KWSO News for 11/1/19

Due to the recent dip in temperatures, a temporary warming shelter has been opened at the Youth Center in Warm Springs where the Boys and Girls Club had vacated.  The shelter will be open tonight beginning at 7pm and through the weekend with the hours currently 7pm-7am, but could change. Capacity for the shelter is estimated at 13 people. Each person wanting to utilize the shelter will be screened before being admitted and are expected to adhere to the rules of the Shelter.

The 2019 Native American Music Awards are coming up This Saturday November 2nd. Hosting this year is Actor Wes Studi and WWE Superstar and Country Singer Mickie James. Wes Studi will be inducted in to the NAMMY Hall of Fame being a great actor and first native American to receive an Oscar. Local Musicians nominated for awards are: Kalliah Jackson who sings with Corey Rae White on “Dimmer” which is in the Best Independent Recording by a New Artist Single Release category.  Blue Flamez for Best Rap Hip Hop Music Video for “Stand Up” and Bigg B Featuring N8 is up for Best Music Video Recording for “Deep End”. You can check out nominations online at Native American Music Awards where there is also a link to voting.

The Madras Indigent Defense Consortium and the general counsel for the Oregon Office of Public Defense Services are telling two very different stories. The office recently decided not to renew the local attorney group’s contract, making numerous allegations of misconduct. According to the Madras Pioneer the contract is worth more than $800,000 over two years. Local government agencies and the consortium are worried that if the contract is not renewed, Madras will lose attorneys and may have trouble recruiting new ones. Retired Judge Dan Ahern has stated that the allegations against the Madras Indigent Defense Consortium have not changed his opinion in any way. Ahern also stated that the allegation of a show of authority by standing next to a defendant had no bearing for him as a judge when assigning an attorney to the defendant.

It’s time to fall back again this weekend. You’ll get to change your clocks from daylight time to standard time for maybe the last time, but probably not. Correspondent Tom Banse has the latest on the West Coast movement to adopt permanent daylight saving time.


In College Football 7th-ranked Oregon continues its march toward a berth in the Pac-12 championship game with a road game against USC. The Ducks haven’t dropped a game since the opener against Auburn. Despite a roller-coaster season, the Trojans are undefeated at home, battling Utah for the Pac-12 South’s title. They need just one more win for bowl eligibility. Locally: the Madras White Buffalo Football team is traveling to Salem Academy to take on the Crusaders in their final regular season game. Looking to make it to the post season, the White Buffaloes hope a win against the Crusaders will help them get there. If you’re looking for all day football action tomorrow, Stampede Stadium will be the place to go as they host 4 games starting with Echo and Gilchrist @ 10am, Dayville/Monument will battle Sherman at 1pm and Triangle Lake will be playing against Prairie City at 4pm. The game of the day for local residents will see the South Wasco County Redsides in action in the 6 man state championship against the Joseph Eagles.  WS Tribal Members Timo Hisatake and Tyler Smith will be suiting up for the Redsides. That game time is at 7pm.