News Briefs

Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club heading to Rattlesnake Mountain on July 18

July 7, 2015 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is heading to Rattlesnake Mountain on July 18. The 6-mile trek will take hikers to the mountain’s peak.

The group will meet behind Douglas County Library at 7:45 a.m. that day, then carpool to Rattlesnake Mountain. Gas expenses are shared, a packed lunch is recommended.

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Fire danger levels increase to extreme in Douglas County

July 7, 2015 — 

Due to the hot, dry weather conditions and drought-stricken vegetation in the county, the Douglas Forest Protective Association raised the fire danger to “Extreme” this afternoon.

“With the current conditions, wildfires can easily start and quickly spread with the potential of becoming large and costly fires,” DFPA spokesman Kyle Reed said in a statement. “Everyone needs to know and follow the current fire restrictions that are in effect and be cautious when working or recreating in wildland areas.”

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The Nature Conservancy seeks volunteers

July 7, 2015 — 

The Nature Conservancy will host a volunteer work party Saturday to protect the rough popcorn flower, an endangered wildflower native to the area.

The work party will be held at The Nature Conservancy’s Popcorn Swale Preserve, just north of Wilbur. Volunteers will help remove teasel, an invasive plant species, from the site. A 10-person team from AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps will be on hand to help.

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Trail Dash at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park

July 7, 2015 — 

The 6th Annual Mildred’s Trail Dash will be Saturday at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park, 16513 Elkhead Road.

The 5K fun walk/run and 9K trail run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be from 7 to 8:15 a.m.

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19-year-old charged with setting Booth Avenue fires

July 6, 2015 — 

A 19-year-old Roseburg man was arrested on Sunday after reportedly starting fires that burned 1.5 acres of grassland alongside Booth Avenue, about two miles south of Roseburg.

At approximately 6:30 a.m., fire crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and the Roseburg Fire Department responded to reports of fires burning at the location and found four separate fires, the largest being about an acre, ablaze.

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Bunker Hill Complex fire 90 percent contained

July 6, 2015 — 

The Bunker Hill Complex fire, which has burned close to 390 acres of the Umpqua National Forest, is currently 90 percent contained, according to forest service officials.

Minimal fire activity over the Fourth of July weekend helped the 123 fire personnel progress in their mop-up procedures, though people visiting the forest can still expect to see smoke from the eastern section of the fire. The Forest Service Campground at Bunker Hill remains closed.

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Crash claims life of Days Creek teen; father arrested

July 4, 2015 — 

A 13-year-old girl from Days Creek died Friday evening after the car she was riding in, driven by her father, hit a tree on Tiller Trail Highway.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene of a crashed 1994 Toyota Camry in the 3800 block of Tiller Trail Highway. The Camry had reportedly been traveling east when, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office, it drove off of the road and collided with a tree on its passenger side.

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Truck driver injured in crash

July 3, 2015 — 

A Roseburg truck driver was seriously injured following a rollover accident Thursday on Highway 42.

At around 6:30 p.m. Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a semi-truck rollover on Highway 42 near the junction of Powers Highway.

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Douglas Forest Protective Association concerned by illegal fires

July 3, 2015 — 

The Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments have seen an increase in the number of illegal burns throughout the county this past week with firefighters responding to several illegal burns each day.

Fire officials remind people that all open fires, including campfires, charcoal fires, cooking fires and warming fires are prohibited under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure, unless they are in a DFPA approved campground. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed. In addition, all backyard debris burning, including the use of burn barrels, is also prohibited under DFPA’s Regulated Use Closure.

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Elkton Community Education Center hosts salad supper

July 3, 2015 — 

Elkton Community Education Center will host a community dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday. The theme is “Summer Salad Supper.” Main meal salads, bread, beverages and dessert will be served on the patio at the center, 15850 Highway 38.

The suggested donation is $10 per person, with a limit of 60 people. All proceeds will benefit programs at the center. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 541-584-2692.

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Plum Creek closes timberlands due to fire danger

July 3, 2015 — 

Plum Creek Timberlands has closed all of its forestlands in Oregon due to fire danger. The company said the closure will remain in effect until weather conditions moderate the fire danger.

Land closure information is available at egov.oregon.gov/odf/fire/corporate_closure.shtml.

