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Flexible work schedules, family leave policies and on-site child care are among the top priorities for local employees, according to a recent report regarding Douglas County employee and employer perceptions about family friendly business practices. “The Whipple Foundation Fund had a question and interest in improving the quality of early childhood development,” said Kelly Leonard, a committee member of the
Published: January 10, 2016
After three years of learning the framing business, Alivea McAlpin is now learning about being a small business owner.The official opening of McAlpin’s own shop, Silver Leaf Framing Studio, was last Monday at 250 N.W. Garden Valley Blvd., Suite 20. That’s in the One Champion Plaza and the new business is located near the Papa Murphy’s store.“I’m excited to see
Published: January 10, 2016
REEDSPORT — The city of Reedsport is taking a lunch break.Moving forward, the Reedsport City Hall will be closing from noon to 1 p.m. in an effort to reduce costs in a time of declining revenues, according to Reedsport City Recorder Deanna Schafer.The closure, which took effect Jan. 4, was a move made by City Manager Jonathan Wright to restructure
Published: January 10, 2016
Mortgage rates remain favorable for home buyers and warm winter temperatures favor home building, for now. Log prices are high and out of balance with low product prices. Online mortgage loans are the new kid on the block. Recent trends of lumber, home construction and housing markets are comparable to 2006.Interpretation and Looking Ahead Lumber prices are stable but low.
Published: January 10, 2016
Tarah Clarke said she’s closing her business, La Femme Boutique, due to the business she lost during the construction in downtown Roseburg. “I was just getting my business up and going and everything was looking good, and then lo and behold, they start the construction,” Clarke said. She said it obstructed her window and tore up the sidewalk in front
Published: January 10, 2016
The December rains were a mixed blessing for fishing guides and anglers.They are aware that after the drought conditions of the past year, the increased moisture is much needed. But the rain kept coastal rivers high, brown and boiling, eliminating many fishing days for the guides, their clients and for recreational anglers.On the other hand, those fish enthusiasts know the
Published: January 10, 2016
PORTLAND — Second-ranked Umpqua ran away from Portland in Saturday’s Northwest Athletic Conference Southern Region women’s basketball game.Sawyer Kluge and Syd Clark combined for 44 points in the 97-72 victory over the Panthers. UCC (15-2, 3-0 Southern Region) made 25-of-35 free throw attempts and hit 51 percent of its field goal tries.The Riverhawks led 53-42 at the half and pulled
Published: January 10, 2016
DRAIN — The third-ranked North Douglas girls basketball team is playing short-handed, but the Warriors continue to succeed on the court.Junior point guard Kalli Frieze hit four 3-point field goals and finished with 18 points and senior wing Dani Baker pulled down a school record 26 rebounds as the Warriors rolled to a 58-19 Skyline League win over Yoncalla Saturday.North
Published: January 10, 2016
CLOVIS, Calif. — Roseburg’s Layne Van Anrooy won a championship at the Doc Buchanan Invitational for the second straight year Saturday.The talented junior, a two-time Oregon Class 6A state champion, scored a 3-1 decision over top-seeded Justin Thomas of Calvary Chapel-Santa Ana in the 160-pound title match, capping a 5-0 tournament.Van Anrooy, seeded second, scored a takedown with under 10
Published: January 10, 2016
Evening PlanetsMercury makes a brief appearance during the first week of January. Each night thereafter, Mercury will sink a bit lower and get slightly dimmer. Tonight, Mercury will be difficult to spot. The speedy world will set just 45 minutes after sunset and shine at a dim 2.8 magnitude. An ultra-thin crescent moon will sit, Cheshire cat-like, about 2 ½
Published: January 10, 2016
EUGENE — State transportation officials say landslide repairs on Oregon Highway 42 could cost $5 million. The Oregon Department of Transportation reported repairs to the roadway damaged in the Dec. 23 slide that sent soil and rocks over the roadway and into the Coquille River could take months. The estimated repair cost is on top of $11 million already budgeted
Published: January 10, 2016
The following pertains to a case which was decided by the Oregon Supreme Court in 2015.Several years ago, a Portland attorney and two other persons (non-attorneys) agreed to form a business, which they agreed they would co-own in equal thirds. They agreed that each would perform particular roles in the operations of the business. It was agreed that the attorney
Published: January 10, 2016
