Tribes break ground on facility

Tribes break ground on facility

Counting on cannabis for jobs, economic diversity Tribal members and their partner agencies...

Steel Stampede bigger than ever

Steel Stampede bigger than ever

CRR motorcycle event attracts more than 1,500 The largest group of competitors yet took to the...

Fire consumes single-wide mobile home

Fire consumes single-wide mobile home

A single-wide mobile home, located on Southwest Highway 97 in Madras, was destroyed by a...

Ambitious Juniper Hills project seeks $675,000

Ambitious Juniper Hills project seeks $675,000

Grant writer surveys needs, submits application For the first time in 14 years, Juniper Hills...

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May 04, 2016

Madras forming committee to draft marijuana regulations

by Holly M. Gill
The city of Madras is gearing up to form a Marijuana Advisory Committee to develop draft regulations for the recreational marijuana industry. An 11-member committee, consisting of three city…
May 04, 2016

Return ballots by May 17

by Holly M. Gill
Ballots for the May 17 primary election were mailed out to Jefferson County voters last week. If you're a registered voter and haven't received your ballot — or received two — call the County…
May 04, 2016

Weather spotters needed in Madras, Warm Springs

by Madras Pioneer
Free training sessions May 12 in local communities Volunteers from Madras and Warm Springs are being sought to participate in the latest weather-spotter training sessions on May 12, in Madras…


May 04, 2016

April weather warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
Expect May weather to be warm Temperatures at Madras averaged warmer than normal during the month of April, according to preliminary data received by the National Weather Service in Pendleton.…
May 04, 2016

Firewood cutting open with permit

by Madras Pioneer
Personal use firewood collection opened May 1, across the Ochoco National Forest and within designated cutting areas on the Crooked River National Grassland and the Prineville Bureau of Land…
HOLLY M. GILL - Mike Peterson, vice president of operations for Earth2O, in Culver, conducts a tour of the facility April 20, for Economic Development for Central Oregon.
April 27, 2016

Earth2O makes bottles, caps at Culver facility

by Holly M. Gill
Started 25 years ago, Earth2O is on a mission to become the most environmentally responsible water bottler in the country. The Culver-based company, which bottles about 75,000 gallons of Opal…
HOLLY M. GILL - Ballots for the May 17 primary election will be mailed out April 27, and should be in your mailboxes this week. They must be returned to a drop box by 8 p.m. Election Day.
April 27, 2016

Get out your Voters' Pamphlet; ballots in the mail

by Holly M. Gill
Get out your Voters' Pamphlet. When you receive your ballot in the mail sometime in the next week, in addition to candidates for Jefferson County Commission, treasurer, assessor and surveyor,…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Jefferson County School District 509-J board accepted funds for the middle school's Outdoor School participation from the Bean Foundation.
April 27, 2016

Outdoor School gets boost for JCMS

by Susan Matheny
Students at Jefferson County Middle School got a boost from the Bean Foundation to be able to attend Outdoor School, following the approval of a $3,000 donation at Monday night’s School District…
JOE KRENOWICZ - Bicyclists leave Culver, after a stop for ice cream at Beetle Bailey's, and head toward Madras on the Culver Highway.
April 27, 2016

Travel Oregon cycling group passes through

by Holly M. Gill
Riding from Eugene to Pendleton Local cycling enthusiasts met with representatives of Travel Oregon last week, when they stopped in Culver and Madras. After starting in Eugene, "The (Travel…
HOLLY M. GILL - The family of the late Brandon Johnson, who died of a brain tumor last year at the age of 10, celebrated his life at the groundbreaking for a new splash pad at the Culver city park. From left, family members include Marie Crawford, Morgan, Renee and Jessica Johnson, Mike Crawford, Eva, Wayne and Marshal Johnson, project manager Craig Nicholson, Culver Councilor Bart Carpenter, Culver Mayor Nancy Diaz, and organizer Cindy Dix. The city will celebrate the completion of the project June 25.
April 20, 2016

Culver honors youth with splash pad

by Holly M. Gill
Ground breaks on park project to honor life of cancer victim As many as 200 people turned out Friday, at the Culver City Park for the groundbreaking for a splash pad to honor a young resident…

