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Roadway narrow, congested About midway through the U.S. Highway 97/J Street realignment project,...

Pi-Ume-Sha rolls out Friday

Pi-Ume-Sha rolls out Friday

Treaty Days celebration Native Americans and others from all over the Northwest will gather June...

Rockhounds arrive at fairgrounds

Rockhounds arrive at fairgrounds

For 66th annual event Rockhounds return to Madras Thursday for their 66th annual event at the...

Woman remains jailed for assault

Woman remains jailed for assault

Man recovering from attack with hatchet A Madras man is recovering from an assault with a...

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What is the greatest accomplishment of the Warm Springs Nation?

Cooperative work with PGE on dams
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Timber industry and mill operations
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Developing Kah-nee-ta resort
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Getting into gaming industry
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Winning McQuinn Strip case (restoring 78,611 acres to reservation)
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Madras Latest News

June 24, 2015

Whychus area closure in effect

by Madras Pioneer
For trail work, bridge replacement Beginning this week, the Deschutes National Forest will put a temporary closure in place to conduct stream work and replace a trail bridge on Whychus Creek.…
June 24, 2015

Hefty fines for illegal fireworks

by Madras Pioneer
'Keep it safe, keep it legal' The open season for fireworks sales is now underway in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The…
June 24, 2015

ODF, federal agencies tighten fire restrictions

by Madras Pioneer
In Central Oregon areas Increasing wildfire danger has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies to tighten public fire prevention restrictions in Central Oregon. The…
HOLLY M. GILL - Daimler Trucks North America is planning to expand its operation at the Madras Municipal Airport. The company has submitted an application for a conditional use permit and site plan review.
June 17, 2015

Daimler Trucks to expand

by Holly M. Gill
Test track, new facilities at Madras airport The largest North American truck manufacturer, Daimler Trucks North America, has applied for a major expansion of its facilties at the Madras…
HOLLY M. GILL - A steel-framed building owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has been empty for decades, but will soon be replaced by a truck stop.
June 17, 2015

Tribes seek truck stop in Madras

by Holly M. Gill
Planning new facility at industrial site Tribally owned property at the Madras Industrial Site will see new life as a truck stop under a plan proposed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.…
HOLLY M. GILL - Madras JROTC, veterans and others help unfurl a 30-by-60-foot flag on Flag Day, June 14, at Erickson Aircraft Collection. The enormous flag is the largest flying in the state.
June 17, 2015

State's largest U.S. flag now on display

by Holly M. Gill
Erickson Aircraft Collection flies 30-by-60-foot flag In honor of Flag Day, Erickson Aircraft Collection raised its new U.S. flag — the largest in the state of Oregon — on Sunday at the Madras…
HOLLY M. GILL - The intersection of Buff Street and McTaggart Road will be modified to remove the island and put in turning lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks as part of a Safe Routes to School grant project.
June 17, 2015

Pedestrian project emphasizes safety for schools

by Holly M. Gill
Project starts this week, concludes by end of August With a $500,000 Safe Routes to School grant, the city is in the process of making changes to Buff Street, from 10th Street to McTaggart Road.…
June 17, 2015

County declares drought

by Holly M. Gill
Affected landowners can apply for relief by June 26 Earlier this month, Jefferson County joined other mostly eastern counties in Oregon in declaring a state of drought emergency. The Jefferson…
HOLLY M. GILL - A house on U.S. Highway 97, across from McDonald's, that lost its access when the highway was realigned, was the site of a fire that resulted in the death of a person who had been sheltering inside. The city considers it a nuisance property.
June 17, 2015

Madras takes aim at local nuisances

by Holly M. Gill
Hold hearing on first draft of ordinance Under a proposed ordinance, the city of Madras may have a process to get rid of derelict buildings that present hazards to public health. The city of…
June 17, 2015

County reappraises rural area

by Madras Pioneer
Appraisal staff from the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office will be out in the northern farm areas and rural communities of the county this year reappraising properties. Under Oregon law the…

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OSU-CASCADES - James Halliday has completed a degree program at OSU-Cascades.
Jun 17, 2015

Halliday enrolls in college, earns degree

by Madras Pioneer
Attends OSU-Cascades while son attends COCC James Halliday, of Warm Springs, was ready for a change. After many years of working in restaurants, as a truck driver and as a plumber, he enrolled…
Jun 17, 2015

W.S. fire near homes

by Susan Matheny
A wildfire burned 2,614 acres of grass and sage June 10 on the Warm Springs Reservation, and threatened the Wolf Point subdivision. According to Brad Donahue, assistant Warm Springs Fire…
Jun 17, 2015

City offers sidewalk repair grants

by Susan Matheny
The city of Madras is offering grants of up to $1,000 to help businesses repair sidewalks that have been buckled by trees. Trees were part of a downtown revitalization project done in the 1990s,…
Jun 17, 2015

Toxic algae warning at Perry South campground

by Madras Pioneer
June 10, the U.S. Forest Service posted a caution sign for recreation use in Lake Billy Chinook Reservoir at the Perry South Campground on U.S. Forest Service land. A blue-green algae bloom is…
Jun 17, 2015

Camping event set at Cove

by Madras Pioneer
The Cove Palisades State Park welcomes beginning campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion June 26-28, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Steve Rankin
Jun 10, 2015

Crash claims the life of Madras educator

by Susan Matheny
36-year career at MHS A nighttime accident west of Warm Springs took the life of longtime Madras educator Steven Rankin and seriously injured his wife, Lisbet Hornung, as they were driving back…
HOLLY M. GILL - From left to right, Madras High School seniors Bobbie Richesin, Harriet Williams (in back), Gianna Pineda-Lybbert, Stephanie Gomez Burgos, Jessica Gonzalez Lima, and Natalie Chavez line up in the new Madras Performing Arts Center before the graduation ceremony in the stadium June 6.
Jun 10, 2015

Madras, Culver graduate 164

by Holly M. Gill
June 6 ceremonies Graduation numbers improved at Madras High School and were just below last year's record high at Culver High School when senior classes from both schools accepted their…
HOLLY M. GILL - Capt. Phil Johnston, of the Jefferson County Fire Department, surveys the scene of a fire on the Old Culver Highway, southeast of Madras, on Monday. The fire burned a mobile home to the ground.
Jun 10, 2015

Open burn escapes, consumes trailer

by Holly M. Gill
Burning season closed An illegal open burn got away from a homeowner Monday afternoon and burned an unoccupied mobile home to the ground on the Old Culver Highway, south of Madras. According to…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Mark Neffendorf, left, and H.D. Weddel
Jun 10, 2015

Board approves $52.1 million budget

by Susan Matheny
New hires approved; bus routes changed A $52.1 million budget for 2015-16 was adopted by the School District 509-J Board of Directors at its June 8 meeting. Along with the budget, the board also…
Jun 10, 2015

Three businesses in marijuana approval process

by Holly M. Gill
Medical marijuana dispensaries Two individuals have filed applications to open medical marijuana dispensaries in the city of Madras, and a third has indicated that he, too, plans to open a…




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