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Douglas County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 7.1 percent in September to 6.9 percent in October, down from last year’s rate of 7.4 percent at this time. Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.3 percent for October while the national rate was 4.9 percent.

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First Interstate BancSystem, Inc. announced on Nov. 17 that it will acquire Bend-based Cascade Corp, parent company of Bank of the Cascades. The cash and stock transaction for total consideration is valued at about $589 million in aggregate, or $7.60 per share based on the First Interstate c…

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Nov. 5 was the official day designated worldwide as “Learn to Brew Day.” A dozen Umpqua Valley Brewers Guild members, new and old, experienced and inexperienced, got together outside Old 99 Brewing to simultaneously brew eight batches of beer and field questions from folks who stopped by to …

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Everywhere Frank Formatin of Melrose goes, he brings his dog Chloe. Walking beside him in a grocery store or curling up at his feet in a movie theater, Chloe is a trained service dog who is always there for her owner.

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After a seven-month renovation, one Chinese restaurant has replaced another in Roseburg.

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As strong as this country is from an economic perspective, Americans still deal with uncertainty, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis said at the Roseburg Area Chamber Economic Forecast Thursday morning.

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The no campaign has unofficially prevailed in the ballot Measure 97 vote. As of 8:02 a.m. today, the no votes were leading 59 percent to 40 percent.

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Plikat Logging of Camas Valley has been nominated for Oregon Department of Forestry’s annual Operator of the Year award for excellence in post-harvest replanting, constructing and maintaining forest roads, protecting stream buffers and wildlife habitat and other requirements of the Forest Pr…