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Atiyeh, governor in a more mannerly era, dies at 91 (1)

July 22, 2014 — 

Two-term Oregon Gov. Vic Atiyeh was charitable and civil, qualities too often lacking in politics today, Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson said Monday. “The governor was not strident in any …

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Sutherlin partnership with Fire District 2 goes up in smoke (2)

May 21, 2014 — 

Sutherlin voters rejected joining Douglas County Fire District No. 2, meaning the city must find another way to provide emergency services while the district must cope with fewer resources. A …

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Close to Home: Mission shelters homeless women and children (3)

December 11, 2013 — 

The Roseburg Rescue Mission will offer food and a place to stay to every sober man who abides by the center’s rules — felons, recovering addicts, the unemployed and the …

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Close to Home: Initiative stresses housing first, but underlying causes may remain (5)

December 10, 2013 — 

Julia Russill is tired of looking out the window at the vacant Douglas Community Medical Center on West Harvard Avenue in Roseburg. “There’s a big empty building that stares at …

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Close to Home: Patrols change homeless picture downtown (6)

December 10, 2013 — 

By now, many people who are homeless are on a first-name basis with Roseburg Police Chief Jim Burge. Responding to complaints, police increased foot patrols downtown. Burge and other officers …

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Close to Home: Churches accept mission to feed the hungry (7)

December 9, 2013 — 

The dinner options for Robert Lewis were a can of beans heated on a campfire or turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing and pumpkin pie. Lewis, a 61-year-old veteran who lives in …

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Close to Home: School districts do more than teach homeless students (8)

December 9, 2013 — 

Douglas County students are typically concerned about getting to class, finishing homework and earning high grades. Others have additional worries, like finding their next meal and a place to sleep. …

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Close to Home: Advocates link homeless population to state of the economy (9)

December 9, 2013 — 

Advocates say Douglas County’s homeless population continues to grow as a stagnant economy wreaks havoc on low-income families and veterans return home from Iraq and Afghanistan to find no jobs …

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Close to Home: Rules and the Gospel define life at Roseburg Rescue Mission (10)

December 9, 2013 — 

It isn’t easy to ask for a bed. When you finally bring yourself to it, at the Roseburg Rescue Mission, you’ll get more than you’re looking for. You’ll get a …

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Close to Home: Homeless students hold tight to youthful dreams (11)

December 9, 2013 — 

She hopes to become a veterinarian and help animals. The dream seems far away, though. Her immediate needs include better grades, food and a permanent home. Mikayla Alexander, 13, stays …

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Close to Home: Four-day series to examine Douglas County’s homeless problem (12)

December 9, 2013 — 

Being homeless can mean different things. It can be living in a rundown trailer without heat or crashing on someone else’s couch. It can mean living in a shelter, a …

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Fire board elections: Lee unseats Melo for Fire District 2 seat (13)

May 22, 2013 — 

Retired Roseburg firefighter Jim Lee defeated incumbent Wes Melo for a seat on the Douglas County Fire District No. 2 board in Tuesday’s election. Lee received 62.76 percent of the …

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Two vie for Reedsport School Board position (15)

May 14, 2013 — 

REEDSPORT — A former Reedsport School Board member and a woman with children who are students in the district are vying for Position 3. Steve Thornton, a conveyor operator for …

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Reedsport council asks voters to give them back power to raise fees (17)

May 10, 2013 — 

The Reedsport City Council is asking voters to loosen the reins. One year ago, voters approved by a 59 percent majority a measure to roll back water rates and require …

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Tri City Fire District presents scaled-down $2.2 million bond to voters (18)

May 10, 2013 — 

TRI CITY — The Tri City Rural Fire Protection District has knocked $1.1 million off a bond levy that went down in defeat last November in an attempt to sway …

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Roberts Creek Water District: Incumbent boasts of experience; challenger promises ‘zest’ (20)

May 10, 2013 — 

GREEN — A longtime Roberts Creek Water District board member is being challenged for Position 1. BZ Zeller, a writing instructor at Umpqua Community College, will take on 14-year board …

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