News Stories for Wed., Jun. 28, 2017

This Friday will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival.  The Blues Festival will run Friday through the 4th of July at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. And, KWSO is happy to once again be able to bring our listeners live feeds from the festival. For the past three decades, the event has supported the Oregon Food Bank while becoming one of the nation’s best community music festivals. Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan says one in five people face hunger in Oregon and the festival has raised more than ten million dollars and a thousand tons of food for hunger relief. The Warm Springs Food Bank is part of the Oregon Food Bank system and is operated by the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church.  Food Banks do take donations of non-perishable food and cash. We will begin broadcasts from the Waterfront Blues Festival this Friday at 6pm. It is an Oregon Community Media broadcast coordinated by KBOO in Portland.

The Mecca Fire that started Sunday night behind Indian Head Casino is 90% contained today. Fire officials say that the smoke we are seeing, namely the burning behind the old mill site, is expected to continue for a while. The Sawmill Butte Fire that was reported Monday is now 25% contained.

Yesterday, the UV Index for Warm Springs was at a 9 – which is considered “very high” – during days like these, protection against sun damage is needed. If you need to be outside during midday hours between 10 am and 4 pm, take steps to reduce sun exposure. A shirt, hat and sunscreen of SPF 30 or more are a must, and be sure to seek shade. Remember, Bright surfaces reflect UV and can double the UV exposure. The Warm Springs Branch of Natural Resources issues an air quality report and forecast each day that includes the Air Quality Index Ratings, Pollen & Allergy Levels and the Sun Energy & UV Index.

CHICAGO (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury of the New York Yankees has tied Pete Rose’s obscure record for reaching base the most times in a career on catcher’s interference. Ellsbury did it for the 29th time Tuesday night. His bat tipped the mitt of Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith on a swing in the ninth inning and Ellsbury was awarded first base. Ellsbury set a single-season mark last year by doing it 12 times. This was the third time he nicked a catcher’s mitt this season.