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In honor of the heroes and victims of 9/11, local firefighters and police officers are turning a legendary — but friendly — rivalry into a good cause by organizing the first Battle of the Badges blood drive in the area.The blood drive, which will be held at the Douglas County Library, will mirror similar drives that have been organized in
Published: September 3, 2015
Favoring recall of ProzanskiFor all those who may be undecided on which side to support in the recall of State Senator Floyd Prozanski, A short review of the facts will be helpful.1. The Senator stopped a bill that would have extended the statute of limitation for sexual assault cases from 12 years to 20.2. The Senator voted for a means
Published: September 3, 2015
Think about all the issuesIf Trump’s quick quips seem like easy answers to solve complicated issues, please think again. Our government is not a corporation. Running a successful corporation is not a good enough qualification for our highest office of national leadership. Government does not operate on a free economic system of supply and demand. We are a nation for
Published: September 3, 2015
The Roseburg Landfill is in the process of renewing its Air Contaminant Discharge Permit with the Department of Environmental Quality. The permit requires the facility to monitor harmful pollutants and comply with federal standards. Until Sept. 30, the DEQ is accepting written comments on the landfill and its request for permit. Comments can be sent to 4026 S.E. Fairview Industrial
Published: September 3, 2015
We’ve seen a lot of changes in Douglas County since the last election. There have been charges implemented at the landfill and county parks, and donations being asked for to renew a library card!What is going on? Is the local government wasting your money to the point where they have to reach deeper into your pockets to survive? Is there
Published: September 3, 2015
The 14th annual Cow Creek Back Country Byway Clean-up is returning on Sept. 18, the Bureau of Land Management announced this week.The clean-up area will be located about 10 miles southwest of Riddle and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, sturdy shoes, snacks and work gloves. The BLM will provide lunch, tools for
Published: September 3, 2015
CORBETT — The Douglas Trojans fell in their boys soccer season opener on Wednesday, losing 2-0 to Corbett in a nonconference game.The Trojans (0-1) host Sutherlin/Oakland on Tuesday at 4 p.m. It will be the season opener for S/O’s cooperative team.
Published: September 3, 2015
During the Vietnam War, the military modified several C-130 aircraft to be gun ships with great firepower. They flew these aircraft in tight circles around a small ground target and directed their guns on that target. They were very successful. Why can’t we use this technique to fight forest fires? Instead of bullets, the aircraft would very accurately pour water,
Published: September 3, 2015
Danielle Haskett likes the makeup of her 2015 Roseburg High School volleyball team, a group she feels has the tools to be very successful on the court this season.The Indians finished fourth in the Southwest Conference last year and dropped a five-set decision to Sunset of Beaverton in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. Roseburg lost the third-place
Published: September 3, 2015
Nathan Eckman sees good things ahead for the Roseburg High School boys and girls cross country teams, especially if they’re healthy.Eckman, in his 18th season as the Indians’ head coach, welcomed 67 runners out — 16 of them freshmen. Both teams will feature experience and youth, with some newcomers expected to make impacts for both varsity lineups.“We have two exciting
Published: September 3, 2015
It was a tough job well doneThank you so much for the positive and supportive article in your August 29 edition regarding the excellent performance of the Sutherlin Volunteer Firefighters who handled the duplex fire on 2nd Avenue on Friday, August 21.As one of several Red Cross volunteers, I responded to provide assistance to the two families impacted by the
Published: September 3, 2015
At last, the Indians get to engage in physical contact with players in another uniform.Roseburg will certainly have its hands full when it travels to Canby Friday for a nonconference football game to open the 2015 season.Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.The Cougars, guided by Mike Vaught, came to Roseburg last year and handed the Indians a humbling 24-0 defeat.
