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Labor Day signals the end of summer to many Americans, but by the time families fire up the grills while watching preseason NFL football local students will have already been adjusting to their new teachers and classes.With the possible exception of people who pursue the performing arts (“possible” being the operative word), students in today’s world have to succeed in
Published: September 1, 2015
With wildfires raging across Oregon, it has become even more urgent for Governor Kate Brown and U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely to oppose the liquefied natural gas export terminal and pipeline proposed for our state by a Canadian energy company. The Stouts Creek Fire, one of the largest current blazes, is impacting at least 17 miles of the
Published: August 31, 2015
MYRTLE CREEK — Frustrated by what they feel are hostile takeovers of their properties at the hands of companies backing the Pacific Connector Pipeline and of inactive governments, more than 20 county residents took turns venting, criticizing and pleading with the Douglas County commissioners at a town hall meeting on Wednesday. The consensus was that more work should be done
Published: August 27, 2015
Fall is upon us and with cooler temperatures mixed with the crowds of children starting a fresh year - things that are inevitable will surely creep in. Today I have some aid for these mere mortal bodies of ours in the small things, such as cold sores, chapped faces/lips, concentration and sore throats. These things can help us all. [fblikebox
Published: August 31, 2015
Baileys to celebrate 70th anniversaryDon and Betty Bailey will observe their 70th wedding anniversary from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday with an open house at their home on the Bar N Ranch.Don and Betty were married Sept. 1, 1945, in Upper Lake, California. Dr. Bailey opened Bailey Veterinary Clinic in 1950 and worked there until his retirement in April of
Published: August 30, 2015
Evening PlanetsMercury makes a twilight dash. Look to the west, just 45 minutes after sunset, to spot Mercury. The speedy planet will be difficult to observe with your unaided eyes. Your best chance to see Mercury will require binoculars, clear skies and a great western horizon. Each night after Sept. 4, Mercury will fade in brightness and slip back toward
Published: August 30, 2015
The text for my sermon today is an old German rhymed couplet. Since some of my readers do not understand German, I will translate it into an English rhymed couplet:“The sun may shine so bright, and yet / When evening comes, it still must set.”Although it talks about the sun, its meaning is not about the sun at all. The
Published: August 30, 2015
You could honestly say that my latest trip to Alaska started almost 35 years ago.I had built the Alagnak Lodge on a hill overlooking the Alagnak River on the Alaska Pennisula. The nearest town is King Salmon, 30 miles to the south.I had three partners in the construction project: My attorney, his father-in-law and his brother-in-law. I didn’t have a
Published: August 30, 2015
Elkton had a coolness, as in the climate, that the Birks liked.So after Russ Birk retired from his landscape maintenance business and the couple were looking to leave the heat of Phoenix, Arizona, they moved north and settled in Elkton. They had previously been in Douglas County, having visited Birk’s brother who lives in the Dillard area.Jody Birk, however, wasn’t
Published: August 30, 2015
Last Monday the U.S. stock market fell 1,089 points and on Tuesday it went down another 205.That marked six straight days of dramatic selling, totaling a decline of 1,900 points or 11 percent.But on Wednesday, the market rose 619 points and on Thursday it came up another 369. It finished the week with a 12-point decrease on Friday.Retirees who were
Published: August 30, 2015
There are only 500 Fortune 500 Companies, and 1,000 Fortune 1,000 companies. There are several common terms that identify what category a small business may fit into, such as Middle Market, Small Business or Micro-Business.According to Wikipedia, middle market companies, as defined by the United States Census data, numbered 20,000 companies in the U.S. in 2007. Mid-market companies account for
Published: August 30, 2015
Rachel Doolittle’s family, visiting from England, had seen the green beauty of the Cascade Mountains in southeastern Douglas County.But then a couple days before leaving for home, the family saw the devastation of a wildfire and the black results.The Stouts Creek Fire that was sparked on July 30 and blackened 25,500 acres in and around the communities of Tiller and
Published: August 30, 2015
The end of August is a good time to reflect on the summer accomplishments and to take a brief look at upcoming events.The Yoncalla 4th of July Festival was a great success. With the holiday landing on a Saturday, it made for a perfect opportunity for folks to get away for the long weekend. The festival included a parade, rodeo,
Published: August 30, 2015
It’s crazy how fast the summer flew by. My last column in June was about Celebrating Your Successes and that column isn’t more true than it is today. As the summer comes to a close, look back at those “successes” you had in your company and in your family life and celebrate those before you head into the next season.
