The Douglas County Christmas Craft Fair at the Douglas County Fairgrounds will close at 5 p.m. today because of the weather.
The fair is scheduled to be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.Learn more »
The Roseburg Rod & Gun Club annual holiday turkey shoot is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the club’s trap range.
The club is at 875 Old Del Rio Road.Learn more »
Interstate 5 south of Cottage Grove reopened at 8 a.m. today, following a semi truck fire that closed 14 miles of the road for two hours, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Both northbound lanes are open and one southbound lane is open as crews remove the burned truck, ODOT said. Drivers should expect delays as traffic backups clear.Learn more »
The Distinguished Young Women Program of Douglas County, formally known as Junior Miss, is rebuilding and needs volunteers, according to organizers.
People interested in helping the program can learn more by attending a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Hucrest Community Church, 2075 N.W. Witherspoon Ave., in Roseburg.Learn more »
The Riversdale Grange has scheduled a benefit breakfast in its building for 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
The grange is at 4856 Garden Valley Road. Proceeds from the event will be used to continue renovation of the Grange hall.Learn more »
Sutherlin will hold its first Christmas tree lighting Sunday at Triangle Park by the Sutherlin Visitor Center, 1310 W. Central Ave.
Activities will start at 5 p.m. with holiday music by the Sutherlin High School choir.Learn more »
The Kiwanis Club of Roseburg on Dec. 10 will present a public program on humanitarian relief efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The program is set from noon to 1 p.m. at Kowloon Restaurant, 2686 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.Learn more »
Blood donors will be offered pumpkin pies if they turn up for a Thanksgiving Day blood drive at the Roseburg Red Cross Donor Center.
The center at 1176 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Appointments are advised and can be arranged by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.Learn more »
Douglas County officials want to fill a vacancy on the county dog control board. The deadline to apply for the four-year term is 5 p.m. Dec. 20.
Applications may be picked up and returned to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners’ office in room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. Electronic applications are available at www.co.douglas.or.us.Learn more »
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A fundraising auction of fishing equipment and trips will be the highlight of the Umpqua Fishermen’s Association monthly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at Round Table Pizza, 2040 N.W. Stewart Parkway.
A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a short club report at 7 p.m. and then the auction. Items up for bid will include baked goods, smoked fish, fishing products and fishing trips.Learn more »
While other parts of Western Oregon enjoyed an unseasonably warm Saturday, Roseburg could muster a high of only 37 degrees.
The National Weather Service attributed Roseburg’s cold day to stubborn fog and low clouds.Learn more »
WINSTON — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office today asked for the public’s help in finding a Winston man who left his home early Thursday.
Brandon Scott Bell, 26, left on foot and left all his possessions behind, according to the sheriff’s office. He had been staying with his grandparents in the 600 block of Winston Section Road.Learn more »
Flags at public buildings today flew at half-staff in remembrance of President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 50 years ago today in Dallas.
Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered the flags at half-staff after President Barack Obama proclaimed today a day of remembrance for Kennedy.Learn more »
An annual event to prevent drunken driving will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at Clint Newell Auto Group, 1481 N.E. Stephens St., in Roseburg.
Interactive displays will include impaired driving simulator carts, a DUII mobile processing unit, extraction demonstration and fact-finding scavenger hunt.Learn more »
The Roseburg Road Runners Club will host a 10K run or two-mile walk and food drive for the Roseburg Rescue Mission on Saturday.
The Turkey Trot will start at 9 a.m. at the Roseburg Rescue Mission, 752 S.E. Pine St. in Roseburg. Same day registration begins at 8 a.m. Participants are asked to bring four canned or dry boxed food items, fresh fruit, vegetables or breads for their entry fee.Learn more »
Christmas tree permits are on sale at Umpqua National Forest offices in Roseburg, Glide, Tiller, Toketee and Cottage Grove.
Permits can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 24.Learn more »
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The documentary film “We are Here to Stay” about the Latino experience in America will be shown at the Douglas County Democratic Party’s monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Chi’s Garden Restaurant, 528 S.E. Stephens St.
Presentations from three Democratic candidates for the state Legislature will follow at 6:30 p.m. House District 2 candidates Natasha Bjornsen of Myrtle Creek and Kerry Atherton of Roseburg will speak, as will a House District 1 candidate, Coquille Mayor Matt Rowe.Learn more »
A 24-year-old Roseburg man suspected of shoplifting at a grocery store was carrying methamphetamine and had seven warrants for his arrest, police said.
Beau Charles Hayes Parlette was detained at about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday at Sherm’s Thunderbird Market, 2553 Stewart Parkway, on suspicion of shoplifting.Learn more »
Two nonprofit groups are accepting donations of clean furniture for Eagle Landing, a new housing development for veterans on the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus.
NeighborWorks Umpqua and United Community Action Network will take donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 22 at the St. Joseph Catholic School gymnasium, 630 Stanton St., in Roseburg.Learn more »
The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club plans a Nov. 23 hike on the North Umpqua Trail off Highway 138.
The trek will start at the Wright Creek Trail, going along the new bridge at Susan Creek. Organizers describe the excursion as a moderate hike of nearly 8 miles, with a glimpse of a hidden waterfall and other views that haven’t been seen until the bridge was built.Learn more »
A Winston farmer will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 at Kowloon Restaurant, 2686 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., in Roseburg.
Mark Brosi will talk about his farm, Brosi’s Sugar Tree. The national chapter is preparing a study on U.S. agriculture, and Umpqua Valley is learning more about agriculture in Douglas County, according to the local chapter.Learn more »
Douglas County seeks applicants to fill three vacancies on the Douglas County Fair Board.
The fair board approves budgets, contracts and the fairgrounds manager’s salary. It also reviews plans for the county fair. The board meets once a month.Learn more »
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The News-Review office will be open Monday, and the newspaper will be delivered as usual on Veterans Day.
Here are some other offices and services that will or won’t be open:Learn more »
The Miss Douglas County and Miss Outstanding Teen scholarship programs are recruiting for the 2014 contests.
Girls ages 13 to 17 years old (high school juniors) are eligible to compete for outstanding teen. Women ages 17 (high school seniors) to 24 years old can compete for Miss Douglas County.Learn more »
The Douglas County AARP Driver Safety Program will offer two classes for the month of November.
The course is designed for drivers aged 50 and older; however, it’s open to younger drivers as well.Learn more »
The fourth annual Umpqua Valley Grape Crusher 10-mile run is set for Nov. 9 beginning at 9 a.m. at Melrose Vineyards, 885 Melqua Road.
Same-day registration is set for 8:30. Cost is $20 and includes an event T-shirt. The course is a 5-mile out and back on Melqua Road, featuring views of the Umpqua River and River Forks Park. Medals will be awarded to the top three placers in female and male divisions in 10-year age brackets.Learn more »
Organizers of Biochar Expo 2013, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Roseburg’s River Forks Park, have announced that the $10 registration fee has been waived.
The program includes demonstrations of small-scale techniques that use scrap wood and woody weeds to make charcoal that is then prepared as biochar.Learn more »