News Briefs

Some Glide residents issued level 1 evacuation notices for Cable Crossing Fire, meeting planned

July 31, 2015 — 

Glide residents living on Little River Road, between the Peel Country Store and the Wolf Creek trail head, have been issued a level one evacuation notice, according to authorities from Incident Management Team 3.

The Cable Crossing Fire, which was estimated at 830 acres as of Friday morning, has been jumping southern containment lines since.

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Shelter for Stouts Fire evacuees relocates

July 31, 2015 — 

The crisis shelter established by the American Red Cross is relocating from the elementary school to the YMCA.

According to workers at the shelter, members from the Red Cross are already at the YMCA and ready to tend to evacuees. Citizens in Azalea, from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East, were told to evacuate by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Friday afternoon. Citizens in the community of Milo had been told to evacuate Thursday evening, however their notices were downgraded from level 3, the maximum, to level 2.

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A hot day, but not the hottest

July 31, 2015 — 

Today’s high temperature of 107 degrees broke the record for the date, but didn’t reach the all-time high.

The hottest July 31 on record was previously 103 degrees, set in 2003.

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Small fire stopped at Iron Mountain

July 31, 2015 — 

A new fire was reported at 5 a.m. today near Iron Mountain, about 10 miles east of Riddle.

Firefighters were able to stop the fire spread at three acres. Crews were on scene this morning mopping up hot spots and securing control lines. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

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DFPA raises fire restrictions again

July 30, 2015 — 

As the county endures sweltering heat and growing wildfires, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased public-use restrictions once again.

As of 3 p.m. on July 30, the following restrictions have been enacted:

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History fans hold potluck

July 28, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Historical Society will hold its annual potluck picnic at 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Rice Cabin on Lee’s Creek Road northeast of Myrtle Creek.

Participants are invited to bring historical keepsakes and new finds to the picnic, which is open to local residents as well as amateur historians.

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DeFazio to hold town hall meetings in Douglas County

July 27, 2015 — 

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio will hold town hall meetings around Southwest Oregon next week, including three in Douglas County. DeFazio, D-Springfield, will visit Reedsport, Canyonville and Roseburg on his tour.

Following are the times and locations of those meetings::

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Construction on Highway 138 slated to begin Aug. 10

July 27, 2015 — 

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced Monday that construction on the Highway 138 Corridor Solutions Project will formally start Aug. 10, with preliminary work beginning a week prior.

Beginning on Aug. 3, motorists will see off-and-on lane and shoulder closures throughout the project area, which encompasses roads and intersections from West Harvard Avenue to Diamond Lake Boulevard. Then, on Aug. 10, parts of Stephens Street will be closed as crews from Carter & Company begin the main revamping.

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Greater Douglas United Way elects board members for 2015

July 27, 2015 — 

Greater Douglas United Way board members have elected officers for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

The Board Officers for 2015 are: President Tamara Osborne, Umpqua Dairy; President-elect Shaun Ryan, Inerseshen Creative Media; Vice President David Littlejohn, Littlejohn Financial Services; and Treasurer Cheryl Martin, Umpqua Bank.

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Coastal towns dig in for Dunefest

July 27, 2015 — 

The sand dunes outside of Winchester Bay are about to resound with the growls of hundreds of all-terrain vehicles for the annual Dunefest celebration.

Running Wednesday through Sunday, the festival will feature an array of activities for four-wheeling enthusiasts.

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Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce taking applications for leadership program

July 24, 2015 — 

The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications to its Project Leadership Program for the 2015-16 year.

According to the chamber, more than 500 businessmen and women have graduated from Project Leadership since 1989. Many of its alumni have gone on to become leaders in business and in the community of Douglas County.

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Career support booth for kids and young adults to show at Douglas County Fair

July 24, 2015 — 

A 10-by-10 booth at the Douglas County Fair will offer a wide variety of activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to help foster interest in those fields, which are forecasted to experience enduring job growth in the coming years.

The booth, called Umpqua Valley STEAM Hub, will be part of an initiative from the Douglas County Partners for Student Success. It will include a story corner with books, carpet squares, robotics and a photo corner. Kids and young adults visiting the section can receive information about the numerous options available to start planning a career.

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Bicycle Rides Northwest starts in Roseburg

July 24, 2015 — 

Riders from around Oregon will be taking off from Roseburg Saturday on a 470-mile, week-long trip through Southwestern Oregon. Starting at the Douglas County Fairgrounds early in the morning, the ride will hit the Oregon Coast and spend two days there, then double back to Grants Pass and up into Douglas County once again, including stretches on the historic Coos Bay Wagon Road and Highway 101. The ride will go from Saturday through August 1, and cyclists will be riding an average of 67 miles a day and camping every night. Interested riders can see routes and other information at bicycleridesnw.org.

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Crews discover remnants of old well during Oak and Washington construction

July 23, 2015 — 

Not counting the break for Graffiti Week and the Fourth of July, it is now week six of construction in downtown at intersections on Oak and Washington avenues.

An update from the city’s public works department revealed a large void under the sidewalk of Oak Avenue that appeared to have once been an abandoned well.

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Industrial fire restrictions have been raised

July 23, 2015 — 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association announced Thursday that industrial fire precautions have been raised.

Under the new restrictions, cable yarding and power saws are both prohibited.

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What's the biggest problem in Douglas County? Citizens weigh in

July 23, 2015 — 

Jobs or drugs? Douglas County citizens weighed in on Douglas County’s biggest problem, and their answers came down to those two — within a few percentage points.

Of the 421 readers polled from July 15 to July 22 on NRToday.com, 42.04 percent said Douglas County’s biggest problem is a lack of well-paying jobs and 41.57 percent said “Drug/Alcohol abuse.” That’s only a difference of two votes (177 vs. 175).