Published: August 30, 2015
Umpqua Velo Club’s Vineyard Tour Bike Ride will be Sept. 12.The event will offer five cycling routes, all of them starting and finishing at River Forks Park. The routes, accommodating riders of all abilities, will be 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles. Each route will use lightly traveled rural roads that follow the Umpqua River. Cyclists will pedal past
Published: August 30, 2015
“It’s better to die like a lion than be slaughtered like sheep. And the terrorist coward deserved what he got, and the PC crowd needs to recognize terrorism for what it is.”That’s how Roseburg resident Emanuel Skarlatos summed up his son’s heroic actions during an interview on national television.His son is Alek Skarlatos, who last week joined a couple of
Published: August 30, 2015
YONCALLA — Steady improvement, each year taking one step closer to the ultimate goal. That’s been the way Yoncalla High’s football team has progressed since moving to eight-man football four years ago. The Eagles have been 8-3 the last two seasons, making the 1A playoffs both times. They went so far as to defeat Days Creek in overtime last year
Published: August 29, 2015
RIDDLE — It’s going to be a transition year for the Riddle Irish.Riddle, under second-year head coach Rocky Rodgers, is taking a hiatus from the Class 2A Mountain View Conference this season and playing an independent eight-man schedule due to low numbers the past couple of years.“Going independent is what we have to do. I’m actually happy we’re going to
Published: August 29, 2015
DRAIN — North Douglas made quality inroads in the Warriors’ first season playing eight-man football. They advanced to the Class 1A playoffs for starters after fashioning a three-game win streak that included a league playoff victory over Siletz Valley. A loss to Dufur ended the Warriors’ run, and the careers for a quality group that had been the core of
Published: August 29, 2015
DES MOINES, Wash. — The Umpqua Community College volleyball team opened its season at the Highline Fall Classic on Friday and Saturday, losing three of four matches.The Riverhawks played four best-of-three matches, defeating Skagit Valley 25-22, 25-20. They later lost to Centralia 26-24, 26-28, 15-9; lost to Shoreline 25-14, 25-12; and lost to Whatcom 19-25, 25-20, 15-9.No individual statistics were
Published: August 29, 2015
MISSOULA, Mont. — Joey Counts scored on a 1-yard run on fourth-and-goal with 2 seconds left to give Montana a 38-35 victory over four-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State on Saturday. Playing their first game under coach Bob Stitt, the Grizzlies rallied to stun the Bison in hazy conditions at jam-packed Washington-Grizzly Stadium. Counts’ touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard
Published: August 29, 2015
BEIJING — This was going to hurt. No way around it for Ashton Eaton. To get where the American decathlete wanted to go, the former Oregon star had to endure just a little more pain, dig just a little deeper. So Eaton gritted his teeth and charged ahead, grimacing as he stepped over a low railing and into the stands
Published: August 29, 2015
Tucked away in a tree-lined, one-acre plot next to the entrance to River Forks Park is a Douglas County treasure, just waiting to be explored. It’s called the Discovery Garden and it’s managed entirely by volunteers of the Douglas County chapter of the OSU Extension Master Gardeners. Started in 1999, this demonstration garden invites exploration and learning, with educational signage
Published: August 29, 2015
GLIDE — The pads are popping and the energy is high for the Glide football team’s fall camp this year.“We’re here working hard, sticking together and working as a team,” senior wide receiver Bryson Belloir said.The Wildcats are a young team this season following a 2-7 record in 2014, and are entering the season with only six returning starters ­—
Published: August 29, 2015
