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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
DREW — Planted alongside the Tiller Trail Highway and its arterial service roads, which snake up into the nearby forestlands, are hundreds of homes and ranches that are under the careful watch of firefighters. Two of those ranches, plotted on a flat expanse among rolling hills, contain a handful of firefighters who spent the weekend clearing brush around the homes
Published: August 5, 2015
Family and friends of Wesley Baumeister, a Glide man who died Saturday after his garbage truck reportedly left the road, are grieving the loss of a “carefree and light-hearted” individual.“He had a great big heart,” said Jeannie Morgan, Baumeister’s sister-in-law. “He was always laughing and he never seemed like there was a lot of stress in the world.“He left behind
Published: August 5, 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.ARRESTSThe News-Review publishes the names of individuals who have been arrested on suspicion of at least one felony charge or three misdemeanors or a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges.TodayDouglas County sheriffNicholas
Published: August 5, 2015
The 2015 outdoor track and field season ended well for Roseburg’s Gabrielle Kearney on Sunday.The 18-year-old, who graduated from Roseburg High School in June, finished fourth in the women’s javelin with a personal best at the 18th annual Pan American Junior Championships at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.Kearney — a two-time Oregon Class 6A champion and University of Oklahoma
Published: August 5, 2015
BAKER CITYArea players take part in grid gameThree central Douglas County players took part in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game on Saturday at Bulldog Stadium.Jordan McDevitt (South Umpqua), Angus Swan (Oakland) and Kai Wolfe (Camas Valley) played for the West, which lost 25-0 to the East. Austin Feist (Burns) ran for two touchdowns and Hunter Jelden (Harrisburg)
Published: August 5, 2015
MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, ROSEBURGFLEMING ­— Cayla Stuberg and Dan Fleming, Myrtle Creek, July 16, a son, Andrew Wolf Fleming, 7 pounds 9 ouncesMOORE — Melissa and Scott Moore, Roseburg, July 21, a son, Jonathan Augustus Moore, 7 pounds 13 ounces MYERS — Danielle Benwell and Wade Myers, Roseburg, July 21, a son, Gabriel Donald Myers, 2 pounds 0 ouncesSELLHEIM —
Published: August 5, 2015
Please secure nature areaI would like to thank the city of Roseburg for expanding the range and length of my daily walks. I used to walk the entire length of the trail in the Stewart Park Nature Area, but now that the city has decided to allow or ignore overnight camping, I’ve had to change my course to remove myself
Published: August 5, 2015
The Douglas County Oregon State University Extension Horticulture Program is now accepting applications for its Master Gardener Training Class Series that begins Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016. Pre-registration is required. Training includes sustainable gardening topics of botany, soil science, insect and disease identification and management, vegetables and diagnosis of plant problems.Classes are held at the OSU Extension office in Roseburg every
Published: August 5, 2015
Greater Douglas United Way will launch its 2015-16 fundraising campaign with its annual Kick-Off Breakfast 7 a.m. Sept. 3 at the Umpqua Community College LaVerne Murphy Student Center.The yearly event is a way for United Way staff, board members, key contributors and representatives of member agencies to rally around the record-setting success of 2014-15 and find out what the new
Published: August 5, 2015
The members of the band Goldfoot will tell you the focus of their sound is the groove.Anything that drives their listeners to feverish displays of dance-floor heroics is a boogie in the right direction.“If it makes us move, if it makes us want to dance, we just go with it,” said Ruth Heald, who sings and plays percussion with the
Published: August 5, 2015
If you’re reading this, 8-year-old Alli Wenzl has a message for you.Books make your life better. If you don’t have any books, it might be time to visit the Little Free Library at the Wenzl home in Melrose beginning this Saturday.“Some people don’t read that much, and that kind of makes me sad,” Alli said.The idea is simple. Come browse
Published: August 5, 2015
Citizens of Douglas County and Reedsport: Please be advised we are being wooed into thinking the sale of our surrounding Scholfield wetlands is actually “good” for us and our environment. McKenzie River Trust wants to control our wetlands and waterways. In a meeting I attended, they gave examples and pictures of other communities they have “helped,” but our wetlands and
Published: August 5, 2015
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of a group of males seen throwing a small, 8-week-old Jack Russell Terrier puppy to the ground, killing the dog, in late July in Myrtle Creek.A witness ran toward the males who were “deliberately and forcefully” throwing the puppy to the
Published: August 5, 2015
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, is optimistic about new leadership at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center, concerned about the state of the nation’s transportation system and determined to get Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for fighting forest fires.He discussed these and other issues at a town hall meeting held at Roseburg City Hall on Wednesday. The meeting was part
Published: August 6, 2015
Riley Vannatta, 14, stuck out his tongue, which was blue from the shaved ice he was eating. Keito Yajima, 14, found Vannatta’s gesture to be profoundly hilarious, throwing his head back and laughing, his own mouth full of shaved ice.This is typical of moments the two share. Riley lives in Roseburg, and Keito is from Kuki City, Japan. Each of
Published: August 6, 2015
Cynthia Elaine LawsAge 55, of Glide, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Arrangements are pending. ANDREASON’S CREMATION & BURIAL SERVICE. 541-485-6659.Jorgen B. FowlerAge 67, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.
Published: August 6, 2015
A course for families on how to communicate with Alzheimer’s patients will be offered Aug. 18.The class, called “Effective Communication Strategies,” will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Mercy Community Education Center, 2459 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.The class is presented by the Alzheimer’s Association Oregon Chapter and will address how to send and receive messages through attitude, tone
Published: August 6, 2015
A rummage sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 14-15, 340 Woody Court, Myrtle Creek. All proceeds will benefit Seniors Escorting Seniors, a transportation service between Canyonville, Myrtle Creek, Riddle and Tri City.Information: 541-863-5437.
Published: August 6, 2015
DREW — Wildfire tactics can often be seen as addition-by-subtraction. Firefighters work to gain the upper hand on the blazes by felling trees and clearing underbrush that could become the fire’s fuel. The process is deliberate, with a lot of careful consideration given to the ramifications of having 80,000-pound bulldozers bully their way through old, dense forestlands. “You can’t just
Published: August 6, 2015
The Burns man who had been missing since July 31 has been found alive and well, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.Bruce Timothy Sam, 52, had been last seen around 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Curtin Road, Curtin. According to the sheriff’s office, Sam suffers from seizures and could have been in the midst of a medical
Published: August 6, 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.ARRESTSThe News-Review publishes the names of individuals who have been arrested on suspicion of at least one felony charge or three misdemeanors or a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges.TodayWinston policeTrevor Charles
Published: August 6, 2015
A fire burning about an acre-and-a-half in Oakland was extinguished by the Douglas Forest Protective Association on Wednesday afternoon. At approximately 3:45 p.m., the DFPA responded to reports of a small grass fire burning about 7 miles northeast of Oakland, near Ben More Lane. The fire reportedly threatened a home and the home’s outside structure, however crews managed to stop
Published: August 6, 2015
Another year of high school sports is rushing upon us and with it comes an ultimatum from outside Douglas County.Certain mascots and representations have been deemed offensive and instructions have come down from on high (Oregon Department of Education, in this case) to stamp out Native American monikers by next fall. As a result, change is being forced upon us.This
Published: August 6, 2015
This is the time of year parents enroll children in extracurricular programs for fall, so it’s a great time to think about the benefits of music lessons. Making music is satisfying and fun, and although people can learn to play an instrument at any age, the best time is in the “music window” between the ages of five and 12.There
