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Fires
Woman sent to hospital after fire in southeast Roseburg

A woman is in the hospital after a house caught fire in southeast Roseburg Wednesday afternoon.

Just before 3 p.m., firefighters received multiple calls about a house at 889 SE Chadwick Street that had caught fire. Multiple callers reported seeing smoke and flames coming from the residence. Soon, a tall column of black smoke rose above downtown Roseburg.

Crews arrived and found the single-family, two-story home engulfed in flames. Firefighters ran into the building and found a woman inside who was unconscious.

She was rushed to CHI Mercy Medical Center. Her identity or her condition were not released.

Crews conducted a second search of the home, attacked the fire from inside, shut off utilities and extinguished the fire as afternoon rain began to pour down in the area.

A total of three residents were left without a home, but the American Red Cross was notified and is assisting, according to a press release from the city.

The home sustained extensive structural and water damage and is no longer habitable, said Fire Marshal Brian Jewell in a press release.

Fifteen firefighters helped fight the fire, and agencies including Douglas County Fire District No. 2, Umpqua Valley Ambulance, the Roseburg Police Department, Pacific Power and Avista Utilities assisted.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

This story was originally published at 3:08 p.m.


Homelessness
Roseburg Dream Center seeks volunteers and donations for Christmas Eve

Under the Bridge ministry, run by the Roseburg Dream Center, is seeking volunteers, supplies and money donations to bring back its 100 Christmas meals-to-go Christmas Eve event.

Volunteers are needed to help pack and distribute the meals throughout the Douglas County homeless community, while supplies and money donations are required to purchase items not donated.

Those interested in volunteering should contact Christopher Hutton, Roseburg Dream Center/Under the Bridge ministry supervisor, at 541-673-5918. Volunteers are needed at the center, located at 2555 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg, by 1 p.m. Friday. After the meals have been packed up, volunteers will split into teams to deliver the meals.

Food and item donations are needed. Needed items include:

  • 20 precooked rolls
  • Desserts like cookies, pre-sliced banana bread, etc. (Your favorite Christmas dessert)
  • Large cases of water.
  • Money for supplies like biodegradable take-out boxes and utensils.
  • Hand warmers, hats, gloves, coats, socks, beanie hats, blankets, hygiene kits, wound care kits, tents, tarps and sub-zero sleeping bags and other cold-weather supplies.

Donors should contact Hutton with questions. Updates are also available on the group’s Facebook page.

“What started out last year as a crazy idea grew into an exciting event. People donated food items, cold weather gear, hygiene supplies and money to purchase what we needed. We had community members from all over show up to help us pack and deliver 100 Christmas meals to the homeless campsites. All in the middle of COVID-related social distancing and reduced capacity restrictions,” Hutton said in the press release. “Can we do it? Depends on community support. We did it last year so we know it can be done again.”


Elections
Greater Idaho measure will be on May ballot in Douglas County

Greater Idaho will be on the May ballot in Douglas County.

Douglas County Clerk Dan Loomis said Wednesday morning that the county has verified that enough of the signatures Chief Petitioner Mike McCarter turned in two weeks ago are valid. Greater Idaho had collected at least 3,003 valid signatures, he said.

The Greater Idaho question is the first local measure to qualify for the ballot. It will be labeled Measure 10-185.

If voters were to approve it, the measure would change an ordinance to allow county officials to advocate for legislation to move the Oregon and Idaho border.

Greater Idaho supporters hope ultimately to shift the border so that eastern and southwestern Oregon become part of Idaho. Actually moving that border would require approval from both states’ legislatures and from Congress.

In the meantime, the movement is working on gathering support from counties that want to be included in the shift.

Similar measures have won approval in several eastern Oregon counties. In all, eight counties have voted in favor of Greater Idaho ballot measures.

Here in Douglas County, however, a similar 2020 measure on the Idaho border question was rejected by voters by a margin of 57% to 43%.

“If southwestern Oregon wants to be included in this border relocation, then Douglas County needs to prove it with their vote. Otherwise, state legislatures might settle for just eastern Oregon,” McCarter said in a press release.

The 2020 measure was an advisory question referred to the ballot by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.

McCarter said he believes things could go differently this time around in Douglas County.

“We hardly spent anything on that campaign, and there was nothing in the voter pamphlet, so voters didn’t even know what they were voting on in 2020,” McCarter said.

Greater Idaho will also have an initiative on the ballot in Klamath County in May. McCarter said he hopes supporters will connect the movement with major donors in both counties.


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