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04-11-24 2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest Winners (Photo) - 04/11/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 11, 2024

2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest Winners

            

            (Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress, along with the Douglas County Public Works Department – Engineering Division and the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission are excited that the Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest is back after a hiatus due to the world-wide pandemic.  The Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission has hosted the Traffic Safety Poster Contest for 45 years with a goal of educating young people about traffic safety.  39 local area students were selected as winners of the 2024 Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest.  The winners (see attached page) were selected by Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission at their March 26, 2024, meeting.   This year, the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission awarded more than $ 2,600 in cash prizes to local area students.  Click on the link below to watch a video of the winners on the Douglas County e-Government Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=428181706568320

            The Traffic Safety Poster Contest, which began in 1976, is open to all public, private, and home schools in Douglas County for students enrolled in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The contest provides area teachers and students the opportunity to learn about traffic and road safety issues that affect kids, teenagers, and adults.  Students are then encouraged to design, draw, color or sketch an impact poster that brings attention to traffic safety issues to be entered into the contest.  The contest also provides an opportunity for teachers, staff, and students to share and demonstrate safe driving practices with their peers and families. 

 

            Students are encouraged to submit colorful hand-drawn posters related to suggested traffic safety topics and themes.  The entries are judged based on set criteria, including depiction of proper traffic safety principles, creativity, and visual impact. Winners are awarded for each age division for which entries are received. Grade school students were asked to design a poster answering one of three predetermined questions and title the poster with a suggested phrase. For example: Question: “What can cause a bicycle accident?” while using a sample phrase like, “Signal Your Intentions.” Meanwhile, middle and high school students designed posters around one of three predetermined safety topics, such as “Safety Awareness.”  Traffic Commission board members expressed how impressed they were with the number of great entries, and it made it difficult to choose the winners.  The Commissioners, Public Works Staff and Traffic Commission board would like to thank all the schools, teachers and students that participated and assisted with the contest, their efforts are appreciated very much. 

 

Contest winners for grade levels K-5 will receive:

First: $20, first place ribbon and certificate; Second: $15, second place ribbon and certificate; Third: $10, third place ribbon and certificate; Honorable Mention: Honorable mention ribbon and certificate 

Contest winners for grade levels 6-12 will receive:

First: $200, first place ribbon and certificate; Second: $100, second place ribbon and certificate; Third: $50, third place ribbon and certificate; Honorable Mention: Honorable mention ribbon and certificate.

 

            In addition to cash prizes, the winning posters will be displayed at the 2024 Douglas County Fair and highlighted on the county’s website and social media platforms.  The Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission acts as an advisory body to the county commissioners and promotes traffic safety activities and programs for the citizens of Douglas County. They work in conjunction with Douglas County Public Works Department – Engineering Division.  Traffic Safety Commission meetings are held quarterly or on an as needed basis. 

 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

2024 Winners: 45th Douglas County Traffic Safety Poster Contest

 

1st Grade

1st Place                                 Riley Brenden                      Glendale Elementary School

2nd Place                                Teagan Sether                      Glendale Elementary School

3rd Grade

1st Place                                 Evonna Summers                West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

2nd Place                                Allen Lopez                          West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

3rd Place                                 Skyler Corrington                West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

Honorable Mention                   Ellery Mackey                     Canyonville Elementary School

4th Grade

1st Place                                 Garet Brown                         Winchester Elementary School, Roseburg

2nd Place                                Chance Moore                     Winchester Elementary School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Addison Martz                     West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

Honorable Mention                 Steven McFarland               West Intermediate School, Sutherlin

5th Grade

1st Place                                 Ace Noah                              Tri-City Elementary School, Myrtle Creek

2nd Place                                Lukas Artac                          Hucrest Elementary School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Javian Spencer                     Tri-City Elementary School, Myrtle Creek 

6th Grade

1st Place                                 Addi Kloxin                          Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

2nd Place                                Sadie Attebury                     Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

3rd Place                                 Kaydence Guthrie                Sutherlin Middle School

Honorable Mention                  Raven Cappa Farrell           Sutherlin Middle School

7th Grade

1st Place                                 Mya Mercado                      Sutherlin Middle School 

2nd Place                                Rylee Burdett                       Sutherlin Middle School

3rd Place                                 Ashlee Pennington              Canyonville School

Honorable Mention                 Abigail Hargraves               Fremont Middle School, Roseburg

