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Students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley combined heartfelt thanks with craftwork while making cards for local veterans at a Valentines for Vets event Tuesday.In its 14th year, Valentines for Vets is the first activity that ties in with Celebration of Literacy that runs from Feb. 20 until March 5 this year. Altrusa International of Roseburg
Published: February 10, 2016
Roseburg City Council will consider putting an initiative on the November ballot that would help fund the Douglas County Library System.No decisions were made Monday night, but Jeff Pugh of the Save Our Libraries political action committee proposed setting up a special district that would tax property owners and help fund the library system. Pugh said the library desperately needs
Published: February 9, 2016
I just wanted to say thanks to the News-Review for the coverage of A1 sports. There are not many media outlets that cover small school sports like you do. I grew up in Douglas County (Camas Valley) and now live in the Seattle area where I get Douglas County news and sports coverage via the News-Review internet. I follow and
Published: February 9, 2016
President Obama lauds an unemployment rate not achieved for eight years. However, it comes at the cost of tens of millions of people unable to find full-time employment. When those people who have left the workforce are counted, the unemployment rate becomes 9.9 percent.Another important cost is the extraordinary debt burden the country is accumulating to fuel an illusory economic
Published: February 9, 2016
The Oregon State Police will take over the investigation into missing Douglas County property that led to 15 public works employees being put on administrative leave, the agency told The News-Review today.The employees were placed on paid leave last week after the Douglas County Public Works Department discovered equipment had gone missing, though the items have still not been confirmed
Published: February 9, 2016
The breakfast area was crowded. Not as bad as yesterday, however, so I was thankful for a table my family could sit at. Dozens of families crowded in and I looked around. Where should I start today? The line at the eggs and sausage was significant, so I turned from that. There was an opening at one of the waffle
Published: February 9, 2016
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 LOGMondayDouglas County sheriff12:26 a.m. — Multiple loud booms heard and flashes seen in the 100 block of South Avenue, Sutherlin. 2:41 a.m. — Neighbors with a history of drug use are
Published: February 9, 2016
This winter, skiers and snowboarders are coming from all over the West Coast to experience the fresh powder at Mount Bailey. With 12 feet of snow covering its 6,000 acres, Mount Bailey is the destination for cat skiing in Douglas County.Jon Kurtz of Idleyld Park started skiing at Cat Ski Mount Bailey 30 years ago. “The best day of skiing
Published: February 8, 2016
About all those bulldozers and detours in downtown Roseburg, local leaders reminded people to look down the road, so to speak.Roseburg Mayor Larry Rich and City Manager Lance Colley presented a joint State of the City address to the Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Monday. Their talks touched on a myriad of changes coming
Published: February 9, 2016
Douglas County government has weathered lean times with new fees for dumping trash and visiting parks, but more tough choices lie ahead, according to Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan.Morgan said voters could see a five-year public safety levy request in the future, as a way to fund sheriff’s patrol, the jail, 9-1-1 and the district attorney’s office. Morgan said she
Published: February 9, 2016
GLENDALE — Glendale residents will be facing a recall election this month, following the successful filing of three petitions in January to recall three Glendale School District board members. Board members Henry Perry and Judith Dickerson have since resigned, while board member William Boal’s name will be in the recall election. The mail-in ballots must be returned by 8 p.m.
