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Bernice and Jim McClellan met in a University of Oregon kitchen in 1956. She scraped food off dishes, and he put them in the dishwasher. He was studying to get his master’s degree; she was a freshman. He asked her out. She waited nine months, then said yes.Their first bonds were made at that sink, working together, and they worked
Published: July 29, 2015
Jane D. SchleiningAge 81, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Lorene StithAge 92, of Sutherlin/Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281Wendy Sue IsaacsonAge 55, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending.
Published: July 29, 2015
As she has so many times before, Marliene Winfield Swanson waited in the shade for the yellow school bus to arrive Tuesday at Roseburg High School, once again carrying Japanese students who come from Kuki City in Saitama prefecture, Japan. If only her late husband, Harold Winfield, could have been there to see how far his brainchild has come after
Published: July 29, 2015
Firefighters responded to a house in the 200 block of Oak Way , Melrose, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call about heavy smoke coming from the home.Responders encountered thick, black smoke and flames coming from two of the windows on the front side of the house, according to Douglas County Fire District No. 2.Firefighters entered the house
Published: July 29, 2015
UPDATE: According to the Douglas Forest Protective Association, the Cable Crossing Fire reportedly jumped containment lines today at about 5 p.m. and a sudden wind shift helped the fire grow to 500 acres. It’s currently moving in the southeast direction, though no evacuations have been ordered and the DFPA says no homes are threatened. New story here.GLIDE — A rapidly
Published: July 29, 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.TuesdayDouglas County Sheriff1:17 a.m. — Gunshots heard in the 4400 block of Carnes Road, Roseburg.2:25 p.m. — Stolen checks reported in the 8700 block of Scholfield Road, Reedsport.4:09 p.m. — Vending machine
Published: July 29, 2015
A Roseburg man is in jail after leading Roseburg police on a high-speed chase Tuesday evening.Police observed a car driving 59 mph southbound in the 900 block of Northeast Stephens Street, Roseburg. As the officer turned around to follow the car, Jose Bautista Morales, 40, of Roseburg, who was later identified as the driver, sped up to close to 80
Published: July 29, 2015
As the American Legion Class AAA baseball tournament opened this morning one team that intended to be there was saying farewell. Dr. Stewart’s was — over the course of the summer — one of the very best teams in the state. The Docs won 34 games, a total matched only by Area 4 champion Medford and Area 2 champion Portland.
Published: July 29, 2015
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURGUPTON — Rylynn Schumacher and Brandon Upton, Glide, July 10, a daughter, Braelynn Elizabeth Marie Upton, 7 pounds 14 ouncesLITTLEJOHN — Heather and David Littlejohn, Roseburg, July 11, a daughter, Lauren Cherie Littlejohn, 8 pounds 4 ouncesWEAVER — Rebecca and Gavin Weaver, Roseburg, July 11, a son, Hunter Dean Weaver, 7 pounds 8 ouncesKENNEDY-LEWIS — Jade Kennedy-Lewis
Published: July 29, 2015
Terrorists?The News-Review recently published “Don’t help the terrorists,” a column by Steve and Cokie Roberts. They attempt to persuade readers not to focus on Muslims as domestic terrorists with an outrageous claim. “Before 9/11, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil was conducted by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, two native-born, white Christians who bombed the Murrah Federal Building in
Published: July 29, 2015
Wild Rose Vineyard, 375 Porter Creek Road, Winston, will host an artist reception Saturday for photographer Linda Shingler. The reception will go from 1 to 5 p.m. at the winery and will be free to attend. Shingler is a mostly self-taught photographer whose works have appeared in galleries throughout the Umpqua Valley. Her photographs of local scenes will be on
Published: July 29, 2015
Georgia-born blues legend Robert Cray is set to play at Music on the Half Shell at Stewart Park on Tuesday.The five-time Grammy Award winner will make his third appearance at the summer concert series after debuting in 1997, and returning in 2007. Cray, who has released over 20 albums, has played alongside Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan.The
