Tribal leaders discuss environmental priorities with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

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Portland, OR- Tribal leaders with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) and its four member tribes, the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama and Nez Perce tribes stressed their concerns over the transport of fossil fuels through the Columbia River Gorge and the importance of rail safety, climate change policies and strong regional water quality standards in a meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Administrator McCarthy is President Obama’s chief environmental advocate.

During the meeting Warm Springs tribal council member and CRITFC Chairman Carlos Smith expressed concerns for the state of Columbia Basin waterways stating, “fish advisories, high rates of cancer, and polluted waters are plaguing our communities and our foods. Addressing water quality issues must be a priority.”

“The fact that water is polluted is disturbing,” Administrator McCarthy stated. “That’s what got us into this business. The challenges are getting more complex. What isn’t complex is our commitment to clean water, air, and land.”

N. Kathryn Brigham, Umatilla tribal council member and commissioner for the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, explained to EPA’s leadership the importance of working together to address the challenges facing the Columbia River basin. “We have been fighting very hard to get our resources protected and it’s not just for us, it is for our future generations,” Brigham explained. “But we can’t do it alone. We need work together through partnership and collaboration in order to make that happen.”

“EPA’s priority is to institutionalize what we have learned about working with the tribes,” McCarthy stated. “I work for a President who really believes that we have a tremendous amount of work to do and that our obligations with the tribes haven’t been met. We want to make sure the door he opened with you never gets shut.”

Administrator McCarthy met with tribal leaders in the Portland offices of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

About CRITFC: The Portland-based Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission is the technical support and coordinating agency for fishery management policies of the Columbia River Basin’s four treaty tribes: the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Nez Perce Tribe.

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Video: Bull tour commentary on Gelbvieh bull at Dillion Land and Cattle, Wasco County

Commentary on this Gelbvieh bull from the VRT Lazy TV Sam U451 bloodline is by Dr. Jim Males, retied cattle expert from Oregon State University.
The North Central Livestock Association represents a merger between the Wasco County and Sherman County, Oregon beef producers. This year, the group revived a longstanding tradition of the bull tour. It had been an annual event for 57 years up until a decade ago when it wound down. The NCLA decided to bring it back in order for cattle producers to see what decisions on breeding and bloodlines other local producers are making, and for city people to get introduced to the producers and see what their lives are like. The tour took them from the Wasco County Fairgrounds in Tygh Valley, OR, to current NCLA president Rory Wilson’s operation in Sherman County, to the Imperial Stock Ranch operated by Dan and Jeanne Carver off Bakeoven Road in Southern Wasco County to Keith Nantz’s Dilliion Land and Cattle company ranch on Juniper Flats and back to the fairgrounds for a presentation on wolf predation. More than 120 people took par in the all-day caravan, which included a barbecue lunch and steak dinner.

Google to expand data center, office in Oregon

(Information in the following story is from: The Oregonian,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Google is expanding its presence in Oregon.

This week, the company will open a new data center in The Dalles. The Oregonian reports the 164,000-square-foot building nearly doubles the size of the company’s current data center in that town.

The cost of the new facility: $600 million.

The company also announced this week it has leased a new office in downtown Portland to replace its previous one.

Google did not say how many people would work in the 15,000-square-foot space. The company has about 20 employees in Portland, but said it has no immediate plans to expand there.

Google says the Portland lease is unrelated to ongoing considerations to bring Google Fiber’s Internet service to Portland.

Scam Alert: Man selling advertising to benefit Klickitat County Search & Rescue

Haystack Broadcasting received a call from Klickitat County Emergency Services Director Jeff King to alert businesses in the county to beware of a man selling advertising to benefit Klickitat County Search & Rescue.  King said this person has nothing to do with Klickitat County Search & Rescue and  does not have their permission to represent them.  King added that “this is a scam.”

If you have contact with this man contact the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office.

Transformer move Thursday night will tie up streets

A transformer weighing 870,000 pounds will make its way through the streets of The Dalles and out to the Celilo Converter Station on Highway 197, starting at about 9 p.m. Thursday, April 8. The transformer will sit on a trailer with 240 tires – 12 per row on 20 axles and will run the wrong way on 2nd Street on its way from the Port to the converter station. The trailer travels at just 1.5 miles per hour and will hopefully be in place by 1:30 a.m.

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