KWSO News 10/15/19

The 16th Annual Bend Film Festival took place October 10th-13th! They showed several movies in multiple locations in Central Oregon, including the Madras Performing Arts Center.  The BendFilm Festival announced its 2019 award winners Saturday Night. Among those receiving an award was “Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Eastern Oregon,” which won the special jury award for Best Native Knowledge.

The Museum at Warm Springs has announced the winners of the 26th Annual Tribal Member Art Exhibit. Here are the Winners…Marlenea Wagner got the Judges Choice, Contemporary for “Juniper Tree” a Copper embellished Tree. Clarissa Picard won Judges Choice, Traditional with “The Imulak” a Beaded Medallion, and Brutis Baez got the Videography award for the Music Video “Deep End”. Among the Honorable Mentions are Damon David, Travis Bobb, Maria Godines and Edward Heath.  The Museum at Warm Springs will honor artists with an opening reception and awards ceremony on Thursday October 24th from 5:30pm – 7pm.

On Monday, on Indigenous Peoples Day, the Yakama Nation called for the removal of three lower Columbia River dams. Chairman JoDe Goudy traced the history of decrees, congressional acts and court cases that led to damming the river. He looked to the river behind him, where Celilo Falls once served as an important fishing location for First Nations. The falls were submerged when The Dalles dam was built in 1957 in the Columbia River Gorge. Goudy says the dams need to be removed to protect salmon and First Nation culture.

Goudy says First Nations never agreed to damming the river. He says leaders now have a “chance to do what’s right.” in removing The Dalles, Bonneville and John Day dams.  Several leaders urged the undamming happen as soon as possible.

An effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown will not move forward after a campaign by the Oregon Republican Party failed to gather the 280,050 signatures by Monday’s deadline. The Statesman Journal reports Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier said on KXL radio’s Lars Larson Show Monday that they came up short but plan to try again. Opponents of the governor have said Brown over reached on issues including a greenhouse gas emissions cap-and-trade bill, a massive education tax package and a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports no drive to recall an Oregon governor has ever made the ballot. Brown paid political adviser Thomas Wheatley said in a statement that “recalls should be used only when an elected official has committed a crime, not when someone disagrees with the policies of the governor or another elected official.”

Locally…in Soccer the Lady Buffs will host the Corbett Cardinals at 4pm. Buffalo Boys are on the road to Corbett to face the Cardinals at 4:30pm. Madras Volleyball will be hosting North Marion today at 6pm.