News Stories Jun. 27, 2018

Firefighters responded to two incidents Tuesday afternoon. The first was just east of Sunriver and the other in Prineville. The first was held to a half an acre and quickly contained and controlled. The Barnes Butte Fire, was under the joint command of firefighters from Central Oregon Fire Management Service and Crook County. It ignited just outside of Prineville and was held to 16 acres with the help of 5 Single Engine Air Tankers (SEATs), 5 helicopters, 8 engines, one hand crew and one hotshot crew. The cause of this fire is under investigation. The public is reminded to be careful with any ignitions on public lands.

Federally protected sea lions that feed on endangered salmon could be shot and killed under bipartisan legislation approved Tuesday by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, co-sponsored by Southwest Washington Republican Jaime Herrera Beutler and Oregon Democrat Kurt Schrader, authorizes the “lethal removal” of California and Steller sea lions that prey on Chinook and steelhead salmon in the Columbia River. Local fishermen and tribes have blamed rebounding sea lion populations for hastening the decline of wild Chinook salmon runs. Falling wild Chinook numbers have also threatened the region’s endangered southern resident Orca whale population. The legislation authorizes state agencies to grant permits allowing hunters to kill up to 100 sea lions per year. Each permit holder would also be required to undergo training in natural resources management.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials said Tuesday they plan to make up to $110 million available to tribes seeking to support victims of domestic violence, assault, drug trafficking and other crimes amid an opioid crisis that has hit tribal communities especially hard. U.S. Justice Department officials cited the high rates at which Native Americans are victims of violent crimes and die of drug overdoses. Meanwhile, more than half of Native American women in a National Institute of Justice survey released two years ago said they had been victims of sexual and domestic violence. The appropriation for tribes was tucked into the $1.3 trillion federal spending bill approved by Congress earlier this year and expires in September. It allows for 3 percent of the multi-billion-dollar Victims of Crime Act fund to be set aside for tribes.

Piumesha All-Indian Rodeo – Saturday 1st place finishers

Bareback riding: Clay Ramone, Hoopa, CA

Saddle Bronc – Alec Hayes, White Swan, WA

Calf Roping – Terry Fisher, Ft. Yates, ND

Team Roping – Willie Covers Up and Ed Harry, Wadsworth, NV

Ladies Barrel Racing – Courtney Frazier, Washington

Ladies Breakaway – Jenna Johnson, Warm Springs

Senior Team Roping – Rick Watlamet, White Swan & Cort Herrera, Pendleton

Senior Breakaway – Cort Herrera

Junior Bulls – Garrett Mason, Washington

Junior Barrel Racing – Annie Barney, Klamath Falls

Junior Breakaway – JB Bruisedhead, Warm Springs

Peewee Barrels – Kasimira Johnson, Warm Springs

On Sunday –

Bareback riding – Clay Ramone

Saddle Bronc – Chance Guerrero

Calf Roping – Mike Holyan, Warm Springs

Steer Wrestling – Stanly Wentz, White Swan, WA

Team roping – Travis Thom, Schurz, NV & Casey Green, Warm Springs

Ladies Barrel Racing – Annie Barney

Ladies Breakaway – Kate Valdez, White Swan

Senior Team Roping – Bob Joseph, Oakdale, CA & Ed Harry, Nevada

Senior Breakaway – Joe Moses, White Swan

Junior Bulls – Chance Abrams, White Swan

Junior Barrels – Emma Patterson, Toppenish,WA

Junior Breakaway – Annie Barney

Peewee barrels – Kasimira Johnson

Wild Horse Race – 1- Joe Montes Team, 2 – Team Mullet and 3 – Jason Smith Team

Junior Wild Colt Race 7-12 – 1 – Jessica Johnson Team, 2 – Allen Garcia Team

Junior Wild Cold Race 13-17 – 1 – Mark Johnson Team, 2 – Team Smith

Kirby Pete Memorial – 1st Cort Herrera, 2nd Gus David

The Let’s Talk Diversity Coalition invites folks to participate in its monthly meetings held on the second Monday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m. alternating between Madras and Warm Springs. The next Coalition meeting is at the museum at Warm Springs on July 9, 4 to 6 p.m. They invite you to join in their discussion on how to address Equity issues in our region.  You can also learn about cultural awareness trainings, community events and projects. Community members can find out more about joining a Work Group, Committee or the board. For more information now, you can visit their website or stop by their office in Madras 574 SW 4th street, Monday through Thursday 10-3pm.  You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram or twitter.