Published: February 9, 2016
An outspoken critic of the Douglas County commissioners office has filed for the seat Commissioner Susan Morgan will vacate at the end of the year.J.D. Parks of Azalea has in the past accused commissioners of serving the well-heeled and powerful at the expense of ordinary citizens. Parks said today if he’s elected, he would give half his salary back to
Published: February 9, 2016
Paul Larry Lee Hunter Age 71, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2016. Arrangements are pending. UMPQUA VALLEY FUNERAL DIRECTORS. 541-537-9300.James Howard Kerr Age 73, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Howard Hale BurksAge 88, of Winston, Oregon passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. Arrangements are
Published: February 8, 2016
Do you have a relative who lost his life serving in any branch of the service in World War I? Chances are the mother was presented a Service Flag.During World War I, it became the custom for families of servicemen to hang a Service Flag in the window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family
Published: February 8, 2016
One of the most important investments you can make when building a new home or remodeling is to increase your home’s energy efficiency. Doing so may cost more upfront, but the costs will be recovered over time through lower energy bills, a reduced carbon footprint, and could increase your home’s resale value. The orientation of your home on the lot
Published: February 8, 2016
Happy Valentine’s Day. It’s a time for flowers and sentimental cards but it’s also a time to share the love that’s in our hearts. Turns out that when we do that as a volunteer it’s also good for our health.Carnegie Mellon University research in 2013 determined that adults over age 50 who volunteered on a regular basis were less likely
Published: February 8, 2016
For the married Purity is such a fragile thing. A wholesome and captivating quality yet when left unprotected, is then gone. Just gone. Before you even knew it. Years ago I was reading a book for older girls on how to wait for love yet not live in waiting. It was opening up the possibilities of their hands to plow
Published: February 8, 2016
As of Jan. 1, 2016, us miners have been told to not go dredging or high bank for gold. There is a law suit coming up Feb. 18 in Medford court to reestablish 1872 mining laws to us miners.I don’t believe in dredging when the fish are spawning until after they hatch out. The law says we are ruining fish
Published: February 8, 2016
Edwin Meese was Attorney General under Reagan. He recently said, “ I never thought I would see the day when a president could blatantly flout the founding document of the United States.” He is backing an organization called, “The Southeastern Legal Foundation” that has been organized to fight Obama’s illegal acts. Obama has granted the EPA the illegal power to
Published: February 8, 2016
Largely in an attempt to appeal to those averse to moving to rural areas, Roseburg Forest Products decided to move its headquarters to Springfield. However, there are many Douglas County residents who have stayed, who have moved back here or who just plain moved to the county to make a living. They see the area as a great community to
Published: February 7, 2016
After almost 70 years, Betty Alldredge and Mickey Pederson sat down together to have lunch again.But it took several minutes and several questions before the two 87-year-old women realized they had sat down for many meals together years earlier. That was back during the 1946-’47 school year when both were young women attending Oregon State University in Corvallis and were
Published: February 7, 2016
A woman is suing Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Roseburg for nearly $375,000 after slipping on a large puddle of soda syrup she said the beverage company failed to prevent.Kelly Goodlin is alleging that on Feb. 4, 2014, while she was an employee of Oregon Surgery Center, she walked into a pantry-like area, turned on a light and took a step inside
Published: February 7, 2016
Parents and their children took an opportunity to duck out of the rain to visit the Douglas County Library on Saturday for a morning of fun and learning.From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., tottering small children and pre-teens alike roamed the Ford Family Room for Take Your Child to the Library Day. They danced and cavorted around a big, colorful
Published: February 7, 2016
The Douglas County Courthouse RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING DIVORCE REQUESTS JAN. 4 to jan. 29Mayo W. Hand, II, of Glendale, and Hazel Maxine Hand, of Coos Bay, Jan. 4Sadie Renee Lincecum, of Myrtle Creek, and Steven Austin Lincecum, Jan. 4Lacey Jean Wise, and Aaron Paul Wise, both of Roseburg, Jan. 5Shelley Kaye Swift, of Reedsport, and Kevin Ray Swift, of North
