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When we first landed in Japan, I suddenly noticed a difference about the people: they were friendly, talkative and wanted to engage in what you were doing. In my small town of Roseburg, Oregon, I haven’t noticed people like that.

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MYRTLE CREEK — The Myrtle Creek Summer Festival returns Thursday to celebrate “30 years of fun.” The event, which runs Thursday through Sunday, kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday and promises a weekend filled with activities and entertainment.

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The combination of a decrease in the export of logs to Asia and an increase in lumber imported from Canada resulted in a decline of timber harvested throughout Oregon in 2015. For the first time since 2012, Oregon’s harvest dipped below a total of four billion board feet.

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A housing construction project on Troost Street in the Hucrest area in west Roseburg has been drawing attention and has people wondering what is planned for the area on the east side of Troost, just south of the intersection with Calkins Street.

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The backer of a proposed cellular tower outside of Roseburg withdrew its permit application Thursday, stalling the contentious project for the foreseeable future.

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After operating as a private elementary school for 97 years, the St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Roseburg closed its doors in 2004. But now, another private school is moving into the building next to the Catholic church on Stanton Street.

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MYRTLE CREEK — The Myrtle Creek Summer Festival returns Thursday to celebrate “30 years of fun.” The event, which runs Thursday through Sunday, kicks off at 4 p.m. Thursday and promises a weekend filled with activities and entertainment.

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As the Democratic National Convention continues this week in Philadelphia, likely finalizing Hillary Clinton’s selection as the Democratic nominee for president, reaction to her choice for a vice-presidential running mate last Friday is looked at as positive by most local democrats.

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The combination of a decrease in the export of logs to Asia and an increase in lumber imported from Canada resulted in a decline of timber harvested throughout Oregon in 2015. For the first time since 2012, Oregon’s harvest dipped below a total of four billion board feet.

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