8th Grade

1st Place                                 Emma Halligan                    Sutherlin Middle School 

2nd Place                                Morgyn Singleton                Sutherlin Middle School

3rd Place                                 Zayla (Kie) Smith                Reedsport Charter School

9th Grade

1st Place                                 Jayde Hollingsworth            Reedsport Charter School

2nd Place                                Lenora Leiby                        Reedsport Charter School

3rd Place                                 Hayden King                        Roseburg High School

Honorable Mention                  Annika Bryan                      Reedsport Charter School

10th Grade

1st Place                                 Karen Rojas                         Reedsport Charter School

2nd Place                                Julianna Maduzia                South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek

3rd Place                                 Nev Miland                          South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek 

Honorable Mention                  Mercedez Merrifield            South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek

11th Grade

1st Place                                 Caydence McCurry             Riddle High School

2nd Place                                Shukiya Darling                   Riddle High School

3rd Place                                 Asael Parra                           South Umpqua High School, Myrtle Creek 

12th Grade

1st Place                                 Emberlynn Logo                  Reedsport Charter School 

2nd Place                                Madison Bryan                    Reedsport Charter School

3rd Place                                 Niome Lofton                      Reedsport Charter School

Honorable Mention                   Jacob Ferguson                    Reedsport Charter School

*Please note: There were no entries for kindergarten or second grade this year

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04-05-24 Building Capacity with our Emergency Radio Communication System (Photo) - 04/05/24

Joint Release: Douglas County Board of Commissioners and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2024

 

Building Capacity with our Emergency Radio Communication System

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Providing support, funding and resources for our public safety programs has always been a top priority for our Douglas County Commissioners.  Public safety comprises multiple disciplines across all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, as well as interactions with citizens, requiring integrated operations to communicate, respond and assist residents.  Our public safety mission at the County begins with Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the 9-1-1 Communications Dispatch Center, who work in concert with over 55 local law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service agencies to serve and protect our citizens.  An often overlooked component of the County’s public safety program is our Emergency Radio Communications System (ERCS), which is managed by the Douglas County Radio Division under the direction of Douglas County IT & Radio Director Nancy Laney and the Douglas County Information Technology Department. The ERCS, often referred to as our Legacy Radio System, is a vital public safety link between our 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Dispatch Center and our local first responders providing critical, time-sensitive, and life-saving communications countywide. 

 

Let’s face it, most Douglas County residents don’t spend their days thinking about emergency radio communication systems, nor do they realize they are there. That is until they need to make an emergency call to 9-1-1.  It is at that point that citizens are thankful that we have an extensive radio communications system in place for 9-1-1 communications specialists to dispatch calls to our first responders out in the field.   

 

Given our rugged topography supplying effective communications to our large network of first responders from sea level to the 9,182-foot crest of Mt. Thielsen through swooping valleys, up steep terrain, and along our cadre of winding rivers has always provided a challenge.  Our current VHF simulcast conventional analog ERCS system with 19 relay transmitting towers strategically located across our county was the pinnacle of technology back in the 1990’s.  But just as time keeps ticking, advancements in technology continue to outpace annual budgets.  The Commissioners and current Radio & IT staff inherited an outdated 30-year-old ERCS system when they came on board at the County.  An engineering report from 2018 estimated that it would cost approximately $15-20 million to completely replace the aging ERCS system; a price tag that was definitely not feasible within our budget constraints unless we acquired outside support.  Realizing that we must prioritize building capacity for and maintaining public safety communications systems that continue to meet the ever-increasing needs of serving and protecting our citizens, the Commissioners, Sheriff Hanlin, IT Director Laney and Douglas County Management and Finance Department Director Dan Wilson worked together to develop a strategic plan for ongoing maintenance and repairs, while steadfastly researching and applying for as many grants and funding opportunities as possible to upgrade our Legacy Radio System.

 

With the budgetary support of our three Commissioners and support and grants from Oregon Emergency Management, State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), and Congressional Directed Spending opportunities, we have made significant strides in upgrading critical components of our ERCS. These steps will be crucial for laying the groundwork for the next phase of our radio system overhaul,” stated IT & Radio Director, Nancy Laney. 

 

Working collaboratively with Sheriff Hanlin and other key partners in the emergency response sector was crucial during plan development.  With a plan in place and secured funding via grants and County funds totaling over $6.6 million, Douglas County has spent the last four years strategically initiating phase one of our comprehensive upgrade to our Legacy Radio System.  The nature of our outdated radio technology necessitated a phased approach, starting with foundational upgrades necessary for the modernization of our radio transmitters to a digital format. This included updating our analog microwave, direct current (DC) power systems and a complete replacement of our 9-1-1 dispatch center paging system, which were not compatible with the advances in technology that are required for a digital emergency radio system.

 

The completion of phase one of our ERCS upgrade is an important milestone and highlights our commitment to public safety in Douglas County,” commented Commissioner Tom Kress.  “The upgraded system will not only provide enhanced communications every day but will also improve communication with responding partners in the event of a large-scale emergency. Without that, lives could be lost. This is an important step for public safety as we continue to meet new challenges every day.”

 

Completed phase one upgrades to our Legacy Radio System include upgraded microwave electronics at all 19 relay transmitting towers (which increases our system capacity and is a pre-requisite for future radio system upgrades); replacement of backup power batteries at 14 towers; replacement of GPS timing components at 17 towers; replacement of 5 generators; and upgrading DC power system to increase capacity at 2 towers.  We are currently in the process of completing backup power battery updates at 5 towers; replacing GPS timing components at 2 towers; replacing 2 generators; upgrading DC power system to increase capacity at 14 towers; and creating fire defensible space around tower locations.  Additionally, as with any technological system, you must prepare for, meticulously analyze, and efficiently address unforeseen disruptions in service due to weather, man-made or natural disasters or power outages.  Thus, we have reconfigured the outage alert on our 9-1-1 communications dispatch monitors to be more visible and we will continue to prioritize the upgrades and fine tuning of our Legacy Radio System to minimize disruptions and unforeseen outages.  We're on track to complete phase one of the Legacy Radio System upgrade this summer. 

 

Staff have already moved forward with the next phase of the Legacy Radio System upgrade.  A feasibility study with a consultant was just completed to determine and develop options for phase two of our Legacy Radio System upgrade which includes a conversion to digital technology.  The study focused on designing a system upgrade that specifically addresses our challenging geographical requirements as well as taking into consideration the unique needs of our rural communities.  Ideally the new digital platform will allow us to have four new key features, encryption for first responder safety; modern digital P25 capability, which means operability with any agency with a P25 radio; system redundancy to allow necessary function ability during outages; and trunking technology allowing multiple agencies to simultaneously share access to improve resiliency.  Together we hope to build a robust and reliable radio communications system that continues to support the critical work our public safety sector provides in protecting and serving our communities.

 

Communication is critical, both on a daily basis and when large emergencies occur. When seconds count, first responders need the ability to communicate quickly and without limits.  I am thankful that the Commissioners and our Radio Division have prioritized this project and are making great strides in pursuing a much-needed update to an outdated radio system that will not only improve coverage but also functionality,” said Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.  “When completed, first responders will be able to communicate more efficiently with partner agencies locally, regionally, and throughout the state, which will improve incident response and also help to ensure responder safety while working in hazardous conditions.”

 

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Media Contacts: 

Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Phone: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov 

Lt. Brad O’Dell | Douglas County Sheriff’s Office | Special Services Lieutenant | Public Information Officer | Phone: (541) 440-4464 | Email: brad.odell@douglascountyor.gov 

 

Photos attached.  Credit: Douglas County

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04-04-24 Meeting Notice - Veterans Advisory Committee (Photo) - 04/04/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 4, 2024

** Meeting Notice **

Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress are pleased to inform the public that the next Douglas County Veterans Advisory Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at 3:00 pm in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon. 

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to view the meeting.  To view the live stream or post meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon

 

For additional information please contact the Douglas County Veterans Service Office by calling (541) 440-4219 or email at veterans@douglascountyor.gov.   The meeting agenda is attached and can be found on the Douglas County government website at https://douglascountyor.gov/.

 

*Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.  If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 440-4219 prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Phone: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

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03-29-24 Update Temporary Closure - Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock Repairs (Photo) - 03/29/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2024

 

*** UPDATE TEMPORARY CLOSURE ***

Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock Repairs

 

 

(Winchester Bay, Oregon) The Douglas County Parks Department would like to provide an update on the temporary closure of the Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock, located at 936 Salmon Harbor Drive in Winchester Bay, Oregon.  The Parks Department had to temporarily close the Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock on February 1, 2024, due to structural damage that occurred during a high-water event in January.  At the time of closure, the Parks Department was hoping that the assessment of damages and repair work to the dock would be a quick process, but unfortunately that is not the case. 