Published: July 29, 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. Friday and Saturday. Free, but donations are appreciated. 541-459-4522CLARK STUDIO AND GALLERY — 130 N.E. Exchange Ave.,
Published: July 29, 2015
Douglas County isn’t a great place to live if you’re a cat.Last week, a Sutherlin cat had its leg amputated because of injuries the cat sustained from being shot by a gun, according to the Sutherlin Veterinary Hospital.“Unfortunately, in the last few months, we have found that a lot of cats have met their demise by (guns), and it’s inhumane
Published: July 29, 2015
The man who jumped into Diamond Lake and disappeared Saturday afternoon has been found, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.At approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, deputies located Rodney Shay’s body, which had floated to the surface of the lake.Deputies had been using divers and sonar equipment in an attempt to locate Shay but were unsuccessful because of the lake’s heavily
Published: July 29, 2015
Astronomer Paul Morgan has a reminder for people who see his digital observatory at Umpqua Community College for the first time.It’s not what’s on the outside that counts.“It’s going to look like a simple shed,” Morgan said Wednesday, minutes before a ceremonial groundbreaking for what he said will be the only virtual telescope in America.Morgan, UCC administrators and astronomy enthusiasts
Published: July 29, 2015
Douglas County residents sought refuge from the heat Wednesday as the temperature skyrocketed to triple digits. At Home Depot in Roseburg Wednesday afternoon, Diana Knous collected four fans for distribution to seniors in need, while her mother, Phyllis Clark went to the nearby Lowe’s store to pick up 10 more.Knous, regional business manager for Pacific Power, said she expected to
Published: July 30, 2015
to prepare for today’s record-breaking heat, Terri Delfino stockpiled squirt bottles for a sellout crowd. She anticipates that tonight’s event, celebrating the birthday and career of a local music promoter, will still draw a sizeable crowd to her family’s winery despite the triple-digit temperatures.She expects nothing less for Shasta Ray.“He knows how to bring people together,” Delfino said. “He gets
Published: July 30, 2015
Wednesday’s high of 102 degrees was hot but today’s was expected to be even hotter. The National Weather Service predicts a record-breaking 107 degrees today. Friday will be cooler, but not by much, with a high of 103. The hot weather will continue into Saturday, with a high of 101.The oppressive heat combined with smoke wafting westward from the Cable
Published: July 30, 2015
Alva “Jim” “Tex” Marshall Age 84 of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Arrangements are pending, WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Edna F. Foster Age 74, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Arrangements are pending. TAYLOR’S FAMILY MORTUARY. 541-679-6983.Phil Ray Morris Age 59, of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, July
Published: July 30, 2015
A Sutherlin man was arrested Wednesday afternoon after getting into a physical fight with his grandfather.Troy Raymond Leftwich, 22, of Sutherlin, pushed a large outdoor space heater into Ronald Leftwich, causing minor injuries to Ronald Leftwich’s arm during the altercation.Troy Leftwich then walked through the backyard and destroyed several items in the 2800 block of Juniper Court, Roseburg.When police arrived,
Published: July 30, 2015
The Winston-Dillard Water District is warning its customers to be on the lookout for callers representing the water district, according to the Winston Police Department.The department has been made aware of two separate incidents in which customers received a call from a person claiming to be an employee of the water district and threatening to shut off the person’s water
Published: July 30, 2015
IDLEYLD PARK — John DeGroot has his hoses and shovels ready at his home on Klahanie Lane in Idleyld Park. He’s watched the Cable Crossing Fire grow and shift about 1 mile from his home since it started Tuesday afternoon.As he spoke, aircraft could be heard in the background. This morning, it was just mildly smoky where DeGroot lives, but
