WASHINGTON – The Senate advanced six Indian bills by unanimous consent last week, including the Native American Business Incubators Program Act and the Klamath Tribe Judgment Fund Repeal Act. Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs commented on the initiatives saying they strengthen public safety, boost economic development and improve Indian education. Five of the six now move on to the House of Representatives for consideration. S. 772, the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act goes to the President to be signed into law.
The Tribes’ new Plateau Travel Plaza opened for business on Friday. You can see photos of the soft-opening event on the Spilyay Tymoo Facebook page. You will find a link to KWSO’s YouTube video of the event on our Facebook page.
The Recreation Program and Warm Springs Police Department have teamed up for a Bike and Skate Rodeo this week. The PD has donated four new bikes to give away. The event is on Wednesday morning from 10-11:30 in the Community Center parking lot. All kids need to do is participate in the bike and skate rodeo and they will qualify to win one of the new bikes. You do not need to have a bike or skate board to participate. Just show up and learn some safety tips.
Spring Break marks the start of Little League activities in Warm Springs. There is a baseball camp this morning at 9:00 and a softball clinic on Tuesday.
Oregon and Washington Departments of Transportation have extended studded tire season in the two states until April 15th. Normally, studded tire season would end on March 31st. Because of a forecast suggesting Oregon’s mountain passes will receive significant snow in the next few weeks, ODOT has extended the season. This is only the fifth time in the past 16 years that ODOT has extended the studded tire season. ODOT does encourage drivers to consider other types of traction tires or chains though, to help minimize roadway damage that studded tires cause. A 2014 study concluded studded tires cause about $8.5 million in damage each year to state highways. And, remember you can visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 for the latest road conditions in Oregon.