GLENDALE — The 2015 Glendale High School football season is more than wins and losses this year. Head coach Brenyl Swanson is focused on developing team chemistry by instilling a sense of family and brotherhood with a team that fields a number of incoming freshmen.“Our motto is just team and family,” Swanson said. “We have really tried hard to build
Published: August 29, 2015
WINSTON — Rachel Hickam and Dallas Rincon each had nine kills and Che Kuhse added 15 assists as Douglas opened its volleyball season with a 25-15, 22-25, 25-19, 25-5 nonleague win over Elmira Friday night.Ashley David added six kills for the Trojans. Ally Schofield and Lainey Rincon each made 10 digs.Douglas hosts Hidden Valley of Murphy at 6:30 p.m. Thursday
Published: August 29, 2015
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An elementary school teacher who was allowed to keep his job despite being late for work 111 times in two years said Friday that breakfast is to blame for his tardiness. “I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning, and I lost track of time,” 15-year veteran teacher Arnold Anderson told The Associated
Published: August 28, 2015
When forests catch fire, various entities move to stamp out the flames as quickly as possible, without necessarily considering the aftermath. Firefighters from local agencies and private companies are dropped into action and begin the exhaustive process of ripping out and bulldozing the vegetation that would otherwise fuel the blazes.Private companies around the county, which had signed agreements with the
Published: August 28, 2015
Ongoing roadwork for the Highway 138E Corridor Solutions Project will require some intermittent lane closures on Stephens Street near the intersection of Diamond Lake Boulevard, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Friday.The closures will occur between Aug. 31 and Sept 4, when construction workers begin repaving the nearby Deer Creek Bridge on Stephens Street. Crews will also replace sidewalks and
Published: August 28, 2015
Clarence Vernon Dunning Age 61, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Arrangements are pending. Contact Penny Dunning for services. 541-315-0617
Published: August 28, 2015
The Umpqua National Forest is hiring for multiple permanent seasonal fire positions, according to a release.Resources from across the nation and the world are being thrown at fires in the western parts of the United States, because much of Oregon, Idaho and Washington is burning.Stations in Glide, Tiller and Idleyld Park will be accepting applications until Sept. 29.The North Umpqua
Published: August 28, 2015
On Monday, a multi-family house in north Sutherlin burst into flames, causing neighbors and passers-by to stop, stare and wish for the best. No more than two minutes and 30 seconds passed before five firefighters from the volunteer fire department in Sutherlin arrived and began wrestling with the flames.“Monday’s response time was exceptional,” said Sutherlin Fire Chief Charles Perdomo. Staffing
Published: August 28, 2015
Douglas County residents will pay to drop their trash at the dump for the first time in four decades starting next week.New landfill fees will take effect Tuesday. For most people, the change won’t be felt until Wednesday, when the Roseburg landfill and most rural transfer stations open for the week.Douglas County Natural Resources Division Manager Tom Manton urges residents
Published: August 28, 2015
SUTHERLIN — The temperature outside has been high throughout fall camp for the Sutherlin football team, but it has been unable to trump the high-level of excitement surrounding the Bulldogs — from both the players and coaches. “We have had a ton of positive switches this season, and we have a good solid core of veterans that will lead,” senior
Published: August 28, 2015
DAYS CREEK — The Days Creek Wolves football team enters its 2015 season like so many other schools across the state, with a renewed sense of optimism and confidence. Following a solid 2014 campaign that saw the Wolves finish with a record of 7-2, Days Creek has reason to be optimistic. The Wolves return a number of key players that