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Hestness boat ramp repairs begin

July 23, 2015 — 

Hestness boat ramp is closed for repairs and will remain closed until Aug. 31.

The ramp is located off of Del Rio Road, 3 miles west of Interstate 5.

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Trash franchise transfer to be discussed

July 23, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposal to transfer the North Douglas Sanitary Service franchise to Sutherlin Sanitary Service. The hearing will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse.

Information: 541-440-4568.

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Glide High School hosts all-school reunion

July 21, 2015 — 

Glide High School will hold an all-school reunion July 24-26. The alumni reunion committee needs assistance locating classmates and teachers for the alumni directory. People interested in updating their contact information can visit www.glidealumni.com. For info, call 541-784-7613.

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Hiking club plans coastal hike

July 21, 2015 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club will head for the cool Oregon coast on Aug. 1. The trip will include moderate and easy hikes starting at the South Slough Nature Preserve near Charleston. The group will also explore a hidden tunnel built during World War II.

To join in the fun, participants should meet before 8 a.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. and bring lunch, water, layered clothes and money for car pool expenses.

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Planning department reduces hours

July 21, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Planning Department is reducing the hours it is open to the public, in response to the county’s budget crisis. It will be closed Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Planning services will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Deputy finance director receives award

July 21, 2015 — 

Douglas County Deputy Finance Director Jessica Pence received top honors this month for the quality of her financial reporting.

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada issued a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to Pence. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

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Roseburg VA seeks veteran burial flags for Avenue of Flags

July 21, 2015 — 

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center seeks veteran burial flags for its Avenue of Flags program. Each of the more than 300 flags displayed at the Avenue of Flags during special events on the VA campus was donated by family or friends of a veteran. The program began in the 1980s. New flags are needed to replace those that have become too worn to display.

The burial flag is usually presented during the veteran’s burial ceremony. To donate a loved one’s burial flag, contact the VA Voluntary Service Office at 541-440-1000, Ext. 44350.

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Submarine veterans to host picnic at River Forks

July 21, 2015 — 

The United States Submarine Veterans Rogue-Umpqua Base of Southern Oregon will celebrate its first anniversary at a picnic from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 31 at River Forks Park west of Roseburg.

The $4 parking fee has been waived by the Douglas County Parks Department.

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Another fire in Lookingglass doused early Tuesday morning, under investigation

July 21, 2015 — 

There was another fire in Lookingglass, this time near the intersection of Lookingglass Road and Colonial Road, the Douglas Forest Protective Association announced on Tuesday. It is the eighth fire in Lookingglass this summer, accounting for both suspicious and non-suspicious fires.

The Lookingglass Rural Fire Department and the DFPA responded to a grass fire a little after midnight on Tuesday. By the time the crews arrived, the fire had spread to one-tenth of an acre before being contained.

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The News-Review wins first place awards for advertisements

July 21, 2015 — 

The News-Review’s advertising department has won five first place awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

Shawna McKim won awards for the best use of color and black, the best private party ad and the best institutional/image ad. Brandy Davies won the best promotion classified and the best multi-sponsor ROP ad.

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Charles S. Gardiner path closing for renovations

July 20, 2015 — 

The Charles S. Gardiner multi-use path is closed for renovations, the city of Roseburg announced Monday. The path will be closed all day and night until August 19. The path runs alongside Newton Creek in northwest Roseburg.

Information: 541-492-6730.

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Fire crews squelch quarter-acre fire in Swamp Creek on Friday

July 20, 2015 — 

A quarter-acre fire started just outside of Glendale over the weekend, but was soundly put out by fire crews.

At approximately 6:40 p.m. on Saturday, fire detection cameras at the Douglas Forest Protective Association headquarters discovered a column of smoke emanating from the Swamp Creek area. Fire crews dispatched to the scene discovered a natural cover fire burning in the thick brush and timber about four miles east of Glendale.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association managed to contain the fire to just a quarter of an acre with the help of three engines, a water tender, two helicopters and a fixed-wing observation aircraft. Azalea and Glendale Rural fire departments also assisted at the scene.

Fire danger setting returns to extreme

July 20, 2015 — 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association raised the fire danger awareness on all protected lands to “Extreme” once again. Fire danger had been adjusted to “Extreme” as recently as three weeks ago, but relatively cooler temperatures soon downgraded it.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association said in a statement that the increase is due to the still exceptionally dry fuels combined with arid weather conditions forecasted for the Umpqua Valley. The agency also reminds residents that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level remains at IFPL 2, which restricts many motor-powered tools, and that many large landowners have additional restrictions on their land.

A list of industrial land closures can be found at online at www.oregon.gov/ODF/Pages/fire/corporate_closure.aspx

Information: 541-672-0379.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

Construction has resumed in downtown Roseburg

July 17, 2015 — 

After taking a break for the Fourth of July holiday and Graffiti Week, construction has resumed on several intersections in downtown Roseburg.

People driving through downtown should continue to expect to see contractors at various spots throughout downtown as the crews are working at different areas all at the same time. Some intersections will be half-closed and some lane closures can be expected.

The city of Roseburg’s public works department announced on Wednesday that crews will work to install water lines at the intersection of Southeast Oak Avenue and Main Street, as well as the intersection of Southeast Oak Avenue and Jackson Street. Crews will also begin excavating the intersection of Oak Avenue and Main Street on July 27 in order to work on storm drainage.

Crews will work from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A work schedule, provided by the city of Roseburg Public Works Department, is attached below.

Reporter Troy Brynelson can be reached at 541-957-4218 or tbrynelson@nrtoday.com. Or follow him on Twitter @TroyWB .

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