Photo of downed tree limbs in Mission, Oregon.
Photo of downed tree limbs in Mission, Oregon.

Funny February

Winds whipped through the region Feb. 23, bringing down limbs and trees like the ones at the BIA yard in Mission. The winds snapped power poles along Market Road and knocked out power for several hours. The National Weather Service recorded a high wind gust of 63 miles per hour. February’s weather was warmer than normal with the average at…

New committee sheds light on importance of Census

By Casey Brown of the CUJ The U.S. Constitution requires the U.S. Government to count every person once every ten years. The decennial count is known as the U.S. Census, and everyone is required to respond. The 2020 Census starts on April 1 and can be completed in person, over the phone, or online. This year is the first time…

Strangulation: unseen, under-reported, under-acknowledged

It is hard to see strangulation, and it is a topic that is underreported and under-acknowledged. In fact, only half of victims have visible injuries, according to the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention (TISP). “Oftentimes, even in fatal cases, there are no external signs of injury.”  Many factors influence why this topic isn’t talked about or understood as widely as…

Enola Dick, Family Violence Services advocate for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in last year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Walk. This year’s walk is scheduled for April 16 and is part of a month of awareness activities.
Enola Dick, Family Violence Services advocate for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, in last year’s Sexual Assault Awareness Walk. This year’s walk is scheduled for April 16 and is part of a month of awareness activities. CUJ File Photo, 2019/Casey Brown

Tribal youth will ‘paint the town teal’ in April

By Casey Brown of the CUJ MISSION – Enola Dick is on call 24/7/366. She answers calls, day and night, from sexual assault and domestic violence victims. But that’s not all she does. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and Enola is going to paint to the town teal –  with a little help from tribal youth. Students from…

Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less.
Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Brown on green

Part of a bigger herd of Rocky Mountain elk graze on upcoming wheat in a field south of the Umatilla River in February. Winter hasn’t been too tough on big game this year and with March already here the outlook for more cold gets less and less. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Wus Gone sits in a chair at the DaVita Dialysis Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gone spends four hours, three days a week, on a machine that does the work his kidney is supposed to do. He was born with one kidney and it no longer functions. Now he’s waiting for a kidney transplant.
Wus Gone sits in a chair at the DaVita Dialysis Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gone spends four hours, three days a week, on a machine that does the work his kidney is supposed to do. He was born with one kidney and it no longer functions. Now he’s waiting for a kidney transplant. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Young son inspires Wus Gone to hold steady

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ Wus Gone was born with one kidney. Now he needs a transplant so he can see his sixth-grade son, Harley, graduate from high school. Two years ago, his poor eating habits – “whatever was greasy, sweet or salty” – caught up to him. His kidney has virtually shut down. He sits for 12 hours…

Mick Schimmel steals the ball away from a Siletz Valley dribbler in Nixyaawii’s 85-41 win Feb. 28 in the Eagles Nest in Mission. The win advanced the Golden Eagles to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City. Nixyaawii, the defending state championship, were to open play Thursday, March 5, against Trinity Lutheran, the team they beat in the title game last year. Trailing the play is freshman Shane Rivera.
Mick Schimmel steals the ball away from a Siletz Valley dribbler in Nixyaawii’s 85-41 win Feb. 28 in the Eagles Nest in Mission. The win advanced the Golden Eagles to the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament in Baker City. Nixyaawii, the defending state championship, were to open play Thursday, March 5, against Trinity Lutheran, the team they beat in the title game last year. Trailing the play is freshman Shane Rivera. CUJ Photo/Megan Van Pelt

NCS slashes Siletz Valley for Baker berth

By the CUJ MISSION – It was over before it started and when it ended it was emphatic. The Nixyaawii Community School boys raced to a 22-0 lead and built a 50-point cushion in the third quarter before freshman Shane Rivera finished it off with a dunk and an 85-41 win over Siletz Valley in a game that sent the…

Stockton Hoffman works against a defender on the edge of the paint.
Stockton Hoffman works against a defender on the edge of the paint. CUJ Photo/Megan Van Pelt

Pendleton boys, girls finish IMC; prepare for round-one playoffs

PENDLETON – Dakota Sams broke his father’s school record for the most three-pointers in a game Feb. 25 when he hit nine against Ridgeway High School in Redmond. The 95-58 win for Pendleton High School was the final Intermountain Conference game for the Bucks, which won the league title and will play Willamette on the road Saturday, March 7. Pendleton…

Part of a herd of 15 mule deer pause near a sand trap between the 14th green and a lake at Birch Creek Golf Course Feb. 28. The course was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The golf course and clubhouse, including a restaurant, are being managed by Wildhorse Resort.
Part of a herd of 15 mule deer pause near a sand trap between the 14th green and a lake at Birch Creek Golf Course Feb. 28. The course was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The golf course and clubhouse, including a restaurant, are being managed by Wildhorse Resort. CUJ Photo/Phinney

Birch Creek ‘best I’ve ever seen it’: Emphasis will be on family, junior-oriented activities

By Wil Phinney of the CUJ PENDLETON – Crews began mowing greens Feb. 28 at “The Golf Course at Birch Creek” where new memberships have already eclipsed the number of members who were left when Pendleton Country Club was purchased last June by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). One of those players, Ron Schultz of Pendleton,…

Tyasin Burns, who was named Player of the Year in the Old Oregon League, posterizes Elgin’s Tristan Simpson in the first half of Nixyaawii’s 69-38 would-be victory Feb. 14. However, the Golden Eagles had to forfeit the game. Read about it below. At left, Magi Moses posts up Joseph’s H. Miller at the Old Oregon League finals in Baker City.
Tyasin Burns, who was named Player of the Year in the Old Oregon League, posterizes Elgin’s Tristan Simpson in the first half of Nixyaawii’s 69-38 would-be victory Feb. 14. However, the Golden Eagles had to forfeit the game. Read about it below. At left, Magi Moses posts up Joseph’s H. Miller at the Old Oregon League finals in Baker City. Photo by Robert McLean.

Nixyaawii boys wins Old Oregon League title

By the CUJ MISSION – The Nixyaawii Community School boys strung together what looked like seven conference wins in February, including the Old Oregon League championship in Baker City March 21 and 22. That would have given the Golden Eagles their second straight undefeated season in the Old Oregon League. But alas, their conference mark was marred on Valentine’s Day,…