Published: September 3, 2015
EDITOR’S NOTE: The News-Review will look back at some notable football victories during the Thurman Bell era. Bell, 72, is beginning his 45th and final season as the Indians’ head coach and plans to retire from coaching following the 2015 season.Oct. 4, 1974 — Roseburg 27, Hillsboro 0.The Indians shut out the Spartans, the defending state champions, in a nonconference
Published: September 3, 2015
Fair board gives its perspective I would like to thank the August 25 writer for her letter to the editor, “Reconsider Fair Vendor Charges.” That letter allows me to get the facts out about the fees the Fairgrounds charges commercial vendors. It also lets me brag about what a phenomenal job Fair Manager Harold Phillips and his incredible staff do,
Published: September 3, 2015
ELKTON — Grinding corn, washing clothes with a washboard and whittling wood into useful tools and trinkets used to be a necessity, but at the annual two-day Fort Umpqua Days festival in Elkton, these 19th-century tasks are turned into fun and games.This year’s festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Elkton Community Education Center off of Highway 38
Published: September 3, 2015
When you are Greater Douglas United Way and raise more than $1 million for the first time ever, it’s pretty obvious what you do for an encore: set a goal to raise $1.1 million, beginning with this morning’s 2015-16 Kick-Off Breakfast.“Can we do it again?” asked host Brian Prawitz in his opening remarks in front of a crowded room at
Published: September 3, 2015
Just in time for Labor Day weekend, restrictions on campfires are being eased within the Umpqua National Forest, officials announced Wednesday.Campfires have been restricted within Umpqua National Forest for the past several weeks due to the particularly hot and arid weather this summer. The use of charcoal briquettes is also allowed, but only while using Forest Service–provided fire rings and
Published: September 3, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.Read more police logs here.WednesdayDouglas County sheriff12:00 a.m. — Dog injured after attacking a raccoon in the 100 block of Wecks Road, Myrtle Creek.1:27 a.m. — Caller went into a residence with
Published: September 3, 2015
The Stouts Creek Fire, which has burned 26,452 acres since it ignited in late July, is now 96 percent contained, fire authorities announced this morning. Currently, there are 272 personnel working on the fire, including three crews. In terms of equipment, there are 10 engines and a single bulldozer still on-hand.According to authorities, the Stouts Creek Fire has cost $38
Published: September 3, 2015
MILO — Another phase of forest rehabilitation began with the sounds of small, metallic shovels carefully scooping the dirt. John Chatel, a worker from the United States Forest Service, brushed away the soil’s top layer, pulled out a small plastic dropper, then squeezed a bead of water onto the fresh dirt underneath. He silently counted the seconds required for the
Published: September 3, 2015
Larry SheltonAge 75, of Reedsport, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.Michael SwansonAge 65, of Roseburg, Oregon, died on Friday, August 28, 2015. Arrangements are pending. ANDREASON’S CREMATION AND BURIAL SERVICE. 541-485-6659.Jean F. McHaffieAge 91, of Yoncalla, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE
Published: September 3, 2015
The News-Review has been purchased by Roseburg-based Lotus Media.No changes are planned for the 147-year-old newspaper, formerly owned by Swift Communications, Inc., headquartered in Carson City, Nevada.Jeff Ackerman will continue as publisher and editor of The News-Review and www.nrtoday.com.“I’m pleased to be part of this local ownership and looking forward to running what is now a locally owned and operated
Published: September 3, 2015
Loss of control in situations is an uncomfortable spot for me. More times than I can count, I have found myself discombobulated when decisions are made for me. Usually it stems from me seeing a “better” way to do something. (Said tongue in cheek)  Here I am, finding myself out of control again. Not in the going crazy way. I’m just
Published: September 3, 2015
This summer, we’ve been purging our home. It has been necessary because after so many years of married life and family, we have become bogged down by stuff. Closets, garage, shelves and rooms have been full of things that need to find new homes. So, we’ve labeled boxes with keep, give/sell, and throw away and have been and are still
Published: August 20, 2015
For today through Sept. 10Garden Valley Cinema, 1750 N.W. Hughwood Court541-672-7272Transporter Refueled, PG-13 – Former special-ops mercenary Frank Martin enters into a game of chess with a femme fatale and her sidekicks who are looking for revenge against a sinister Russian kingpin. Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson, Loan Chabanol. NEWWalk in the Woods, R – After 20 years out of country,
