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SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will send $402 million back to taxpayers next year after the state collected more than expected in personal-income taxes over the last two years, state economists said Wednesday. The estimated median rebate under Oregon’s “kicker” law will be $124, though the value varies significantly based on income. Oregon’s kicker law was created in 1979 as a
Published: August 27, 2015
ELKTON — Coming off a 1-7 season with a total of four returning starters — wrapped in two bodies — is a recipe for a growing season.That’s what lies ahead for the Elkton Elks football team, which graduated 10 members from the 2014 edition.Add in a revamped coaching staff and a 17-man roster fleshed out with nine freshmen and it
Published: August 27, 2015
WINSTON — A new year, a new coach, a new attitude, a tragic memory to rally around.Douglas High’s Trojans are eager to exercise all those changes in the football season ahead.“I think we’re going to do a lot better this year,” junior quarterback Carter Dahl said. “There’s no way we can do as bad as last year. We just have
Published: August 27, 2015
ROSEBURGTribe to hold football scrimmageThe Roseburg High School football team will holds its annual orange and black scrimmage on Friday night at Finlay Finlay, beginning at 7 p.m.Admission is free. The Indians are preparing for their season opener at Canby on Sept. 4.Thurman Bell is in his 45th and final season as the Tribe’s head coach.NEWBERGGeorge Fox FB preparesThe George
Published: August 27, 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.[Police log: Signs posted saying man had impregnated two teenage girls]WednesdayDouglas County sheriff1:26 a.m. — Loud airborne fireworks seen in the 1600 block of Salmon Harbor Drive, Winchester Bay.1:58 a.m. — Unattended
Published: August 27, 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
Ali Vincent-Lough Age 60, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Anne M. Warner Age 41, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Donald A. Strang Age 59, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements are pending.
Published: August 27, 2015
When a man is awarded a country’s highest award, France’s Legion d’Honneur, and no one is surprised, it is a testament to his character.Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman from Roseburg, helped stymie a massacre on a high-speed train headed for Paris on Friday. For their heroic efforts, Skarlatos and the others who thwarted the attack received the Legion d’Honneur
Published: August 25, 2015
It’s a great time of year because fall is around the corner! For me, that means less time at home, as school starts back up for me and our youngest. One thing that always seems to catch me off guard is making dinner. After a long day at school, I need things ready to go at home. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"]  Enter,
Published: August 27, 2015
Both of my daughters have experimented with recipes featured in the Disney Princess Cookbook. My oldest daughter actually made us dinner one night. I was very proud of her. She was nervous because this was her first time handling raw meat and she did a great job. It was nice to be able to get a few other things done
Published: August 27, 2015
Where would you go for help?The Roseburg Rescue Mission is part of the solution, not the problem.The fact is the Mission takes in women and children at the Samaritan Inn. They have no other place to go. Would you take in a woman with no means of support and her children?The Mission teaches skills to those who want to learn.
Published: August 27, 2015
Beware the arch deceiverWhen I observe the inhumanity occurring inside Planned Parenthood and consider those who defend the inhumane, I am reminded of a meditation from Roman Emperor, philosopher and all-’round good guy, Marcus Aurelius.He wrote in his journal, almost 2,000 years ago: “Pretentiousness is the arch deceiver, and never more delusive than when you imagine your work is most
Published: August 27, 2015
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday passed a resolution opposing background checks for private gun transfers.The resolution denounces Senate Bill 941, which passed into law this summer. According to the resolution, the commissioners believe the law runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.“Douglas County strongly supports the right of the people to keep and
Published: August 27, 2015
Police responded to a report of a man being shoved out of his wheelchair and onto the concrete near his apartment after an argument in the 900 block of Veterans Way, Roseburg, at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.Dennis Costello reported being upended while arguing with Richard James Lucy, 58, of Roseburg, about a dog, according to police.Costello told police that Lucy had
Published: August 27, 2015
A man and a woman were contacted while inside a boat that was parked and listed for sale in the 200 block of Southeast Stephens Street, Roseburg.Roseburg police responded to the area at approximately 12:55 a.m. Wednesday when Katherine Cavnor, 39, and Michael Ongley, 45, were also found to be occupying a travel trailer in the same parking lot, which
Published: August 27, 2015
Gertrude “Gertie” Eaton Of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.
Published: August 27, 2015
Marine veteran Fred Rhodes is fed up with the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Rhodes told the director of the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday that it’s tremendously difficult to get an appointment with a cardiologist.He said he has to go to the Portland VA to see a cardiologist, and they won’t get him in there for three months.“What
Published: August 27, 2015
This summer has been a tough one for Douglas County. Yes, some big-name musical acts rolled through town, the county fair did well and the countless varieties of fruit have tasted delicious. However, the oppressive record-breaking heat, the numerous accidental deaths, the murders and the fires that have burned many thousands of acres have cast a pall over the region.
Published: August 27, 2015
CANYONVILLE — Ryan Pelton had been nagged about looking like Elvis his whole life. In the military, his commanding officers called him “Elvis,” and it wasn’t until his mother dared him to enter a look-alike concert, which he won, that Pelton discovered he could cash-in on his resemblance. A week later, he laminated the lyrics to “I Need Your Love
Published: August 27, 2015
Roseburg resident and Oregon Army National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans who subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, will be awarded the Soldier’s Medal — the U.S. Army’s highest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy, according to the U.S. Army.“Spc. Skarlatos’ actions that day epitomize what we mean
Published: August 26, 2015
Eleven thousand rubber duckies will hit the water this Saturday, but just one will reach the finish line first, earning one lucky ticket holder the grand prize. The winner of Saturday’s Roseburg Rotary Duck Race will take home a big, yellow 2015 Chevy Colorado truck, courtesy of Clint Newell Auto Group.More important, though, the real winners of the duck race
Published: August 26, 2015
Submit your info and art to tbrynelson@nrtoday.com to be featured in the bi-weekly galleries section.CALAPOOIA REFLECTIONS MUSEUM — 113 W. Central Ave., Sutherlin. On display are old film cameras, carnival glass and brass items. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturday. Free, but donations are appreciated. 541-459-4522CLARK STUDIO AND GALLERY — 130 N.E. Exchange Ave.,
Published: August 26, 2015
Celebrated pianist John Nilsen is set to perform at the Tri City Presbyterian Church for its “Music on the Labyrinth” show Sept. 19.Nilsen will perform a one-hour show outdoors at the church, 355 Meadow Lane, Myrtle Creek. The concert is free to attend and bottled water will be made available.Nilsen has sold over 1 million CDs over the course of
Published: August 26, 2015
CAMAS VALLEY — Believing is an attitude, and the Camas Valley football program has built a winning culture under Eli Wolfe, now in his 16th year as head coach.The Hornets have proven themselves to be among the Class 1A eight-man elite over the past five seasons, posting a record of 60 wins against just four defeats (a regular season loss
Published: August 26, 2015
TRI CITY — The South Umpqua football team took big strides on the field the last two years with Steve Stebbins as head coach.Can the Lancers keep that wave of momentum going this fall?South Umpqua returns eight starters from last year’s team that finished 8-3 overall and posted its first state playoff win since 2002 with a 57-14 rout of
Published: August 26, 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. Tuesday Douglas County sheriff 12:49 a.m. — Gunshots heard in the 800 block of Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. 1:51 a.m. — Boyfriend cut the power to the caller’s house in the
Published: August 26, 2015
The estimated containment date for the National Creek Complex fire is more than a month away, according to officials.The fire, currently 10 percent contained, has burned approximately 10,833 acres in the northwest corner of Crater Lake National Park and the north portion of the High Cascades Ranger District on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.Nearly 350 personnel are on scene fighting
Published: August 26, 2015
Roseburg is moving closer to finalizing an agreement to lease the historic Willis House and its adjoining properties.Ray Bartram, a graphic artist and owner of a mobile pizza oven business, is close to signing a lease-to-own deal on the property that will last for two years, with a chunk of the monthly payments going toward the purchase price of $210,000.