Fresh start, resolutions, hopeful optimism – that’s what comes to mind when we wish someone a Happy New Year. Volunteering should be included in that mix. Our neighbors need us, our community needs us and we all need to engage more fully in life. Read on and you may find just the right spot at one of these places that
Published: January 10, 2016
When the second episode of the 20th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor” airs Monday, one contestant can expect enthusiastic support from several viewers in Myrtle Creek.That’s what happens when you are family.Amanda “Mandi” Kremer is one of 21 remaining bachelorettes vying for the heart of Ben Higgins, 26, who formerly had his heart broken on ABC’s last season of “The
Published: January 10, 2016
Surrounded by elk head decorations and country western music, Douglas County community members showed off their dance moves Friday night at the West Coast Swing Dance. On the second Friday of each month, experienced and new dancers join together in the Elks Lodge in downtown Roseburg for a lesson followed by a dance.Larry and Cora McKinney, who teach dance classes
Published: January 10, 2016
BURNS — Rep. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, said this morning he was on a fact-finding mission Saturday when he visited the armed militia group that has seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County. The group is protesting federal land policies and the jailing of a pair of ranchers imprisoned for setting fires on federal land.The dispute is in its
Published: January 10, 2016
Family gathering: Five generations of the Blevins family gathered November, 2015 at the Douglas County Courthouse for this picture. From left to right are: mother Leah Grubbs; grandmother Tracy Grubbs; great-grandmother Melinda Fugate; and great-great-grandmother Darlene Kovach, who is holding 2-month-old Aubry Kame, all residents of Roseburg.
Published: January 11, 2016
August ‘Gus’ Theodore Carlson Jr.August “Gus” Theodore Carlson Jr., age 91, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away January 6, 2016. Gus was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Leah A. Carlson in 2006 and his daughter, Florence Ann. He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Russell and Carla Mitchell; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Published: January 12, 2016
Age 91, of Roseburg, Oregon passed away January 6, 2016. Gus was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Leah A. Carlson in 2006 and his daughter, Florence Ann. He is survived by his daughters, Sandra Russell and Carla Mitchell; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. There will be a small family service at Roseburg
Published: January 12, 2016
A major change could be in the offing for mental health services in Douglas County, and two major health care providers are being sued over it.The board of the mental health care provider Community Health Alliance has voted to transfer its assets to ADAPT, according to a complaint filed Dec. 29 in Douglas County Circuit Court. CHA board member Kevin
Published: January 12, 2016
The Roseburg City Council decided Monday night to put another $15,000 toward landing a possible medical education building in downtown Roseburg.Seven councilors were present for the brief meeting and voted decided to chip in more money to help The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County to hire a consulting firm in the hopes of somehow garnering the $180 million
Published: January 12, 2016
Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan will not run for re-election after all.Morgan issued a statement late this morning, saying she will withdraw her candidacy for a third term as county commissioner. She recently sued for the right to run for that third term and won in court.However, Morgan, 66, said in her statement the county faces important challenges, and spring
Published: January 12, 2016
Local wine grape growers and wine makers are proud of the attention Umpqua Valley wineries have been receiving recently. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Southern Oregon one of the “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations of 2016” and local wineries won 28 medals in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.Central Douglas County has over 30 wineries and there are designated wine
Published: January 12, 2016
WINSTON — To every stop along the way, Kipp Archambault brings a similar approach to basketball.Star players mean less than the sum of the entire team.Archambault has coached all over western Oregon in a career spanning more than 25 years. Stops in Gilchrist, Klamath Falls and Salem go along with stints in Glide, Roseburg, South Umpqua and Douglas. Archambault has
Published: January 12, 2016
