Latest foray: mayor of Madras

Latest foray: mayor of Madras

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School district, city work on property rezone

School district, city work on property rezone

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iPads to help city reduce packet expenses

iPads to help city reduce packet expenses

Two will test devices In order to save an estimated $18,000 per year in expenses related to the...

Resources Smith's focus at OSU-Cascades

Resources Smith's focus at OSU-Cascades

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Madras Latest News

January 21, 2015

Movin' Mountains weigh-ins this week

by Madras Pioneer
In Madras, Warm Springs Movin' Mountains - Mission Possible is an annual countywide event to lose weight and establish a healthier lifestyle. It is presented as a collaboration between the Let's…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Trail closures are intended to protect nesting eagles.
January 21, 2015

Trail closures in effect

by Madras Pioneer
To protect nesting eagles The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District has started implementing a series of annual wildlife closures to protect several species of birds of prey during…
January 21, 2015

Donations needed for homeless count

by Madras PIoneer
Planning meeting Friday Organizers of the annual homeless count will meet Friday to plan for next week's count, according to Ana Young of NeighborImpact. The meeting will be held at noon, on…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Miriam Fisher, of Madras, escorts her father, Steve Fisher, on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem, when he visited in August. The Dome of the Rock is in the background.
January 14, 2015

Peaceful relations part of project

by Holly M. Gill
Living in Israel Last spring, just as tensions in the Middle East were rising, Madras resident Miriam Fisher jumped at the chance to go to Israel, where she was offered a job with an…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Since the three-story Madras Hotel and Motel burned to the ground on Oct. 26, the asbestos-contaminated property has attracted people who have scavenged material from the site. Last week, the Department of Environmental Quality notified the property owner that the site needs to be cleaned up.
January 14, 2015

DEQ orders cleanup of hotel burn site

by Holly M. Gill
Asbestos contamination confirmed The owner of the property where the historic Madras Hotel and Motel once stood has been notified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that he must…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Since the opening of the Warm Springs K-8 Academy last fall, the Warm Springs Tribal Council has expressed an interest in the tribes having their own high school and school district. School District 509-J will discuss the new memorandum of understanding between the school district and council at its next meeting Jan. 20, at Kah-Nee-Ta. Above, the K-8 academy was readied for students last summer.
January 14, 2015

Tribes, 509-J to discuss tribal high school

by Susan Matheny
The School District 509-J Board of Directors will be meeting with Warm Springs Tribal Council Jan. 20, at Kah-Nee-Ta, to discuss any adjustment to the next memorandum of understanding between…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jaquelynn Marie Brown
January 14, 2015

Fugitive caught following motorcycle chase

by Madras Pioneer
A female fugitive was apprehended Saturday evening after she tried to elude deputies while riding a motorcycle. According to the report, on Jan. 10, at about 11:15 p.m., a Jefferson County…
Photo Credit: ODFW PHOTO - Hatchery technician Charles Baker puts a coho salmon into a tote diestined for the Oregon Food Bank.
January 14, 2015

Salmon donations stock food banks

by Madras Pioneer
Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - A shed and its contents - 280 tons of hay, three tractors, a baler and a truck - were a complete loss after a fire late Sunday night on Quaale Road, about 13 miles northeast of Madras.
January 07, 2015

Fire consumes hay, equipment

by Holly M. Gill
Loss estimated at $450,000 A fire that started late Sunday night near a residence on Quaale Road destroyed a hay shed, a large amount of hay and several agricultural vehicles. Greg Lechner, of…
January 07, 2015

Hay falls, causes death of farmer

by Susan Matheny
In barn near Madras A local farmer died Sunday, Jan. 4, in an accident in which several hay bales fell on top of him According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Harvey Stickler, 76, of…

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - John Hatfield talks to friends and co-workers at his retirement party on Dec. 31. Mae Huston, at left, has been elected to Hatfield's seat on the Jefferson County Commission.
Jan 07, 2015

Hatfield retires from County Commission

by Holly M. Gill
Recalls years of service After he closed the Madras Hatfield's store in 2003, John Hatfield was in his mid-50s and had some time on his hands. "I was looking for something to do," said Hatfield.…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY - Sasha Perez of Madras holds her newborn daughter, Kira Faye Wolfe-Esquiro, who was the first baby to arrive in 2015 at St. Charles Madras.
Jan 07, 2015

First baby of 2015 arrives in Madras

by Susan Matheny
Kira Faye Wolfe-Esquiro arrived at 6:43 a.m., Friday, Jan. 2, as the first baby of 2015 born at St. Charles Madras. At birth, she weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces, and measured 20 ½ inches in length.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Shelter dog 'Lingo' is inside and staying happy.
Jan 07, 2015

Plea finds foster families for shelter dogs

by Madras Pioneer
Local help in freezing weather Answering a simple plea posted on the Three River Humane Society’s Facebook page, Jefferson County residents came forward in large numbers to offer foster homes to…
Photo Credit: LYLE JANSMA - ERICKSON AIRCRAFT COLLECTION - The Dec. 18 Business After Hours event drew a crowd of people to the new Erickson Aircraft Collection facility, where they posed next to the 'Madras Maiden' B-17.
Dec 31, 2014

Construction projects abound

by Holly M. Gill
Top 5 of 2014 Construction topped the list of most important stories for Jefferson County in 2014, when three major construction projects were completed, and funding was approved for another…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - A semitruck rear-ended a car on U.S. Highway 97, south of Madras, on Dec. 24, injuring four people.
Dec 31, 2014

Christmas Eve crash injures four

by Madras Pioneer
Car struck by semitruck Four people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 97 near Bear Drive, at 1:59 p.m., Dec. 24. Erland Suppah, 67, of Warm Springs, had stopped his Volkswagen…
Photo Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY TOM CULBERTSON - The Movin' Mountains Slimdown Challenge begins with weigh-ins in January.
Dec 31, 2014

Slimdown Challenge ready to start in January

by Tony Ahern
Movin' Mountains Movin’ Mountains - Mission Possible 2015 is gearing up to start in January. Movin’ Mountains is an annual countywide event to lose weight and establish a healthier lifestyle. It…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Flood waters from Willow Creek inundate Fourth and Fifth streets at Madras Auto Supply on A Street in this photo from Christmas week 1964. The flooding, which affected the entire state, caused considerable damage to businesses, roads, bridges and farm land in the Madras, Culver, Metolius and Warm Springs areas.
Dec 24, 2014

Half a century later, locals recall Christmas week devastation

by Holly M. Gill
The great flood of '64 Fifty years ago this week, Warm Springs and Madras were devastated by a huge flood that washed out bridges and sections of highway and flooded businesses, causing major…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A vehicle stolen from Warm Springs was crashed into a fence in Gateway, following a police chase. The occupants fled the scene, but were later arrested.
Dec 24, 2014

Three arrested after car chase, gun shot

by Holly M. Gill
Crashed stolen vehicle Three people were arrested Dec. 15, following a stolen vehicle chase that ended with a shot fired and a crashed vehicle. The incident started around 9:20 a.m. last Monday,…
Dec 24, 2014

Six seek to amend W.S. tribal document

by Holly M. Gill
Gathering signatures A group of six Warm Springs tribal members are out to amend the tribes' constitution and bylaws. "Under our constitution bylaws here at the tribes, we're allowed to craft…
Dec 24, 2014

Car rolls, hits power pole

by Susan Matheny
A car rollover accident was reported Dec. 12, near Abby’s Pizza on U.S. Highway 97. The responding police officer found a car on its side in the grass by the pizza restaurant. Investigation…




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