Published: February 8, 2016
While most of us will watch Super Bowl 50 from a recliner next to a bowl of guacamole, Roseburg resident Lori Haggans will be right at home at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.Haggans, a music instructor at Absolute Sound and Music in Roseburg, joined her family at the stadium today to watch her son play in the biggest sporting
Published: February 7, 2016
GRANTS PASS — The No. 1-ranked Yoncalla boys basketball team survived a 3-point barrage by New Hope Christian and remained unbeaten on the season with a 64-58 Skyline League win Saturday night.Zack Van Loon led the Eagles (22-0, 11-0 Skyline North) with 27 points and seven steals. Rob Stewman added a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.Mike Loper had
Published: February 7, 2016
WINCHESTER — When the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks are on their game, they’re clearly one of the most dangerous women’s basketball teams in the Northwest Athletic Conference.The fifth-ranked Riverhawks were on fire early Saturday against the Portland Panthers, leading from start to finish as they rolled to a 118-83 Southern Region victory in the UCC gym.Sophomore post Anna Mumm became
Published: February 7, 2016
WINCHESTER — This one could hurt a lot worse. Portland held an 18-7 advantage in points off turnovers and outscored the Riverhawks 16-11 in the second overtime to earn an 83-78 double-overtime victory over Umpqua Saturday evening in a Northwest Athletic Conference Southern Region men’s basketball game.The Riverhawks (13-10, 6-5 South) slipped a game in the standings with the loss,
Published: February 7, 2016
PRINEVILLE — Two of the top prep wrestling programs in Oregon squared off on the mat Saturday night, with defending 6A state champion Roseburg visiting 4A champ Crook County.Shane Sabins won by decision at 132 pounds in the final match to preserve the top-ranked Indians’ 35-28 nonleague win.Roseburg got falls from Hunter Sparks (106), Austin David (113) and Brandon Jeffers
Published: February 7, 2016
A group made up of public agencies and private companies in the Douglas County region was awarded nearly $150,000 in state grant money last week.The Umpqua Basin Partnership, whose collective mission is to work together to protect fish and wildlife in the Umpqua Watershed, was given $149,734 by the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Eric Riley, executive director for The Partnership
Published: February 7, 2016
Looking forward to a busy economic year, Oakland Economic Development has “hit the pavement running” with our membership drive and the excitement of new and different things happening now and in the future for Oakland businesses. A record number of members joined OED last year and we are hoping to top that number this year with a slate of marketing
Published: February 7, 2016
I’ve been retired a month and thought I’d share some early observations, in the event some of you may be contemplating your own retirement, or perhaps wondering what it’s like to be unemployed.For starters, I got out of bed at 8 this morning. I’m pretty sure that’s what time I was meant to get out of bed the past 64
Published: February 7, 2016
Shannon Wilson and Mark Snell, chefs and restaurant co-owners, originally intended to operate two restaurants, one in Myrtle Creek and the other to the north in Sutherlin.But after five months of renovating a building in Sutherlin to fit their needs while continuing to run their restaurant in Myrtle Creek, Wilson and Snell decided it would be best to concentrate their
Published: February 7, 2016
The wood products business is lackluster. Yet, unsold inventories in Portland reached an 11-year low. This could foreshadow increased housing starts. A brief explanation of lumber versus log board feet is included. Recent trends of lumber, home construction and housing markets, are compared to 2009 and 2005.Interpretation and Looking Ahead2016 wood products and housing are starting slowly. The stud price
Published: February 7, 2016
SUTHERLIN — The Sutherlin Bulldogs crushed the visiting Sisters Outlaws 67-8 at the Dog Pound behind the hot shooting of junior Taylor Stricklin Friday in Sky-Em League girls basketball. Stricklin netted a career-high 35 points as Sutherlin (19-1, 6-0) won its 15th straight. “She (Stricklin) did a great job tonight and our kids did a great job of finding her,”
Published: February 6, 2016
YONCALLA — The Yoncalla Eagles showed why they’re the top-ranked team in the 1A ranks with a dominating performance against the visiting Umpqua Valley Christian Monarchs Friday at Duncan Court, winning the Skyline League game 100-6. Yoncalla (21-0, 10-0) picked up the Skyline North victory behind a school-record 58 rebounds. Eagles senior guard Zack Van Loon just missed a quadruple-double
Published: February 6, 2016
Sheldon hit 3-of-4 free throws in the final minute to hold Roseburg at bay and claim a 49-47 Southwest Conference girls basketball victory Friday at Robertson Memorial Gym.The sixth-ranked Irish (14-6, 7-2 SWC) had the lead going into the fourth quarter and spread the floor to run the clock as the game neared its conclusion. “They stalled it out, pulled
Published: February 6, 2016
ELKTON — The Warriors came to play and got even with the Elks in a big way Friday night.Jhana Lane sparked a strong second quarter by North Douglas, which continued on to hand Elkton a 52-31 thumping in a Skyline League girls basketball game at Grimsrud Gym.The Warriors (17-4, 9-1) moved into a first place tie with the Elks (16-5,
Published: February 6, 2016
Jumping around and chasing each other, little lambs are playing in pastures all around Douglas County. Although lambs are often thought of as a harbinger of spring, the lambing season actually begins in the winter here.Doni Perse, the ranch manager at the Kahn Ranch just east of Roseburg, said lambs are born in the winter so they can get the
Published: February 6, 2016
Since 2007, Oregon law has prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation, which includes gender identity. Roseburg attorney Dan Clark, who’s practiced school law for more than 25 years, focused on accommodating transgender students in Douglas County school districts at a training session Thursday for school staff and administrators.“We are required to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our
Published: February 6, 2016
February 5, 1925 – January 13, 2016.Kenton “Ken” Lynn Gum, age 90, died peacefully with grace and dignity in his own home after being compassionately cared for by his loving family, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. Ken was born in Eugene, Oregon. His parents were Moses Sylvester Gum and Susie M. Smith Gum. Ken was the youngest and last surviving
Published: February 5, 2016
Shirley went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. She was born to Arthur J. and Nora (Vaughn) Kingman on October 4, 1917, in Redfield, South Dakota. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1919. Shirley spent most of her life in Oregon, moving to Roseburg in 1948. She was married to J. R. (Buck) Sullivan in
Published: February 5, 2016
Age 88, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, in Roseburg, Oregon. She was born to Dewey J. and Mary Elizabeth Beckford in Ft. Scott, Kansas. The oldest of four, her brothers Melvin and Jay Dee, and her sister Anna Marie preceded her in death, as did her husband of 52 years, Glenn E. Fisher and their first baby boy.
Published: February 5, 2016
Peacefully passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016, with her family by her side. Marnie was born in Parkston, South Dakota, on June 16, 1925, the youngest of seven children, to Amelia and AJ Adelman. She grew up in Parkston, working in her parent’s restaurant “The Corner Café.” She graduated in 1943 from Sacred Heart High School in Parkston, where
Published: February 5, 2016
Passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. He was born on June 12, 1926, to Elton and Martha (Terry) Reeves in Rupert, Arkansas. He had six siblings: Vivian, Al, Leo, Cecil, Francis and Burley. Clifford served his country in the US Navy from 1944 until 1946. He is survived by his children Penny, Larry, Lana, Jerry, Linda and Dan. Graveside
Published: February 5, 2016
Age 24, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016, Rice Valley, Oregon. He was born January 15, 1992, in Oakridge, OR, to Connie and Alfred Scevers. Ryan attended Sutherlin High School, where he played football. He married his wife, Faith Scevers, on October 19, 2012, in Phoenix, OR. He had a passion for outdoors, hiking, fishing and simply reading the
Published: February 5, 2016
On Monday, February 1, 2016, Emma Jean McCord went to see Jesus face to face. “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” I Cor. 13:12. Mom was a caregiver all her life; first for her five children and then as a CNA for many years at Douglas Community Hospital. Meanwhile, she also found time
Published: February 5, 2016
Fifteen employees in the Douglas County Public Works Department were put on administrative leave this week following the disappearance of property, officials said Friday.It’s still unclear exactly what has gone missing, but the county has reached out to police and is conducting its own internal investigation.“Douglas County has reported to law enforcement the potential theft of equipment from the Public
Published: February 5, 2016
LaVeta Mae Fisher-Osborn Age 88, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.
