News Briefs

Sen. Jeff Merkley to speak at annual Flegel banquet

September 16, 2014 — 

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.

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST: Crews contain forest fire, restrictions in effect

September 15, 2014 — 

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.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Dinner helps prevent child abuse

September 13, 2014 — 

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.

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Fire officials restrict campfires within city of Reedsport

September 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.

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OAKLAND: Kanipe park improvements topic of meeting

September 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.

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ROSEBURG: Free care offered Saturday at Aspen Dental

September 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.

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ROSEBURG: Firefighters pass boot for fundraiser

September 10, 2014 — 

Roseburg firefighters will be stuffing their boots full of money Sept. 12, as part of an annual event to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Fill the Boot event will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the intersection of Southeast Pine and Southeast Washington streets near the downtown Rite Aid.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: DFPA sets fire restrictions

September 10, 2014 — 

Fire officials are imposing more public-use restrictions starting today, due to the extreme fire danger throughout Douglas County, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Mowing dead, dry grass with power driven machinery will be prohibited on all DFPA-protected land.

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ROSEBURG: Ceremony to honor POW/MIA veterans

September 10, 2014 — 

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will honor former prisoners of war and soldiers listed missing in action at a ceremony from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Umpqua Community College Lang Event Center, 1140 Umpqua College Road.

The ceremony is part of a nationwide observance of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war. The ceremony will include musical entertainment color guard presentations and gift distribution.

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ROSEBURG: Council seat to remain vacant until election

September 10, 2014 — 

The Roseburg City Council has decided to hold off appointing a replacement for the Ward 1 seat vacated by Mike Hilton until after the November general election.

City staff members recommended postponing the decision so as to avoid influencing the candidacies of Alison Eggers and Shaun Ryan, both of whom have filed for the seat.

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ROSEBURG: Church offers World Day of Prayer event

September 9, 2014 — 

Unity of Roseburg Church will hold a candle lighting and meditative prayer service beginning at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at 507 N.E. Winchester St.

Community members of all denominations are welcome.

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ROSEBURG: Cub Scouts registration set

September 9, 2014 — 

Cub Scout Pack 199 is signing up new members at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Eastwood Elementary School’s cafeteria.

The cost to join is $30. Some financial aid is available.

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ROSEBURG: Driver safety classes scheduled

September 8, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Driver safety class scheduled

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ROSEBURG: Unitarian church leader to speak

September 8, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church is inviting the community to attend its Sept. 14 service to welcome the Rev. Gary James as its new minister.

James’ arrival filled a vacancy left by the Rev. Annie Holmes, who retired earlier this year.

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ROSEBURG: Solutions for climate change to be discussed

September 5, 2014 — 

The Douglas County Global Warming Coalition will host a meeting Wednesday about the impacts of climate change and steps that could preserve the community’s health and economic well-being.

The gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center, 700 S.E. Douglas Ave. The event is a follow-up to a community discussion in May, in which more than 90 participants identified strategies on how to prepare for climate change in the area, according to a news release.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Timber company closes lands

September 5, 2014 — 

All Roseburg Resources Co. timberlands have been closed due to severe fire danger in Oregon.

Douglas County’s fire danger has been at an extreme level this week, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

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Firefighters respond to 3 small blazes in county’s rural areas

September 5, 2014 — 

Firefighters responded to three small grass fires throughout Douglas County Thursday morning and afternoon, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

One fire ignited in Cow Creek Canyon near Riffle Creek, about 9 miles northwest of Glendale, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST: Fire restrictions start Saturday

September 5, 2014 — 

The Umpqua National Forest will enter Industrial Fire Precaution Level III, also called a partial shutdown, beginning Saturday.

Under the precaution level, all firewood cutting on the forest is prohibited, according to a news release.

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ROSEBURG: River cleanup seeks helpers

September 4, 2014 — 

Volunteers are needed for the annual South Umpqua River Cleanup Sept. 27 at Micelli Park to remove garbage and blackberries and groom the riverfront trail.