Published: September 3, 2015
Laughter is good for you.One of the best ways to stay healthy and happy through the golden years is to laugh. That’s the message comedian and journalism professor Leigh Anne Jasheway wants to convey at the Sept. 11 Conference on Extraordinary Living, hosted by Umpqua Community College. Now in its 33rd year, the conference will offer a host of seminars
Published: September 2, 2015
Before Labor Day comes and goes and autumn reintroduces itself, folks around the country will likely try to wring out the last drops of summer. In that spirit, Delfino Winery will host its sixth and possibly largest Celtic Festival this weekend. The festival will showcase music ranging from Scandinavian songs to storied Celtic tunes, as well as celebrating how such
Published: September 2, 2015
For the second consecutive year, Roseburg Public Schools will place an increased emphasis on attendance during the month of September.This first month of school is called Attendance Awareness Month. The schools will emphasizing to students and families that they should build positive habits from the beginning of the school year, according to Communications Specialist DD Bixby.Bixby said attendance research shows
Published: September 2, 2015
The Douglas County AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Mercy Community Education Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, and again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22, Linus Oakes 2665 Van Pelt Blvd., Roseburg.While the course is designed for drivers 50 and older, it’s open to younger drivers as
Published: September 2, 2015
The Roseburg High School Marching Ensemble will be perform 7:30 p.m. Friday at Finlay Field at Roseburg High School. The performance will mark the end of the ensemble’s two-week marching band camp and signals the start of the new school year.It will feature routines and demonstrations by students and a preview of the band’s halftime show.
Published: September 2, 2015
SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) is seeking volunteers for the 2015-16 school year for all programs in Douglas County. Volunteer readers spend an hour per week reading one-on-one with Pre-K through third-grade students. SMART is a statewide nonprofit organization that envisions an Oregon in which every child can read and is empowered to succeed. Since 1992, SMART has steadily
Published: September 2, 2015
The Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division is seeking the public’s assistance with an ongoing investigation in Southern Oregon involving a poached elk.On Saturday, troopers from Roseburg Area Command responded to a report of an elk that was shot and left to waste in the Panther Creek area off of Highway 42 near the Coos and Douglas County line.Upon
Published: September 2, 2015
One game a season doesn’t make, but it can sure show a lot of promise for the season ahead.Junior Sydney Holborow recorded a hat trick and the Roseburg Indians plucked a 7-1 victory over the Crater Comets at Finlay Field on Tuesday evening in a nonconference girls soccer game. Boom, in one game the Indians recorded 53.8 percent of their
Published: September 2, 2015
EUGENE — MM+1 begins on Saturday for the Oregon Ducks, who flew like Icarus in 2014 and are predicted to wing once more at least as far as the Pac-12 North championship.Some pundits are shifting their opinion of the Ducks already, as turmoil begins to boil around Pac-12 favorite Southern California and coach Steve Sarkisian. They’re holding back, though, because
Published: September 2, 2015
PHOENIX — Senior Kayce Mock pounded 21 kills and added three blocks as Sutherlin opened its volleyball season Tuesday with a 25-20, 25-15, 25-11 nonleague victory over Phoenix.Katie Fugate made 25 assists and Harlee Baker chipped in eight kills for the Bulldogs.“We were a little inconsistent, but did some really good things,” said Sutherlin coach Stacey LeFevre. “Our hitters were
Published: September 2, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.Read more police logs here.TuesdayDouglas County sheriff3:56 a.m. — Female heard screaming in the 100 block of O’Neal Lane, Roseburg. Sounds like a male is assaulting the female.4:07 a.m. — Two subjects
Published: September 2, 2015
Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center pulmonologist Robert Moss became the most recent in a long line of providers to leave the VA hospital this week.Estimates of the turnover range from 200 physicians and nurse practitioners lost over the past five years, according to some physicians within the VA, to as low as 80 over the same period, according to the
