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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Richard Clark
June 29, 2016

Inmate who escaped from crew apprehended

by Madras Pioneer
A Deer Ridge Correctional Institution inmate is back in custody after escaping from a work crew newr Black Butte last Thursday. The inmate, Richard Clark, was apprehended at a Portland motel…
SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Speakers on the spotted frog issue at the annual COSI barbecue included, from left, David Filipi, Marty Vaughn, ShanRae Hawkins, and Briget Moran.
June 30, 2016

Growers get frog update at COSI barbecue

by Susan Matheny
Over 275 people attended Central Oregon Seeds Inc.’s annual grower’s barbecue to enjoy great food and hear an update on the spotted frog issue. Hosted by partner/owner Mike Weber and COSI…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Brian Crow
June 30, 2016

Brian Crow is new fair coordinator

by Susan Matheny
Brian Crow, of Vancouver, Wash., has been hired as the new Jefferson County Fairgrounds event coordinator. His first day on the job will be July 1. On May 4, the fair board and county…


June 30, 2016

Structure fire on Fir Lane

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 responded to a reported structure fire on Fir Lane, June 27, at 7:46 a.m., according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Jaca. The fire was reported by a passerby on…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Timothy Walker, left, and brother Kristopher Walker have been arrested for the June 10 robbery at the Madras Burger King.
June 22, 2016

Two brothers arrested for Burger King robbery

by Holly M. Gill
One brother worked at business Madras police have arrested two brothers in connection with the armed robbery of the Burger King on Southwest Highway 97 on June 10. Timothy Edward Walker, 30, and…
HOLLY M. GILL - Vendors display their wares at last year's Rock, Gem and Mineral Show at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
June 22, 2016

Rockhounds arrive, Pi-Ume-Sha kicks off

by Susan Matheny
Some 80-plus dealers will display rocks and gems at the 67th annual All Rockhounds Powwow Club of America's Rock, Gem and Mineral Show from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, June 23-26,…
HOLLY M. GILL - JoDee Tittle, of Culver, has been the interim president of St. Charles Madras and Prineville since April, when the former CEO, Jeanie Gentry, took another position in Idaho. The hospital is searching for a permanaent replacement.
June 22, 2016

Tittle steps into interim post at St. Charles Madras, Prineville

by Holly M. Gill
Former CEO, Jeanie Gentry, left Madras for Idaho in April Since the mid-April departure of the former CEO of St. Charles Madras and Prineville, Jeanie Gentry, for Idaho, JoDee Tittle, of Culver,…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - AIR Mobile Command Center, a Portland-based unmanned aerial system company that specializes in inspecting hard-to-reach places, was able to drive right to the launch and recovery site on the Warm Springs Reservation. The UAS were evaluating de-energized high-voltage lines in the Simnasho area. The test range offers a prime location for conducting assessments.
June 22, 2016

W.S. UAS Test Range allows inspections

by Madras Pioneer
AIR drone able to evaluate power lines on reservation An unmanned aerial system company that specializes in inspecting hard-to-reach structures, Aerial Inspection Resources, conducted a series…
HOLLY M. GILL - Kristal Hughes, formerly of Tillamook, is in the process of moving to the Madras area, where she has been hired as the city's new finance director. She takes the place of Brandy McNamee, who has taken a similar position with Jefferson County government.
June 22, 2016

Madras hires new finance director

by Holly M. Gill
Kristal Hughes in process of moving to area from Tillamook Madras' new finance director, Kristal Hughes, 35, has only been on the job for a few weeks, but is already picking up a "new language."…
June 22, 2016

Movin' Mountains yields impressive results

by Tony Ahern
The Seventh Annual Movin’ Mountains event was one of the program’s most impressive years, as the change to two-person teams instead of four led to a surge in entrants over last year. What event…

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Jun 22, 2016

Akawana mop-up continues

by Madras Pioneer
Mop-up operations for the 2,094-acre Akawana Fire in western Jefferson County are nearly complete. The fire is more than 95 percent contained, with a 500-foot cold black line around most of the…
Jun 22, 2016

Four displaced in W.S. house fire

by Madras Pioneer
Disaster responders with the American Red Cross Cascades Region responded to a single-family home fire in Warm Springs, on the 2000 block of Otis Loop. The Red Cross Disaster Volunteers assisted…
Jun 24, 2016

Inmate who escaped from crew apprehended

by Madras Pioneer
A Deer Ridge Correctional Institution inmate is back in custody after escaping from a work crew newr Black Butte last Thursday. The inmate, Richard Clark, was apprehended at a Portland motel…
Jun 22, 2016

Traffic blitz planned

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is joining the state of Oregon in a high-visibility enforcement campaign dedicated to drunk driving, seat belt, cellphone, and traffic safety enforcement,…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Xander Perkins looks for the owner of a lost pomeranian as he carries him up the hill at Roger Tilbury Park in Beaverton. This photo won first place in lifestyle photography for a non-daily news source in the 2016 Northwest Excellence in Journalism awards.
Jun 20, 2016

Pamplin newspapers win top honors in regional contest

by Pamplin Media Group
Three first-place wins and a total of seven awards for Northwest news Pamplin Media Group newspapers won seven awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 10 contest. The…
PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - Crews work to put out a hotspot on the Akawana Fire, in western Jefferson County, on Saturday. The fire, which was started by lightning on private land in the Lake Chinook Fire District on June 7, reached 2,094 acres by Saturday. The fire is now more than 80 percent contained.
Jun 15, 2016

First big fire of season threatens homes

by Holly M. Gill
Akawana Fire, at Three Rivers, nears containment A fast-moving lightning fire that started last week near the Three Rivers Recreation Area in western Jefferson County was approaching containment…
PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER MURPHY/ODOT - Tod LaFrance, ODOT Region 4 sign program coordinator, and Dave Leppert, District 10 sign lead worker, installed 55 mph speed limit signs between Madras and Terrebonne June 9. The speed limit had been raised to 65 mph in March, but ODOT reduced the limit to 55 mph for the next year, as they evaluate it.
Jun 15, 2016

ODOT discusses highways with residents

by Holly M. Gill
Reduces speed limit on Highway 97 between Madras, Terrebonne Safety concerns for the two major highways that pass through Madras were on the minds of Jefferson County residents last Wednesday,…
SUSAN MATHENY - School District 509-J is reviewing plans for the Bridges Career and Technical High School, which will be housed in the od Westside Elementary building.
Jun 15, 2016

Staffing model approved for Bridges school

by Susan Matheny
Board evaluates superintendent, approves budget As the new Bridges Career and Technical High School takes shape for next year, the current alternative education programs were reviewed to…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Police are seeking information on the masked man who robbed two employees at the Madras Burger King late Friday night, June 10.
Jun 15, 2016

Masked robber holds up employees

by Holly M. Gill
Late Friday night at Madras Burger King on South Highway 97 Police are still looking for a masked man who robbed two Burger King employees late Friday at the business, on Southwest Highway 97.…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Thomas Cross
Jun 15, 2016

Police seek info on teenage runaways

by Madras Pioneer
Two teenagers have been reported missing and their families are seeking information as to their whereabouts. Thomas Cross, 17, of Madras, and his girlfriend, Melissa Ciendenen, 16, of…