Oregon unemployment stays low

Madras Pioneer - News
Nonfarm employment rises by 3,300 jobs in April, after larger increase in March.

Alyssa Macy to give commencement address

Madras Pioneer - News
OSU-Cascades selects Macy to deliver speech at school's 18th ceremony June 16.

Despite new bucks, PERS still could gobble up school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers trying to control retirement costs, but grants to local districts might not be enough to block funding erosion.

Disaster loan deadline approaching

Madras Pioneer - News
Application period for federal loans for nonfarm economic injury from last year's drought June 17.

Regional orchestra to play at PAC

Madras Pioneer - News
Community Orchestra of Central Oregon to open concert weekend with June 8 performance in Madras.

Follow safety regulations; call before burning

Madras Pioneer - News
Officials urge public to consider alternatives to burning yard debris when possible.

Seat belt campaign runs through June 2

Madras Pioneer - News
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office joins enforcement effort during 'Click It or Ticket' campaign.

Cove Palisades visit free on June 1

Madras Pioneer - News
Local state parks among 11 hosting free events June 1, as part of State Parks Day.

Chimney fire causes damage to CRR home

Madras Pioneer - News
Homeowners escape with their pets before firefighters arrive to put out fire in chimney.

Community Read author visits, leads bird walks

Madras Pioneer - News
Noah Strycker, who wrote 'Birding Without Borders,' spends three days visiting Jefferson County.

Measure 11 reform, other criminal justice bills move forward

Portland Tribune - News
Criminal justice policies are Legislature's theme of the week, including bill to reform how juveniles accused of violent crimes are tried and…

Unions search for path around dues deduction restrictions

Portland Tribune - News
Legal challenges to the way funds are taken from paychecks put public employee labor groups on the defensive.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
MHS freshman Kathy Pirrie ties national long jump record in 1969, with leap of 18 feet, 7 inches.

Lawmakers wrestle with plans for kicker 'windfall'

Portland Tribune - News
Paying down PERS debt is one strategy, and others want to 'sock it away' for a rainy budget day

Clarno carries rich history

Madras Pioneer - News
A post office was established in 1894, named for early rancher Andrew Clarno.

Ill-fated vaccine fight stoked grassroots anger

Portland Tribune - News
Motivated citizens, egged on by social media campaigns and powerful anti-vaccine groups, left some legislators shaken.

Cap-and-trade bill takes step toward reality

Portland Tribune - News
Landmark carbon pricing proposal moved out of committee on a party-line vote after months of hearings and amendments.

Charging stations funded

Madras Pioneer - News
COCC receives grants to fund electric vehicle charging stations at Madras and Redmond campuses.

Warm Springs Horse Network adds tribal member to board

Madras Pioneer - News
Aurolyn Stwyer will serve as liaison with the tribes for the horse rescue group.

Heart of Oregon gets $329,000 allocation

Madras Pioneer - News
Funding for Central Oregon organization solidifies the regional Americorps program.

St. Charles awards safety net grants

Madras Pioneer - News
Grants to nonprofits assist organizations, including Mountain Star Relief Nursery.

Deadline nears to turn in ballots

Madras Pioneer - News
Numerous local board seats for school, fire, water, MAC districts are on May 21 ballot.

Point-in-Time: Homelessness spikes

Madras Pioneer - News
Annual one-night census of people experiencing homelessness shows increases in Central Oregon.

COCC geology class takes in Cove Palisades

Madras Pioneer - News
Students in the 'Cascade Volcanoes' class visit Crooked River Gorge old bridge, Cove overlook.

House on Metolius Civil War event slated

Madras Pioneer - News
Sixth annual reenactment and living history event to take place May 18 and 19, near Camp Sherman.

Oregon's roads, bridges and pipes don't pass engineers'…

Portland Tribune - News
With a big quake looming, civil engineers society says state needs to spend billions to improve infrastructure.

Expert gives insight on improving downtown Madras

Madras Pioneer - News
Michele Reeves advises city, business owners to consider more public art, lighting, colorful paint.

Helen Houts grand marshal of 2019 fair

Madras Pioneer - News
Houts, who moved to Madras in 1960, brings positive energy to fair, community.

