Homicide suspect has local ties

Homicide suspect has local ties

Northern California police arrest Lara after shooting, carjacking A former Madras man, Edwin Enoc...

100 years of loving the library

100 years of loving the library

Event commemorates libary's anniversary The Jefferson County Library celebrated its 100th year of...

Fair kicks off July 27, runs through July 30

Fair kicks off July 27, runs through July 30

The Jefferson County Fair runs July 27-30, with the theme “Sage, Sand and Country...

Warm Springs fire grows to 9,200 acres

Warm Springs fire grows to 9,200 acres

Rattlesnake Fire 80 percent contained The Rattlesnake Fire rattled some Warm Springs residents...

Grocery Outlet coming to Palisades Shopping Center

Grocery Outlet coming to Palisades Shopping Center

Corvallis developer plans to get started at new location A development company, Dickerhoop...

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Matthew Arthur
July 27, 2016

Madras police make arrest in local burglaries

by Madras Pioneer
MPD recovers stolen items from series of break-ins near industrial site One man was arrested in connection with several burglaries and three other Madras residents were arrested on drug charges…
July 27, 2016

County, cities approve 2016-17 budgets

by Holly M. Gill
Jefferson County, Madras, Culver, Metolius start new fiscal years Budgets for Jefferson County and its cities for the fiscal year that started July 1 were a mixed bag, with changes ranging from…
July 27, 2016

C.O. counties show growth spurt

by Madras Pioneer
The Central Oregon cities of Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties are growing fast. According to the latest population estimates from the Population Research Center at Portland State…


July 27, 2016

Culver, CRR correspondents sought

by Tony Ahern
The Madras Pioneer is seeking someone to cover the Culver and Metolius communities, and also a Crooked River Ranch resident to write CRR stories. We'd like someone willing to attend and report…
SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Boxed fruits and veggies from an overturned truck at Ira's.
July 29, 2016

Produce from truck wreck at Iras

by Madras Pioneer
Boxes of raspberries, asparagus, turnips, kale, spinach, celery, avocados, and more are available through today, July 29, at Ira's Sales and Service, 181 S.W. Merritt Lane in Madras, for $5 to…
PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 23, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund gubernatorial campaign

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem oncologist contributed nearly $1.4 million to his own campaign for governor SILVERTON — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own…
FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption…
HOLLY M. GILL - Mark Hagman, who farms in the area of the fatal accident on Gem Lane, near Culver, witnessed the train crash and put out the fire in the pickup struck by the train.
July 20, 2016

Train crash fatal to one; injures three

by Holly M. Gill
Driver distracted by accident at Gem Lane, Highway 361 A driver reportedly distracted by an automobile accident was struck by a train July 14, and died the next day at St. Charles Bend. Three…
HOLLY M. GILL - Herb Anderson, 95, at microphone, purchased property at Three Rivers in the 1950s, and has offered an easement to the DeMonte Trust for its proposed 10-lot subdivision. Seated with Anderson is his son, Tom.
July 20, 2016

Three Rivers members ask county to vacate Road 577

by Holly M. Gill
County holds over hearing to allow further negotiation A crowd of about 100 residents of the Three Rivers area packed into the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex July 13, for a hearing on the…
HOLLY M. GILL - The new courtrooms feature two projectors with large screens, stained oak veneer woodwork, and carpet tile flooring. The two larger courtrooms have adjacent cells for in-custody defendants.
July 20, 2016

County moves court into new facility

by Holly M. Gill
Courtrooms open for business Monday in two-story facility On Friday, 55 years of records and history were moved from what is now the old Jefferson County Courthouse to the new courthouse at the…

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Jul 20, 2016

509-J, tribes to work on education plan

by Susan Matheny
Original 50-year MOU expired; next agreement to cover 5-year period Plans were made at the July 18, 509-J School District Board of Directors meeting to begin working on the next memorandum of…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Jefferson County Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Monday, July 25.
Jul 20, 2016

Library marks centennial July 25

by Madras Pioneer
There will be a fun-filled afternoon of Centennial Celebration festivities at the Jefferson County Library on Monday, July 25, from 3-7 p.m., with lots of games, refreshments, and entertainment…
Jul 20, 2016

Woman accidentally shoots self in foot

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras woman accidentally shot herself in the foot, investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office discovered Monday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. July 18, the Sheriff's Office was…
SUSAN MATHENY - Enter exhibits for the Jefferson County Fair for a chance at awards and prizes.
Jul 20, 2016

Enter exhibits at fair

by Madras Pioneer
Win cash awards, prizes If you have always wanted to exhibit some of your skills at the fair, this is the year. There will be numerous cash prizes and other awards given out. Some 40 awards…
HOLLY M. GILL - From the second floor of the new Jefferson County Courthouse, visitors will have unobstructed views of the Madras City Hall, Westside, and the Kids Club area to the south. The Jefferson County Circuit Court and District Attorney's Office, as well as Victims' Assistance, will be moving into the two-story building over the weekend, and open for business there on July 18.
Jul 13, 2016

Courthouse ready for move

by Holly M. Gill
DA's office, Circuit Court, Victims' Assistance moving The Jefferson County Circuit Court and District Attorney's Office are already moving in to the new County Courthouse, which is just days…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Cove Palisades area is now included in the Oregon Health Authority's advisory for the presence of blue-green algae.
Jul 13, 2016

Health warning for algae expanded

by Madras Pioneer
Lake Billy Chinook added to warning for Metolius arm, from Perry South Campground to Three Rivers The health advisory issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook was extended to…
HOLLY M. GILL - A custom drone flown by Patrick Sherman, of Roswell Flight Test Crew, of Portland, hauls dirt during the groundbreaking for the Warm Springs Ventures' UAV Training Center at Kah-Nee-Ta Lodge.
Jul 13, 2016

Warm Springs Ventures breaks ground on training center for UAVs

by Holly M. Gill
Kah-Nee-Ta site for new facility to train drone pilots Warm Springs Ventures held a groundbreaking for its Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center at Kah-Nee-Ta July 7, but a crew was already…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Garry Vineyard
Jul 13, 2016

Settlement effort ends with no deal

by Holly M. Gill
After nearly five hours of settlement conferences July 6, prosecutors for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and defendant Garry Vineyard and his attorney, Dave Glenn, were unable…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Cove Palisades area is now included in the Oregon Health Authority's advisory for the presence of blue-green algae.
Jul 08, 2016

Algae warning now includes Lake Billy Chinook

by Madras Pioneer
Metolius arm from Perry South Campground to Three Rivers remains unchanged The health advisory issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook was extended to include the Crooked River…
TOM BROWN - Dramatic and colorful fireworks lit up the sky around 10 p.m. July 4, thanks to the Madras Sparklers.
Jul 06, 2016

Celebrating the red, white and blue

by Susan Matheny
Over 70 entries celebrated the “Good Ole’ Red, White and Blue” theme during the Fourth of July Parade in Madras. Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Director Joe Krenowicz said the…