Published: August 28, 2015
Imagine that you work at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. You’re sitting next to a person from the Human Resources office and you say, “Hey, I hear Dr. Doe’s retiring. With the shortage of doctors, I guess you’ll have a hard time filling this position.” The HR person replies, “Nope, the VA hospital down in Roseburg recruits
Published: August 28, 2015
More than one law to considerI do agree that one should not speed, but not everyone will do a perfect 65 or even 68 miles per hour.If traffic wishes to pass you, be considerate. As soon as safely possible, move to the right. Not moving to the right in a timely manner will only contribute to road-rage. In addition, although
Published: August 28, 2015
Wildfires raise pipeline issues I read with interest the article about marking trees in our National Forests. Our property is in the path of the proposed Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. We have repeatedly removed marking tape from trees on our property and only the threat of legal action stopped Williams from trespassing on our land.   Williams, co-owners of the PCGP
Published: August 28, 2015
COTTAGE GROVE — Senior Jenna Anderson finished second in the 2-Mile Trial girls’ race as the Roseburg High School cross country teams opened their seasons on Thursday.Anderson covered the course in 13 minutes, 34 seconds. Sydney Nichol of East Linn Christian was the winner in 13:00.Rebecca Sidlo of Roseburg was third (13:43), followed by Lauren Casey (eighth, 14:49), Adrienne Powell
Published: August 28, 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. Thursday Douglas County sheriff 5:55 a.m. — Dark green Honda Pilot with California license plates driving erratically and passing unsafely at a high speed seen in the 4400 block of Northeast
Published: August 28, 2015
Roseburg’s Alek Skarlatos, one of four men who tackled and disarmed a gunman on a Paris-bound train, said this morning his enthusiastic welcome in New York City this week still feels unreal. Skarlatos appeared this morning on televsion’s “Good Morning America.” [Friends of Alek Skarlatos aren't surprised by his heroics.] When The News-Review reached Skarlatos by phone just before 9
Published: August 28, 2015
Police responded to a home in the 4500 block of Stella Street, Green, after an 82-year-old woman reported hearing gunshots being fired within her residence.The woman believed that her son-in-law, 62-year-old Armando Bryson, may have harmed himself.Deputies arrived on scene at approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday and found that Bryson had not harmed himself but had fired shots within the home.While
Published: August 28, 2015
Every child desires to know they are wanted. No one in their right mind would tell a child that because of their gender, they were not what their parents had hoped for. Tonight I viewed a video of a family telling their four boys that a new baby was on the way. As they jumped around the room full of
Published: August 28, 2015
Dustin Paul spends much of his time skirting the Roseburg city limits. The 39-year-old Army veteran regularly escapes to either the North Umpqua River or the Rogue River, he said, to avoid triggering the post-traumatic stress disorder he incurred from his time fighting in the Middle East. Paul served in some of the harrying battles in Kuwait, where combat often
Published: August 28, 2015
Helen Frances BartlettAge 84, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Arrangements are pending. ANDREASON’S CREMATION AND BURIAL SERVICE. 541-485-6659Margaret M. HendronAge 65 of Glide, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.Helen Frances IvieAge 88 of McMinnville, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Arrangements are pending. FUNERAL ALTERNATIVES.
Published: August 28, 2015
Though the rain likely to douse the region late tonight and on Saturday will help us in various ways, most of us are fans of sunshine and the natural interactions that the rays engender, such as this bee investigating a sunflower.
