New zone to expand uses

New zone to expand uses

City-county zone allows light industry A new commercial zone on the south end of Madras will...

Madras selects new city councilor

Madras selects new city councilor

A retired banker was unanimously selected and seated as the newest member of the Madras City...

Man killed in W.S. accident

Man killed in W.S. accident

A man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at 9 p.m., Jan. 29, on U.S. Highway 26 near milepost 93,...

Change of plea, sentencing set for former property manager

Change of plea, sentencing set for former property manager

Former property manager Ardith "Wendy" Chancellor, 57, is expected to change her plea on charges...

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HOLLY M. GILL  - A 150-foot stretch of sidewalk, from the south end of the South Y Complex to L Street, will complete the city's pedestrian system from the north side of town all the way to Fairgrounds Road.
February 03, 2016

Sidewalk stretch last step in pedestrian project

by Holly M. Gill
A sidewalk extension along U.S. Highway 97, near L Street, was approved by the Madras City Council on Jan. 26, adding the final piece of connectivity for pedestrians on the south side of Madras.…
February 03, 2016

Hospital district to dissolve, fund scholarship

by Holly M. Gill
The Mountain View Hospital Board of Directors stuck with its original plan and earmarked all the district's remaining money to a scholarship fund at its Jan. 26 meeting. The hospital district is…
February 03, 2016

January weather warmer

by Madras Pioneer
Above normal temperatures predicted for February After a year of warmer than usual temperatures in Madras for 2015 , January started 2016 with temperatures that were slightly warmer than normal,…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Capt. Marc Heckathorn, deputy Tyler Anderson, Sgt. Jason Erickson, and Cpl. Ryan Grote attended Anderson's graduation ceremony Jan. 22, at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem.
February 03, 2016

Deputy graduates from DPSST

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced the graduation of deputy sheriff Tyler Anderson from the 353rd Basic Police Class held at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and…
February 03, 2016

Community grants available

by Madras Pioneer
If you have an idea for a community project, the city of Madras might have a grant for you. The city is currently accepting applications for its annual Community Grant Funding projects for the…
February 03, 2016

Two arrested for meth

by Madras Pioneer
Two Redmond residents were arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Jan. 19, in a remote area near Culver. At approximately 12:30 p.m., an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper…
TONY AHERN - Though 'taking a number' is still common practice at the Madras DMV, office hours will reduce by 40 percent come March.
January 27, 2016

Madras DMV to switch to three-day week

by Gill, Holly M.
In March, will close Mondays and Fridays The Madras Department of Motor Vehicles' field office will no longer be open Mondays and Fridays, beginning in March. After decades as a five-day-a-week…
HOLLY M. GILL - A crew from Stedman Sheet Metal, of Redmond, applies sheet metal siding on the new Jefferson County Courthouse which will also include stone and concrete finishes on the exterior.
January 27, 2016

Crews work on both exterior, interior

by Holly M. Gill
July completion of courthouse anticipated Vapor barriers are up to keep moisture out and work on both the inside and outside of the new Jefferson County Courthouse is moving toward a July…
HOLLY M. GILL - School District 509-J is considering a plan to move fifth-graders into an unoccupied wing of the Jefferson County Middle School.
January 27, 2016

Board eyes reconfiguration proposal

by Susan Matheny
Parented asked to help develop perfect fifth grade Superintendent Rick Molitor gave his recommendation that the 509-J School District move to a K-4, 5-8 model for in-town elementaries, but…
SUSAN MATHENY - At last year's Point in Time Homeless Count, blankets were available to people attending the event.
January 27, 2016

Homeless event will not include full count this year

by Holly M. Gill
Community members who are homeless will be offered food and supplies, but will not necessarily be counted Thursday, Jan. 28, during the annual Point in Time Homeless Count. As always, the event…

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Jan 27, 2016

Precipitation improves water outlook

by Madras Pioneer
Cold mountain temperatures and copious amounts of precipitation joined forces in December to bring a welcome return of winter to Oregon. According to the first water supply outlook report for…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mike Clements, at left, visits with John Halliday, Warm Springs Agency BIA superintendent.
Jan 20, 2016

Tribes to vote on amendment to constitution

by Holly M. Gill
BIA approves petition, calls for vote For the first time in the history of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, a petition to amend the tribes' constitution will go to a vote. On Jan. 11,…
HOLLY M. GILL - Eldon Sasser, at the microphone, expresses disapproval of the Madras City Council's failure to honor the citizen's wishes, while Justin Gottlieb, in foreground, of the High Desert Cannabis Community, awaits his turn to speak.
Jan 20, 2016

City passes four marijuana ordinances

by Holly M. Gill
Delays vote on vacant seat on council The Madras City Council postponed selecting a candidate to fill a vacant seat on the council, but took action on four ordinances concerning marijuana at its…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Madras City Council and Jefferson County have reached an agreement that authorizes the transfer of several roads on the northeast side of Madras, east of the intersection of Chestnut and 10th Street.
Jan 20, 2016

Snow, roads on agenda

by Holly M. Gill
Council OKs cleanup funds for nuisance Besides dealing with marijuana ordinances, the Madras City Council delayed a vote on a snow removal policy, approved an intergovernmental agreement with…
Jan 20, 2016

Homeless count coming

by Madras Pioneer
Free food, supplies for the homeless Jefferson County’s Point in Time Homeless Count will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Madras Christian Church, at 115 S.E. C St. At…
Jan 20, 2016

BLM implements series of seasonal closures

by Madras Pioneer
Protecting bird of prey nesting sites The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District has started implementing a series of annual wildlife closures to protect several species of birds of prey…
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE PHOTO - WaterWatch files a lawsuit aimed at saving the habitat of the Oregon spotted frog. The lawsuit is the second filed against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation concerning the spotted frog. Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a similar lawsuit.
Jan 13, 2016

WaterWatch files lawsuit over spotted frog

by Susan Matheny
NUID, COID, Tumalo irrigation districts named A second lawsuit concerning the Oregon spotted frog was officially filed by WaterWatch of Oregon on Monday, Jan. 11, in U.S. District Court Eugene…
HOLLY M. GILL - Tim Causey, superintendent of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution, stands on the upper floor a a cell block in the medium-security portion of the prison, which has never housed prisoners.
Jan 13, 2016

Prison to transfer inmates to medium

by Holly M. Gill
DRCI plans to operate facility as minimum To accommodate a growing prison population, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution will be moving its 774 minimum-security inmates over to the…
TONY AHERN - A crowd of area residents, including a large number of farmers and ranchers, packed into the Madras COCC campus last week for Sen. Jeff Merkley's annual town hall meeting.
Jan 13, 2016

Merkley talks frogs at town hall

by Tony Ahern
Litigation, effect on NUID main concern It was six days before a lawsuit would be filed against the North Unit Irrigiation District, but the at-the-time pending litigation was topic No. 1 at the…
SUSAN MATHENY - The School District 509-J Board of Directors met at Metolius Elementary Monday night, for their regular board meeting. From left, Superintendent Rick Molitor and board members Tom Norton, Laurie Danzuka, Lyle Rehwinkel, Stan Sullivan and Courtney Snead prepare for the meeting.
Jan 13, 2016

Public gives input on school reconfiguration

by Susan Matheny
Fifth-graders may move to middle school The public had a chance to voice its opinion Monday night on a proposal to reconfigure grades at in-town elementary schools in the 509-J School District.…



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