County, city candidates air views

County, city candidates air views

Chamber candidate forum Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission and Madras City Council...

Values, taxes up for most communities

Values, taxes up for most communities

Compression affects districts With property values increasing across the county, taxing districts...

Ace Demers inducted into aviation hall of honor

Ace Demers inducted into aviation hall of honor

The late Ace Demers, who managed the Madras airport from the early 1960s to 1983, will be among...

Culver, 509-J schools get boost from Wells Fargo

Culver, 509-J schools get boost from Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo donated $1,000 each to 10 elementary schools in Central Oregon, including two in the...

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October 15, 2014

Culver school a model on State Report Card

by Susan Matheny
509-J has mixed results For the second year in a row, Culver Middle School has been named a model school for rating in the top 5 percent of high poverty schools in Oregon. The announcement came…
October 16, 2014

Cowdeo signing up youngsters

by Madras Pioneer
Set for Saturday Kids will test their skills on bucking sheep at the 46th annual Cowdeo, Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There will just be one performance, at 1 p.m.,…
October 15, 2014

Burglars hit several Madras businesses

by Susan Matheny
Police issue protection tips Madras businesses have been experiencing a rash of burglaries, which caused the Madras Police Department to issue a list of tips to help store owners to safeguard…
October 15, 2014

Column reminds local of rabid coyote bite

by Holly M. Gill
Husband bit in 1920s After reading about a man bitten by a rabid coyote in the Maury Mountains in the Looking Back column from Sept. 24, 1914, Daisy Thornton, of Ashwood, was reminded of an…
October 15, 2014

Medicare enrollment beginning

by Madras Pioneer
Make changes through Dec. 7 Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts this week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to…
October 15, 2014

Positions open on city commissions

by Madras Pioneer
Redevelopment, planning commissions Two Madras commissions are looking for qualified candidates to fill two positions on each — the Madras Redevolpment Commission and the Madras Planning…
October 16, 2014

MHS illuminated, strategic plan adopted

by Susan Matheny
Madras High School Principal Sarah Braman-Smith gave an update on the new Illumination computer program and athletic eligibility at the Monday night meeting of the School District 509-J Board of…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY - Guest speaker Eric Martin, left, takes a question from the audience during a presentation from a panel, which included Portland police officer Darke Hull, local defense attorney Jennifer Kimble, and Washington County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Kohl.
October 08, 2014

Summit focuses on marijuana, drug data

by Susan Matheny
Proceeds despite obstacles Drugs at Madras High School, scientific data on marijuana, and the value of Drug Court were among topics discussed at the Madras Drug and Alcohol Summit, held Oct. 1,…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Ballots for the Nov. 4 election will be mailed out Oct. 17, and can be returned to a drop box, such as the box located at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex, or returned to the County Clerk's Office.
October 08, 2014

November ballots go out next week

by Holly M. Gill
Registration deadline Oct. 14 When ballots go out next week, voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on a full slate of candidates and measures which have local, state and…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Silvestre Rivera Fernandez
October 08, 2014

Liquid meth seized during U.S. 97 stop

by Madras Pioneer
An Oregon State Police traffic stop Friday afternoon, along U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras, led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid…

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Foley Butte Block, which contains about 7,500 acres in Jefferson County, and 25,400 in Crook County, has been sold for $18.5 million to Stafford Ranches, based in Prineville.
Oct 08, 2014

Foley Butte Block sells for $18.5 million

by Holly M. Gill
To Prineville-based Stafford Ranches The Foley Butte Block, located in southeastern Jefferson County and Crook County, has been sold for $18.5 million to a Prineville ranching family. In…
Oct 08, 2014

Algae warning for Suttle Lake

by Madras Pioneer
The U.S. Forest Service has posted a caution sign for recreational use at Suttle Lake due to a blue-green algae bloom. The blue-green algae is present in the water and may produce toxins that…
Oct 08, 2014

Red Cross to recruit team volunteers

by Madras Pioneer
Meeting in Madras Oct. 14 The American Red Cross Oregon Mountain River Chapter is looking for people to serve the Jefferson County area as Red Cross volunteers. A volunteer open house will be…
Oct 08, 2014

September warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
More of same for October The month of September averaged slightly warmer than normal, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton. The average temperature…
Oct 08, 2014

Warm Springs man sentenced to six months

by Holly M. Gill
For assault of domestic partner At the end of October, a Warm Springs man, Lawrence Squiemphen Jr., 54, will begin serving a six-month prison sentence for assault with a dangerous weapon with…
Oct 08, 2014

October named Fire Prevention Month

by Madras Pioneer
National Fire Prevention Week, normally one week in October, has been expanded into Oregon Fire Prevention Month, as proclaimed last week by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The governor made the…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Henry Nelsen, 88, seated at left, and Herman Hansen, 87, both of Madras, were among 50 World War II veterans who participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in September. Tom Brown, of Madras, who paid his own way on the trip, was the team leader for a group of nine veterans, including Nelsen and Hansen, which visited the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, above.
Oct 01, 2014

WWII veterans travel to Capitol for visits

by Holly M. Gill
As part of Honor Flight Two World War II veterans from Madras, Herman Hansen and Henry Nelsen, experienced a trip of a lifetime in late September, when they participated in an Honor Flight to…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - At right, Richard 'Zack' Ackley, formerly the acting superintendent at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, introduces the new superintendent, Tim Causey, seated next to him, at a joint meeting of the Madras City Council and Jefferson County Commission.
Oct 01, 2014

DRCI fortifies system after escape

by Holly M. Gill
New superintendent takes reins Richard "Zack" Ackley, acting superintendent of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution until recently, updated city and county officials Sept. 24, on changes made…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden listens to local business leaders during a meeting last Friday, with County Commissioner John Hatfield and Janet Brown, county economic manager for EDCO, in the background.
Oct 01, 2014

Walden meets with business leaders

by Holly M. Gill
Discusses problems U.S. Rep. Greg Walden offered a sounding board for local business and industry leaders last Friday, when he held an open meeting at the Madras Municipal Airport. Attendees at…
Oct 01, 2014

Clerk foils armed robbery

by Susan Matheny
An attempted armed robbery was foiled at Ahern’s Quick Stop last week, and a rash of burglaries were reported in several communities. According to Madras Police Assistant Chief Tanner Stanfill,…



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