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following licenses Nov. 5 to Nov. 27, 2015.Daniel Paul Hayles, 34, and Kayla Kristeen Loyer, 31, both of Riddle, Nov. 5Tana Lamay Moore, 22, of Roseburg, and Lanakila Michael Hohn Peck, 20, of Camas Valley, Nov. 5.Layla Jo Crager, 36, and Chace Allen Marlow, 24, both of Tenmile, Nov. 9.Brian James Duden, 48,
Published: January 12, 2016
The Douglas County Clerk’s Office issued the following licenses Nov. 30 to Dec. 31, 2015.Johnathan Charles Stillwell, 30, and Tyler Theron Strong, 28, both of Roseburg, Nov. 30Charles Aaron Burnett, 24, and Rochelle Marie Claughton, 24, both of Roseburg, Dec. 2James Allen Fraley, 57, and Katrina Marie Conn, 47, both of Roseburg, Dec. 3Katie Ann-Mell, 31, and Bradley Thomas Potter,
Published: January 12, 2016
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURGFISHER — Molly Roy and Joshua Fisher, Roseburg, November 25, a daughter, Paisley Mae Fisher, 6 pounds 2 ouncesBUZZARD — Ashley and Jacob Buzzard, Roseburg, November 29, a son, Bowen, Bruce Buzzard, 8 pounds 9 ouncesLOCKMAN — Lindsey and Sam Lockman, Canyonville, November 30, a daughter, Khloe Joelle Lockman, 6 pounds 11 ouncesSARGENT — Marissa and Will
Published: January 12, 2016
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURGLAWSON— Hannah and Thomas Lawson, Roseburg, October 23, a son, Destin William Lawson, 8 pounds 7 ouncesMCKEE — Sarah Gibson and Scott McKee, Roseburg, November 10, a son, Andrew Leonidas Mckee, 8 pounds 0 ouncesHERNANDEZ — Tabatha and Raymond Hernandez, Roseburg, November 11, a daughter, Juvia TabbaRay Hernandez, 8 pounds 1 ounceJONES — Bevan Leisner and Jeremy
Published: January 12, 2016
Greater Douglas United Way supports 29 different agencies that contribute to the well-being of our community in many ways. Neighbor to Neighbor mediation services help in the courts, in private disagreements, in workplace conflicts and with foreclosures for homeowners who are trying to navigate the complexities of government programs designed to help them stay in their homes. All of these
Published: January 12, 2016
It’s officially Winter, that time of year that it can be heavy coat weather one morning, then t-shirts for the next day. Our weather can be unpredictable and we may tune into the local news station to decide what to wear for the next day. What did people do before they could check weather on the TV or internet? Folklore
Published: January 12, 2016
“Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”Well, I guess so. Henry Kissinger, that courtier of the Nixon and Ford administrations, whose observation this is, cut a wide swath among the beautiful, high-class women he met in the nation’s capital. Still, he found the stamina to open communist China to the west and to bedevil the Democrats then in control of Congress. His
Published: January 12, 2016
The gun control executive orders as they apply to doctors makes me think we have been here before. Over testing and other practices, which drive up medical costs, have been instituted to protect hospitals and doctors from the morning after prescience of trial lawyers. Now over reporting of mental instability to law enforcement should follow the same course.I am concerned
Published: January 12, 2016
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington depends on the support of our communities as well as the incredible efforts of thousands of screened, trained and committed volunteers to provide girls with opportunities to dream big and achieve their goals. Greater Douglas United Way has partnered with Girl Scouts for over 30 years to ensure that girls in kindergarten through
Published: January 12, 2016
Douglas County Veteran Forum MeetingThe Douglas County Veterans Forum will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Roseburg American Legion, 406 S.E. Oak Ave., Roseburg. The guest speakers will be Brian Coulombe and Kevin Huskey from UCAN. They will be discussing the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that promotes housing stability among homeless and at-risk Veterans and their
Published: January 12, 2016
Local residents and many other “Bachelor” fans were sad to see Myrtle Creek native, Amanda “Mandi” Kremer, go home Monday night.The second episode of ABC’s “The Bachelor” filtered through the 21 contestants with elaborate dates only to send four more ladies packing by the end of the show.Although Kremer went back to school, aced the exam and became bachelor Ben
Published: January 13, 2016
Americans all over the nation share one word in common today – Powerball. The fever for the $1.5 billion history-making jackpot had people standing in long lines and taking a chance for tonight's drawing at 7:59 p.m. PST.The cash piled up by $500 million since the last drawing Saturday night — the 19th consecutive drawing without a winner. Powerball officials
Published: January 13, 2016
Douglas County Commissioner Susan Morgan’s announcement Tuesday that she won’t seek a third term in office was greeted with approval by opponents.Other candidates for her seat said they felt they had a better chance of winning, while the man who led a failed bid to recall Morgan said she made the right choice and he wishes her well. Morgan sued
Published: January 13, 2016
It seemed unavoidable that this year’s State of the City address for Roseburg would start with a somber look back.To Mayor Larry Rich, this year’s address bore an unfortunate resemblance to the one that followed the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York. Then, he asked residents to focus on the outpouring of support from around the world and the
Published: January 13, 2016
WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, he brought with him a North Bend millworker who he said has lost jobs to “free trade” deals. DeFazio wanted to counter the President’s message on the virtues of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal between America and 11 other Pacific Rim
Published: January 13, 2016
Whatever the political party, much of the response from President Barack Obama’s Tuesday night State of the Union was similar: Same old, same old.For conservatives, the president’s rhetoric seemed dull and littered with empty promises. To the liberal base, the speech was inspiring and well delivered, focusing on the country’s positive accomplishes.“I thought it was much of the same old
Published: January 13, 2016
Jay Llewellyn PalmerAge 86, passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 10, 2016 with his family by his side. Jay was born in Olalla, Oregon to Elsie and Alfred Palmer and lived the majority of his life in Douglas County. After completing High School, Jay served his country in the USAF for four years. After completing his service, he
Published: January 13, 2016
Age 86, passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 10, 2016 with his family by his side. Jay was born in Olalla, Oregon to Elsie and Alfred Palmer and lived the majority of his life in Douglas County. After completing High School, Jay served his country in the USAF for four years. After completing his service, he returned to
Published: January 13, 2016
Age 75 passed away January 9, at the Forest Glen Senior Residence. She was born March 31, 1940, in Pittsfield, MA, to Warren and Francis Hunter. She married Kim Smith June 24, 1961 in Lee, MA.Phyllis came to Canyonville, OR in 1977 with her husband Kim and four children, Diana, Scott, Sherri and Terri, all graduates of Days Creek High
Published: January 13, 2016
Resident of Roseburg, Oregon, was born 11/30/82 and passed away 12/28/15. He was an extremely loving and proud father, husband, son, brother and friend. He honorably served and loved the US Marine Corps from 2001 to 2006. He is survived by his daughter, Londyn Meacham, wife, Brean Meacham, father and mother, Scott and Patricia Crook, father and stepmother, Neil and
Published: January 13, 2016
Richard Lee PowellAge 81, of Roseburg, passed away 1/11/2016. Arrangements are pending. Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. 541-673-4455Jenny Lind HarveyAge 52, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on January 11, 2016. Arrangements pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY CHAPEL. 541-679-6983Jo Ann NobleAge 72, of Roseburg, passed away 1/10/16. Arrangements are pending. Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses. 541-673-4455Brandon L MeachamAge 33, of Roseburg, Passed away
Published: January 13, 2016
CANYONVILLE — The Oakland girls basketball team kept its share of first place in the Mountain View Conference with a 38-18 win over Canyonville Christian Academy Tuesday night.Michaella Black led the Oakers (7-6, 3-0 MVC) with 10 points. Freshman Hadley Brooksby added seven points.Esther Masasu was the top scorer for the Pilots (3-8, 0-3) with 10 points. CCA only managed
Published: January 13, 2016
CANYONVILLE — Despite an electric crowd inside the Pilots’ gym, the Oakers pulled out an overtime comeback victory, 62-54, in a Mountain View Conference game Tuesday night.“That student section went uncorked,” Oakland coach Jeff Clark said, when asked about the environment. “There are going to be some good teams that come in here and lose.”The Oakers (4-9 overall, 2-1 MVC)
Published: January 13, 2016
ROSEBURGIndian Huddle luncheon set FridayThe first Roseburg Indian Huddle luncheon of the year is scheduled for Friday, beginning at noon at Abby’s Pizza on NE Stephens St.Boys basketball coach Mike Pardon will talk about his team, along with seniors JD Fairbairn, Chris Stone and Stephen Patoine. Swim coach Kathryn Zacher will speak about her squads, along with seniors Carson Murphy,
Published: January 13, 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.TuesdayDouglas County sheriff12:45 a.m. — Roommate using a rod to shatter lights in the 1000 block of Hill Street, Myrtle Creek.4:24 a.m. — Caller concerned with a potential prowler in the area.
