Air show pilot dies in Saturday crash

Air show pilot dies in Saturday crash

Paine was experienced veteran A veteran air show pilot, flying at the Airshow of the Cascades for...

Attendance up for two-day air show

Attendance up for two-day air show

Despite crash, event popular for public Until about an hour into the performances on Saturday...

Willow Creek fire believed human caused

Willow Creek fire believed human caused

A fire that burned down Willow Creek Canyon around 1:19 p.m., Friday, Aug. 26, is believed to be...

Road hearing ends abruptly

Road hearing ends abruptly

County awaits judge's decision on status of CR-577 For the second time in six weeks, residents of...

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August 31, 2016

County fair video features events, kids

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds has released a highlight video featuring many of the events that took place at the fair this year, according to Brian Crow, fair manager. "We are very pleased…
HOLLY M. GILL - Organizers expect larger crowds at this year's Airshow of the Cascades, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. The weather forecast calls for sunny weather, with highs in the upper 80s both days.
August 24, 2016

Airshow of the Cascades takes off Friday, Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
Tickets available online (through Thursday), at the gate Since the start of what is now the Airshow of the Cascades in 2000, the event has continued to grow, drawing crowds of 10,000-15,000 over…
August 26, 2016

Airshow of the Cascades schedule

by Madras Pioneer
Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27 The Airshow of the Cascades has released a schedule for Friday and Saturday's event at the Madras Municipal Airport. The schedule is as follows: Friday, Aug.…


SUBMITTED PHOTO - The road in question, CR-577, is located inside the gates at the Three Rivers Recreation Area.
August 24, 2016

Three Rivers files lawsuit over road

by Madras Pioneer
Seeking vacation of CR-577 into recreation area Last week, the Three Rivers Landowners Association filed a lawsuit against Jefferson County, and two area property owners, asserting that a road…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Renny Price, aerobatics pilot, prepares to fly his Russian-made Sukhoi-29 monoplane. Price returns for this year's show.
August 24, 2016

Price returns to air show

by Holly M. Gill
Aerobatics pilot to fly Su-29 at Airshow of the Cascades Skilled aerobatics performer Renny Price, of Wilsonville, has flown at the Airshow of the Cascades nearly every year since the Madras…
BILL VOLLMER - Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins watches as Shawna Clanton measures out a pound of crawdads for a plate at the Culver Crawdad Festival Aug. 20.
August 24, 2016

Crawdad festival draws hundreds

by Holly M. Gill
Organizers serve up about 700 pounds of crawdads Some 700 people turned out for a plate full of crawdads at the seventh annual Culver Crawdad Festival on Saturday, at the Culver Veterans…
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,…

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Aug 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…
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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…
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…