An 18-year-old Roseburg woman died Monday morning after being involved in a car accident in Northern California.
According to California Highway Patrol, Naomi Svendsen was a passenger in a 2015 Kia Optima driving northbound on Interstate 5 that drove off the road for an unknown reason and traveled up the Granada Overhead Crossing before hitting the south side of the overpass.Learn more »
Three communities in Douglas County were recognized by the National Fire Protection Association for their wildfire preparedness this week.
The Garden Valley West community near Roseburg, the Windy-Glen community near Glendale and the Wolf Valley community near Umpqua each earned Firewise Communities/USA recognition for taking the time to work with local fire authorities to develop safety plans and to assess wildfire risk.Learn more »
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced plans Tuesday to crack down on drinking and driving from Thursday through the end of the holiday weekend, ending Sunday.
“Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for drunk driving — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving,” the office said in its announcement.Learn more »
Four hundred thousand spring Chinook pre-smolts have been killed at Rock Creek Hatchery after a fish carcass clogged an intake pipe, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said yesterday. The fish were to be released directly from the hatchery into the North Umpqua River next spring.
Dan Meyer, hatchery manager, said the carcass may have gotten into the water after a power outage a few months ago had opened an emergency valve. The carcass then blocked water to the raceway where the 400,000 pre-smolts were collected.Learn more »
More than 300 acres of land north of Lemolo Lake remain closed as fire crews work to contain various fires that were caused by lightning strikes over the weekend.
The Bunker Hill Complex fire, which had burned approximately 320 acres as of this morning, is about 30 percent contained and could be completely contained as early as next week if everything goes smoothly, according to officials with the Umpqua National Forest. That fire, plus a handful of smaller fires ranging from less than an acre to nine acres, has forced over 400 fire-fighting personnel to battle the flames.Learn more »
The occupants of a home in the 900 block of Southeast Mill Street first noticed their house had caught fire Friday afternoon when one of them unplugged the television, thinking it had short-circuited, only to discover a small fire had started in the living room.
The Roseburg Fire Department received the call around 4:30 p.m. and arrived to the scene within minutes. Upon arrival, the fire crews discovered the flames had spread under the house and engulfed the front portions.Learn more »
The Douglas County Surveyor and Tax Collector’s offices will be closed Fridays, beginning this week.
New office hours for both will be from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed for all legal holidays.Learn more »
Trees need extra water as drought conditions continue and temperatures rise through the week, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.
One of the first signs that a deciduous tree needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull and limp. Trees are in even worse shape when their leaves wilt, turn brown and curl at the edges. Conifer needles may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.Learn more »
A three-vehicle wreck on Highway 38 killed a woman from Palm Springs, California, on Sunday afternoon.
The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. near milepost 9, just east of Reedsport. A woman identified as Sarah E. Wright, 35, was driving west in a 2009 Nissan Cube when she crossed over into the other lane. The pickup she hit was towing a fifth-wheel recreational vehicle, and a 2003 Honda Pilot close behind was also reportedly hit by the Nissan, according to Oregon State Police. The Nissan came to a rest upside down.Learn more »
Forest officials with the Umpqua National Forest have raised the danger levels to high due to the dryness of the forests and temperatures projecting to skyrocket as the week progresses.
Along with the announcement, the Umpqua National Forest will be bolstering restrictions. Stage 1 Public Use Restrictions go into effect on Wednesday and limit campfires to developed campgrounds. Public and industrial fire restrictions, announced last week, are also still in place.Learn more »
Video Bob Wizardman will be at the Calapooia Reflections Museum, 113 W. Central, Sutherlin, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 10.
Attendees should bring their cameras so they can pose for photos. Autographs will be available, and pizza and soda will be for sale. Prizes will be held for a scavenger hunt set from noon to 2 p.m. for kids ages 6 through 9 and 10 through 14.Learn more »
The contract to rebuild the Highway 138 corridor in Roseburg has been awarded, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday.
Salem-based Carter & Company won the contract with a bid of $10,488,881.20.Learn more »
A celebration of life has been announced to honor the lives of Jim and Diane Rammage, the married couple who died in a car accident on Melrose Road on Monday.
The event will be held at 2 p.m. on July 3 at the Garden Valley Christian Assembly, 3047 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg.Learn more »
An Umpqua Community Walk/Run event will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at 806 Hubbard Creek Road, Umpqua.
Pre-registration is $15 or $20 on Saturday before the event. Participants can choose to walk or run 5K, 10K or 1 mile distances.Learn more »
A $4 fee will be charged at most county-run parks beginning July 1.
Douglas County Parks Director Gary Groth said the parks department is in the process of installing pay boxes and signs at the county’s larger parks including River Forks, Amacher, Whistler’s Bend, Miwaleta and Mildred Kanipe Memorial parks. The installation of the pay boxes will continue through July at some of the smaller parks. Some of the smallest will never have fees.Learn more »
A greater chance of forest fires igniting has pushed the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Umpqua National Forest to increase fire-prevention measures on industrial operations, the two agencies announced Monday.
