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Roseburg City Council toughens derelict building rules

July 29, 2014 — 

Commercial property owners will have fewer months to repair or remove a damaged building and face stiffer fees under new rules passed by the Roseburg City Council on Monday.

The city hopes the stricter rules will motivate building owners to move quickly to take care of derelict structure, like those that housed Chrome Nightclub and Kuebler’s Furniture.

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Roseburg looking for ways to award lodging taxes

July 29, 2014 — 

The city of Roseburg’s economic development commission will accept applications to fund tourism-related projects within the city beginning Friday.

Projects must have the objective of attracting visitors to Roseburg. Preference will be given to applications seeking assistance with out-of-area marketing, financing of capital projects related to tourism and projects that promote tourism from October to May.

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Grass fire burns 6 miles east of Sutherlin

July 25, 2014 — 

A fire 6 miles east of Sutherlin on Nonpareil Road burned three-quarters of an acre of grass Friday afternoon, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The fire was reported in a field at 5:15 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Toddler crashes Jeep in Myrtle Creek

July 25, 2014 — 

A toddler crashed a Jeep into a Myrtle Creek home and then ran back to his home to watch cartoons, according to police.

Police said the 3-year-old boy, who was wearing only a diaper, climbed into the Jeep Tuesday evening and knocked it out of gear. Witnesses say it rolled down the street, through an intersection and into the house, causing minor damage.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Crews busy snuffing fires

July 25, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Crews busy snuffing fires

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ROSEBURG: Youth society has speaker

July 24, 2014 — 

Paul Utz, a laser and electro-optics engineer turned entrepreneur, will be the guest speaker at the July meeting of the Young Entrepreneurs Society.

The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. July 30 at The Loft, 950 S.E. Oak St., Roseburg.

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Man crashes near Duck Pond in Roseburg

July 24, 2014 — 

A 78-year-old man who lost consciousness while driving and crashed near the Stewart Park Duck Ponds on Wednesday was in good condition today at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Gordon Carl Mudrow, whose town of residence was not listed by police, was traveling north in the 1600 block of Northwest Stewart Parkway shortly after 11:30 a.m. when he suffered a possible medical emergency, left the street and drove 40 to 50 feet into brush, Roseburg police said.

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Culvert work to close road in Umpqua National Forest

July 24, 2014 — 

A quarter-mile section of Road 4714 in the Umpqua National Forest will be closed beginning Monday while contractors install a culvert at Milepost 13.7.

Visitors wishing to access Lookout Mountain Trailhead should use Panther Creek Road.

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Jury finds Roseburg man guilty of sexual abuse

July 23, 2014 — 

A 30-year-old Roseburg man was convicted Wednesday of three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, according to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Roy Lawrence Phelps was acquitted of second-degree attempted sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse by the same Circuit Court jury.

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SUTHERLIN: Ordination service set

July 23, 2014 — 

SUTHERLIN

Ordination service set

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Lightning sparks several fires in Douglas County forests

July 23, 2014 — 

Fire crews were responding this morning to six reports of smoke rising in the Umpqua National Forest and one fire on Douglas Forest Protective Association land near Tiller following a lightning storm Tuesday.

Forest spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan said the majority of strikes were along the crest of the Cascades and Calapooya mountains and south of Tiller. Rain accompanied the storm.

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TWIN LAKES: Youth camp in forest planned

July 22, 2014 — 

Umpqua Watersheds will host its 13th annual youth Wilderness Camp-out at Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest July 25 through 27.

The camp is open to youth ages 12 to 18. Younger children accompanied by an adult may also attend. Adults can also register as participants or volunteers.

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REEDSPORT: Hiking club tackles Umpqua Spit

July 22, 2014 — 

REEDSPORT

Hikers polish plans for spit

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YONCALLA: City hosts annual sale

July 22, 2014 — 

YONCALLA

City hosts annual sale

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Retired Roseburg Forest Products employee files for county commissioner

July 22, 2014 — 

A retired Roseburg Forest Products employee, Dennis Hudgins of Myrtle Creek, filed Monday to run for Douglas County commissioner, becoming the fourth candidate vying to complete the final two years of Doug Robertson’s term.

Hudgins listed no prior governmental experience on his candidate’s statement filed with the Douglas County Clerk’s Office.

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Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition to hold clinic

July 22, 2014 — 

The Douglas County Child Safety Seat Coalition will hold a child safety seat clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Ray’s Food Place, 909 S. Main St.

The clinic will teach parents and caregivers how to install and use a child safety seat. Children should be present to ensure the car seat fits.

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Four grass fires burn over the weekend in Douglas County

July 21, 2014 — 

Firefighters extinguished four vegetation fires throughout the county Saturday, with the largest fire burning an acre of grass, brush and trees in Tri City, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

The first fire started at about 3 p.m. on Drain Section Road. Firefighters from the DFPA and North Douglas County Fire & EMS contained the blaze at one-hundredth of an acre, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: AFS needs host families for students

July 19, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Homes sought for AFS teens

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Northbound travel expected to be slow Saturday on I-5 in North County

July 18, 2014 — 

Northbound travelers should brace for slow going between Mileposts 168 and 170 on Interstate 5 Saturday, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Several large potholes have developed on the right side of the highway this week, ODOT said.

