Douglas County

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As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water.

Governor Kate Brown declared a state of drought emergency for Douglas County in June. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced that water restrictions will be in place for county residents with stream or river water rights.

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Douglas County is the fifth county to declare a drought order in Oregon this year.

As of May 18 snowpack in the Umpqua Basin is 26 percent of normal, according to the Natural resources Conservation Service. The State of Oregon Water Resources Department also expects stream flows to be much lower than normal.

Kyle Reed is a fire specialist with the Douglas Forest Protection Association, and he says that fire conditions in the forest are already dry, and he anticipates a busy fire season.

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There’s a vacancy on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the application process is open for an interim to fill the seat.

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Douglas County says it has a recycling crisis. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, that’s the status of every municipality contending with so-called “wishful recycling.”

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By a wide margin, voters in Douglas County rejected an attempt to transform their government. As of Tuesday night, the Home Rule Charter measure was failing by 15,000 votes.

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Four Douglas County residents are calling on Oregon’s congressional delegation and the state attorney general to investigate how the county uses its federal timber money.

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A couple of Douglas County residents are hoping to change the way the county’s government works. They’ve filed a home rule charter initiative they hope to get on the November ballot.

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Public libraries are under threat as rural Oregon counties continue to cope with the loss of timber revenue. On Saturday, 10 Douglas County branch libraries will close their doors. Some hope to reopen as “reading rooms”. Community members are seeking long term funding to bring back their libraries.

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is preparing to close its 11 branch libraries later this year. The board says it can no longer afford to fund the system.

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A Parks Master Plan will be presented to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday in Roseburg. A conservation group is protesting the plan.

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After Douglas County voters this month rejected a ballot measure to establish a special library funding district, officials are seeking other ideas for how to keep the county’s 11 branch libraries open. There’s a public town hall Tuesday evening in Roseburg.

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When Oregonians vote in the November election, they’re likely to find a marijuana-related measure. Many cities and counties are asking voters if they want to add a 3 percent local tax to the state tax on recreational marijuana sales. Others, including Douglas County, currently prohibit marijuana sales. They’re asking voters if they want to allow pot dispensaries.

Landslides Close Lane and Douglas County Roads

Feb 17, 2016
Douglas County Public Works

Heavy rain in Lane County has increased the threat of landslides on roadways. Part of North Fork Siuslaw Road is closed due to soil instability. A slide closed Big Creek Road early this week; it re-opened Wednesday. 

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.

Governor Kate Brown Heads to Roseburg

Oct 1, 2015
KOIN.com

Oregon Governor Kate Brown headed for Roseburg this afternoon (Thursday) to help the community. She addressed reporters earlier today.

Brown: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are holding the community of Douglas County in our hearts today. The work that first responders have done is harrowing. To our first responders: Thank you for your work, as this community reels from grief."

President Obama has also been briefed on the shooting.

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Mass Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Roseburg

Oct 1, 2015
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1:57 pm UPDATE: Shooter exchanged gunfire with first responders. Press conference happening how.

Lane County Adds Jobs in August

Sep 23, 2015
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Lane County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly in August. It’s the first decrease after three consecutive increases.

Prescribed Burns To Begin In Douglas County

Sep 8, 2015
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Smoke will soon be returning to Douglas County, only this time, it won't be from a wildfire. Farmers will be utilizing *prescribed burns to prepare fields and pastures for next spring. Prescribed burns help remove noxious weeds, insects, and diseased plants, and they help firefighters by reducing the buildup of brush and other flammable vegetation. The effects on populated areas should be minimized by allowing burns only to take place when conditions are appropriate and weather patterns favorable.

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Unemployment is up in Lane and Douglas counties. But as KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports, the numbers can be deceptive.

Both counties have seen increases in seasonally adjusted unemployment rates at the same time they’re *adding jobs.

Brian Rooney is a Regional Economist. He says the rate of joblessness can be volatile this time of year with schools out for summer break. People can come from outside the county to compete for available jobs. And, some employees just decide to quit.

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Firefighters continue to battle two large wildfires in Douglas County. The Cable Crossing fire is located just east of Glide. It's currently burning at more than 1,000 acres. Tom Fields is a Public Information Officer for The Department of Forestry. He says the hot dry weather helped to fuel the fire Thursday and Friday.

Fields: "Also, it's very tough, steep terrain. It's tough to put firefighters down in those positions. So, some of our tactics that we will be using is to do some control burnout operations with established containment lines."

Evacuations Ordered For Residents In The Cow Creek Area

Jul 31, 2015
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A 6,000 acre wildfire 10 miles from Canyonville has initiated level 3 evacuations for residents near the upper Cow Creek area. Level 3 is a mandatory warning to leave. The Stouts Fire was spotted early Thursday afternoon. Drought conditions and temperatures hovering around 100 degrees caused the blaze to grow quickly.

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Update: As of Friday morning, the Stouts fire is at 6,000 acres.

A new fire in Douglas County has prompted evacuations near the community of Milo.

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The federal government is warning this could be a dangerous and costly wildfire season in the west, due in part to drought and climate change.

The Douglas Forest Protective Association oversees 1.6-million acres of land in Douglas County. Fire Prevention Specialist Kyle Reed says their 10-year average is about 90 fires a year. He says they're already one-third of the way there.

Unemployment rates continue to drop in Lane and Douglas counties. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert speaks with a regional economist about the growth trend and what it means for communities.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Lane County is the lowest since June of 2008. Douglas County is trending about the same, seeing its second consecutive month with job growth.

Brian Rooney watches tracks employment in both regions. He says growth brings a mixed bag of benefits.

Unemployment Rates Drop In Oregon Counties

Jan 26, 2015

Unemployment rates fell in the month of December for several Oregon counties. Recent numbers show Lane County's rate at six point seven percent, Deschutes at seven point six percent and Douglas at nine point three percent.

Deschutes and Douglas rates remain well above the statewide average. Regional Labor Economist Brian Rooney explains why:

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The City of Roseburg has two candidates on the ballot for mayor this year. Incumbent Larry Rich has served 8 terms as mayor. He is being challenged by Transportation Planning Manager, Mike Baker.

Larry Rich works as the Assistant Principle at Roseburg High School. He’s proud of infrastructure projects he’s worked on including the Highway 138 Corridor and Waterfront Improvements. Rich describes himself as the same person regardless if there is an election going on.

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Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap.

Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up

Jul 21, 2014
Angela Kellner

The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.  The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.

But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.

Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.  But he calls the unemployment numbers for June…

Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."

Douglas County Commissioner Resigns

Jun 11, 2014
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Douglas county commissioner Doug Robertson announced his resignation Wednesday, June 11th.

KQEN reports Robertson has had the job since January 1981. He spent years focused on timber management issues and their effects on counties in Oregon. He was the president of the association of O&C Counties and said he felt the time spent visiting Washington took away from his regular work as a county commissioner.

Robertson also acknowledged the timber issue is not yet solved and knows the timing is not perfect for making an exit.

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Voters in Douglas County have seven candidates to choose from for County Commission Position Two.

Joe Laurence is vacating his Douglas County Commissioner spot, so none of the seven candidates are incumbents. If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face a runoff in November.

Sally McKain is president of the Umpqua Valley League of Women Voters. She says Douglas County voters have typical concerns for their commissioners:

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