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The regional tourism picture has been mostly glum so far this year due to the impacts from the coronavirus and then a spate of wildfires, yet there are some signs of light amid the dark, according to several presentations to the Roseburg Economic Development Commission on Tuesday.

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The Roseburg City Council has spent much of the year methodically discussing the issue of homelessness, but with winter fast approaching there is an immediate concern on the horizon: How to ensure homeless people have somewhere safe to go during freezing weather.

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The City of Roseburg has launched an e-newsletter to keep residents and others interested in city government abreast of what is going on.

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Smoking will no longer be allowed at public outdoor events in most of downtown Roseburg following a vote by the Roseburg City Council on Monday night.

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Hospitals across Oregon — including Chi Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg — suffered steep drops in revenue in the first quarter of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released this week by the Oregon Health Authority.

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Smokers may be limited to where they can light up during outdoor events in downtown Roseburg as the City Council considers a proposal that backers say will help clear the air of second-hand smoke.

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The Douglas County COVID-19 Response Team reported three new positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, pushing the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases in the county to 188.

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The situation at the Douglas County Fairgrounds may seem chaotic, with trailers full of people often hauling horses, cows, goat chickens and various other animals pulling in for shelter. Add to that the need for spacing and other requirements due to COVID-19, and it could be a recipe for disaster.

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The speed limit on Douglas Avenue will be reduced to 25 mph starting Sept. 14 between Southeast Dos Gatos Court to the city limits, east of Northeast Lombardy Drive.

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The Roseburg City Council will have at least one new member next year, following the decision of current councilor Linda Fisher-Fowler not to seek another term.

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The July employment outlook for Douglas County was a bit of a mixed bag, with the unemployment rate dipping below 10% while a net of nearly 200 workers lost their jobs, according to data released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

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The soccer club that oversees play at the Fir Grove Park soccer complex across from Stewart Park won initial approval Monday to make improvements to the complex, including the installation of at least one turf field, new lighting and a berm area for seating.

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The City of Roseburg has received the Government Finance Officers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Financial Reporting. This is the fifth consecutive year that the GFOA has bestowed Roseburg with this award.

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OAKLAND — For the small group of officials standing on a nearby access road and looking up at the Oakland Bridge on Tuesday morning, it was easy to see why this 95-year-old bridge is due — or perhaps more accurately, overdue — for replacement next year.

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Businesses in Oregon continue to bring back employees, causing the state unemployemt rate to inch back down, although it remains in double digits.

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The Roseburg City Council’s first run at getting public comment on the issue of homelessness fell flat Monday evening, with only two people participating by Zoom and a dozen more sending in emails.

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On Tuesday, presumptive Democratic Nominee Joe Biden named his running mate: California Sen. Kamala Harris. Some Democrats in Douglas County see the pairing as a healing force for the nation, while Republicans say the duo won’t act in the community’s best interest.

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The board overseeing the Southern Oregon Medical Workforce Center had little to say Tuesday during an emergency meeting prompted by news that $10 million that had been earmarked for the project by the Oregon Legislature was no longer available.