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Project to slow down drivers in Tiller Ranger District

July 18, 2014 — 

In-stream work on Upper Jackson Creek along Forest Service Road 2947 will cause delays for drivers on the Tiller Ranger District from Monday through Friday.

Crews will move materials to prepare for an in-stream project.

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5 more apply for short stint as Douglas County commissioner

July 18, 2014 — 

Five more applicants have put their names forward to fill an interim position as Douglas County commissioner, bringing the total to eight.

Commissioner Doug Robertson will step down at the end of July, and commissioners have said they will temporarily fill the position with someone who will not run to serve the final two years of Robertson’s term.

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Celebration for Micelli Park playground in Roseburg is Tuesday

July 18, 2014 — 

The public is invited to help celebrate a new playground at Micelli Park in southeast Roseburg at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Improvements include play equipment, picnic tables and benches. There’s also new Turfgrass, irrigation and landscaping.

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Douglas County officials seek dog that bit bicyclist in Canyonville

July 16, 2014 — 

A brown Chihuahua that bit a man riding a bicycle near Stanton Park Road at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday is being sought by Douglas County Animal Control.

Officials say they want to observe the dog. Anyone with information can contact the Douglas County Environmental Health Program at 541-440-3574 or Douglas County Animal Control at 541-440-4471.

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Faulty exhaust system sparks grass fire near Glide

July 16, 2014 — 

A vehicle’s faulty exhaust system sparked fires that burned about 2 acres of grass and brush Tuesday afternoon, 6 miles northwest of Glide near North Bank Road, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m. to find the fires burning along the road in the North Bank Habitat Management Area, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.

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ROSEBURG: Ward 3 potluck scheduled

July 16, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Ward meeting, potluck set

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Small fire spotted near Diamond Lake

July 11, 2014 — 

Fire crews and engines responded to a fire Friday that burned one quarter of an acre near Dog Prairie in the Diamond Lake Ranger District.

Personnel stationed at the Illahee Lookout reported smoke in the morning 1.5 miles north of Skookum Lake and 9 miles west of Diamond Lake, an Umpqua National Forest spokeswoman said. Firefighters will remain positioned to respond to smoke reports.

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Father and son suspected of Apple theft at Roseburg Walmart

July 11, 2014 — 

A father and son were arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing more than $7,000 worth of Apple electronics from Walmart, Roseburg police said.

Walmart security officers told police that two men were seen stealing the merchandise, but left before they were apprehended.

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Douglas County: Forester sought for committee

July 11, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Forester sought

for committee

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners seeks a professional forester to serve on the county Woodlands Advisory Committee.

The five-member committee advises the board and the woodlands assistance forester. Members oversee loan, seed bank and technical assistance programs.

The committee was established under a 1980 county ordinance governing nonindustrial private woodlands.

Applications will be accepted until July 25. They are available in Room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., and online at co.douglas.or.us.

Information: 541-440-4202.

ROSEBURG: Bright Night Run to raise funds

July 9, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Night run to raise funds

A run/walk and family-friendly neon party are planned for July 19 in Roseburg as part of the Bright Night Run.

The event begins at 7 p.m. with warm-ups and picking up registration packets at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, 1624 W. Harvard Ave.

Participants can choose to run the 5.21-mile Galaxy Route, beginning at 8 p.m.; run the 3.16-mile Twilight Route, beginning at 8:15 p.m.; or walk the Twilight Route, starting at 8:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $25. Registration forms are available at brightnightrun.com.

Proceeds benefit the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon, which guides youth to become rural health care workers. The Bright Night Run has a goal of raising $62,000 for 62 scholarships to support students working toward careers in health care.

Live music will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the The Seaons and other special guests.

The Bright Night Run After Party continues from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at Ten Down Bowling and Splitz, 2400 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.

For more information about the Area Health Education Center of Southwest Oregon, visit healthyoregon.com Information: 541-784-3660, ext. 203 or ahec@healthyoregon.com.

The original version of this story was corrected to reflect a change in the music lineup.

Volunteers needed to attack teasel to protect the rough popcorn flower

July 9, 2014 — 

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to help The Nature Conservancy protect Umpqua Valley wet prairie habitat at the Oerding Preserve.

Just north of Roseburg, this preserve is home to one of the few remaining populations of the endangered rough popcorn flower and many other native wildflowers.

Volunteers will work to restore native plant communities by controlling teasel, an invasive species.

Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and water. Snacks and cold drinks will be provided.

Popcorn Swale Preserve is off Highway 99, north of Wilbur on Cemetery Road.

Information and to register: Molly Morison at 541-770-7933, ext. 2 or sworegon@tnc.org.

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