News Briefs

Four chaplains to be honored at ceremony Saturday

February 12, 2016 — 

A ceremony honoring the Four Chaplains will be held at noon Saturday at the Earle B. Stewart American Legion Hall, 406 S.E. Oak Ave.

The ceremony honors four chaplains and 672 other servicemen who lost their lives Feb. 3, 1943 when the U.S. Army Transport ship Dorchester went down in the Atlantic Ocean. The four Army chaplains, all lieutenants, were Methodist minister George Fox, Jewish rabbi Alexander Goode, Catholic priest John Washington and Dutch reformed minister Clark Poling. They were credited with sacrificing their own lives to help save 230 men aboard ship. All were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart.

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Human remains discovered on beach in Gardiner

February 10, 2016 — 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains that have been found on the beach in Gardiner.

According to the sheriff’s office, the remains were found around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday about 2.6 miles north of the North Umpqua Jetty by a man riding an all-terrain vehicle on the beach.

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Drain Justice of Peace Russell Trump runs for re-election

February 1, 2016 — 

Russell Trump of Yoncalla filed this week for re-election to Justice of the Peace for the Drain district.

Trump has been the district’s justice for 29 years. Prior to that, he was an attorney, a millworker, a farm worker, and a service station attendant. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

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Hail causes crashes on Interstate 5 near Rice Hill

January 31, 2016 — 

A freak hailstorm caused multiple accidents Saturday afternoon on both northbound and southbound Interstate 5 near milepost 144 south of Rice Hill.

An Oregon State Police spokesman said Saturday evening he did not have names and numbers of people involved in the crashes. However, he said there were at least five crashes and a rollover.

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Emergency storm line repairs to close Roseburg streets

January 25, 2016 — 

Emergency repairs on a storm line will reduce a couple of Roseburg city streets to one lane of traffic this week.

Harvard Avenue, between Hazel Street and Lookingglass Road, and Old Melrose Road, near the Goedeck Road intersection, will be closed from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 7 p.m. Friday while crews work to repair the line.

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County to hold meeting on renovations to the crab dock in Winchester Bay

January 22, 2016 — 

Douglas County Parks Director Gary Groth will lead a meeting at 5 p.m. Monday about needed renovations to the crab dock at the Salmon Harbor Marina Activity Center, 263 Marina Way.

Information: 541-440-4201.

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Josephine County judge to hear CHA, ADAPT case

January 22, 2016 — 

A lawsuit about a planned takeover of mental health services in Douglas County will be heard by Lindi Baker, presiding judge of the Josephine County Circuit Court.

She will hear the case because a series of Douglas County judges have recused themselves from the case.

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Night closures planned for Douglas Avenue

January 21, 2016 — 

A section of Douglas Avenue will be closed for four consecutive nights starting Monday from approximately 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The closures will occur on Southeast Douglas Avenue between Southeast Stephens Street and Southeast Rose Street, directly in front of the Roseburg Public Safety building and the Roseburg Fire Department, as crews work to replace a storm drain in the area.

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Roseburg BLM helps local charities

January 14, 2016 — 

The Combined Federal Campaign has concluded with a fantastic year of sharing for local and nationwide charities by the employees of the Bureau of Land Management in the Roseburg district office. During the six-week campaign that ran from October through November in 2015, Roseburg BLM employees raised over $27,000 for local, national and international nonprofit organizations. These funds were gathered through employee-driven events such as a breakfast burrito feed, bake sale, a silent auction and a CFC auction.

Since 1977, the Roseburg district has raised over $615, 000 through the CFC. Throughout the country and internationally, more than 300 CFC campaigns help raise millions of dollars for charity. Pledges made by federal, civilian, postal and military donors during the campaign season support eligible nonprofit organizations that provide health and human service benefits throughout the world. For more information visit www.cfctoday.org.

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Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation awards grant to Douglas County Library System

January 14, 2016 — 

The Douglas County Library System received a $10,000 grant for books and materials from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation early in January.