Published: August 26, 2015
Ali Vincent-LoughAge 60, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Anne M. WarnerAge 41, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Donald A. StrangAge 59, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE
Published: August 26, 2015
MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman described as a disgruntled station employee. As the camera fell to the ground, it captured a glimpse of the shooter, who was being chased by police. Reporter Alison Parker was interviewing an economic development official about local tourism
Published: August 26, 2015
Volunteers Miranda Crawford of Green and Diane Huntoon of Myrtle Creek water 21 hanging flower baskets Tuesday along the streets of Winston. The beautification program, staffed by 28 volunteers, resumed this summer in Winston after a three-year break. Organizer Chris Stanfill said he hopes to double the number of baskets next summer.
Published: August 26, 2015
Even though the process has barely begun, the man responsible for finding a new president for Umpqua Community College had no problem making one promise Tuesday.“You can expect an open search,” said Preston Pulliams, president of Gold Hill Associates, a community college president search firm in Jackson, Mississippi.Pulliams met with the UCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday during a day-long
Published: August 26, 2015
To date in this column I have championed members of our community who deserve a lot of credit. They are folks who have been diagnosed with a thought disorder or mental illness, and who have not only survived their diagnosis, but against incredible odds have managed to thrive and to give back to this community. Most of us can’t even
Published: August 26, 2015
TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 823 S.E. Lane Ave., Roseburg. 541-671-0008.Lupus Support Group — 5 to 6 p.m., Mercy Community Education Center, Room 2, 2459 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. 541-229-0439.Al-Anon — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Yoncalla Public Library, 194 Birch St., Yoncalla. 1-888-214-3384.Codependents Anonymous — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Westside Christian Church, 2750 Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-430-1510.Depression
Published: August 26, 2015
Harley O’BrienU.S. Army Pvt. Harley O’Brien, son of Crystal Gardner of Glendale, Oregon, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. O’Brien is a 2014 graduate of Glendale High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Wesley OverholserWesley E. Overholser of Winston, Oregon, enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland, Oregon.Overholser is a 2009 graduate of Pacific Coast High School in Arcata, California.
Published: August 25, 2015
Thorin Tucker Thorin D. Tucker, son of Regan Tucker of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland.Tucker is a 2013 graduate of Sutherlin High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Zachery WadeZachery L. Wade, son of Larry and Traci Wade of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland.Wade is a 2014 graduate of Roseburg High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Andrew HaskellAndrew C. Haskell, son of Dana Birch of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland, Oregon.Haskell is a 2015 graduate of Glide High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Kayla JohnsonU.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla A. Johnson, daughter of Larry and Donna Johnson of Sutherlin, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman earned distinction as an honor graduate.Johnson graduated in 2011 from Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction, Oregon, and earned an associate degree in 2013 from Lane Community
Published: August 25, 2015
Andrew AndersonU.S. Army Pvt. Andrew M. Anderson, son of Lori G. Peters of Roseburg and brother of Kayla L. Podbreger, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.Anderson graduated in 2013 from Roseburg High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Reconsider Fair vendor charges I am curious what the Douglas County Fair board is thinking and what their strategy is regarding attracting vendors to participate in the fair. I heard from many people this year and last year about how the county is gouging the folks who sell their wears at the fair (no pun intended). The fair board charges
Published: August 25, 2015
Douglas County residents 8 years old and up can register for classes with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra beginning Sept. 8.Offering classes on the violin, viola, cello and string bass, the DCYO offers classes for advanced players through beginners who have never picked up a string instrument. Students will learn to read sheet music in a few months, the organization
Published: August 25, 2015
The Douglas County Library will host a “Family Funfare” on Sept. 16. The library will host a book club for students spanning elementary school ages all the way through high school, beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. presentation from the Search and Rescue K-9 team. Then, at 4:15 p.m., open play will begin with Legos, board games
Published: August 25, 2015
Two Roseburg-based health centers will receive federal grants for improving quality and enhancing health care access.Adapt will receive $9,333 and the Umpqua Community Health Center will receive $64,932 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The grants are part of $1.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding for 29 Oregon health centers. According to the health department, the grants
Published: August 25, 2015
