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Attendance at air show explodes

Attendance at air show explodes

Crowd estimated at 16,000 for two-day event Organizers knew the 15th annual Airshow of the...

Erickson aircraft museum opens

Erickson aircraft museum opens

Over 1,600 visitors in two days The new Erickson Aircraft Collection facility opened with a bang...

Daughters of veteran visit for dedication

Daughters of veteran visit for dedication

Veterans War Memorial Plaza For most of their youth, sisters Mary Gleason and Julie Naegele heard...

509-J policy change allows some transfers

509-J policy change allows some transfers

One-time offer due to the sudden notice A Monday night change to the 509-J School District’s...

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Buff Boosters club is planning to sell premium seats in the football stadium as a fundraising project.
August 27, 2014

509-J policy change allows some transfers

by Susan Matheny
One-time offer due to the sudden notice A Monday night change to the 509-J School District’s interdistrict student transfer policy allowed several late-filing applicants to be granted transfers.…
August 27, 2014

Funding pulled on marijuana summit

by Madras Pioneer
Local groups raising funds to make sure it still happens The Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol and Other Drugs Summit, an educational event that has been planned for over one year, will proceed as…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Grumman J2F-6 Duck, a single-engine amphibious aircraft, built at the end of World War II, is one of 21 aircraft on display as part of the Erickson Aircraft Collection at the Madras Municipal Airport.
August 20, 2014

Museum to open in time for air show

by Holly M. Gill
Erickson Aircraft Collection Just in time for the Airshow of the Cascades, the Erickson Aircraft Collection will open its doors in its new hangar at the Madras Municipal Airport this weekend.…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY - The new nose art for the Erickson Aircraft Collection's B-17 will be on display during the Airshow of the Cascades.
August 20, 2014

Airshow of Cascades 15th annual event takes off Friday

by Holly M. Gill
Aerial performances, car show, entertainment Every year, more and more people are discovering the state's second largest air show — the Airshow of the Cascades, set for Friday and Saturday at…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Bowerman
August 20, 2014

Bowerman released to husband on bail

by Holly M. Gill
Change of judge approved Former Madras High School track coach Melissa Bowerman, 43, who is facing charges of inappropriate sexual contact with a student athlete, was released to her husband…
Photo Credit: JEFF WILSON - Culver students Samantha Symons, driving a four-wheeler, and Olivia O'Rourke were among 317 participants in the largest Culver parade ever at the Culver Crawdad Festival Saturday.
August 20, 2014

Largest parade ever at Crawdad Festival

by Susan Matheny
Served 800 pounds of crawdads A huge parade and piles of crawdads greeted crowds attending Culver’s fifth annual Crawdad Fest last Saturday. Parade coordinator Barb Frazier described it as…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Michael Ray Osborne
August 20, 2014

Osborne pleads guilty to sexual abuse

by Holly M. Gill
Sentenced to six years in prison After emotional testimony from the victim's family, a former Madras High School basketball coach and physical education teacher was sentenced in the Jefferson…
August 20, 2014

NUID increases water allotments

by Madras Pioneer
The water allotment for North Unit Irrigation District customers was increased effective Aug. 13, according to a statement from the district. At the NUID Board of Directors Aug. 12 meeting, the…
August 20, 2014

New school has 81kw, 213-panel solar system

by Madras Pioneer
Warm Springs K-8 Academy In compliance with a state mandate, Jefferson County School District 509-J has installed a solar system on the new Warm Springs K-8 Academy. Since 2007, Oregon state law…
August 20, 2014

July, August weather warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
The National Weather Service in Pendleton has confirmed what many already knew: July was warmer and drier than usual. The average temperature was 69.1 degrees, which was 3.1 degrees above…

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The new playground equipment at Warm Springs K-8 Academy, located on the east side of the school, has rubberized mats underneath, and beautiful views of the surrounding mesas above.
Aug 13, 2014

W.S. K-8 Academy near finish

by Holly M. Gill
New $21.5 million school When school starts on Sept. 9, Warm Springs kindergarten through eighth-grade students will step into a brand new school. The 82,000-square-foot, single-story Warm…
Photo Credit: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - An attendee fills a plate at last year's event.
Aug 13, 2014

Crawdad Festival set for Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
Parade, 5K Run/Obstacle Course Whether you call them crawdads, as the locals do, crayfish, mudbugs or freshwater lobsters, Culver is the place to get a plateful of the colorful crustaceans on…
Photo Credit: SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber wields an excavator, under the watchful eyes of the demolition contractor, Keeton King.
Aug 13, 2014

Garber strikes first blow on Culver project

by Susan Matheny
Operating the jaws of a 20-ton excavator, Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber struck the first blow on Aug. 8, to begin the demolition of the old elementary school wings in preparation for new…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss
Aug 13, 2014

Treasurer arraigned on 36 counts

by Holly M. Gill
Charges related to financial irregularities In a brief appearance on Friday, Jefferson County Treasurer Deena Goss was arraigned in the Circuit Court on 36 charges related to financial…
Photo Credit: PIONEER ILLUSTRATION - Deschutes Valley Water District sent out notification letters to district patrons after two samples tested positive for bacteria. The district repeated the tests twice, and the tests came back clean, but the district is required to send out letters.
Aug 13, 2014

DVWD sends patrons letters

by Holly M. Gill
Repeat tests find no issues with bacteria For a short time last week, Deschutes Valley Water District was on high alert, when routine water samples came back showing the presence of bacteria.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Cindy Brockett of BestCare Prevention, CRR Fire Chief Rich Hoffman, and Sheriff Jim Adkins partnered up to install a 24-hour medication collection box in the lobby of the Ranch fire station.
Aug 13, 2014

Drug drop box installed

by Madras Pioneer
At CRR Fire Station In a collaborative partnership between BestCare Prevention, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue, a 24-hour medication collection box…
Aug 13, 2014

Man pleads guilty to strangulation charge

by Holly M. Gill
In U.S. District Court in Portland A 31-year-old Warm Springs man, Mark Kevin Johnson Jr., pleaded guilty Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court in Portland to assault by strangulation. Craig…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Paving around the Performing Arts Center has been completed and curbs installed, but workers are still installing sidewalks and entrances to the facility from Buff Street. The $7,980,000 Performing Arts Center will be completed and turned over to School District 509-J in mid-November. The Madras High School football field, track, concessions, grandstand and ticket booth will be ready before school starts on Sept. 8.
Aug 06, 2014

Work heats up inside new PAC

by Holly M. Gill
Performing arts, football, track facilities The outside of the two-story Madras Performing Arts Center is nearly complete, but inside, activity has picked up, as workers pour concrete for risers…
Aug 06, 2014

District takes on student transfer issue

by Susan Matheny
Lost 124 students last year Options for student transfers were reviewed at the July 28 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors. Superintendent Rick Molitor told board members they had three…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Our Community in the Park event on Saturday was the first big event of a busy August. Above, volunteer Karen Affeldt polishes the nails of 11-year-old Victoria Hester, of Madras.
Aug 06, 2014

From Crawdad Festival to Airshow, August is busy

by Holly M. Gill
Successful Our Community in Park event An active August opened Saturday with the Our Community in the Park event, and continues with the popular Culver Crawdad Festival Aug. 16, and the Airshow…



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