Published: February 5, 2016
The fatal shooting that left one man and two dogs dead near Rice Valley Road was ruled to be justified by a Douglas County grand jury today, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.On Thursday, the investigation into the fatal shooting of Ryan Scevers that occurred in the 3000 block of Rice Valley Road was presented to a grand jury,
Published: February 5, 2016
On the Opinion Page of the paper Friday, Jan. 29, there was an article about the Malheur refuge takeover.In it the News-Review stated, “The News-Review wants the facts to become known. More likely they will continue to be clouded by rhetoric that includes a misreading of the U.S. Constituion, the ‘ownership’ of the land and property and the motives of
Published: February 5, 2016
I agree with the article from Mary Corum, “Stop trashing our library.” We have a fine library and an active readers base. Now, we need an active volunteer group who will dedicate their time in keeping the exterior safe and clean.The abuse received from homeless or jobless youth is taking its toll on an otherwise beautiful building. Entering the library
Published: February 5, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO — The fifth-ranked Oregon State baseball team received 98 of a possible 100 points and is the choice by the Pac-12 Conference’s coaches to win the league in 2016.The Pac-12 released the preseason poll on Thursday, and Pat Casey’s Beavers received nine of a possible 10 first-place votes. UCLA and California each received one.The Bruins are projected to
Published: February 5, 2016
FLORENCE — Tayah Kelley and Emilee Mueller fueled a fourth quarter rally by South Umpqua and the Lancers earned their first Far West League girls basketball victory of the season Thursday, beating Siuslaw 41-34.The Lancers (2-17, 1-5 FWL) ended a 15-game losing streak.“They were pretty excited about the win,” said S.U. first-year coach Keri Vermillion. “The girls were really determined.
Published: February 5, 2016
It's easy to make meat and veggies for dinner, and "eat Paleo." But what happens when you want to feed your cravings for something different? Dare I say Asian food? Is Paleo Asian food even possible? Most of their meat and vegetables are covered in sauces and marinades full of sugar. I had to answer these questions because Asian food
Published: January 20, 2016
We know you’re busy and that most days you’re lucky to finish a cup of coffee before it gets cold, never mind find time to catch up on all of the latest news stories. That’s why your Douglas County Moms have brought you this list. It’s a highlight of some of this week’s major headlines. So sit back, relax, and
Published: February 5, 2016
When it comes to films, the title can either help or harm reception at the box office. In the case of “Jane Got a Gun,” the title didn’t do the movie any favors. What it does accomplish is to foreshadow 98 minutes of disappointment. Like its title, the film was cliché and overly simplistic — a careless attempt at a
Published: February 4, 2016
The Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services this week warned consumers of two different scams making the rounds in Oregon.The first scam works to exploit the financial troubles of Moda Health, using callers to prey upon those worried about the status of their insurance with Moda. The callers ask for personal information, including Social Security numbers, and threaten to
Published: February 5, 2016
The bend around Southeast Douglas Avenue, which sends traffic around the Umpqua Business Center and across Southeast Stephens Street, could be reopened as early as Monday, officials say.The street goes between Oregon Tool and Rite-Aid and continues east up past the Douglas County Courthouse. It is not only a popular shortcut to and from downtown but also the main thoroughfare
Published: February 5, 2016
WINCHESTER — Firefighters responded to the 100 block of Wild Fern Drive, Winchester, Thursday night after a neighbor reported seeing flames coming from a bedroom window on the first floor of a house. The flames were spreading quickly to a second-story deck.One crew worked to extinguish the fire while a second group of firefighters searched the home for occupants at
Published: February 5, 2016
Last summer my husband Russ and I took a week in Hawaii to seek out a place to rest. We soaked up the sun, walked on the white sandy beaches of Mauna Kea Beach and made use of a nearby hammock. I took my camera to capture the beauty along the way. The colors of the sunset and bluest waves
Published: February 5, 2016
The daughter of David Maitland Christie and Laura Rose Willcox, was born June 12, 1924 near Princeton, Minnesota, and died on Monday, January 25, 2016, in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. Shortly after she was born, the family moved to Washington State where Jean grew up in Seattle, Mount Vernon, and Tacoma. After Graduation from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Jean worked
Published: February 5, 2016
Robert J. EgglestonAge 73, Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, January 28, 2016. Arrangement are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Andrew J. WhisnanAge 92, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016. No services.James Byron Day Age 67, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Martin William Helton
Published: February 5, 2016
Just about every minute, a woman dies of heart disease. The majority of these deaths are avoidable. That’s why Social Security encourages you to participate in National Wear Red Day on February 5, which aims to raise awareness about preventing heart disease and stroke among women.Social Security plays an important role in many women’s lives — nearly 60 percent of
