KWSO News 1/18/19

Cascades East Transit has begun holding open houses to gather public input to update its Regional Master Transit Plan. They are holding the events in all of the communities that CET serves…

They are looking for input from people who already utilize the transit service as well as those who do not. They are looking for what the community needs are for public transportation. There will be an open house in Warm Springs on Wednesday next week where folks can drop in at the Community Center anytime between 4:30 and 6:30.

Warm Springs I H S will be closed on Monday for the federal holiday. So, you should keep that in mind if you have a prescription you may need before then or something to take care of before the three day weekend for federal workers.

On Saturday, people in the Tri-Cities and Yakima will participate in the third annual Women’s March. This year Indigenous women from the Yakama Nation will be at the front of the demonstrations. The addition of Native women leading the marches comes after increased media coverage and advocacy from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement. Earlier this week, the Yakama Nation held an all-day community meeting in Toppenish to discuss violence that affects Native American women and girls.

At the Warm Springs Tribal Council’s meeting on January 19th, members Charles Calica, Raymond Tsumpti, Valerie Switzler, Carina Miller, Lee Tom and Brigette McConville heard updates from Indian Head Casino, Plateau Travel Plaza, Warm Springs Power and Water and Warm Springs Composite Products, Credit Enterprise, Warm Springs Ventures and Cannabis. The Telecom update was rescheduled. Also that day, Brigette McConville made a motion to appoint Valerie Switzler to the Oregon Department of Education American Indian & Alaska Native Advisory Committee.  It passed 4 in favor, none opposed and one abstention.