KWSO News 9/5/19

There is a Red Flag Warning in effect until 2am Friday for lightning and gusty winds.  An upper-level disturbance will work onshore today and will bring scattered thunderstorms to central Oregon which will spread north and east across the region through the evening into the overnight.  Some thunderstorms will produce abundant lightning, especially into the Ochocos and John Day Highlands, that could lead to fire starts. Also, gusty downdraft and outflow winds could result in quick spreads of new and ongoing fires.  A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions will occur. A combination of strong winds…low relative humidity…and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

More than 40 people marched through the Yakima Valley town of Wapato over the Labor Day Weekend to demand justice for missing and murdered indigenous women — among them Rosenda [row-SEN-da] Strong. She was a mother of four and was found dead at 31 earlier this year.    Strong’s cousin Roxanne White organized the march. She says for Strong’s family, her murder is an everyday nightmare.  Strong was last seen in October 2018, when she left home with a friend to visit a casino. Her remains were found in July in an abandoned freezer near Toppenish. The FBI and Yakama Nation Police are still investigating, and have made no arrests.   According to a report released by the Washington State Patrol this year, 56 native women are missing throughout the state. 20 are from Yakima County.

In an effort to increase our reporting on Warm Springs Tribal Council activity KWSO will be including meeting summaries in our morning newscasts.  You can access summaries here for: