The downtown Roseburg library will have a soft opening within the next few weeks, according to new Library Director Kris Wiley. The grand opening is planned for Jan. 10. The scheduled reopening will bring an end to a year and a half closure for the library, which was previously the heart of an 11-branch library system run by the Douglas County government. Those libraries closed due to funding difficulties after voters rejected a proposed countywide library district tax in November of 2016. Delays to a previously planned fall opening were related to construction remodeling. Soon the library will be open 30 hours a week fromRead More →

This fall students and staff are finding new ways to get to school and reduce emissions. Carpooling and using alternative transportation is becoming more common at Umpqua Community College for students and staff. Mike Mateo, a UCC math instructor, can be seen waiting to take the Umpqua Transit bus home at the bus stop below Jacoby. He has been using the bus since last year. Scarlet Kelley, a UCC student, also takes Umpqua Transit. He said two of his friends who did not receive their financial aid were able to use ASUCC student government services for a free bus pass. I also use the UmpquaRead More →

Three years after the Oct. 1, 2015 UCC shooting when eight students and one instructor were killed, students and staff, families of those who died and friends collected on campus to honor those who lost their lives Fall term of 2015. “I can remember it like it was yesterday,” said a guest at the memorial who wished to remain anonymous. “It is a day that will live with me for the rest of my life.” The guest was still in high school during 2015, and the shooting delayed her UCC enrollment. “I thought it was safer to work full time and save up for aRead More →

Cindy Haws’s Biology class traveled to the Lower Cow Creek Watershed area near Riddle Friday, March 2 to view the impact of the logged landscape and the use of variable retention regeneration harvesting at the 2015 and 2017 Douglas Complex and Horse Prairie fire locations. The purpose of the trip was to analyze the Bureau of Land Management’s oversight of the lands. The field trip lab taught that variable retention regeneration harvesting is a timber harvest method that retains structures, organisms and conditions from the pre-harvest stand for incorporation into the post-harvest ecosystem with the goal of establishing complex early-seral forest conditions through the regenerationRead More →

As part of Roseburg City Council’s 2018 goal for enhancing community livability and public safety, Roseburg will be reopening the public library, formerly known as the Douglas County library. The projected reopening could be as soon as summer of 2018. Trish Ochs, a current student at Umpqua Community College, is in full support of the library reopening. “I would love to see the library come back to the county; I know how useful it was for the children who are home schooled as well as the kids that attend high school,” Ochs said. Scott Batch, a Douglas County sheriff and a Umpqua Community College securityRead More →

What can a sexual assault victim do if he or she is unable to report a sexual violation to the local authorities? What if the predator works for one of the local government authorities? Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industry provides a complaint process for sexual assault victims that is separate from local government authorities. The first step in the process is filling out a complaint questionnaire available online at www.Oregon.gov –- look for the BOLI Civil Rights Complaint Process heading under the Civil Rights Division section of the website. If internet is not a option victims can call 971-673-0764. They will ask you ifRead More →