Commission candidates answer questions

Commission candidates answer questions

Opinions on projects, departments The most high profile race in Jefferson County on Nov. 4 will...

'Ace' Demers inducted into Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor

'Ace' Demers inducted into Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor

Recognized for contributions to aviation The late Leo J. "Ace" Demers, who managed the Madras...

Madras poised to tax marijuana

Madras poised to tax marijuana

Drafting ordinance The Madras City Council is poised to impose a tax on the sale of medical and...

Values, taxes up for most communities

Values, taxes up for most communities

Compression affects districts With property values increasing across the county, taxing districts...

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October 22, 2014

Suttle Lake algae alert removed

by Madras Pioneer
The U.S. Forest Service has removed the “caution” sign for recreation use at Suttle Lake, which was posted on Oct. 6, according to Cari Press, hydrologist with the Sisters Ranger District. The…
October 22, 2014

Haystack campground closed for season

by Madras Pioneer
As colder weather approaches, seasonal campgrounds on the Crooked River National Grassland are closing. Fee sites have set closing dates, while nonfee sites will remain open until the snow…
October 22, 2014

Brush fire on Grassland

by Jason Chaney
Southeast of Madras A brush fire erupted Oct. 14, northwest of Prineville on the Crooked River National Grassland, prompting assistance from multiple agencies to extinguish the blaze. The fire,…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras City Councilor Tom Brown, left, and Mae Huston are both seeking position 1 on the Jefferson County Commission. The two discussed the issues on Monday night at Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
October 15, 2014

County, city candidates air views

by Holly M. Gill
Chamber candidate forum Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission and Madras City Council had their first opportunity to let the public know where they stand on local issues at a forum…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The late Leo J. 'Ace' Demers stands outside one of the old hangars at the Madras airport. Demers will be inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 19, in McMinnville.
October 15, 2014

Ace Demers inducted into aviation hall of honor

by Madras PIoneer
The late Ace Demers, who managed the Madras airport from the early 1960s to 1983, will be among those inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Oct. 19, at the Evergreen Aviation and…
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Madras Primary Principal Deborah Hunt, and Metolius Elementary Principal Craig Morgan, holding checks, accept the awards from Wells Fargo executives Jeff McVay, left, and James Weber, right, at an event on Sept. 24.
October 15, 2014

Culver, 509-J schools get boost from Wells Fargo

by Madras Pioneer
Wells Fargo donated $1,000 each to 10 elementary schools in Central Oregon, including two in the Jefferson County School District and one in Culver. Wells Fargo announced the gifts at a special…
October 15, 2014

Culver school a model on State Report Card

by Susan Matheny
509-J has mixed results For the second year in a row, Culver Middle School has been named a model school for rating in the top 5 percent of high poverty schools in Oregon. The announcement came…
October 16, 2014

Cowdeo signing up youngsters

by Madras Pioneer
Set for Saturday Kids will test their skills on bucking sheep at the 46th annual Cowdeo, Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There will just be one performance, at 1 p.m.,…
October 15, 2014

Burglars hit several Madras businesses

by Susan Matheny
Police issue protection tips Madras businesses have been experiencing a rash of burglaries, which caused the Madras Police Department to issue a list of tips to help store owners to safeguard…
October 15, 2014

Column reminds local of rabid coyote bite

by Holly M. Gill
Husband bit in 1920s After reading about a man bitten by a rabid coyote in the Maury Mountains in the Looking Back column from Sept. 24, 1914, Daisy Thornton, of Ashwood, was reminded of an…

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Oct 15, 2014

Medicare enrollment beginning

by Madras Pioneer
Make changes through Dec. 7 Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts this week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to…
Oct 15, 2014

Positions open on city commissions

by Madras Pioneer
Redevelopment, planning commissions Two Madras commissions are looking for qualified candidates to fill two positions on each — the Madras Redevolpment Commission and the Madras Planning…
Oct 16, 2014

MHS illuminated, strategic plan adopted

by Susan Matheny
Madras High School Principal Sarah Braman-Smith gave an update on the new Illumination computer program and athletic eligibility at the Monday night meeting of the School District 509-J Board of…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY - Guest speaker Eric Martin, left, takes a question from the audience during a presentation from a panel, which included Portland police officer Darke Hull, local defense attorney Jennifer Kimble, and Washington County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Kohl.
Oct 08, 2014

Summit focuses on marijuana, drug data

by Susan Matheny
Proceeds despite obstacles Drugs at Madras High School, scientific data on marijuana, and the value of Drug Court were among topics discussed at the Madras Drug and Alcohol Summit, held Oct. 1,…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Ballots for the Nov. 4 election will be mailed out Oct. 17, and can be returned to a drop box, such as the box located at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex, or returned to the County Clerk's Office.
Oct 08, 2014

November ballots go out next week

by Holly M. Gill
Registration deadline Oct. 14 When ballots go out next week, voters will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on a full slate of candidates and measures which have local, state and…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Silvestre Rivera Fernandez
Oct 08, 2014

Liquid meth seized during U.S. 97 stop

by Madras Pioneer
An Oregon State Police traffic stop Friday afternoon, along U.S. Highway 97 north of Madras, led to the arrest of a California man after a trooper found approximately 20 pounds of liquid…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Foley Butte Block, which contains about 7,500 acres in Jefferson County, and 25,400 in Crook County, has been sold for $18.5 million to Stafford Ranches, based in Prineville.
Oct 08, 2014

Foley Butte Block sells for $18.5 million

by Holly M. Gill
To Prineville-based Stafford Ranches The Foley Butte Block, located in southeastern Jefferson County and Crook County, has been sold for $18.5 million to a Prineville ranching family. In…
Oct 08, 2014

Algae warning for Suttle Lake

by Madras Pioneer
The U.S. Forest Service has posted a caution sign for recreational use at Suttle Lake due to a blue-green algae bloom. The blue-green algae is present in the water and may produce toxins that…
Oct 08, 2014

Red Cross to recruit team volunteers

by Madras Pioneer
Meeting in Madras Oct. 14 The American Red Cross Oregon Mountain River Chapter is looking for people to serve the Jefferson County area as Red Cross volunteers. A volunteer open house will be…
Oct 08, 2014

September warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
More of same for October The month of September averaged slightly warmer than normal, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton. The average temperature…



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