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Museum to open in time for air show

Museum to open in time for air show

Erickson Aircraft Collection Just in time for the Airshow of the Cascades, the Erickson Aircraft...

Airshow of Cascades 15th annual event takes off Friday

Airshow of Cascades 15th annual event takes off Friday

Aerial performances, car show, entertainment Every year, more and more people are discovering the...

Largest parade ever at Crawdad Festival

Largest parade ever at Crawdad Festival

Served 800 pounds of crawdads A huge parade and piles of crawdads greeted crowds attending...

Osborne pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Osborne pleads guilty to sexual abuse

Sentenced to six years in prison After emotional testimony from the victim's family, a former...

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Bowerman
August 20, 2014

Bowerman released to husband on bail

by Holly M. Gill
Change of judge approved Former Madras High School track coach Melissa Bowerman, 43, who is facing charges of inappropriate sexual contact with a student athlete, was released to her husband…
August 20, 2014

NUID increases water allotments

by Madras Pioneer
The water allotment for North Unit Irrigation District customers was increased effective Aug. 13, according to a statement from the district. At the NUID Board of Directors Aug. 12 meeting, the…
August 20, 2014

New school has 81kw, 213-panel solar system

by Madras Pioneer
Warm Springs K-8 Academy In compliance with a state mandate, Jefferson County School District 509-J has installed a solar system on the new Warm Springs K-8 Academy. Since 2007, Oregon state law…
August 20, 2014

July, August weather warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
The National Weather Service in Pendleton has confirmed what many already knew: July was warmer and drier than usual. The average temperature was 69.1 degrees, which was 3.1 degrees above…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The new playground equipment at Warm Springs K-8 Academy, located on the east side of the school, has rubberized mats underneath, and beautiful views of the surrounding mesas above.
August 13, 2014

W.S. K-8 Academy near finish

by Holly M. Gill
New $21.5 million school When school starts on Sept. 9, Warm Springs kindergarten through eighth-grade students will step into a brand new school. The 82,000-square-foot, single-story Warm…
Photo Credit: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - An attendee fills a plate at last year's event.
August 13, 2014

Crawdad Festival set for Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
Parade, 5K Run/Obstacle Course Whether you call them crawdads, as the locals do, crayfish, mudbugs or freshwater lobsters, Culver is the place to get a plateful of the colorful crustaceans on…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber wields an excavator, under the watchful eyes of the demolition contractor, Keeton King.
August 13, 2014

Garber strikes first blow on Culver project

by Susan Matheny
Operating the jaws of a 20-ton excavator, Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber struck the first blow on Aug. 8, to begin the demolition of the old elementary school wings in preparation for new…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss
August 13, 2014

Treasurer arraigned on 36 counts

by Holly M. Gill
Charges related to financial irregularities In a brief appearance on Friday, Jefferson County Treasurer Deena Goss was arraigned in the Circuit Court on 36 charges related to financial…
Photo Credit: PIONEER ILLUSTRATION - Deschutes Valley Water District sent out notification letters to district patrons after two samples tested positive for bacteria. The district repeated the tests twice, and the tests came back clean, but the district is required to send out letters.
August 13, 2014

DVWD sends patrons letters

by Holly M. Gill
Repeat tests find no issues with bacteria For a short time last week, Deschutes Valley Water District was on high alert, when routine water samples came back showing the presence of bacteria.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Cindy Brockett of BestCare Prevention, CRR Fire Chief Rich Hoffman, and Sheriff Jim Adkins partnered up to install a 24-hour medication collection box in the lobby of the Ranch fire station.
August 13, 2014

Drug drop box installed

by Madras Pioneer
At CRR Fire Station In a collaborative partnership between BestCare Prevention, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue, a 24-hour medication collection box…

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Aug 13, 2014

Man pleads guilty to strangulation charge

by Holly M. Gill
In U.S. District Court in Portland A 31-year-old Warm Springs man, Mark Kevin Johnson Jr., pleaded guilty Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court in Portland to assault by strangulation. Craig…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Paving around the Performing Arts Center has been completed and curbs installed, but workers are still installing sidewalks and entrances to the facility from Buff Street. The $7,980,000 Performing Arts Center will be completed and turned over to School District 509-J in mid-November. The Madras High School football field, track, concessions, grandstand and ticket booth will be ready before school starts on Sept. 8.
Aug 06, 2014

Work heats up inside new PAC

by Holly M. Gill
Performing arts, football, track facilities The outside of the two-story Madras Performing Arts Center is nearly complete, but inside, activity has picked up, as workers pour concrete for risers…
Aug 06, 2014

District takes on student transfer issue

by Susan Matheny
Lost 124 students last year Options for student transfers were reviewed at the July 28 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors. Superintendent Rick Molitor told board members they had three…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Our Community in the Park event on Saturday was the first big event of a busy August. Above, volunteer Karen Affeldt polishes the nails of 11-year-old Victoria Hester, of Madras.
Aug 06, 2014

From Crawdad Festival to Airshow, August is busy

by Holly M. Gill
Successful Our Community in Park event An active August opened Saturday with the Our Community in the Park event, and continues with the popular Culver Crawdad Festival Aug. 16, and the Airshow…
Photo Credit: INCIWEB PHOTO - The Castle Fire is burning in steep terrain in the Metolius River area.
Aug 06, 2014

Lightning sparks Castle Fire

by Gill, Holly M.
Other lightning fires nearly contained Lightning that passed through Central Oregon last Friday sparked a new fire in the area of the Monty Campground, south of the Metolius River, on the…
Aug 06, 2014

CRR business aims at assisting seniors

by Stephanie Roderick
Staying in their homes Last year, a new business was introduced on Crooked River Ranch — Assisting Seniors at Home. After helping seniors on the Ranch, in Bend and in Redmond for the past year,…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss, Jefferson County treasurer
Aug 06, 2014

Treasurer indicted on 36 counts

by Holly M. Gill
Department of Justice investigation A Department of Justice investigation of financial irregularities in the Jefferson County Treasurer's Office has resulted in the indictment of Treasurer Deena…
Photo Credit: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Jon Bowerman
Jul 30, 2014

Jon Bowerman addresses 509-J board

by Susan Matheny
Husband of accused coach apologizes for scandal Jon Bowerman offered a public apology at the Monday night School District 509-J Board meeting, in the wake of his wife, Melissa Bowerman, the…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Bowerman
Jul 30, 2014

Bowerman pleads not guilty

by Holly M. Gill
Coach/student athlete sex abuse case Former Madras High School head track coach Melissa Bowerman was arraigned July 25 on sexual abuse charges involving a 17-year-old track team member.…
by: SUSAN MATHENY - Lizzy Friend, 6, interacts with her friend's Nigerian dwarf goat on Thursday at the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair.
Jul 30, 2014

Fair rodeos pack in crowds

by Madras Pioneer
Wool Busters kids' rodeo a big hit The Jefferson County Fair Rodeos were packed and overall attendance was comparable to past years, according to fair manager Sandy Forman. “It went really well,…




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