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.
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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.Learn more »
The League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley will hold two forums in October for candidates running for Oregon House District 2 and Douglas County Commission.
House District 2 candidates Republican Dallas Heard and Democrat Kerry Atherton will speak on Oct. 7.Learn more »
The second of a four-part series on renewable energy for Douglas County will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road.
The meeting is sponsored by the Lunch Bunch and will focus on two illustrated case studies on tapping methane from landfills to generate electricity. Speakers include Steve King with the Coffin Butte Landfill near Corvallis and Pete Terzo with the Douglas County Landfill.Learn more »
Douglas County residents are encouraged to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department Saturday, as part of National Drug Take Back Day.
The Douglas County Opiate Task Force, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is spearheading the local initiative. The service is free and anonymous.Learn more »
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Now that cooler, wet weather has returned to the Umpqua Valley, residents may see smoke throughout the area as ranchers use prescribed fires to prepare their land for next year.
Burns will be allowed only when weather patterns are favorable, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.Learn more »
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A federal district court judge Tuesday denied a preliminary injunction request against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services connected to the agency’s post-fire plans for lands scorched in the 2013 Douglas Complex fires.
In his 36-page decision, Judge Thomas Coffin said the conservation groups who filed the lawsuit make numerous arguments that are ultimately not persuasive.Learn more »
Because of the cooler, wet conditions, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has dropped the county’s fire danger level to “low.”
The reduced fire danger allows the DFPA to also lower industrial fire restrictions within the district to level one, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.Learn more »
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The necklace reads, “One day closer.”
It’s going to stay with Oakland resident Melinda Chastain for the next year while her husband, Chase, is deployed in Afghanistan.Learn more »
Candidates vying for various positions with the Oregon Legislature will speak at a forum Oct. 20 hosted by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
According to a news release, candidates confirmed for the meeting are: State Senator, District 4 – Sen. Floyd Prozanski (Democrat); State Representative, District 1 – Rep. Wayne Krieger (Republican) and Jim Klahr (Democrat); State Representative, District 2 – Kerry Atherton (Democrat) and Dallas Heard (Republican); State Representative, District 7 – Cedric Ross Hayden (Republican/Democrat) and Brandon M. Boertje (Libertarian).Learn more »
Climb planned Saturday for Mount Thielsen Wilderness
Umpqua Watersheds is leading a hike Saturday to Mount Thielsen Wilderness in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.Learn more »
Because of a reprieve from the hot, dry weather, the Roseburg Fire Department will issue residential burn permits from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.
The permits are issued for seven days at a cost of $66.Learn more »
The Roseburg Fred Meyer will host a hair donation event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 929 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
Hairdressers working on behalf of Beautiful Lengths will be accepting hair donations of at least eight inches. The strands will go to make wigs for people with cancer.Learn more »
About 1,600 Pacific Power customers in south Roseburg were without power for several hours early this morning.
The outage, centered near the Douglas County Fairgrounds, started around 3:30 a.m., Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said.Learn more »
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UPDATE Sept. 23: A woman is dead and a man remains in serious condition this morning following a two-motorcycle crash Sunday evening on Interstate 5 south of Roseburg.
The crash occurred at 6:35 p.m. when motorcyclist Kevin R. Wiltrout was heading down the Exit 119 onramp toward southbound I-5, struck a fog marker and lost control. His 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle fell to its side, slid across both southbound lanes and struck the concrete center divider.Learn more »
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 »
Fire officials restrict campfires within city of ReedsportSeptember 12, 2014 —
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.
Propane and charcoal barbecues in commercial style containers are permitted.
Information: 541-271-2423 or cityofreedsport.org.
OAKLAND: Kanipe park improvements topic of meetingSeptember 12, 2014 —
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.
Members will discuss the past year’s efforts to protect the park as well as upcoming projects, including the completion of a new roof for the English Settlement School House and a new campground. Those planning to attend are asked to send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ROSEBURG: Free care offered Saturday at Aspen DentalSeptember 11, 2014 —
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.
Aspen Dental’s Roseburg office is at 1168 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
Reservations and information: 1-844-234-9033.