Fire crews were responding this morning to six reports of smoke rising in the Umpqua National Forest and one fire on Douglas Forest Protective Association land near Tiller following a lightning storm Tuesday.
Forest spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan said the majority of strikes were along the crest of the Cascades and Calapooya mountains and south of Tiller. Rain accompanied the storm.Learn more »
Umpqua Watersheds will host its 13th annual youth Wilderness Camp-out at Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest July 25 through 27.
The camp is open to youth ages 12 to 18. Younger children accompanied by an adult may also attend. Adults can also register as participants or volunteers.Learn more »
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A retired Roseburg Forest Products employee, Dennis Hudgins of Myrtle Creek, filed Monday to run for Douglas County commissioner, becoming the fourth candidate vying to complete the final two years of Doug Robertson’s term.
Hudgins listed no prior governmental experience on his candidate’s statement filed with the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.Learn more »
The Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition will hold a child safety seat clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 909 S. Main St.
The clinic will teach parents and caregivers how to install and use a child safety seat. Children should be present to ensure the car seat fits.Learn more »
Firefighters extinguished four vegetation fires throughout the county Saturday, with the largest fire burning an acre of grass, brush and trees in Tri City, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The first fire started at about 3 p.m. on Drain Section Road. Firefighters from the DFPA and North Douglas County Fire & EMS contained the blaze at one-hundredth of an acre, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
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Northbound travelers should brace for slow going between Mileposts 168 and 170 on Interstate 5 Saturday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Several large potholes have developed on the right side of the highway this week, ODOT said.Learn more »
In-stream work on Upper Jackson Creek along Forest Service Road 2947 will cause delays for drivers on the Tiller Ranger District from Monday through Friday.
Crews will move materials to prepare for an in-stream project.Learn more »
Five more applicants have put their names forward to fill an interim position as Douglas County commissioner, bringing the total to eight.
Commissioner Doug Robertson will step down at the end of July, and commissioners have said they will temporarily fill the position with someone who will not run to serve the final two years of Robertson’s term.Learn more »
The public is invited to help celebrate a new playground at Micelli Park in southeast Roseburg at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
Improvements include play equipment, picnic tables and benches. There’s also new Turfgrass, irrigation and landscaping.Learn more »
A brown Chihuahua that bit a man riding a bicycle near Stanton Park Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday is being sought by Douglas County Animal Control.
Officials say they want to observe the dog. Anyone with information can contact the Douglas County Environmental Health Program at 541-440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471.Learn more »
A vehicle’s faulty exhaust system sparked fires that burned about 2 acres of grass and brush Tuesday afternoon, 6 miles northwest of Glide near North Bank Road, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m. to find the fires burning along the road in the North Bank Habitat Management Area, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
Fire crews and engines responded to a fire Friday that burned one quarter of an acre near Dog Prairie in the Diamond Lake Ranger District.
Personnel stationed at the Illahee Lookout reported smoke in the morning 1.5 miles north of Skookum Lake and 9 miles west of Diamond Lake, an Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman said. Firefighters will remain positioned to respond to smoke reports.Learn more »
A father and son were arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing more than $7,000 worth of Apple electronics from Walmart, Roseburg police said.
Walmart security officers told police that two men were seen stealing the merchandise, but left before they were apprehended.Learn more »
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Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to help The Nature Conservancy protect Umpqua Valley wet prairie habitat at the Oerding Preserve.
Just north of Roseburg, this preserve is home to one of the few remaining populations of the endangered rough popcorn flower and many other native wildflowers.Learn more »
Babies 13 months old and younger will have a chance to win the 47th annual Diaper Derby Aug. 6 at the Douglas County Fair.
Contestants must register by 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at Harvard Avenue Drugs, 1175 W. Harvard Ave., in Roseburg or the fairgrounds office, 2110 S.W. Frear St.Learn more »
Motorists traveling an 11-mile stretch of Highway 138 West between Elkton and Sutherlin can expect 15-minute delays and speed limits reduced to 35 mph for a chip seal project next week.
The project between Mileposts 9 and 20 is expected to run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.Learn more »
A slow-moving grass fire burned about an acre Tuesday night near Putnam Valley Road, 5 miles west of Drain, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters arrived on scene at about 9 p.m. and found the blaze backing down a hill, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
Douglas County commissioners have set a July 21 deadline for accepting applications to fill a seat on the commission though the end of the year.
Longtime Commissioner Doug Robertson will step down at the end of July. Commissioners Susan Morgan and Joe Laurance plan to make an appointment Aug. 13.Learn more »
Mildred’s Trail Dash, a fundraiser for Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Race distances are a 9K trail run or 5K walk or run. Awards will be given to the overall male and female winners. Early and online registration has closed, but race day registration will take place from 7 to 8:15 a.m. Registration is $15 for the 5K and $25 for the 9K. Some T-shirts will be available for $15.Learn more »
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ROSEBURG: Umpqua Astronomers change meeting timeJuly 7, 2014 —
Star meeting time changed
Umpqua Astronomers will talk with newcomers to astronomy at 7:30 tonight at the club’s monthly meeting in the Douglas Forest Protective Association conference room at 1758 N.E. Airport Road. The club generally schedules this gathering an hour earlier, but will be available to meet with the general public at the new time this month only, according to club member Paul Morgan.
Roseburg to stay hot for several daysJuly 5, 2014 —
The temperature at the Roseburg Regional Airport topped out at 93 degrees shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service forecasts Roseburg afternoon high temperatures will be in the low 90s through at least Wednesday.
The high temperature Saturday was a few degrees short of the record for the date of 97 degrees set in 1960.
The high on the Fourth of July was a relatively mild 85 degrees.
The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday increased the percentage of Oregon in a severe or extreme drought to 52 percent, including most of Douglas County.
All of the county is categorized as in a severe or moderate drought.
Portions of south-central and southeast Oregon are in extreme drought.
Oregon Arts Commission supports Umpqua Valley Arts AssociationJuly 4, 2014 —
The Umpqua Valley Arts Association has received a $14,000 grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.
The commission approved the grant at its meeting June 27 in Newberg. The commission awarded 2015 Arts Services grants totalling $200,000 to 15 arts groups, including the Roseburg-based Umpqua Valley Arts Association.
The grants, distributed to organizations statewide, are to encourage participation in the arts and to contribute to the cultural well being of communities, according to the arts commission.
The Umpqua Valley Arts Association hosts some 30 gallery exhibits a year, provides art lessons to students and hosts an annual summer arts festival in June, according to the commission.
The association also is the custodian of the historic Umpqua Valley Arts Center.
The governor appoints the arts commission’s nine members. The commission’s activities are funded by state appropriations, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
The Umpqua Valley Arts Association has received grants in the past from the arts commission.