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State lifts health advisory at Lake Billy Chinook

State lifts health advisory at Lake Billy Chinook

Test results show blue-green algae toxins well below guidelines (Update: The Oregon Health...

Band instruments donated to W.S. K-8 Academy

Band instruments donated to W.S. K-8 Academy

Principals meet with public Public donations of musical instruments are helping to build up the...

Rockhounds enjoy event

Rockhounds enjoy event

66th annual Gem and Mineral Show at county fairgrounds Triple-digit temperatures didn't stop...

Pi-Ume-Sha celebrates treaty

Pi-Ume-Sha celebrates treaty

Parade, dance competitions, rodeo among activities With temperatures of 100 or more each day of...

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Madras Latest News

July 01, 2015

J.C. employment much improved from last year

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson County's economy — certainly in light of job growth — is producing some very encouraging numbers. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Jefferson County was essentially…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Forest Ortiz
July 01, 2015

Man arrested following pursuit

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras man was tased and arrested June 27, after attempting to elude officers and leading them on a 15-mile chase. According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, on June 27, at 11:44 p.m.,…
July 01, 2015

July 4 parade, celebration readied

by Susan Matheny
With the theme “Celebrating Our Freedoms,” Fourth of July festivities for the whole family are slated at Sahalee Park on Saturday, and the parade will roll at 10 a.m. Registration for the parade…
SUSAN MATHENY - A row of columnar English oak trees at Sahalee Park appear to have been killed by last winter's freezing temperatures. The city public works department will wait and see if trees resprout before replacing them.
July 01, 2015

Weather takes toll on trees

by Susan Matheny
Some may need to be replaced The cold snap this area had last winter took a toll on several of the landscape and ornamental trees around town, killing many and leaving others in questionable…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Patricia Roe
July 01, 2015

Culver woman wins jackpot

by Madras Pioneer
During a Sunday afternoon lull in the action at work, Patricia Roe, a waitress at the Round Butte Inn, won more than $78,000 playing the Keno 8-Spot. "It got pretty slow, so I took a break and…
July 01, 2015

DUII blitz planned over holiday

by Madras PIoneer
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is joining the state of Oregon in a three-day high visibility enforcement campaign July 3-5, dedicated to enforcement of driving under the influence of…
July 01, 2015

Stay hydrated, limit sun during heat wave

by Madras Pioneer
With the recent triple-digit temperatures throughout the Northwest, Pacific Power wants to remind customers to stay safe and use these tips to beat the heat, use less energy and save money. Be…
July 01, 2015

Heat wave increases danger of wildfire

by Madras Pioneer
Use caution during outdoor activities Fire managers throughout Oregon are feeling the heat. Continued hot, dry weather is plaguing the region that could lead to a significant fire from a single…
HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Highway 97, on the south end of Madras, narrows to two lanes in front of Jefferson Square, as part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Highway 97/J Street realignment project, which is expected to conclude by the end of October.
June 24, 2015

Project affects southside businesses

by Holly M. Gill
Roadway narrow, congested About midway through the U.S. Highway 97/J Street realignment project, in the midst of busy summer traffic, business owners and motorists are eager for completion of…
HOLLY M. GILL - From left, Jeff Sanders, Captain Moody and Charles Nathan participate in last year's grand entry on the first day of Pi-Ume-Sha. This year's event runs from June 26-28 on the powwow grounds next to the community center in Warm Springs.
June 24, 2015

Pi-Ume-Sha rolls out Friday

by Susan Matheny
Treaty Days celebration Native Americans and others from all over the Northwest will gather June 26-28 for the Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days celebration near the community center in Warm Springs. This…

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HOLLY M. GILL - Steve Keever, of Madras, and his daughter, Autumn, display a rock Keever named after his daughter - Autumn Hope jasper. Keever is among 90 vendors who were setting up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Wednesday, in preparation for the annual All Rockhounds Pow-Wow Club of America's annual event, June 25-28.
Jun 24, 2015

Rockhounds arrive at fairgrounds

by Holly M. Gill
For 66th annual event Rockhounds return to Madras Thursday for their 66th annual event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. The All Rockhounds Pow-Wow Club of America will have a record 90…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Laura Alvarez
Jun 24, 2015

Woman remains jailed for assault

by Holly M. Gill
Man recovering from attack with hatchet A Madras man is recovering from an assault with a hatchet, and the woman accused of the crime remains in custody at the Jefferson County Correctional…
Jun 24, 2015

Whychus area closure in effect

by Madras Pioneer
For trail work, bridge replacement Beginning this week, the Deschutes National Forest will put a temporary closure in place to conduct stream work and replace a trail bridge on Whychus Creek.…
Jun 24, 2015

Hefty fines for illegal fireworks

by Madras Pioneer
'Keep it safe, keep it legal' The open season for fireworks sales is now underway in Oregon. Legal fireworks may be purchased only from Oregon permitted fireworks retailers and stands. The…
Jun 24, 2015

ODF, federal agencies tighten fire restrictions

by Madras Pioneer
In Central Oregon areas Increasing wildfire danger has prompted the Oregon Department of Forestry and federal agencies to tighten public fire prevention restrictions in Central Oregon. The…
HOLLY M. GILL - Daimler Trucks North America is planning to expand its operation at the Madras Municipal Airport. The company has submitted an application for a conditional use permit and site plan review.
Jun 17, 2015

Daimler Trucks to expand

by Holly M. Gill
Test track, new facilities at Madras airport The largest North American truck manufacturer, Daimler Trucks North America, has applied for a major expansion of its facilties at the Madras…
HOLLY M. GILL - A steel-framed building owned by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has been empty for decades, but will soon be replaced by a truck stop.
Jun 17, 2015

Tribes seek truck stop in Madras

by Holly M. Gill
Planning new facility at industrial site Tribally owned property at the Madras Industrial Site will see new life as a truck stop under a plan proposed by the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.…
HOLLY M. GILL - Madras JROTC, veterans and others help unfurl a 30-by-60-foot flag on Flag Day, June 14, at Erickson Aircraft Collection. The enormous flag is the largest flying in the state.
Jun 17, 2015

State's largest U.S. flag now on display

by Holly M. Gill
Erickson Aircraft Collection flies 30-by-60-foot flag In honor of Flag Day, Erickson Aircraft Collection raised its new U.S. flag — the largest in the state of Oregon — on Sunday at the Madras…
HOLLY M. GILL - The intersection of Buff Street and McTaggart Road will be modified to remove the island and put in turning lanes, bike lanes, and sidewalks as part of a Safe Routes to School grant project.
Jun 17, 2015

Pedestrian project emphasizes safety for schools

by Holly M. Gill
Project starts this week, concludes by end of August With a $500,000 Safe Routes to School grant, the city is in the process of making changes to Buff Street, from 10th Street to McTaggart Road.…
Jun 17, 2015

County declares drought

by Holly M. Gill
Affected landowners can apply for relief by June 26 Earlier this month, Jefferson County joined other mostly eastern counties in Oregon in declaring a state of drought emergency. The Jefferson…




Local Weather

Fair

68°F

Madras

Fair

Humidity: 42%

Wind: 5 mph

  • 4 Jul 2015

    Partly Cloudy 100°F 59°F

  • 5 Jul 2015

    Mostly Sunny 98°F 59°F