Construction work will begin Monday, July 29th on five stations within the Warm Springs water distribution system. This includes critical work on pressure reducing valves at the George Street and Catholic Church stations. It is anticipated that construction will take place over two weeks and may require areas of the system to be shut down to facilitate construction. Residents and businesses may experience low water pressure or water outages. Everyone in the Warm Springs community is encouraged to continue water conservation efforts. Please refrain from washing vehicles, watering lawns, and take steps to ensure outdoor faucets are turned off. Reducing excess water consumption is critical during this time and through the construction period. The boil water notice remains in effect until further notice for the entirety of the Warm Springs Agency area including Kah-nee-ta, Wolfe Point, Sunnyside, Upper Dry Creek, Miller Heights, Campus area, West Hills, Tenino Valley, Tenino Apartments, Elliott Heights, Senior Housing, Trailer Courts, and Greeley Heights.
Fire officials for the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland and the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management have raised the Industrial Fire Precaution Level from I to II due to the hot temperatures and drying conditions. The fire danger level remains at HIGH in Central Oregon. Fire officials encourage the public everywhere to be diligent with all ignitions sources. Common causes of accidental summer fires – improperly extinguished cigarette butts, sparks from motorized equipment and the heat from the undercarriage of a vehicle.
Gov. Kate Brown on Monday signed into law a slate of policy changes to Oregon’s juvenile justice system, saying the reforms “will serve troubled youth in our community for generations to come, reshaping lives and putting them on a path towards success.” The new law ends a decades-old practice of automatically sending youths accused of serious crimes to adult court. “By changing the sentencing guidelines for youth offenders, our communities will be safer,” Brown said in a statement. “And more Oregonians will have better chances of using their time in custody to make a turnaround in their lives.” Supporters of the new law say it brings long overdue reform to a system that voters approved a quarter-century ago. The law goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
The Madras High School Football program is hosting a youth football camp August 13-15 for all kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. The camp will be hosted by high school coaches and players. They will teach fundamentals, basic knowledge of the game and have some fun games and a barbecue one evening. It’s $30 to participate, you need to register online at macrecdistrict.com. The last day to register is August 4th. The first day of camp is August 13th from 4:30-6pm at the MHS football field.