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Registered voters in the Winston Dillard school district voted yes on a General Obligation Bond Levy on May 21, 2019, to provide $16 million dollars toward replacing two buildings and renovating two others at Douglas High School. The state of Oregon will contribute an additional $4 million grant to the WD school district, bringing total funds to renovate the high school to $20 million dollars. The school has educated more than three generations of Douglas County residents, and has suffered damages. Leaking classroom roofs, snow-collapsed cafeterias, inadequate heating and electrical, and outdated gymnasium and locker rooms. Estimated tax rate after the bond passage is $1.39/$1,000Read More →

The UCC 2019-2020 budget was proposed and approved during the month of May. A major concern, in terms of budget shortages, with this new budget was the “increase in revenue sources as the state allocation doesn’t keep up with the cost increases” Natalya Brown, chief financial officer, and Katie Workman, budget manager, said. “It remains a concern for all of the community colleges in Oregon.” The state currently allocates $590 million for the community college support fund. “In the case that allocation doesn’t hold, UCC will need to look into additional budget adjustments,” Brown and Workman said. Another source of revenue could have come fromRead More →

The UCC bookstore roof, damaged from heavy snows in March, is being repaired by Roseburg Roofing. To help fund the bookstore roof repair, $150,000 was transferred from UCC’s general fund, according to the May UCC board report. The old roof was removed and new roofing material installed during a period of sunny skies in late April and early May. The bookstore was open during the process with taping around the sidewalk to protect students and staff.Read More →

UCC student Cody Phillips’s car was stolen from the UCC campus Friday, April 26. Phillips left his blue Honda in the UCC parking lot, west of the Whipple center, just before 11 a.m. After he and fellow student Zach Schissler put their backpacks with laptops inside. He returned shortly at around noon to discover his 1994 Civic Hatchback and his valuables inside were nowhere to be found. After searching the surrounding parking lot, Phillips contacted the police and UCC security to report the missing car. UCC security was unable to find any evidence from campus security surveillance tapes of how the car was stolen. TheRead More →

As the list of front runners in the coming 2020 U.S. presidential election continues to assemble, the number of female candidates has surpassed the previous election by double. In the 2016 elections, only 12% of running candidates were female. In the current election race, 33% of 18 candidates are female, according to The Washington Post. The U.S. isn’t the only country experiencing a rise of female politicians. In the current 116th Congress, 131 women currently serve in both the House and the Senate, compared to last year’s total of 115, according to Congressional Research Service reports. These numbers contradict polls which have shown some AmericansRead More →

The fate of the Ford Family Enrichment Center is up for question Children and copious tears are not normally on the agenda for a UCC board meeting, but there were a lot of both at the last meeting when the closure of the Ford Family Enrichment Center was discussed. With only three minutes each to voice their individual opinions, UCC students, parents, and community members, voices shaking with tears, spoke against the closing of the daycare. One pregnant woman speaking against the closure started with a calm voice, but soon lost her composure, tears rolling down her face as she hugged her baby bump. InRead More →

Due to disagreements between the Democrat and Republican parties, the United States of America is currently experiencing the longest government shutdown in the country’s history. Currently, this is the second government shutdown under President Trump. The first happened in January 2018 and lasted for 3 days. At the end of 2018, the current shutdown began. When Trump sought $5.7 billion for his proposed wall, at that point the Democrats objected to the effectiveness and cost of the wall. As a proposed spending bill that would have helped pay for the wall failed to pass, the government shutdown started in December since the Democrats could blockRead More →

The Oregon Department of State Lands recently hosted public hearings across Oregon to help Vicki Walker, director of DSL, decide whether or not to grant Jordan Cove LNG, the Canadian natural gas company, one of the many permits required for an underground natural gas pipeline. In Canyonville’s meeting at Seven Feathers Casino, on Jan. 9, over 300 concerned people packed the room. DSL listened to passionate community input regarding Jordan Cove’s application for the Removal-Fill permit needed for the company’s proposed pipeline. Subsequently, the permit was denied on Jan. 23. According to an article from the News Review, Circuit court judge Kathleen Johnson reversed theRead More →

Oregon voters voted Tuesday, May 15, in one of the nation’s first primaries. Positions on the ballot included everything from governor, federal representatives, state representatives and senators, to county commissioners and judicial candidates. As Oregon moves on from the primaries to the general election in November, what’s next? Historically, the turnout rate of this month’s primary was the lowest in decades. According to the Secretary of State’s official results, only 891,441 ballots had been received of the 2,665,029 eligible voters or 33.45 percent. In the race for governor, incumbent Kate Brown easily won the Democratic primary with roughly 82 percent of the vote. On theRead More →

This is an opinion of a first year paralegal student and does not constitute advice of any nature, legal or otherwise. Constantly it seems that the headlines are filled with talk about Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the President and whether there was any “wrong doing” with Russia and a flurry of other headlines surrounding the entire debacle including threats, bravado, indictments and controversy. Since there is so much to focus on, here are the important topics this article will discuss: the indictments so far, protections for Mueller and what Trump may or may not do. As far as the President directly firing Mueller, that isRead More →

The Special Counsel leading the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, has quickly became one of the most polarizing men today. He and the investigation have drawn severe ire from the President and his supporters. Questions surrounding a Mueller dismissal have circulated mainstream media for months, and now, it seems that we may soon have an answer as Trump’s attacks have escalated to a height we have not yet seen. Following the April 9 FBI-conducted raids on the office, hotel room and home of Trump’s personal attorney, and friend, Michael Cohen, the President has become increasingly adamant in his refusal to cooperate further with the Special Counsel.Read More →

Last month’s shooting in Parkland, Florida was set to be like all the others: another heartbreaking event in a long series of heartbreaking events. But in this past month following the tragedy, the rather unthinkable has happened: corporations are taking the initiative to reduce school shootings instead of the politicians who have been tasked to protect us. Two weeks following the shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods became the first retailer to change its policies. It no longer sells assault-rifles, high capacity magazines, or guns of any kind to persons under 21. Hours later, Walmart and Fred Meyer (through its owner Kroger) made similar policy changes. InRead More →