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Douglas County residents urged to test smoke alarms

October 31, 2014 — 

The Douglas County Fire Prevention Co-op encourages county residents to check their smoke alarm batteries when changing their household clocks for Daylight Savings Time on Nov. 2.

The co-op recommends that all residents install a smoke alarm on every level of their home, outside sleeping areas and in each bedroom.

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ROSEBURG: City committee seats open for budget, parks, planning, public works and more

October 31, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

City committee seats open

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Renewable energy topic of Lunch Bunch on Nov. 12

October 30, 2014 — 

The Lunch Bunch will discuss renewable sources of energy in Douglas County from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Roseburg Country Club, 5051 Garden Valley Road, Roseburg.

Guest speaker Ron Saranich will discuss sustainable supplies of biomass on public forests as a source of material for energy. He is biomass coordinator for the northwest region of the U. S. Forest Service.

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OSP offers safety tips for trick-or-treating

October 30, 2014 — 

Oregon State Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children urge parents, guardians and children to follow safety precautions while trick-or-treating this Halloween.

Both organizations recommend trick-or-treaters choose bright costumes and children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. Another option is to add reflective tape to costumes and candy bags.

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October 29, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG: Panel to meet Nov. 6 on proposed Washington, Oak avenue street changes

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ROSEBURG: VA prosthetics day honors veterans

October 28, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Prosthetics day honors vets

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ROSEBURG: Leaf pickup starts Monday in city neighborhoods

October 28, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Leaf pickup starts Monday

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Three vacancies on county park board

October 28, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Park board members sought

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SUTHERLIN: Audubon Society hosts birding trip at Ford’s Pond

October 28, 2014 — 

The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host birding trip to Ford’s Pond Nov. 8. The trip is open to the public. To carpool from Roseburg, meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management’s Roseburg district office, 777 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd. Otherwise, meet at 8 a.m. at the Ford’s Pond parking area on Church Road in Sutherlin. Ford’s Pond is a former Roseburg Forest Products log pond. The city of Sutherlin purchased it in April.

The birding trip will last about two hours. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

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Ramp closed at I-5, Highway 38 exit

October 28, 2014 — 

The northbound Interstate 5 ramps at Drain are closed for road repairs and will remain closed for about a week. The Oregon Department of Transportation says northbound drivers wishing to take Exit 162 to Highway 38 should instead take the off-ramp at Exit 163 and detour along Curtin Road. Eastbound Highway 38 drivers headed for northbound Interstate 5 should take the southbound ramp instead, drive south to Exit 159 and turn around.

Information: tripcheck.com

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ROSEBURG: Training prompts midday room closures at Douglas County Courthouse

October 28, 2014 — 

Rooms 201 and 202 in the Douglas County Courthouse will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 29 through Dec. 5 because of a decrease in staff availability.

Staff will be training during this time to prepare for the circuit court’s conversion to e-Court on Dec. 8.

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Lost hunter found

October 27, 2014 — 

An Oakland man was rescued early Monday morning after he was injured while hunting Sunday in the Emile Shelter area off of Little River Road, 13 miles southeast of Glide.

Emergency dispatch received a call of an injured hunter at about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

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ROSEBURG: Volunteers sought for annual Wings and Wheels event

October 27, 2014 — 

The Roseburg Wings and Wheels Association seeks volunteers to help with the annual event to be held at the Roseburg Regional Airport in 2015.

No experience is necessary.

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TILLER: Biochar fuel making demonstrated

October 22, 2014 — 

TILLER

Biochar making demonstrated

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Commissioners approve grant for Umpqua Community College Health, Nursing & Science Center

October 22, 2014 — 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday voted unanimously to award a $250,000 grant to Umpqua Community College.

The money will help fund a proposed Health, Nursing & Science Center.

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Conference at UCC to share early learning education strategies

October 19, 2014 — 

WINCHESTER

Conference to share early learning education strategies

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DFPA announces end of fire season

October 19, 2014 — 

Recent rainfall and cooler temperatures prompted fire officials with the Douglas Forest Protective Association to end fire season last week in Douglas County.

Industrial fire restrictions and public-use closures on DFPA-protected land will no longer be in effect.

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DOUGLAS COUNTY: Elections division mails out ballots

October 17, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Ballots mailed to voters

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October 17, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Craft show supports UCAN

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Riversdale Grange plans open house

October 17, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Grange plans

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October 14, 2014 — 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Libraries forgive fines with food

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ROSEBURG: City council considers ordinance to tax recreational marijuana

October 14, 2014 — 

ROSEBURG

Council talks taxing pot

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News-Review section honors those in the military

October 14, 2014 — 

The News-Review will honor veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces with a special section that will be part of the Nov.9 newspaper.

