The Warm Springs Horse Network is bringing an equine film festival to the west coast for the first time.  September 21sth they will kick off the festival with a Reception Dinner at the Museum at Warm Springs.  A movie will be featured that evening called “Indian Relay” by Charles Dey. The film screenings begin September 22-23 at the Performing Arts Center in Madras. September 23rd will feature a two-hour session of children’s films.  A chance to meet some filmmakers will accompany the screenings. Weekend passes and single tickets are available online at Event Brite, at the White Buffalo Boutique and Six Shooters Salon in Madras, Home Beautiful in Prineville and Absolute Horse in Bend. They will also be available at the door.  The event will highlight close to 30 diverse equine films, works of storytellers of the horse world. The Warm Springs Horse Network works with the Range Department placing orphaned foals, having placed 675 throughout the northwest since its inception.

Cooler weather and higher humidity has aided crews battling the Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge. Though the fire continued to grow Wednesday, it was 13 percent contained. The Desolation fire, which started on September 9 about 20 miles northeast of Prineville, has prompted evacuation warnings for 27 homes. It’s now 2000 acres and not at all contained. And, the state’s largest wildfire, the Chetco Bar fire near Brookings continues to grow at over 185,618 acres, it is 8 percent contained. Rain forecasted for Sunday could dampen the flames, fire officials say.

Secretary Ryan Zinke has filled another leadership position at the Bureau of Indian Affairs though it’s not the top job at the agency. John Tahsuda, a citizen of the Kiowa Tribe, started work as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs last week, as Indianz.Com reported. He is the Trump administration’s second political hire at the BIA. Still, President Trump has yet to nominate someone to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs.