509-J board responds to questions

509-J board responds to questions

MHS principal's reassignment When the 509-J School District recently decided to reassign Madras...

Bean Foundation plans stability with purchase

Bean Foundation plans stability with purchase

Yarrow master-planned community More than a decade after the city of Madras and the Bean...

Treasurer salary updated; trial set

Treasurer salary updated; trial set

Remains on administrative leave The Jefferson County treasurer, Deena Goss, who has been on...

Flurry of filers add to roster of candidates

Flurry of filers add to roster of candidates

Seven file for two 509-J board positions After a flurry of last-minute filings before the March...

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April 01, 2015

FireFree cleanup coming

by Madras Pioneer
By Tom Jaca Assistant Fire Chief The 15th annual FireFree Community Cleanup is coming on May 2, 3, 9, and 10. And, due to the overwhelming success of the fall cleanup event, we have decided to…
April 01, 2015

Merkley plans Madras, other Central Oregon town halls

by Madras Pioneer
April 6 at Madras City Hall Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold town halls in Jefferson, Wasco, Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Crook and Deschutes counties in the coming week. Merkley…
JEFF WILSON - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden held a town hall Tuesday morning in Madras, meeting with veterans and others at the Jefferson County Library Rodriguez Annex.
April 01, 2015

U.S. House passes Secure Rural Schools bill

by Madras Pioneer
Goes to Senate With a strong bipartisan vote, the U.S. House passed a two-year extension of the Secure Rural Schools program supported by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River). The extension, which…
April 01, 2015

Community dialogue on school board candidates

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County community is invited to a Community Dialogue/Dialogo Comunitario from 4:30-6 p.m., Monday, April 6, at the Madras High School Library. At the meeting, school board…
FILE PHOTO - Tribal secretary-treasurer Jake Suppah was suspended from his duties Feb. 10. The tribes appointed Mike Collins as the interim secretary-treasurer/CEO.
March 25, 2015

Tribal Council suspends secretary-treasurer

by Susan Matheny
11-member council votes 5-0, with three out of room Following nearly two years as Warm Springs secretary-treasurer, during which time he brought in an auditing firm that found financial…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Bean Foundation has made a deal with Madras Land Development Co. to buy the Yarrow development on the east side of Madras.
March 25, 2015

Bean Foundation to buy Yarrow

by Madras Pioneer
From Brooks Resources The nonprofit Bean Foundation plans to purchase Yarrow from Madras Land Development Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Brooks Resources Corp. The purchase includes 49…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Charles Wilda, of Culver, was pinned in his bed in the early morning hours of March 30, 2013, when an intoxicated driver fell asleep and crashed into his house. Wilda has filed a complaint against the driver asking for a jury trial and damages.
March 25, 2015

Crash victim files lawsuit

by Holly M. Gill
Injured while asleep in bed Early in the morning of March 30, 2013, Charles Wilda was asleep at his home in the Culver area, when he awakened to the realization that a pickup had crashed through…
March 25, 2015

Driver faces charges for DUII, hit and run

by Holly M. Gill
Struck bicyclist in Wasco County A Powell Butte woman, arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants March 14 on U.S. Highway 97, several miles north of Madras, has also been indicted…
HOLLY M. GILL - The new stretch of South Highway 97 will cut over to South Adams Drive near Tracie Street. South Adams Drive will become one way from Tracie Street north, past the Jefferson County Fire Department.
March 25, 2015

Highway work includes stretch from L to Adams

by Madras Pioneer
Utility work continues through construction zone This week, the U.S. Highway 97/ J Street project, which affects the highway from M Street to Commerce Street (east of Erickson's Thriftway), will…
SUSAN MATHENY - An unconscious man was located and rescued from an abandoned, boarded up house on Northeast Sixth Street on Feb. 22, when the house caught fire. Jefferson County Fire Chief Brian Huff recognized five firefighters with a letter of commendation.
March 25, 2015

