News Briefs

Canyonville community center begins construction

January 26, 2015 — 

Canyonville is getting a new community center with the remodel of the Old School Annex Building on W. First Street and N.W. Pine Street.

A ground-breaking ceremony will be hosted by the Canyonville Chamber Community Partnership Foundation at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the site. Refreshments will be provided.

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Explore Engineering 2015 to be held at Umpqua Community College

January 26, 2015 — 

Umpqua Community College is hosting Explore Engineering 2015, an annual event that introduces prospective students to engineering classes and careers, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Lang Center.

The annual event puts middle- and high school students and their parents together with teachers, counselors and business leaders who work or teach in the fields of engineering, surveying, computing and computer science.

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Oakland School District seeking board member

January 26, 2015 — 

The Oakland School Board is accepting applications for a board member. The position will be filled by appointment through June 30, 2015.

Applicants must be registered voters, district residents for at least one year preceding appointment and may not be officers or employees of the district.

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Ladies Auxiliary hosts art award competition

January 26, 2015 — 

The Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards program is now accepting applications through the Ladies Auxiliary.

The contest is open to high school students.

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Douglas County Farm Bureau offers 1K scholarships

January 26, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Farm Bureau will award five $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 school year to students studying agriculture or forestry. The scholarships are also available to students of any academic discipline who are children or grandchildren of a voting Douglas County Farm Bureau member.

Applicants must be Douglas County high school graduates, either graduating this year or already enrolled in a higher education institution. Douglas County home school students are also eligible.

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Cascade Community Credit Union offers 5K scholarship

January 26, 2015 — 

The Cascade Community Credit Union is now accepting applications for its 2015 Irene Murphy Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

The scholarship assists graduating seniors or recent graduates within the past five years in pursuit of secondary education.

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South Umpqua Historical Society quarterly meeting set for Feb. 1

January 26, 2015 — 

The South Umpqua Historical Society announced it will hold its quarterly meeting on Feb. 1 at 1 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the society’s museum in Canyonville, 421 S.W. 5th Street, and is open to the public.

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Entrepreneurship meetings on tap Wednesday in Roseburg

January 25, 2015 — 

Two meetings focusing on entrepreneurship are scheduled for Wednesday.

Mary Bosch and David Wade of Rural Development Initiatives will meet with interested entrepreneurs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Umpqua Business Center, 522 S.E. Washington Ave. They’ll discuss barriers that need to be overcome to establish a business and explain what resources are available to help with a start-up.

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Roseburg superintendent search committee seeks input

January 22, 2015 — 

The committee searching for Roseburg School District’s next superintendent is seeking community input.

Window to Leadership, an executive search firm, invites community members to share their thoughts on the search process at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Fremont Middle School Media Center.

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Stephens Street accident injures one

January 21, 2015 — 

A 26-year-old Camas Valley resident was transported to Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg with neck and side pain after a three-car collision Tuesday.

Roseburg Police responded at 1:21 p.m. to the accident near the intersection of Northeast Stephens Street and Chestnut Avenue.

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UCC offering free small business advice in Myrtle Creek

January 20, 2015 — 

A representative from Umpqua Community College’s Small Business Development Center will be offering free business advice from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 3.

Visit www.umpqua.edu/sbdc for more information about what services are available.

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Tickets on sale for Oregon’s oldest wine festival

January 20, 2015 — 

The state’s oldest wine festival is about to uncork in Douglas County once again. The Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Oregon will host the 45th Annual Greatest of the Grape on March 7.

This year’s celebration, hosted by the Umpqua Valley Winegrowers Association, will host 28 wineries from southern Oregon and 14 local caterers. The gala also features a dueling piano and violin by Marcus Harbaugh and Eddy Parente, respectively, as well as dance music from Timber Wolf. Then there will be a silent auction featuring artworks by local artists.

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Winston-Dillard district offers kindergarten readiness classes

January 20, 2015 — 

Winston-Dillard School District is offering three sessions of Pre-Kindergarten Parent Academy from 5 to 6 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and March 12 at Brockway Elementary, 2520 Brockway Road.

The sessions are meant to prepare families whose children will enter the district’s kindergarten next fall for the first year of all-day kindergarten.

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Roseburg School District hosts Common Core informational sessions

January 20, 2015 — 

Roseburg School District is offering sessions explaining Oregon’s new Common Core standards from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and Feb. 9 at the Roseburg High School Media Center400 W. Harvard Ave.

The first session will focus on how the standards are being taught in Roseburg classrooms through mini-lessons in math and language arts.

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NeighborWorks Umpqua receives Umpqua Bank grant

January 18, 2015 — 

NeighborWorks Umpqua of Roseburg has received a $5,000 grant from the Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation.

NeighborWorks Umpqua will use the grant to increase home ownership and access to affordable housing for underserved people and for low to moderate income families. The organization seeks to meet the housing needs of Douglas, Coos and Curry county residents who want to pursue home ownership for the first time or preserve it when faced by unemployment or low wages.

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Umpqua Community College announces fall honor roll

January 16, 2015 — 

The following Douglas County students were placed on Umpqua Community College’s fall term honor roll. Students must be full-time (12 credit hours) to make the honor roll.

President’s Honor Roll

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Roseburg City Council to hold goal-setting session for 2015

January 15, 2015 — 

The Roseburg City Council will hold a special session Jan. 27 to consider its goals for 2015. The meeting will be held in the Umpqua Room of the Public Safety Center, 700 S.E. Douglas Ave. The session is open to the public.

