Douglas County residents can make a splash of color while raising awareness of social problems at The Blast! for Recovery and Prevention Sept. 13.
The event highlights recovery from substance abuse, gambling and bullying and also suicide prevention. Participants in the 5K Run/Walk will be color-blasted with dyed cornstarch. The run/walk begins at 9 a.m. at Stewart Park. Check-in starts at 8 a.m. A free resource fair will run from 8 a.m. to noon.Learn more »
The first of a four-part series on renewable energy for Douglas County will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road.
The meeting is sponsored by the Lunch Bunch and will focus on technologies, economics and policies that influence the use of solar and small-scale hydropower. Speakers include Eugene architect Mike Magee, David Longthorne of Newcastle Solar of Myrtle Creek and Virgil Young from Clean Current in Umpqua.Learn more »
The warm, dry weather has prompted the Douglas Forest Protective Association to impose stricter industrial regulations beginning Tuesday on DFPA-protected land.
Cable yarding is prohibited. Gravity operated logging systems with non-motorized carriages may operate between 8 and 1 p.m. when all blocks and moving lines are suspended 10 feet above the ground, except the line between the carriage and chokers.Learn more »
A vehicle exhaust sparked four small grass fires that burned about one-tenth of an acre Friday afternoon, 4 miles west of Winston, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters responded to the area of Highway 42 and Hoover Hill at about 5 p.m., DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said. The fires started within 300 yards of each other.Learn more »
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Hearts Across America will hold a canned food drive for Drain’s Living Hope Outreach program from noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 at Absolute Sound and Music, 2210 N.W. Stewart Parkway. The food will be used to serve lunches for people in need.
Living Hope Outreach Program Director Sharon Hove said the project served 171 meals Wednesday. The meals are offered from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Gateway Family Fellowship Church of the Nazarene, 337 C Ave., Drain. About 100 home meals are also delivered weekly, and the project maintains a food pantry.Learn more »
Work to replace the Lemolo Falls trail bridge on the Umpqua National Forest will begin Tuesday.
The construction affects a 3-mile segment of the Dread and Terror section of the North Umpqua Trail, from the Lemolo Falls bridge to the White Mule trailhead, said forest spokeswoman Lucero Hernandez.Learn more »
A grass fire burned about one-tenth of an acre Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 138 East and French Creek Road, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
The fire was reported around 3:20 p.m. about a mile northeast of Glide, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
The Umpqua National Forest will host hikes into the Boulder Creek Wilderness Tuesday and to Fish Lake in the Roque-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Wednesday.
The hikes are in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.Learn more »
An author and a former sheriff’s deputy have added their names to the growing list of candidates for a Douglas County commissioner seat vacated by Doug Robertson.
Jeff Admire of Roseburg worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is part-owner of Advantage Training Solutions and also a former Sutherlin city councilor.Learn more »
A downed power line sparked a vegetation fire that burned about one-tenth of an acre Tuesday evening east of Myrtle Creek, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
Firefighters arrived at about 6:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of South Myrtle Road, about 4 miles outside of town, and found a dead tree had fallen across power lines, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
Effective immediately, Roseburg-based Lone Rock Resources is closing all its lands to non-operational activities due to extreme fire danger caused by weather conditions.
This closure is effective on all lands managed by Lone Rock Timber Management Co., including Lone Rock Timberland Co., Juniper Properties LLC, Lone Rock Timber Investments-MDB, and Lone Rock Timber Investments-1 and 2, said Jake Gibbs, director of external affairs.Learn more »
Firefighters responded to a vegetation and car fire along Interstate 5 Monday evening near Winston and Canyonville, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.
A grass fire sparked alongside I-5 northbound near Milepost 118 around 6:30 p.m. and spread into an adjacent mowed field, DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said.Learn more »
Lightning from Monday night storms touched off five smokes in the Diamond Lake Ranger Forest District, sending firefighters to four of them west of Lemolo Reservoir, according to a press release issued this morning by the Umpqua National Forest.
Crews also responded to a fifth smoke west of Diamond Lake, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan.Learn more »
Authorities reporting finding methamphetamine and heroin on a Roseburg woman being booked into the Douglas County Jail on a misdemeanor warrant.
Heather Ann Burns, 37, was in the backseat of a vehicle that Myrtle Creek police stopped Monday at Third Avenue and Pleasant Street.Learn more »
The award-winning Patagonia film “DamNation” will be shown Aug. 24 at Splitz Family Grill, 2400 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd.
The film explores the historical role of dams and the more recent role of dam removal in river management and restoration, according to a news release.Learn more »
Some 400 people cast their beans during the Douglas County Fair on topical questions posed by the Douglas County Democratic Party.
A white bean meant “for.” A black bean meant “against,” and a brown bean stood for “undecided.”Learn more »
Motorists traveling in Douglas County may encounter delays and closures on several highways as the Oregon Department of Transportation continues summer construction.
There will be intermittent nighttime closures at Exit 124 on Interstate 5 beginning next week while ODOT repairs and replaces the barrier and guardrail, the agency said in a news release.Learn more »
A Myrtle Creek man is in Douglas County Jail on suspicion of sexually abusing an infant at a residence in Green.
Sheriff’s deputies report responding to Green at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to meet with a man who alleged his 3-month-old daughter had just been sexually abused by a family friend, Trevor Brown.Learn more »
Two candidates have emerged for the Ward 1 position on the Roseburg City Council.
Alison Eggers and Shaun Ryan filed for the seat Thursday, City Recorder Sheila Cox said. The seat’s current holder, Mike Hilton, is moving to Washington and will not seek another term in the November election.Learn more »
Vehicle exhaust is to blame for three small grass fires along Interstate 5 Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters received a report at 3:15 p.m. about a fire near Milepost 83 southbound, according to the Douglas Forest Protective Association.Learn more »
Lightning strikes continue to start new fires in the Umpqua National Forest, and subsequently a timber company has closed off its forest lands due to extreme fire danger.
Firefighters responded to two confirmed fires on the Diamond Lake Ranger District and a third on the North Ranger District, Forest Service spokeswoman Cheryl Caplan said.Learn more »
Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire that damaged a deck attached to a house at 2401 N.E. Chinaberry St. Thursday night.
A woman called 911 at 7:04 p.m. after she smelled smoke and noticed flames coming from the deck attached to the back of the house, said Roseburg Fire Marshal Tony DiMare.Learn more »
A shoplifting suspect being taken into custody allegedly elbowed a Walmart employee in the face Wednesday, police said.
Ricky Farrell Kenneth Gibbons, 26, of Roseburg was arrested on suspicion of third-degree robbery, third-degree theft, harassment and violating parole. He was being held today without bail in the Douglas County Jail.Learn more »
Umpqua Community College will host its 32nd annual Conference on Extraordinary Living for those aged 50 and older Sept. 12.
This year’s theme is “Celebrate Your Story.”Learn more »
Movie in the Park series ends Aug. 22August 13, 2014 —
The Movies in the Park series will end Aug. 22 with the showing of the original “Toy Story” in the Nichols Bandshell at Stewart Park.
Special pre-movie entertainment by the Tory Rose Band will begin at 7:30 p.m., with the moving beginning at 8:45 p.m.
A parent or guardian must accompany children under 13 years old.
Pets, alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed.
The Roseburg Parks and Recreation Department and U.S. Cellular sponsor the summer movie series.
Douglas County Fair attendance up slightlyAugust 13, 2014 —
This year’s Douglas County Fair attendance was “pretty close to the same” as last year’s, Fairgrounds Manager Harold Phillips said today.
About 55,000 people attended the fair. Last year, the first four-day fair drew 53,000 people. Until last year, the fair was five days long.
Daily attendance averaged 14,000, Phillips said. Friday brought 14,636 to the fair and Saturday’s attendance was 14,579.
The release of attendance numbers was delayed until Tuesday afternoon due to a new computer system.
Phillips said he was satisfied with this year’s numbers.
“It’s a pretty good number, but again I don’t base the success of the fair on the numbers,” he said.
Phillips cited a successful 4-H auction, a newly renovated pavilion building and an absence of public safety problems as among his reasons for labeling the fair a success.
Troopers investigate elk poaching in Elliott State ForestAugust 13, 2014 —
Oregon State Police are asking for tips to find the person who killed and wasted a cow elk in the Elliott State Forest.
Bear hunters found the elk Monday in a clear-cut on Buck Ridge Road in Coos County, troopers said.
The elk had been shot at least once through a shoulder in the past couple of days, troopers said.
The Oregon Hunters Association is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.
Tips can be called into Trooper Ryan Keeler at 541-888-2677, ext. 243, or the hunters association’s tip line at 1-800-452-7888,