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Former Roseburg City Councilor Ashley Hicks has taken a novel approach in her dispute with city officials as they seek to take away her pet chickens. Hicks got a note from her doctor stating that she suffers from emotional/mental health issues and by law is entitled to an emotional service a…

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Spring is on the horizon, which likely means the start of outdoor activities, including youth sports. And that, city officials said, means it is time to start thinking about what to do with the large number of homeless people living in campers and tents in and around public areas, including parks.

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The coronavirus has taken a significant bite out of revenues for the City of Roseburg, which has led to cuts in spending and a steep drop in the amount the city is able to put away in reserve.

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Roseburg’s newly formed homeless commission has scheduled a special meeting Tuesday to discuss efforts to open a warming center, and whether it makes more sense for now to focus on helping the homeless shelter in place instead.

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A sobering center that is intended to help people who are repeatedly picked up by police for public intoxication is months behind schedule and will be built in converted shipping containers as a way to cut costs.

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We love when our favorite authors write new books because then we can share them with our patrons. All of these titles were published in 2020 and get the Roseburg Public Library staff seal of approval.

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They showed up Thursday afternoon, about two dozen volunteers who wanted to inject a little holiday cheer into the lives of an estimated 100 unhoused individuals by bringing them a hot meal and a friendly smile. In previous years these Christmas Eve meals were served indoors at Roseburg’s lo…

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With the first day of winter officially less than a week away, it is only a matter of time before temperatures start dipping toward freezing. With that in mind, the Roseburg City Council on Monday eased the restrictions placed on severe weather shelters in an effort to give the homeless some…

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The first time I ever met Roseburg City Councilor Ashley Hicks was on a Saturday afternoon in the fall of 2019, when she was leading an effort to clean up a homeless camp along the South Umpqua River.

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Roseburg City Hall will be limiting public access starting Thursday in response to the new state guidelines regarding COVID-19, and those wishing to business with the city are asked to do so via phone, online or email.

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The shortage of affordable housing is already an issue in Roseburg and only expected to become more acute as the population grows. The growing problem was highlighted in a housing study done last year, which showed there will need to be more than 2,600 new housing units built in the next 20 …

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Workers began tearing down the existing roof and stone fireplaces at the pavilion in Stewart Park. The roof and fireplaces date back to the 1970s and were considered unsafe. The pavilion will be closed for several weeks while workers renovate the structure.

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A new set of signs are going up on the multi-use path in Stewart Park to help people find their way around the park as well as the connecting pathways in the area.

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The playground and pavilion at Stewart Park will be closed Monday and Tuesday while contractors inspect the roof of the pavilion, which is about to be replaced.

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The City of Roseburg announced earlier this week it is accepting applications from local nonprofits to receive Coronavirus Relief Funds. Grant funds are limited, and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, with the first review on Monday.

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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.