A free class will be offered next week explaining the basics about Medicare.Medicare 101 is taught by the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program, a volunteer organization. The course will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Community Action Network office, 280 Kenneth Ford Drive. The training will cover enrollment, what Medicare offers, how to make the
Published: August 25, 2015
A semitrailer rolled off the road on Interstate 5 while driving southbound near milepost 152, just outside Yoncalla, at approximately 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.  A gray Dodge pickup truck pulling a stock trailer, driven by David T. Kennedy, 56, of Oakland, was traveling about 15-20 mph in the right lane of Interstate 5 with his flashers activated while attempting to pull onto
Published: August 25, 2015
Despite a flurry of Internet rumors claiming otherwise, statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled Saturday. “The archery season is starting soon and we hope bow hunters have a fun, safe and successful experience,” said Ron Anglin, wildlife division administrator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Because of the extreme fire danger, hunters should be aware
Published: August 25, 2015
People are invited to reserve seats now for the eighth Celebrate Kids event set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley, 1144 N.E. Cedar St., Roseburg.The event will recognize stars of the club and include a dinner by Seven Feathers Casino Resort, a silent and live auction and a
Published: August 25, 2015
Renovations on a historic railroad car will be aided by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.The Douglas County Museum will receive $9,580 to help pay for its ongoing restoration of an Oregon & California Railroad car.The grant is part of a larger $2.6 million award to 84 cultural organizations across the state. The museum was the only Douglas County
Published: August 25, 2015
I was hoping to be able to share some fun news of something in the works in Brewburg this month, but alas, the wheels of progress turn very slowly. It isn’t a new brewery, but something else that will be of interest to the brew-loving community at large. Hopefully, all the logistics will be worked out soon and I can
Published: August 25, 2015
OAKLAND — With just five returning starters, the Oakland football team has some holes to fill on offense and defense.But Ben Lane, beginning his sixth year as the Oakers’ head coach, believes there will be light at the end of the tunnel. He feels if the younger players step up and improve, the Oakers can be competitive with anyone in
Published: August 25, 2015
It’s about getting better every repetition in practice, growing as athletes and coming together as a cohesive unit with a single-minded purpose.That’s where Thurman Bell is concentrating as he prepares the Roseburg High Indians for the 2015 football season. There are bigger goals for the Indians, who finished 4-6 in 2014, but those will be accomplished if the moment-to-moment objectives
Published: August 25, 2015
Have you been out to Wildlife Safari lately? The Douglas County Republican Party held a picnic there near the Elephant Enclosure and the results were fantastic! A large group of people attended and enjoyed hot dogs, hamburgers and side dishes. The setting and weather were great and everyone got to see the new viewing area for the elephants. The staff
Published: August 25, 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. Monday Douglas County sheriff 12:46 a.m. — Three young males heard fighting and shoving each other at the church next door in the 700 block of Newton Creek Road, Roseburg. 6:47
Published: August 25, 2015
A multi-family home caught fire Monday afternoon in Sutherlin at approximately 4:46 p.m. near the intersection of W. Second Avenue and N. State Street, according to the Sutherlin Fire Department.When emergency responders arrived, flames were coming out of a few of the house’s windows. Authorities estimated about $20,000 in damages for the home’s contents and about $40,000 in damages to
Published: August 25, 2015
After back-to-back sessions that involved discussions about how to regulate recreational marijuana within the city, the Roseburg City Council returned to the subject of roadwork on Monday evening.Though councilors Andrea Zielinski and Steve Kaser were out of town, the other councilors present heard two agenda items from city staff concerning the city’s current push to rework its network of roads
Published: August 25, 2015
Gertrude Blackwell Age 66, of Glendale, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Gene Forrest Smart Age 78, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Zane Q. Becker Age 95, of Canyonville, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements are
Published: August 25, 2015
A Roseburg man was cited and released for possessing approximately 20 ounces of marijuana after police made contact with three individuals who were found sleeping in the back parking lot of Wells Fargo in Roseburg.Garfield Kelly Lowe, 46, Cody Leland Boots, 24, and Natasha Sherrae Beck, 23, all of Roseburg, were cited on suspicion of prohibited camping near the intersection
Published: August 25, 2015
Dave Skala knows that not all students who attended the aviation summer camp Cloud Busters will pursue a career in aviation.And that’s OK with him, as long as they leave with a better understanding of the value of science, technology and math in schools and how these subjects can lead to a satisfying technical career.“You can have that college degree,”
Published: August 25, 2015
Employees of Roseburg Public Schools quickly found out that choosing the “fun way” to listen to Superintendent Gerry Washburn’s presentation meant some dancing, clapping and experiencing just a hint of silliness Monday morning at Roseburg High School.After presenting an opening slide show on the Rose Theatre stage, Washburn disappeared backstage, then reemerged to the sounds of “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.
