News Stories for Thu., Sep. 28, 2017

The FBI says agents conducted a series of drug raids in Central Oregon resulting in a dozen arrests. Spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele says nine people were arrested on federal charges and three on local charges. She says the arrests were concentrated in the Madras and Redmond areas. Steele declined to release many details about Wednesday’s action, saying the charging documents and search warrants are sealed. She says those arrested will likely make their initial federal court appearance today in Eugene. Steele says the federal arrests were based on alleged criminal activity, not immigration charges.

Local veteran, Tamera Coffee wanted to make sure the 35th anniversary Reading of the Names ceremony for the Vietnam Memorial Wall included the name of a local service member who died during the war. Daniel John Tababoo Jr. died in action while serving in the Army during Vietnam.  The Tababoo Family lived in Warm Springs in housing that was located at the present day Elmer Quinn Park, and they later moved to Culver.   The Vietnam Memorial organization asked Tamera to attend the November ceremony and read 30 of the names from the wall including Tababoo’s.  She is now fundraising to help her make the trip with her family.  A raffle and food fundraisers are in the works.

Warm Springs Fire Management will begin conducting fall burning projects October through December. Maps of burn locations will be posted around the community. Questions should be directed to Brad Donahue at Fire Management.

The monthly free spay and neuter clinic for dogs is this Sunday in Warm Springs at the Greeley Heights Community Building. Check in starts at 7:30am and in addition to spay and neuter surgeries, they offer free rabies and parvo vaccinations for dogs. A local shelter will also be on hand if there are dogs that need to be surrendered for adoption. The clinic is held on the first Sunday of each month in Warm Springs free of charge.

It’s flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter. The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that’s notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors. And in the U.S., small clusters of that so-called H3N2 flu already are popping up. The worrisome news came as the government urged Americans Thursday to make sure they get flu shots, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price got his own jab during a public event. Last year, fewer than half the population was vaccinated.