Published: January 13, 2016
I have real trouble with everything Obama has done as president. He makes a deal with Iran that makes them a nuclear power.He makes a line in the sand in Syria that drifts into nothing. He backs any Muslim activity in America. He says America is not Christian anymore. He has depleted our armed forces, fired generals & admirals. We
Published: January 13, 2016
To all elected officials. There’s always fallout, collateral damage if you will. I voted for term limits. I fully realized and expected that, regardless of a Public Servants record, term limits would apply. Wouldn’t make any difference whether I liked what they did or not. I understood it to be as Black and White as the print on this paper.
Published: January 13, 2016
Obama’s latest attack on gun ownership and the rule of law demonstrate his contempt for the people and his dishonesty. According to a Syracuse University study, federal criminal firearm convictions are down almost 35 percent from 10 years ago under this president. Project Exile which was initiated in Richmond, Va. in 1997, and adopted in other cities since, has shown
Published: January 13, 2016
An easy solution to commissioner term limits is to reduce compensation to expenses only and make the position voluntary. I’ve been to the dumps and paid three or four times and haven’t found a commisssioner collecting yet. How do they earn the $100,000 each gets as compensation? I’ve been here since 1968 and still haven’t figured out anything they do
Published: January 13, 2016
John LeRoy BakerAffectionately known as Papa by his grandchildren, was born “Carson Jones” in Roseburg Oregon December 30th 1943 to Ace and Verla Jones of Myrtle Creek. He was adopted by John and Mildred Baker as a young boy and was raised in Iola Kansas. John was active in sports playing basketball, baseball and track for Iola high school where
Published: January 13, 2016
affectionately known as Papa by his grandchildren, was born “Carson Jones” in Roseburg Oregon December 30th 1943 to Ace and Verla Jones of Myrtle Creek. He was adopted by John and Mildred Baker as a young boy and was raised in Iola Kansas. John was active in sports playing basketball, baseball and track for Iola high school where he still
Published: January 13, 2016
Of Roseburg, Oregon, age 52, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, friends, and neighbors on Monday, January 11, 2016 after battling ovarian cancer for over four years. Jenny was born in Roseburg to James and Ruby Ann (Vance) Taylor. She graduated from South Umpqua High School in 1982 and married the love of her life, John Harvey on
Published: January 13, 2016
Lisa Ann Sweider(aka Biesanz)AGE 49, of Drain Oregon, passed away Monday January 11th 2016. Arrangements Pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME 541-672-4435J. Leon McCord66 of Roseburg,Oregon passed away Saturday,January 9, 2016 in a Portland,Oregon hospital.Services pending,Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses.
Published: January 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES (AP) — At least three winning tickets were sold in a record $1.5 billion Powerball drawing, including one in Florida, one in Tennessee and one in suburban Los Angeles, a California lottery official said.The three winners overcame odds of 1 in 292.2 million to land on the winning numbers, 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. More winners could still be
Published: January 13, 2016
WINSTON — The Winston man arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing four young area boys admitted to inappropriately touching the boys over a period of multiple years, according to a police affidavit.On Oct. 22, 2015, Roseburg Police received a third-hand report of possible sexual abuse occurring between a 10-year-old boy and 63-year-old Peter Piccolotti, of Winston.A few weeks later, detectives
Published: January 14, 2016
A civil attorney with 31 years of litigation experience filed last week as the fourth candidate for the seat Douglas County Circuit Judge Randy Garrison will retire from at the end of the year.Dan McKinney of Oakland said it’s his career in civil law that sets him apart from other candidates for the post. His competitors are two deputy district
Published: January 14, 2016
WINCHESTER — The Umpqua Community College Board of Trustees met on Wednesday to review recovery updates related to the Oct. 1 shooting tragedy in addition to other regular college business. In his second week on campus, Interim President Walter Nolte reported that he and Lee Salter, UCC’s director for community relations, met with representatives from Pacific Power about an idea
Published: January 14, 2016
Almost exactly 22 years ago, a very pregnant woman and her adventurous husband pulled their U-Haul truck, car, and pickup into Winston, Oregon, ending a 4-day-long driving trip from Texas. I was that woman. We had a plan: a job, a place to live, a doctor, and we were full of excitement for what was in store for us.  My parents
Published: January 14, 2016
WINSTON — Home to more than 550 animals from around the world, Wildlife Safari also offers a robust educational program at its drive-through park that provides about 40 interns and externs each year with experiences similar to the wild.“Short of going to Africa, this gives (students) an outside experience where they literally have to hunt the animals down, dart them
Published: January 14, 2016
SALEM — The simmering frustration of rural timber counties over state forest management boiled over Wednesday, as Linn County announced it will file a class action lawsuit over management of Oregon’s Forest Trust Lands.Douglas is one of 15 rural counties that stands to benefit from the suit, which will seek $1.4 billion in damages. Linn County notified the Oregon Gov.
Published: January 14, 2016
Like most governments, your county government budgets on a fiscal year. The year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Currently, we are in the middle of FY ’15-‘16. The process to develop the budget for county departments for FY ‘16-‘17 has begun. The budget writing and adoption process has three parts.The first part is meetings
Published: January 14, 2016
Roseburg Public Schools employee Sandie Shepherd has been nominated and is a finalist for the 2015-16 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public/private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students
Published: January 14, 2016
This is the final month for Oregonians to enroll in health insurance plans for 2016. Open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31. It is the time of year to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan. Those who don’t get covered before the deadline could go a year without insurance. They may also pay
Published: January 14, 2016
Knife River Materials has gifted Wildlife Safari an in-kind donation of more than $11,000 in services that provided the tools and crew necessary to pave the public access roadway to the park known as Safari Road. “In-kind donations can be just as important as monetary ones,” said Wildlife Safari’s development director Tammi Ellison. “They allow a nonprofit organization to receive
Published: January 14, 2016
WINCHESTER — The No. 2-ranked Umpqua Community College women’s basketball game with visiting Linn-Benton felt a bit like a track meet Wednesday evening at the ’Hawk Nest.The Riverhawks (16-2, 4-0 Southern Region) and their high octane offense proved too much for the Roadrunners (7-9, 1-3), as UCC ran at will on Linn-Benton, leaving the visitors gasping for breath and handing
Published: January 14, 2016
WINCHESTER — Former Umpqua Valley Christian star Dan Medak drew the starting assignment for Umpqua Community College Wednesday night. The big 6-foot-8 post knocked down two free throws for the first points of the contest and the Riverhawks never trailed as they blew out Linn-Benton 96-65 in a Northwest Athletic Conference Southern Region men’s basketball game that inexplicably became a
Published: January 14, 2016
Has Douglas County changed since the horrific events at Umpqua Community College on Oct. 1?Of course we have. We’ve come out of the mass shooting stronger, less divided into “us” and “them,” united in caring for others in our community. Many are working to make tragedies less likely to happen again.UCC and Douglas County public schools are looking at threat
Published: January 14, 2016
This letter is in response to the proponents of county commissioner term limits. I have read statements such as, “A judge she found somewhere,” and, “She feels she is above the law.” As you should know, you don’t get to pick your judge in a court of law. I am not a promoter of Susan Morgan’s campaign in any way.
Published: January 14, 2016
The front page of the News-Review from Jan. 6 proclaims in large bold print that “Citizens oppose plan to limit gun violence.” I read the article and had to look back to see the headline again. After reading the article, I did not come away with that at all. It was more of a, “Citizens have differing views on plan
Published: January 14, 2016
A Forbes article says there are 23 executive orders involving gun control. The fourteenth listed I found particularly entertaining, because Obama directed the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.This report was substantially completed in 2003. The CDC, which habitually considers guns comparable to viruses or bacilli, conducted a review of 50 studies.
