Four family members die in three-vehicle crash

Four family members die in three-vehicle crash

OSP seeks information on another vehicle A Madras woman and three of her sons died from injuries...

Fording re-elected; McNamee to be unopposed in November

Fording re-elected; McNamee to be unopposed in November

Jefferson County Finance Director Brandie McNamee handily won the treasurer's race, and Wayne...

Transforming county, one business at a time

Transforming county, one business at a time

Brown works behind scenes with EDCO For nearly four years, Janet Brown, of Madras, has been...

Judge hears motion in murder trial

Judge hears motion in murder trial

Attorneys ask for specific cause of death A young couple, Raine Austria, 26, and Garry Vineyard...

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May 25, 2016

Accounts set up for Bemrose family

by Madras Pioneer
An account for the Bemrose family has been set up at Columbia Bank, under the name "Bemrose Memorial Fund." A GoFundMe account has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/24yvcbyc.
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Some Oregon businesses could be hit with more taxes under an initiative that will be on the November general election ballot. A state analysis of the initiative found that it could raise about $6 billion for state budgets, but might 'dampen' employment and growth around the state.
May 23, 2016

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen'…

by Paris Achen
SALEM — A proposed tax on the sales of large businesses would generate more than $6 billion in biennial state revenue starting in 2017-19, but it also would slow income, employment and…
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May 23, 2016

Owyhee Canyonlands supporters, opponents face off in Salem…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Advocates and opponents of a proposed 2.5 million-acre national monument in Eastern Oregon tried to enlist the support of state lawmakers during a recent legislative hearing. The two…


SUBMITTED PHOTO - More than a dozen police vehicles converged on the old rock shop on U.S. Highway 26 on May 11, to serve a search warrant. Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, and one man was later arrested.
May 18, 2016

Madras man arrested in drug bust

by Madras Pioneer
A drug bust at the old rock shop on the U.S. Highway 26 grade north of Madras, led to the arrest of Roger Nasset, 60, of Madras. According to Sgt. Jason Erickson, of the Jefferson County…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ignacio Ruiz-Silva
May 18, 2016

Warrant issued for alleged sex offender

by Holly M. Gill
A warrant has been issued for Ignacio Ruiz-Silva, 36, of Metolius, who failed to show up for court on May 12. Ruiz-Silva was initially arrested at a residence in Metolius on two counts of…
May 18, 2016

JCEMS hosts event in park

by Madras Pioneer
In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-21, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services will hold a special event Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sahalee Park.…
HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, right, visits with John Wrinkle, of Redmond, following a town hall meeting May 14, at the Jefferson County Senior Center.
May 18, 2016

Rep. Walden talks wildfire, opioid abuse

by Holly M. Gill
Town hall meeting Dozens of people turned out Saturday morning for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's town hall meeting at the Jefferson County Senior Center, to discuss topics ranging from wildfire…
May 18, 2016

JCMS student posts threat on social media

by Madras Pioneer
On Sunday, May 15, a parent reported a threat of harm that was posted on social media by a student at Jefferson County Middle School, according to a letter sent out to parents by School District…
May 18, 2016

Sign up for emergency ALERTS

by Madras Pioneer
Frontier Regional ALERTS is off and running and ready to provide emergency notifications to residents and businesses in Jefferson County. No matter where you live in the county, you can sign up…
May 18, 2016

Truck hits pedestrian

by Madras Pioneer
A pedestrian was seriously injured Monday night after being struck by a truck on U.S. Highway 26, on the Warm Springs grade. According to the Oregon State Police report, on May 16, at 11:54…

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Little 'Promise' snuggles up to a large stuffed animal.
May 20, 2016

Orphaned foal rescued on reservation

by Madras Pioneer
Donations needed to assist recovery It has been said it takes a village to raise children; well in this case, it took a village to save an orphaned foal. The foal is called "Promise," a name…
May 19, 2016

Accounts set up for Bemrose family

by Madras Pioneer
An account for the Bemrose family has been set up at Columbia Bank, under the name "Bemrose Memorial Fund." A GoFundMe account has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/24yvcbyc.
HOLLY M. GILL - The $15 million Jefferson County Courthouse project is expected to be completed by mid-July, with move-in by August.
May 11, 2016

July completion anticipated for project

by Holly M. Gill
County likely to move court offices by August Construction of the new Jefferson County Courthouse, located at the corner of Second and E streets, is "on schedule and under budget." That's the…
HOLLY M. GILL - Appearing at the candidate forum May 3 were, from left, surveyor Gary DeJarnatt, treasurer candidates Brandie McNamee, Glennys Lindsay and Anzie Adams, and Commissioner Wayne Fording and challenger Daniel Tomlinson.
May 11, 2016

Candidates discuss qualifications at informal forum

by Holly M. Gill
Commission, treasurer and surveyor positions Candidates nearly outnumbered attendees May 3, for the Jefferson County Candidates Forum, at the library annex. During the informal session, the two…
HOLLY M. GILL - Austin Cooper, of Madras, took her son, Jackson, along with her during the six weeks she spent organizing a local cleanup.
May 11, 2016

Making a difference

by Holly M. Gill
Successful cleanup leads to future plans Just as spring was getting underway, Austin Cooper, of Madras, had an idea for a project to benefit the community — a communitywide cleanup. Cooper, 32,…
HOLLY M. GILL - Rick Allen
May 11, 2016

Sisters names Rick Allen interim manager

by Tony Ahern
Longtime Madras civic leader Rick Allen spent five years as a interim city manager for La Pine. On Friday, he tentatively agreed to take over the same duties in the city of Sisters. Allen, 58,…
May 11, 2016

Walden introduces CRR fire protection plan

by Madras Pioneer
House hearing on May 12 U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) announced last week that he has proposed a plan in the U.S. House — the “Crooked River Ranch Fire Protection Act” (H.R. 5132) — to…
May 11, 2016

Tribes burn ladder fuels on 4,500 acres

by Holly M. Gill
May 10-13 on reservation land The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will be conducting prescribed burns on 4,500 acres on the reservation this week. The burns started on Tuesday, and were…
May 11, 2016

June 3 ceremony set for renaming boat ramp

by Tony Ahern
Deschutes River launch to be named after the late Oscar Lange The late Oscar Lange, a Madras sporting goods store owner and expert outdoorsman and guide, will have a power boat landing on the…
May 11, 2016

Sister City exchange planned for first time

by Holly M. Gill
Several Madras students to visit Japan Every year, students from Madras' Sister City in Japan, Tomi City, visit Madras and stay with host families. This year, for the first time since the…