 

As with any repair project involving a public use facility, there are numerous steps that are required before the location can safely reopen to the public. In this case, based on the initial assessment a thorough evaluation of damage both above and below the waterline must be completed before a repair plan can be put together by an engineering firm.  The Parks Department has already assessed the damage above the waterline, and currently has a diver scheduled to do the underwater assessment on April 1.  As soon as the repair plan is completed, the Parks Department can then apply for an emergency permit from the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the repair work outside the established in-water work period (November 1 through January 31) for the Umpqua River Estuary.  Once the repair plan and permit are in hand, a solicitation for contractors to make the needed repairs can begin.  Additionally, a log was discovered trapped under the dock but attempts to remove the log have been unsuccessful.  The Parks Department hopes to get this log removed next week before it can cause additional damage. 

 

We know that the Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. In the meantime, if you are looking for a place to crab in Winchester Bay without a boat, we suggest checking out Dock 9 near the west boat launch in Salmon Harbor.  Some fishermen have even reported success catching crab off the banks with a fishing pole crab trap. 

 

This repair project is a priority for the Parks Department, and staff are working diligently to complete the repairs and safely reopen the dock as soon as we can. Unless any unforeseen complications arise, it is our goal to reopen the Dock this summer.  Public use of the Windy Cove Crab and Fishing Dock is not permitted during the closure.  Public notice will be provided when the dock is reopened and safe to use again.  The parking lot, day use area and beach access at the Windy Cove County Park continue to remain open for public use.  Safety is always our number one priority for the recreating public, and we ask that citizens respect this closure and stay off the dock until it is safely repaired. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue working hard to improve and preserve your recreational opportunities in Douglas County Parks.

 

 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov 

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03-27-24 Commissioners Issue Proclamation for Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day (Photo) - 03/27/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 27, 2024

 

Commissioners Issue Proclamation for

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) – Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress were honored to be part of the Roseburg VA Health Care System’s Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Pinning Ceremony held today, Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.  A copy of the video presentation of the entire ceremony can be found on the Douglas County Government Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountyeGovernment.

 

The special Roseburg VA Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Pinning Ceremony included the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Display; an opening prayer by Roseburg VA Chaplain Dwayne Brown; presentation of the colors by the United States Coast Guard; singing of the national anthem by the Coco Pella Quintet; opening remarks by Roseburg VA Health Care System (RVAHCS) Executive Director, Patrick Hull; a key note speech by Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Director, Dr. Nakeia Daniels; a proclamation presentation by Douglas County Board of Commissioners Board Chair, Commissioner Chris Boice; pinning ceremony honoring 136 local Vietnam Veterans (plus an additional 40 Vietnam Veterans at the inpatient facility at the Roseburg VA); and the ceremonial playing of taps on the cornet followed by a 21 gun salute performed by representatives from the Umpqua Valley Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter #805

 

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners proclamation was presented by Commissioner Boice, on behalf of all three commissioners and proclaimed Friday, March 29, 2024, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day in Douglas County. It honors with somber reflection the United States of America’s 13-year Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War which will continue through 2025. The proclamation encouraged all citizens to rightfully honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their bravery, courageous military service, and sacrifice.  Following the reading, Commissioner Boice, Commissioner Freeman and Commissioner Kress presented proclamation certificates to Umpqua Valley VVA Chapter #805 Board of Directors, Bill Duncan, Bill Mixon, Roger Boucock, Terry Weekly and Lonnie Shields. 

 

"The Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day commemoration is a vow that we as a nation will never again confuse personal disapproval of war with prejudice against those who honorably wear the uniform of our U.S. Armed Forces. With conviction, we pledge our enduring respect, our continuing care, and our everlasting commitment to all Vietnam veterans who were denied a proper welcome home upon returning to U.S. soil more than 50 years ago," stated Commissioner Boice.

 

Vietnam Veterans in attendance at the special Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Pinning Ceremony today were presented with a commemorative pin and welcomed home by a legion of honored guests including ODVA Director Dr. Nakeia Daniels, RVAHCS Director Patrick Hull, RVAHCS Acting Associate Director Kelly Bowman, Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice, Douglas County Commissioner Tim Freeman, Douglas County Commissioner Tom Kress, and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin.