Published: August 28, 2015
Retired Air Force Airman 1st Class Sonny Binder was injured in an automobile accident during his service in 1981, then returned home to Glide, where he became a logger. In 2007, he began to have complications from that accident and became unable to work. Soon afterward, a counselor told him he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. Binder said he never
Published: August 27, 2015
It’s finally over.The hot and dry weather will come to an end Friday night as a series of fronts is expected to bring “significant precipitation,” according to the National Weather Service.Cool air from the Pacific Ocean will move moist weather onshore early Friday morning, bringing a spate of wet weather to Southern Oregon. The real downfall, however, will begin Friday
Published: August 27, 2015
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will send $402 million back to taxpayers next year after the state collected more than expected in personal-income taxes over the last two years, state economists said Wednesday. The estimated median rebate under Oregon’s “kicker” law will be $124, though the value varies significantly based on income. Oregon’s kicker law was created in 1979 as a
Published: August 27, 2015
ELKTON — Coming off a 1-7 season with a total of four returning starters — wrapped in two bodies — is a recipe for a growing season.That’s what lies ahead for the Elkton Elks football team, which graduated 10 members from the 2014 edition.Add in a revamped coaching staff and a 17-man roster fleshed out with nine freshmen and it
Published: August 27, 2015
WINSTON — A new year, a new coach, a new attitude, a tragic memory to rally around.Douglas High’s Trojans are eager to exercise all those changes in the football season ahead.“I think we’re going to do a lot better this year,” junior quarterback Carter Dahl said. “There’s no way we can do as bad as last year. We just have
Published: August 27, 2015
ROSEBURGTribe to hold football scrimmageThe Roseburg High School football team will hold its annual orange and black scrimmage on Friday night at Finlay Field, beginning at 7 p.m.Admission is free. The Indians are preparing for their season opener at Canby on Sept. 4.Thurman Bell is in his 45th and final season as the Tribe’s head coach.NEWBERGGeorge Fox FB preparesThe George
Published: August 27, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes.[Police log: Signs posted saying man had impregnated two teenage girls]WednesdayDouglas County sheriff1:26 a.m. — Loud airborne fireworks seen in the 1600 block of Salmon Harbor Drive, Winchester Bay.1:58 a.m. — Unattended
Published: August 27, 2015
Ali Vincent-Lough Age 60, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Anne M. Warner Age 41, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Donald A. Strang Age 59, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements are pending.
Published: August 27, 2015
When a man is awarded a country’s highest award, France’s Legion d’Honneur, and no one is surprised, it is a testament to his character.Alek Skarlatos, a 22-year-old National Guardsman from Roseburg, helped stymie a massacre on a high-speed train headed for Paris on Friday. For their heroic efforts, Skarlatos and the others who thwarted the attack received the Legion d’Honneur
Published: August 25, 2015
It’s a great time of year because fall is around the corner! For me, that means less time at home, as school starts back up for me and our youngest. One thing that always seems to catch me off guard is making dinner. After a long day at school, I need things ready to go at home. [fblikebox appid="199895370065989" pagename="douglascountymoms"]  Enter,
Published: August 27, 2015
Both of my daughters have experimented with recipes featured in the Disney Princess Cookbook. My oldest daughter actually made us dinner one night. I was very proud of her. She was nervous because this was her first time handling raw meat and she did a great job. It was nice to be able to get a few other things done
Published: August 27, 2015
Where would you go for help?The Roseburg Rescue Mission is part of the solution, not the problem.The fact is the Mission takes in women and children at the Samaritan Inn. They have no other place to go. Would you take in a woman with no means of support and her children?The Mission teaches skills to those who want to learn.
Published: August 27, 2015
Beware the arch deceiverWhen I observe the inhumanity occurring inside Planned Parenthood and consider those who defend the inhumane, I am reminded of a meditation from Roman Emperor, philosopher and all-’round good guy, Marcus Aurelius.He wrote in his journal, almost 2,000 years ago: “Pretentiousness is the arch deceiver, and never more delusive than when you imagine your work is most
Published: August 27, 2015
The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday passed a resolution opposing background checks for private gun transfers.The resolution denounces Senate Bill 941, which passed into law this summer. According to the resolution, the commissioners believe the law runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.“Douglas County strongly supports the right of the people to keep and
Published: August 27, 2015
Police responded to a report of a man being shoved out of his wheelchair and onto the concrete near his apartment after an argument in the 900 block of Veterans Way, Roseburg, at 11:25 a.m. Wednesday.Dennis Costello reported being upended while arguing with Richard James Lucy, 58, of Roseburg, about a dog, according to police.Costello told police that Lucy had
Published: August 27, 2015
A man and a woman were contacted while inside a boat that was parked and listed for sale in the 200 block of Southeast Stephens Street, Roseburg.Roseburg police responded to the area at approximately 12:55 a.m. Wednesday when Katherine Cavnor, 39, and Michael Ongley, 45, were also found to be occupying a travel trailer in the same parking lot, which
Published: August 27, 2015
Gertrude “Gertie” Eaton Of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Arrangements are pending. PEARSON’S FUNERAL HOME. 541-672-4435.
