News Stories for Mon., Jul. 10, 2017

Warm Springs Nation Little League All-Star Teams continue play at the State Little League Tournament this evening.  The Junior Softball All Stars are playing in Keizer.  A loss on Saturday to Tillamook was followed by wins in games 2 and 3.  The girls defeated Illinois Valley 14-1, and defeated Keizer 10-7.  They play at 6:00 today versus Union County. If they win they move back into the winners bracket tomorrow at 6pm to play Tillamook. The Major Softball All Stars also fell in their first matchup Saturday to Klamath Falls. The majors scored a game 2 win, 16-2 over Gold Valley and also play today at 6:00 at Lents Park in Portland.  They face Beaumont.  If they win they play tomorrow at 3:30.

Fire Managers reported yesterday that the Dry Hollow Fire on the Warm Springs Reservation was 85% contained. Around sixty fire personnel were working on the mop up Sunday amid very hot and dry conditions.  Still, full containment was expected.

Lone Rock Timber Management Company filed a lawsuit last week in Salem, asserting the state wrongfully terminated an agreement to sell the Elliott State Forest. The Roseburg-based timber company is seeking more than $3 million from the State Land Board and Oregon Department of State Lands.  In November 2016, Lone Rock and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, with support from the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians and the Conservation Fund, submitted their proposal to buy the forest from the state. The Department of State Lands deemed the proposal to be responsive to its criteria for sale. The board reversed its decision three months later, voting to keep the forest in public hands.

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla’s Wildhorse Resort & Casino has announced that it will add a second 11-story hotel tower, a 32-lane bowling alley, four more screens in its cineplex and five new restaurants and the additions will be completed by the summer of 2020. The old courtyard rooms at the hotel will be demolished to make way for the new tower. Gary George, CEO at Wildhorse, told the East Oregonian that completed expansion is expected to create at least 100 new jobs.