News Stories Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Oregon voters approved a state tax on hospitals and health insurers to pay rising Medicaid costs in a one-item special election Tuesday night. Statewide the measure passed with 61% yes votes to 38% no. In Jefferson County, the tally was far different. Results on the Secretary of State website shows the vote was 57 percent opposed to 43 percent who supported Measure 101. The single-issue election drew national attention because it gave voters — and not lawmakers — the final say on how to fund increasing health care costs. The plan is a short-term fix for health care funding that will generate between $210 million and $320 million in revenue over two years.

A slow start by the Madras White Buffalo girls in the first part of the game was followed by Buffs 19-2 run where they took the lead and went on to beat Gladstone 44-30. Kaliyah Iverson and Lynden Harry both had 11 points, Jaden Davis scored 7.

The boys traveled to Gladstone where they were defeated 74-65. Kanim Smith III had 17 points, to go along with three steals and two blocks. Byron Patt scored 16 points and Tyler Lockey added nine.