As a safety precaution, there is a Boil Water notice in effect due to the loss of pressure in the Agency Water System. This applies to all residences and businesses in the Warm Springs Agency Area, Upper Dry Creek and Sunnyside. Because the main water system lost pressure due to a main line break near the Shitike River crossing – there is an increased chance that untreated water and harmful microbes could enter the water. To ensure your safety – make sure you use bottled or boiled water for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. To do that, tap water should be brought to a rolling boil boiled for one minute and then cooled for use. Repairs to the 14 inch water main break will begin this morning and are expected to be completed within 24 hours. It will take an additional 5-6 hours for the water system to recharge.
The water situation will affect some business and tribal operations today. Warm Springs ECE will be closed for children but staff should report. The Comp & Benefits meetings today and tomorrow have been postponed.
The Indian Health Services clinic is on limited operations until water is restored. If you have an appointment for today – call the clinic to see if it is still scheduled.
With the voting deadline approaching in this year’s midterm elections the Oregon Secretary of State says more than a million ballots have been turned in. That’s 40 percent of registered voters.
Oregon voters will be picking a governor and deciding the fate of several high-profile measures, including one that would repeal the first-in-the nation immigrant sanctuary law. Supporters of Measure 105, the sanctuary repeal measure, say the law shields people who have committed crimes from potential deportation. Those who back the sanctuary law say it was passed to address racial profiling. Other measures include Measure 106, an initiative that would ban state funding for most abortions and Measure 103, which asks people in Oregon will decide whether to amend the state Constitution to ban future taxes on groceries. Oregon is an all vote-by-mail state and Oregonians still have time to turn ballots in to an official drop box by 8:00 tonight. Starting at 8:00 tonight, the Oregon Secretary of State website will post unofficial election results and update it every 15 min through the night, including individual county results as they are updated. Listen to KWSO tonight for Election Night coverage, following our broadcast of the MHS Boys Soccer Semi-final game in Woodburn.