Work will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will start at the roundabout of the softball field, continuing south along the river, according to a news release.

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ROSEBURG: City Hall Week sparks town forum

September 4, 2014 — 

As part of City Hall Week, Roseburg will host a forum Sept. 9 for staff members, state lawmakers and legislative candidates to share ideas and perspectives about the 2015 session.

Roseburg is one of 21 cities across Oregon hosting events and public meetings for the week ending Sept. 12. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Center Umpqua Conference Room, 700 S.E. Douglas Ave.

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ROSEBURG: Hikers target North Umpqua Trail

September 4, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club has scheduled a Sept. 13 trek Saturday to the Dread and Terror segment of the North Umpqua Trail.

Hikers will have two options. Organizers describe the first choice as a difficult 13-mile hike that starts at Lemolo Lake and finishes at the Umpqua Hot Springs. Views of Lemolo Falls are available on this option. Those wishing to take on a shorter trek can opt for a round trip from the hot springs; this usually is a 7-mile hike.

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ROSEBURG: Chamber hosts commissioner candidate forum

September 3, 2014 — 

The Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon forum Sept. 15 for the six candidates vying for Douglas County commissioner.

All six candidates have said they expect to attend. They are former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Admire, Big O Tires owner Chris Boice, computer consultant Mark Garcia, freelance writer Rita Harris, Roseburg photographer Gary Leif and Roseburg Municipal Court bailiff Dale Rogers. The winner will take the seat formerly held by longtime Commissioner Doug Robertson.

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TENMILE: Honor guard salutes Civil War vet

September 3, 2014 — 

An honor guard in period military dress will perform ceremonial duties Sept. 6 at the gravesite of Civil War veteran William Flook at Tenmile Methodist Church Cemetery.

Flook’s grave was recently marked with a headstone by volunteers following research that revealed Flook had no family- or government-placed memorial.

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EUGENE: Roseburg bird group plans raptor center visit

September 2, 2014 — 

EUGENE

Raptor Center field trip set

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Myrtle Creek man charged on suspicion of sex abuse

September 2, 2014 — 

A Myrtle Creek man was arrested Thursday on a felony warrant for parole violation.

Myrtle Creek police say Richard Jay Bland, 37, of Myrtle Creek had been under investigation in a sex abuse case for two weeks prior to his arrest. After Bland was interviewed at the police department, he was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on multiple counts of first-degree sex abuse and unlawful penetration.

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ROSEBURG: Fly Fishers hear ladder report

September 2, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers will meet at 6:45 p.m. Sept. 4 at Round Table Pizza, 2040 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

Guest speaker Rich Grost, aquatic scientist for Pacific Corp. Energy, will give a presentation on the effectiveness of a new fish passage installed at Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River. The ladder was completed in November 2012 and allows spawning salmon and steelhead access to the river above the dam for the fist time in 61 years.

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STEAMBOAT DRAINAGE: Forest-thinning field trip set

September 2, 2014 — 

Umpqua National Forest is hosting a Sept. 12 field trip to show activities proposed in the Lemon Butte Integrated Resource Project on the North Umpqua Ranger District.

The project is intended to accelerate traits of an older forest area to promote high-quality, more resilient wildlife habitat, said Forest Service Spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan. The agency is proposing to commercially thin 1,600 acres, producing approximately 10.5 million board feet of timber. One goal is to increase the growth, health and vigor of the remaining trees, according to an agency press release. The project will also include both thinning and prescribed fire to create a more fire-resilient landscape, Caplan said.

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Harvesting season for Matsutake mushrooms begins Tuesday

August 31, 2014 — 

Matsutake mushroom harvesting season will open Tuesday on Umpqua, Deschutes, Fremont-Winema and Willamette national forests.

The mushrooms can be found high in the Cascades on the Diamond Lake Ranger District, said Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan.

