Crash claims life of 18-year-old

Crash claims life of 18-year-old

A driver who rolled his pickup just north of Madras on Monday has died from his injuries.

Merkley sees three 'mega-issues' looming

Merkley sees three 'mega-issues' looming

During Sen. Merkley's ninth town hall in Madras, he honors the Bean Foundation.

CRR considers ways to enhance law enforcement

CRR considers ways to enhance law enforcement

Crooked River Ranch may ask for ballot measure to form a law enforcement district.

SWAT team arrests CRR pair

SWAT team arrests CRR pair

An OSP Swat Team, with an armored vehicle, arrested a CRR man and his wife early March 12.

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Construction continued its strong growth in February, as Oregon's unemployment rate dropped to a 41-year low.
March 21, 2017

Unemployment rate drops to historic low in February

by Pamplin Media Group
State employment officials said that in February, 82,000 Oregonians were unemployed, the lowest number since August. 1995.
LINDA LARSON - Wind whipped the flames from a roof fire, likely started by an ember from a wood stove flue, last Wednesday, March 8, on Southeast E Street, in Madras. Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it could breach the ceiling and get into the home's living space.
March 15, 2017

Quick response stops flames

by Holly M. Gill
Jefferson County firefighters halt spread of a fire that started on the roof of a two-story Madras residence.
HOLLY M. GILL - The 509-J School District Board of Directors is considering a series of late-start days for the next school year.
March 15, 2017

509-J views late-start Mondays

by Susan Matheny
The school district is seeking input from parents and the community about its late-start proposal for 30 Mondays next school year.


March 15, 2017

Plan in advance for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

by Jason Chaney
ODOT prepares for thousands more vehicles in the path of the total solar eclipse.
FILE PHOTO - Sen. Jeff Merkley will return to Madras Saturday, March 18, for a town hall at 9:30 a.m., at the Madras Performing Arts Center, at 412 S.E. Buff St.
March 15, 2017

Merkley town hall Saturday

by Madras Pioneer
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will return to Madras for his annual town hall meeting Saturday morning at the Performing Arts Center.
March 15, 2017

Governor accepts applications for court vacancy

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson, Crook County lawyers may apply for a Circuit Court judicial vacancy.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jim Crary
March 15, 2017

Crary to hold town hall on health care

by Madras Pioneer
Candidate Jim Crary plans to run against Walden in the November 2018 election.
HOLLY M. GILL - A new, $2 million Grocery Outlet store is about a month away from completion on the north side of the Palisades Shopping Center, on South Highway 97. The project was delayed about three weeks, due to the heavy winter snows in January.
March 08, 2017

Projects plow through tough winter

by Holly M. Gill
Construction is going strong in Madras, despite several months of cold, snowy weather.
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Thomas Stofiel, 44, and his daughter, Kaitlyn, 11, were found in good condition on Wednesday morning, March 8, about a mile from where Stofiel had left his pickup truck, just off U.S. Highway 26, about 26 miles north of Warm Springs.
March 08, 2017

Police locate man, daughter on Warm Springs Reservation

by Madras Pioneer
Warm Springs police and the FBI located Thomas Stofiel and his daughter March 8, along U.S. Highway 26.
HOLLY M. GILL - A July 2016 accident involving a pickup truck and a Burlington Northern train at the intersection of Gem Lane and the Culver Highway, which killed one and injured several, spurred discussion about closing the rail crossing
March 08, 2017

County opposes closure of rail crossing

by Holly M. Gill
Jefferson County expressed its opposition to the closure of the Gem Lane-Culver Highway rail crossing in a letter.

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Mar 08, 2017

February slightly cooler than normal

by Madras Pioneer
March forecast calls for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Police are searching for Thomas Clarence Stofiel, 44, and his 9-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. Stofiel's pickup truck was found in late February just off Highway 26 in the northwest area of the Warm Springs Reservation.
Mar 03, 2017

Information on missing, endangered 11-year-old girl sought

by Holly M. Gill
Police report that they have located a pickup on the Warm Springs Reservation belonging to the girl's father.
HOLLY M. GILL - Michell Galan, of Madras, asks Sen. Ron Wyden about DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which was started five years ago to protect children brought to the U.S. before age 16.
Mar 01, 2017

Wyden gets big response to town hall

by Holly M. Gill
A large group of Madras High School students took part in Sen. Ron Wyden's Feb. 22 town hall.
HOLLY M. GILL - Mandi Oelrich, of Madras, helps her son, Kaleb, 8, look through a spotting scope into the Deschutes River Canyon, above the Cove Palisades Park and Round Butte Dam at the 22nd annual Eagle Watch on Sunday, at Round Butte Overlook Park. Two other sons, Kory, 7, and Kayden, 4, await their turns.
Mar 01, 2017

Eagle Watch attracts about 750 over two-day event

by Holly M. Gill
Visitors came from all over Central Oregon to check out the attractions at the free event.
HOLLY M. GILL - The site of the former Jefferson County Courthouse has been cleared and sits ready for a layer of gravel on Monday. The county has not yet decided what the property will be used for in the future.
Mar 01, 2017

County courthouse removed, lot leveled

by Holly M. Gill
The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners will consider how the property will be used in the future.
Mar 01, 2017

Provide input on Madras' transportation plans

by Holly M. Gill
The city of Madras will hold an open house to gather information from the public for its transportation system plan.
Mar 01, 2017

Army Corps dedicates funds for tribal housing

by Madras Pioneer
Allocated funds will be used to replace tribal housing along the Columbia River.
Mar 01, 2017

Jefferson County Emergency Management recognized

by Madras Pioneer
National Weather Service considers JC Emergency Management a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador.
SUSAN MATHENY - Numerous local businesses closed their doors Thursday, Feb. 16, to protest anti-immigrant policies, including the president's plans to construct a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and roundups of illegal immigrants — some of whom have lived in the U.S. for most of their lives.
Feb 22, 2017

A Day Without Immigrants

by Holly M. Gill and Susan Matheny
At least a dozen local businesses closed their doors, and many Hispanic residents stayed home as part of the protest of federal immigration policies.
HOLLY M. GILL - Rep. Dan Rayfield, of Corvallis, a member of the Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means, introduces himself Saturday, when the committee took testimony on the state's 2017-19 budget at the Madras Performing Arts Center. Rep. John Huffman, of District 59, is seated at right.
Feb 22, 2017

Ways & Means brings road show to Madras

by Holly M. Gill
Dozens of Central Oregon residents testified before the Oregon Joint Committee on Ways and Means in Madras Feb. 18.