News Stories Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Warm Springs Telecommunications Company customers have been without service since the weekend despite attempts to restore phone and internet connectivity.  The northern area of the reservation is most affected.  There is an issue with the Sidwalter Butte relay site.  Troubleshooting continues with Sidwalter tower equipment work scheduled for today.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the coast of the United States drew protests Tuesday in Congress and on the streets. In Oregon, more than 100 protesters gathered outside the state capitol in Salem and planned to go to a hotel where the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was holding a public meeting, one of a series in coastal states. The protesters heard speakers on the steps of the Capitol denouncing the intent to allow companies to drill off the coast, including Elke Littleleaf, a member of the Warm Springs tribe. “We have to step up and let these people know we want to keep our coastline clean and pure as it should be,” Littleleaf said. Some of the protesters in Salem wore black T-shirts that said “drilling is killing.” Security guards were posted outside the large room outside the Salem hotel where the federal agency held its public hearing.

In prep sports, at the Buffalo Dome last night the Madras girls rallied from 14 down in the second quarter to be down by only 3 at halftime and they went on to beat Molalla 71-58. Lynden Harry led scoring with 34 points. Kaliyah Iverson scored 11 and Jalaney Suppah had 10 points. The Buffs remain undefeated in Tri-Valley Conference play, they are 17-2 overall. The JV girls defeated Molalla 37-29, Sharita Johns had 13 points. And, the freshman girls won 33-17.

The Madras boys played at Molalla and won big. The Buffs hit 13 3-pointers and won 80-52.  Tyler Lockey led scoring with 21 points. The Madras boys JV and Freshman teams were victorious as well. Madras JV won 42-38 led by Kobey Jorgensen with 12 points. And, the Madras freshman team served up a 65-26 win getting 15 points from Derrek Main.