News Stories for Fri., Jul. 28, 2017

Warm Springs Tribal Council’s Timber Committee is holding a public meeting next Thursday August 3rd to discuss Bough Cutting Regulations. The meeting will be at the Agency Longhouse from 6 to 8pm. Anyone interested in obtaining a permit for the 2017 season are encouraged to attend. For the 2017 Bough Program you must submit your request form to the Timber Committee Secretary by close of business next Tuesday August 1st. Request forms are available at the Tribal Council Office from the Timber Committee Secretary.

The Bonneville Power Administration or BPA and Warm Springs Tribal Council are partnering to utilize a one-time grant for a STEM camp. 20 Tribal Member High School Freshman and Sophomores are invited to attend the camp August 16th through the 18th. They will visit the Columbia River and Portland with a focus on projects of interest for Warm Springs. Interested youth can contact Carina Miller by email at or on Facebook.

Gov. Kate Brown is authorizing the Oregon National Guard to deploy soldiers to help deal with an influx of tourists during next month’s total solar eclipse. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the National Guard will stage six aircraft and about 150 soldiers and airmen ahead of the Aug. 21 celestial event. The moon’s shadow first hits Oregon as the moon passes between the Earth and the sun and up to 1 million people are expected to visit the state to see it. State and local governments have been planning for months to prepare for an influx of people that could jam highways and stretch resources. The eclipse coincides with peak wildfire season in Oregon and the National Guard could help fight fires if necessary.

Following the Senate Republicans failed vote on health care repeal, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley thanked “the steadfast advocacy of millions of Americans and the political courage of Republican Senators McCain, Murkowski, and Collins.” Merkley said “Democrats and Republicans should now come together to look for ways to improve our existing health care system— to improve the options available to all Americans, to lower prescription drug prices, and to continue reducing the number of people lacking insurance.”