Published: January 14, 2016
President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, former Secretary of State Clinton, and Senator Bernie Sanders are oblivious to the danger posed by ISIS.Bernie Sanders keeps harping on our economy, and hardly talk about ISIS. He is way out in left field. President Obama referred to ISIS as the JV team and dithered when moderate Syrians asked for air strikes. Over
Published: January 14, 2016
Kenneth Edward Sorrells IIAge 30, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on January 13, 2016. Arrangements pending. UMPQUA VALLEY FUNERAL DIRECTORS. 541-537-9300.Lanty E. Jarvis Sr.Please visit www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to leave the family fond memories and condolences.Theodore H. ChiesnaAge 94, of Boise, formally of Roseburg passed away January 11, 2016 at a local Boise hospital. Arrangements by Bowman Funeral Parlor, Garden City, Idaho.
Published: January 14, 2016
Beloved son, brother, cousin and uncle, Gary Leroy Powell, age 54, passed away on Monday January 4, 2016 at Riverbend Hospital in Eugene, OR. Gary was born in Roseburg, OR to his parents Dick and Phyllis Powell. He was raised in Roseburg until after high school where he followed his lifelong dream of moving to Alaska. Gary was a very
Published: January 14, 2016
Beloved by all, no matter where she lived, Cindy began life in Grand Ledge, Michigan. Her adventurous spirit led her to make homes in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, Edmonton, KY, Hayward, CA, finally settling in Roseburg, OR in 1992.She served in the US Air Force upon high school graduation and worked over the years as a
Published: January 14, 2016
Age 80, died on Thursday, January 7, 2016, ending his battle with cancer.Born in California, he was adopted and grew up in Hood River. He received his BS and MS at OSU, and his Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin. He married Barbara Sax in 1958, and then served two years with the Army in Korea. He taught at South
Published: January 14, 2016
Christmas decorations are up this year thanks to my family. I was having trouble finding time to do it all, so under my daughter’s direction, they pulled out all the tubs and decked out the house. I think this is the first time I have had nothing to do with decorating our home.  Decorating for Christmas has always been “Mom’s job”
Published: December 17, 2015
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of blood.The humanitarian organization typically sees winter shortages due to donors or volunteers leaving town for vacations or for winter homes, among other reasons, but in November and December of 2015, the hectic season contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives across the country compared to September and October of 2015, resulting
Published: January 15, 2016
The $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot has been claimed, but with more than 250,000 winning tickets in Oregon, keep in mind those tickets could still be worth some money.Out of the seven, $50,000 winning tickets sold in Oregon from retailers in Coos Bay, Grants Pass, Veneta, Baker City, Salem and two in Portland, a Canyonville man was lucky enough to claim
Published: January 15, 2016
North Bend millwright Steve Phillips believes he has lost three good jobs to the overseas outsourcing made easier by free trade deals. So he was happy to accept Rep. Peter DeFazio’s invitation to visit Washington, D.C. this week and talk about what he believes will be the devastating effect of the latest such deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.DeFazio, D-Springfield, anticipated that
Published: January 15, 2016
Be wary of Marshfield and Brookings-Harbor. That’s the jumping off point for Far West League boys and girls basketball teams as the FWL season tips off tonight.After the Pirates (boys) and Bruins (girls), there’s a jumble of contenders to reach the postseason and, maybe, steal the crown from the leading contenders.Marshfield (12-2) is No. 1 in the OSAA 4A boys
Published: January 15, 2016
CROW — Eugene Hopkins led three players in double figures as Riddle High picked up a 64-55 triumph over Crow Thursday in a Mountain View Conference boys basketball game.Hopkins led the Irish (7-7, 2-3 MVC) with 21 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Maurer added 17 points and four steals and Nate Hopkins had 11 points, while Ethan Snyder had eight
Published: January 15, 2016
The Sutherlin girls and boys basketball teams each won Sky-Em League championships last year in their return to the league they played in during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.This season, the Bulldog girls are heavily favored to win the Sky-Em while the boys are hoping to contend for a top three finish.The league schedule tips off tonight on both sides,
Published: January 15, 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.ThursdayDouglas County sheriff4:09 a.m. — Suicidal male text his wife in the 1100 block of Ridge Avenue, Roseburg.9:55 a.m. — Caller was looking at horses on Craigslist and saw some that were
