Category Archives: Roseburg News-Review

Clean Water Rule drowns out farmer fears

Thanks to a federal judge in South Carolina, Evan Kruse is taking stock of how much water is used at Kruse Farms and where it comes from. Because, if he hears of other farmers are getting fines, he’s going to “have to file for a permit to do absolutely every step of the farming process.” […]
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New ODFW electronic licensing system to go into effect this winter

Starting in December, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be introducing a new system that will change how people hunt and fish in Oregon. A new electronic licensing system, which includes an app for use on smartphones and tablet computers, will allow for hunters and anglers to purchase and store their ODFW tags, […]
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Douglas County has a new morgue

Douglas County has a new morgue, increasing the county’s capacity to house the deceased by ten-fold. In Roseburg, an unassuming blue house stands alone at the end of a long driveway. An 8-foot-by-16-foot metal box sits under the carport, something akin to a restaurant’s walk-in freezer. “It’s the most anticlimactic thing, but for me it’s […]
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DEQ gets more than 40,000 comments on Jordan Cove water permit 

The Department of Environmental Quality received more than 40,000 comments on the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s Clean Water Act permit application. DEQ requires a water quality certification for any federally licensed or permitted projects that may result in a discharge into navigable waters. The comment period, which was initially set to close on July 21, […]
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Freeman column | Guest Columns | 

Southwest Oregon communities today are facing an annual cycle of more frequent and severe wildfires, more losses of lives and property and more toxic smoke that fills our valleys and stretches our public health resources. As a county commissioner, I’m concerned about the trauma our citizens are experiencing, the impacts to our economy and the […]
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Fire officials hope to get Miles Fire under control to send resources to other blazes

Firefighters plan to continue to secure the eastern portion of the 35,455-acre Miles Fire Wednesday, removing green fuels and patrolling for spot fires. The Miles Fire is now 39 percent contained after lightning initially started the blaze on July 15. On Tuesday, firefighters worked through the night to complete a three-mile burn along the eastern […]
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Cannabis dispensaries reaping harvest of low prices

When selling recreational marijuana was first legalized in Oregon in 2016, growers raced to get their licenses and farms ready. Prices were high and getting higher as dispensaries popped up in every county and consumers started buying on the open market. Since the beginning of this year, prices have continually dropped with only occasional spikes, […]
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Governor tours new Umpqua Health building

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown got a firsthand look at the 25,000-square-foot Umpqua Health Newton Creek medical facility Wednesday morning. Brown was in Roseburg to meet with several health care providers and the Community Advisory Council for Umpqua Health Alliance, Douglas County’s only coordinated-care organization. Source: Governor tours new Umpqua Health building

Firefighters look to “herd” Miles, Columbus fires east

As fire activity calmed on the southern portion of the Miles Fire Monday, firefighters are hoping to complete a control line around the entire southern portion of the blaze Tuesday and work on “herding” both the Miles and Columbus fires to the east. Mike Granger, an operations section chief, said work went well on Monday […]
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Job vacancies are hardest to fill since 2013

With the unemployment rate dropping, the labor market is tightening and jobs are getting harder to fill. Of 60,700 job vacancies in 2017, 64 percent were difficult to fill, making it the highest amount of vacancies and share of difficult-to-fill vacancies since the quarterly survey of 5,100 businesses conducted by the State of Oregon Employment Department began […]
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