Two mobile homes up in flames

Two mobile homes up in flames

A family of six lost their home and half its contents in a fire that started in the vacant mobile...

U.S. Highway 26 project to extend from Earl Street to Gumwood Lane

U.S. Highway 26 project to extend from Earl Street to Gumwood Lane

Work on an ODOT project to repave a stretch of Highway 26 and improve the Gumwood intersection...

JCEMS goes out for permanent district tax base

JCEMS goes out for permanent district tax base

Two ballot measures, JCEMS tax base and Camp Sherman Road District levy renewal, will be on the...

What happens during a total solar eclipse?

What happens during a total solar eclipse?

Lowell Observatory's historian explains the difference between solar and lunar eclipses, and what...

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HOLLY M. GILL - Posters submitted for the city of Madras' contest for its Tree City USA celebration cover a wall in the City Council chambers in the Madras City Hall. The city is preparing to celebrate its 24th year as a Tree City USA Community on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m., at Sahalee Park.
April 19, 2017

Madras Tree City celebration set for park on April 28

by Madras Pioneer
To mark its 24th year as a Tree City USA Community, Madras invites the public to celebrate April 28, at Sahalee Park.
April 19, 2017

Frontier Regional 911 celebrates week

by Madras Pioneer
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is observed by Frontier Regional 911, which serves Jefferson County.
SUSAN MATHENY - Ken Parshall
April 12, 2017

Parshall named new 509-J superintendent

by Susan Matheny
The contract for Ken Parshall, new superintendent, calls for him to continue as Warm Springs principal for the next two years.


MADRAS PIONEER - Candidates for school board positions include, top, left to right, Laurie Danzuka and Brian Crow for position 1, Tom Norton Jr. and Alyssa Macy for position 3, and bottom row, left to right, Jamie Hurd, Sue Matters and Gary Sisk for position 2. Juan Leach Orozco does not plan to campaign for position 2.
April 12, 2017

Candidates vie for three spots on 509-J board

by Holly M. Gill
Eight candidates are running for three positions on the Jefferson County 509-J School District Board of Directors.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jerry Ramsey, left, of the Jefferson County Historical Society, awards Madras Pioneer Publisher Tony Ahern with the Beth Crow Award for Local History. The award recognizes Ahern's "generous support of the programs of the Historical Society, and his own historical contributions" as publisher of the Madras Pioneer and Sageland Magazine.
April 12, 2017

Historical Society hands out award

by Madras Pioneer
At its annual dinner, the Jefferson County Historical Society recognized Tony Ahern with the Beth Crow Award.
April 12, 2017

Camping area to close for two years

by Madras Pioneer
Sisters Ranger District closes Whychus Creek area to overnight camping for next two years.
April 12, 2017

Forums on 509-J candidates

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras Education Association and the Chamber of Commerce have scheduled candidate forums for April 18 and 26.
April 12, 2017

Prescribed burns planned in Sisters area

by Madras Pioneer
The Sisters Ranger District plans to ignite about 1,200 acres of prescribed burns.
April 12, 2017

Local blitz ends in citations

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras Police Department issues numerous citations during enforcement patrols.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The second fatal crash in the Madras area in just over a week took the life of Melissa Wallace, 26, of Madras, on March 28. Wallace was ejected from the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving after it struck a tree. Eight days earlier, an 18-year-old man died in a single-vehicle rollover on North Adams Drive.
April 05, 2017

Single-car crash kills 26-year-old woman

by Holly M. Gill
Police cite alcohol, speed and no seat belt as factors in the accident.

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SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Lowell Observatory, of Flagstaff, Arizona, will brings staff and equipment to Madras for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Apr 05, 2017

Lowell Observatory to help locals reach stars eclipse weekend

by Kevin Schindler
On Aug. 20 and 21, during and prior to the solar eclipse, Lowell Observatory will offer activities at the Madras PAC and football field.
SUSAN MATHENY - Ken Parshall
Apr 05, 2017

Zehr withdraws; Parshall left as superintendent finalist

by Susan Matheny
The school board is in the negotiation phase and plans to have a decision by April 10.
HOLLY M. GILL - A new conference room with a television screen divides the juvenile and adult portions of the remodeled Jefferson County community justice center in the Goodson Building. Kurt Symons, of Madras, was named the director of both Adult Community Corrections and the Juvenile Justice Department in January.
Apr 05, 2017

Community justice finds new home in Goodson Building

by Holly M. Gill
An extensive remodel of the Goodson Building yields a safer space for the Jefferson County adult and juvenile justice programs.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Medical personnel respond to a serious accident Sunday, April 2, around 7:30 p.m., when the single-car crash was reported on U.S. Highway 26, about seven miles north of Madras. The accident closed the highway for at least two hours.
Apr 05, 2017

U.S. Highway 26 accident causes injury to passengers

by Holly M. Gill
Several passengers in a single-vehicle accident April 2 were injured and transported to area hospitals.
Apr 05, 2017

NUID changes water turn-on date

by Madras Pioneer
North Unit plans to release irrigation water April 10, with water available April 14-17.
Apr 05, 2017

CRR man commits suicide as warrant is served

by Madras Pioneer
A 66-year-old Crooked River Ranch man shot himself March 30, as a deputy served a warrant.
Apr 05, 2017

March weather slightly warmer than normal

by Madras Pioneer
The April outlook calls for near normal temperatures and normal, or above normal precipitation.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mitchell Julio Morris
Mar 29, 2017

Double life sentence awaits murderer

by Holly M. Gill
A 21-year-old Crooked River Ranch man, who took the lives of his two roommates, will spend his life in prison.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jim Crary, left, who is already planning to run against U.S. Rep. Greg Walden in 2018, returned to Madras for a town hall on health care on March 23.
Mar 29, 2017

Challenger returns for town hall on health care

by Madras Pioneer
Jim Crary plans to take on U.S. Rep, Greg Walden in the 2018 election.
Mar 29, 2017

City hopes to add acreage at airport

by Holly M. Gill
A state bill would make it easier for the city to expand its urban growth boundary at the airport.