News Stories Thu., Apr. 26, 2018

At the Lil’ Miss Warm Springs Pageant last night, three young ladies were crowned. The new Lil Miss Warm Springs is Kyra Eastman. Junior Miss Warm Springs is Julia Wolfe and Jessica Bruised Head was selected as Senior Miss Warm Springs. Lil’ Miss Warm Springs classes are held weekly at the Community Center to help girls prepare for the annual pageant. Stop by the Recreation Program to find out more.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation grants division last week awarded the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs $360,500 to be used for the ball fields renovation project. The tribes will have to match the amount, which will bring the total budget for the project to $721,000, the Spilyay Tymoo reported.  The project will include reorientation and spacing of six ballfields. After final planning, the site preparation, clearing and excavation, and installation of underground utilities will occur, according to tribal development director Bruce Irwin. Also in the works – new fencing, restrooms, a concession building, walkways, player shelters, and park and player furniture.

Ballots for the 2018 Primary Election are in the mail. Every registered voter will receive a ballot for the May 15th election. Ballots are due by 8pm May 15th. If you mail yours in, it takes only one stamp. Ballots can also be returned at a drop box – which in Warm Springs is at the campus area across the street from the Post Office – or to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office in Madras.

A federal judge approved a new U.S. v. Oregon fisheries management agreement, as proposed by Columbia River treaty tribes, states and federal agencies, the Spilyay Tymoo reports.  Tribal Natural Resources Attorney John Ogan says it “provides a 10-year framework for the parties to work together in a coordinated way.” The 2018-2027 U.S. v. Oregon Management Agreement is now the framework for managing fisheries and hatchery programs in much of the Columbia River Basin. The parties to the agreement are the Warm Springs tribes, Yakama, Umatilla, Nez Perce and Shoshone Bannock; the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho; U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the BIA.

Warm Springs K8 Academy eighth graders who plan to play football at MHS this fall will sign their letters of intent to play White Buffalo football at a Class of 2022 Signing Day event tomorrow. The Madras football team and coaches will welcome the incoming players. The future Buffs will put on a varsity jersey, sign their letter and be available for pictures. It will be done during the eighth grade lunch tomorrow at the K8 Academy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House approved a bill Wednesday that would reverse a federal judge’s order to spill more water from four Pacific Northwest dams to help migrating salmon reach the Pacific Ocean. The bill, approved 225-189, would prevent any changes in dam operations until 2022. It was sponsored by Republican Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, both of Washington state. They say the four Snake River dams provide hydropower, flood control and other benefits while already allowing record salmon runs. “We are recognizing the role dams play in the Northwest and that dams and fish can co-exist,” McMorris Rodgers, the fourth-ranking House Republican, said after the vote. Critics, however, blame the giant dams, built in the 1960s and 1970s, for killing wild salmon, an iconic species in the Northwest. Environmentalists have pushed to remove the dams to aid salmon recovery. The bill now goes to the Senate.