Candidates from diverse backgrounds

Candidates from diverse backgrounds

Seven seek two spots on 509-J School Board In the midst of controversy surrounding recent school...

County breaks ground on new courthouse

County breaks ground on new courthouse

Completion expected by end of June 2016 During a short let up in the downpour, county officials...

Students hit with realities of drunk driving

Students hit with realities of drunk driving

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Council passes marijuana ordinance

Council passes marijuana ordinance

At second reading April 28 An ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of...

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April 29, 2015

Ahern hired to direct PAC

by Susan Matheny
Molitor shares comments for improving Shannan Ahern was hired as the director of the Madras Performing Arts Center at Monday night’s meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors, and will begin her…
April 29, 2015

Shots fired at CRR; no injuries reported

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired on Monday, at Crooked River Ranch. At about 1:30 p.m. April 27, deputies responded to an area near the 12000 block of…
April 29, 2015

Woodcutting permits available for firewood

by Madras Pioneer
Personal use firewood collection in designated woodcutting areas of the Deschutes National Forest opened April 27. Ochoco National Forest, Crooked River National Grassland, and the Prineville…
April 29, 2015

EARTH2O to use all-recycled bottles

by Madras Pioneer
EARTH2O, of Culver, an environmentally conscious bottled-water company, will begin manufacturing its bottles using recycled material sourced from ORPET, a state-of-the-art recycling facility…
April 29, 2015

Wildfire Awareness Month underway

by Madras Pioneer
May is Oregon Wildfire Awareness Month. Oregon experiences its heaviest wildfire activity during the summer, but fires occur all seasons of the year, including spring. During May, federal,…
PIONEER PHOTO - Several Warm Springs tribal councilors spoke out this week on what they consider an injustice - the firing of the former secretary-treasurer.
April 22, 2015

Councilors seek transparency

by Madras Pioneer staff
Controversy surrounding firing of tribes' secretary-treasurer They're a diverse group of Warm Springs Tribal Council members, but all three believe that the tribes' former secretary-treasurer…
SUSAN MATHENY - 509-J School Board members, Tom Norton Jr., left, Lyle Rehwinkel, Brad Holliday, chairman Stan Sullivan, and Superintendent Rick Molitor listen to comments from students, staff and citizens at the April 14 meeting.
April 22, 2015

509-J board upholds principal's reassignment

by Susan Matheny
Braman-Smith a finalist for Bend principalship A group of student and teachers, dressed in black and carrying signs reading “Reinstate SBS,” “Abuse of Power,” and “Transparency,” held a protest…
April 22, 2015

Tribes release statement on firing

by Madras Pioneer
Last week, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Tribal Council took the unsual step of issuing a press release on its recent firing of the former secretary-treasurer, Jake Suppah. Tribal…
LINDA WARREN LARSON - Sgts. Brandon Noack, front, and Michael Hale, back, greet their wives following a ceremony at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond April 15. The two, along with specialists Brok Fuller and Mitchell Triplett, had been deployed to Afghanistan for most of the past 11 months. At left, Noack and his wife, Jessica, reunite, and Hale holds his daughter, Bethany, while his wife, Karrisa, wipes away tears.
April 22, 2015

Oregon Guard returns home to families

by Madras Pioneer staff
Four local guardsmen For four local Oregon National Guard soldiers returning from a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan, reuniting with family was their highest priority. The four, Sgts. Brandon…
April 22, 2015

Baby's death investigated

by Madras Pioneer
On April 20, at about 5:50 a.m. Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services and Jefferson County Fire Department were both dispatched to an address in the city of Culver regarding a 3-month-old…

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DLR ARCHITECTS - The groundbreaking for the new Jefferson County Courthouse will be held Saturday, April 25, at 11 a.m., just west of the Madras City Hall.
Apr 22, 2015

Groundbreaking for new courthouse

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…
OREGON STATE POLICE - A hazardous materials crew cleans up spilled milk on April 19, at milepost 73 on Highway 197.
Apr 22, 2015

Truck spills milk in rollover crash

by Madras Pioneer
Highway 197 Oregon State Police troopers from The Dalles are investigating an early morning milk truck tanker rollover crash on Highway 197 near milepost 73, north of Madras, on April 19. Early…
Apr 22, 2015

House fire strikes in W.S.

by Madras Pioneer
American Red Cross disaster response volunteers responded following a house fire April 14, on Shitike Creek Road in Warm Springs. The single-family home fire affected four adults and a child.…
Apr 22, 2015

Grassland meeting April 27 in Prineville

by Madras Pioneer
The public will have an opportunity to engage with Forest Service employees about the future of the Ochoco National Forest and the Crooked River National Grassland on Monday, April 27, in…
SUSAN MATHENY/MADARS PIONEER - Students and teachers marched to Tuesday night's school board meeting carrying signs and chanting 'Reinstate SBS,' in support of MHS Principal Sarah Braman-Smith.
Apr 15, 2015

509-J Board upholds principal's reassignment

by Susan Matheny
Public, teachers speak out A group of student and teachers, dressed in black and carrying signs reading “Reinstate SBS,” “Abuse of Power,” and “Transparency,” held a protest march from the…
HOLLY M. GILL - Michael Hughes, of Bend, an attorney who represents Israel Reynoso, asks the City Council to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to locate in the downtown area.
Apr 15, 2015

Medical marijuana ordinance draws scrutiny

by Holly M. Gill
Council set to take action At Tuesday night's Madras City Council meeting, councilors were expected to approve a medical marijuana ordinance that would govern where, when and how local…
Apr 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 - Outgoing Historical Society President Jerry Ramsey presents Courtney Lupton Turner with the Beth Crow award for her work with students in History Day projects.
Apr 15, 2015

Historical Society celebrates History Day with award

by Holly M. Gill
Presents annual Beth Crow award to Courtney Lupton Turner More than 100 people turned out for the Jefferson County Historical Society's annual fundraiser dinner Saturday, at the Jefferson County…
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.
Apr 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.
Apr 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…




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