KWSO News Oct. 11, 2018

Actor Adam Beach was in Warm Springs Wednesday and created quite a stir at the Warm Springs K-8 Academy’s Open House. Beach is here for the Bend Film Festival where they will show the movie he is most well-known for in Indian Country – Smoke Signals. Brutis Baez spoke with Adam Beach and wondered…could there ever be another Smoke Signals?

And when Beach was asked to name his two favorite roles he’s played during his career, this is what he said…

Smoke Signals will show at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Transportation will be provided from Warm Springs to the Performing Arts Center on Friday at 4:45pm and then on Saturday at 9:45am and 4:30pm.   Free admission bracelets will be given out on the bus.  And if you want an admission bracelet but won’t be riding the bus – stop by KWSO today or tomorrow.

Warm Springs Fire Management will begin underburning on the HeHe Restoration Project today. They will continue as long as conditions allow. Anyone with questions can contact Fire Management.

Americans experienced one of the most severe flu seasons in four decades last year with flu activity remaining high well into March of this year. Millions of Americans became sick with the flu, an estimated 900,000 were hospitalized, and 80,000 died from flu and its complications. Experts agree that the flu vaccine is the single best way to protect you and your loved ones against the flu. If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to get the flu. And, if you do get sick, studies show that when you are vaccinated, your illness will likely be milder, which helps keep you out of the hospital. By getting vaccinated, we can prevent the spread of flu to those at greatest risk for becoming dangerously ill, including young children, pregnant women, people 65 and older, and those with certain medical conditions. Warm Springs Community Health Nursing is providing some opportunities outside of the clinic for folks to get their flu shot. Next week – look for the Mobile Medical Unit in the Industrial Park near Fire Management and Warm Springs Ventures from 9am until 2pm on Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 1pm at Indian Head Casino.

Both Madras varsity soccer teams lost in their matchups with North Marion yesterday. The boys were defeated 3-0, while the girls were blanked 8-0. In volleyball, the varsity squad came out on top 3-1 over Gladstone.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — New data shows the cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018. According to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million. The Statesman Journal reports that all totaled, Oregon had 1,880 fires that burned 846,411 acres or 1,322 square miles – an area larger than Rhode Island.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of millions of Social Security beneficiaries and other retirees can expect an increase in benefits next year as inflation edges higher. The government on Thursday announced a boost of 2.8 percent, which translates to an extra $39 a month for the average retired worker. By law, the annual cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, is based on a broad official measure of consumer prices. Advocates for seniors claim it understates rising costs faced by older people, especially for health care.

It’ll soon be legal to salvage roadkilled deer and elk in Oregon. KLCC’s Brian Bull has details…