Published: September 2, 2015
Katerine L YoungAge 51, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOIME. 541-672-4435.Carolyn Mae EdmistenAge 83, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2015. Arrangements are pending. ANDREASON’S CREMATION AND BURIAL SERVICE. 541-485-6659.Mary Elizabeth Beebe Age 53, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S
Published: September 2, 2015
If you were planning to drink and drive this weekend, think again.The Roseburg Police Department will be participating in a traffic safety campaign focusing on DUII enforcement during the Labor Day weekend of Sept. 4-7.Additional officers will be working over the weekend specifically to target drivers driving under the influence.According to the police department, one-third of all traffic fatalities in
Published: September 2, 2015
Back to school is in full swing. My Facebook and Instagram news feed was filled with adorable photos of sweet school kids ready for their first day of the new school year. Our school year for my two older boys is looking a little different for us this year. I have one entering our local middle school and one who
Published: September 2, 2015
Interns at Wildlife Safari don’t fetch coffee. They dart elk, castrate bulls, feed tigers and artificially inseminate cheetahs. And they come from all around the world to perform these tasks, often without pay.Upward of 125 interns come through the park every year to do veterinary or zoology work, staying from two weeks to a year. Seventy to 75 percent of
Published: September 2, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC moved quickly to land one of the three Americans who foiled a terror attack on a Paris-bound train last month for the 21st season cast of “Dancing With the Stars.”The network announced Wednesday that Alek Skarlatos, who overpowered a gun-toting man last month with his friends Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, will be in the
Published: September 2, 2015
Head Start may finally have a new, permanent home if the United Community Action Network can secure a $2 million grant from the state, with some help from Roseburg city staff.Last week, city staff and organizers from UCAN and Head Start talked with the Roseburg City Council about plans to apply for the grant, which would fund about half of
Published: September 2, 2015
In July, The New Yorker published an article declaring that a massive earthquake would destroy a substantial portion of the coastal Northwest. The question the author posed was not if the earthquake would cripple the western states, but when.Predictions of sizable natural disasters like this particular earthquake, nicknamed both “The Big One” and “Mega-quake,” have pushed people to ramp up
Published: September 2, 2015
The Roseburg Police Department will host a Crisis Intervention Training session from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 21 to 25. The training gives first responders new tools for responding to a mentally ill person in crisis. The 40-hour course includes tips on how to defuse a tense, or even potentially life-threatening, situation.To register for the course, send name, agency,
Published: September 1, 2015
“Think what a better world it would be if we all — the whole world — had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon ...” — Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. I’ve baked thousands of cookies in my lifetime. You could call me a cookie-baking fanatic. I haven’t yet reached Malcolm Gladwell’s
Published: September 1, 2015
The rumors are true.The National Weather Service’s Medford office said that this year’s summer — defined by meteorologists as June through August — was the hottest ever recorded.In Roseburg, the average temperature during the summer months was 74.0, the highest average in about 100 years of data.This year’s heat wave topped 2014, the second warmest summer, at 71.8, and 2013,
Published: September 1, 2015
CORVALLIS — The Oregon State football team plays its first game Friday night under first-year head coach Gary Andersen, hosting Weber State at Reser Stadium in nonconference play.The Beavers will be favored to win that one, but they’ll be underdogs in most of their remaining contests. Oregon State — which finished 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the Pac-12 last year
Published: September 1, 2015
Look at funds and services I recently read an editorial about the Roseburg VA Medical Center not providing adequate care for veterans. I don’t think the root of the problem is with the medical providers, but with members of Congress. Since the mid 1990s, all Congress has wanted to do was cut the size and waste of government. This has
Published: September 1, 2015