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Campgrounds reopen as Bunker Hill Complex fire reined in

July 3, 2015 — 

Inlet and Crystal Springs campgrounds, which had been closed since last weekend due to wildfires that ignited just north of Lemolo Lake, were reopened Thursday.

Since it started last Friday, the Bunker Hill Complex fire has claimed nearly 390 acres of the Umpqua National Forest. Officials say the fire is about 65 percent contained and should be completely contained early next week. Fire personnel have also been reduced by nearly 25 percent — down from over 400 to 303 on Thursday — as mop-up procedures continue. Of the six fires still ongoing, four have been lined and mopped up, leaving fire crews to watch for potential flare ups.

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Forest officials say marijuana is still illegal on federal lands

July 2, 2015 — 

Despite recreational use of marijuana becoming legal in Oregon this week, officials from the Umpqua National Forest issued an announcement Wednesday to remind people that possessing and using marijuana remain illegal on federally owned lands.

Lands overseen by the United States Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the National Parks Service comprise about 53 percent of the state, and agencies governing those lands will continue to enforce federal drug laws and investigate use, growth, transport and possession of marijuana.

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Registration now open for the Umpqua River Run

July 1, 2015 — 

Registration is now open for the Umpqua River Run set for Aug. 15 at Stewart Park in Roseburg. The event will include a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a Kids Marathon Final Mile.

The race, which starts and finishes along the banks of the Umpqua River, features a combination of running/bike paths, neighborhoods and country roads — with much of the course running along the river. The kids race will be held exclusively with the Stewart Park bike path system.

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Glide School Board seeks board member

July 1, 2015 — 

The Glide School District Board of Directors is looking for applicants to fill an unexpired term of a board member that will end in June 2017. Applicants must be registered voters and residents of the Glide School District one year prior to be being appointed. Other requirements include a willingness to learn the job, including the proper role and responsibilities for the position. Candidates must be willing to commit to the highest ethical standards.

People interested in this position should send or email a letter of interest by Aug. 1 to Mike Narkiewicz, Superintendent, Glide School District No. 12, 301 Glide Loop Drive, Glide, OR 97443 or to Mike.narkiewicz@glide.k12.or.us.

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Fire crews extinguish two fires on Tuesday

July 1, 2015 — 

Two natural cover fires were extinguished by the Douglas Forest Protective Association and local fire departments on Tuesday.

At approximately 1:50 p.m., a fire ignited near Highway 138 West, near milepost 16 just outside of Roseburg. A brushing crew in the area from the Douglas County Public Works department, as well as employees from the Oregon Department of Transportation, first tried to suppress the fire before the DFPA and Kellogg Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene.

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What legal marijuana means to Oregonians

July 1, 2015 — 

Topping the building of Oregon Gifts in Sutherlin for the past few years have been giant red mushrooms, sprouting from its top and peeking over right-hand barriers of Interstate 5 to northbound drivers.

Today a new feature has joined the foam-based fungi: a 27-foot-long marijuana joint with smoke wafting from one end. This decorative addition celebrates the fact that marijuana becomes legal in Oregon today, said store owner Harry Pinsent.

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Fly tying clinic Thursday in Roseburg

July 1, 2015 — 

The Umpqua Valley Fly Fishers has scheduled a fly tying clinic for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the meeting room at Round Table Pizza, 2040 N.W. Stewart Parkway.

The clinic is open to the public. Several club members will demonstrate different styles and techniques and will be available to help those wanting to tie flies.

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Roseburg teen killed in California crash

June 30, 2015 — 

An 18-year-old Roseburg woman died Monday morning after being involved in a car accident in Northern California.

According to California Highway Patrol, Naomi Svendsen was a passenger in a 2015 Kia Optima driving northbound on Interstate 5 that drove off the road for an unknown reason and traveled up the Granada Overhead Crossing before hitting the south side of the overpass.

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Local communities recognized for wildfire preparedness

June 30, 2015 — 

Three communities in Douglas County were recognized by the National Fire Protection Association for their wildfire preparedness this week.

The Garden Valley West community near Roseburg, the Windy-Glen community near Glendale and the Wolf Valley community near Umpqua each earned Firewise Communities/USA recognition for taking the time to work with local fire authorities to develop safety plans and to assess wildfire risk.

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Douglas County Sheriff's officer bolstering patrols for DUII enforcement

June 30, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office announced plans Tuesday to crack down on drinking and driving from Thursday through the end of the holiday weekend, ending Sunday.

