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Roseburg Public Library to reopen Tuesday

The Roseburg Public Library plans to reopen Tuesday, after being closed to walk-in patrons for much of the last 18 months due to concerns with the coronavirus.

The library, located at 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., closed in March of last year and remained closed for a good deal of the time since then. It opened for about three months this summer before closing again in mid-August due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The library remained busy despite that, in large part by shifting to electronic books and presentations and offering a drive-thru service.

The library front doors are scheduled to open again at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and remain open until 6 p.m. The library will be open the same hours Wednesday but will be closed the remainder of the Thanksgiving holiday week.

Beginning Nov. 30, library hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. That schedule will continue for the foreseeable future, Library Director Kris Wiley said.

“I’m incredibly proud of how the library team has remained flexible and continued to provide outstanding customer service over the past year and a half,” Wiley said. “I appreciate the public’s patience during this challenging time. We are excited to reopen and look forward to reconnecting with patrons.”

Patrons are asked to limit their visits to one hour. Masks or face coverings must be worn inside the building at all times.

Public computers, Wi-Fi and printing services will be available.

Meeting rooms will not be available. Library staff will not accept reservations for future meeting room use.

Library-sponsored programs will remain virtual and will be held either via Facebook atwww.facebook.com/roseburglibrary or via Zoom.

The library building was closed to the public from March 15, 2020, through June 29, 2020; from Nov. 15, 2020, through May 24, 2021; and August 15, 2021, to Nov. 22, 2021. The library reopened June 30, 2020, and May 25, 2021; and will reopen Tuesday.

Electronic materials have been available during that time. Contactless curbside pickup service was available every week since late March 2020, during the periods the building was closed to walk-in service.

Patrons may continue to use the contactless drive-up pickup service, which will be available during all hours the library is open to the public. Anyone who’d like to use drive-up service should park in designated spots in front of the library during open hours and call the number on the nearby sign to have materials delivered to their vehicles.

In addition, the library will begin using volunteers again.

For more information, including how to get a library card, visit the library website, www.roseburgpubliclibrary.org, email library@cityofroseburg.org or call 541-492-7050.

Those interested can also follow/like the library on Facebook and Instagram @roseburglibrary.

Trial of Pegasus developer is postponed

The criminal trial of James W. Millegan, who made headlines with his two sons here this year in connection with plans to build a sprawling, $120 million equestrian center near Oakland, has been postponed.

Millegan, along with sons Quinn and Drew Millegan, have won initial county approval for their Pegasus Equestrian Resort & Venue, slated for over 2,800 acres near Metz Hill Road west of Interstate 5. Drew and Quinn Millegan are the owners of the proposed development. Their company, Millegan Brothers LLC, is based in McMinnville.

James W. Millegan is listed as an advisor on the project, but he is a large presence as the family pushes forward with Pegasus. He is the director of business development for Pegasus and has often been the one pitching the project during public presentations and interviews with the media.

The proposed development is grandiose. Plans call for five indoor arenas, outdoor grass and sand arenas, a dedicated combined driving course, an equestrian cross-country course and four full-size grass polo fields for equestrian competitions. The project also features a $35 million, 150-room hotel resort and spa facility with restaurants, meeting rooms and convention facilities.

However, James Millegan has some serious legal issues he is dealing with that could ultimately prevent him from hands-on involvement in the Pegasus project.

Millegan, 64, has been in the securities industry for 40 years and formerly owned and operated J.W. Millegan, Inc., a commission-based investment advisory business serving clients primarily in Portland and Salem. In 2016, Millegan shut down the firm. He filed for bankruptcy the following year.

In November 2019, Millegan was hit with a 13-count indictment filed in federal court charging him with investment fraud and tax evasion. Millegan was accused of something called churning, which involves buying and selling securities for clients’ accounts in order to generate bogus commissions.

Federal authorities said Millegan generated more than $2.5 million in trading commissions while he cost investors more than $4.3 million in unrealized investment gains. The case was investigated by the FBI and the IRS criminal investigation division, and at one point federal officials raided his house at gunpoint and took his client files.

Millegan also is accused of not paying more than $3.3 million in taxes between July 2006 and September 2016. Authorities said he transferred funds to hidden bank accounts and filed false financial statements to conceal millions of dollars in commissions.

The case was scheduled to go to trial in October, but it got postponed. A new trial date has been set for April in U.S. District Court in Portland.

In an interview earlier this year, Millegan said he had been advised by his attorney not to discuss his case. He did acknowledge owing $1 million in taxes — not the $3.3 million the IRS claims — but said that in itself is not a crime.

Millegan also said he expected to be fully exonerated.

“I pleaded not guilty and I will win,” he said in the earlier interview. “I have never in my 40 years in the financial field been charged with a security violation, I’ve never been sued or anything. That should tell you something. A lot of people get accused that are innocent.”

Umpqua Community College receives $200,000 grant for workforce program

Umpqua Community College received a $200,000 Workforce Readiness Grant to give additional services for teens and young adults pursuing careers in trade professions.

The grant comes from the Oregon Department of Education’s Youth Development Division and will offer support for Bright Futures Umpqua, an initiative of Douglas County Partners for Student Success that gives career-centered learning options for students in the county.

Through the funding, the college will be able to cover costs and supplies to support students for its Expanding Horizons career camps and events. In addition, this will open the door for the onboarding of a new facilitator for its pre-apprenticeship option for Douglas County youth and young adults. An advisor will also be hired to work with local schools to help students develop workplace readiness skills while also connecting them to internship opportunities.

“UCC is pleased to partner in expanding career awareness and workplace skills,” said Robin VanWinkle, dean of community education and partnerships. “These programs will give youth in our area a look at the trades and aid in the application process for local apprenticeships.”

For Thomas Goddard, a first-year apprenticeship student, these career-centered programs provide him the skills to pursue his dream of becoming an electrician and owning his own business.

“It’s exciting in that no day is ever the same. I get to see something new every day throughout Douglas County, from older buildings that need repairs to newer construction,” Goddard said.

For the last six months, Garrett Mattox, a first-year apprenticeship student with a focus on industrial automation, has been working at Orenco Systems, Inc. for the last six months.

“The best part of the program is that it’s on-the-job training. We are getting paid while we are going to school. The new pre-apprenticeship program will help high schoolers get a head start. If you know what every piece of material is before you start work, this puts you ahead of the game and on the path to excel,” Mattox said.

UCC provides training for 150 local apprentices and also supports the joint apprenticeship training committee and trade apprenticeship training committee for industrial trades, industrial electricians and inside electricians.

“The trades are underrated among people my age,” Goddard said. “No one thinks about going into the trades in high school, and they instead look toward getting a 4-year degree. This is actually a 4-year degree from my point of view.”