Published: August 25, 2015
When Alek Skarlatos heard what sounded like a gunshot and breaking glass on the train ride from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday, he nudged his friend next to him.Something wasn’t right. An innocent vacation in Europe, involving two buddies since childhood, was about to take a terrifying turn.A gunman armed with a Russian-made assault rifle, handgun and a knife opened
Published: August 21, 2015
Alan Cress was the best among the late model drivers, capturing the main event during Saturday’s Pacific Racing Association program at the Douglas County Speedway.Other feature winners included Karl Smith (mini stocks), Nicholas Hansen (street stocks) and Rich McCoy (Pro-4 wedge).Highlighting this weekend’s schedule at DCS is the Kamper Korner RV Center West Coast Modified Shootout, with $2,000 going to
Published: August 24, 2015
This summer has been a tough one for Douglas County. Yes, some big-name musical acts rolled through town, the county fair did well and the countless varieties of fruit have tasted delicious. However, the oppressive record-breaking heat, the numerous accidental deaths, the murders and the fires that have burned many thousands of acres have cast a pall over the region.
Published: August 24, 2015
Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Director Cameron Smith will host a town hall meeting with local veterans from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at Patrick W. Kelley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2468, 1127 Walnut St., Roseburg. The event is free and open to the community.This town hall will offer local veterans an opportunity to provide their perspectives on how
Published: August 24, 2015
Officers from the Myrtle Creek Police Department were dispatched to the 300 block of Heard Street Monday morning at approximately 12:30 a.m. to respond to reports of a woman who had thrown a large rock at another female doing major damage to a car.Paige Elisabeth Coon 47, of Myrtle Creek, the thrower, pretended to be asleep when officers arrived. After
Published: August 24, 2015
This group of women that you read about and follow are really incredible. I think we are all here writing because we all have struggles. And in the valley of struggle we can feel alone sometimes. I am developing a theory as time goes by: to struggle is to be human, but to overcome is to be blessed. And that
Published: August 24, 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.SundayDouglas County sheriff12:21 a.m. — Rancher has never been seen at night in the 300 block of Manning Road, Oakland, but caller can see two flashlights in the area.12:22 a.m. — Female
Published: August 24, 2015
Two people got into a physical fight Sunday afternoon over a knife, according to police.Rebecca Lynn Comer, 23, and David James Neet, 25, both of Roseburg, began fighting in the 900 block of W. Elaine Avenue when Comer reportedly pulled a knife out at approximately 2 p.m. The two then began fighting over the knife.During the disturbance, Comer received a
Published: August 24, 2015
Surprise visit highlights 65thErnest and Ruth Poreda commemorated their 65th wedding anniversary throughout the week of July 9. An unexpected highlight was the surprise visit from their son and daughter-in-law who live in Colorado. A celebratory dinner at the Roseburg Country Club with neighbor friends Don, Gary and Arleta was enjoyed by all. Ruth L. Goedrich and Ernest Poreda were
Published: August 24, 2015
Learn about Girl ScoutsGirl Scouts will offer hands-on activities at Pioneer Days on August 27, 28 and 29 in Canyonville. Girls and their families can learn about local activities happening this fall and discover the fun adventures available as a Girl Scout or adult volunteer.Information: 541-622-6153.
