News Stories for Tue., May 22, 2018

Work began yesterday (5/21/18) in Warm Springs on abatement and cleanup plus demolition of buildings, and sites needing removal of underground storage tanks.  This project is part of a Settlement Agreement with the BIA.  The community is reminded that the buildings listed for work in this phase of the project are not safe to enter and can place individuals at risk for exposure to asbestos and/or lead paint. No one should enter or remove items from these facilities.  Sites include the old– Small Business Center at 1134 Paiute Street, the Roads Building & Shop at 2155 Hollywood Street, the Veterans Building Shed, the Simnasho School, The Land Operations Building at 1196 Hollywood and a vacant lot at 2103 Wasco Street.  Residences include homes at 1165 Autumn Street & 1163 Autumn Street,  1138 Paiute Street,  2142 Kota Street,   1101 Wasco Street, 1177 Shitike Creek Road, and  2120 Warm Springs Street.

In a rare win for Indian Country, the nation’s highest court has sided with tribal interests in a closely-watched sovereign immunity case.  By a vote of 7 to 2, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set aside a decision that opened the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe to a lawsuit in Washington state. Though further proceedings are still on the horizon, the move marks a procedural win for the tribe.

Five Skills USA/Future Business Leaders of America members from Madras High School will be holding a community Talent Show, open to all, at the Madras Performing Arts Center (PAC) tomorrow (5/23/18) at 7pm.  Mandatory auditions are today (5/22/18) from 5-7 p.m., at the PAC.  Proceeds from the event will help the Skills USA members with travel expenses to attend the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, in June.  Those going to nationals are: Brooklyn Stinson, Jasmine Lopez, Grayson Dominguez, Jessica Olivera, Thalia Culpus and Elan Rios.

Madras’ newly formed Downtown Park and Play organization kicks off First Thursday events on June  7th (6/7/18).  The summer series will feature live music, performers, food, and retail vendors in  Downtown Madras on the 1st Thursdays of the month from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, through September . The entertainment will be held along 5th Street from “C” to “E” Streets.  Anyone interested in being a vendor or performer can learn more online at

Madras High School Baseball has a first round playoff game Wednesday (5/24/18) at 4pm.  They are on the road in Astoria.