Two survivors wounded in the Oct. 1 tragedy at Umpqua Community College were released from area hospitals today. Just one remains in the hospital.
Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg reported Cheyeanne Fitzgerald was released this morning. The 16-year-old lost a kidney and was the last to be released among the six patients treated at Mercy.Learn more »
The Roseburg City Council cancelled its usual Monday meeting and will instead hold a special meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday solely to discuss pending marijuana issues.
The council initially planned a brief tribute to the victims of the shooting on the Umpqua Community College campus, and it also planned to address other city concerns. Instead, the council will solely focus on marijuana taxes and legalities during the special meeting Tuesday.Learn more »
The University of Oregon is offering free football tickets to Umpqua Community College students and staff.
The Ducks host Washington State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Game time is 3 p.m. UCC students and staff are eligible for up to four free game tickets.Learn more »
Joining the city of Roseburg in attempts to quiet the divisive, politically charged comments that have pervaded the community in the past week, the Douglas County commissioners issued a statement Wednesday saying they support and “look forward” to President Obama’s visit Friday.
“Regardless of our differences with the president on policy issues, we await the president’s arrival and look forward to his show of support for a community who is grieving and whose heartache is immeasurable — especially the families of those killed,” the three commissioners said in a statement.Learn more »
From 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, both Roseburg Human Bean franchises will donate 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales to the Greater Douglas United Way: Umpqua Community College Relief Fund. Both Roseburg Human Bean locations will also accept customer donations to the fund.
The Relief Fund will be used in support of Douglas County students and families affected by the shooting at UCC.Learn more »
A garage and bake sale to raise funds for the Umpqua Community College Relief Fund will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Painting, 1671 N.W. Rutter Lane, Roseburg.
Items may be donated 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Friday.Learn more »
Shooting survivor Anastasia Boylan was released Tuesday from Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend. Two patients remain at the Springfield hospital. One is in fair, and one is in critical condition. Both are expected to survive.
Meanwhile, two patients remained Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center, both in fair condition.Learn more »
The city of Roseburg has released a statement in support of President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to Roseburg.
“Since the announcement that President Obama may be in the Roseburg area on Friday to meet with the families that lost loved ones at Umpqua Community College, news outlets have been announcing that the president was not welcome in Roseburg,” the statement read. “These announcements have included alleged quotes from community leaders.Learn more »
Recent tragic events at the Umpqua Community College have triggered post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms among some veterans, according to President John McDonald of the Douglas County Veterans Forum.
Help is available at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Learn more »
The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is offering free flu vaccinations for veterans at the Roseburg hospital and outpatient clinics around the region.
In Roseburg, shots are available through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Brookings clinic will offer walk-ins in October and November, and the North Bend Clinic will offer shots from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m. through Thursday.Learn more »
Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, the teen who was shot in the back during Thursday’s mass shooting and survived by playing dead, has been upgraded to fair condition, Mercy Medical Center reported Sunday.
Fitzgerald’s injuries led to the loss of a kidney. Family members said the teen had graduated high school early and was eager to start her college career.Learn more »
The application deadline is Oct. 29 for entries into the 2015 Douglas County Veterans Day Parade. The annual event, affectionately known as “Oregon’s Greatest Veterans Day Parade,” draws thousands of spectators each year from around Douglas County and beyond.
The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Roseburg. This year’s marshals will be Military Special Forces, and the theme will be “Honoring all Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Special Warriors.”Learn more »
The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Elks Lodge 2145, 1701 Centennial Blvd. in Springfield.
Veterans, family members and others will have the opportunity to be heard and have questions answered.Learn more »
More than 70 volunteers turned up to support the 13th annual Cow Creek Byway cleanup effort, in conjunction with National Public Lands Day on Saturday. Volunteers removed more than 50 bags of garbage, tires, TVs and mattresses.
The trash was picked up along the Cow Creek Back Country Byway on land south of Riddle managed by the Bureau of Land Management.Learn more »
The Umpqua Health Alliance Community Advisory Council will host a meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Oakland Community Center, 637 Locust St.
The meeting will provide information about the advisory council, the Community Health Improvement Plan, and a progress report about how well that plan has been carried out to date. A question-and-answer session will also be held.Learn more »
The Douglas Forest Protective Association, which has warned that wildfires are still a threat despite it now being autumn, extinguished two more fires Tuesday.
At approximately 4 p.m., a natural cover fire, burning grass, brush and hardwood trees, was reported in Winston. Fire crews from DFPA, Douglas County Fire District No. 2 and the Winston-Dillard Fire Department responded to the shoulder of Interstate 5 southbound, near milepost 118, to douse the flames.Learn more »
The Lady Lioness of the Sutherlin Lions Club are seeking donations for the Keep ’Em Warm Coat & Blanket Drive, starting Oct. 1 and running through Oct. 31. Donations of clean coats, sweaters, sheets and blankets will be donated to Sutherlin Food Pantry, Sutherlin High School & West Clothes Closet and the Roseburg VA Medical Center.
Drop-off locations are at Abby’s Pizza, Heavenly Hair Beauty Salon, Banner Bank, Stow Away Storage and Umpqua Bank, all in Sutherlin.Learn more »
The center turn lane of Northeast Stephens Street between Stewart Parkway and Newton Creek Road will be closed between 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 1 to allow city contractors to apply a coat of low-cost liquid asphalt called fog seal.