Stories about military service can be written in the first person or by people as a salute to a veteran or person on active-duty.

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Truck crash closes down interstate south of Sutherlin

October 10, 2014 — 

A semi truck crash closed down the southbound lanes of Interstate 5 south of Sutherlin near Exit 135 late Friday afternoon. The lanes were shut down only a short time however. The southbound lanes were reopened by 5:54 p.m. The Oregon Department of Transportation asks motorists to use caution and watch for crews and equipment along the shoulder of the highway.

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Hikers to visit Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail Saturday

October 10, 2014 — 

The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club will hike the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail past Tiller Oct. 11. Those wishing to join the hike should met before 8 a.m. in the parking lot of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave. in Roseburg. It will be an 8 to 9.5 mile moderate to strenuous hike with spectacular views and fall color on early-turning maples, according to organizer Lois Soulia.

Bring lunch, water and rain gear and be prepared to share the cost of a car pool.

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Hobo stew fundraiser supports Sutherlin-Oakland Food Pantry

October 8, 2014 — 

The Sutherlin Oakland Food Pantry will offer a Hobo Stew fundraiser from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Community Building, 150 S. Willamette, Sutherlin.

The menu will include stew, cole slaw, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. The cost is $2.50 per child’s plate and $5 per adult plate. Proceeds from the fundraiser help the Pantry provide food boxes for the needy in Sutherlin, Oakland, Wilbur and Umpqua. Pantry volunteers say, “Enjoy the stew and an evening out, too!”

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Landslide prompts BLM road closure near Myrtle Creek

October 8, 2014 — 

A landslide Wednesday closed road 29-4-11 leading through the Louis Creek drainage, indefinitely, according to the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management.

Officials do not have an estimate on when the road will reopen because of the instability of the hillside above and below the area.

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ROSEBURG: Volunteers to complete Saving Grace path

October 8, 2014 — 

Volunteers this Saturday will complete a gravel walking loop around Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center.

Students from the Umpqua Community College Scholars Program and employees of Home Depot will resurface the trail and install gutter guards. The path is used by shelter volunteers for exercising dogs.

The UCC Scholars Program provides full tuition to students who meet a GPA requirement. As part of the program, scholars must perform volunteer work.

This project is funded in part through a grant from the Home Depot Foundation.

Douglas County agencies discuss fire safety

October 8, 2014 — 

Local fire agencies are working to raise fire safety awareness with daily activities as part of National Fire Prevention Week through Saturday.

Officials with the Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative today will discuss cooking fire safety at the Roseburg Home Depot, 3000 Aviation Drive, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and will showcase a variety of emergency equipment and fire prevention booths from agencies around Douglas County.

This event is the second of three activities to run through Thursday at Home Depot.

The overarching theme for this year’s fire prevention week is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

According to the National Fire Protection Association, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes that didn’t have a smoke alarm or working smoke alarm.

The Douglas County Fire Prevention Cooperative is made up of 22 fire departments, the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshall, Douglas Forest Protective Association, Umpqua National Forest, Bureau of Land Management and American Red Cross.

Agencies to hold fish tour at Soda Springs Dam

October 7, 2014 — 

PacifiCorp in conjunction with federal and state natural resource agencies will lead a public tour Oct. 8 of the fish enhancement projects at the North Umpqua hydroelectric area, 60 miles east of Roseburg.

The enhancements are part of PacifiCorp’s 194-megawatt hydroelectric project that produces renewable, emission-free electricity for about 44,000 average homes each year.

Participants will also have a chance to watch salmon and steelhead spawning above Soda Springs Dam on the North Umpqua River.

Guests will see how engineers worked with fish biologists to develop the fish ladder in the tight canyon area.

Space is limited on the tour, which begins at the North Umpqua Implementation Office near Toketee at 11 a.m. and is expected to end by 3 p.m.

To find the office from Roseburg, take Highway 138 East and turn left at Milepost 57 onto Toketee School Road. Proceed along the main paved road about one-quarter mile to the gray and blue PacifiCorp buildings.

Personal vehicles will not be allowed into the tour sites. All attendees will be transported in a bus from the office.

Participants should bring a sack lunch and sturdy footwear. Safety glasses, hard hats, high-visibility vests and safety instruction will be provided.

To reserve a spot, contact Rich Grost at 541-498-2617.

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