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Newly sworn-in Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif’s excitement about taking on his new role is palpable. This morning, he attended his swearing-in ceremony in a black western suit and bolo tie, but without the characteristic cowboy hat. Standing a head taller than County Clerk Patricia Hi…

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It was once again standing room only Tuesday as about 200 people crammed into the Ford Room of the Douglas County Library in Roseburg for the second of two town hall meetings on the future of the library.

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The voters in two Douglas County school districts defeated local measures that proposed to impose additional taxes on property owners to finance local bonds for the improvement of school district facilities.

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WINSTON — Unofficial vote results show Ken Barrett pulling ahead of Sandra Thorn in the race to be mayor of Winston. The latest results also indicate David Cunningham is leading the race for city councilor in Ward 2 ahead of incumbent Sandy Lipphardt.

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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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Marijuana may be legal in Oregon, but it won’t be for sale in rural Douglas County. Voters rejected two measures that would have allowed marijuana production and retail sales in unincorporated parts of the state.

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It was a good night for incumbents in local legislative races. State Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, handily defeated Democratic challenger Timm Rolek of Brookings.

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It’s down to the wire. With ballots due by 8 p.m. today, the 2016 election is about to draw to a close. The News-Review will publish results online tonight at nrtoday.com and in Wednesday’s newspaper.

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The deadline to vote is approaching fast. The last time you can turn in your ballot is 8 p.m. Tuesday.