Tribes break ground on Madras truck stop

Tribes break ground on Madras truck stop

The Plateau Travel Center will feature a convenience store, restaurant, deli, fuel stations,...

First forum for school board candidates

First forum for school board candidates

Four candidates attend Madras Education Association forum April 18, at the library annex.

Smith resigns as 509-J HR, operations director

Smith resigns as 509-J HR, operations director

Darryl Smith, who has worked in the 509-J School District for 25 years, submitted his resignation...

Woman arrested after high-speed chase

Woman arrested after high-speed chase

After a 40-mile pursuit, which included dragging a deputy and running into the back of a...

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TOM BROWN - Mike Peterson, at left behind podium, president of the Jefferson County EDCO Advisory Board, and Janet Brown, to the right of the podium, managing director for EDCO in Jefferson County, prepare for their talks during the luncheon at the Madras Performing Arts Center following the April 19 business tour.
April 26, 2017

Made in Jefferson County tour back

by Holly M. Gill
Participants tour Madras Industrial Site businesses as part of a tour hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon.
BRUTIS BAEZ - Karlen Yallup, of Warm Springs, has been chosen to participate in the Native American Congressional Internship Program for 10 weeks this summer.
April 26, 2017

W.S. woman selected for internship

by Holly M. Gill
Karlen Yallup will intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Sen. John McCain.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Boat owner Kevin Ing returns to his boat, with the help of deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, on April 14, a day after it overturned in the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook, spilling him and two others.
April 26, 2017

Boat capsizes in rough water, but occupants safely reach shore

by Holly M. Gill
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office rescued three people whose boat had overturned April 13 on the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook.


April 26, 2017

Madras City Council seeks candidates for vacancies

by Madras Pioneer
The city of Madras is accepting letters of interest for the two vacant seats on the City Council.
HOLLY M. GILL - A fire, which started in an unoccupied mobile home at Tops Trailer Park on Friday afternoon, spread to a second mobile home, occupied by a family of six, who weren't home at the time. Above, firefighter Aaron Marshall ensures that a young boy safely clears out of the area.
April 19, 2017

Two mobile homes up in flames

by Holly M. Gill
A family of six lost their home and half its contents in a fire that started in the vacant mobile home next door.
WILL DENNER - Construction equipment sits staged and ready to start work on Oregon Department of Transportation's Highway 26 improvement project. The project, started on Monday, will eventually include repaving of the highway from Earl Street to Gumwood Lane. Motorists should expect delays between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.
April 19, 2017

U.S. Highway 26 project to extend from Earl Street to Gumwood…

by Holly M. Gill
Work on an ODOT project to repave a stretch of Highway 26 and improve the Gumwood intersection got started Monday.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services will seek permanent funding in the May 16 Special District Election.
April 19, 2017

JCEMS goes out for permanent district tax base

by Holly M. Gill
Two ballot measures, JCEMS tax base and Camp Sherman Road District levy renewal, will be on the May 16 ballot.
SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTO - Kevin Schindler, historian and public information officer for Lowell Observatory, which will bring staff and telescopes to Madras for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, discusses eclipses.
April 19, 2017

What happens during a total solar eclipse?

by Kevin Schindler
Lowell Observatory's historian explains the difference between solar and lunar eclipses, and what to expect.
HOLLY M. GILL - Posters submitted for the city of Madras' contest for its Tree City USA celebration cover a wall in the City Council chambers in the Madras City Hall. The city is preparing to celebrate its 24th year as a Tree City USA Community on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m., at Sahalee Park.
April 19, 2017

Madras Tree City celebration set for park on April 28

by Madras Pioneer
To mark its 24th year as a Tree City USA Community, Madras invites the public to celebrate April 28, at Sahalee Park.
April 19, 2017

Frontier Regional 911 celebrates week

by Madras Pioneer
National Public Safety Telecommunications Week is observed by Frontier Regional 911, which serves Jefferson County.

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SUSAN MATHENY - Ken Parshall
Apr 12, 2017

Parshall named new 509-J superintendent

by Susan Matheny
The contract for Ken Parshall, new superintendent, calls for him to continue as Warm Springs principal for the next two years.
MADRAS PIONEER - Candidates for school board positions include, top, left to right, Laurie Danzuka and Brian Crow for position 1, Tom Norton Jr. and Alyssa Macy for position 3, and bottom row, left to right, Jamie Hurd, Sue Matters and Gary Sisk for position 2. Juan Leach Orozco does not plan to campaign for position 2.
Apr 12, 2017

Candidates vie for three spots on 509-J board

by Holly M. Gill
Eight candidates are running for three positions on the Jefferson County 509-J School District Board of Directors.
HOLLY M. GILL - Jerry Ramsey, left, of the Jefferson County Historical Society, awards Madras Pioneer Publisher Tony Ahern with the Beth Crow Award for Local History. The award recognizes Ahern's "generous support of the programs of the Historical Society, and his own historical contributions" as publisher of the Madras Pioneer and Sageland Magazine.
Apr 12, 2017

Historical Society hands out award

by Madras Pioneer
At its annual dinner, the Jefferson County Historical Society recognized Tony Ahern with the Beth Crow Award.
Apr 12, 2017

Camping area to close for two years

by Madras Pioneer
Sisters Ranger District closes Whychus Creek area to overnight camping for next two years.
Apr 12, 2017

Forums on 509-J candidates

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras Education Association and the Chamber of Commerce have scheduled candidate forums for April 18 and 26.
Apr 12, 2017

Prescribed burns planned in Sisters area

by Madras Pioneer
The Sisters Ranger District plans to ignite about 1,200 acres of prescribed burns.
Apr 12, 2017

Local blitz ends in citations

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras Police Department issues numerous citations during enforcement patrols.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The second fatal crash in the Madras area in just over a week took the life of Melissa Wallace, 26, of Madras, on March 28. Wallace was ejected from the 2000 Pontiac Grand Am she was driving after it struck a tree. Eight days earlier, an 18-year-old man died in a single-vehicle rollover on North Adams Drive.
Apr 05, 2017

Single-car crash kills 26-year-old woman

by Holly M. Gill
Police cite alcohol, speed and no seat belt as factors in the accident.
SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Lowell Observatory, of Flagstaff, Arizona, will brings staff and equipment to Madras for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Apr 05, 2017

Lowell Observatory to help locals reach stars eclipse weekend

by Kevin Schindler
On Aug. 20 and 21, during and prior to the solar eclipse, Lowell Observatory will offer activities at the Madras PAC and football field.
SUSAN MATHENY - Ken Parshall
Apr 05, 2017

Zehr withdraws; Parshall left as superintendent finalist

by Susan Matheny
The school board is in the negotiation phase and plans to have a decision by April 10.