Published: February 4, 2016
After reading the article, “Dannenhoffer files whistleblower complaint in federal court,” against Architrave/DCIPA, all I could say was, “Finally.” In 2010, I experienced a similar situation while employed with DCIPA, reporting to Brent Eichmann and Ron Preston. My role as the IT manager, my team of professionals, the physicians and community was a dream job; however, the unprofessionalism of the
Published: February 4, 2016
In response to Kathleen Small’s letter to the Editor on Jan. 17, you incriminated yourself when you called yourself a “native, stupid resident of LaLa land” by taking a stand against guns. Obama’s long standing goal is to eliminate guns in the hands of all law abiding citizens of America. Obama has said this many times over the past seven
Published: February 4, 2016
WINCHESTER — It didn’t matter if it was in the box, behind the 3-point arc or at the charity stripe, there was no stopping the Umpqua Community College women’s basketball team as the Riverhawks routed Southwestwern Oregon 98-71 Wednesday night in the UCC gym.The Riverhawks (19-5, 7-3 Southern Region) shot 57 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from 3-point
Published: February 4, 2016
WINCHESTER — With the second half of conference play under way, the Umpqua Community College men’s basketball team seems to be heating up at just the right time.The Riverhawks continued their recent dominance over Southwestern Oregon by clawing its way to a 93-82 victory Wednesday evening at the ’Hawk Nest. The scoring duo of sophomores Charles Porter and Mikko Balmes
Published: February 4, 2016
The annual Father Daughter Dance at the Douglas County Fairgrounds will be Friday February 12th 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Building. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $10 at the door if you bring one can of food or more for UCAN. 24-months-old and younger are free admission. The Melrose Father Daughter Dance will be held
Published: February 4, 2016
Douglas County’s graduation rates continue to fall farther and farther behind the state’s rate, which already sits 10 percentage points lower than the national rate for the 2014-2015 school year, according to the Oregon Department of Education.County rates decreased nearly 7 percent over the last 3 years while state rates increased by more than 7 percent during that same time.
Published: February 4, 2016
Gov. Kate Brown’s recent proposals to increase the statewide minimum wage, currently at $9.25, have been met with mixed reviews. Now, the Oregon Employment Department has put together a new report on Oregon’s minimum wage to show how it compares nationwide and how its impact differs within the state.“Low wage employment makes up different shares of jobs in different counties
Published: February 4, 2016
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution opposing a pair of new gun control billsSeveral citizens who attended the commissioners’ regular meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse in Roseburg tried, and failed, to change their minds.The controversy surrounds two bills introduced this week as the 2016 legislative short session began. One of them — Senate Bill
Published: February 3, 2016
Douglas County will join a Linn County lawsuit that demands the state manage timber on Forest Trust Lands for the benefit of the county governments that formerly owned the lands.Linn County announced last month its plans to file a class action suit against the state, saying the state has breached its contract with the counties to harvest timber on those
Published: February 4, 2016
Police tactics in occupations have had a long-term learning curve since 1985 and before. One of the main concerns as expressed particularly by the Northern Paiute Tribe of Indians, was the preservation and protection of their artifacts and antiquities being stored at the Malheur Refuge, 4000 in all. With the omission of the results of the Branch Davidian occupation in
Published: February 4, 2016
It is no surprise Oregon has abysmally low graduation rates. Education is not valued by many Oregonians. “I don’t need to go to school,” a student told his teacher, “I can just go on welfare like my father and grandfather.” Many students are not motivated to prepare for the workforce because they believe that someone will take care of them
Published: February 4, 2016
It appears the Douglas County fair has fewer exhibits each year. Why?Are the commercial booths too expensive for the businesses to take advantage of the publicity they would get?The building that has the quilts, food and art had many vacant areas. It used to be filled with displays; now very few. Why?Are people just not exhibiting? Has the fair driven
Published: February 4, 2016
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners will pay $15,000 to find out whether a college for future health care professionals could be built in downtown Roseburg and become a boon for the county’s economy.The project, known informally as “med-ed,” has been discussed for about four years among the county’s economic development and medical leaders.It was dealt a setback after a
Published: February 4, 2016
Fredrick M. PercellAge 93, of Sutherlin/Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Vernie V. Hawkinson Age 85, of Elkton, Oregon, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2016. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Lester Lawson Reeves Age 89, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.