Confiscate guns to aid criminalsResponsible gun owners have a gun in their home to protect themselves from violence, not to cause violence. Are police afraid that these responsible gun owners might cause violence against burglars and rapists? Did they consider that they are actually making the city safer for the true criminals by eliminating the only practical means of self-defense
Published: September 1, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.Read more of police logs here.MondayDouglas County sheriff8:44 a.m. — Man in red shirt just shoplifted from the store in the 800 block of John Long Road, Yoncalla.9:43 a.m. — Male and
Published: September 1, 2015
On a day when I didn't have the ingredients I thought I did (sound familiar to anyone?) I was still able to put together an unexpectedly great dish. I call them White Enchiladas because all of my substitutes ended up making them that shade of dinner. Normally I put black beans in the layers, didn't have them. Normally I use
Published: September 1, 2015
As it does every year about this time, Fullerton IV Elementary School in Roseburg came back to life at about 8 a.m. on a foggy Monday morning.What started as a trickle transformed into a steady stream of adults and children approaching the school in cars or on foot. More than one student stopped to pose for the obligatory photo before
Published: September 1, 2015
A woman was arrested after throwing a hammer toward a 1-year-old girl and another female at approximately 12:38 p.m. Monday in the 900 block of Pine Street, Roseburg.[Police log: Woman’s Eugene-based ‘shrink’ attempting to steal her home]Briana Marie Wall, 21, and Hailey Nicole Meyers, 20, both of Roseburg, got into an argument that escalated before Wall attacked Meyers, leaving several
Published: September 1, 2015
It's hard to believe school starts again in a few weeks. For some of us we will be switching out our sunscreen for school backpacks and our lazy mornings for early to rise school routines. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] I know we have a few more weeks to enjoy ourselves. But I am sure many of you have been asked the
Published: August 12, 2015
I have a super simple recipe I made the other day. It would be only "semi-homemade" but it was so delicious, my husband even asked me if I smoked the chicken on our Traeger. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] The thing about this salad is, it tastes every bit as good as my moms homemade Asian salad, with not even one-third of
Published: August 11, 2015
Dear Mom,  Summer is drawing to a close, and you are probably preparing your family for a return to school. You might be feeling anxious about leaving your baby at school all day. You might be ready to let someone else “entertain” her for a while after a busy summer. You might have questions or concerns about what the future holds
Published: August 13, 2015
My daughter Allison will turn 16 this year. To celebrate I have spent the week treating her to a mother daughter trip to the Disneyland Resort. As you can imagine, August can still host crowds of folks wanting to end their summer at the Happiest Place on Earth. It never ceases to amaze me how we still come across folks
Published: August 14, 2015
Have you ever woken up just feeling blah and can’t explain it? Do you feel great one day and then down the next? I have had that happen lately. I know I am getting older and getting closer to that…ugh dare I say it? The “change.” [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] I’ve definitely struggled with keeping the hormone related mood swings in
Published: September 1, 2015
Martin M. MeyerAge 72, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Robert J. Denton Age 72, of Wichita, Kansas, formerly of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Jennifer L. GoddardAge 33, from Azalea, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Published: September 1, 2015
A Roseburg woman was arrested after reportedly slapping and pulling the hair of another woman during a physical dispute Monday evening.Officers arrived to the 100 block of Northpark Lane, Roseburg, at approximately 5:30 p.m., and after a short investigation found that several witnesses confirmed that Cynthia Lou May, 49, of Roseburg had been physically harassing a 33-year-old Roseburg woman.May was
Published: September 1, 2015
Yellow jackets perch on hanging light bulbs in the peeling railcar interior, but Douglas County Museum Director Gardner Chappell pays them no mind. He is only concerned with the vision for this dilapidated piece of the past.Donated to the museum in June 2013, this 1883 Oregon & California Railroad car once carried the people who planted the crops and tilled
Published: September 1, 2015