As a result, left turns on that mile-long stretch of Northeast Stephens Street will be prevented to allow the syrupy substance to dry. The center turn lane will be closed to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The two left turn lanes at Northeast Stephens Street’s intersections with Stewart Parkway and Newton Creek will, however, remain usable.Learn more »
The Festival of Lights’ humongous nutcracker needs a name, and the Roseburg Rotary Club has announced a contest to dub the fully functional, 41-foot toy.
Potential names can be suggested by anyone at the event’s website, www.umpquavalleyfestivaloflights.com. The nutcracker’s name will be chosen by the Festival of Lights Committee, led by Kerwin Doughton, in early November, and the nutcracker will be known by the winning name permanently.Learn more »
Douglas Forest Protective Association found and doused a brush and timber fire about one-fourth of an acre in size Monday afternoon.
At approximately 3:45 p.m., a fixed-wing reconnaissance aircraft detected the fire, about 2 miles northeast of Camas Valley. Five fire engines and a helicopter responded to the scene and, by 7:30 p.m., firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and finish mop-up procedures.Learn more »
A sidewalk sale to benefit the Calapooia Reflections Museum will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 180 W. Central Ave., Sutherlin. Adult and children’s clothes, jeans and slacks, knickknacks and more will be available.
Information: Call Jo at 541-459-4522.Learn more »
Wildlife Safari was granted accreditation by the independent Accreditation Commission of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
“When visitors come to Wildlife Safari, they can be assured that they are supporting a facility that is dedicated to the care and conservation of wildlife, deepening families’ connection to nature and building the next generation of conservationists,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy in a press release. “By achieving AZA accreditation, Wildlife Safari meets the highest standards in animal care and ranks among the world’s best zoos and aquariums.”Learn more »
A small fire, about one-tenth of an acre, kicked up in the 2000 block of Tenmile on Sunday, prompting a response from both the Douglas Forest Protective Association and the Tenmile Rural Fire Department.
Firefighters managed to get the flames under control quickly, with some help from the landowner who had contained some of the spread with a garden hose before their arrival. However, the fire was discovered to have been the result of an illegal debris burn, the second illegal burn-caused fire in the past week.Learn more »
An automotive technology instructor for Umpqua Community College recently received a national honor.
Instructor David Wolf was selected as the Motor Age Training/Automotive Service Excellence Master L1 Technician of the Year, based on his outstanding performance on recent ASE tests. Wolf is one of only 47 technicians from across the country to receive this award. ASE is the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, a professional certification group, and Motor Age is the nation’s oldest automotive trade publication, devoted to providing resources for shop owners and technicians.Learn more »
The Ford Institute for Community Building and Rural Development Initiatives invites area residents to participate in the upcoming South Umpqua Gateway community leadership class. This free program, sponsored by The Ford Family Foundation, is based on the belief that thriving rural communities develop from a broad base of skilled and motivated leaders.
The free Ford Institute Leadership Program focuses on developing the community-leadership capacity of individuals and includes meals and materials. The only requirement is that participants contribute their time and commit to complete the class project. The deadline to apply for the South Umpqua Gateway Class is Nov. 15. It will be held once a month, beginning in February.Learn more »
The Roseburg High School cheerleaders will hold their annual football Cheer Clinic for ages 3-13 next week at the student center at Roseburg High School. Registration will be held Monday, Oct. 5, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Practices will be on Monday and Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The performance will be during halftime of the Roseburg vs. South Medford football game Oct. 9. The cost is $35, which includes a T-shirt. The cheer clinic helps raise funds for new uniforms and other cheerleading-related costs.
Information: 541-643-1952.Learn more »
The Roseburg Marching Ensemble will perform its flight-themed marching show at the Pacific Coast Invitational beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Sprague High School, 2373 Kuebler Blvd., Salem. Depending on how it performs during the preliminaries, the band will perform again in the early evening.
The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for college and high school students and $5 for kindergarten through eighth-grade students.Learn more »
Phoenix Charter School to hold open houseSeptember 28, 2015 —
Phoenix Charter School will hold its Fall Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at its campus located at 3131 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg. Come meet the faculty and staff, see examples of student work and learn more about career and technical education programs at the school.
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into a drawing for a dinner for four at Loggers Pizza and movie tickets for four at Roseburg Cinemas. (Must check in at the event to be eligible to win.)
Climate change forum to be held at Douglas County Library on Sept. 30September 25, 2015 —
After the hottest summer on record, the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition will hold a forum with experts to discuss climate change and, specifically, the impacts of the dissolving snowpacks.
Dr. Gordon Reeves and Dr. Gordon Grant, a research fish biologist and research hydrologist, respectively, will discuss damages done to aquatic ecosystems and what the trickling streams and rivers mean for the county.
The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Douglas County Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg.
Illegal burn sparks wildfire in Rice HillSeptember 25, 2015 —
A half-acre grass and brush fire ignited Thursday afternoon in the unincorporated community of Rice Hill after an individual lost control of a debris fire.
At approximately 4:15 p.m., fire crews from the Douglas Forest Protective Association and North County Douglas Fire responded to reports of blazes in the 2000 block of Rice Valley Road, just south of Yoncalla. Crews extinguished the flames within about 20 minutes.
According to the DFPA, the individual who lit the fire had tried to burn debris without a permit and could be charged for some or all of the costs of fire-suppression efforts. Fire officials remind county residents that fire season remains in effect and all backyard burning, including debris piles and burn barrels, is still prohibited.