Cyclists spend three days in town

Cyclists spend three days in town

Cycle Oregon's 27th annual event Riders in this year's Cycle Oregon event may have been thinking...

Cycle Oregon boosts business

Cycle Oregon boosts business

In Madras, Culver Local businesses will be talking about Cycle Oregon's visit for a long time....

Culver, 509-J state scores improving

Culver, 509-J state scores improving

For state benchmarks The Oregon Department of Education has released state test results for...

Courthouse plans moving forward

Courthouse plans moving forward

Commission holds public meeting Designers and architects are fleshing in the plans for Jefferson...

W.S. K-8 Academy dedicated

W.S. K-8 Academy dedicated

Unique partnership leads to school construction Built on a hill above the town, the new Warm...

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September 17, 2014

Metolius man shot, killed by his father

by Holly M. Gill
Following disturbance at home A Metolius man, Mark Allen Province, 45, was fatally shot Monday night at his home. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, dispatch received a report of…
September 17, 2014

Clerk's catering costs cause furor

by Holly M. Gill
Out-of-county caterer When the Oregon Association of County Clerks came to Madras for their annual four-day meeting in late August, Kathy Marston, the outgoing president who organized the…
September 17, 2014

Election deadline approaches

by Madras Pioneer
Elections Division sends out postcards Secretary of State Kate Brown and Oregon’s county clerks and elections officials have announced the first step of the state’s participation with the…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - St. Charles Madras will reconfigure its facilties to add emergency, surgery, diagnostic and food service space, as well as a new, more distinctive entrance on the east side of the building.
September 10, 2014

St. Charles to commit $16M

by Holly M. Gill
For Madras hospital renovation, construction Change is coming for St. Charles Madras. Next year, St. Charles Health System will move forward with the renovation and construction on the local…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED LOGO - Cycle Oregon riders hit town Sept. 10 for a two-night stay.
September 10, 2014

Cycle Oregon hits town Sept. 10

by Holly M. Gill
2,200 cyclists, plus support staff, arrive This week, an estimated 2,200 participants in Cycle Oregon's "Magnificent Seven" tour roll into Madras for a two-night stay at Juniper Hills Park. The…
Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - In its early years, the Madras Pioneer was housed in a wooden building on Sixth and D streets. The 110-year-old paper has been owned by a U.S. congressman (Denny Smith), Oregon governor (Elmo Smith), a state representative and Madras mayor (Howard Turner).
September 10, 2014

Madras Pioneer marks 110 years of papers

by Holly M. Gill
From August 1904 This week marks the Madras Pioneer's 110th year of publication. The first issue of the Madras Pioneer was published on Aug. 25, 1904, when the community of Madras was years from…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Viewed from the access road that the county will share with the city of Madras, the proposed two-story courthouse will face east, with views of the city's Veterans Memorial.
September 10, 2014

County to hold 2nd public courthouse meeting

by Holly M. Gill
Seeking input from community As part of an effort to engage the community in the plans for a new courthouse, the Jefferson County Commission will hold a public meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10, at…
Photo Credit: BILL VOLLMER - The Crooked River Ranch Lions Club's mini train transports children during last year's event. The train will return for the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
September 11, 2014

Metolius readies Spike and Rail Day

by Susan Matheny
Sept. 13 in Metolius Metolius’ history as the early-day railroad hub of Central Oregon will be celebrated at Spike and Rail Day on Saturday, Sept. 13. Events kick off at 7 a.m. with a 5K Move…
September 10, 2014

Candidates file for office

by Holly M. Gill
City councils, mayors, county posts The Madras, Culver and Metolius city councils will be looking to fill three council seats, as well as the position of mayor, in the Nov. 4 general election.…
September 10, 2014

Flu shot clinics set at CRR

by Madras Pioneer
Sept. 16 and Oct. 9 In a collaborative partnership between Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue and Rite Aid, there will be two flu shot clinics held on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and on Oct. 9,…