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PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCOR - Malcolm Scott Harpole, left, of Madras, and William 'Billie' Ray Worthington, of Redmond, were arrested April 17, after a second police chase, on I-84 near Biggs Junction.
Apr 20, 2016

High-speed chases end with suspects' arrests

by Holly M. Gill
One suspect arrested four days later Local police were involved with two, similar high-speed chases last Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to stop a vehicle for speeding, law enforcement…
HOLLY M. GILL - Jeanie Gentry was honored by friends and co-workers on her last day at St. Charles Madras, Friday, April 15. The former CEO for St. Charles Madras and St. Charles Prineville has taken a position as CEO at the hospital in Salmon, Idaho.
Apr 20, 2016

Gentry moves to Idaho for post

by Holly M. Gill
Interim CEO for St. Charles Madras named A steady stream of co-workers and friends said goodbye to Jeanie Gentry, chief executive officer of St. Charles Madras, on Friday, her last day at the…
HOLLY M. GILL - Three Jefferson County residents, Brandie McNamee, Glennys Lindsay and Anzie Adams, will vie for the position of county treasurer in the May 17 election.
Apr 20, 2016

Three seek treasurer position

by Holly M. Gill
Four-year term for local office begins Jan. 1 Three candidates currently working for local communities will be on the ballot for the part-time position of Jefferson County treasurer. Seeking the…
Apr 20, 2016

Culver to hold groundbreaking for splash pad

by Madras Pioneer
After nine months of promoting and raising funds, the Culver Splash Pad Committee and the family of Brandon Johnson are excited to announce a groundbreaking ceremony slated for Friday, April 15,…
Apr 20, 2016

Help name new high school

by Madras Pioneer
The committee to name School District 509-J’s new high school is seeking input from the community on a “significant regional attribute” that would be appropriate in the name of the new school,…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JCSO - Two vehicles collided and ended up in the yard of a residence at the corner of Northwest Columbia Drive and Northwest Ivy Lane on Monday morning, April 18.
Apr 20, 2016

Minor injuries in collision

by Madras Pioneer
Two people received minor injuries in a crash last Friday north of Madras. On April 18, at 7:13 a.m., a deputy responded to Northwest Columbia Drive and Northwest Ivy Lane, north Madras, for a…
HOLLY M. GILL - On Monday, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs announced that Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, which has operated since 1967, will close its doors. A third-party receiver will take possession of the mill, which employs about 85 people, for the purpose of 'an orderly wind up of its operations,' according to a press release issued by the tribes. The operation has not been profitable in recent years, as a result of reduced log supply, aging equipment, and a changing economy, the tribes reported. The photo of the mill was taken in January, when it was still operating.
Apr 13, 2016

Tribal Council to shutter facility

by Holly M. Gill
Closure to affect about 85 employees Fifty years after members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved a $15 million referendum that allowed the tribes to get into the wood products…
HOLLY M. GILL - Mike Britton, manager of North Unit Irrigation District, got good news when a federal judge issued her opinion April 7 on a request for an injunction.
Apr 13, 2016

Judge denies request, issues opinion

by Holly M. Gill
Parties must meet with magistrate judge for settlement In a second win for Central Oregon irrigation districts, the federal judge who denied an injunction that would have forced dramatic changes…
WARM SPRINGS LOGO - The April 4 election for the Warm Springs Tribal Council saw about 1,242 tribal members turn in their ballots for the eight open seats on the council.
Apr 13, 2016

Tribes elect eight to W.S. Tribal Council

by Holly M. Gill
Results remain unofficial; one seat unfilled An estimated 1,242 tribal members cast their ballots April 4 for eight positions on the Warm Springs Tribal Council. Results of the election to the…
SUSAN MATHENY - Wayne Fording, of Madras, left, and Daniel Tomlinson, of Crooked River Ranch, are vying for the position currently held by Fording on the three-member Jefferson County Commission.
Apr 13, 2016

Two candidates vie for commission spot

by Holly M. Gill
Incumbent and challenger Jefferson County voters will see two contested countywide races on their ballots, when ballots are mailed out April 27: for one seat on the Jefferson County Commission…