Published: August 6, 2015
Preventable drowning #5“Man drowns in Diamond Lake”: The News-Review headline with article, “ ... adding yet another drowning in what has become one of the deadliest years for water deaths in Douglas County.”Each such tragic loss of life was entirely preventable had either the State or Douglas County merely required adults using public waterways to wear an approved floatation device
Published: August 6, 2015
Sterling Johnson swung two rods that looked like fishing poles, and a sea of bubbles poured out to the delight of a handful of young children who ran and jumped to catch them. Johnson performed his bubble-blowing act near the main entrance of the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Thursday. “They’re awesome,” said Vincent Ambrose, 8, of Roseburg. “I like that
Published: August 7, 2015
Greg Kuyper of Roseburg surveyed the offerings in an aisle of food booths at the Douglas County Fair just before lunchtime Thursday.He was considering the baked potatoes, or possibly the fried ravioli, which he had never tasted before. “I’ll eat about anything,” he said.Holly Michaels of Days Creek had already made up her mind. The best fair food, she said,
Published: August 7, 2015
The standing-room-only crowd in the Cascade Community Amphitheater at the Douglas County Fairgrounds on Thursday night waved cellphone lights instead of lighters to encourage Lynyrd Skynyrd to play its signature song. After belting out hit after hit, the legendary Southern rockers obliged their fans by playing a 15-minute encore of “Free Bird,” finally bringing the classic song to Douglas County.
Published: August 7, 2015
Entering its ninth day, the Stouts Fire will not go away.A Thursday afternoon flare on the eastern flank of the fire forced crews to focus on the area, routing extra helicopters to drop water on the flames. Firefighters had to dig line with the hope of slowing the fire that was burning downhill south of the 3220 road and west
Published: August 7, 2015
Paul RoachAge 69, of Glide, Oregon passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.Dolores A. (Lyons) HintonAge 83, formerly of Dillard, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Services handled by son. 541-484-2042.
Published: August 7, 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.ARRESTSThe News-Review publishes the names of individuals who have been arrested on suspicion of at least one felony charge or three misdemeanors or a combination of felony and misdemeanor charges.TodayRoseburg policeDenny Daniel
Published: August 7, 2015
A business in the 2500 block of Northwest Stewart Parkway contacted the Roseburg Police Department about an intoxicated driver who was parked in the parking lot on Thursday at approximately 11 a.m.The business’ staff believed that Kaylin Thomas Valle, 52, of Tenmile, was “very intoxicated” because of her speech and the smell of alcohol coming from her.Valle was arrested on
Published: August 7, 2015
A Roseburg man was stopped after trying to walk out of Walmart with nearly $200 in unpaid merchandise, according to police.Roseburg police responded to Walmart in the 2100 block of Northwest Stewart Parkway after Perry Otto Wilms, 32, was noticed by the store’s loss-prevention officer Thursday night.Wilms had previously been trespassed from Walmart four times, according to the police.He was
Published: August 7, 2015
Many Douglas County voters came away from Thursday night’s Fox News Republican presidential debate feeling billionaire businessman Donald Trump didn’t come across very well.Republicans and Independents mentioned Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson favorably. One thing’s certain, though: Out of the top 10 candidates in the debate, there’s no clear consensus yet.Douglas County Republican Party Chairman Tom Hawksworth said
Published: August 7, 2015
Roseburg police responded to a call of a man in the 3000 block of Northwest Stewart Parkway who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.Police contacted Denny Daniel Decamp, 38, this morning at approximately 1:30 a.m. and seized 28 grams of meth.Decamp was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession and methamphetamine distribution.Reporter Ian Campbell can be reached at 541-957-4209
Published: August 7, 2015
The past few weeks of homicides and bomb threats point out what seems to be an alarming rise in crime around Douglas County. But while these reports may startle locals and city officials, the recent uptick in crime may have a simple explanation: Hot weather leads to more crime and violence.  The link has long been established, according to the U.S.