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Sep 11, 2014

Hilltop Lane to close Sept. 16-17

by Madras Pioneer
Part of ODOT project As part of the U.S. Highway 97 and Cherry Lane safety project, Hilltop Lane north of Madras will be closed for two days in September due to construction activities. This…
Sep 11, 2014

August weather warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
September to follow suit For the second month in a row, temperatures in Madras averaged slightly warmer than normal, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in Pendleton.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Cycle Oregon riders will visit Madras for two nights Sept. 10 and 11, before starting their return trip to The Dalles on Sept. 12.
Sep 03, 2014

Bike tour comes to Madras Sept. 10

by Holly M. Gill
Cycle Oregon's annual event Next week, as many as 2,200 bicyclists will spend two nights in Madras as part of Cycle Oregon's "Magnificent Seven" tour. The cyclists begin the trip in The Dalles…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The county will consider preliminary plans for a new Jefferson County Courthouse at a public meeting Sept. 10. The courthouse will be built just west of the new Madras City Hall and Police Station.
Sep 03, 2014

County seeks courthouse input

by Holly M. Gill
On design, layout, materials The Jefferson County Commission is looking for public input on its plans to build a courthouse next year. The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10, at…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Fernando Ramirez
Sep 03, 2014

Madras man nets 16-year sentence

by Holly M. Gill
For sexual abuse of three children A Madras man, Fernando Ramirez, 42, was sentenced Aug. 28 to 16 years in prison for the sexual abuse of three minor female children. Ramirez pleaded guilty…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer, center, presents the Mayor's aircraft trophy to Mike Oliver, manager of the Erickson Aircraft Collection facility, for the B-17 Flying Fortress. Also pictured are, from left, Jefferson County Fair princess Shelby Brinkley and queen Rachale Zhulke, an unidentified World War II veteran, photographer Scott Slocum, second from right, and Erickson photographer Lyle Jansma, far right.
Sep 04, 2014

Air, car show award winners

by Holly M. Gill
Airshow of the Cascades Besides providing entertainment for thousands, the Airshow of the Cascades, Aug. 22-23, provided a venue for aircraft and automotive enthusiasts to display their prized…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: AMY CARLSON - A dark-gray 2010 Honda Accord shot through the back window has more than $100 in damage, scaring everyone in the Roaring River Campground.
Aug 28, 2014

Labor Day warning: Don't shoot near campgrounds

by Raymond Rendleman
Next year’s Roaring River Canoe Slalom, which has been taking place for the place for the past eight years along the Clackamas River, is in danger of being cancelled after a mysterious drive-by…
Photo Credit: TOM BROWN - A German Focke-Wulf 190 is trailed by a P-51 Mustang above Homeland Fireworks' Wall of Fire on Saturday, after a re-creation of a World War II aerial dogfight for the enjoyment of attendees at the 15th annual Airshow of the Cascades. The two-day event drew about 16,000 people and about 150 aircraft.
Aug 27, 2014

Attendance at air show explodes

by Holly M. Gill
Crowd estimated at 16,000 for two-day event Organizers knew the 15th annual Airshow of the Cascades — held Aug. 22-23 at the Madras Municipal Airport — would be big, but no one knew just how…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer, at right, addresses the crowds gathered for the unveiling of the B-17 nose art on Thursday at the Erickson Aircraft Collection.
Aug 27, 2014

Erickson aircraft museum opens

by Holly M. Gill
Over 1,600 visitors in two days The new Erickson Aircraft Collection facility opened with a bang on Friday and Saturday, just in time to take advantage of the Airshow of the Cascades' largest…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - World War II veteran Robert McHaney and sisters Mary Gleason, left, and Julie Naegele, the daughters of Leland W. Schawo, who was stationed at the Madras Airport during World War II, helped dedicate the Veterans War Memorial Plaza at the airport on Saturday. The sisters flew in from Nebraska and Kansas, respectively, for the event.
Aug 27, 2014

Daughters of veteran visit for dedication

by Holly M. Gill
Veterans War Memorial Plaza For most of their youth, sisters Mary Gleason and Julie Naegele heard stories from their father about the World War II air base in Madras, Ore., to which he hoped to…



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