News Stories for Wed., Jul. 26, 2017

The Warm Springs Dental Department has scheduled a Kids Day for next week. They will be working to get all kids 1-18 current on dental care needs.  They will be doing Dental exams as well as basic sealants and fluoride treatments.  There are no appointments needed, just a quick check in at patient registration and the dental window.  The Kid’s Day at Dental is Thursday, August 3rd from 8 to 11 in the morning and from 1 to 3 in the afternoon, again for all youth ages one to eighteen.

The Warm Springs Branch of Natural Resources has a list of hunters who have so far failed to return there 2016 hunter harvest data. They want all who got tags last season to return their completely filled out harvest tags to the Natural Resources office as soon as possible as they ready for the 2017 hunting season. Those who have not returned 2016 tags will not be able to get 2017 tags. By completing the mandatory report, hunters are providing key pieces of information that biologists will use in their game management actions. Biologists look at harvest, hunting pressure, and the number of people who got a tag but didn’t hunt when they set regulations. The data helps biologists identify key management objectives when setting season dates and tag allocation for specific units and areas. The report supports the agency’s goal to sustain the cultural, subsistence, and recreational needs of tribal members. BNR says, additionally, penalties for not reporting are being considered by the branch and fish and wildlife committee for future seasons. They say this may include paying for tags if reporting standards are not met.

A pair of wildfires that started yesterday in grass and brush about six miles north of Madras near Highway 97 grew to about 5,000 acres by nightfall, KTVZ reports. Crews worked to build lines and protect several homes. The two separate fires roughly a half-mile apart were reported around 4 p.m. Officials had said the two blazes could merge and were being managed as one fire, labeled the Emerson Fire, according to the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Redmond. The cause of the fires is under investigation.