SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Five Oregon counties will receive federal disaster relief following severe storms in February that caused major power outages and infrastructure damage. Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday the state will receive federal funding to supplement recovery efforts in areas affected by heavy snowstorms earlier this year. An initial assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency priced the damages at $30 million. Snowpack in February was over 110% of normal conditions in some parts of the state and caused widespread blackouts, flooding and landslides. Major roadways were also impacted leaving some residents isolated from critical services. The federal funds will go to Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jefferson and Lane Counties.
A resolution commemorating the Modoc War of 1872-73 that honors those who lost their lives in the war and expresses regret for “the expulsion of the Modoc Tribe from their ancestral lands in Oregon” that passed the Oregon Senate last month is listed as being in the House’s Committee of Veterans and Emergency and Preparedness. According to the Oregon Legislature website, the resolution may be the topic of a public hearing and possible work session, but no dates have been set. Proposed by State Sen. Fred Girod, R-Stayton, the resolution was approved by the Oregon Senate last month by 24 senators. Girod sponsored the resolution after viewing “The Modoc War,” a documentary produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting.
The Oregon Indian Education Association will hold its annual conference May 9-10 on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. This year’s conference focuses on the theme “Creating Spaces for Indigenous Education: Sharing our Struggles, Celebrating our Successes.” It seeks to recognize the countless ways Indigenous educators and communities create space for Indigenous education. Despite limited resources or a lack of institutional supports, Indigenous educators work tirelessly to create spaces that affirm Indigenous students, communities, and nations, and that recognize the importance of Indigenous languages, lifeways, and knowledges. OIEA says it has started clubs, programs, and schools, created curriculum, and advocated for educational policy to reflect those priorities. The conference will coincide with the University’s 51st annual Mother’s Day Powwow which is May 10-11. The Sapsik’ʷałá Teacher Education Program is sponsoring an all category Indigenous Educators Dance Special on Friday, May 10th at the Powwow.
Here are the results of Day One on Thursday for Madras boys Tennis. Those moving on to Day Two, which will be Monday, May 6th for Madras are #1 doubles seed, Esteban Gomez & Tony Giron and Roberto Garcia & Kobey Jorgensen. Those players advancing to Consolation Semifinals on Thursday, May 9th are doubles Sebastian Norato & Angel Ramos who will be competing against teammates Kahne Herkshan & Byron Patt. Luis Mancera will be playing the Consolation Semifinals on Thursday in singles
In girls’ tennis, winning in the first round and playing in the championship round are top seeded Erika Olivera /Jessica Olivera, and Lorena Macias / Natalie Ramos. In semifinals of the consolation bracket – Elaina Nambo /Kelsey Olivera. In the singles quarterfinal consolation bracket is Erica Desjardins.
Madras plays at Gladstone today for baseball. Softball hosts at 4:30.