Published: August 24, 2015
Last call for Pinochle playersSign up soon for the Mercy Pinochle Tournament. Partners must be paired and games scheduled before the tournament begins in September.There will be 20 to 30 pairs formed; two pairs play at each game. Each player donates $2 per game and the funds are contributed to Umpqua Community College nursing scholarships.If you play Pinochle and are
Published: August 24, 2015
Get ready to start classesRoseburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2468 and Dollar Tree, Inc. are offering the Back-to-School Brigade program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Hall, 1127 N.E. Walnut St. Roseburg. These two groups have joined forces again this year to provide back-to-school supplies for children of military personnel and veterans. Be prepared to
Published: August 24, 2015
Questions of legality remainI have a question today for our many friends who are promoting the use, widespread availability and economic benefits of marijuana.Is it okay for people who use marijuana to drive on our streets and highways? I pose this question for three reasons:1. Do not our commercial drivers of school buses, trucks, etc., have to be drug tested
Published: August 24, 2015
PARIS (AP) — The president of France pinned his country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, on three Americans and a Briton today, saying they “gave a lesson in courage” by subduing a heavily armed attacker on a high-speed train carrying 500 passengers to Paris.President Francois Hollande said that while two of the Americans who tackled the gunman were soldiers, “on
Published: August 24, 2015
Operation Homefront’s Back-to-School Brigade program provides free school supplies to families of veterans and military members. Throughout the year, Operation Homefront and Dollar Tree, Inc. collect school supplies for donation to the children of active military members or wounded warriors.The annual Back-to-School Brigade event is in its ninth year and is expected to give away 40,000 book bags nationwide.Patrick W.
Published: August 23, 2015
Social Security listened to customer feedback and made the online appeals process even better. Now, people who disagree with our disability decision can complete their appeal using our improved online appeals process.More than 90,000 people use our online appeals application each month. We’ve certainly come a long way since introducing the online appeal option in September 2007. Throughout the nation,
Published: August 23, 2015
Dear Parent,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 for
Published: August 23, 2015
Katie Steinhauer and Zsa Zsa won best look-a-likes by accident. Steinhauer doesn’t own Zsa Zsa, a lhasa apso and poodle mix, and the two hadn’t entered together. In fact, the judges of the contest had dropped the category for lack of good contestants, but when they saw the two of them next to each other, they knew they had a
Published: August 23, 2015
Plagued by rising water temperatures and the bacteria and parasites that thrive in those virulent waters, 157,000 summer steelhead have died at Rock Creek Hatchery since May, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday. Dan Meyer, the hatchery’s manager, said he and the hatchery’s staff became more concerned in May when water temperatures climbed and gave way to
Published: August 23, 2015
Audrey Hannigan and her fiancé Kevin Davis heard about Musicians for Mobility on the same day, separately. Each came home eager to tell the other about it.When Hannigan and Davis went to Musicians for Mobility, they knew they had found a hopper for their energy.“I said, ‘I’m helping next year, that’s all there is to it,’” Hannigan said.That was last
Published: August 23, 2015
A driver cut across two lanes on I-5 north in front of Roseburg police officer Kody Inda, forcing Inda to lightly tap the brakes of his patrol car. About 15 minutes later, another driver straddled two lanes for a few seconds directly in front of Inda before finally moving over.And this was a good day. Police officers and firefighters agree
Published: August 23, 2015
The final session of the 10-week forage management class ended, but several of the students weren’t ready to quit learning.These students were Douglas County land and livestock owners and were enrolled in a community education class at Umpqua Community College. They had eaten up the information that instructor Woody Lane, a livestock nutrition and forage specialist, had presented during the
Published: August 23, 2015
The transition of employee to owner seems to becoming a trend at While Away Books.Karen Tolley started the book store and after 10 years, sold it to employee Peggy Cheatham. Then 11 years later, Cheatham sold to employee Josh Jones. Partnering with Jones in the purchase is his father Tom Jones and his brother Jeff Jones. Josh Jones has been
Published: August 23, 2015
My son Chet’s teddy bear, Leroy, was callously abandoned by his best buddy when Chet got married. Then Chet and his wife Chelsea moved to Oklahoma with all their worldly goods — except Leroy. Leroy was clearly suffering from separation anxiety, so on June 17 my husband Kyle and I helped Leroy set out in pursuit. However, we were not
Published: August 23, 2015
Brown is the new Green in Riddle these days.Due to drought conditions in the county, the city of Riddle has enacted a voluntary water restriction, hoping to curtail water usage by 5 percent per household. From the looks of lawns in town we should be hitting that goal, but not to worry as soon as the fall rains hit, we’ll
Published: August 23, 2015
Most of us are just one calamity away from homelessness.Unlike in other industrialized nations, Americans who become seriously ill or injured can quickly become financially ruined, along with the attendant incapacity or diminished ability brought on by the illness or injury itself.In central Douglas County, the presence of homeless citizens on our streets, in our doorways, parks and alleyways frequently
Published: August 23, 2015
A Winston resident took to social media in protest of being let go from a volunteer position at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team last week.On Tuesday, John Parker Jr., 35, said he was brought into a conversation during which he was dismissed from the position because of his support of legalizing marijuana.“My only downfall is my public
Published: August 23, 2015
It was 108 degrees when I jumped in my truck after what I thought was a tough day inside my air-conditioned office a few weeks ago.“Geeze, Louise,” I muttered, cranking up the fans on my dashboard. “Can’t wait to get home and crack open a cold beer.”Then a van passed on my left filled with men and women wearing yellow
Published: August 23, 2015
“The only constant in life is change”. More true than in a small business. Regardless of what things were like when you began serving customers, it’s quite likely that conditions have changed. The economy may have shifted, new competitors may have arrived on the scene, or your mix of marketing tools may no longer be optional.Perhaps maybe you have changed.