Chief commends firefighters

by Holly M. Gill
For saving life Just over a month ago, five local firefighters responded to a fire at a house believed to be vacant, and ended up saving the life of an unconscious man inside the boarded up…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - A semitruck and trailer turned over Saturday on U.S. Highway 97, south of Madras, when a bee flew into the cab of the truck and caused the driver to knock off his own glasses. The imprint of the semi can be seen on the roadway.
Mar 25, 2015

Bee causes semi wreck

by Madras Pioneer
Crash blocks Highway 97 A bee inside the cab led to the wreck of a semitruck on U.S. Highway 97, Saturday afternoon, according to Oregon State Police. According to senior trooper Justin Lane,…
HOLLY M. GILL - The 509-J administration has announced that Madras High School Principal Sarah Braman-Smith will be reassigned to another position for the coming school year. Vice Principal Paul Navarra has taken an assistant principal position at Corvallis High School.
Mar 18, 2015

Principal change announced at MHS

by Susan Matheny
Sarah Braman-Smith will not be the principal of Madras High School next year, and assistant Principal Paul Navarra has taken a job in another district, according to a notice sent out to school…
HOLLY M. GILL - The 'story pole' that has greeted northbound visitors to Madras since 1988 has been removed to make way for the U.S. Highway 97/J Streetproject.
Mar 18, 2015

Totem pole comes down

by Holly M. Gill
Placed in storage The totem pole that has stood at the south end of Madras since 1988 was removed Friday as part of the U.S. Highway 97 and J Street project. With the realignment of the highway,…
HOLLY M. GILL - High Desert Aggregate and Paving crews excavate the ground between L Street and Mi Casa Restaurant, for a new stretch of Highway 97. Northbound traffic will eventually veer off to South Adams Drive just north of L Street when the project is completed. From Tracie Street north, South Adams Drive will become a one-way, northbound highway, beginning in April.
Mar 18, 2015

Earthwork begins for new roadway

by Madras Pioneer
U.S. Highway 97/J Street project For over a month now, work on the U.S. Highway 97 at J Street project in Madras has been underway. Up until now, most of the work involved relocating cable,…
HOLLY M. GILL - Three new officers for the Madras Police Department were sworn in on Monday, bringing the department back up to full staffing. From left, the officers are: J.J. Wallace, Michael Tracy, and Isiah Duarte, all of Madras.
Mar 18, 2015

Three new police officers sworn in for MPD

by Holly M. Gill
Back to full staffing Surrounded by family and friends, three new Madras police officers were sworn in Monday in the Madras City Hall. The new hires, J.J. Wallace, Michael Tracy and Isiah…
HOLLY M. GILL - People interested in filing for the May 19 special district election must fill out the form and return it with the $10 filing fee by 5 p.m. March 19. The form can be filled out online, or at the Jefferson County Clerk's Office in the courthouse annex.
Mar 18, 2015

Special district filing deadline March 19

by Holly M. Gill
Thirteen spots open Thirteen spots on 21 district boards remained open on Tuesday morning, just days before the March 19 filing deadline for the May 19 special district election. Potential…
Mar 18, 2015

Account set up for burn victim

by Susan Matheny
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Bruce Miller, 42, of Warm Springs, who was critically injured in a house fire on Feb. 22. Firefighters were called at 8:45 p.m., to an abandoned house on…
Mar 18, 2015

City seeks candidate for council

by Madras Pioneer
Marijuana workshop, planning meetings set The city of Madras decided to readvertise for an open position on the Madras City Council at its March 10 meeting. As a result, the city will be…
Mar 18, 2015

Plans for abandoned fish considered

by Madras Pioneer
Near Camp Sherman An abandoned fish hatchery site near Camp Sherman could find new life providing youth fishing opportunities under a plan being proposed by the Oregon Department of Fish and…
HOLLY M. GILL - New drivers and drivers renewing their licenses will have the opportunity to register to vote at the same time under a newly passed bill, House Bill 2177. Department of Motor Vehicles offices will then forward their information to local county clerks' offices.
Mar 11, 2015

Bill will automatically register voters with driver's licenses

by Holly M. Gill
'Motor Voter' bill Voter registration will become automatic for Oregon residents who obtain a driver's license under a bill passed last week by the Oregon Legislature. The "Motor Voter" bill, HB…




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