Published: July 30, 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.MondayDouglas County sheriff4:30 a.m. — Caller reported driver with road rage on Interstate 5 southbound near milepost 99, Canyonville.7:22 a.m. — Neighbor’s two horses broke lose, but the caller can’t go to
Published: July 30, 2015
GRANTS PASS — Wilson scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fifth inning, then survived a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to eliminate the Pepsi Bottlecaps 5-4 from the American Legion Class state tournament today at Reinhart Volunteer Park. Pepsi led the game 4-0, but couldn’t get another run. In the seventh, the Bottlecaps
Published: July 30, 2015
This past week, Jerry and I celebrated our 24th anniversary. If that weren’t accomplishment enough, we were even able to carve out a few days to play at the coast.  We don’t do things like this often. Between conflicting schedules - his, mine, and the kids’ - and financial considerations, trying to plan a trip out of town is challenging, to
Published: July 30, 2015
As the county endures sweltering heat and growing wildfires, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has increased public-use restrictions once again.As of 3 p.m. on July 30, the following restrictions have been enacted:• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.• Mowing of dried and cured grass with power-driven equipment is prohibited, except for the commercial culture and harvest of agricultural
Published: July 30, 2015
The unincorporated community of Milo, about 11 miles east of Canyonville, was hit with a fast-moving fire that grew to thousands of acres within hours on Thursday.Douglas Forest Protective Association initially responded to the fire with an automatic dispatch in the early afternoon, well aware that the combination of record-breaking heat and parched forestlands would set the hills on fire
Published: July 30, 2015
GLIDE — The Cable Crossing Fire swelled to 500 acres after it reportedly jumped containment lines early Wednesday evening.The rapid expansion came after fire crews both on the ground and in the air had moved to extinguish a sudden spot fire nearby. Spot fires had been a concern heading into the day’s operations, according to Douglas Forest Protective Association spokesman
Published: July 29, 2015
At a scorching 108 degrees, Thursday tied for the hottest day yet in Roseburg.Today could break that record.According to the National Weather Service in Medford, today’s high is expected to reach 109 degrees.Until this week, the hottest it’s ever been in Roseburg was 108. Roseburg has hit that mark twice before, once on July 28, 2009 and once on Aug.
Published: July 30, 2015
For quite some time now I have been hearing the phrase, “Happy Wife, Happy Life” and I think I die a little every time it’s said. I work hard to be happy some days and I don’t lay that responsibility on my husband. Now please take no offense if you or your husband has used it. I realize it comes
Published: July 13, 2015
Oh how I love the simplicity of summer. The long days, lazier mornings and easy meals lace together into memories we carry into the colder, barren days of the year. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] Last year I bought my husband a nice grill for his birthday. It might be akin to him buying me a classic car, but you can't deny
Published: July 14, 2015
The Cable Crossing Fire, as of Thursday night, was estimated to have swept through 830 acres of land and was estimated to be only 15 percent contained, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.Firefighters are working at all hours under extreme conditions, including record-breaking heat, to stay ahead of the fire.Following two consecutive days of Red Flag Warning weather, low
Published: July 31, 2015
Mary D. HolmesAge 91, of Sutherlin/Myrtle Creek, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Jane D. SchleiningAge 81, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Monday, July 27, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Helen Diane McCartheyAge 71, of Sutherlin, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Arrangements are
Published: July 31, 2015
