News Stories Tue., May 1, 2018

Crude oil prices are at the highest level in more than three years and are expected to keep climbing and pushing up gas prices. The U.S. daily national average for regular gasoline is now $2.81 per gallon. That’s up from about $2.38 per gallon a year ago. And across the U.S., 16 percent of gas stations are charging more than $3 per gallon, according to AAA. Drivers in Western states such as California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, are paying the most at the pump, according to AAA. The average retail price in these states ranges from $3.19 to $3.61 per gallon.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits filed Monday target the Trump administration’s sale of oil and gas leases on huge swaths of Western public lands that contain crucial habitat for an imperiled bird. Wildlife advocates asked courts to reverse lease sales on more than 1,300 square miles of land in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, according to attorneys involved. The legal actions also sought to block several upcoming sales unless the U.S. Interior Department conducts further environmental reviews. Many of the parcels in dispute are home to greater sage grouse, a chicken-sized, ground-dwelling bird that ranges across portions of 11 Western states.

Warm Springs K-8 Academy will honor all 2018 graduates and host a dinner and powwow on Wednesday, May 9th. All drummers and dancers are welcome and the public is invited to the Ich’Inun Summer Jam Powwow Slam next week. A dinner will be provided starting at 4:30, and the traditional powwow is from 6-9 that evening. And hand drums…bring em if you got em!