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Living through a global pandemic is obviously not how anybody saw their year going, but here we are. And the question going through many people’s minds, the question that arises whenever a major crisis occurs, is this: How can I help?

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By now we have all heard of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was signed into law last week. Broadly speaking it is aimed at helping individuals and businesses that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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The announcement this week that Umpqua Transit was cutting back on its bus service due to outfall from the COVID-19 outbreak is a tough pill to swallow for the agency and the countless people that rely on its commuter services to get around.

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We know, the last two weeks have been overwhelming on many levels and life as we know it has been turned upside down. We all know someone who is now out of work, some favorite restaurant that is closed, some park we love shut.

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We suspect by now some of you have heard about them in drips and dribbles, the small acts of kindness that members of our community have shown to one another during these trying times.

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It was just a little over three weeks ago when Oregon’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed. Since then so much has changed — as of Wednesday morning 209 cases have been detected in Oregon, including eight people who have died — that it’s hard to keep up. And not just with the dizzying spre…

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Tucked inside today’s News-Review is a special section that we encourage you to spend some time with. “Douglas County Timber: Past, Present, Future” is just what the name implies — a comprehensive look at the timber industry in the region, and the impact it has had on this community, over th…

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On Monday, Oregonians got the news we feared might be coming but hoped we could avoid — bars and restaurants closed except for takeout and delivery service, gatherings of more than 25 people banned, the governor urging Oregonians to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Things are moving so fast with the coronavirus that it is hard to keep up. One day schools are in session, the next day they’re canceled. Same for sporting events, conferences and the like.

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What is a short-faced bear? What does a Columbian mammoth look like? How big was the ancient giant beaver? Were they all in Douglas County? How did they get here? Answers to this and more playing at your Douglas County Museum of History and Natural History over spring break.

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In his Feb. 16 editorial warning against the proposed Crater Lake Wilderness, Tom Kress stated incorrectly that the 2002 Biscuit Fire destroyed the Kalmiopsis Wilderness and ultimately consumed 500,000 acres. The perimeter of the Biscuit Fire was 500,000 acres, but the fire did not burn 500,…

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Oregon lawmakers are being asked to set a goal for Oregon State Police. Senate Bill 1545 would require the state police to have at least 15 patrol troopers per 100,000 Oregonians. Today, there are just eight troopers per 100,000 residents.

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If you’re still adjusting to the time change that kicked in Sunday, you’re not alone. Americans have griped about it for years — while consoling themselves with the “extra hour of sleep” that comes with the fall-back return to Standard Time.

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It’s hard to know which would be uglier. Is it worse that Gov. Kate Brown and her chief of staff didn’t know the governor’s attorneys were trying to control state Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall, who is supposed to operate independently?

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Journalists aren’t unaccustomed to dealing with resistance when reporting on government affairs, but reporters in Malheur County were met with a new — and baffling — barrier.

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If Oregonians were expecting to see problems in the state’s foster care system disappear overnight, they’re in for a disappointment. As the Department of Human Services’ July report on child welfare demonstrates, some things are improving; others, not so much.

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The Oregon Republican Party has a problem with how Gov. Kate Brown is doing her job. That’s no surprise, considering that she’s a Democrat and has pursued priorities that conflict head-on with the values of social and fiscal conservatives.

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Last August, the Register-Guard editorial board praised Oregon’s congressional delegation for its response to the Trump administration’s inhumane border policies. We observed that no lawmaker had done more than Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley to call attention to the separation of immigrant familie…

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If you traveled to Southern Oregon last summer, you might have caught a glimpse of what the new normal will look like across the U.S. West: In Ashland, where smoke from wildfires forced the cancellation of more than two dozen performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it was common to …

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Apparently with nothing better to do, a group of Oregon lawmakers has decided to take on the state’s nonprofit hospitals. The hospitals, they contend, don’t behave the way good charities should, and the state should step in and correct the situation.

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You can summarize all the predictions for how future wildfire seasons will play out in Oregon and throughout the West with just a few words: Bigger. Hotter. Longer.

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We suppose we should be grateful that the Oregon Legislature has even acknowledged the slow-motion crisis that is the Public Employees Retirement System. The problem is that the action the Legislature is primed to take this session — in the form of Senate Bill 1049 — is basically the same st…