A new fire was reported at 5 a.m. today near Iron Mountain, about 10 miles east of Riddle.Firefighters were able to stop the fire spread at three acres. Crews were on scene this morning mopping up hot spots and securing control lines. The fire’s cause is under investigation.Fire officials cautioned that Douglas County is experiencing extreme fire conditions. Many industrial
Published: July 31, 2015
GLIDE — The city of Glide was in the middle of a transformation Thursday. A nearly permanent blanket of haze and smoke covered the city, and people filed in and out of a local convenience store to buy water. The rumble of semi-trucks carrying bulldozers filled the gray sky as the vehicles charged up Highway 138E, and the whirring sounds
Published: July 31, 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 LOGThursdayDouglas County sheriff8:25 a.m. — During the night, someone cut a hole in a work trailer and stole equipment from a construction site in the 11000 block of Jackson Creek Road
Published: July 31, 2015
GRANTS PASS — One more hit, that’s all the Roseburg Pepsi Bottlecaps believed they needed in the top of the seventh inning.They came up three inches short and became the first team eliminated from the American Legion Class A state tournament.Wilson escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh to secure a 5-4 victory and end the Bottlecaps season Thursday
Published: July 31, 2015
ROSEBURGBell Football Camp coming upThe Thurman Bell Football Camp, for Douglas County players ages 12-18, is scheduled Aug. 10-14 at Roseburg High’s Finlay Field.Each daily session will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon. The majority of time will be spent on techniques and fundamentals, plus a limited 7-on-7 passing league. There will be no contact participation involved, and helmets and
Published: July 31, 2015
Raechel Warren went to Albuquerque, New Mexico, with a specific goal in mind and a flexible plan to achieve it.The 2014 Roseburg High graduate wanted to be on the awards podium after the Open A Free Dance competition at the 2015 National Roller Figure Skating Championships, held last week in Albuquerque.Being flexible in her program and going conservative when it
Published: July 31, 2015
Alan H. Kusler Jr.Age 54, of Myrtle Cree, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Arrangements are pending.Thomas W. KehneAge 84, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Arrangements are pending. UMPQUA VALLEY FUNERAL DIRECTORS. 541-537-9300.Jerry PetersonAge 56, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.Jeanette Lynn WilliamsAge
Published: July 31, 2015
Today’s high temperature of 107 degrees broke the record for the date, but didn’t reach the all-time high.The hottest July 31 on record was previously 103 degrees, set in 2003. This was the second record-breaking day in a row. Thursday’s high of 108 tied for the hottest day ever in Roseburg. The thermometer reached 108 twice before, on July 28,
Published: July 31, 2015
WINSTON — A structure fire burned a duplex in the 1400 block of Brockway Road on Friday, damaging one of the units and prompting the busy Douglas County Fire District to request an investigation from the state fire marshall. Requesting investigative assistance from the state fire marshall, according to Fire Marshall Ray Shoufler, results from the fact that the Douglas
Published: July 31, 2015
Eloise is a 6-year-old with big dreams for the future. When she and her family moved into their new home a few years ago, she and her dad talked about getting a playhouse for the backyard. But one thing led to another; the playhouse was never built. Then she was diagnosed with leukemia. All attention now turned to making her healthy again. That’s
Published: July 31, 2015
The crisis shelter established by the American Red Cross is relocating from the elementary school to the YMCA.According to workers at the shelter, members from the Red Cross are already at the YMCA and ready to tend to evacuees. Citizens in Azalea, from Upper Cow Creek to Snow Creek East, were told to evacuate by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office
Published: July 31, 2015
Let all voters’ voices be heardLast week I listened in on a national conference call with Representative John Delaney of Maryland who discussed the Open Our Democracy Act, HR 2655, which he recently introduced. The call was convened and hosted by Jackie Salit, President of IndependentVoting.org, the largest association of independent voters in the country of which I’m a part.
