News Stories for Thu., Nov. 1, 2018

Local voters who haven’t yet sent their ballot in should find it – mark it and drop it in an official ballot drop box. You can use any official drop box – in Oregon, it doesn’t have to be in your home county.  To ensure your ballot is received – at this point it’s probably best to not mail it but rather use a drop box.  In Warm Springs – the drop box is across the street from the post office. You can put your ballot in there any time between now and next Tuesday at 8pm.  Election Day is November 6th.

The Columbia River Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service held a “Gorge 2020” Management Plan Review session yesterday with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Indian Reservation of Oregon, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and Nez Perce Tribe.  “Gorge 2020” is a three-year process to review, and revise as necessary, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Management Plan.  The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area was established by Congress in 1986. Covering 292,000 acres and 85 miles of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington, the National Scenic Area is managed jointly by the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Warm Springs Agency & Seekseequa District meetings on the Proposed 2019 Tribal Budget have been rescheduled. Agency is on Monday November 5 at the Agency Longhouse. Seekseequa is on Tuesday November 6 at Seekseequa Fire Hall. Dinners are at 6, the meetings at 7.

Madras High School Football is on the road in a first round playoff game tomorrow at Rainier.  The Columbians are the #1 ranked team in the OSAA 3A football standings.  Madras is #17.  Earlier in the season Rainier beat Madras 28-6 and the White Buffalos are gearing up to go at them again with a trip to the quarterfinals on the line.  Rainier is undefeated this season.  Madras is 4-1 in Tri-Valley league play and 6-3 overall.  KWSO will bring you that game tomorrow night starting at 7pm.

On Saturday Madras Boys Soccer hosts a quarterfinal game against Newport – Toledo.  2 years ago it was Newport who beat Madras in the finals and so the White Buffalo will go at them hard.  Newport plays in the Oregon West Conference.  They are ranked #15 in the OSAA 4A system.  They are 7-5 in league play and 10-6 overall.  Madras is ranked #9 by OSAA.  They are 7-2-1 in Tri Valley League play this year and 11-3-1 overall.  KWSO will broadcast that game Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock.