2016 AIRSHOW OF THE CASCADES

2016 AIRSHOW OF THE CASCADES

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Airshow of the Cascades takes off Friday, Saturday

Airshow of the Cascades takes off Friday, Saturday

Tickets available online (through Thursday), at the gate Since the start of what is now the...

Three Rivers files lawsuit over road

Three Rivers files lawsuit over road

Seeking vacation of CR-577 into recreation area Last week, the Three Rivers Landowners...

Price returns to air show

Price returns to air show

Aerobatics pilot to fly Su-29 at Airshow of the Cascades Skilled aerobatics performer Renny...

Crawdad festival draws hundreds

Crawdad festival draws hundreds

Organizers serve up about 700 pounds of crawdads Some 700 people turned out for a plate full of...

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Logan Lachenmeier, a fire student with the Jefferson County Fire Department, paints the bonnet of a fire hydrant blue, to signify that it has enough water pressure to put out more than 1,500 gallons per minute.
August 24, 2016

Fire department color codes fire hydrants

by Holly M. Gill
Painted bonnets show flow capacity for local hydrants No you're not imagining it; some of the fire hydrants around Madras are sporting newly painted tops. The colorful "bonnets" help the…
August 24, 2016

509-J accepts donation for Bridges technology

by Susan Matheny
A donation to provide technology for the new Bridges Career and Technical High School was accepted at the Aug. 22 meeting of the School District 509-J Board of Directors. Central Oregon Seeds…
August 24, 2016

County fares well in audit of numerous indicators

by Holly M. Gill
Financial, economic and demographic health In an audit of the financial health of Oregon's 36 counties, Jefferson County generally fared well in the 10 separate financial, economic and…


SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'Stella,' a foal from Warm Springs, gets to know trainer Anna Twinney at a clinic in Sisters.
August 24, 2016

Horse network provides foals for clinic

by Beth Matanane
11 Warm Springs foals participate in hands-on clinic The Warm Springs Horse Network was chosen to provide the amazing foals to an Anna Twinney clinic held in Sisters, last week. The week-long,…
August 24, 2016

State urges caution to prevent wildfires

by Madras Pioneer
Since Jan. 1, 466 wildfires caused by humans Temperatures may have moderated somewhat but Gov. Kate Brown and State Fire Marshal Jim Walker want you to remain vigilant in preventing wildfire and…
August 24, 2016

Police report results of patrol

by Madras Pioneer
Officers with the Madras Police Department, with the help of a traffic safety grant provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation, conducted a four-hour crosswalk enforcement operation on…
TOM CULBERTSON GRAPHIC - The 2017 total solar eclipse that will pass over Madras, is now approximately one year away. The eclipse will occur at 10:19 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected for the unusual event.
August 17, 2016

'Once-in-a-lifetime' event approaching

by Holly M. Gill
Madras directly in path of next year's total solar eclipse For more than a year and a half, city officials have been gearing up for an event that is still a year away — the Aug. 21, 2017 total…
JEFF WILSON - The annual Culver Crawdad Festival is set for Saturday, Aug. 20, beginning with a bicycle ride at 7 a.m., followed by a parade in downtown Culver at 10 a.m., and the crawdad feast in the Culver park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park events wrap up at 5 p.m.
August 17, 2016

Culver readies Crawdad Festival

by Susan Matheny
Heaps of kettle-boiled crawdads, fresh from Lake Billy Chinook, will be served to the hungry crowd attending the annual Culver Crawdad Festival on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Veterans Memorial Park in…
HOLLY M. GILL - Homeland FIreworks will return with their 'Wall of Fire' at the Airshow of the Cascades Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27.
August 17, 2016

Air show looking for sponsors

by Holly M. Gill
Volunteers still needed for next week's air show An army of volunteers is gearing up for Jefferson County's signature event, the Airshow of the Cascades, Aug. 26-27, at the Madras Municipal…
HOLLY M. GILL - From left, Kaz Kawamoto, Daimler construction manager, Jesse Oatman, project superintendent for Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co., U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, and Todd McIntyre, project manager for Kirby Nagelhout, tour the test track site, where precast forms are being installed.
August 17, 2016

