Biochar making demonstratedLearn more »
Commissioners OK UCC grantLearn more »
Conference to share early learning education strategiesLearn more »
Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures prompted fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to end fire season last week in Douglas County.
Industrial fire restrictions and public-use closures on DFPA-protected land will no longer be in effect.Learn more »
Ballots mailed to votersLearn more »
Craft show supports UCANLearn more »
Libraries forgive fines with foodLearn more »
Council talks taxing potLearn more »
The News-Review will honor veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces with a special section that will be part of the Nov.9 newspaper.
Stories about military service can be written in the first person or by people as a salute to a veteran or person on active-duty.Learn more »
A semi truck crash closed down the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Sutherlin near Exit 135 late Friday afternoon. The lanes were shut down only a short time however. The southbound lanes were reopened by 5:54 p.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation asks motorists to use caution and watch for crews and equipment along the shoulder of the highway.
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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club will hike the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail past Tiller Oct. 11. Those wishing to join the hike should met before 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. in Roseburg. It will be an 8 to 9.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike with spectacular views and fall color on early-turning maples, according to organizer Lois Soulia.
Bring lunch, water and rain gear and be prepared to share the cost of a car pool.Learn more »
The Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry will offer a Hobo Stew fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 150 S. Willamette, Sutherlin.
The menu will include stew, cole slaw, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $2.50 per child’s plate and $5 per adult plate. Proceeds from the fundraiser help the Pantry provide food boxes for the needy in Sutherlin, Oakland, Wilbur and Umpqua. Pantry volunteers say, “Enjoy the stew and an evening out, too!”Learn more »
A landslide Wednesday closed road 29-4-11 leading through the Louis Creek drainage, indefinitely, according to the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management.
Officials do not have an estimate on when the road will reopen because of the instability of the hillside above and below the area.Learn more »
Volunteers this Saturday will complete a gravel walking loop around Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center.
Students from the Umpqua Community College Scholars Program and employees of Home Depot will resurface the trail and install gutter guards. The path is used by shelter volunteers for exercising dogs.Learn more »
Local fire agencies are working to raise fire safety awareness with daily activities as part of National Fire Prevention Week through Saturday.
Officials with the Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative today will discuss cooking fire safety at the Roseburg Home Depot, 3000 Aviation Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Learn more »
PacifiCorp in conjunction with federal and state natural resource agencies will lead a public tour Oct. 8 of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua hydroelectric area, 60 miles east of Roseburg.
The enhancements are part of PacifiCorp’s 194-megawatt hydroelectric project that produces renewable, emission-free electricity for about 44,000 average homes each year.Learn more »
No good deed goes without a fright.
At least that’s the idea behind the Haunted House food drive for United Community Action Network Food Bank opening Oct. 17.Learn more »
A vegetation fire burned about 1¼ acres of grass Friday afternoon, 6 miles north of Roseburg, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters arrived on scene at about 2:20 p.m. in the 7100 block of Old Highway 99 North to find the fire moving at a moderate speed, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
Visitors traveling to the Tiller Ranger District for the 2014 hunting season should be aware of ongoing roadwork set to begin Monday.
Crews will be working on multiple road repair projects in the area throughout October.Learn more »
Grange serves up breakfast
The Riversdale Grange will resume its monthly breakfast schedule this week.Learn more »
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 »
Community forest stewards receive Forest Service grantsSeptember 30, 2014 —
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.
South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership Director Stanley Petrowski said the nonprofit organization works to build community support for watershed protection and forest thinning to create jobs and reduce fire hazards while protecting the environment. The group also plans to start a project this month enlisting Phoenix Charter School students to collect timber slash piles for conversion to bio-char fuel.
Petrowski said he first worked with the forest service on a salmon restoration project when a coho salmon appeared in a stream on his Tiller ranch in 2005. No salmon had been seen in the area for years. He began the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership in 2008, broadening his interests to include forest thinning, bio-char fuel production and other projects he believes will benefit both the community and the forest.
Petrowski said he believes environmentalists, the U.S. Forest Service and timber interests can find enough common ground to improve the forest together.
“The community needs the forest, the forest needs the community. The status quo isn’t working, but we feel like we can make it work. To me it’s a no-brainer,” Petrowski said.
He said the money will be used to pay for planning and office costs. The $21,000 his organization received almost matches the organization’s $25,000 annual budget. This is the second year it has received the grant.
Roseburg Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host teen conferenceSeptember 29, 2014 —
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.
Editor of “Birding” magazine to address what birds, humans have in commonSeptember 29, 2014 —
The associate editor of “Birding” magazine will speak about the connections between birds and people at 7 p.m., Oct. 8 at the Douglas County Library Ford Room, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.
Noah Strycker will explore pigeons’ navigation, hummingbirds’ need for speed, vultures’ power of smell and the particle physics of starling flocks. He will also discuss why albatrosses mate for life and stay together more often than human couples do and why magpies recognize their own reflections in a mirror.
His talk, “Bird World: Insights for Humans from the Amazing Lives of Birds,” is sponsored by the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society. The event is free and open to the public.