Published: August 27, 2015
Marine veteran Fred Rhodes is fed up with the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center.Rhodes told the director of the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs on Wednesday that it’s tremendously difficult to get an appointment with a cardiologist.He said he has to go to the Portland VA to see a cardiologist, and they won’t get him in there for three months.“What
Published: August 27, 2015
This summer has been a tough one for Douglas County. Yes, some big-name musical acts rolled through town, the county fair did well and the countless varieties of fruit have tasted delicious. However, the oppressive record-breaking heat, the numerous accidental deaths, the murders and the fires that have burned many thousands of acres have cast a pall over the region.
Published: August 27, 2015
CANYONVILLE — Ryan Pelton had been nagged about looking like Elvis his whole life. In the military, his commanding officers called him “Elvis,” and it wasn’t until his mother dared him to enter a look-alike concert, which he won, that Pelton discovered he could cash-in on his resemblance. A week later, he laminated the lyrics to “I Need Your Love
Published: August 27, 2015
Roseburg resident and Oregon Army National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, one of three Americans who subdued a heavily armed gunman on a Paris-bound train, will be awarded the Soldier’s Medal — the U.S. Army’s highest award for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy, according to the U.S. Army.“Spc. Skarlatos’ actions that day epitomize what we mean
Published: August 26, 2015
Eleven thousand rubber duckies will hit the water this Saturday, but just one will reach the finish line first, earning one lucky ticket holder the grand prize. The winner of Saturday’s Roseburg Rotary Duck Race will take home a big, yellow 2015 Chevy Colorado truck, courtesy of Clint Newell Auto Group.More important, though, the real winners of the duck race
Published: August 26, 2015
Submit your info and art to tbrynelson@nrtoday.com to be featured in the bi-weekly galleries section.CALAPOOIA REFLECTIONS MUSEUM — 113 W. Central Ave., Sutherlin. On display are old film cameras, carnival glass and brass items. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturday. Free, but donations are appreciated. 541-459-4522CLARK STUDIO AND GALLERY — 130 N.E. Exchange Ave.,
Published: August 26, 2015
Celebrated pianist John Nilsen is set to perform at the Tri City Presbyterian Church for its “Music on the Labyrinth” show Sept. 19.Nilsen will perform a one-hour show beginning at 4 p.m. outdoors at the church, 355 Meadow Lane, Myrtle Creek. The concert is free to attend and bottled water will be made available.Nilsen has sold over 1 million CDs
Published: August 26, 2015
CAMAS VALLEY — Believing is an attitude, and the Camas Valley football program has built a winning culture under Eli Wolfe, now in his 16th year as head coach.The Hornets have proven themselves to be among the Class 1A eight-man elite over the past five seasons, posting a record of 60 wins against just four defeats (a regular season loss
Published: August 26, 2015
TRI CITY — The South Umpqua football team took big strides on the field the last two years with Steve Stebbins as head coach.Can the Lancers keep that wave of momentum going this fall?South Umpqua returns eight starters from last year’s team that finished 8-3 overall and posted its first state playoff win since 2002 with a 57-14 rout of
Published: August 26, 2015
These logs are the highlights of initial emergency calls and reports to the Douglas County Dispatch Center. They do not represent all of the incidents or their final outcomes. Tuesday Douglas County sheriff 12:49 a.m. — Gunshots heard in the 800 block of Lighthouse Road, Winchester Bay. 1:51 a.m. — Boyfriend cut the power to the caller’s house in the
Published: August 26, 2015
The estimated containment date for the National Creek Complex fire is more than a month away, according to officials.The fire, currently 10 percent contained, has burned approximately 10,833 acres in the northwest corner of Crater Lake National Park and the north portion of the High Cascades Ranger District on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.Nearly 350 personnel are on scene fighting
Published: August 26, 2015
Roseburg is moving closer to finalizing an agreement to lease the historic Willis House and its adjoining properties.Ray Bartram, a graphic artist and owner of a mobile pizza oven business, is close to signing a lease-to-own deal on the property that will last for two years, with a chunk of the monthly payments going toward the purchase price of $210,000.
