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OAKLAND — Trails for equestrians and cyclists will remain open this winter at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park. Usually, they’re closed from Nov. 1 until springtime, in hopes of reducing impacts to the trails and risks to users due to slips and falls as the trails become muddy.

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At a meeting of the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board last week, board member Greg Logan leveled accusations that Douglas County commissioners were secretly hand-picking a replacement for him.

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TOKETEE — A portion of U.S. Forest Service Road 2610 (Bird’s Point Road) will be closed over the Lemolo Dam temporarily from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 to allow for underwater inspections of the dam.

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The Bureau of Land Management, Roseburg District, has temporarily closed all campground facilities on the District due to high winds and heavy rain conditions forecasted for the next several days. The closure is effective immediately.

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Annual permits for Douglas County parks will now last 12 months from the date of purchase, Parks Director Rocky Houston announced this week. Previously, the permits had been available for a calendar year only, meaning permits purchased mid-year only lasted until Dec. 31.

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Fifty years after the dedication of Severt Iverson Memorial Park, community members and local officials came together to celebrate the anniversary on Saturday.

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Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park is once again struggling financially, and park supporters are scrambling to come up with a plan to keep the park solvent while avoiding logging.

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Some parks supporters are still worried that county officials may be withholding secrets about their plans for the future of county parks.

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The draft Parks Master Plan released last week continues the county’s plan to divvy up the parks into three categories — 16 active, 40 passive and 13 unclassified. That latter category represents undeveloped parks that might be sold in the future to fund improvements to other parks.

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Douglas County has an unusually large number of parks, more than 60 if undeveloped parks are counted.

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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society President Diana Wales would have joined the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board if the result had been based on exams taken by the applicants.

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Three incumbents were reappointed to the Douglas County Parks Advisory Board Wednesday. A fourth position was reopened for applications despite the fact that seven other applicants had gone through an extensive selection process in hopes of joining the board.