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Police Log: Woman reportedly hits dog ‘right between the eyes’

September 22, 2014 — 

POLICE LOG

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Female passenger dead after motorcycle wreck

September 22, 2014 — 

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.

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League of Women Voters to meet Tuesday

September 20, 2014 — 

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.

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Two vehicle-free days set at Crater Lake

September 20, 2014 — 

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.

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Fall backyard burn season postponed in Roseburg

September 17, 2014 — 

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.

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Committee to review Wyden’s O&C plan

September 17, 2014 — 

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.

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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.

The candidates will give opening statements, answer audience questions via a moderator and make closing comments.

The forum will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Community Conference Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Reservations are required to attend.

The cost is $18 for chamber members and $25 for others and includes a buffet lunch.

Reservations must be received by Sept. 11 and may be made online at roseburgareachamber.org or by calling the chamber at 541-672-2648, ext. 22.

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.

The honor guard will perform taps, fold a ceremonial flag and fire three volleys from muskets in a ceremony open to the public.

The church is at 2594 Tenmile Valley Road, off Coats Road.

EUGENE: Roseburg bird group plans raptor center visit

September 2, 2014 — 

EUGENE

Raptor Center field trip set

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host a Sept. 27 field trip to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene.

The trip will include a one-hour “Walk on the Wild Side” program and tour of the center, according to a news release. Participants will have an option of then going to King Estate for a short guided walked and presentation on the use of the center’s released raptors in the vineyard.

The field trip is suitable for all ages and will require walking on inclines and uneven ground.

Carpools will leave at 8:30 a.m. from the Bureau of Land Management parking lot, 777 N.W. Garden Valley Boulevard. Cost is $5 for children, $10 for teens and seniors, and $11 for adults.

The Audubon Society’s portion of the trip does not include wine tasting, a winery tour or eating in the King Estate restaurant. Separate carpools can be arranged at the meeting time for those wanting to join those activities. Picnic facilities are available at both locations for lunch.

Reservations are required by Sept. 19; call 541-672-7195 or send email to kathyvejtasa@gmail.com.

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