Published: August 23, 2015
Keeping a small flock of chickens is an increasingly popular hobby and a great way to ensure a supply fresh eggs. Many rural and suburban residents of Douglas County have a small flock of chickens or purchase eggs from a neighbor who does. If you don’t have access to fresh eggs, you may have noticed that egg prices at the
Published: August 22, 2015
Motorists on Highway 138 should expect to see flaggers on Stephens Street from Aug. 24 to 28 as contract crews continue work near the Deer Creek Bridge. The flaggers will control traffic near the intersection with Diamond Lake Boulevard during daylight hours.The contractor, Salem-based Carter & Company, is scheduled to pave both southbound lanes of the bridge at the beginning
Published: August 21, 2015
Dorothy Jean DostalekAge 91, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.David E. McFaddinAge 85, of Sutherlin, Oregon, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281
Published: August 21, 2015
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURG KIDDER — Kristina and Jason Kidder, Roseburg, August 10, a daughter, Lena June Kidder, 8 pounds 0 ouncesMACKEY — Mahala Cotton and Elijah Mackey, Roseburg, August 10, a son, Jack Rowen Mackey, 7 pounds 3 ouncesCARSON — Jessica Rogers and James Carson, Oakland, August 11, a daughter, Elizabeth Marie Carson, 8 pounds 9 ouncesPEREZ — Florence
Published: August 21, 2015
Research and exploratory steps onto a career path can position students for education and career success.Choice — It’s something we as humans all want. Americans in particular regard choice as our birthright, given that this nation came about because of the limits imposed on choices offered here and abroad.Parents naturally want to present their children paths to the future that
Published: August 21, 2015
Safety first, don’t speedA June 30 article in The News-Review hit a sore spot concerning speeding up traffic on Oregon highways.On Interstate 5, the speed limit is 65 mph; that means both lanes, regardless of what the “slower traffic keep right” signs say. The drivers’ manual says you can be arrested for speeding while passing, if you exceed the speed
Published: August 21, 2015
Winston Police Chief Scott Gugel would much rather focus on police work than add additional responsibilities as Winston’s interim city manager to his duties. He said today, however, that he’s willing to do what it takes to help the city keep running. Gugel’s name surfaced as the leading candidate for interim city manager this morning during a city council workshop.
Published: August 21, 2015
Douglas County’s solid waste disposal fees will go into effect Sept. 1 at the landfill and transfer stations. From that date forward, residents should remember to carry cash, a local check or a credit/debit card with them during every visit to the landfill or transfer stations. Local disposal company collection rates will also increase to compensate for the implementation of
Published: August 21, 2015
ROSEBURGTucker, McLean win half marathonGlen Tucker was the overall winner in the third annual Umpqua River Run Half Marathon last Saturday, while Cristen McLean was the top finisher among the women.Tucker covered the 13.1-mile course in 1 hour, 21 minutes, 18 seconds. McLean finished in 1:33:27. Final ResultsTop 10 Overall FinishersHalf MarathonMen — 1. Glen Tucker, 1:21:18; 2. Jerry Roberts,
Published: August 21, 2015

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