MAC takes management reins

MAC takes management reins

Agreement teams MAC, Kids Club Two organizations that cater to the county's young people are...

Clinic adds four doctors to community

Clinic adds four doctors to community

St. Charles Family Care Three new medical doctors and a psychologist have combined forces to...

Huston wins seat on County Commission

Huston wins seat on County Commission

After recount, leads Tom Brown by 13 votes Sixteen days after the Nov. 4 election, Mae Huston was...

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras High School has moved to a proficiency-based learning system, which the school district has endorsed.
November 26, 2014

509-J board backs proficiency learning

by Susan Matheny
Signs strategic plan as district's blueprint School District 509-J board members made it clear that they fully support proficiency-based learning, and the district’s new “Strategic Plan for…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Melanie Widmer, pictured with her husband, Sid, is retiring from the position of mayor at the end of the year.
November 26, 2014

Mayor's tenure celebrated

by Holly M. Gill
Retirement reception After 14 years on the Madras City Council, with the past six as mayor, Melanie Widmer will retire from the position at the end of December. Widmer's tenure on the council…
November 26, 2014

Oregon population growth reported

by Susan Matheny
Portland State University’s Population Research Center has released the preliminary 2014 population estimates for Oregon and its cities and counties. Results show Oregon’s population increased…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY - The owners of the Madras Blockbuster plan to close the Madras location and consolidate the business with their other stores in Redmond and Bend.
November 26, 2014

Madras Blockbuster closing

by Susan Matheny
Last weekend, the Madras Blockbuster store announced via a letter on its door that it was closing, and stopped renting movies and games Nov. 23. “Due to the end of our lease, we will be…
November 26, 2014

BNSF train derails in Metolius

by Holly M. Gill
No spills, injuries A freight train derailed in Metolius early Nov. 9, but nothing was spilled and no one was hurt. "It involved a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train hauling general merchandise…
November 26, 2014

W.S. man pleads guilty to assault

by Holly M. Gill
Sentencing Feb. 25 A Warm Springs man, William Clements Sr., 43, pleaded guilty to felony assault Nov. 17, in the U.S. District Court in Portland. According to Craig Gabriel, assistant U.S.…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The race for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission will be decided by a hand recount Thursday. After all votes were tallied Tuesday, Mae Huston had a 12-vote lead over Tom Brown.
November 19, 2014

County Commission race goes to recount

by Holly M. Gill
Huston leads Brown by 12 votes Since the Nov. 4 election, four additional ballot counts in the race for a spot on the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners have left Mae Huston, of Culver,…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Madras Aquatic Center girls water polo team won the Class 5A/4A state water polo tournament on Saturday at the Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis for the first time ever. The team, coached by Doug Calvin, beat Parkrose 15-5 for the title. The team and coaches include: back row, left to right, coach Doug Calvin, Maya Hoaglin, Thyreicia Simtustus, and Melissa Smith, assistant coach; center, Sophie Gemelas, Aurora Gerhardt, Melissa Field, and Ashtin Boston; and front, Amanda Barrett, Shania Tom, Cirelle Frank, Mikayla Weinke, and Shawntana Smith.
November 19, 2014

Madras girls polo wins state championship

by Madras Pioneer
First title in program's seven-year history The Madras girls water polo team won the program's first state title ever Nov. 15, at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. The team, coached by…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Gabi Baza, 8, of Madras, tubes down the hill into her yard in southeast  Madras on Sunday, when temperatures ranged from a low of -10 up to a high of 14 degrees. This week, temperatures will warm into the 40s, accompanied by rain beginning on Friday.
November 19, 2014

Cold, snow close schools, businesses

by Holly M. Gill
Police respond to numerous accidents A polar vortex — a large pocket of air that typically circles around the North Pole — descended into Madras and most of the country last week, sending…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Karin Long, of Bend, took home Grady, a pit bull puppy from the Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras, to care for him during the cold weather of the past week, which saw temperatures dipping below zero.
November 19, 2014

Shelter dogs saved from brutal cold

by Madras Pioneer
Dogs get foster homes On Nov. 15, Bend Spay and Neuter Project reached out to an overworked and understaffed Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras, with an offer to help get all of the dogs…

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The stretch of U.S. Highway 97 in front of Martina's Market and Mi Casa Restaurant, at left, will become a frontage road when the Oregon Department of Transportation completes the first phase of an $8.2 million realignment project. The frontage road will be used to access businesses, including the market, Relax Inn and Prince's Automotive. The project is expected to get underway in early 2015 and be fully completed in the summer.
Nov 19, 2014

Businesses gear up for realignment

by Holly M. Gill
U.S. Highway-J Street project Eight years after the city of Madras and the Oregon Department of Transportation agreed on a plan for the realignment of U.S. Highway 97 from J Street south,…
Nov 19, 2014

Calf thefts investigated

by Susan Matheny
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating three incidences of cattle rustling involving calves. Deputy Brad Hamlin said the Nakato Cattle Co., on Gem Lane in Culver, reported…
Nov 19, 2014

MGM operating warming shelter

by Susan Matheny
During the recent cold snap, Madras Gospel Mission has been serving as the emergency warming shelter for local homeless people caught out in the cold. Mark Harner, MGM director of ministry,…
Nov 19, 2014

Oregon Lottery to visit Metolius

by Madras Pioneer
Give away iPad Mini The Oregon State Lottery Promotions Team will be visiting Metolius on Thursday night, and conduct a contest for an iPad Mini. During the visit, Nov. 20, from 9-10:30 p.m.,…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY KATHY OXBORROW - Inmate entrepreneurs, from left, Daniel, Larry, Frank, Christopher, Danial and Kelvin, are using the course to make plans for business ventures after their release from prison.
Nov 19, 2014

Inmate entrepreneurs study business

by Kathy Oxborrow
(Reprinted with permission from Cascade Business News) If the men had not been dressed identically in blue denim and sitting in a building surrounded by fences topped with razor wire, their…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The race for a commission seat is still too close to call. Mae Huston has pulled ahead of Tom Brown, but there are still ballots coming in from other counties.
Nov 12, 2014

Election result flips, but it's not over yet

by Holly M. Gill
Huston leads Brown by 16 votes A week after the Nov. 4 election, the result of the race for a seat on the Jefferson County Commission had widened, with Mae Huston, of Culver, holding a 16-vote…
Nov 14, 2014

J.C. courts closed

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson Circuit Courts, courtrooms and offices will be closed from noon to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.
Nov 13, 2014

No school for Nov. 13

by Madras Pioneer
Due to snowfall and predictions of freezing rain, school has been cancelled for the 509-J and Culver school districts for Thursday, Nov. 13.
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Joe McHaney, executive director of the MAC, addresses the crowd at the MAC Bash fundraiser Friday evening.
Nov 12, 2014

MAC Bash returns with a bang

by Madras Pioneer
Raises $7,500 for programs After taking a year off from action, The MAC Trust held the MAC Bash, a formal event catered by Rio Restaurant, at the Madras Aquatic Center Nov. 7. The event served…
Nov 14, 2014

FFA Banquet rescheduled

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras FFA Banquet, which was slated for this Saturday, has been postponed to Sunday, Nov. 23, and will be at the new location of Madras High School. The change was due to snowy weather.




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