Labor Day signals the end of summer to many Americans, but by the time families fire up the grills while watching preseason NFL football local students will have already been adjusting to their new teachers and classes.With the possible exception of people who pursue the performing arts (“possible” being the operative word), students in today’s world have to succeed in
Published: September 1, 2015
The body of Gerald Dwayne Lorenz, a man who was reported missing by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday morning, was located at approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday near Powers, according to authorities.Lorenz’s death is being investigated by the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and does not appear to be suspicious in nature.Lorenz, 66, of Myrtle Creek, who was known to
Published: August 31, 2015
With wildfires raging across Oregon, it has become even more urgent for Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely to oppose the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline proposed for our state by a Canadian energy company. The Stouts Creek Fire, one of the largest current blazes, is impacting at least 17 miles of the
Published: August 31, 2015
MYRTLE CREEK — Frustrated by what they feel are hostile takeovers of their properties at the hands of companies backing the Pacific Connector Pipeline and of inactive governments, more than 20 county residents took turns venting, criticizing and pleading with the Douglas County commissioners at a town hall meeting on Wednesday. The consensus was that more work should be done
Published: August 27, 2015
Fall is upon us and with cooler temperatures mixed with the crowds of children starting a fresh year - things that are inevitable will surely creep in. Today I have some aid for these mere mortal bodies of ours in the small things, such as cold sores, chapped faces/lips, concentration and sore throats. These things can help us all. [fblikebox
Published: August 31, 2015
Ten juveniles, between the ages of 16 and 20, were cited late Saturday night at a party involving alcohol.Officers from the Roseburg Police Department arrived to a house party in the 2400 block of Crestview Avenue just before midnight and found a group of youths consuming alcohol.[Police log: Suspicious man seen taking pictures on caller’s property]Broady Fredlund, 20, of Roseburg,
Published: August 31, 2015
A man was seen crawling back and forth under a stopped train near the intersection of Southeast Oak Avenue and Southeast Pine Street at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday.Adam Cole Meskimen, 36, of Roseburg was reportedly intoxicated and was attempting to get to the other side of the car by crawling under the train.Meskimen was arrested without incident on suspicion of
Published: August 31, 2015
Baileys to celebrate 70th anniversaryDon and Betty Bailey will observe their 70th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday with an open house at their home on the Bar N Ranch.Don and Betty were married Sept. 1, 1945, in Upper Lake, California. Dr. Bailey opened Bailey Veterinary Clinic in 1950 and worked there until his retirement in April of
Published: August 30, 2015
Evening PlanetsMercury makes a twilight dash. Look to the west, just 45 minutes after sunset, to spot Mercury. The speedy planet will be difficult to observe with your unaided eyes. Your best chance to see Mercury will require binoculars, clear skies and a great western horizon. Each night after Sept. 4, Mercury will fade in brightness and slip back toward
Published: August 30, 2015
The text for my sermon today is an old German rhymed couplet. Since some of my readers do not understand German, I will translate it into an English rhymed couplet:“The sun may shine so bright, and yet / When evening comes, it still must set.”Although it talks about the sun, its meaning is not about the sun at all. The
Published: August 30, 2015
You could honestly say that my latest trip to Alaska started almost 35 years ago.I had built the Alagnak Lodge on a hill overlooking the Alagnak River on the Alaska Pennisula. The nearest town is King Salmon, 30 miles to the south.I had three partners in the construction project: My attorney, his father-in-law and his brother-in-law. I didn’t have a
Published: August 30, 2015
Elkton had a coolness, as in the climate, that the Birks liked.So after Russ Birk retired from his landscape maintenance business and the couple were looking to leave the heat of Phoenix, Arizona, they moved north and settled in Elkton. They had previously been in Douglas County, having visited Birk’s brother who lives in the Dillard area.Jody Birk, however, wasn’t
Published: August 30, 2015