Published: July 31, 2015
A significant bipartisan majority of the 2013 Legislative Assembly voted to enact House Bill 2787, which became known as the “Tuition Equity Act.” It established in-state tuition eligibility for students who demonstrate the intent to become United States citizens and who met certain previous attendance requirements in schools both in Oregon and other U.S. states and territories. The bill’s Legislative
Published: July 31, 2015
Glide residents living on Little River Road, between the Peel Country Store and the Wolf Creek trail head, have been issued a level one evacuation notice, according to authorities from Incident Management Team 3.The Cable Crossing Fire, which was estimated at 830 acres as of Friday morning, has been jumping southern containment lines since.“It’s been pushing our south containment line
Published: July 31, 2015
GLIDE — The Cable Crossing Fire has grown to 1,110 acres as of Friday afternoon with just 15 percent containment, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.The fire has been flaring up and jumping containment lines along the south and western fronts. In response, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told residents near Little River Road, between the Peel Country Store
Published: July 31, 2015
Q: Why do my tomatoes have this dark blotch on them?A: Home gardeners are starting to see this disorder on their tomatoes as the fruits begin to enlarge. It’s called “blossom-end rot” and can also affect peppers and eggplant. The fruit develops a dark water-soaked area at the blossom end, the end furthest from the stem. It affects green as
Published: August 1, 2015
UPDATED 6:15 p.m.: The residents of Drew have been issued a level 2 evacuation notice as of Saturday evening, having first been issued a level 1 warning earlier in the day. Residents living near Tiller Trail Highway, between milepost 28 and 34, have been told to be ready in case the Stouts Fire continues to head in that direction.There are
Published: August 1, 2015
GLIDE — Link Smith, incident commander for the Cable Crossing Fire, considers himself pretty good at a few things. Estimating the crowd for a community meeting at the Glide Fire Station proved to be tougher than he imagined.“I expected 50 people tonight,” Smith told the crowd of nearly 300 residents Saturday night. The capacity crowd filled the entire bay area
Published: August 1, 2015
Saturday was yet another long day for firefighters in Douglas County, as both the Stouts Fire and the Cable Crossing Fire grew by crossing over containment lines.The Stouts Fire, which began near the unincorporated community of Milo in south county on Thursday, swelled to 11,500 acres on Saturday, burning more than 5,000 acres since Friday morning, according to authorities from
Published: August 2, 2015
On a weekly basis, Robyn Mayorga, with her daughters and her relatives, would cruise up Highway 138E toward an escape from town — the picturesque site of Fall Creek Falls. When Mayorga and her family first heard about the Cable Crossing Fire, engulfing the woods about 6 miles east of Glide, they snapped into action.“It’s a beautiful place and it’s
Published: August 2, 2015
While local city and county officials continue to debate the particulars of Oregon’s new liberal marijuana laws, methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pain pills continue to ravage our communities.The Douglas County commissioners and the Roseburg city councilors recently spent considerable time discussing whether to go along with the state’s new marijuana laws — which may soon allow medical and recreational marijuana
Published: August 2, 2015
What do you do with a stolen 12-foot yellow duck once you get one off the roof?That’s what I wondered a few days ago, after news that the giant inflatable Rotary Club duck that had been perched on Clint Newell’s Roseburg auto dealership had been swiped.I know … “People are starving in China, and you guys are writing about stolen
Published: August 2, 2015
In my opinion, one of the most neglected attributes of many leaders and entrepreneurs is preparedness. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”Over my career, I saw many leaders (and salespeople!) “busy doing,” with plenty of reacting and fire-fighting happening, but little thought given to implementation or preparation for the future. Regardless
Published: August 2, 2015
The Canyonville Area Chamber of Commerce is now halfway through Phase II of renovating the Canyonville Youth Center at the corner of 1st and Pine streets to create a Community Center. This has been our biggest project this year and I want to thank everyone that has either made donations or helped in anyway to make this happen so quickly.
Published: August 2, 2015
A Glide man died on Saturday after the dump truck he was driving reportedly went through a guard rail along Highway 138E and over a cliff.At approximately 1:43 p.m., Oregon State Police said that Wesley Baumeister, 40, was driving west near milepost 35 when, for an unknown reason, his commercial dump truck left the road, sent over a steep drop
Published: August 2, 2015
If you don’t listen to weather forecasters much, you might be wondering why your trees look scorched and your lawn is turning straw-colored, despite the fact that you water them regularly. The reason for all this plant stress is that 2015 in Western Oregon is on track to surpass 1934 and 2014 as the warmest year on record in Oregon.
Published: August 2, 2015
Evening PlanetsVenus is lost in the sun’s glare while Jupiter rapidly sinks into the sunset. Telescope observers with an excellent western horizon (no mountains or trees) may enjoy some interesting conjunctions in early August. Start searching for dim Jupiter a few minutes after sunset. On August 5, sweep about 14 degrees to the left of the sunset to find Jupiter.
