Shots fired, schools locked down in AM

Shots fired, schools locked down in AM

Two incidents in one day Madras police were busy with two shooting incidents on Monday — the...

County awaits news of road funding

County awaits news of road funding

U.S. Congress hasn't yet renewed Secure Rural Schools Faced with the potential loss of hundreds...

509-J eyes PAC director, Roots program

509-J eyes PAC director, Roots program

The School District 509-J Board voted to hire a performing arts director, bolster the Roots...

Humane Society starts fundraising campaign

Humane Society starts fundraising campaign

Plans to build new shelter Three Rivers Humane Society has announced an ambitious capital...

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Phillip Lee Squiemphen
January 28, 2015

Assault results in 10-year sentence

by Holly M. Gill
Attempted murder charged As a result of a brutal assault on his former domestic partner, Phillip Lee Squiemphen, 34, of Madras, will spend 10 years in prison. Squiemphen pleaded guilty Dec. 31…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jan C. Huxel Jr.
January 28, 2015

Sex abuse nets 75-month term for Madras man

by Holly M. Gill
10-year-old victim A Madras man, Jan C. Huxel Jr., 39, was sentenced Jan. 14 to more than seven years in prison for the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl. In the Jefferson County Circuit Court,…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Todd Gould
January 28, 2015

Gould new Mosaic Medical manager

by Madras Pioneer
At Madras location Mosaic Medical is pleased to announce that Todd Gould has joined the Mosaic Medical Madras team as the clinic manager. Gould comes to Mosaic Medical with a very strong…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Retiring Madras Police Chief Tom Adams accepts a statue of an eagle from his staff Jan. 23, during his retirement party at the Madras City Hall. Adams is surrounded, from left, by officers Mike Rochelle, Mel Brown and Ryan Kathrein.
January 29, 2015

Police chief recognized at retirement party

by Holly M. Gill
After 25 years of service Retiring Madras Police Chief Tom Adams was recognized by his staff, co-workers, familly and friends at his retirement party Jan. 23, at the Madras City Hall. Law…
January 28, 2015

Homeless count this week

by Madras PIoneer
The annual counting of homeless persons in the Madras area will be done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Madras Christian Church at 115 S.E. C St. A hot meal, warm clothing and…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras Mayor Royce Embanks sands a carousel horse he has been carving for the past year at his shop, Studio on Fifth. Embanks, a registered nurse, retired from Indian Health Service in Warm Springs in 2006, but has also  worked in forestry and as the zoological director at an animal park, besides serving in the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard.
January 21, 2015

Latest foray: mayor of Madras

by Holly M. Gill
The interesting life of Royce Embanks No matter how many times you've visited with Madras Mayor Royce Embanks, chances are good that he has talents and experiences that will surprise you. The…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - School District 509-J plans to sell a small portion of its 69-acre property, at the corner of Loucks Road and Bean Drive, to the county to eventually expand the cemetery.
January 21, 2015

School district, city work on property rezone

by Holly M. Gill
County to buy parcel for cemetery A 69-acre property owned by School District 509-J for more than 18 years will be rezoned and partially brought into the city if all goes as planned in the next…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The city of Madras is testing the use of city-owned devices for the Madras City Council to access packet information. Currently, packet information is copied and mailed out.
January 21, 2015

iPads to help city reduce packet expenses

by Holly M. Gill
Two will test devices In order to save an estimated $18,000 per year in expenses related to the production of the Madras City Council agendas and council packets, the city has approved a trial…
Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY OF OSU-CASCADES - Austin Smith, of Warm Springs, will graduate from OSU-Cascades in June, with a degree in natural resources.
January 21, 2015

Resources Smith's focus at OSU-Cascades

by Sara Freedman
Set to graduate in June Austin Smith, a senior in the natural resources program at OSU-Cascades, is a big-time hunter. He also considers himself an environmentalist, working as a wildlife…
January 21, 2015