Last Monday the U.S. stock market fell 1,089 points and on Tuesday it went down another 205.That marked six straight days of dramatic selling, totaling a decline of 1,900 points or 11 percent.But on Wednesday, the market rose 619 points and on Thursday it came up another 369. It finished the week with a 12-point decrease on Friday.Retirees who were
Published: August 30, 2015
There are only 500 Fortune 500 Companies, and 1,000 Fortune 1,000 companies. There are several common terms that identify what category a small business may fit into, such as Middle Market, Small Business or Micro-Business.According to Wikipedia, middle market companies, as defined by the United States Census data, numbered 20,000 companies in the U.S. in 2007. Mid-market companies account for
Published: August 30, 2015
Rachel Doolittle’s family, visiting from England, had seen the green beauty of the Cascade Mountains in southeastern Douglas County.But then a couple days before leaving for home, the family saw the devastation of a wildfire and the black results.The Stouts Creek Fire that was sparked on July 30 and blackened 25,500 acres in and around the communities of Tiller and
Published: August 30, 2015
The end of August is a good time to reflect on the summer accomplishments and to take a brief look at upcoming events.The Yoncalla 4th of July Festival was a great success. With the holiday landing on a Saturday, it made for a perfect opportunity for folks to get away for the long weekend. The festival included a parade, rodeo,
Published: August 30, 2015
It’s crazy how fast the summer flew by. My last column in June was about Celebrating Your Successes and that column isn’t more true than it is today. As the summer comes to a close, look back at those “successes” you had in your company and in your family life and celebrate those before you head into the next season.
Published: August 30, 2015
Umpqua Velo Club’s Vineyard Tour Bike Ride will be Sept. 12.The event will offer five cycling routes, all of them starting and finishing at River Forks Park. The routes, accommodating riders of all abilities, will be 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles. Each route will use lightly traveled rural roads that follow the Umpqua River. Cyclists will pedal past
Published: August 30, 2015
“It’s better to die like a lion than be slaughtered like sheep. And the terrorist coward deserved what he got, and the PC crowd needs to recognize terrorism for what it is.”That’s how Roseburg resident Emanuel Skarlatos summed up his son’s heroic actions during an interview on national television.His son is Alek Skarlatos, who last week joined a couple of
Published: August 30, 2015
YONCALLA — Steady improvement, each year taking one step closer to the ultimate goal. That’s been the way Yoncalla High’s football team has progressed since moving to eight-man football four years ago. The Eagles have been 8-3 the last two seasons, making the 1A playoffs both times. They went so far as to defeat Days Creek in overtime last year
Published: August 29, 2015
RIDDLE — It’s going to be a transition year for the Riddle Irish.Riddle, under second-year head coach Rocky Rodgers, is taking a hiatus from the Class 2A Mountain View Conference this season and playing an independent eight-man schedule due to low numbers the past couple of years.“Going independent is what we have to do. I’m actually happy we’re going to
Published: August 29, 2015
DRAIN — North Douglas made quality inroads in the Warriors’ first season playing eight-man football. They advanced to the Class 1A playoffs for starters after fashioning a three-game win streak that included a league playoff victory over Siletz Valley. A loss to Dufur ended the Warriors’ run, and the careers for a quality group that had been the core of
Published: August 29, 2015
DES MOINES, Wash. — The Umpqua Community College volleyball team opened its season at the Highline Fall Classic on Friday and Saturday, losing three of four matches.The Riverhawks played four best-of-three matches, defeating Skagit Valley 25-22, 25-20. They later lost to Centralia 26-24, 26-28, 15-9; lost to Shoreline 25-14, 25-12; and lost to Whatcom 19-25, 25-20, 15-9.No individual statistics were
Published: August 29, 2015
MISSOULA, Mont. — Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday. Playing their first game under coach Bob Stitt, the Grizzlies rallied to stun the Bison in hazy conditions at jam-packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Counts’ touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard
Published: August 29, 2015
BEIJING — This was going to hurt. No way around it for Ashton Eaton. To get where the American decathlete wanted to go, the former Oregon star had to endure just a little more pain, dig just a little deeper. So Eaton gritted his teeth and charged ahead, grimacing as he stepped over a low railing and into the stands
Published: August 29, 2015
