News for Mon. Nov. 27, 2017

Today is the deadline for folks on the Office of the Special Trustee – Whereabouts Unknown list of IIM accounts that contain Cobell Settlement deposits – to file for your Cobell funds.   you must contact the Office of Special Trustee to claim your Cobell Settlement funds. The toll-free number for OST’s Trust Beneficiary Call Center is 1-888-678-6836.  You can also call or stop by the Warm Springs Agency BIA OST office at the Tribal Administration Building.  The list of Warm Springs names on the Whereabouts Unknown list can be viewed on the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Facebook page.  Again – the Cobell deadline is today.

A new study says more than 500 black bears have returned to parts of their historic range in the Great Basin of Nevada where the species disappeared about 80 years ago. Scientists say new genetic testing confirms the bears are making their way east from the Sierra ranges north and south of Lake Tahoe along the California line. The researchers say it’s a rare example of large mammals recolonizing areas where they’d been wiped out.

After offering online deals for days, retailers are rolling out even more promotions for Cyber Monday, hoping to keep people buying stuff on their smartphones or computers.  Shoppers are expected to spend $6.6 billion on Cyber Monday, up more than 16 percent from a year ago, according to Adobe Analytics, the research arm of software maker Adobe. And more people will be picking up their phones to shop: Web traffic from smartphones and tablets is expected to top desktop computers for the first time this year, As part of their Cyber Monday deals, Target and Toys R Us are offering 15 percent off most items on their sites. has tripled the amount of items available for sale from last year. And Amazon — which Bain & Co. says is expected to capture 50 percent of all online sales growth — will offer similar deals on its gadgets as it did on Black Friday, but offer new deals on Lego sets and Hasbro games.