Tribal Council has approved regulations regarding smelt harvest in the Sandy River with Resolution 12,582. Harvest may take place in the Sandy 7 days per week from 6 am to 6 pm. This is a subsistence fishery and there is a tribal limit of 1,800 pounds but no individual limit. Sales are not allowed. Tribal members must have their enrollment cards on their person while fishing. If asked you must allow your catch to be inspected by federal, state or tribal officers. You can hear the latest on fishing and hunting on the Natural Resources Hotline 541-553-2000.
The Bend Bulletin published an article on local positions on the May 21st ballot. There are 2 seats on the Jefferson County School District board to be decided. Current Board chair Courtney Snead faces a challenge from Warm Springs Tribal Member Casandra Moses. The other seat is a 3 way race including Warm Springs Tribal member Carina Miller, Madras father Taylor Lark and Madras farmer Kevin Richards. The May election will include races for school boards, park boards and fire districts. April 30 is the last day for new voters to register in time for the May election. Ballots will be mailed May 1 and must be received by the county clerk’s office by 8 p.m. May 21.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs recently appointed a Statewide Transportation Improvement Fund Advisory Committee to review and recommend public transportation projects for funding. The committee will meet this Thursday and again April 8th. Information about the committee, the fund, and agendas for this meeting can be found at COIC website (https://coic2.org/transportation/stif/). The Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council has been delegated to administer the Deschutes, Jefferson, Crook Counties and Warm Springs programs.
The Jefferson County Historical Society is hopeful they may find a home for a museum in the former Westside Elementary School building in Madras. The Bend Bulletin reports that the Bean Foundation, is working with a group of local stakeholders to transform the old school building into a community center that would include the museum and other community organizations. Plans include possibly adding a library facility on the 7-acre property and having space for the Jefferson County School District and city and county officials. The 54,000-square-foot school building hosts programs for the Kids Club, High Desert ESD and the school district. The effort is early in the planning phase and will take up to 5 years to being to fruition. It is being called the Westside Community Campus project.
In local prep sports
- Madras Girls Tennis was edged by Crook County last Friday 3 to 4. Winners were the Doubles teams of Erika and Jessica Olivera, Kelsey Olivera & Kylie Brochert and Natalie Ramos & Lorena Macias.
- White Buffalo Boys Tennis topped Crook County 6-2. Winners in singles matches were Tony Giron and Roberto Garcia. Madras swept the doubles competition. Winning teams were Esteban Gomez & Kobey Jorgensen, Sebastian Norato & Luiz Mancera, Dapri Miller and Angel Ramos, and Anthony Young w/Can Kuna Chavez.
- Madras Softball is playing in the Redmond Tournament today – playing Cascade this morning at 9 at Crook County High School.
- This Thursday thru Saturday Madras Baseball will host their spring break tournament that will bring Junction City, Mac Hi and Elmira to town.