Tucked away in a tree-lined, one-acre plot next to the entrance to River Forks Park is a Douglas County treasure, just waiting to be explored. It’s called the Discovery Garden and it’s managed entirely by volunteers of the Douglas County chapter of the OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Started in 1999, this demonstration garden invites exploration and learning, with educational signage
Published: August 29, 2015
GLIDE — The pads are popping and the energy is high for the Glide football team’s fall camp this year.“We’re here working hard, sticking together and working as a team,” senior wide receiver Bryson Belloir said.The Wildcats are a young team this season following a 2-7 record in 2014, and are entering the season with only six returning starters ­—
Published: August 29, 2015
GLENDALE — The 2015 Glendale High School football season is more than wins and losses this year. Head coach Brenyl Swanson is focused on developing team chemistry by instilling a sense of family and brotherhood with a team that fields a number of incoming freshmen.“Our motto is just team and family,” Swanson said. “We have really tried hard to build
Published: August 29, 2015
WINSTON — Rachel Hickam and Dallas Rincon each had nine kills and Che Kuhse added 15 assists as Douglas opened its volleyball season with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-5 nonleague win over Elmira Friday night.Ashley David added six kills for the Trojans. Ally Schofield and Lainey Rincon each made 10 digs.Douglas hosts Hidden Valley of Murphy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Published: August 29, 2015
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated
Published: August 28, 2015
When forests catch fire, various entities move to stamp out the flames as quickly as possible, without necessarily considering the aftermath. Firefighters from local agencies and private companies are dropped into action and begin the exhaustive process of ripping out and bulldozing the vegetation that would otherwise fuel the blazes.Private companies around the county, which had signed agreements with the
Published: August 28, 2015
Ongoing roadwork for the Highway 138E Corridor Solutions Project will require some intermittent lane closures on Stephens Street near the intersection of Diamond Lake Boulevard, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Friday.The closures will occur between Aug. 31 and Sept 4, when construction workers begin repaving the nearby Deer Creek Bridge on Stephens Street. Crews will also replace sidewalks and
Published: August 28, 2015
Clarence Vernon Dunning Age 61, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Arrangements are pending. Contact Penny Dunning for services. 541-315-0617
Published: August 28, 2015
The Umpqua National Forest is hiring for multiple permanent seasonal fire positions, according to a release.Resources from across the nation and the world are being thrown at fires in the western parts of the United States, because much of Oregon, Idaho and Washington is burning.Stations in Glide, Tiller and Idleyld Park will be accepting applications until Sept. 29.The North Umpqua
Published: August 28, 2015
On Monday, a multi-family house in north Sutherlin burst into flames, causing neighbors and passers-by to stop, stare and wish for the best. No more than two minutes and 30 seconds passed before five firefighters from the volunteer fire department in Sutherlin arrived and began wrestling with the flames.“Monday’s response time was exceptional,” said Sutherlin Fire Chief Charles Perdomo. Staffing
Published: August 28, 2015
Douglas County residents will pay to drop their trash at the dump for the first time in four decades starting next week.New landfill fees will take effect Tuesday. For most people, the change won’t be felt until Wednesday, when the Roseburg landfill and most rural transfer stations open for the week.Douglas County Natural Resources Division Manager Tom Manton urges residents
Published: August 28, 2015
SUTHERLIN — The temperature outside has been high throughout fall camp for the Sutherlin football team, but it has been unable to trump the high-level of excitement surrounding the Bulldogs — from both the players and coaches. “We have had a ton of positive switches this season, and we have a good solid core of veterans that will lead,” senior
Published: August 28, 2015
DAYS CREEK — The Days Creek Wolves football team enters its 2015 season like so many other schools across the state, with a renewed sense of optimism and confidence. Following a solid 2014 campaign that saw the Wolves finish with a record of 7-2, Days Creek has reason to be optimistic. The Wolves return a number of key players that
Published: August 28, 2015

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