Published: August 26, 2015
Ali Vincent-LoughAge 60, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-673-4455.Anne M. WarnerAge 41, of Oakland, Oregon, passed away Friday, August 21, 2015. Arrangements are pending. SUTHERLIN CHAPEL OF THE ROSES. 541-459-2281.Donald A. StrangAge 59, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015. Arrangements pending. WILSON’S CHAPEL OF THE
Published: August 26, 2015
MONETA, Va. (AP) — A television reporter and cameraman were shot to death on live television Wednesday in Virginia by a gunman described as a disgruntled station employee. As the camera fell to the ground, it captured a glimpse of the shooter, who was being chased by police. Reporter Alison Parker was interviewing an economic development official about local tourism
Published: August 26, 2015
Volunteers Miranda Crawford of Green and Diane Huntoon of Myrtle Creek water 21 hanging flower baskets Tuesday along the streets of Winston. The beautification program, staffed by 28 volunteers, resumed this summer in Winston after a three-year break. Organizer Chris Stanfill said he hopes to double the number of baskets next summer.
Published: August 26, 2015
Even though the process has barely begun, the man responsible for finding a new president for Umpqua Community College had no problem making one promise Tuesday.“You can expect an open search,” said Preston Pulliams, president of Gold Hill Associates, a community college president search firm in Jackson, Mississippi.Pulliams met with the UCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday during a day-long
Published: August 26, 2015
To date in this column I have championed members of our community who deserve a lot of credit. They are folks who have been diagnosed with a thought disorder or mental illness, and who have not only survived their diagnosis, but against incredible odds have managed to thrive and to give back to this community. Most of us can’t even
Published: August 26, 2015
TODAYOvereaters Anonymous — 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 823 S.E. Lane Ave., Roseburg. 541-671-0008.Lupus Support Group — 5 to 6 p.m., Mercy Community Education Center, Room 2, 2459 N.W. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg. 541-229-0439.Al-Anon — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Yoncalla Public Library, 194 Birch St., Yoncalla. 1-888-214-3384.Codependents Anonymous — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Westside Christian Church, 2750 Harvard Ave., Roseburg. 541-430-1510.Depression
Published: August 26, 2015
Harley O’BrienU.S. Army Pvt. Harley O’Brien, son of Crystal Gardner of Glendale, Oregon, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. O’Brien is a 2014 graduate of Glendale High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Wesley OverholserWesley E. Overholser of Winston, Oregon, enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland, Oregon.Overholser is a 2009 graduate of Pacific Coast High School in Arcata, California.
Published: August 25, 2015
Thorin Tucker Thorin D. Tucker, son of Regan Tucker of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland.Tucker is a 2013 graduate of Sutherlin High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Zachery WadeZachery L. Wade, son of Larry and Traci Wade of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland.Wade is a 2014 graduate of Roseburg High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Andrew HaskellAndrew C. Haskell, son of Dana Birch of Roseburg, recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy under the Delayed Entry Program at Navy Recruiting District, Portland, Oregon.Haskell is a 2015 graduate of Glide High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Kayla JohnsonU.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kayla A. Johnson, daughter of Larry and Donna Johnson of Sutherlin, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. The airman earned distinction as an honor graduate.Johnson graduated in 2011 from Illinois Valley High School in Cave Junction, Oregon, and earned an associate degree in 2013 from Lane Community
Published: August 25, 2015
Andrew AndersonU.S. Army Pvt. Andrew M. Anderson, son of Lori G. Peters of Roseburg and brother of Kayla L. Podbreger, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina.Anderson graduated in 2013 from Roseburg High School.
