KWSO News 9/30/19

Colder temperatures and snowfall at higher elevations welcomed Warm Springs Hunters to the woods this weekend with the opening of Buck Deer Rifle Season on the Reservation.  Hunters are now able to issue themselves tags through the new tribal online website.  As always – you must have your tag and Tribal Id with you when hunting.  The bag limit is one deer per season.  If you have any questions, contact the Branch of Natural Resources.  Deer Season runs through October 31st.

In May this year, the Yurok Tribe’s Tribal Council passed a resolution declaring rights of personhood for the Klamath River.  According to High Country News this is likely the first river in North America to have such a declaration.  “Rights of personhood” means, most simply, that an individual or entity has rights, and they’re now being extended to nonhumans.   Low Water Flow in the Klamath River over the past few years has had negative impacts on salmon health.  Giving the river “Rights of Personhood” allows for potential legal protections for the river.

The Lower Deschutes Wild and Scenic River Management Plan allows for the number of permitted guides and outfitters to increase by five percent annually. With just over 80 active guides on the Lower Deschutes currently, applicants will be applying for up to four new available permits.  The BLM Prinveille District Office has announced the application period will be open October 1st thru the 31st.  The application is for non-motorized activities on the lower 100 miles of the Deschutes River only. Successful applicants would be able to use their permit in the 2020 boating season.  The BLM, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation and State of Oregon work collaboratively to manage the river for its wild, scenic and recreational values.

The Madras White Buffalo won their homecoming game against Dayton on Friday Night 39-12.  The win capped off homecoming week at Madras High School which included the induction of 4 new alumni into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.  The Buffs broke their 2 game losing streak with the big win at Stampede Stadium.  They are on the road this Friday Night at Yamhill-Carlton in their first league contest in the 3A Special District 1 – East League.