 

The Vietnam War Commemoration 50th Pinning Ceremony concluded with a sincere message from RVAHCS Director Hull and expressed hope, honor, and tribute to our all veterans and their families.  The Commissioners truly and sincerely Welcome Home our Vietnam Veterans.  The Douglas County Commissioners would like to thank the Roseburg VA for inviting them to be part of this amazing ceremony honoring our Vietnam Veterans. 

 

To learn more about the United States of America’s 13-year Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War visit https://www.vietnamwar50th.com/.

 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Phone: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

Proclamation Attached. Photos © K.Trenkle/Douglas County. Individual photos available upon request.

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03-21-24 Drew and Sandra Holland Honored as Senior Volunteers of the Month (Photo) - 03/21/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 21, 2024

 

Drew and Sandra Holland Honored as Senior Volunteers of the Month

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.)  Douglas County Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress along with our Douglas County Senior Services Department are pleased to announce that Drew and Sandra Holland were awarded the Douglas County Senior Services Volunteers of the Month award for March 2024.  The couple received the award on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at the Douglas County Bistro-Sixty Senior Dining Site in Sutherlin. 

 

“It’s wonderful to see couples that volunteer together for our Senior Dining Sites,” remarked Commissioner Tom Kress, liaison Commissioner to the Douglas County Senior Services Department. “We could not do what we do for our older adults without the help of wonderful volunteers like Drew and Sandra!”

 

            Douglas County Lead Food Service Worker at the Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Site in Sutherlin, Victoria Kietzman nominated Drew and Sandra for the awards.  She said, “Drew started coming to the Sutherlin site during the pandemic and quickly became one of our favorites in the curb side program. He transitioned to a volunteer over 2 years ago.  He is friendly, efficient and has no problem multitasking at the front desk.  He greets each person by name and with friendly banter. He is always willing to jump in and help another volunteer when they need help without being asked. Sandra has been volunteering for the Douglas County food program for over three years. She will do any task, does it well, and doesn’t find any job below her.  She is self-motivated and takes note as to where she can be of most help without fanfare. She is a very dedicated volunteer we all admire.”

 

Drew and Sandra moved to Douglas County in 2020 from Pleasant Hill, California. Drew served in the U.S. Air Force and then spent 32 years working for the U.S. Postal Service.  Through the years he has volunteered on several levels for Boy Scouts of America, been actively involved with the Fraternal Order of Eagles and is a life-long member of the American Legion.  Sandra spent her career working at Crane Currency, which is a company that prints U.S. Currency and banknotes for various banks all over the world. She is also an avid volunteer having donated her time to senior centers, the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, American Legion and the American Vietnam Veterans Association.  She also volunteers as the boutique and resale shop at the Sutherlin Senior Center and was honored to be selected to serve on the Sutherlin Senior Center Board. 

 

I enjoy volunteering at the Sutherlin Senior Dining Site because I love talking to people, meeting new people and helping seniors.  Plus, it’s my home away from home.  Working with the other volunteers along with spending time with the congregate feels like a second family to me,” commented Drew.

 

Sandra remarked, “I love volunteering because I love people and I love being a help to people.  Volunteering for this food program gives me an extra reason to get up and get moving in the morning.”

 

            Our Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites prepare meals on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at our seven rural dining site locations in Glide, Glendale, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston, and Yoncalla. Senior Services staff know there are others in our communities who could benefit from their Douglas County Meals on Wheels delivery program and/or meals at their Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites.  If residents know of friends or family who are unable to drive, need assistance with daily living activities, would benefit from hot meal delivery, or need other assistance, they are encouraged to call the Aging & Disabilities Resource Connection in the Douglas County Senior Services Department at (541) 440-3677 or by sending an email to adrc@douglascountyor.gov

 

            Our seven rural Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Douglas County Meals on Wheels programs are managed by Douglas County Senior Services Department staff but are successful because of the dedication of volunteers like Drew and Sandra. To get involved with Douglas County Bistro Sixty Senior Dining Sites and Meals on Wheels programs or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Amanda Hilburn at amanda.hilburn@douglascountyor.gov or (541) 440-4245 or Kellie Redifer at kellie.redifer@douglascountyor.gov or (541) 464-3893 in our Douglas County Senior Services Department. 