Published: February 4, 2016
Beloved husband, dad and grandpa passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Christine; daughter and son-in-law Sherry and Jay Couron; grandchildren Colin and Anna; sister Eileen; nieces Audrey Gould, Janet Hobson and Carole Sunlay; and extended family in England.Geoff was born on May 9, 1925 in Brind,
Published: February 4, 2016
Age 68, of Roseburg, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016, at her home. She was born March 6, 1947, in Bend, Oregon, to Ethel Rose and Jack Dillion. On June 24, 1967, she married the love of her life, Neil D. Maloney. She has lived in Roseburg for 42 years.Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Neil; two daughters,
Published: February 4, 2016
It wasn’t over after the first quarter, but it was a long, uphill slog from that point on for the Roseburg High boys basketball team Tuesday at Robertson Memorial Gym.North Medford senior guard Brian Schireman had 13 points in the first quarter as the seventh-ranked Black Tornado built a 12-point lead, then held the Indians at arm’s length the remainder
Published: February 3, 2016
CANYONVILLE — Senior guard Destin Musoni nearly finished with a triple-double for the Pilots as Canyonville Christian Academy stopped Oakridge 76-57 Tuesday in a Mountain View Conference boys basketball game.Musoni scored 26 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out eight assists to go along with five steals for CCA (10-8 overall, 5-5 MVC).“He (Musoni) always plays super hard, and is
Published: February 3, 2016
Community Health Alliance is Douglas County’s primary mental health services provider. It has recently released information showing that the implementation of best practices has led to better mental health care access and outcomes, as well as lower costs.For two and a half decades, I have worked in public sector mental health systems all over the State of Oregon and there
Published: February 3, 2016
At a time when mental health care locally as well as all over the world seems to be in a state of disrepair, I am happy this month to applaud a successful program that exists right here in Douglas County. I am referring to the Early Assessment and Support Alliance or EASA. Locally, EASA exists under the umbrella of the
Published: February 3, 2016
WINCHESTER — The UCC Strong Committee has approved the third phase of funding for victims of the Oct. 1 shooting tragedy at Umpqua Community College. Phase III will allow those who suffered financial losses directly related to the shooting to apply for a grant from the UCC Strong Fund.The Phase III Request Form has been distributed to local community organizations
Published: February 3, 2016
A dubious fundraiser and revelations of a criminal past in another state led to the arrest of a local community organizer on Monday.Wayne Russell, 58, had been known locally as a man who supported good causes. He ran an organization called Roseburg Future Strong, which put on the Jets 4 Vets fundraiser for veterans and schoolchildren. He was one of
Published: February 3, 2016
A huge success last year, the Princess for a Day event returns to the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in its second year to celebrate the lives of girls in the Douglas County foster care system, while raising public awareness about foster children. The event pampers young girls from infancy to age 18, with some girls from 19 to 21 who
Published: February 3, 2016
The driver of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife truck that crashed on the McKenzie Highway, spilling a load of 11,000 juvenile salmon near Walterville last year was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol.But Ray C. Lewis, 45, of Umpqua, said he hadn’t had a drink on the day of the accident. Instead, Lewis said his
Published: February 3, 2016
SALEM — The state Legislature’s committees began slogging through dozens of bills this week. When the five-week 2016 short session is over, some will have been passed, some failed, and some simply withdrawn or stalled before the finish line.Perhaps the most controversial issue before legislators this week — a dramatic increase in the minimum wage — could be voted on