Under Industrial Fire Precaution Level II, or “partial hootowl,” blasting, welding and cable yarding are prohibited from 1 to 8 p.m., as well as the use of power saws, except at loading sites. The new precautions also require a two-hour fire watch when work has been completed for the day.Learn more »
When Mike Mosley heard the news about a motorcycle wreck in northeast Roseburg on Sunday, he went immediately to the scene, hoping that it wasn’t fellow rider Billy Junior Canfield.
He only had to see the wrecked remains of the familiar black-and-white Honda CBR 600RR to know it was Canfield, a U.S. Army veteran and member of Operation Enduring Freedom.Learn more »
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners has opened a public comment period for written comments about projects funded with timber safety net dollars. The applications that have been submitted for funding are available for viewing at the commissioners’ office in Room 217 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg.
Written comments must be submitted to the commissioners’ office by 5 p.m. Aug. 6.Learn more »
The following students earned spots on Coffenberry Middle School’s fourth-quarter honor roll.
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The following students at Canyonville Middle School earned spots on the fourth-quarter honor roll.
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The following students at Joseph Lane Middle School earned spots on the fourth-quarter honor roll.
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Shawna Barber, a student from Glide, graduated from the Oregon national Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program on June 17.
Barber was one of 125 students from 48 high schools in 16 Oregon counties.Learn more »
The second-place winner of an international amateur piano competition will be performing in Roseburg at 12 p.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church, 432 S.E. Kane.
Clark Griffith of Fort Worth, Texas took second place in the 2011 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs as well as third place in the 2007 competition that attracts amateur pianists from around the world. His performance of Bach was deemed Best Performance of a Work from the Baroque Era in both 2007 and 2011.Learn more »
Veterans Affairs Roseburg Healthcare System will hold an open house for veterans, their families and the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 1 in the VA Roseburg-Auditorium, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
The open house is an educational event to provide information about accessing VA services.Learn more »
Free yoga classes are being taught at Stewart Park near the half shell this summer from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. today through August 8.
Attendees should bring a yoga mat and/or blanket and a strap, tie or belt. They should also wear comfy clothing and not eat or drink for one hour prior to the event.Learn more »
The United States Forest Service announced on Thursday that it had selected its interim deputy forest supervisor for the Umpqua National Forest.
Trish Wilson, a natural resources staff officers at Willamette National Forest, will take over temporarily for Gina Owens, who was recently named the forest supervisor for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington.Learn more »
The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a hike for Saturday to Hole in the Ground and High Rock Meadows in the Cascade Mountains.
Hikers will meet before 8 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot between the Douglas County Courthouse and the Douglas County Library and will depart at 8 a.m. Each person should bring water, lunch, layered clothing, including rain gear, and be prepared to share carpool expenses.Learn more »
Roseburg woman cited for hit and run on Melqua RoadJune 18, 2015 —
A Roseburg woman was cited for hit and run Tuesday after driving away from a collision on Melqua Road.
At approximately 5:20 p.m., deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received reports that a man was turning onto Melqua Road from Melrose Road when he was rear-ended by another vehicle. After he pulled over, the vehicle continued down the road.
Sheriff’s deputies later tracked down the vehicle, said to be driven by Reena Daley, 36, who was cited on suspicion of hit and run and released.
The man was transported to Mercy Medical Center via ambulance and has since been released.
81-year-old man loses control of homemade motorcycle, drives through fenceJune 18, 2015 —
An 81-year-old man lost control of his motorcycle, which was reported as being homemade, and drove through a fence Wednesday.
At approximately 2:22 p.m., members of the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 responded to 10141 Roberts Creek Road to reports of a man, identified as Roy Bokelman, of Los Molinos, California, who had collided with some mailboxes and driven through a fence.
Bokelman was taken to Mercy Medical Center by ambulance and released.
Public meetingsJune 18, 2015 —
Friday, June 19
Friends of the Pool Task Force — 10 a.m., Pool carnival event. City Hall Council Chamber, 207 N.W. Pleasant St. 541-863-3171.
Tuesday, June 23
Myrtle Creek Planning Commission — 7 p.m., City Hall Council Chamber, 207 N.W. Pleasant St. Possible future legislative amendments. 541-863-3171.
Monday, June 22
Oakland Historic Preservation Commission — 7 p.m., Oakland City Hall, 637 N.E. Locust. Status reports on ordinance. 541-459-4531.
Monday, June 22
Riddle Rural Fire Board — 6 p.m., Riddle Fire Department, 250 N. Main St. Regular meeting, bill payments, budget hearing, new board members and the hiring of a new bookkeeper.
Tuesday, June 23
Riddle City Council — 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Riddle City Hall, 647 First Ave. Municipal water curtailment plan.
Monday, June 22
Sutherlin City Council — 7 p.m., Civic Auditorium, 126 E. Central Ave. City manager’s salary, Budget adjustment resolution.
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