Daimler testing track, facility make progress

by Holly M. Gill
Walden visits, tours construction site The new Daimler Proving Grounds is making progress, as the building contractor simultaneously works on the test track and office facility at the Madras…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Madras City Councilor Tom Brown, 509-J School District Superintendent Rick Molitor, Janet Brown, EDCO Jefferson County economic development manager, Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, and State Rep. John Huffman tour  the Daimler Truck North America testfacility area.
Aug 17, 2016

State speaker, representative tour Madras locations

by Madras Pioneer
Daimler, Performing Arts Center, new courthouse visited For the first time in recent memory, the speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives visited Madras to meet with local leaders and…
SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - The Jefferson County Tourism Group is planning a four-day festival, called the Oregon SolarFest, for the weekend prior to the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse. The festival will be headquartered at the Jefferson County Fair Complex, but the group will also rent out RV and tent camping space on 300 acres west of the airport.
Aug 17, 2016

Madras tourism group prepares for eclipse

by Tony Ahern
Total visitors to area could be 20,000 to as high as 100,000 Anywhere from 20,000 to as high as 100,000. Daunting numbers, but that’s what estimates for visitors to Madras for the 2017 eclipse…
Aug 17, 2016

City council openings in Madras, Culver, Metolius

by Holly M. Gill
Candidates must file by Aug. 30 to run for office If you live in the cities of Madras, Culver or Metolius, and have an interest in city government, all three cities have openings on their city…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Bartt Brick displays telescope he and his dad put together, when he was in high school.
Aug 17, 2016

Amateur astronomer shares enthusiasm for solar eclipse

by Holly M. Gill
Former banker, Brick nows serves on City Council Madras City Councilor Bartt Brick, a retired banker and amateur astronomer, has long been interested in studying the skies, and is looking…
Aug 17, 2016

Police planning crosswalk checks, drunk driving patrols

by Madras Pioneer
The Madras Police Department will continue enforcement of crosswalk violations and conduct drunk driving patrols over the coming weeks. Oregon Revised Statute requires drivers to stop for a…
Aug 17, 2016

Madras woman killed in accident

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras woman, Vernita Adams, was struck by a vehicle and killed, while crossing a highway in the Clackamas area, according to an Oregon State Police report. On Aug, 10, at about 11 p.m., OSP…
HOLLY M. GILL - Darlene Yan and Mark Bender, members of the team from Multiverse at UC Berkley, show the path of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse during a town hall meeting at the Jefferson County Library Annex Aug. 4.
Aug 10, 2016

Total solar eclipse 'totally sublime'

by Holly M. Gill
Madras directly in path of Aug. 21, 2017 eclipse At this time next year, Madras and much of Jefferson County will be gearing up for what will likely be the largest event ever to occur in the…
HOLLY M. GILL - Winston, an overweight corgi, released by his owner last week, tries out the new kennels at Three Rivers Humane Society.
Aug 10, 2016

Humane Society builds new kennels

by Holly M. Gill
Three Rivers applies for, wins $30,000 grant from Petco Ten shiny new, stand-alone kennels have replaced the old concrete ones at Three Rivers Humane Society, in Madras. The stainless steel…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A pair of stray puppies huddle together for comfort on the Warm Springs Reservation.
Aug 10, 2016

Bend Spay, Neuter to host clinics in Warm Springs

by Madras Pioneer
Clinics to address overpopulation beginning Sept. 6 The first ever free spay/ neuter and rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, hosted by the Bend Spay and Neuter Project, will be held Sept. 6, on…
Aug 10, 2016

Crews busy with numerous fires

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson County Fire Department responds Over the last few weeks, Jefferson County Fire District has responded to numerous fires. Friday morning, the fire department was dispatched to a vehicle…