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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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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 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 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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For months now, area restaurants, shops and other businesses have been forced to do a new kind of math and geography as they figure out ways to serve their customers while abiding by social distancing mandates.

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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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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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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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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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Promoting downtown Roseburg and its hundreds of businesses was one thing. But doing that while overseeing parking enforcement and keeping the area clean of trash proved to be too much for the Downtown Roseburg Association, and the City Council took steps to change that Monday.

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The City of Roseburg is utilizing Zoom to provide a Stay Home, Stay Safe way to conduct its public meetings. The regular city council meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, will be the first one conducted virtually via the video communication tool.

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The first and third Saturday of each month is when Christopher Hutton sets his sights on doing the Lord’s work. Hutton and his Under the Bridge ministry pack about three dozen sack lunches and head out into the streets and woods to do what they can to help the homeless with food, and maybe a hug.

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Roseburg City Councilwoman Ashley Hicks is known for speaking her mind, even if it gets her in trouble. That’s what happened in late February, when the city council punished Hicks for her advocacy of a homeless shelter. The News-Review caught up with Hicks to see how things are going during …

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Roseburg City Councilwoman Ashley Hicks is known for speaking her mind, even if it gets her in trouble. That’s what happened in late February, when the city council punished Hicks for her advocacy of a homeless shelter. The News-Review caught up with Hicks to see how things are going during …

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A Douglas County girl who was sexually assaulted for at least a year is suing her abuser, who is in prison for the crime, for more than $2 million for sexual abuse of a child and emotional distress.

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The announcement this week that Umpqua Transit was cutting back on its bus service due to outfall from the COVID-19 outbreak is a tough pill to swallow for the agency and the countless people that rely on its commuter services to get around.

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The Stewart Park Drive Bridge will be closed to vehicle and foot traffic on Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., while crews from the Roseburg public works department conduct an inspection.

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The City of Roseburg, in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and to promote social distancing, is implementing temporary changes to the public’s access to City Hall. Beginning Monday, residents are urged to conduct business with the city via phone and email.

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Evidence of the concern surrounding the spreading coronavirus was evident throughout Monday’s Roseburg City Council meeting, including the limit on how many could attend, the somber discussion of actions taken by city officials and law enforcement and the declaration of a state of emergency.

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Beginning Monday, the public will be able to watch Roseburg City Council meetings live via various electronic means. These options conform to the recent COVID-19 executive orders from the Governor. To watch Monday’s meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 pm, go towww.CityofRoseburg.org an…

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The Roseburg City Council will hold its scheduled meeting on Monday but there will be a few changes, including limiting the number of attendees to 25. Here is a notice the city sent out Thursday afternoon:

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The owner of the long-vacant Ride Aid, which has been an eyesore in downtown Roseburg for more than a decade, is seeking permission to tear down part of the building.