Fires forces evacuation of homes, campgrounds

Fires forces evacuation of homes, campgrounds

Along Metolius River After issuing evacuation orders Thursday morning for private lands along the...

ODOT projects to improve safety

ODOT projects to improve safety

Highway 26 at Dover, and Highway 97 at Cherry Two of the most hazardous intersections in the...

Fair parade set to roll out Saturday

Fair parade set to roll out Saturday

81st annual fair July 23-26 The first event of the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair — the...

Lightning sparks dozens of Central Oregon fires

Lightning sparks dozens of Central Oregon fires

Other local fires likely human-caused Smoke continued to obscure Central Oregon fires on...

509-J may curb student transfers

509-J may curb student transfers

District lost 124 students Should the 509-J School District stop allowing students to transfer to...

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July 16, 2014

County seeks input on courthouse

by Madras Pioneer
Meeting July 16 The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to a July 16 meeting to hear an update on the county's new courthouse project. At the meeting, which will be…
July 16, 2014

Cascade Cycling Classic cancels local segment

by Holly M. Gill
Route closed due to fires on reservation The Jefferson County segment of the much anticipated Cascade Cycling Classic has been canceled, due to the fires burning on the Warm Springs Reservation.…
by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Tom Brown, Cindy Murray, FANs board president, and Marty Wilson arrive at Steelhead Falls during the Saturday morning hike.
July 16, 2014

Hike draws 'FANs' to Steelhead Falls area

by Stephanie Roderick
Next event July 19 On Saturday, the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs) led a hike along the middle of the Deschutes River on Crooked River Ranch. Hikers started early,…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Madras YCC haul brush off a steep grade leading up to a private property in the Three Rivers Recreation Area. The lack of heavy fuels on the hillside below the home will help protect it in the event of a wildfire.
July 16, 2014

YCC provides youth jobs, lowers fire risk

by Madras Pioneer
Local crew members help homeowners Protecting homes and communities from wildfire is an annual task in Central Oregon. Thanks to a unique employment program, a group of young men and women from…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Don Reeder, who helped raise funds for the benches and memorial plaques at the veterans plaza, addresses the crowd gathered for the dedication.
July 09, 2014

Plaques honor local veterans

by Holly M. Gill
Part of city's Veterans Memorial Plaza Eight years after two friends started a small project to memorialize a friend, the completed veterans plaza and its benches were dedicated in front of the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Bioswales, to catch excess water and pollutants from highway runoff, will be lined with grass between U.S. Highway 97 and the sidewalks - on both sides of the road - before the pedestrian project in south Madras is completed later this month.
July 09, 2014

Sidewalk project nears completion

by Holly M. Gill
From L Street to Fairgrounds Road The sidewalk project on the south end of Madras, which started in late winter, is on track to finish up by the end of the month. The $1.44 million project,…
July 09, 2014

Public invited to courthouse update

by Madras Pioneer
County seeks public input The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to a July 16 meeting to hear an update on the county's new courthouse project. At the meeting, which…
by: PHOTO BY KEITH BANNING - Jefferson County fire crews responded to a brush fire along U.S. Highway 97, at J Street, on Sunday.
July 09, 2014

Fires burn grasses, sagebrush

by Holly M. Gill
In Madras, Antelope area Two fires — one small one in Madras, and a large one near Antelope —kept fire crews busy over the long holiday weekend. On Thursday, July 3, around 3 p.m., a fire on a…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Dry Canyon Construction and Excavation clears out the former parking lot at the Jefferson County Fire Department in preparation for the J Street/highway realignment project. The parking lot will be narrower when it is repaved.
July 09, 2014

Fire department parking lot undergoes remodel

by Holly M. Gill
In preparation for J Street project The Jefferson County Fire Department parking lot is getting a remodel in advance of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Madras South Y project. "ODOT…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Madras man died Saturday in a single-vehicle accident in the area of Northeast Clark Drive.
July 09, 2014

Wreck fatal to Madras man

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras man was fatally injured in a car wreck north of town on Saturday evening. According to a report from Capt. Marc Heckathorn, on July 5, at 10:03 p.m., deputies from the Jefferson County…

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by: HOLLY M. GILL - The historic Wells Fargo Stagecoach, at left, was the winner of Best Use of Theme and Mayor's Choice in the Fourth of July parade on Friday. The parade, which had the theme 'Jefferson County: Celebrating 100 Years,' was one of the biggest in recent history, with 77 entries (counting Car Club as one entry), and taking 55 minutes, according to the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Jul 09, 2014

Parade, fireworks mark centennial, Fourth of July

by Holly M. Gill
Crowds turn out for Sahalee Park events Perhaps the longest parade in the county's history took off on Friday, July 4, drawing crowds to Sahalee Park for Independence Day activities. A total of…
Jul 09, 2014

Sky lanterns banned

by Holly M. Gill
By state fire marshal An alert Madras resident stopped a fire the night of July 4, before it even started, according to Jefferson County Fire Chief Brian Huff. "We had those sky lanterns going…
Jul 09, 2014

City seeks suggestions for cleanup projects

by Holly M. Gill
The city of Madras is looking for ideas and suggestions for cleanup events or projects for the community. The projects can be funded with money set aside annually by the county for community…
by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Bob Kistrba, of Crooked River Ranch, cooks buffalo burgers during the Lions Club Buffalo Feed at the Ranch on July 5, shortly after the Ranch's Independence Day parade.
Jul 09, 2014

Ranch celebrates Fourth of July

by Stephanie Roderick
On Saturday The day's heat didn't stop participants, vendors and onlookers from celebrating Independence Day at Crooked River Ranch on Saturday. A day that kicked off with the annual parade was…
Jul 02, 2014

Events readied for July 4

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber will be going all out for its Fourth of July party at Sahalee Park as it also marks the county’s centennial celebration. The theme for the parade and party is…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Miss Warm Springs, Charmaine Billey, right, dances in the grand entry, along with other royalty at the 45th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days celebration in Warm Springs.
Jul 02, 2014

Pi-Ume-Sha draws thousands

by Madras Pioneer
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs' biggest weekend of the year — the Pi-Ume-Sha — got underway June 26, and ran through Sunday. Thousands visited for the 45th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Sandra Moar beads a bracelet while two of her dogs rest in her lap. Moar and Dean Banks, of Happy Valley, returned to the Rockhounds show at the fairgrounds for the second year.
Jul 02, 2014

Rockhounds consider Madras show one of best

by Holly M. Gill
65th annual show at fairgrounds For 65 years, generations of rockhounds have been coming to Madras for the annual All Rockhounds Pow Wow Club of America's show, considered one of the best and…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Kay Kludt
Jul 02, 2014

Hospice needs local volunteers

by Holly M. Gill
Training set for July When people are nearing the end of their lives, the local hospice program offers support for both the patients and their families. Kay Kludt, volunteer supervisor for St.…
Jul 02, 2014

County budget slows slight drop

by Holly M. Gill
Employment lowest in at least a decade Last week, the Jefferson County Commission passed a "conservative" budget of $37.2 million for the 2014-15 fiscal year, down nearly $1.4 million from last…
Jul 02, 2014

Madras reviews insurance coverage

by Holly M. Gill
Liability rates rising After several years without increases, insurance rates are on the rise, the Madras City Council learned June 24, during its insurance coverage presentation. Overall,…




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