These funds will provide books and materials to over 50,000 active library patrons throughout Douglas County at 11 locations. These funds along with recent grants from the Ford Family Foundation and Oregon Community Foundation are critical during this time of declining county general funds.

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Meeting Tuesday on Southern Oregon Pilot Program

January 8, 2016 — 

Douglas County Planning Director Keith Cubic will offer an update Tuesday on a proposed pilot land use planning project for three Southwest Oregon counties: Douglas, Jackson and Josephine

The update will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Rd.

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ECEC to host benefit dinner Jan. 14

January 6, 2016 — 

The Elkton Community Education Center is once again hosting a series of benefit dinners and the first is slated for 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

With a theme of “Diner Dinner,” the event will feature comfort food and beverages from the 1950s. Future dinners will include a Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 11 and a St. Patrick’s Day Irish dinner on March 12.

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December 31, 2015 — 

The League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley will host a First Tuesday Talk Time from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at 428 S.E. Chadwick. Beverages will be provided, but participants should bring their own lunches.

Information: 541-672-1914

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New Year's Day prompts closures

December 31, 2015 — 

The News-Review will publish on New Year’s Day.

Many businesses and all state and federal government offices, however, will be closed for the holiday. The Douglas County Courthouse will also be closed, as will Roseburg city offices.

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Albany Republican woman runs for DeFazio seat

December 31, 2015 — 

Albany Republican Jo Rae Perkins has filed to run for the U.S. House seat held by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield. Perkins will seek the Republican nomination for Congressional District 4 in the May primary election.

Perkins is an office specialist at Oregon State University. She made an unsuccessful bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Jeff Merkley in 2014. Pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby won the nomination, but lost to Merkley in the general election.

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December 31, 2015 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Hitt files for re-election

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$8,000 raised for FISH Food Pantry to feed the hungry

December 30, 2015 — 

The FISH Food Pantry received over $8,000 to help feed the hungry this holiday season.

A few weeks ago, the Roseburg Coastal store offered to donate $1,000 if residents could help the pantry reach its goal of $2,000 raised. Douglas County residents in turn donated over $7,000, resulting in FISH receiving $8,000.

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Free rides offered New Year's Eve

December 30, 2015 — 

Roseburg Towing will offer free rides for residents out celebrating New Year’s Eve from midnight to 3 a.m. Friday.

The company will take passengers and their vehicles anywhere within a 5-mile radius of Roseburg, the company said.

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County hosts town hall Tuesday on parks plan

December 30, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Parks Department is seeking input from the public on a local Parks Master Plan. A town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Church Annex room of the Oregon State University Extension Office, 1134 S.E. Douglas Ave.

The future management of parks labeled “active” will be the topic. “Active” parks are generally defined as those that may include RV or tent camping, yurts, camping cabins, intensive recreational facilities, interpretive centers, meeting facilities, educational facilities, playgrounds and infrastructure.

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Power lost, restored for more than 2,000 residents Tuesday morning

December 29, 2015 — 

More than 2,000 residents were without power this morning after a tree, or part of a tree, fell on some power lines near a Pacific Power substation near Highway 138E Tuesday morning.

According to the electric company, the outage occurred at about 5:31 a.m. and left 2,054 residents without power. The majority of people saw power return around 7 a.m., then by 7:54 a.m. the remaining customers had come back online.

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State agency holding open houses on Jordan Cove applications

December 28, 2015 — 

The Oregon Department of State Lands will hold two open houses in early January to talk about a part of the Jordan Cove Energy Project.

The state agency will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Rogue Regency Inn, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford, and then again at 4 p.m. Jan. 7 at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave., North Bend.

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Douglas ESD head finalist in Pasco

December 21, 2015 — 

Douglas Education Service District Superintendent Michael Lasher is a finalist for a superintendent position in Pasco, Washington.

