Daimler Trucks North America opens testing facility

Daimler Trucks North America opens testing facility

The $18.7 million High Desert Proving Ground opened its doors May 18, at the Madras Municipal...

Saving the story pole takes group effort

Saving the story pole takes group effort

An artist enlists Madras High School and the community in saving the 30-year-old story pole.

Dugout fire burns home team side

Dugout fire burns home team side

Investigators are seeking more information on a fire that damaged the MHS baseball dugout and...

Movin' Mountains tags winners

Movin' Mountains tags winners

A record 49 percent of participants stuck with the slimdown challenge for the four-month contest.

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May 24, 2017

Memorial Day holiday means earlier deadlines

by Tony Ahern
The Madras Pioneer office will be closed May 31, for Memorial Day.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mario Perez
May 24, 2017

Driver sentenced for injuring six people

by Holly M. Gill
A DUII driver is sentenced to 80 months for April 2 rollover crash.
HOLLY M. GILL - The MAC Recreation District has adopted a strategic plan for the first time.
May 24, 2017

MAC Recreation District adopts first strategic plan, goals

by Madras Pioneer
New strategic plan outlines MAC history, mission, values and goals.


MADRAS PIONEER - Incumbents Tom Norton Jr., left, and Laurie Danzuka, right, beat back challenges for their seats on the School District 509-J Board of Directors, while Jamie Hurd, center, came out on top of a four-way race for an open seat.
May 24, 2017

Norton, Danzuka, Hurd win 509-J board seats

by Holly M. Gill
Low turnout marks the special district elections for May 2017.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Madras woman, Marilyn Lancaster, has been safely located and is on her way home.
May 17, 2017

Police locate missing woman in Southern Oregon

by Madras Pioneer
After a 10-day search for a Madras woman, police located her near the Nevada border on her way back to Madras.
MADRAS PIONEER - Tom Norton Jr., Jamie Hurd, and Laurie Danzuka won positions 3, 2, and 1, respectively, on the School District 509-J Board of Directors.
May 17, 2017

Voters elect Danzuka, Hurd, Norton, turn down JCEMS tax request

by Holly M. Gill
In the May 16 special district election, voters re-elected two 509-J board members, named a new board member, and defeated a tax request.
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Mariah Angeline Rodgriguez and Antonio Burke-Gates
May 17, 2017

Couple sentenced for assault of child

by Gill, Holly M.
Wife's beating of 2-year-old daughter is filmed by her husband.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - On June 8, 1918, an artist/physicist, Howard Russell Butler, was a member of a U.S. Naval Observatory team that traveled to Baker City to observe the total solar eclipse — the last time an eclipse stretched across the U.S. Butler painted the now-famous depiction of the event.
May 17, 2017

Total solar eclipses make mark on history

by Kevin Schindler
Lowell Observatory historian notes significant eclipses over the past 2,100 years.
GINA ANDERSON - Some of the 170 participants in the motocross races set out on the course on Sunday, at the 11th annual Steel Stampede at Crooked River Ranch. Another 35 people took part in the trials on Saturday at the Ranch. The event features vintage bikes.
May 17, 2017

Steel Stampede successes continue

by Phyliss Carlin
The 11th annual Steel Stampede at Crooked River Ranch sees 205 race and trials participants.
BILL VOLLMER - With Native ceremony, amid the spirit of honor and valor, ground was broken Saturday on the Warm Springs Veterans Memorial Park, to be built upon the Museum of Warm Springs grounds. The project was initiatied and has been driven by the Warm Springs-based Elliot Palmer Post 4217 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
May 17, 2017

Warm Springs VFW post breaks ground on memorial

by Madras Pioneer
The Warm Springs Veterans Memorial Park will be located on the grounds of the Museum at Warm Springs.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - William Richardson
May 17, 2017

CRR man sentenced for assault

by Holly M. Gill
William Richardson, of Crooked River Ranch, was sentenced to 80 months in prison for a domestic assault.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rescuers work to recover a body from the Crooked River Gorge on May 12.
May 17, 2017

Searchers locate body of Redmond woman

by Holly M. Gill
Deschutes County Search and Rescue locates the body of a 60-year-old woman who was missing and presumed dead.
HOLLY M. GILL - JCEMS will offer demonstrations of hands-only CPR during EMS Week May 21-27.
May 17, 2017

JCEMS celebrates Emergency Medical Services Week

by Madras Pioneer
In honor of EMS Week May 21-27, JCEMS plans hands-only CPR demonstrations.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras City Administrator Gus Burril won the first City Club of Central Oregon's 'Amazing Alpaca' award at regional forum.
May 17, 2017

Burril wins City Club's first award

by Madras Pioneer
Madras City Manager Gus Burril is honored during the City Managers Regional Forum.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Firefighters watch as an old North Unit Irrigation District house goes up in flames as part of a 'Burn to Learn' operation.
May 17, 2017

Firefighters participate in 'Burn to Learn'

by Madras Pioneer
Local fire district volunteers, staff and interns learn about fire behavior while burning an old house.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marilyn Lancaster
May 17, 2017

Madras woman reported missing

by Madras Pioneer
Friends and roommate say they haven't seen Marilyn Lancaster since April 29.
May 17, 2017

Crews start road work at Crooked River Ranch

by Madras Pioneer
Work on an overlay of Northwest Chinook Drive and Northwest 43rd Street has begun and drivers can expect delays.
May 17, 2017

Emergency updates, information available

by Madras Pioneer
Central Oregon partners are working together to provide access to joint updates for emergencies.
HOLLY M. GILL - A Thrush cropduster plane was severely damaged by the hail storm that hit the Madras airport around 11 p.m. May 4. The storm broke at least 200 windows in the historical hangars, and damaged siding, roofs, and numerous aircraft with golf-ball size hail.
May 10, 2017

Damage from hail storm surprising

by Holly M. Gill
Madras Municipal Airport area sustains heavy damage to aircraft and buildings during May 4 hail storm.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Two live pigs, penned up with two dead pigs on property on Elbe Drive, were among 96 live animals recovered from the property by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in late April. The JCSO arrested the man renting the property for 114 counts of animal neglect.
May 10, 2017

Animals seized at Culver area farm

by Holly M. Gill
A Culver man faces 114 neglect charges related to the condition of the animals, including charges for the deaths of 14.