 

Thank you, Drew and Sandra!

 

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

Photo © A.Hilburn & V. Kietzman/Douglas County. Individual photos available upon request.

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03-20-2024 Meeting Notice - Traffic Safety Commission (Photo) - 03/20/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 20, 2024

 

***MEETING NOTICE***

Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

 

(Douglas County, OR) The next meeting of the Douglas County Traffic Safety Commission will be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at 6:30 pm in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.  In lieu of the regular business meeting, commission members will be judging the Traffic Safety Poster Contest. 

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610 to 192.690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting. To view the live stream or post meeting recording, please visit: https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon

 

For additional information about this meeting, please contact the Douglas County Public Works – Engineering Division by calling (541) 440-4481 or by email at paula.belloir@douglascountyor.gov. The meeting agenda can be found at https://douglascountyor.gov/

 

*Douglas County attempts to provide public accessibility to its services, programs and activities.

If accommodation is needed to participate in this meeting, please contact (541) 440-4481

at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting time.

 

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Media Contact:  Tamara Howell | Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist | Public Information Officer | Public Affairs Office(541) 670-2804 cell | (541) 957-4896 office  tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov

 

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03-18-24 Public Meeting Notice - PIER Review and Presentations - 03/18/24

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

March 18, 2024

*** PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE ***

Douglas County PIER Disaster Recovery Grant Program

Grant Review and Applicant Presentations

Monday, March 25, 2024

 

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chris Boice, Tim Freeman, and Tom Kress, in conjunction with the Douglas County PIER Selection Committee are pleased to inform the public that a special meeting has been scheduled for the Douglas County Planning, Infrastructure, and Economic Revitalization Program (PIER) Disaster Grant Program for Monday, March 25, 2024, starting at 2:00 pm in Room 216 of the Douglas County Courthouse located at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon. The public meeting will consist of a local PIER committee review, selected finalist applicant presentations, and a public comment period. 

 

Douglas County PIER grant finalists include the City of Sutherlin, Glide Water Association, City of Oakland, Cow Creek Tribe, and the Winston-Dillard Water District.  The Douglas County Pier Selection Committee is comprised of representatives from local government (Douglas County), local tribal government (Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians), the Economic Development District (CCD), and local Long Term Recovery Group (Glide Revitalization).  As a part of the review process, requirements from the funder Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OCHS), this meeting has been scheduled to offer an opportunity to comment on the proposed projects.   

 

In compliance with ORS 192.610-690, we will accommodate any member of the public who wishes to watch the meeting via live stream or post meeting recording at https://video.ibm.com/channel/douglascountyoregon. We will also accommodate any member of the public who wishes to submit public comment during the public comment period. Members of the public who wish to comment can do so: (1) in person, (2) by email jennifer.miller@douglascountyor.gov or (3) by virtual format https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89925996777?pwd=9fvSNClmrhEXQPbxe0KRrNzcFFPbZA.1 using Meeting ID: 899 2599 6777 and Passcode: 007665. 

 

The PIER grant program is part of ReOregon, a program offered by the Disaster Recovery and Resilience Division (DRRD) of OCHS. ReOregon is funded by a US Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR). The CDBG-DR program supports community development activities to help build stronger and more resilient communities. As a part of the disaster recovery process, ReOregon awarded PIER opportunity grants to the eight most impacted counties in Oregon to fund projects to rebuild damaged infrastructure, increase resiliency, and promote long-term housing recovery and recovery of local businesses impacted by the 2020 Labor Day Fires.

 

Following the meeting, Douglas County PIER Selection Committee members will make recommendations for proposals based on the PIER project matrix criteria as provided by OHCS. The recommendations will be submitted to OHCS for final review and processing.  We anticipate announcing grant awards in early April 2024.

 

For PIER program general information visit OHCS at https://www.oregon.gov/ohcs/disaster-recovery/Pages/ReOregon-Community-Recovery.aspx.  For additional information about our local PIER Grant Program  please visit https://douglascountyor.gov/872/Douglas-County-PIER-Disaster-Recovery-Gr.  

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Media Contact: Tamara Howell, Douglas County Emergency Communications & Community Engagement Specialist, Douglas County Public Affairs Office | Office: (541) 957-4896 | Cell: (541) 670-2804 | Email: tamara.howell@douglascountyor.gov