The Douglas County Fire Prevention Co-op encourages county residents to check their smoke alarm batteries when changing their household clocks for Daylight Savings Time on Nov. 2.
The co-op recommends that all residents install a smoke alarm on every level of their home, outside sleeping areas and in each bedroom.Learn more »
City committee seats openLearn more »
The Lunch Bunch will discuss renewable sources of energy in Douglas County from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg.
Guest speaker Ron Saranich will discuss sustainable supplies of biomass on public forests as a source of material for energy. He is biomass coordinator for the northwest region of the U. S. Forest Service.Learn more »
Oregon State Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urge parents, guardians and children to follow safety precautions while trick-or-treating this Halloween.
Both organizations recommend trick-or-treaters choose bright costumes and children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. Another option is to add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags.Learn more »
ROSEBURG: Panel to meet Nov. 6 on proposed Washington, Oak avenue street changesLearn more »
Prosthetics day honors vetsLearn more »
Leaf pickup starts MondayLearn more »
Park board members soughtLearn more »
The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host birding trip to Ford’s Pond Nov. 8. The trip is open to the public. To carpool from Roseburg, meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management’s Roseburg district office, 777 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. Otherwise, meet at 8 a.m. at the Ford’s Pond parking area on Church Road in Sutherlin. Ford’s Pond is a former Roseburg Forest Products log pond. The city of Sutherlin purchased it in April.
The birding trip will last about two hours. Sturdy shoes are recommended.Learn more »
The northbound Interstate 5 ramps at Drain are closed for road repairs and will remain closed for about a week. The Oregon Department of Transportation says northbound drivers wishing to take Exit 162 to Highway 38 should instead take the off-ramp at Exit 163 and detour along Curtin Road. Eastbound Highway 38 drivers headed for northbound Interstate 5 should take the southbound ramp instead, drive south to Exit 159 and turn around.
Information: tripcheck.comLearn more »
Rooms 201 and 202 in the Douglas County Courthouse will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 through Dec. 5 because of a decrease in staff availability.
Staff will be training during this time to prepare for the circuit court’s conversion to e-Court on Dec. 8.Learn more »
An Oakland man was rescued early Monday morning after he was injured while hunting Sunday in the Emile Shelter area off of Little River Road, 13 miles southeast of Glide.
Emergency dispatch received a call of an injured hunter at about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.Learn more »
The Roseburg Wings and Wheels Association seeks volunteers to help with the annual event to be held at the Roseburg Regional Airport in 2015.
No experience is necessary.Learn more »
Biochar making demonstratedLearn more »
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday voted unanimously to award a $250,000 grant to Umpqua Community College.
The money will help fund a proposed Health, Nursing & Science Center.Learn more »
Conference to share early learning education strategiesLearn more »
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.Learn more »
Ballots mailed to votersLearn more »
Craft show supports UCANLearn more »
Libraries forgive fines with foodLearn more »
Council talks taxing potLearn more »
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.Learn more »
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.
Learn more »
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.Learn more »
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!”Learn more »
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.Learn more »
ROSEBURG: Volunteers to complete Saving Grace pathOctober 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.
The UCC Scholars Program provides full tuition to students who meet a GPA requirement. As part of the program, scholars must perform volunteer work.
This project is funded in part through a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.
Douglas County agencies discuss fire safetyOctober 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.
The event is free and open to the public, and will showcase a variety of emergency equipment and fire prevention booths from agencies around Douglas County.
This event is the second of three activities to run through Thursday at Home Depot.
The overarching theme for this year’s fire prevention week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes that didn’t have a smoke alarm or working smoke alarm.
The Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative is made up of 22 fire departments, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshall, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Umpqua National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and American Red Cross.
Agencies to hold fish tour at Soda Springs DamOctober 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.
Participants will also have a chance to watch salmon and steelhead spawning above Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River.
Guests will see how engineers worked with fish biologists to develop the fish ladder in the tight canyon area.
Space is limited on the tour, which begins at the North Umpqua Implementation Office near Toketee at 11 a.m. and is expected to end by 3 p.m.
To find the office from Roseburg, take Highway 138 East and turn left at Milepost 57 onto Toketee School Road. Proceed along the main paved road about one-quarter mile to the gray and blue PacifiCorp buildings.
Personal vehicles will not be allowed into the tour sites. All attendees will be transported in a bus from the office.
Participants should bring a sack lunch and sturdy footwear. Safety glasses, hard hats, high-visibility vests and safety instruction will be provided.
To reserve a spot, contact Rich Grost at 541-498-2617.