The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs is coordinating with Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other agencies to plan and execute the repair of the broken 14 inch water main in the Shitike Creek. The boil water order and water outages will continue until after the fix. Notice will be given when the work will begin.
Water will be shut off in the west Campus area through today (Fri. 6/7/19), impacting campus tribal buildings and residences from Paiute Street west to Teachers Row. This includes the Youth Center, Boys & Girls Club, Culture & Heritage, Child Protective Services, Behavioral Health Center, Family Resource Center, Warm Springs Community Action and Presbyterian Church.
When a total water outage occurs affected residents should turn off your water heater. Any time water is not running for more than 24 hours, it is best to turn off your electric water heater by going to your circuit breaker box and throwing the breaker marked “water heater” to the “off” position. This keeps the element from burning out or overheating due to lack of water.
Water outages will continue until the water main is repaired. Public Utilities staff is working to alternate the refilling of the Agency Area’s three reservoirs “Greeley Heights”, “West Hills” and “South East” – to lessen the impact. Water shortages impact the Campus area, West Hills, Tenino Valley, Tenino Apartments, Elliott Heights, Senior Housing, Trailer Courts, and Greeley Heights.
Water outages will also affect businesses located along Highway 26.
Everyone is reminded to conserve water – no watering the lawn or using excessive water. This will help to help maintain reservoir levels.
Portable toilets are placed throughout the community for use during the water outage.
There are showers set up at the Old Warm Springs Elementary School for folks who need to use them. The showers are open 6am – 9pm.
Because of the water main break there is a boil water order in effect for the Warm Springs Agency Water System. That means you should boil water for drinking or cooking, washing dishes, brushing teeth & making ice OR else use bottled water.
This is affecting everyone in Greeley Heights, Elliot Heights, Trailer Courts, Senior Housing, Tenino Apartments, Tenino Valley, West Hills, Campus Area, Miller Heights, Upper Dry Creek, Sunnyside, Wolfe Point and Kah-nee-ta.
Drinking water distribution is taking place at the Old Elementary School Library. There is bottled water and you can also bring your own containers to fill up.
Volunteers are needed to help with water distribution – if you are able to help – check in at the old Warm Springs Elementary School Library.
A Reservation Wide BURN BAN is in effect for Warm Springs due to dry fuel conditions and lack of water for fire suppression, it is critical we all take precautions to keep the community safe. The Burn Ban is for all outside burning including camp fires and any ‘hot work” that involves heat, sparks or flame. Fireworks are prohibited as well.
Warm Springs Early Childhood Education will be closed through July 6th and is expected to re-open on Monday, July 8th. The closure is due to both the boil water order in addition to issues with the kitchen.
There is a Behavior Health Walk-In Clinic today – appointments are available between 1 and 5pm. The Medical Social Workers at the clinic can help with screenings, assessments, crisis intervention and many other things for children, adolescents and adults.
Warm Springs Nation Little League games today and tomorrow. There is tournament play today and tomorrow in Bend for the Minor Girls, Major Gils and Junior Boys.
Today is the deadline to apply for vacancies on the following committees: Culture & Heritage; Education; Health & Welfare; Land Use Planning; Range, Irrigation & Agriculture; Timber; and Fish & Wildlife. Letters of interest and resumes must be submitted to Secretary- Treasurer Michele Stacona by 5pm. Vacancies on the Water Control Board, Ventures Board, Tribal Employment Rights Office Commission and Credit Board have a deadline of next Friday, June 14th to apply.
The Bustin’ Buffalo Basketball Camp is June 17-20 at the Madras High School Gym from 9-noon each day. The MHS varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will work with kids going into grades 1 thru 8 on fundamentals. The cost is $40 for those who register by the end of the school day today at the High School office. It goes up if you wait until the day of. Scholarship applications are available online at Madras Athletics dot ORG.
Applications for the Johnson O’Malley summer activity allowances are due by 5:00 today. 509-J and Wasco County students, age 3 up to 12th grade, who are members of a federally recognized tribe are eligible. Parents/guardians need to complete the paperwork with Carroll Dick at the Higher Education office.
The Jefferson County Library Film Center will show the movie A STAR IS BORN, rated R, for its Friday night movie. It starts at 7:30 at the Rodriguez Annex, located behind the Library in Madras. Films are free and refreshments are available.
The Madras Garden Club will have its annual plant sale tomorrow from 9am to 2pm during the Madras Saturday Market at Sahalee Park.
Vendors are being recruited for the Warm Springs Outdoor Market that will be located near the Community Action Team office on campus this year. The Kick off date is June 14th. Other Market dates are: June 21st, July 5th & 19th, August 2nd, 16th & 30th plus September 13th. Stop by or contact Emily Courtney at the Community Action Team office for details.
Indian Head Casino & Plateau Travel Plaza are having a job fair on Tuesday, June 18th at 1pm at the casino’s Human Resources office.
The Work Experience & Development Department is recruiting for a Warm Springs Conservation Corps Crew Leader. This is a limited duration position supervising and training young people ages 16 – 20 on several projects this summer. Anyone interested should contact Melinda Poitra at 541-553-3324 or email her at Melinda dot Poitra at WS Tribes dot org.
The next Financial Skills for Families classes will take place on June 18 & 19 at 1136 Paiute Street from 9am to 3pm each day. It will cover all six session over the 2 days. This is a required class for the IDA Program. If you can’t attend the class you can ask about an alternative by calling 541-553-3148.