Published: February 3, 2016
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 LOGTuesdayDouglas County sheriff12:56 a.m. — Two or more females screaming at each other in the 700 block of East Fourth Avenue, Riddle.3:17 a.m. — Caller and a friend both won money
Published: February 3, 2016
State Sen. Floyd Prozanski disagrees with Republicans who feel Democrats are using the short session to push politically divisive and anti-business bills through the five-week short legislative session that begins Monday.The Eugene Democrat serves a district that is a mix of conservative and liberal voters, and incorporates parts of South Lane and North Douglas counties. He is chairman of the
Published: February 3, 2016
A father of six, a World War II veteran, past president of South Umpqua State Bank and an active community member, Ron Culbertson lived a busy life.At age 89, Culbertson of Tri City died Jan. 16. He worked at Baker State Bank and First National Bank before 1968, when he was hired as the manager of South Umpqua State Bank,
Published: February 3, 2016
Gary Dale SmedleyAge 61, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. No services.Joyce Patricia Maloney Age 68, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Ryan Lee Scevers Age 24, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY CHAPEL. 541-679-6983.Cheryl A. Coleman
Published: February 3, 2016
Age 61, was born on January 23, 1954, and passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, surrounded by his wife of 32 years, Cindy, daughter Triva, and close family and friends.Gary, you and your smile touched so many. You are loved and will be missed by all – none more than me my love – forever in our hearts, forever
Published: February 3, 2016
Alandra Brea PerryAlandra Brea Perry was born on August 24, 1979, in Roseburg, Oregon, to her parents Thomas Perry of Washington and Gladys Perry Kaupplia of Hillsboro, OR. Brea has one brother, Ryan Perry of Roseburg, OR; and a step dad, Jim Kaupplia of Hillsboro OR; and will be missed by her aunt Rita Boyd of Winston.She was raised in
Published: February 3, 2016
Shirley went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. She was born to Arthur J. and Nora (Vaughn) Kingman on October 4, 1917, in Redfield, South Dakota. The family moved to Eugene, Oregon, in 1919. Shirley spent most of her life in Oregon, moving to Roseburg in 1948. She was married to J. R. (Buck) Sullivan in
Published: February 3, 2016
A Douglas County native, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2016, at the age of 92. He will be laid to rest at Roseburg National Cemetery with full military honors. The services will be on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at 2 p.m. Arrangements under the care of Umpqua Valley Funeral Directors. 541-537-9300.
Published: February 3, 2016
A community organizer has been arrested for charges stemming from a criminal past in Utah.Wayne Russell, a 58-year-old who had been known for organizing the fundraiser Jets 4 Vets to benefit veterans and students at Umpqua Valley Christian School, was arrested Monday on suspicion of being a fugitive from another state.Russell was also one of the five people backing Second
Published: February 2, 2016
I’ve eaten more green smoothies, salads, roasted root vegetables, beans and tofu in the past month than ever before in my life. I enjoy the flavor, nourishment and variety they bring to my table. My enthusiasm for beets and Brussels sprouts continues to blossom. I’m keen on kale, both green and purple varieties, which I keep on hand washed, stemmed,
Published: February 2, 2016
The whole wildlife refuge occupation drama has been blown out ofperspective. Land owners are under attack from big business and dubious relationships between government officials or their children to take away land and land rights for kickbacks.The occupants of the wildlife refuge could have been starved out. They could all be handed summons for trespassing with daily escalating fines. They
Published: February 2, 2016

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