Anyone harvesting Matsutake mushrooms on National Forest land must be at least 18 years old and purchase a commercial harvest permit. Permits cost $200 for the 62-day season, $100 for a half season permit, valid for 31 consecutive days, or $8 per day with a three-day minimum purchase.

Areas closed to harvest include Crater Lake National Park, Newberry National Volcanic Monument, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, and research natural areas, wilderness areas, Oregon Cascades Recreation Area, campgrounds and other posted closed areas.

The Forest Service requires commercial harvesters to have written permission from the agency to camp on any National Forest, except in designated camping areas. A campground for harvesters has been established at Little Odell Mushroom Camp near Crescent Lake.

For more information about the camp, call 541-338-7869 or go to www.hoodoo.com. For more information about the Matsutake mushroom program, contact the Umpqua National Forest at 541-957-3255.

NORTH COUNTY: Expect holiday traffic delays

August 29, 2014 — 

Starting Tuesday, Interstate 5 motorists should watch for lane closures and congestion south of Cottage Grove at mileposts 168-169 as contractors return to work on the I-5 Martin Creek to Anlauf Paving project.

I-5 will be limited to one lane in each direction for 10 weeks in this area, said ODOT spokesman Dan Latham. Motorists should expect congestion and possible delays during peak travel times, including morning and afternoon commutes, Sunday afternoons and evenings, and after university football games.

Motorists should also watch for intermittent daytime and nighttime lane closures in the rest of the project area between mileposts 162 and 168 at the Douglas-Lane county line, Latham said.

The northbound offramp at Exit 170 south of Cottage Grove will be closed for 10 weeks. The closure will probably start next week, Latham said. Motorists are advised to use alternate routes. All ramps at Exit 174 will remain open.

The southbound onramp at Exit 170 is tentatively scheduled to remain open during this construction phase.

The northbound ramps at Exit 162 to Drain will be closed up to 22 days to allow workers to make safety improvements to the Oregon Highway 38 overpass, Latham said. These ramp closures will likely begin on or after Sept. 8.

While the two northbound ramps at Exit 162 are closed, all other nearby I-5 ramps will remain open, including the northbound offramp at Exit 161 to Buck Creek, both southbound ramps at Exit 162, and all four ramps at Exit 163 to Curtin.

During this time, a posted detour will be in place for drivers traveling between Drain and the Eugene area via Oregon 38 and northbound I-5. Motorists are advised to continue east on Oregon 38, take the southbound I-5 on-ramp at Exit 162 and turn around at Exit 159 at Elk Creek/Cox Road.

Due to anticipated congestion and safety concerns, ODOT does not recommend drivers use Curtin Road as an alternate route from Oregon 38 to northbound I-5, Latham said.

Visit www.Tripcheck.com for road and travel information.

Roseburg street closures planned for Saturday run

August 29, 2014 — 

Motorists in and around town on Saturday morning need to be on the lookout for runners and lane closures along the route of this year’s Umpqua River Run.

The northbound lane of Old Melrose Road from Goedeck Avenue to Melrose Road will be closed from 6 to 10 a.m., according to a news release.

Westbound Douglas Avenue will be closed from the railroad tracks to Spruce Street, and southbound Spruce Street will be closed from Washington Avenue to Douglas Avenue between 7 and 11 a.m. Pine Street residents north of Douglas Avenue will be allowed access to and from their homes.

From 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., Stewart Park Drive will be closed just past the entrance to the Umpqua Valley Arts Center. There will be no access to the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus from Harvard Avenue during these hours.

There will be single-lane closures on Washington Avenue, Garden Valley Boulevard and Harvard Avenue throughout the morning.

An officer will control traffic at the intersection of Stewart Parkway and Harvey Avenue from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m.

Motorists are asked to use caution and watch for runners in these areas as well as in the Laurelwood and Hucrest neighborhoods, and on Melrose and Old Melrose roads.

More information and route maps can be found at the event website, umpquariverrun.com, or by calling the city of Roseburg Public Works Department at 541-492-6730.

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