509-J Board upholds principal's reassignment

509-J Board upholds principal's reassignment

Public, teachers speak out A group of student and teachers, dressed in black and carrying signs...

Medical marijuana ordinance draws scrutiny

Medical marijuana ordinance draws scrutiny

Council set to take action At Tuesday night's Madras City Council meeting, councilors were...

Project proceeding smoothly

Project proceeding smoothly

Highway 97/J Street Nearly two months after the $8.7 million U.S. Highway 97/J Street project got...

Historical Society celebrates History Day with award

Historical Society celebrates History Day with award

Presents annual Beth Crow award to Courtney Lupton Turner More than 100 people turned out for the...

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April 15, 2015

New courthouse groundbreaking set

by Madras Pioneer
A groundbreaking for the new Jefferson County Courthouse will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 25, just west of the new Madras City Hall, 125 S.W. E St., Madras. State Rep. John Huffman will…
HOLLY M. GILL - Drivers of two vehicles that collided at the intersection of Highway 361 and Jericho Lane last Friday were both transported by ambulance to St. Charles Redmond. The driver of the SUV was cited for driving without a license and failure to obey a traffic control device.
April 15, 2015

Two injured in two-vehicle crash

by Holly M. Gill
Highway 361 and Jericho Lane Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle accident Friday, at the intersection of the Culver Highway and Jericho Lane. The Jefferson County Sheriff's…
LINDA LARSON - Dallas Wells, left, assisted by Larry Brown, uses a tool to cut through a door on a storage unit at Juniper Storage on April 12.
April 15, 2015

Fire destroys storage unit

by Holly M. Gill
Abandoned Juniper Storage facility A fire in abandoned storage units near Brush Lane in Madras destroyed one building and burned its contents Sunday afternoon. Around 4:45 p.m. April 12, the…
JEFF WILSON - The historic Gateway depot, built in 1911, was demolished April 6.
April 15, 2015

Historic Gateway railroad depot demolished

by Madras Pioneer
Built in 1911 The old Gateway Railroad Depot, built in 1911, was demolished April 6, by Burlington Northern Railroad, due to vandalism and its dilapidated condition. The depot was briefly in the…
April 15, 2015

Open burning closes May 1

by Madras Pioneer
Across Central Oregon The Central Oregon Fire Chiefs Association have announced the date of closing for residential and private lands open debris burning across the tri-county region in…
April 15, 2015

W.S. man sentenced for assault

by Madras Pioneer
William Clements Sr., 44, of the Warm Springs, was sentenced April 1 to 21 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman. In November 2014, Clements pleaded guilty to felony…
BBT ARCHITECTS ILLUSTRATION - The new addition to the Culver Elementary School will feature lofty ceilings and large windows as in this illustration by BBT Architects. The addition will house third-, fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms, and is expected to be move-in ready in December.
April 08, 2015

Construction begins in Culver

by Susan Matheny
Elementary school addition A formal groundbreaking wasn’t held, but construction began two weeks ago during spring break on the addition to Culver Elementary, which will house third-, fourth-…
HOLLY M. GILL - Madras High School Key Club members, along with several Kiwanis Club members, posed with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, right, at a town hall Monday. Attendees included, left to right, Key Club members Brianna Sumner, Aubrey Holliday, Kiya Rodin, Kiana Adams and Maddie Molitor, Kiwanis members Matt Ellsbury, Patricia Smith, Jill Plant, and Bob Jones (back), and Key Club members Tyra Thomas (front), Idalis Ibrahim, Ingrid Sanchez, Dani Schmaltz and Becca Bauman.
April 08, 2015

Merkley holds seventh Madras meeting

by Holly M. Gill
Senator recognizes Key Club's service U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley returned to Madras Monday for a packed house at his seventh town hall since he was elected to office in 2009. About 75 people filled…
HOLLY M. GILL - Candidates for two positions on the school board, from right to left, Courtney Snead, Sara Puddy, Stan Sullivan, Sue Matters, and Gustavo Rico, answered questions at the community's first candidate forum Monday evening. Candidates Brad Holliday and Foster Kalama did not attend the meeting.
April 08, 2015

School board hopefuls answer questions

by Holly M. Gill
Five of seven candidates turn out for forum The first candidate forum for the open positions on the School District 509-J Board of Directors featured a posole dinner and questions in both…
April 08, 2015

Student brings gun to Culver school

by Susan Matheny
No threats to students A Culver Middle School student was arrested last week after he brought a hand gun to school and showed it to another student. According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, CMS…

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Apr 08, 2015

Date changed for 509-J board meeting

by Susan Matheny
The date of the next School District 509-J School Board meeting has been changed from Monday, April 13, to Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., in order to have a quorum of board members attending. It…
Apr 13, 2015

Teachers, others plan protest march

by Madras Pioneer
To school board meeting Members of the Madras High School staff, student, and parent communities plan to pack the next meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors to protest the board’s recent…
Apr 08, 2015

Warmer temperatures continue in March

by Madras Pioneer
Temperatures in Madras averaged warmer than normal during the month of March, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in Pendleton. The average temperature was 44.0…
Apr 08, 2015

Chamber slates candidate forum

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras-Jefferson County will hold a Candidate Forum at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, at the Jefferson County Senior Center. School board candidates will be asked to talk about their concerns,…
Apr 08, 2015

NUID starting water earlier

by Madras Pioneer
The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors has reviewed current water supply and weather conditions and has determined an earlier water start date is warranted. Water will now be…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden speaks at a March 31 town hall meeting in Madras.
Apr 08, 2015

Walden visits with locals

by Madras Pioneer
After a meeting March 31 in Jefferson County, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden announced that he has held 21 town hall meetings during the first three months of 2015. That means he has held at least one in…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Security issues could make some vital state websites vulnerable to hackers or cybercrime, according to tests by the Pamplin Media Group/EO Media Group Capital Bureau in Salem.
Apr 03, 2015

Vital state websites a click away from security vulnerabilities

by Hillary Borrud/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Oregonians who used state websites to pay child support, file unemployment claims and renew their vehicle registration in recent months were vulnerable to attackers who could intercept…
HOLLY M. GILL - Madras High School Principal Sarah Braman-Smith addresses the crowds at the high school graduation several years ago.
Apr 01, 2015

509-J board responds to questions

by Holly M. Gill
MHS principal's reassignment When the 509-J School District recently decided to reassign Madras High School Principal Sarah Braman-Smith, many in the community questioned the decision. At MHS,…
SUSAN MATHENY - A new home is going up in the Yarrow development adjacent to the Madras Aquatic Center. The Bean Foundation has announced that it is purchasing the development.
Apr 01, 2015

Bean Foundation plans stability with purchase

by Holly M. Gill
Yarrow master-planned community More than a decade after the city of Madras and the Bean Foundation first conceived a plan for an upscale housing development on the east side of Madras, the Bean…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss
Apr 01, 2015

Treasurer salary updated; trial set

by Holly M. Gill
Remains on administrative leave The Jefferson County treasurer, Deena Goss, who has been on administrative leave since April 2014, would continue on an hourly salary for any work she does under…




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