Published: January 15, 2016
SALEM — In an effort to stave off two potential ballot measures this fall and put to rest months of aggressive debate with a compromise, Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday proposed a phased, two-tiered hike to the state minimum wage that has the support of the legislature’s top two officials. Under Brown’s proposal, Oregon’s statewide minimum wage of $9.25 an
Published: January 15, 2016
Weyerhaeuser has taken away access to one of Douglas County’s recreational gems. The Callahans at the end of Touchstone Lane in Flournoy Valley was open for decades to hunters, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Recently, the Weyerhaeuser began forcing individuals to buy permits for $350 and citing locals for trespassing with a class C felony and a $1250 fine. The
Published: January 15, 2016
There has been a lot of recent media interest in the 2016 presidential election campaign. Since Oregon is a closed primary State, only voters registered with a given party can vote in that party’s primary on May 17th. Voters currently not registered as Democratic or Republican may want to consider a simple option: change your party affiliation by April 26th
Published: January 15, 2016
There has been a lot of talk about man-made Global warming or climate change. I keep hearing it is a bad thing. I do not want to discuss if climate changes are natural or man induced. My question is: At what temperature are we to “Freeze” the weather at? I never have heard what is supposed to be the perfect
Published: January 15, 2016
Dave Pedotti, owner of Pedotti’s Italian Restaurant in Sutherlin, said it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay in business. He said that’s partly due to Oregon’s new legislation regarding paid sick leave.As of Jan. 1, all employers with 10 or more full-time, part-time and temporary employees, or at least six if located in Portland, are required to provide up
Published: January 15, 2016
I was puzzled by the large front-page headline in the Jan. 6 edition of The News-Review after President Obama announced plans to close some loopholes in our current background checks for firearms. The headline read “Citizens oppose plan to limit gun violence,” and the article went on to say “The News-Review asked for reader’s opinions. Most responses were against Obama’s
Published: January 15, 2016
Tax money from hotels and motels from Roseburg is going to help fund a 20-minute documentary, a quilt show, an article in a wine magazine, an art show and brochures for the Floed-Lane House.The city’s Economic Development Commission met Tuesday for its twice yearly meeting to award tourism grant money. Applications for the grants are accepted and considered before recipients
Published: January 15, 2016
Doris J. Insley87, of Roseburg passed away on January 14, 2016. Arrangements are pending Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses 541.673.4455Theodore H. Chiesna94, of Boise, formerly of Roseburg passed away January 11, 2016 at a local Boise hospital. Arrangements by Bowman Funeral Parlor, Garden City, Idaho.
Published: January 15, 2016
Dorothy Elizabeth Lamoureaux, 87, of Roseburg Oregon, passed away on January 14, 2016 in Salem, Oregon from age related issues.She is survived by her sister, Patricia Fisher, of Roseburg,OR. Children; Elizabeth Atkeson, of Chino Valley, AZ; Richard Lamoureaux,of Roseburg OR; Margaret Lamoureaux, of Salem OR; and Kathleen Lamoureaux, of Roseburg, OR. Grandchildren: Sabrina (Atkeson) Sutton, Erica Lamoureaux, Taylor Lamoureaux, Wesley
Published: January 15, 2016
Please help us celebrate the Life and Times of Dwayne Nederhood“I was born in Springston Idaho in the Thirty’s. Our family moved to Colville WA in 1949, cows and all. That winter it got down to 30 below zero and stayed there for 30 days. We thought we had moved to the North Pole. When I graduated I worked for
Published: January 15, 2016
I have been reading the letters to the editor lately, and I don’t know if some of these writers are so naïve or plain stupid. I have read for instance, Obama doesn’t want to take your guns, that is the biggest laugh ever, just listen to him, he would love to confiscate all guns. I would like to remind all
Published: January 15, 2016
Predatory tiger trout may be dropped into Diamond Lake to take a bite out of the invasive tui chub population, fish and wildlife officials said Friday. In doing so, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hope to preserve the rainbow trout population, and the popular fishery there, before it’s out-competed by the illegally introduced chub.“We know what chub are
Published: January 15, 2016
With help, the Pearson family has become quite the quintet.Four years ago, Meryl Pearson, 51, enrolled her two middle children in the Umpqua Valley Youth Orchestra. They had little experience with string instruments — they played the violin — but they weren’t blistering the family’s Oakland home with sour notes, either.Then her other two kids joined in. Pearson, whose grandmother
Published: January 16, 2016

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