Published: August 25, 2015
Reconsider Fair vendor charges I am curious what the Douglas County Fair board is thinking and what their strategy is regarding attracting vendors to participate in the fair. I heard from many people this year and last year about how the county is gouging the folks who sell their wears at the fair (no pun intended). The fair board charges
Published: August 25, 2015
Douglas County residents 8 years old and up can register for classes with the Douglas County Youth Orchestra beginning Sept. 8.Offering classes on the violin, viola, cello and string bass, the DCYO offers classes for advanced players through beginners who have never picked up a string instrument. Students will learn to read sheet music in a few months, the organization
Published: August 25, 2015
The Douglas County Library will host a “Family Funfare” on Sept. 16. The library will host a book club for students spanning elementary school ages all the way through high school, beginning at 3 p.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. presentation from the Search and Rescue K-9 team. Then, at 4:15 p.m., open play will begin with Legos, board games
Published: August 25, 2015
Two Roseburg-based health centers will receive federal grants for improving quality and enhancing health care access.Adapt will receive $9,333 and the Umpqua Community Health Center will receive $64,932 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The grants are part of $1.4 million in Affordable Care Act funding for 29 Oregon health centers. According to the health department, the grants
Published: August 25, 2015
A free class will be offered next week explaining the basics about Medicare.Medicare 101 is taught by the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program, a volunteer organization. The course will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the United Community Action Network office, 280 Kenneth Ford Drive. The training will cover enrollment, what Medicare offers, how to make the
Published: August 25, 2015
A semitrailer rolled off the road on Interstate 5 while driving southbound near milepost 152, just outside Yoncalla, at approximately 4:25 p.m. Tuesday.  A gray Dodge pickup truck pulling a stock trailer, driven by David T. Kennedy, 56, of Oakland, was traveling about 15-20 mph in the right lane of Interstate 5 with his flashers activated while attempting to pull onto
Published: August 25, 2015
Despite a flurry of Internet rumors claiming otherwise, statewide deer and elk archery seasons will open as scheduled Saturday. “The archery season is starting soon and we hope bow hunters have a fun, safe and successful experience,” said Ron Anglin, wildlife division administrator for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Because of the extreme fire danger, hunters should be aware
Published: August 25, 2015
People are invited to reserve seats now for the eighth Celebrate Kids event set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley, 1144 N.E. Cedar St., Roseburg.The event will recognize stars of the club and include a dinner by Seven Feathers Casino Resort, a silent and live auction and a
Published: August 25, 2015
Renovations on a historic railroad car will be aided by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.The Douglas County Museum will receive $9,580 to help pay for its ongoing restoration of an Oregon & California Railroad car.The grant is part of a larger $2.6 million award to 84 cultural organizations across the state. The museum was the only Douglas County
Published: August 25, 2015
I was hoping to be able to share some fun news of something in the works in Brewburg this month, but alas, the wheels of progress turn very slowly. It isn’t a new brewery, but something else that will be of interest to the brew-loving community at large. Hopefully, all the logistics will be worked out soon and I can
Published: August 25, 2015
OAKLAND — With just five returning starters, the Oakland football team has some holes to fill on offense and defense.But Ben Lane, beginning his sixth year as the Oakers’ head coach, believes there will be light at the end of the tunnel. He feels if the younger players step up and improve, the Oakers can be competitive with anyone in
Published: August 25, 2015
It’s about getting better every repetition in practice, growing as athletes and coming together as a cohesive unit with a single-minded purpose.That’s where Thurman Bell is concentrating as he prepares the Roseburg High Indians for the 2015 football season. There are bigger goals for the Indians, who finished 4-6 in 2014, but those will be accomplished if the moment-to-moment objectives
Published: August 25, 2015

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