'Amazing kids' honored for contributions, tackling causes

'Amazing kids' honored for contributions, tackling causes

Before he was a 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medalist ice skater, four-time world champion and...

Suspicious fire razes historic hotel

Suspicious fire razes historic hotel

Hotel was moved to site in 1925 The historic Madras Hotel and Motel, which has stood as a...

Performing Arts Center nearly complete

Performing Arts Center nearly complete

Adjacent to Madras High School Members of the media got a tour of the Madras Performing Arts...

Water rights cause furor

Water rights cause furor

At Martin's Commons Irrigation water rights are causing a furor in Metolius, where residents of...

Thomases donate lot to city

Thomases donate lot to city

Owned by family for nearly 100 years On Tuesday night, the Madras City Council accepted the...

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October 29, 2014

Permit for dog field trials sought

by Madras Pioneer
On Crooked River Grassland The U.S. Forest Service is considering a five-year special use permit to allow dog field trials on the Crooked River National Grassland and is seeking comments on the…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Madras Sister City Association from Tomi City, Japan, brought a delegation of 10 people to Madras for a visit Oct. 27-28. After a dinner with Sister City friends and members, the entire group posed for a photo.
October 29, 2014

Sister city delegation visits

by Holly M. Gill
A delegation of 10 people from Tomi City, Japan — Madras' sister city since 1994 — were greeted with a dinner when they arrived in Madras Monday evening, for a two-day visit. At the dinner on…
October 29, 2014

Prison fire crew recognized

by Madras Pioneer
The Deer Ridge Correctional Institution firefighter crews were recognized for their hard work during the 2014 fire season at a ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 18, at DRCI. In attendance to show…
October 29, 2014

Man arrested on meth charges

by Madras Pioneer
During traffic stop A Bend man was arrested Monday morning during a traffic stop north of Terrebonne when an Oregon State Police trooper found he was wanted on a felony warrant and also seized…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Commission candidates Mae Huston and Tom Brown answer questions during a candidate forum last week.
October 22, 2014

Commission candidates answer questions

by Holly M. Gill
Opinions on projects, departments The most high profile race in Jefferson County on Nov. 4 will likely be for a position on the three-member County Commission. Madras City Councilor Tom Brown…
Photo Credit: PHOTO BY JIM DEMERS - Leo Demers Jr., left, examines the Wright Flyer awarded to his late father, Leo 'Ace' Demers Sr. Demers was accompanied by Bill Kullman, of Culver, and his wife, Mary Lou. Ace Demers' younger son, Jim, and his wife, Shirley, also attended the event honoring the aviation pioneer.
October 22, 2014

'Ace' Demers inducted into Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor

by Holly M. Gill
Recognized for contributions to aviation The late Leo J. "Ace" Demers, who managed the Madras airport from the 1960s until 1983, was honored last Sunday with induction into the Oregon Aviation…
Photo Credit: PIONEER ILLUSTRATION - The city of Madras intends to tax marijuana sales if recreational sales are approved in the Nov. 4 election.
October 22, 2014

Madras poised to tax marijuana

by Holly M. Gill
Drafting ordinance The Madras City Council is poised to impose a tax on the sale of medical and recreational marijuana if Measure 91, allowing the possession, manufacture and sale of marijuana…
October 22, 2014

Suttle Lake algae alert removed

by Madras Pioneer
The U.S. Forest Service has removed the “caution” sign for recreation use at Suttle Lake, which was posted on Oct. 6, according to Cari Press, hydrologist with the Sisters Ranger District. The…
October 22, 2014

Haystack campground closed for season

by Madras Pioneer
As colder weather approaches, seasonal campgrounds on the Crooked River National Grassland are closing. Fee sites have set closing dates, while nonfee sites will remain open until the snow…
October 22, 2014

Brush fire on Grassland

by Jason Chaney
Southeast of Madras A brush fire erupted Oct. 14, northwest of Prineville on the Crooked River National Grassland, prompting assistance from multiple agencies to extinguish the blaze. The fire,…

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras City Councilor Tom Brown, left, and Mae Huston are both seeking position 1 on the Jefferson County Commission. The two discussed the issues on Monday night at Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Oct 15, 2014

County, city candidates air views

by Holly M. Gill
Chamber candidate forum Candidates for the Jefferson County Commission and Madras City Council had their first opportunity to let the public know where they stand on local issues at a forum…
Photo Credit: PIONEER CHART - Property tax rates were down slightly in Madras and Metolius, but rose at Culver, Crooked River Ranch and Three Rivers.
Oct 15, 2014

Values, taxes up for most communities

by Holly M. Gill
Compression affects districts With property values increasing across the county, taxing districts in Jefferson County can expect a boost in revenue this year, but that means individual taxpayers…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The late Leo J. 'Ace' Demers stands outside one of the old hangars at the Madras airport. Demers will be inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Sunday, Oct. 19, in McMinnville.
Oct 15, 2014

Ace Demers inducted into aviation hall of honor

by Madras PIoneer
The late Ace Demers, who managed the Madras airport from the early 1960s to 1983, will be among those inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Honor on Oct. 19, at the Evergreen Aviation and…
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Madras Primary Principal Deborah Hunt, and Metolius Elementary Principal Craig Morgan, holding checks, accept the awards from Wells Fargo executives Jeff McVay, left, and James Weber, right, at an event on Sept. 24.
Oct 15, 2014

Culver, 509-J schools get boost from Wells Fargo

by Madras Pioneer
Wells Fargo donated $1,000 each to 10 elementary schools in Central Oregon, including two in the Jefferson County School District and one in Culver. Wells Fargo announced the gifts at a special…
Oct 15, 2014

Culver school a model on State Report Card

by Susan Matheny
509-J has mixed results For the second year in a row, Culver Middle School has been named a model school for rating in the top 5 percent of high poverty schools in Oregon. The announcement came…
Oct 16, 2014

Cowdeo signing up youngsters

by Madras Pioneer
Set for Saturday Kids will test their skills on bucking sheep at the 46th annual Cowdeo, Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. There will just be one performance, at 1 p.m.,…
Oct 15, 2014

Burglars hit several Madras businesses

by Susan Matheny
Police issue protection tips Madras businesses have been experiencing a rash of burglaries, which caused the Madras Police Department to issue a list of tips to help store owners to safeguard…
Oct 15, 2014

Column reminds local of rabid coyote bite

by Holly M. Gill
Husband bit in 1920s After reading about a man bitten by a rabid coyote in the Maury Mountains in the Looking Back column from Sept. 24, 1914, Daisy Thornton, of Ashwood, was reminded of an…
Oct 15, 2014

Medicare enrollment beginning

by Madras Pioneer
Make changes through Dec. 7 Annual open enrollment for Medicare starts this week, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance section of the Oregon Insurance Division is available to…
Oct 15, 2014

Positions open on city commissions

by Madras Pioneer
Redevelopment, planning commissions Two Madras commissions are looking for qualified candidates to fill two positions on each — the Madras Redevolpment Commission and the Madras Planning…



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