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One seriously injured in 5-car wreck on Interstate 5 in Winchester

August 1, 2014 — 

A five-vehicle accident this afternoon at Milepost 129 slowed traffic and seriously injured one person.

Three vehicles were blocking the fast lane while two other vehicles on the shoulder by the time firefighters arrived at 3:44 p.m., according to Douglas County Fire District No. 2.

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Small fires spotted in Umpqua National Forest

August 1, 2014 — 

Eleven new fires were confirmed Friday on the Umpqua National Forest, totaling about 2 acres.

The spread of the fires has been minimal, forest spokeswoman Emily Veale said.

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Rep. Peter DeFazio to hold town hall meetings in August

August 1, 2014 — 

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, will hold 20 town hall meetings during the August recess, including three in Douglas County.

The meetings in Douglas County will be:

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Company closes dry timberlands

August 1, 2014 — 

All Menasha Forest Products Corp. and Pacific West Timber Co. timberlands in Douglas, Coos and Curry counties are closed to the public because of high fire danger, the companies announced Friday.

The lands will be closed until a significant amount of rain falls, according to a press release.

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10 Douglas County commissioner applicants whittled to three

August 1, 2014 — 

A committee has narrowed applicants for interim Douglas County commissioner from 10 to three.

Former county Commissioner Mike Winters, former Community Cancer Center Director Mel Cheney and Myrtle Creek City Councilor Ken Brouillard were picked by an advisory committee as the best candidates.

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Bridge work to cause delays in Umpqua National Forest

August 1, 2014 — 

Motorists in the Umpqua National Forest can expect delays beginning Wednesday while several bridges are inspected.

Inspections will begin on the Tiller Ranger District, with the Abbott Butte Bridge on Road 68 in the morning, Emerson Bridge on Road 2823 mid-day and the Castle Rock Bridge on Road 2823 in the afternoon.

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Hike in Umpqua National Forest to celebrate Wilderness Act

August 1, 2014 — 

The Umpqua National Forest will host a community hike Aug. 8 into the Boulder Creek Wilderness to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Hikers will meet at 10 a.m. at the historic Bradley Trail No. 1491 trail head. Bradley Trail leads into the wilderness and ends at Pine Bench.

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Six fires start in Umpqua National Forest

July 31, 2014 — 

Fire crews are combatting six fires that have started on the Umpqua National Forest.

Most of the fires are in the northeastern part of the Diamond Lake Ranger District, spokeswoman Lucero Hernandez said today.

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Crews build line around fire in Crater Lake National Park

July 30, 2014 — 

A 25-acre fire burning near the southern boundary of Crater Lake National Park was 75 percent contained this morning, fire officials said.

Firefighters had built a line around the Pumice Flat Fire, which was sparked by a lightning strike July 22.

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More Roseburg city councilors file for re-election

July 30, 2014 — 

Three more Roseburg City Council members have filed or have indicated to City Hall they will run for re-election in November.

Ward 2 Councilor Tom Ryan has submitted the signatures to appear on the general election ballot.

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ROSEBURG: Streets car-free for activities

July 30, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Car-free streets offer activities

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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.

Fire crews then responded to a fire around 4:30 p.m. in the 11000 block of North Myrtle Road, 9 miles northwest of Myrtle Creek. That fire burned about three-quarters of an acre of grass, brush and trees, he said.

DFPA responded with a water tender, bulldozer, three engines, two helicopters and two five-person hand crews. The Myrtle Creek Fire Department assisted.

A third fire started around 6 p.m. in the 7000 block of Old Highway 99 North and burned about one-tenth of an acre of grass, Reed said. Douglas County Fire District No. 2 assisted at the scene.

The largest fire of the day was reported at about 10:30 p.m. near Mona Street in Tri City, Reed said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze with two engines, a water tender, bulldozer and a five-person hand crew. The Tri City Fire Department assisted.

DOUGLAS COUNTY: AFS needs host families for students

July 19, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Homes sought for AFS teens

The Douglas County chapter of AFS Intercultural Programs is seeking host families for exchange students in five school districts.

Students are scheduled to arrive in the middle of August and return home at the end of June 2015. They will come from Asia, Central and South America and Europe.

Host families are needed in the Glide, South Umpqua, Sutherlin, Douglas and Elkton school districts.

The students will enter 12th grade during their stays and will participate in sports and school activities. AFS volunteer Mary Armes described them as “bright, poised, outgoing, and genuinely fun kids to be around” who are wonderful ambassadors of their countries.

Information: Call Armes at 541-672-8515.

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.

Starting at 9 p.m. today, workers planned to dig out a 500-foot section of the northbound right lane and replace the rock under the highway and pave the surface.

ODOT said it expected all lanes to be open by Saturday evening.

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