Published: August 2, 2015
Karl Konecny (Ko-nec-nee), Northwest Motion Products, makes electrical motors very efficient. His clients acquire brushless motors with up to 97 percent efficiency. Konecny then develops mathematical models that guide the design and custom construction of “little black boxes” that connect a source of power, say a battery, with an electrical motor. He writes software that accompanies each setup. In his
Published: August 2, 2015
Most of my professional career was spent teaching foreign languages. Apart from a couple of years at a high school, I was teaching college students and adults. I taught mostly German, but also Spanish and Latin. After 30 years, when I retired, I realized that I had finally figured out how to do it right, but by then it was
Published: August 2, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a Burns man who has been missing since July 31.Bruce Timothy Sam, 52, was reportedly last seen around 8:30 p.m. Friday in the 1600 block of Curtin Road, Curtin. According to the sheriff’s office, Sam suffers from seizures and could be in the midst of a medical
Published: August 2, 2015
Recently, I was asked to find some pictures of myself for a project at our church. As I went through the few albums we have and the numerous boxes of photographs - because I haven’t finished the albums - it became very clear to me that someone was missing.  That someone had attended most of the events portrayed in the pictures.
Published: July 9, 2015
Neighbors who look out for each other are priceless. On Tuesday night I received a text from a neighbor who was worried by the sight of firetrucks at our home. By the time I looked at my phone they had already left so I wondered if it had been a mistake. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] Maybe they had the wrong address,
Published: July 17, 2015
Aug. 5-8 Douglas County Fair. Check out their website for a lot more information regarding times, special entertainment and also daily specials.   Aug. 8 Movies in the Park, Central Park Athletic Fields, Sutherlin featuring "Flight of the Navigator." Free, starts at dusk - 10 p.m. Movies shown in Unedited Format, Parental Guidance Suggested/Rated E for everyone. For more info: http://www.visitsutherlin.com/calendar/movies-in-the-park  Aug.
Published: August 2, 2015
The weekend thunderstorms sparked multiple wildfires in the Umpqua National Forest, according to forest authorities, including eight considerable fires burning conifers and dry vegetation about 5 miles north of Toketee Lake on Saturday.The eight fires — together called the Potter Mountain Complex — were discovered at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, burning near Deer Creek, east of Boulder Creek Wilderness and
Published: August 2, 2015
Underneath a muffling layer of fog, dozens of firefighters sat in groups chugging water while others found solace in small, often awkward, places to sleep. Some talked quietly, while others looked up, gazing at the distant treeline, barely visible through the smoky fog. But instantly, once the call they had been waiting for came through, everyone piled into a van
Published: August 3, 2015
A Sutherlin man is dead after a vehicle flipped in the 4800 block of Nonpareil Road, Sutherlin, on Sunday evening, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.Tammera Wells, 20, of Roseburg, was driving a 1991 Honda Accord west on Nonpareil Road at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday when she lost control and drove into a ditch, causing the vehicle to
Published: August 3, 2015
The Cable Crossing Fire has been completely trailed and is 20 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry.Level 1 evacuation notices remain in effect on Little River Road from the Peel Store to the Wolf Creek Trail Head and along Highway 138 near Evergreen Lane and Honeycut Road.The fire area and forest roads remain
Published: August 3, 2015
Sunday’s cool and damp weather helped firefighters battle the Stouts Fire, which is currently estimated at 5 percent containment.About 1,400 firefighters are working at all hours to contain the 15,000-acre fire near Milo.Wildland firefighters are clearing road systems and building line along the east side of the fire. Structural firefighters are working around houses to clear areas in order to
Published: August 3, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.SundayDouglas County sheriff12:04 a.m. — Drag racing reported in the 9500 block of Melqua Road, Umpqua.12:45 a.m. — Truck towing vehicle has a chain dragging on the ground creating sparks on Interstate
Published: August 3, 2015
Shrums have 66th reunionThe Shrum family will have its 66th reunion Aug. 9 at Millpond Park pavilion, 25005 Rock Creek Road, Glide. A potluck luncheon starts at noon. All friends and relatives of the Shrum family are welcome.Information: 541-496-3342.
