 3000 Aviation Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Agencies to hold fish tour at Soda Springs Dam

October 7, 2014 — 

PacifiCorp in conjunction with federal and state natural resource agencies will lead a public tour Oct. 8 of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua hydroelectric area, 60 miles east of Roseburg.

The enhancements are part of PacifiCorp’s 194-megawatt hydroelectric project that produces renewable, emission-free electricity for about 44,000 average homes each year.

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Frights for food

October 6, 2014 — 

No good deed goes without a fright.

At least that’s the idea behind the Haunted House food drive for United Community Action Network Food Bank opening Oct. 17.

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Power line sparks grass fire north of Roseburg

October 3, 2014 — 

A vegetation fire burned about 1¼ acres of grass Friday afternoon, 6 miles north of Roseburg, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Firefighters arrived on scene at about 2:20 p.m. in the 7100 block of Old Highway 99 North to find the fire moving at a moderate speed, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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Road work planned on Tiller Ranger District this month

October 3, 2014 — 

Visitors traveling to the Tiller Ranger District for the 2014 hunting season should be aware of ongoing roadwork set to begin Monday.

Crews will be working on multiple road repair projects in the area throughout October.

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Riversdale Grange serves breakfast On Oct. 4

October 2, 2014 — 

Grange serves up breakfast

The Riversdale Grange will resume its monthly breakfast schedule this week.

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BLM announces camp closures

October 1, 2014 — 

The Bureau of Land Management announced this week many of its campgrounds are closed to overnight camping for the season. Overnight camp closures are in effect for Cavitt Creek, Rock Creek and Millpond campgrounds and for Eagleview and Lone Pine group campgrounds. Susan Creek Campground will close to overnight camping Oct. 27 and Tyee Campground on Nov. 17.

The campsites will reopen in spring 2015.

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BLM official joins Umpqua National Forest

October 1, 2014 — 

A Bureau of Land Management official will become acting deputy forest supervisor for the Umpqua National Forest for the next three months.

Jody Weil, the BLM’s deputy state director of communications for Oregon and Washington, will work out of the Forest Service’s Roseburg office beginning Monday.

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Wild coho season ends today

October 1, 2014 — 

The wild coho season on the Umpqua River will close at the end of the day today. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists project the wild coho quota of 2,000 will have been met by the end of the day.

Biologist Laura Jackson credits a more conservative quota, a strong early run and good fishing for both bank and boat anglers for the closure. The quota was reduced from 3,000 to 2,000 fish this year because fewer wild fish spawned in 2012 and 2013.

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Community recognizes more than 500 Senior Corps volunteers

September 30, 2014 — 

Volunteers 55 years old and older — more than 500 of them — were recognized for their service to the community at a luncheon Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The celebration was the 41st annual event showcasing the work of volunteers in the Senior Corps.

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Expo scheduled Oct. 18

September 30, 2014 — 

The fourth annual Biochar Expo is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Discovery Garden Pavilion near River Forks Park in Roseburg. Registration is requested by Oct. 11.

This year’s theme is “Black is the New Green.”

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Commissioner, council candidates to join election forums in Sutherlin

September 30, 2014 — 

Candidates join forum

Candidates for Douglas County commissioner and Sutherlin City Council will participate in two candidate forums this month. The Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce will host commissioner candidates from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S. Willamette St. They will host candidates for city council and Sutherlin mayor from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 15 at the Sutherlin Community Center.

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Community forest stewards receive Forest Service grants

September 30, 2014 — 

The South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership has received a $21,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service for forest restoration and job creation. Eight awards totaling $158,332 were made to community-based organizations working to improve national forests.

The Tiller-based South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership was the only Douglas County organization to receive one of the grants for its stewardship work in the Umpqua National Forest.

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Roseburg Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host teen conference

September 29, 2014 — 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a conference for teenagers Oct. 10 to 11 at the Roseburg Stake Center, 2001 W. Bertha Ave. Church officials say the conference, “A Reason for Courage,” aims to prepare youth for spiritual challenges they face in their daily lives. Church officials expect up to 300 teens to attend and have invited youth from Eugene, Springfield, Santa Clara and Coos Bay. The event is open to any 14- to 18-year-old participants who are willing to follow church dress and behavior standards. Planned activities include an opening mixer, eight breakout sessions, shared meals, devotionals and a dance. The teens will receive free room and board in the homes of local church members and transportation to the conference. Advance registration is required at areasonforcourage.com.

Information: areasonforcourage.com

Editor of “Birding” magazine to address what birds, humans have in common

September 29, 2014 — 

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The associate editor of “Birding” magazine will speak about the connections between birds and people at 7 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Douglas County Library Ford Room, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.

Noah Strycker will explore pigeons’ navigation, hummingbirds’ need for speed, vultures’ power of smell and the particle physics of starling flocks. He will also discuss why albatrosses mate for life and stay together more often than human couples do and why magpies recognize their own reflections in a mirror.

His talk, “Bird World: Insights for Humans from the Amazing Lives of Birds,” is sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Information: umpquaaudubon.org

Local hike slated

September 26, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a hike Sept. 27 around Waldo Lake in the Cascade Mountains, the second largest lake in Oregon.

Hike options include the entire 20.2-mile loop around the lake. There is an easy 3.4-mile hike to the South Waldo Shelter and a moderate 9.8-mile loop hike to Black Meadows.

Swimming in the lake will depend on weather.

Meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. Be prepared to share gasoline expenses for car pool.

Bring lots of water and lunch.

For more information, call Richard O’Neill at 541-784-2083.

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