Movin' Mountains weigh-ins this week

by Madras Pioneer
In Madras, Warm Springs Movin' Mountains - Mission Possible is an annual countywide event to lose weight and establish a healthier lifestyle. It is presented as a collaboration between the Let's…

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Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Trail closures are intended to protect nesting eagles.
Jan 21, 2015

Trail closures in effect

by Madras Pioneer
To protect nesting eagles The Bureau of Land Management Prineville District has started implementing a series of annual wildlife closures to protect several species of birds of prey during…
Jan 21, 2015

Donations needed for homeless count

by Madras PIoneer
Planning meeting Friday Organizers of the annual homeless count will meet Friday to plan for next week's count, according to Ana Young of NeighborImpact. The meeting will be held at noon, on…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Miriam Fisher, of Madras, escorts her father, Steve Fisher, on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem, when he visited in August. The Dome of the Rock is in the background.
Jan 14, 2015

Peaceful relations part of project

by Holly M. Gill
Living in Israel Last spring, just as tensions in the Middle East were rising, Madras resident Miriam Fisher jumped at the chance to go to Israel, where she was offered a job with an…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Since the three-story Madras Hotel and Motel burned to the ground on Oct. 26, the asbestos-contaminated property has attracted people who have scavenged material from the site. Last week, the Department of Environmental Quality notified the property owner that the site needs to be cleaned up.
Jan 14, 2015

DEQ orders cleanup of hotel burn site

by Holly M. Gill
Asbestos contamination confirmed The owner of the property where the historic Madras Hotel and Motel once stood has been notified by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality that he must…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Since the opening of the Warm Springs K-8 Academy last fall, the Warm Springs Tribal Council has expressed an interest in the tribes having their own high school and school district. School District 509-J will discuss the new memorandum of understanding between the school district and council at its next meeting Jan. 20, at Kah-Nee-Ta. Above, the K-8 academy was readied for students last summer.
Jan 14, 2015

Tribes, 509-J to discuss tribal high school

by Susan Matheny
The School District 509-J Board of Directors will be meeting with Warm Springs Tribal Council Jan. 20, at Kah-Nee-Ta, to discuss any adjustment to the next memorandum of understanding between…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jaquelynn Marie Brown
Jan 14, 2015

Fugitive caught following motorcycle chase

by Madras Pioneer
A female fugitive was apprehended Saturday evening after she tried to elude deputies while riding a motorcycle. According to the report, on Jan. 10, at about 11:15 p.m., a Jefferson County…
Photo Credit: ODFW PHOTO - Hatchery technician Charles Baker puts a coho salmon into a tote diestined for the Oregon Food Bank.
Jan 14, 2015

Salmon donations stock food banks

by Madras Pioneer
Banner runs of Pacific salmon helped feed thousands of Oregonians in 2014. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatcheries donated more than 350,000 pounds of Chinook and coho salmon to food…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - A shed and its contents - 280 tons of hay, three tractors, a baler and a truck - were a complete loss after a fire late Sunday night on Quaale Road, about 13 miles northeast of Madras.
Jan 07, 2015

Fire consumes hay, equipment

by Holly M. Gill
Loss estimated at $450,000 A fire that started late Sunday night near a residence on Quaale Road destroyed a hay shed, a large amount of hay and several agricultural vehicles. Greg Lechner, of…
Jan 07, 2015

Hay falls, causes death of farmer

by Susan Matheny
In barn near Madras A local farmer died Sunday, Jan. 4, in an accident in which several hay bales fell on top of him According to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins, Harvey Stickler, 76, of…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - John Hatfield talks to friends and co-workers at his retirement party on Dec. 31. Mae Huston, at left, has been elected to Hatfield's seat on the Jefferson County Commission.
Jan 07, 2015

Hatfield retires from County Commission

by Holly M. Gill
Recalls years of service After he closed the Madras Hatfield's store in 2003, John Hatfield was in his mid-50s and had some time on his hands. "I was looking for something to do," said Hatfield.…




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