Train crash fatal to one; injures three

Train crash fatal to one; injures three

Driver distracted by accident at Gem Lane, Highway 361 A driver reportedly distracted by an...

Three Rivers members ask county to vacate Road 577

Three Rivers members ask county to vacate Road 577

County holds over hearing to allow further negotiation A crowd of about 100 residents of the...

County moves court into new facility

County moves court into new facility

Courtrooms open for business Monday in two-story facility On Friday, 55 years of records and...

Library marks centennial July 25

Library marks centennial July 25

There will be a fun-filled afternoon of Centennial Celebration festivities at the Jefferson...

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PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 23, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund gubernatorial campaign

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Salem oncologist contributed nearly $1.4 million to his own campaign for governor SILVERTON — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own…
FILE PHOTO - The deposit Oregonians will receive from returning used bottles and cans is going up to 10 cents per container starting in April, 2017 the OLCC announced this week.
July 22, 2016

Oregon bottle deposit to rise to 10 cents starting Spring 2017

by Geoff Pursinger
The refund Oregonians will get from returning used soda cans and water bottles is about to go up. This week the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it was doubling the redemption…
July 20, 2016

509-J, tribes to work on education plan

by Susan Matheny
Original 50-year MOU expired; next agreement to cover 5-year period Plans were made at the July 18, 509-J School District Board of Directors meeting to begin working on the next memorandum of…


July 20, 2016

Woman accidentally shoots self in foot

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras woman accidentally shot herself in the foot, investigators with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office discovered Monday morning. Around 10:30 a.m. July 18, the Sheriff's Office was…
SUSAN MATHENY - Enter exhibits for the Jefferson County Fair for a chance at awards and prizes.
July 20, 2016

Enter exhibits at fair

by Madras Pioneer
Win cash awards, prizes If you have always wanted to exhibit some of your skills at the fair, this is the year. There will be numerous cash prizes and other awards given out. Some 40 awards…
HOLLY M. GILL - From the second floor of the new Jefferson County Courthouse, visitors will have unobstructed views of the Madras City Hall, Westside, and the Kids Club area to the south. The Jefferson County Circuit Court and District Attorney's Office, as well as Victims' Assistance, will be moving into the two-story building over the weekend, and open for business there on July 18.
July 13, 2016

Courthouse ready for move

by Holly M. Gill
DA's office, Circuit Court, Victims' Assistance moving The Jefferson County Circuit Court and District Attorney's Office are already moving in to the new County Courthouse, which is just days…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Cove Palisades area is now included in the Oregon Health Authority's advisory for the presence of blue-green algae.
July 13, 2016

Health warning for algae expanded

by Madras Pioneer
Lake Billy Chinook added to warning for Metolius arm, from Perry South Campground to Three Rivers The health advisory issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook was extended to…
HOLLY M. GILL - A custom drone flown by Patrick Sherman, of Roswell Flight Test Crew, of Portland, hauls dirt during the groundbreaking for the Warm Springs Ventures' UAV Training Center at Kah-Nee-Ta Lodge.
July 13, 2016

Warm Springs Ventures breaks ground on training center for UAVs

by Holly M. Gill
Kah-Nee-Ta site for new facility to train drone pilots Warm Springs Ventures held a groundbreaking for its Unmanned Aerial Systems Training Center at Kah-Nee-Ta July 7, but a crew was already…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Garry Vineyard
July 13, 2016

Settlement effort ends with no deal

by Holly M. Gill
After nearly five hours of settlement conferences July 6, prosecutors for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and defendant Garry Vineyard and his attorney, Dave Glenn, were unable…
HOLLY M. GILL - The Cove Palisades area is now included in the Oregon Health Authority's advisory for the presence of blue-green algae.
July 08, 2016

Algae warning now includes Lake Billy Chinook

by Madras Pioneer
Metolius arm from Perry South Campground to Three Rivers remains unchanged The health advisory issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook was extended to include the Crooked River…

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TOM BROWN - Dramatic and colorful fireworks lit up the sky around 10 p.m. July 4, thanks to the Madras Sparklers.
Jul 06, 2016

Celebrating the red, white and blue

by Susan Matheny
Over 70 entries celebrated the “Good Ole’ Red, White and Blue” theme during the Fourth of July Parade in Madras. Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Director Joe Krenowicz said the…
HOLLY M. GILL - The goal of the $108 million selective water withdrawal system is to enhance sustainable, harvestable runs of migratory fish around the Pelton and Round Butte waterways.
Jul 06, 2016

More salmon returning to rivers

by Holly M. Gill
Increasing numbers find their way back from ocean to below reregulating dam Four years ago, six 4-year-old Chinook salmon were released above Round Butte Dam, marking the first time in more than…
HOLLY M. GILL - The sign for the Juniper Mini Storage units on Brush Lane still advertises a phone number, but the units have been out of commission for at least a couple of years.
Jul 06, 2016

Second storage unit fire takes out another unit

by Madras Pioneer
Juniper Mini Storage units on Brush Lane The second fire in just over a year at the old Juniper Mini Storage units, on Brush Lane, on the south end of Madras, took out the second of four units…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Eric Robert Foreman
Jul 06, 2016

Man sentenced to nearly 10 years for March 5 shooting

by Holly M. Gill
Defendant had history of assault, weapons charges A Metolius man was sentenced last week to nearly 10 years in prison for an early morning shooting outside a local pub in March. Eric Robert…
Jul 06, 2016

Algae warning issued for lake's Metolius arm

by Madras Pioneer
From Perry South Campground to area around Three Rivers A health advisory was issued July 1 for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook from the Perry South Campground to and including the area…
Jul 06, 2016

Fire season in effect for Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue

by Madras Pioneer
When fire season is effect, some activities in the great outdoors are prone to start fires. In an effort to prevent those fires from starting, Lake Chinook Fire and Rescue and their partner, the…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Antelope School has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The school, completed in 1925, has been the city's most prominent building since that time.
Jul 06, 2016

Antelope School among latest entries on Register

by Madras Pioneer
Building is unique example of Classical Revival The Antelope School is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. A significant representative of rural education…
Jul 06, 2016

Help city envision transportation plan

by Madras Pioneer
Drivers, bikers, walkers, public transit takers Do you drive, bicycle, walk or take transit in Madras? If you do, then the city wants to hear from you. Join the city at either of two interactive…
Jul 06, 2016

Public hearing on senior issues

by Susan Matheny
The Older Americans Act requires each designated Area Agency on Aging to develop an area plan. Currently, active four-year AAA Area Plans and updates expire on Dec. 31. The local AAA is the…
Jul 06, 2016

June temperatures warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
Outlook for July calls for above normal averages Temperatures at Madras averaged slightly warmer than normal during the month of June, according to preliminary data received by the National…