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Heading into the 4th of July weekend, state inspectors announced that they intended to conduct spot checks in bars, restaurants, breweries, tasting rooms and other places that serve alcohol in an effort to enforce state face covering and physical distancing requirements.

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Voters in Winston will get to decide whether to ease restrictions on dispensaries in the city, and, if so, whether to add an extra local tax to those new businesses.

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What can you do with someone who clearly needs mental health treatment but refuses to get it? How do you come up with the funds to provide services for the homeless on a tight budget with more severe cuts likely to come? And how do you get public input during a pandemic, when public meetings…

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The City of Roseburg Public Works Department will be performing maintenance work on more than a dozen streets on Monday and Tuesday. Workers will be applying slurry seals to the following street sections in Roseburg, weather permitting.

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It was just about a year ago that supporters of a medical college in Roseburg got a bit of good news/bad news from the Oregon State Legislature. Legislators had approved $10 million for the college — short of the $15 million-$20 million that local supporters had hoped for, but still enough, …

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Restaurant patrons will have more options to dine al fresco following the Roseburg City Council’s vote Monday to allow stores and shops in the city to set up seating in parking spaces in front of the business.

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County health officials reported nine people with new positive test results for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of positive and presumed cases to 116 — a 170% increase since July 1.

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The limits on how many customers a store or restaurant can serve at one time due to COVID-19 restrictions has put outdoor dining and retail space at a premium. To help businesses out, the City of Roseburg is looking at two proposals that would provide extra outdoor accommodations by letting …

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The unemployment rate in Douglas County is trending downward, but still remains in double digits, according to information released Tuesday by the Oregon Employment Department.

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Like most mornings, Tim Edmondson arrived at the Roseburg Dream Center on Monday to a line of people waiting for some food, a little conversation, maybe a smile. The center gives a hand up to those in need in the downtown Roseburg area, including scores of homeless people. It is closed Frida…

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Efforts to increase the stock of affordable housing in the area got a boost this week with the news that a developer has been awarded a $9.8 million state grant to build a 144-unit apartment complex off Diamond Lake Boulevard, just east of downtown Roseburg.

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Five more agencies who provide services to the homeless have been asked to address the Roseburg City Council on Monday, as city officials continue to educate themselves on the issue as they wrestle with the problem of homelessness.

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Plans for the Southern Oregon Medical Workforce Center, which has been years in the making and is intended to address the shortage of medical professionals in the region as well as provide an economic boost to Douglas County, took a turn this week with the announcement that the $10 million i…

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With its large space, larger beer selection, popular pizzas and planned activities like trivia night, Loggers Tap House in Roseburg was a thriving business with seemingly even brighter days ahead.

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in Oregon, with 277 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

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In 1851, the Oregon Territorial Legislature gave Douglas County its name, saying as it did so that it was naming it after U.S. Sen. Stephen A. Douglas, a senator from Illinois who championed Oregon’s adoption.

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Janet Lamm addressed the Roseburg City Council with a dire message: she and her neighbors on Kendall Street near Micelli Park are tired of the homeless people camping along the South Umpqua River near their properties, which she said has persisted for years.

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It’s election season again, and it looks to be a busy one in the City of Roseburg, with races scheduled for seven positions on the city council.

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J.K. Lamm has had enough. Enough of the trash. Enough of the yelling and fighting at night. Enough of the overt drug use.

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is slated to hold a public hearing on the 2020-21 budget at its weekly meeting 9 a.m. Wednesday in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 SE Douglas Ave. The final budget is expected to be adopted June 24.

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The weather forecast over the next couple of days calls for widespread sunshine and a high of 80, which is nice because many parks, playgrounds and the skate park are now open for public use.

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Plans for a facility where police can bring people who are intoxicated, instead of placing them in jail, moved a step closer to fruition Monday when the Roseburg City Council agreed to spend $50,000 toward its startup costs.