Published: August 3, 2015
Mostellers mark 74th anniversaryEarl and Gladys Mosteller recently commemorated their 74th anniversary. Their daughter, Virginia York, who lives in the local area, organized a quiet celebration dinner at Callahan Village to honor her parents for their many years of devotion to each other and to God. Many gifts and cards arrived from those who were unable to be there in
Published: August 3, 2015
Submit quilts for local showThe third annual Oakland Quilt Show committee will accept quilts from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at Oakland City Park. Entry forms may be obtained at that time, or completed in advance by contacting quiltentry@gmail.com for a form.All quilts are welcome. The show will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic Oakland on
Published: August 3, 2015
Okoneks have shared 60 yearsDon and Gayle (Salquist) Okonek of Tri City recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. A celebration party for family and friends was held in 2005 to honor the Okoneks’ 50th anniversary. To further celebrate their 60th, the couple will enjoy a delayed getaway to Crater Lake Lodge.Gayle Salquist attended a one-room schoolhouse until she completed eighth
Published: August 3, 2015
Sutherlin unites the ’60s classes The Sutherlin Class of ’65 will celebrate its 50th reunion by hosting a potluck gathering for the classes of the ’60s. The event begins at 5 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Umpqua Golf Resort in Sutherlin.Alumni are asked to bring a potluck dish to share and their own beverages (adult or otherwise). Nothing will be
Published: August 3, 2015
RHS class has 55th reunionRoseburg High School class of 1960 will have its 55th reunion August 21, 22, and 23.There will be a meet and greet in the Umpqua Room at the Windmill Inn from 5 to 10 p.m. on August 21.A no-host dinner will be held at the Roseburg Country Club on August 22; social time begins at 6
Published: August 3, 2015
I was 16 when my parents decided to move from our suburban San Diego home to a 27-acre “hobby farm” in southern Oregon. My dad, retired from the Navy, was excited to finally have room for two cows, two pigs, a dog and a big garden. My mom, always glamorous and sophisticated, traded a successful career in real estate for
Published: August 4, 2015
Tonight at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles, a show called Hail, the Mighty Horn will entertain music lovers who will have to endure snarling traffic to and from the venue.Tonight in Roseburg, The Robert Cray Band will regale the crowd gathered around the Nichols Band Shell in Stewart Park with plaintive blues lyrics, soulful
Published: August 4, 2015
Wait times are still a problem at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, but the administration is optimistic that new recruitment efforts will bring in enough health care providers to correct the problem.VA officials touted those efforts, along with building projects and a reduced backlog of veterans’ claims at a press conference Monday afternoon. A recent legionella outbreak in the
Published: August 4, 2015
Workers were setting up the sound system, installing the lights and arranging the chairs at the amphitheater Monday morning at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Roseburg, all in preparation for the arrival of country singer Martina McBride. Vendors were moving in, and outdoor exhibitors were setting up, too.It was all part of the big push before opening day of the
Published: August 4, 2015
Lowell David McKeun Age 80, Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.
Published: August 4, 2015
The Oregon Army National Guard will be collecting hand sanitizer and tissue boxes for Roseburg High School students at Dutch Bros., 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 12, 1731 N.E. Stephens St., Roseburg. Please bring boxes of tissues and bottles of non-scented hand sanitizer to that location to help offset the expense for teachers and staff.Information: 541-430-5759.
Published: August 4, 2015
A Roseburg man was arrested Monday morning for failing to register as a sex offender after he moved from the Walmart parking lot.Thomas June Yegge, 75, had registered his address at the parking lot in the 2100 block of Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, but failed to report his new address after he moved, according to the police.Oregon law requires that sex
Published: August 4, 2015
The Douglas County AARP Smart Driver Course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Mercy Community Education Center, 2459 Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.While the course is designed for drivers 50 and older, it’s open to younger drivers as well. People do not need to be members of AARP to take the course.Oregon law requires all
Published: August 4, 2015
Occasional rainfall and a break from triple-digit temperatures over the weekend helped fire crews make big gains against the two wildfires that have been scorching parts of Douglas County for nearly a week.As of this morning, the Cable Crossing Fire — which began near Glide last Tuesday and grew into a 1,750-acre blaze — was roughly 30 percent contained. Fire
Published: August 4, 2015
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners needs people to serve on the Douglas County Board of Property Tax Appeals.The board consists of three county residents who do not hold elective office. It hears taxpayer appeals for reduction of the real market or assessed value of property.Applications are available at the commissioners’ office in Room 217 of the Douglas County Courthouse,
Published: August 4, 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.MondayDouglas County sheriff12:50 a.m. — Woman seen crawling through bushes in the 7600 block of Eagle Valley Road, Drain.3:01 a.m. — Pit bull got into a pig pen and was trying to
Published: August 4, 2015
SALEM — The Medford Mustangs defeated the Eugene Challengers 8-3 Sunday at Willamette University and successfully defended their Class AAA American Legion baseball state championship.Eugene, guided by Sutherlin High School coach Josh Riley, earlier advanced to the title contest with a 6-5 victory over the DeMarini Post 20 Dirtbags of Dallas in 12 innings. The Challengers (35-17) handed Medford (38-12)
Published: August 4, 2015
As we all deal with the unseasonable heat of this summer I would like to suggest a gift that every parent, grandparent or significant adult can give to the children in their lives. That gift is reading to a child or making it possible for a child to read on their own for enjoyment.As a child growing up in poverty
Published: August 4, 2015
A thunderstorm over the Diamond Lake Ranger District produced little lightning. No new wildfires flared up despite four reported lightning strikes, the Umpqua National Forest announced today.The Potter Mountain Complex, an array of fires in the Umpqua National Forest that sprang up from dry lightning strikes on Aug. 2, is currently burning approximately 135 acres. Suppression efforts include building fire
Published: August 4, 2015
Word on the Street is a new weekly feature that will run on Tuesdays on page A2. This week's question: What is your favorite part of the Douglas County Fair? "I think it's awesome. Mainly I go for the music and the entertainment." — Dee Mayberry, Roseburg "They have transportation so people can get to the fair because there are
Published: August 4, 2015
Douglas County gun owner Geno Zayas isn’t happy with State Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene.At Zayas’ Roseburg business, Geno’s Auto Repair, he put up a sign last week welcoming members of Prozanski’s District 4 to come in to sign a recall petition. District 4 covers most of North and East Douglas County, as well as parts of Eugene and South Lane
Published: August 4, 2015
Winston City Council voted unanimously to fire its longtime city manager Monday night near the end of its regular city council meeting.Winston Mayor Sharon Harrison said council member Chris Berquist made the motion to fire David VanDermark, and the resulting vote was unanimous.“We thought it would be a good time to terminate him and so we did,” Harrison said Tuesday.Harrison
Published: August 4, 2015
In defense of AmericaOn D-Day, General Dwight Eisenhower did not tell his troops that we were going to defeat the National Socialists so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs and everything that they stood for.In the November elections, America gave the Republicans a mandate
Published: August 4, 2015
Brandon Byrd, 12, of Glide attempted to water his steer, Rocky, and his brother’s, Frankensteer, Tuesday afternoon in the steer barn at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.What he found was you can lead a steer to water, but you can’t make him drink.With one day to go before fair time, Brandon and dozens of other 4-H members moved their steers and
Published: August 5, 2015
Anne R. ThickstonAge 75, of Roseburg, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Jacque Lorraine PotterAge 62, of Reedsport, Oregon, died on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Arrangements are pending. ANDREASON’S CREMATION & BURIAL SERVICE. 541-485-6659Wesley Herman Baumeister Age 40, of Idleyld Park, Oregon, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2015. Arrangements are
Published: August 5, 2015
A Roseburg man started running up a steep hill on Tuesday around 8 p.m. after seeing officers from the Roseburg Police Department in the area, according to police.Anthony Jerome Flores, 32, of Roseburg, quickly became tired from running up the hill in the 1400 block of Sanford Avenue and was arrested without incident on suspicion of a warrant for a
Published: August 5, 2015

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