KWSO News for 9/16/19

It’s late start Monday for the Jefferson County 509J school district.
At the Warm Springs K-8 Academy the afterschool 21st Century Learning program begins today. Also – today marks the move of the Boys & Girls Club of Warm Springs to the K-8 Academy. Families are reminded that pick up for both 21st Century and Boys & Girls Club kids is in the school commons. Children enrolled in the 21st Century Learning program qualify for a meal and bus transportation Mondays thru Thursdays after school until 6pm. Boys & Girls Club provides additional programming including Friday programming afterschool until 6pm and also on no school days and school vacations. The hope is that families will enroll youth in both the 21st Century Learning program and the Boys & Girls club to get the benefits of both programs. The school year fee for Boys & Girls Club is $25. There is no fee for the grant funded 21st Century Learning program.

The Warm Springs 2020 Census Complete Count Committee is planning for the 2020 census. Typically Warm Springs is undercounted in Census reports and so the Committee is working on getting the word out early – that the 2020 census will have you self report with a paper survey option or an online option. Having everyone in our community counted could mean additional funding for programs in Warm Springs. The first US Census was held in 1790. American Indians were not counted until the 1860 census and that was only for Natives not on reservations. Native Americans on reservations were only first included in the 1900 census.
The Census is also hiring and you can learn more about census jobs at 2020 census dot gov backslash jobs (

A consumer protection official is warning Oregonians of continuing scams aimed at the elderly. Ellen Klem [klehm] is with the Oregon Department of Justice. She says she’s heard reports of people posing as IRS agents, debt collectors, grandchildren in distress, or other aliases in order to get seniors’ sensitive financial information. Klem says “this group is specifically targeting Older adults because they typically are home during the day. They were raised at a time where you answered every phone call. You were polite to the person on the other end. You took them for their word.” Klem says people should just hang up and check resources like the D-O-J website for scam prevention tips.

Here’s a recap of Madras High School Sports from last week:
• Madras Football lost to LaPine in a home contest last friday night 3-22. The Buffs are 1 and 1 on the season and next travel to Ranier this Friday.
• Girls Soccer lost to Sisters last week but beat Crook County in Prineville 3-0. They lost to 5A Mt View 1-2 and next travel to Mazama on Thursday.
• Boys soccer beat Sisters and Crook County last week and tied Mt View. They host Mazama this Thursday.
• Madras Volleyball is 0 and 3 on the season and play this Thursday at LaPine.
• Cross country has competed at the Cowboy Invitational in Prineville and the Huskie Invite in Sweet Home. This Wednesday they are on the road in Stayton.