Madras, OR

Jefferson County (OR) Fire and EMS Buys Used Aerial From Pennsylvania Fire Department

Jefferson County (OR) Fire and EMS have purchased a 105-foot aerial for $125,000 from a fire department in Pennsylvania, according to a report published by The Madras Pioneer. According to the report, the aerial was in service with the Penndel Fire Company in Bucks County and replaces a 1984 41-foot Telesquirt unit that has out lasted its life in Jefferson County.

Redmond Pair Suspected Of Drug Trafficking

REDMOND, OR -- A Redmond couple faces charges following an investigation by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit. DCSO says they conducted a short term investigation into 32-year-old Michael Meston for the sales of fentanyl pills imported from Portland and later distributed in Deschutes County. At about...

KWSO News for Fri., Aug. 19, 2022

In Warm Springs, the 2022 Huckleberry trip is coming up on Monday August 29th for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Any attending members must be signed up and complete a liability release form before attending the event. The bus will depart from the Warm Springs Community Center at 8:30am and is expected to arrive at Sahale Lodge at 9:30am, for anyone driving themselves, it is suggested that you meet at Sahale lodge in the main base area. The stadium chair lift rides begin at 10am and the shuttle to Hood River Meadows departs at 10am with the bus returning to the main base area around 11:30am. At 12pm they will have a pray and lunch, then the bus will return to Hood river meadows area for more berry picking. The bus will return from Hood River meadows to Sahale Lodge to meet with the rest of the group at 2:30pm and then the bus will depart from Sahale Lodge to return to Warm Springs at 3pm. Be Sure to bring a hat and wear good walking shoes. Sign up and turn in your liability release form at KWSO. For any questions contact Sue at 541-460-2255.

KWSO Calendar for Fri., Aug. 19, 2022

Funeral Arrangements for Sonny Yahtin – the burial is this morning at 9:00 at the Simnasho Cemetery. The Warm Springs Cooling Center is open 11 until 7 today. It will be closed over the weekend. The MAC Rec District is looking for volunteer coaches for its flag football and...

Greetings from Madras: New mural welcomes visitors

The mural on 5th St. is part of Central Oregon's mural trail, with murals across Central Oregon If you've drive down Fifth Street recently, you may have seen the new mural on the Midland Realty building. The mural features local flora and fauna as well as scenes from the Jefferson County landscape. The mural was painted by Karen Eland and Katie Daisy as part of a project by Visit Central Oregon's mural trail. The project has painted murals across the region in Central Oregon communities. Visit Central Oregon has started the project to inspire tourism and art in...

Pilot killed in crash on Warm Springs Reservation was incapacitated, federal investigators say — but why is unknown

A 72-year-old Portland businessman killed in the January 2001 crash of his business jet on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation had apparently become incapacitated, federal investigators said, but they could not determine from the available evidence why that happened. The post Pilot killed in crash on Warm Springs Reservation was incapacitated, federal investigators say — but why is unknown appeared first on KTVZ.

Brad Johnston Runs for Mayor of Madras

Brad Johnston, local high school teacher and veteran, with 25-years’ experience in public service has announced he’ll be running for Mayor of Madras. “I’m pleased to be supporting a candidate for mayor with Brad’s background and expertise,” said Royce Embanks, former Madras Mayor. “He’s the kind of guy that will do what’s best for our community.”

Madras Voters To Decide Psilocybin Ban

MADRAS, OR -- Madras voters will decide in November whether the city should ban psilocybin-related businesses. In a special meeting on Tuesday, Madras City Councilors voted unanimously to approve an ordinance, pending voter approval. No one spoke during the public comment period. The ordinance prohibits psilocybin product manufacturers and service...

Sunny and warm Friday

We are expecting to be mostly sunny today, with a high near 92. Light and variable winds are becoming northwest 6 to 10 mph in the afternoon but could gust as high as 18 mph. It'll be mostly clear tonight, with a low around 56. Northwest winds will be 10 to 15 mph, becoming light and variable after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.

Scattered showers Thursday, then we start to clear up

The heat advisory is still in place until Friday at 10 p.m. for parts of Central Oregon. Mostly cloudy skies come with a chance of isolated showers that will last until almost midnight Thursday. It'll be mostly cloudy, with lows in the upper 50s to mid-60s. Southerly winds will pick up to 5-15 mph.

Organizers race to prepare for the Madras airshow

A brigade of 300 volunteers hustle to transform the airport for the signature event With the airshow a little more than a week away, volunteers rush to ready the Madras Municipal Airport for one of the county's biggest events of the year: the Airshow of the Cascades. "We're taking a working airport and transforming it into an event," said Rick Allen, who books the high flying acts for the show. The show plays Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. It takes a swarm of 300 volunteers to set up the airfield, host the 15,000 to 20,000 people who attend the...

KWSO Calendar for Thu., Aug. 18, 2022

Papalaxsimisha presents Art in the Park today from 5-8pm at Elmer Quinn Park, featuring food, music, performances from local musicians, art and contests. There’s a skateboard workshop for youth 12-18. Pre-registration for the Skateboard Workshop is required. Registration forms available at Warm Springs Market in the back office. Youth 11 years of age are allowed to do the skateboard workshop as long as their parent/guardian are supervising them and are helping with the spray painting and designing of the board! For more information, contact Colleta Macy, 541-300-5994 or

COCC Foundation scholarship application now open

The college's Foundation will award $1.8 million in scholarships for the 2022-23 school year, helping to make school - and success - a reality for many Erik Kersenbrock meandered from location to location as a Central Oregon Community College (COCC) student but always kept his focus fixed squarely on his studies. While living out of his tangerine-colored, 1990 Ford school bus, the engineering major maintained a 4.0 GPA, landed on the dean's list every term and went on to be named a member of the 2020 All-Oregon Academic Team. On the heels of earning an American Association of Community Colleges...

Heat advisory in place, with a chance for thunderstorms

The heat advisory is now in place until Friday at 10 p.m. for parts of Central Oregon. Increased clouds come with a 20% chance of thunderstorms that will last until almost midnight Wednesday. It'll be mostly cloudy, with lows in the mid-50s to mid-60s. Northwest winds will pick up to 5-15 mph.

Redmond Approves Psilocybin Ban Request

REDMOND, OR -- Redmond City Councilors spent nearly an hour, this week, discussing how to approach the impending statewide legalization of psilocybin, also called "magic mushrooms," and how to ask voters in November to ban related businesses. The conversation centered around the overall lack of information from state authorities and...