“Even one drink can impair your judgment and increase the risk of getting arrested for drunk driving — or worse, the risk of having a crash while driving,” the office said in its announcement.

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Clogged pipe kills 400,000 spring Chinook pre-smolts at Rock Creek Hatchery

June 30, 2015 — 

Four hundred thousand spring Chinook pre-smolts have been killed at Rock Creek Hatchery after a fish carcass clogged an intake pipe, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said yesterday. The fish were to be released directly from the hatchery into the North Umpqua River next spring.

Dan Meyer, hatchery manager, said the carcass may have gotten into the water after a power outage a few months ago had opened an emergency valve. The carcass then blocked water to the raceway where the 400,000 pre-smolts were collected.

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Wildfires hit Southern Oregon, force campground evacuations near Lemolo Lake

June 30, 2015 — 

More than 300 acres of land north of Lemolo Lake remain closed as fire crews work to contain various fires that were caused by lightning strikes over the weekend.

The Bunker Hill Complex fire, which had burned approximately 320 acres as of this morning, is about 30 percent contained and could be completely contained as early as next week if everything goes smoothly, according to officials with the Umpqua National Forest. That fire, plus a handful of smaller fires ranging from less than an acre to nine acres, has forced over 400 fire-fighting personnel to battle the flames.

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Home on Southeast Mill Street caught fire on Friday

June 29, 2015 — 

The occupants of a home in the 900 block of Southeast Mill Street first noticed their house had caught fire Friday afternoon when one of them unplugged the television, thinking it had short-circuited, only to discover a small fire had started in the living room.

The Roseburg Fire Department received the call around 4:30 p.m. and arrived to the scene within minutes. Upon arrival, the fire crews discovered the flames had spread under the house and engulfed the front portions.

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County tax, surveyor's offices close on Fridays

June 29, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Surveyor and Tax Collector’s offices will be closed Fridays, beginning this week.

New office hours for both will be from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed for all legal holidays.

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Trees need extra water to beat heat

June 29, 2015 — 

Trees need extra water as drought conditions continue and temperatures rise through the week, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.

One of the first signs that a deciduous tree needs water is that its leaves begin to look dull and limp. Trees are in even worse shape when their leaves wilt, turn brown and curl at the edges. Conifer needles may turn yellow, red, purple or brown.

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Three-vehicle wreck kills California woman on Highway 38

June 29, 2015 — 

A three-vehicle wreck on Highway 38 killed a woman from Palm Springs, California, on Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 3 p.m. near milepost 9, just east of Reedsport. A woman identified as Sarah E. Wright, 35, was driving west in a 2009 Nissan Cube when she crossed over into the other lane. The pickup she hit was towing a fifth-wheel recreational vehicle, and a 2003 Honda Pilot close behind was also reportedly hit by the Nissan, according to Oregon State Police. The Nissan came to a rest upside down.

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Umpqua National Forest raises fire danger level

June 29, 2015 — 

Forest officials with the Umpqua National Forest have raised the danger levels to high due to the dryness of the forests and temperatures projecting to skyrocket as the week progresses.

Along with the announcement, the Umpqua National Forest will be bolstering restrictions. Stage 1 Public Use Restrictions go into effect on Wednesday and limit campfires to developed campgrounds. Public and industrial fire restrictions, announced last week, are also still in place.

The Umpqua National Forest also reminds the public that setting fireworks off is strictly prohibited on lands owned by the United States Forest Service.

Information: 541-957-3200.

Video Bob Wizardman to appear at Calapooia Reflections Museum

June 26, 2015 — 

Video Bob Wizardman will be at the Calapooia Reflections Museum, 113 W. Central, Sutherlin, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 10.

Attendees should bring their cameras so they can pose for photos. Autographs will be available, and pizza and soda will be for sale. Prizes will be held for a scavenger hunt set from noon to 2 p.m. for kids ages 6 through 9 and 10 through 14.

Coloring pages are available from the museum or Pat’s Cozy Kitchen in Sutherlin.

Contract awarded for Highway 138 reconstruction

June 26, 2015 — 

The contract to rebuild the Highway 138 corridor in Roseburg has been awarded, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

Salem-based Carter & Company won the contract with a bid of $10,488,881.20.

The company’s past projects include building a new bridge on Highway 99 over the Applegate River in Josephine County.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-July after Graffiti Weekend and will continue through fall 2016.

Information: www.roseburg138.com.

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