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SUTHERLIN — December had already been a tough month for 30-year-old Crystal Jensen of Sutherlin. She lost the place where she was living and had been couch-hopping for most of December. She lost her truck earlier in the month, was jobless and her two kids had to stay with her parents.

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It’s a chilly December morning as Teresa O’Sullivan pulls into the Dutch Bros. coffee kiosk on Northeast Garden Valley Boulevard, the barista greets her by name and starts on her order — Golden Eagle, super hot — before she can get a word out.

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Plans for a theme park in Sutherlin, which local officials hoped would give a much-needed economic boost to the region, have been derailed after 2 1/2 years in the works.

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The City of Drain has plenty of activities taking place the rest of 2019. First, this coming Halloween the Church of Christ is hosting a Trunk and Treat at the corner of 1st Street and B Avenue. There will be some hot, exciting cars there. The event starts at 6 p.m. and candy will be availab…

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UMPQUA — Every year on her birthday Helen Fischer goes to her aerobics class, gets on her back, does a backward roll and touches her toes to the floor, just to prove she can still do it. Last Thursday, she performed the flexibility maneuver at her regular YMCA aerobics class, on her 99th bir…

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DRAIN — A Facebook post helped Douglas County sheriff’s deputies solve the case of an abandoned boat that was found dumped on BLM land in northwestern Douglas County. Deputies said the case was solved hours after a picture of the boat was posted.

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Police rushed to the site of an apparent motor vehicle accident 2 miles west of Sutherlin on Tuesday morning after 911 dispatchers received a call that the driver of the car was shooting out the windows of the vehicle.

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Oakland is open for business and wearing its beautiful fall colors. The gold and red tree foliage standing bright against the deep green of our forests provides classic Oregon fall vistas.

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OAKLAND — Every student and staff member at Oakland Elementary School on Monday wore a blue shirt with the saying, “I am a buddy. What’s your superpower?” surrounding a big “S” on the front, similar to the Superman logo, in honor of the World Day of Bullying Prevention.

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Staff from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service confirmed Friday morning that a wolf group located in the Umpqua National Forest has given birth to pups.

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It’s a little hard to picture, just looking at the barren patch of land that’s been sitting here seemingly forever. Then again, most projects of this size and scope are.

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ELKTON — Historical reenactments, live music and craft booths filled the Elkton Community Education Center (ECEC)on Saturday afternoon for the annual Fort Umpqua Days celebration.