Community Yard Sale returns

Madras Pioneer - News
Guides available for city of Madras' second annual Community Yard Sale, May 17-19.

Oregon taxpayers will get $1 billion back in 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Economists say the kicker is double the predicted amount and would be the largest in state history.

MAC borrowing up to $450,000

Madras Pioneer - News
Several address the MAC Reacreation District Board about the direction of the MAC.

Staff, administrators, students rally for schools

Madras Pioneer - News
Madras Education Association organizes after-school rally to support fully funding schools.

Lawmakers wrangle changes to cut PERS costs

Portland Tribune - News
Attempts to rein in Oregon's hugely complicated retirement system have left agencies and others with high costs.

State economy stays hot, adding 3,300 jobs in April

Portland Tribune - News
State employment officials said new jobs were added mostly in health care and social assistance, and in leisure and hospitality.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
North Unit irrigation project sees major construction progress in summer of 1944.

Senate approves business tax to boost school budgets

Portland Tribune - News
Governor plans to sign legislation; Democrats give up two key bills to coax Republicans back to the Senate for a floor vote.

Charles M. Cartwright was a Hay Creek pioneer

Madras Pioneer - News
He was an influential rancher, businessman and politician of Central Oregon

Prepare homes for impending wildfire season

Madras Pioneer - News
Private landowners may be eligible for $300 to help reduce threat of wildfire around their homes.

Protest property during Wildfire Awareness Month

Madras Pioneer - News
State agencies want homeowners to be sure their properties have defensible space around them.

Public records rule change slipping 'through the…

Portland Tribune - News
Proposal to fine jurisdictions when they don't comply runs into well-organized opposition as it heads to the Senate.

April temperatures warmer

Madras Pioneer - News
May outlook calls for slightly warmer than average temperatures, but below normal precipitation.

FireFree tallies 878 loads over last two weekends

Madras Pioneer - News
County residents drop off nearly 155 tons of yard debris during the FireFree event.

Tribes acquire Dunstan Homestead land

Madras Pioneer - News
Property includes nearly 3.5 miles of river frontage on the Middle Fork John Day River.

EDCO showcases local ag businesses

Madras Pioneer - News
Presenters stress importance of irrigation for family-owned, operated farms in county.

Lace up and join group's May hikes

Madras Pioneer - News
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area plan limited size, guided hikes for May.

Brian Crook steps into principal role

Madras Pioneer - News
Current Madras High School assistant principal to become principal in July.

FANs plans free workshop on invasive weeds

Madras Pioneer - News
Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area have limited space for weed workshop at CRR.

Mayor's condition improving after collapse

Madras Pioneer - News
Richard Ladeby, reported to be in good condition, was expected to be released this week.

509-J staff, administrators take part in 'Day of…

Madras Pioneer - News
Supporters of public education to join in after-school rally in support of students, education.

Leone embracing retirement

Madras Pioneer - News
Former executive director of Museum at Warm Springs plans to remain in community.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
Boy's powerful essay on Victory Loan drive written one day before his murder in 1919.

Contentious vaccine bill passes House, heads to…

Portland Tribune - News
Despite a persistent, vocal opposition, the bill limiting medical execptions passed easily.

Emily Cline kept homestead as husband traveled…

Madras Pioneer - News
Wife of early dentist, Cass Cline, was an impressive individual herself, managing homestead.

City takes action on system development charges

Madras Pioneer - News
Madras' effort to encourage building all types of housing includes lowering SDCs.

Locate power lines before digging

Madras Pioneer - News
Pacific Power advises people to call 811 to have power lines located before starting projects.

Unemployment rates rise in Central Oregon

Madras Pioneer - News
Jefferson County's rate is up slightly to 6.2% in March, from 6.0% in February.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive set for May 11

Madras Pioneer - News
National Association of Letter Carriers to conduct annual food drive to benefit local food bank.

Marine Board training in Jefferson County

Madras Pioneer - News
Oregon marine law enforcement officers conduct training at Lake Billy Chinook, MAC.

FireFree Community Cleanup continues

Madras Pioneer - News
Fire department, county, Madras Sanitary work together on free event this weekend, May 4-5.

Recycle, rather than burn yard debris

Madras Pioneer - News
FireFree offers local no-burn option for cleaning up yards after damaging snow and winds.

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