The Bureau of Land Management announced this week many of its campgrounds are closed to overnight camping for the season. Overnight camp closures are in effect for Cavitt Creek, Rock Creek and Millpond campgrounds and for Eagleview and Lone Pine group campgrounds. Susan Creek Campground will close to overnight camping Oct. 27 and Tyee Campground on Nov. 17.
The campsites will reopen in spring 2015.Learn more »
A Bureau of Land Management official will become acting deputy forest supervisor for the Umpqua National Forest for the next three months.
Jody Weil, the BLM’s deputy state director of communications for Oregon and Washington, will work out of the Forest Service’s Roseburg office beginning Monday.Learn more »
The wild coho season on the Umpqua River will close at the end of the day today. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists project the wild coho quota of 2,000 will have been met by the end of the day.
Biologist Laura Jackson credits a more conservative quota, a strong early run and good fishing for both bank and boat anglers for the closure. The quota was reduced from 3,000 to 2,000 fish this year because fewer wild fish spawned in 2012 and 2013.Learn more »
Volunteers 55 years old and older — more than 500 of them — were recognized for their service to the community at a luncheon Monday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
The celebration was the 41st annual event showcasing the work of volunteers in the Senior Corps.Learn more »
The fourth annual Biochar Expo is scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Discovery Garden Pavilion near River Forks Park in Roseburg. Registration is requested by Oct. 11.
This year’s theme is “Black is the New Green.”Learn more »
Candidates join forum
Candidates for Douglas County commissioner and Sutherlin City Council will participate in two candidate forums this month. The Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce will host commissioner candidates from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Sutherlin Community Center, 150 S. Willamette St. They will host candidates for city council and Sutherlin mayor from 7 to 9 p.m., Oct. 15 at the Sutherlin Community Center.Learn more »
The South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership has received a $21,000 grant from the U.S. Forest Service for forest restoration and job creation. Eight awards totaling $158,332 were made to community-based organizations working to improve national forests.
The Tiller-based South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership was the only Douglas County organization to receive one of the grants for its stewardship work in the Umpqua National Forest.Learn more »
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host a conference for teenagers Oct. 10 to 11 at the Roseburg Stake Center, 2001 W. Bertha Ave. Church officials say the conference, “A Reason for Courage,” aims to prepare youth for spiritual challenges they face in their daily lives. Church officials expect up to 300 teens to attend and have invited youth from Eugene, Springfield, Santa Clara and Coos Bay. The event is open to any 14- to 18-year-old participants who are willing to follow church dress and behavior standards. Planned activities include an opening mixer, eight breakout sessions, shared meals, devotionals and a dance. The teens will receive free room and board in the homes of local church members and transportation to the conference. Advance registration is required at areasonforcourage.com.
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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a hike Sept. 27 around Waldo Lake in the Cascade Mountains, the second largest lake in Oregon.
Hike options include the entire 20.2-mile loop around the lake. There is an easy 3.4-mile hike to the South Waldo Shelter and a moderate 9.8-mile loop hike to Black Meadows.Learn more »
The League of Women Voters Umpqua Valley will hold two forums in October for candidates running for Oregon House District 2 and Douglas County Commission.
House District 2 candidates Republican Dallas Heard and Democrat Kerry Atherton will speak on Oct. 7.Learn more »
The second of a four-part series on renewable energy for Douglas County will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road.
The meeting is sponsored by the Lunch Bunch and will focus on two illustrated case studies on tapping methane from landfills to generate electricity. Speakers include Steve King with the Coffin Butte Landfill near Corvallis and Pete Terzo with the Douglas County Landfill.Learn more »
Douglas County residents are encouraged to bring their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to the Canyonville-South Umpqua Fire Department Saturday, as part of National Drug Take Back Day.
The Douglas County Opiate Task Force, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, is spearheading the local initiative. The service is free and anonymous.Learn more »
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Now that cooler, wet weather has returned to the Umpqua Valley, residents may see smoke throughout the area as ranchers use prescribed fires to prepare their land for next year.
Burns will be allowed only when weather patterns are favorable, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.Learn more »
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A federal district court judge Tuesday denied a preliminary injunction request against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services connected to the agency’s post-fire plans for lands scorched in the 2013 Douglas Complex fires.
In his 36-page decision, Judge Thomas Coffin said the conservation groups who filed the lawsuit make numerous arguments that are ultimately not persuasive.Learn more »
Because of the cooler, wet conditions, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has dropped the county’s fire danger level to “low.”
The reduced fire danger allows the DFPA to also lower industrial fire restrictions within the district to level one, as of 9 a.m. Wednesday.Learn more »
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The necklace reads, “One day closer.”
It’s going to stay with Oakland resident Melinda Chastain for the next year while her husband, Chase, is deployed in Afghanistan.Learn more »
Candidates vying for various positions with the Oregon Legislature will speak at a forum Oct. 20 hosted by the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
According to a news release, candidates confirmed for the meeting are: State Senator, District 4 – Sen. Floyd Prozanski (Democrat); State Representative, District 1 – Rep. Wayne Krieger (Republican) and Jim Klahr (Democrat); State Representative, District 2 – Kerry Atherton (Democrat) and Dallas Heard (Republican); State Representative, District 7 – Cedric Ross Hayden (Republican/Democrat) and Brandon M. Boertje (Libertarian).Learn more »
Climb planned Saturday for Mount Thielsen Wilderness
Umpqua Watersheds is leading a hike Saturday to Mount Thielsen Wilderness in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.Learn more »
Because of a reprieve from the hot, dry weather, the Roseburg Fire Department will issue residential burn permits from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31.
The permits are issued for seven days at a cost of $66.Learn more »
The Roseburg Fred Meyer will host a hair donation event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at 929 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd.
Hairdressers working on behalf of Beautiful Lengths will be accepting hair donations of at least eight inches. The strands will go to make wigs for people with cancer.Learn more »
About 1,600 Pacific Power customers in south Roseburg were without power for several hours early this morning.
The outage, centered near the Douglas County Fairgrounds, started around 3:30 a.m., Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt said.Learn more »
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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.Learn more »
League of Women Voters to meet TuesdaySeptember 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.
A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6 p.m. Ice cream will be served for dessert.
The League of Women Voters welcomes all people regardless of gender.
For more information, call Sally McKain at 541-679-5597.
Two vehicle-free days set at Crater LakeSeptember 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.
Crater Lake is not only the deepest lake in the United States, but it’s also one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders.
The vehicle-free section will be on East Rim Drive from North Junction headquarters to Cleetwood Cove and to park headquarters and Steel Visitor Center, according to a news release.
Normal park entrance fees apply.
Fall backyard burn season postponed in RoseburgSeptember 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.
Roseburg Fire Chief Gregg Timm said he will re-evaluate burning conditions in October or when the city has received some rain, whichever comes first.
When the burn season is announced, burn permits may be obtained by calling the fire department at 541-492-6770.
Burn barrels are prohibited inside city limits. Anyone burning trash or burning without a permit may be fined.