KWSO News for 10/28/19

A boil water notice was issued last week by the Water and Wastewater Division of the Public Utilities department in Warm Springs due to a loss of water pressure. The boil water notice applies to all residences and businesses in the Warm Springs Agency area. When water mains lose pressure it increases the chance that untreated water and harmful microbes can enter your water. Keep in mind the water is still safe to use for flushing toilets and showering and can be consumed if you choose to boil the water for 3 mins and cool before using. Drinking water distribution is being coordinated by Warm Springs Emergency Management with the distribution center open at the Old Elementary Library from 7am-6pm on weekdays and over the weekend 10am-3pm. The Notice is expected to be in effect at least until wednesday.

A trial to that could help shape the way Oregon manages its forest trust lands is underway in Linn County. Linn, 13 other counties and many smaller taxing districts are seeking $1.4 billion in damages, saying the state has failed to manage more than 1,000 square miles for its “greatest permanent value” as required. The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that the trial began Thursday. It’s expected to last three weeks, and whatever the verdict is, it will likely be appealed. The trust land used to be owned by the counties but was turned over to the state about 80 years ago. The state said it would manage the timberland its “greatest permanent value,” but the counties say the state has failed to do so since 2001, when it adopted a plan that emphasizing the protection of wildlife, clean water and recreation.

Congressional Democrats are demanding the Interior Department produce an overdue report on plans to manage wild horses roaming federal lands in the West. That’s after the head of its Bureau of Land Management told reporters it’ll take $5 billion and 15 years to get overpopulated herds under control. Acting Bureau Director William Perry Pendley says he’s increasingly optimistic his agency eventually will be able to reduce herd sizes through stepped up roundups and increased use of fertility control drugs on the range. Those ideas were among options the department outlined in a report in April 2018. Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse and six other Democrats said in a letter to Interior Secretary Dave Bernhardt an update the department promised by July is three months late and the current approach isn’t working.

Damian Lillard’s twisting layup with 26 seconds left proved to be the winner as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-119. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 35 points. Rodney Hood had 20 points, Kent Bazemore 11 and Zach Collins 10. Kristaps Porzingis scored 32 points and Doncic had 29 for the Mavs.

In Local Sports: the Madras White Buffaloes hosted Corbett on Friday and came out with a 22-0 victory.  With a Heavy Ground game, the Buffs ran for over 200 yards and Treyvon Easterling scored a couple of Touchdowns to lead the team. Looking for a shot at the playoffs, the Buffs will travel to Salem Academy on Friday for the final regular season matchup against the crusaders .