KWSO News Oct. 24, 2018

Due to numerous complaints of illegal gillnetting on the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary, Oregon State Police, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Police conducted nighttime boat patrols in September. As a result of the saturation patrols at least one commercial fishing boat was contacted inside the sanctuary on every night of the four day saturation.  During the four day enforcement patrols, numerous contacts were made with the majority of the commercial fisherman being legal and happy to see enforcement, OSP says. Fish and Wildlife preservation is crucial to sustaining and healthy population management efforts to the entire Pacific Northwest. The Oregon State Police, Columbia River Inter Tribal Fisheries Enforcement and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police encourage anyone witnessing or with knowledge of fish and wildlife violations to report it.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting awarded a grant of over $314,000 to the National Federation of Community Broadcasters to work with 10 public radio stations serving rural communities as part of NFCB’s “Community Counts” initiative. KWSO is one ten stations chosen to participate in the initiative, which is designed to help community-based stations enhance original content creation, increase audience engagement, grow revenue and expand services. With CPB’s support, NFCB will provide training, mentorship and technical assistance to help strengthen these ten stations’ organizational capacities as well as diversify their revenue streams, the news release states. The goal – to help these rural stations build the capacity they need to thrive.

Warm Springs is the first tribe that Jill Smail and her team has visited in the negotiation process of the Columbia River Treaty . The Columbia River Treaty of 1964 is between the United States and Canada and it is set to expire in 2024. The United States and Canada are working on negotiations. The first time around, tribes were not part of the consultant process. This time, the countries are seeking input from the tribes, both in United States and Canada. Smail is the U.S. lead negotiator. Read about her visit to Warm Springs in the latest Spilyay Tymoo newspaper, which comes out today.

Madras Boys Soccer won yesterday – Madras 8, Estacada 0, putting Madras on top of the Tri-Valley Conference for the third consecutive year. A playoff game is in the works for Tuesday next week. Stay tuned for more info.

Madras Girls Soccer won – Madras 3, Estacada 0. According to the Madras Girls’ Soccer Facebook page – they are on to the postseason and will play Henley this Saturday. More details to come!

The Indian National Finals Rodeo is underway in Las Vegas. Randy Taylor has the results from the first go round on Tuesday:

At the end of the night, our local cowboys and cowgirls did well. Clint Bruised Head came out the first go round Champion in steer wrestling with a 4.97 seconds. Jenna Johnson took third in Ladies Breakaway with 2.85 seconds. And, Mike Holyan’s performance put him 10th in calf roping at 13.74.