Published: August 5, 2015
When I was younger I often burned the candle at both ends, as my dad used to call it. I’d go to work and then I would hit about every social function I could find, either hanging out with friends or the college group at my church or volunteering at different places. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] I had a habit of
Published: July 28, 2015
We identified our Mr. Visionary guys last week. Now, let’s turn to the Mr. Leaders. The Commanders. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"] These guys may come off bossy - in my estimation it’s because they are. That’s not always a downfall or insult. Speakers and teachers may be these types. They have a certain way they live and view decisions. They don’t
Published: July 27, 2015
As the weather turns cold and we start to plan holiday trips, now seems like a good time to review an often overlooked item on the pre-trip checklist: car seats.   I know I have often found myself questioning my own know-how and skills when it comes to the finer points of car seat and booster seat safety, but with the
Published: November 18, 2014
My girls love to experiment in the kitchen. My older daughter, who is 10, has started baking cupcakes this last year. She has even made up her own recipes. My younger daughter has taken an interest to experimenting in the kitchen, as well. My mom bought them The Disney Princess Cookbook at a book fair at their old school. It
Published: July 21, 2015
ROSEBURGBell Football Camp kicks off MondayLate registration for the Thurman Bell Football Camp — scheduled Monday through Aug. 14 at Roseburg High’s Finlay Field — will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday.Check in will be at the vocational building, due to the construction going on at RHS.Roseburg Athletic Director Russ Bolin says access to the auxiliary gym
Published: August 7, 2015
Cut effect of black marketThe editorial on marijuana in Sunday’s paper hit the nail on the head. There is one very important point that is difficult to understand and that is the effect of the black market.We all know the tragic results of the abuse of hard drugs. There are many in our community who oppose marijuana as the “gateway”
Published: August 7, 2015
The August 2 Publisher’s Notebook editorial outlines how Douglas County prohibiting local marijuana businesses is a mistake. Of course we need law enforcement to focus on serious problems like methamphetamine abuse. Marijuana is now legal in Oregon. Adults can legally grow four plants for their household and possess eight ounces. Adults can legally share up to an ounce with other
Published: August 7, 2015
Virgil E. WellsAge 20, of Sutherlin, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Milton F. CookAge 95, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Willis Harold New, Sr.Age 95, of Roseburg, Oregon, died on Friday, July 24, 2015. Arrangements are
Published: August 7, 2015
In his first public statement since he was fired by the Winston City Council on Aug. 3, former Winston City Manager David VanDermark thanked his supporters for their “tremendous outpouring of support.“We are deeply moved and encouraged by the kind words,” VanDermark said today in an email sent to local media outlets, including The News-Review.“While I was not thrilled with
Published: August 7, 2015
Forget swinging watches and swirling hypnosis wheels. The hypnotist preforming at the Douglas County Fair was all about focus and deep relaxation.Regardless, it didn’t take long for Deserae Maxwell, 18, of Elkton, to fall under the spell of Tyzen, the fair’s master hypnotist.Just a few minutes before the show, Maxwell sat back in a yellow chair, arms crossed, and was
Published: August 7, 2015
Architrave Health announced Friday it has appointed Mitchell Hall as its new CEO.Hall was most recently the CEO and president of Gateway Community Health in Michigan. He has been a manager at health care organizations in several states, including Arizona, California and Hawaii, and is a veteran who served at military medical treatment facilities.“We are pleased to welcome Mitch to
Published: August 7, 2015
Back in time, FFA stood for Future Farmers of America, and its image was all about high school students raising such animals as cows and calves, and ewes and lambs.FFA was founded in 1925, but over the last couple of decades, the program has diversified beyond animals. The changing times and interests in the food, fiber and natural resource industries
Published: August 8, 2015
To my knowledge, it has been nearly seven years since I last talked to Jake Cookus about his experiences in the college football coaching ranks.At that time, the 36-year-old — a 1997 graduate of Roseburg High School and former Oregon State University safety — was an assistant at Weber State in Ogden, Utah.Cookus was co-defensive coordinator under Ron McBride during
Published: August 8, 2015

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