KWSO News for 11/25/19

KWSO is conducting a listener survey to get feedback about adding 5 minute NPR (National Public Radio) newscasts weekday mornings. With more Americans increasingly getting news from social media and news apps as well as TV, KWSO is interested in filling the gap in availability of national and world news for the Warm Springs Community and we are looking for your feedback. There is an online survey that you can access by going to

The Warm Springs Health and Promotion Prevention Initiative (HAPPI) is coordinating items for distribution in December. The HAPPI Holiday goal is to provide families in need with gifts during the Holiday season. You can help by contributing any unwrapped items for youth up to 18 years of age to the Tribal Administration Building, Warm Springs Health & Wellness Center, Warm Springs Early Childhood Education, Warm Springs Library (Family Resource Center), GROW Program Office @ 103 Wasco Street or KWSO Radio Station. The deadline to turn in donations is Monday December 16th 2019. If your family could use assistance in providing for your children this holiday season, you can complete an application for each child up to 18 years of age. The applications do need to be completed by the legal parent/guardian with physical custody of children who reside on or near the Warm Springs reservation. Completed applications should be turned in at the Warm Springs Library at the Family Resource Center by Friday December 6th. Gifts will be available to be picked up on Thursday December 19th 9am-7pm and Friday December 20th 12-5pm at the Warm Springs Youth Center Gym (Old Elementary school).

Thanksgiving week is here and the Environmental Health & Sanitation department in Warm Springs has an updated schedule for this week. If your trash is picked up on today or tomorrow, it will be picked up today only. If your trash is picked up on Wednesday or Thursday, it will be picked up tomorrow only. If your trash is picked up on Thursday or Friday, it will be picked up on Wednesday only.  Sanitation drivers will be off on Thursday and Friday.  Be sure to share this with Friends and family.

The U.S. Census Bureau is stepping up efforts to get Native Americans and Alaskan Natives more fully counted next year, which includes those living in Oregon and Idaho.

[KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.] “Census officials say in the last decennial count, 5-point-2 million people in the U.S. identified as Indian or Alaskan native. But these groups were also undercounted by nearly 5 percent. Shana Radford says they don’t want to repeat that in 2020. Shana Radford: “Every person per household when they don’t participate…that’s a lot of money left on the table. Tribal reservation areas and off-reservation folks utilize a lot of the services that receive grants. For instance, school lunch programs, Head Start programs, dollars for transportation, for housing…housing’s a huge need on reservations.” Radford is the Census Bureau’s Tribal Partnership Specialist for Oregon and Idaho, with Cayuse and Nez Perce heritage. She says in the new form, respondents can mention multiple tribes, as well as clans, bands, and villages they affiliate with. Census officials also want to hire native people as surveyors. [I’m Brian Bull reporting in Eugene.]


In College Football Action on Saturday the Oregon Ducks traveled to Arizona State to take on the Sun Devils and came up short as they lost 31-28. The loss drops them out of college football playoff contention, but they are still in line to take the PAC 12 and a spot in the Rose Bowl. In other PAC 12 news, the Beavers traveled to Washington State to take on the Cougars and fell short, losing 54-53 and #7 Utah went in to Arizona and handed the Wildcats a 35-7 loss to improve to 10-1. Utah would need to win against Colorado this week to meet the Ducks in the PAC 12 championship game on Friday December 6th, if they lose, the Ducks would face the USC Trojans.