Information: 541-492-6866.

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Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center holds quarterly remembrance service

January 14, 2015 — 

The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will hold a quarterly remembrance service Jan. 15 to honor departed veterans, employees and volunteers.

The ceremony will be at noon in the VA chapel on the second floor of Building 16 on the VA campus, 913 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.

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South county meeting to focus on rural business development

January 11, 2015 — 

A meeting to discuss rural business development is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Fusion Restaurant in Logger’s Plaza, 684 S. Main St.

The meeting is co-sponsored by Business Oregon and Rural Development Initiatives. Mary Bosch and David Wade of Rural Development Initiatives will lead the discussion.

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Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby slated for Jan. 30-31

January 11, 2015 — 

The 23rd annual Umpqua Fishery Enhancement Derby is scheduled for Jan. 30 and 31.

Fishing participants will cast for winter steelhead in the North, South and main Umpqua rivers on both days. The derby is a catch-and-release event.

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Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce banquet tickets available

January 11, 2015 — 

Tickets are now available for the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce 61st Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet scheduled for Jan. 22 in Douglas Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Full tables of 10 are $625 while individual tickets and groups of less than 10 are $65 per person. All tickets can be purchased online at http://bit.ly/1x9rPrj.

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Snapshots from the field: Student wins speech contest

January 10, 2015 — 

Riddle High School senior Dwayne Hicks earned first place at the American Legion Post 123 High School Oratorical Contest in December.

High school contestants had to create an 8- to 10-minute speech on the Constitution of the United States as well as read pre-selected articles or amendments in 3 to 5 minutes.

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Umpqua Community College announces Faculty Lecture Series

January 9, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Community College Faculty Lecture Series will begin again this month. Talks are free, twice a month and open to the public. They take place in the Centerstage Theatre in the Whipple Fine Arts Center on campus, 1140 College Road, Winchester.

Each presentation is 20 minutes.

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Roseburg FFA seeks auction donations from local businesses

January 9, 2015 — 

Roseburg High School’s FFA chapter is looking for donations and attendees for its upcoming auction from 5 to 8 p.m. March 4 in the Roseburg High School cafeteria.

The group asks for goods and services donations from local businesses, such as gift certificates, gift baskets, paid task labor, vacation rentals, catering, game tickets or food.

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Douglas County students make George Fox University Dean’s List

January 9, 2015 — 

The following local students earned Dean’s List recognition at George Fox University for the fall 2014 semester. Students had to earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to make the list.

Days Creek

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Story time for disabled children planned at Douglas County Library

January 8, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Library will have a “Sensory Storytime” from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Jan. 13 in the Ford Community Room, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. The program emphasizes movement, music, stories and activities designed for children who have developmental delays or difficulty processing sensory information.

Call the children’s department at 541-440-4305 to register or to get more information about this new program. Those who register by Jan. 10 will be emailed a story-time plan. All children and families are welcome.

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EPA to hold hearing on Formosa Mine cleanup plan

January 8, 2015 — 

A proposal for cleaning up the Formosa Mine Superfund Site will be the subject of a public hearing this month.

The abandoned Formosa mine 10 miles south of Riddle on Silver Butte closed in 1993 and has since been pouring acidic water into the South Fork of Middle Creek. Its former owners have disappeared, but the mess they left behind is considered one of the most contaminated sites in America, with an estimated cleanup cost of $14 million.

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Mercy hospital seeks veteran volunteers to visit with veteran patients

January 8, 2015 — 

Mercy Medical Center seeks veterans willing to devote some time each week to visit with fellow veterans who are hospital patients.

The Volunteer Veteran Visitation Program has four regular volunteers and needs three more. Each volunteer takes a day during the week to visit all veterans currently in the hospital. Volunteers share military experiences, present the patients with an honor pin, place a flag on the bedside table and a magnet outside the room and share information about federal benefits. They also swap stories.

Hospital spokeswoman Michelle Kronner said the program gives veterans the chance to forge a unique connection and “share memories and stories with a fellow veteran and briefly forget about their illness.”

Information: 541-677-4465.

Transient cited in theft of batteries from Walmart

January 8, 2015 — 

A transient, who allegedly took batteries from a store display, put them in his portable stereo, and walked out of the store without paying, was cited with third-degree theft Wednesday.

According to Roseburg police, Joseph Ceaser Todisco, 49, took the batteries at about 8:16 p.m. from the Roseburg Walmart store at 2125 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

The batteries were valued at $5.47.

Police allege that a subsequent investigation revealed Todisco had previously been trespassed from all Walmart properties, so he was additionally cited for second-degree criminal trespass.

Todisco was cited and released.

DEQ to hold Roseburg hearing on Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline

January 7, 2015 — 

Friends and foes of the proposed Pacific Connector natural gas pipeline will have another chance to weigh in on the project next week.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality must determine whether the pipeline, or the associated Jordan Cove terminal, would degrade water quality. They will take comments on that issue at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Umpqua Community College Campus Center Dining Room, 1140 Umpqua College Road.

The pipeline would connect Malin and Coos Bay, carrying liquefied natural gas from the Plains and Canada to the coast for export to Asian markets. The pipeline would traverse 400 rivers, streams and wetland areas in Klamath, Jackson, Douglas and Coos counties.

DEQ has also extended the public comment period on the project until March 13. Written comments may be submitted to 401 Public Comments, DEQ Eugene Office, 165 E. 7th Ave., Suite 100, Eugene, OR 97401.

Information: 541-686-7810.

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