KWSO News 01/10/2019

An Agency District Tribal Council Candidate’s Forum was held Wednesday night. All of the fourteen candidates and a write-in candidate participated. Alyssa Macy served at the moderator…

The forum was broadcast live on KWSO. You will be able to find a recording of the broadcast on KWSO’s SoundCloud page, which you can access through our website Just click on the SoundCloud icon on the homepage.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have started killing sea lions that threaten a fragile run of winter steelhead in the Willamette River. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the state Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained a federal permit in November to kill up to 93 California sea lions per year below Willamette Falls south of Portland. Department program manager Bryan Wright says the state plans to kill about 40 sea lions that frequent the falls by May.

The Homeless Leadership Coalition will be kicking off the annual Point-In-Time Count in Central Oregon on January 23, 2019. This event is a count of people who are homeless or in transitional housing in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties. The count is a part of a State and national effort to identify the number of people struggling to find appropriate and adequate housing. During the last week of January, there is a nationwide effort to count every person experiencing homelessness across the country. Locally starting on Wednesday, January 23rd, volunteers will be conducting confidential and anonymous surveys in La Pine, Bend, Sisters, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and Warm Springs. For people who are interested in volunteering for the Warm Springs Point In Time Survey, there is an information and training session today from 5:30-7:30 at the Family Resource Center conference room.

Cascades East Transit will host community open houses this month as it begins developing a Transit Master Plan to identify conceptual transit service over the next 25 years. The open house events will be held throughout Central Oregon to collect input from the communities it serves regarding the vision, goals, and near-term priorities for transit. CET’s Senior Transit Planner Andrea Breault says the input will be an integral part of CET’s 2040 Transit Master Plan, which is expected to be finalized in the spring of 2020.  There is an open house event next Thursday January 17 at the Rodriguez Annex in Madras and on January 23 at the Warm Springs Community Center. Public comments can also be submitted online through February 3, 2019 on the project website at