The Museum at Warm Springs is going to have a traditional powwow as part of its 25th Anniversary. It’s next Saturday, March 17th from 2-5:00. Folks who attend can pick up commemorative gifts, they will give out some Family Memberships as door prizes, and there will be refreshments. While you are there, you can see the “Twanat – Celebrate Our Legacy” exhibit honoring the museum and its inception in March 1993.
The Children’s Protective Services Center in Warm Springs provides 24 hour staffed supervision and care to children who cannot safely remain in their own homes. Staff cook, clean, do laundry, help with homework and comfort children. The number of children the program receives continues to increase each year. The CPS group home has undergone major renovation to improve the facility for children, families and staff, including: roof replacement, plumbing upgrades, a new HVAC system, new windows and floors, improvements to the kitchen, bathrooms and the addition to the building to create a private intake room. Also being renovated is the next door Vern Jackson Home. It will be used as transitional housing to facilitate family reunification efforts – the first transitional home ever in Warm Springs. It will also house a dedicated mental health therapist to work with CPS children and a family visitation room. There are ways community members can help – they will need help on March 23-24 getting the facilities ready to reopen on April 1st, purchasing or donating household items the facilities need, donating art supplies and board games, future planning, and becoming a foster parent.
Oregon’s primary election will be held on May 15th. Local races in Jefferson County include Commissioner Mae Huston facing challenger Kimberly Schmith. Three candidates — Mary Kendall, Courtney Snead and Kelly Simmelink — are running for the commission seat being given up by Mike Ahern. Four candidates have filed for the county clerk’s position being vacated by Kathy Marston: Charity Dubisar, Yoonsun Reynolds, Brian Crow and Kate Zemke. And, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins is running unopposed for another four-year term. Registered voters can expect to receive ballots in the mail in late April. After the May 15 primary elections, winners advance to general elections. The deadline to register to vote in the 2018 primary election is April 24.