The Umpqua Valley Chapter of the League of Women Voters will hold its first meeting of the 2014-15 year on Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 823 S.E. Lane Ave.
State President Robin Wisdom will update the group on what the League is doing at the national and state levels. There will also be a discussion about the League’s plans for the coming year.Learn more »
Sections of Crater Lake National Park will be open for non-motorized traffic on Saturday and again on Sept. 27.
Whether hiking, biking, walking or running, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of Crater Lake from various points around the rim with no vehicle traffic.Learn more »
Because of the hot, dry weather, the Roseburg Fire Department has postponed the fall backyard burning season until temperatures cool down and there’s a significant amount of rain.
The backyard burn season will not begin on Oct. 1 as it has in past years.Learn more »
A piece of federal legislation designed to increase local annual timber production is finally set to move ahead.
Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden announced Tuesday that his legislation regarding the Oregon & California Railroad Trust lands will secure a markup from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Nov. 13.Learn more »
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will be the keynote speaker at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s annual Flegel Victory Banquet and silent auction Oct. 4 at Seven Feathers Convention Center.
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, state House Majority Leader Val Hoyle, D-Eugene, state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and state House District 2 candidate Kerry Atherton of Roseburg will also attend.Learn more »
Firefighters contained the Warm Springs Butte Fire at two acres Sunday evening. The fire is 5 miles north of Lemolo Lake, near the Diamond Drive route.
The start of the fire is under investigation, according to Forest Service spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan.Learn more »
Firefighters and police officers will serve dinner at restaurants Sept. 13 to raise money to help prevent child abuse.
Challenge of the Heroes will benefit Up 2 Us Now Child Abuse Prevention projects. Representatives from the Air National Guard, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and local police officers, firefighters and veterans will join the serving staffs of nine county restaurants from 5 to 8 p.m. and will donate their tips to Up 2 Us Now.Learn more »
Due to increasing fire danger, the Reedsport Volunteer Fire Department is temporarily advising against the use of campfires within city limits.
The restriction applies to recreational, warming, cooking and ceremonial fires or any other type of outdoor open flame.Learn more »
The Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park Association will hold a public meeting Sept. 20 to discuss efforts to improve the park.
The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington School Community Center, 637 N.E. Locust St.Learn more »
Aspen Dental will provide free dental care from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for those in need. Advance appointments are required because space is limited.
The free dental day at Aspen’s Roseburg clinic is part of the company’s nationwide Healthy Mouth Movement. Aspen Dental offices in 27 states will hold free dental clinics this year.Learn more »
Roseburg firefighters will be stuffing their boots full of money Sept. 12, as part of an annual event to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
The Fill the Boot event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Southeast Pine and Southeast Washington streets near the downtown Rite Aid.Learn more »
Fire officials are imposing more public-use restrictions starting today, due to the extreme fire danger throughout Douglas County, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Mowing dead, dry grass with power driven machinery will be prohibited on all DFPA-protected land.Learn more »
The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will honor former prisoners of war and soldiers listed missing in action at a ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Umpqua Community College Lang Event Center, 1140 Umpqua College Road.
The ceremony is part of a nationwide observance of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war. The ceremony will include musical entertainment color guard presentations and gift distribution.Learn more »
The Roseburg City Council has decided to hold off appointing a replacement for the Ward 1 seat vacated by Mike Hilton until after the November general election.
City staff members recommended postponing the decision so as to avoid influencing the candidacies of Alison Eggers and Shaun Ryan, both of whom have filed for the seat.Learn more »
Unity of Roseburg Church will hold a candle lighting and meditative prayer service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at 507 N.E. Winchester St.
Community members of all denominations are welcome.Learn more »
Cub Scout Pack 199 is signing up new members at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Eastwood Elementary School’s cafeteria.
The cost to join is $30. Some financial aid is available.Learn more »
Driver safety class scheduledLearn more »
The Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church is inviting the community to attend its Sept. 14 service to welcome the Rev. Gary James as its new minister.
James’ arrival filled a vacancy left by the Rev. Annie Holmes, who retired earlier this year.Learn more »
The Douglas County Global Warming Coalition will host a meeting Wednesday about the impacts of climate change and steps that could preserve the community’s health and economic well-being.
The gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 700 S.E. Douglas Ave. The event is a follow-up to a community discussion in May, in which more than 90 participants identified strategies on how to prepare for climate change in the area, according to a news release.Learn more »
All Roseburg Resources Co. timberlands have been closed due to severe fire danger in Oregon.
Douglas County’s fire danger has been at an extreme level this week, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.Learn more »
Firefighters responded to three small grass fires throughout Douglas County Thursday morning and afternoon, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
One fire ignited in Cow Creek Canyon near Riffle Creek, about 9 miles northwest of Glendale, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
The Umpqua National Forest will enter Industrial Fire Precaution Level III, also called a partial shutdown, beginning Saturday.
Under the precaution level, all firewood cutting on the forest is prohibited, according to a news release.Learn more »
Volunteers are needed for the annual South Umpqua River Cleanup Sept. 27 at Micelli Park to remove garbage and blackberries and groom the riverfront trail.
Work will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will start at the roundabout of the softball field, continuing south along the river, according to a news release.Learn more »
As part of City Hall Week, Roseburg will host a forum Sept. 9 for staff members, state lawmakers and legislative candidates to share ideas and perspectives about the 2015 session.
Roseburg is one of 21 cities across Oregon hosting events and public meetings for the week ending Sept. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center Umpqua Conference Room, 700 S.E. Douglas Ave.Learn more »
The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club has scheduled a Sept. 13 trek Saturday to the Dread and Terror segment of the North Umpqua Trail.
Hikers will have two options. Organizers describe the first choice as a difficult 13-mile hike that starts at Lemolo Lake and finishes at the Umpqua Hot Springs. Views of Lemolo Falls are available on this option. Those wishing to take on a shorter trek can opt for a round trip from the hot springs; this usually is a 7-mile hike.Learn more »
The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon forum Sept. 15 for the six candidates vying for Douglas County commissioner.
All six candidates have said they expect to attend. They are former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Admire, Big O Tires owner Chris Boice, computer consultant Mark Garcia, freelance writer Rita Harris, Roseburg photographer Gary Leif and Roseburg Municipal Court bailiff Dale Rogers. The winner will take the seat formerly held by longtime Commissioner Doug Robertson.Learn more »
An honor guard in period military dress will perform ceremonial duties Sept. 6 at the gravesite of Civil War veteran William Flook at Tenmile Methodist Church Cemetery.
Flook’s grave was recently marked with a headstone by volunteers following research that revealed Flook had no family- or government-placed memorial.Learn more »
EUGENE: Roseburg bird group plans raptor center visitSeptember 2, 2014 —
Raptor Center field trip set
Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a Sept. 27 field trip to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene.
The trip will include a one-hour “Walk on the Wild Side” program and tour of the center, according to a news release. Participants will have an option of then going to King Estate for a short guided walked and presentation on the use of the center’s released raptors in the vineyard.
The field trip is suitable for all ages and will require walking on inclines and uneven ground.
Carpools will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Bureau of Land Management parking lot, 777 N.W. Garden Valley Boulevard. Cost is $5 for children, $10 for teens and seniors, and $11 for adults.
The Audubon Society’s portion of the trip does not include wine tasting, a winery tour or eating in the King Estate restaurant. Separate carpools can be arranged at the meeting time for those wanting to join those activities. Picnic facilities are available at both locations for lunch.
Reservations are required by Sept. 19; call 541-672-7195 or send email to email@example.com.
Myrtle Creek man charged on suspicion of sex abuseSeptember 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.
Police said the incident happened over at least the last year and possibly longer.
According to police, Bland knew the victims, two minor females.
The case is still under investigation.
ROSEBURG: Fly Fishers hear ladder reportSeptember 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.
There’s no charge to attend. Anyone interested in the fish ladder or in promoting fly fishing and conservation is welcome.