The Tri-City Herald reported Sunday that Lasher is among three candidates for superintendent of ESD 123. According to the Herald, finalists will be interviewed Jan. 7, and one of them will be chosen Jan. 28.

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Sen. Merkley hosting town hall meeting in Winston

December 21, 2015 — 

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is stopping in Winston next month to talk about the challenges facing Oregon and America with residents.

At 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, Merkley will host the town hall-style discussion at Douglas High School, 1381 N.W. Douglas Blvd.

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Roseburg food bus offers lunch during break

December 20, 2015 — 

The Lunch Box Express food bus will make the rounds during this year’s Christmas break.

The bus and food, sponsored by the Roseburg School District Nutrition Services, will deliver free lunches to children up to age 18 Monday through Thursday during the break. The sites and times are 11 to 11:15 a.m. at Winchester Elementary School, 11:25 to 11:40 at Joseph Lane Middle School, 11:50 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Stewart Park, 12:40 to 12:55 at Rose Elementary School and 1:15 to 1:40 at Green Elementary.

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December 15, 2015 — 

ROSEBURG

Umpqua Valley Audubon looking for bird counters

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Stephens Street, near Highway 138, reduced to single lane this week

December 15, 2015 — 

Carter & Company, the Salem-based contractor leading the remodel of Highway 138, has plans to pave the southbound lanes of Stephens Street, between Diamond Lake Boulevard and Douglas Avenue, this week.

A one-block section of Stephens will be limited to a single lane until at least Dec. 21.

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Douglas County Parks Advisory Board considers parks master plan Friday

December 14, 2015 — 

A plan for how to manage Douglas County’s parks, including which parks might be sold or logged to pay for improvements to popular developed parks, will be on the agenda once more at the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board meeting.

The board meets at 9 a.m. Friday in Room 310 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg. Information about the planning process, including which parks might be classified “surplus” and sold is on the county’s website at douglas.or.us/parks/ParkMasterPlan.asp

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Sutherlin School District has budget committee vacancies

December 11, 2015 — 

SUTHERLIN — The Sutherlin School District is looking for budget committee members.

Three budget positions are vacant: position No. 2 expires June 30, 2016; position No. 3 expires June 30, 2018; and position No. 5 expires June 30, 2017. The first budget meeting is scheduled for April 25, 2016. Budget committee meetings are usually two to three times a year.

State requirement is that applicants must live within the Sutherlin School District, must not be an officer or employee of the Sutherlin School District, and must be a registered voter in the Sutherlin School District.

Anyone wishing to be considered for a position should submit a letter of interest to Sutherlin Board of Education, Wendy Fennell, Executive Assistant, 531 E. Central Ave., Sutherlin. Call 541-459-2228 for additional information.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com or call 541-957-4216.

National High School Oratorical Contest in Roseburg on Jan. 9

December 11, 2015 — 

American Legion Post 16 of Roseburg is holding the local National High School Oratorical Contest on Jan. 9. The college scholarship competition is open to local junior high and high school students less than 20 years old and citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States. Students must prepare an oration on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

For information and to obtain an application, contact American Legion Post 16 at 541-672-4392 or visit the Oregon American Legion Department website at www.orlegion.org/oratorical.html.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com or call 541-957-4216.

Douglas County Toys For Tots seeks funds for Dec. 19 event

December 11, 2015 — 

The Roseburg Firefighters Local #1110 is seeking financial support for the local Toys For Tots program.

The firefighters have sponsored this program for the past 28 years and are attempting to raise $12,000 this year. The program is expanding and help is needed to provide toys to children in Douglas County areas.

Those interested in providing monetary assistance can drop off donations of cash or check at any Roseburg fire station or checks made out to Toys For Tots can be mailed to Toys For Tots, P.O. Box 1940, Roseburg, OR, 97470. Please submit donations by Wednesday.

For more information or to request a toy for your child at the giveaway event scheduled for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at Hucrest Elementary School, see the website at ToysForTots.org.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com or call 541-957-4216.

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