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In 1994, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs considers casino-style gaming.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over the past 100 years of newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

September 4, 1919

At a meeting of the School Board last week at Metolius, the following resolutions were adopted and course of study laid out, thus giving Metolius a standard high school.

At a meeting of the school board of school district No. 30, Jefferson County, Oregon, N.A. Burdick, chairman, C.S. Marsh, Mrs. H.M. Seethoff, Directors and H.M. Seethoff, clerk, being in attendance, the following resolution was adopted:

Whereas, we have to the best of our ability and knowledge complied with all the requirements for standardization of our high school, be it therefore:

Resolved, first, that we hereby establish and maintain a standard high school in accordance with the rules set forth by the State Department of Education.

Second, that the principal be instructed to order, subject to the approval of the board, such apparatus, library supplies, or other material which may be necessary from time to time to keep the school up to standard.

Third, that the following course of study be adopted.

First year, English, algebra, general science, ancient history.

Second year, English, algebra and geometry, biology, medieval history.

Third year, English, geometry, agriculture, English history.

Fourth year, English, teachers training, bookkeeping, American history and civics.

Be it further resolved that a copy of these resolutions be forwarded to the County Superintendent of Schools and to the Department of Education with the request for proper recognition.

The Metolius School is one of the most modern and best conducted schools in the county and deserves the enthusiastic support of its community.


August 31, 1944

Five days should see the completion of the greatest irrigation tunnel ever to be dug in Central Oregon, it was announced today at the Bureau of Reclamation offices here, as workmen neared the end of the 3,400-foot Smith Rocks Tunnel No. 2. The tunnel, one of two huge bores through the tufa formations northeast of Terrebonne, was begun about three months ago.

Yesterday, the miners had but 400 feet more to go to "see daylight" over the Crooked River terrain north of the rocks. They have been averaging about 40 feet daily in gouging out the big 12-foot in diameter hole. If this pace is maintained, it was estimated, they will have completed the big bore by Sept. 7 or 8.

Meantime, workmen began the removal of the hundreds of feet of trackage from the south entrance of Tunnel No. 2, which is being installed at the intake end of Tunnel No. 1, to the proposed Sherwood Canyon siphon, connecting the two tunnels. The intake opening has been dug to a depth of 30 feet. This operation, as well as the digging in the outlet end of Tunnel No. 1, was halted in order to speed the completion the longer tunnel. Tunnel No. 1 is 3,300 feet long.


September 4, 1969

The following story is a reprint of the original story carried by The Pioneer about the fire that destroyed the greater part of Madras on Sept. 4, 1924.

The greater part of the city of Madras was completely gutted early this morning by one of the most disastrous fires that ever occurred in the history of this city.

The entire west side of Main Street, from the First National Bank to the Workingman's Store, including the Meat Market, Home Restaurant, White Lunch Cafe, S.J. Sellars Pool Hall, post office and barber shop.

The east side of Main Street from the McTaggart Building, including the K and P Hall, old meat market, A.E. Peterson, Branstetter Building, Sugar Bowl, Dr. Clark dental office, Snook's Pharmacy, and a vacant building just south, which was only partially burned, was laid flat.

The buildings on D Street just back of the First National Bank building, including the old garage, E.W. Mason's undertaking parlors and the building formerly used as a carpenter shop, were completely burned.

One of the first people to notice the fire was George Dee, who rang the fire bell and raised the alarm about one-thirty. Sam Parkey, who was sleeping in the back room of the First National Bank was aroused about the same time by the glare on the east window. Thos. Jones was also awakened at about this time by the reflection of the fire. The fire alarm sounded and in a very short time, every available person in Madras was on the job to assist in combatting the fire, which by this time had gained considerable headway.

The fire started in the rear of some of the buildings on the west side of Main Street and Fire Chief Calvin of Bend, who with five of his men was on the ground, believed it was originated from spontaneous combustion. There was very little wind and the fire burned in such a way that the draft occasioned by the blaze created an immense flue which sucked the flames up instead of allowing them to spread. The buildings on the east side were soon ablaze from the heat and as soon as it was found to be impossible to save the wooden buildings, the firefighters began to direct their efforts towards saving the Odd Fellows building, which blocked the fire on the south end of Main Street, and the Workingman's Store which acted as a barrier on the south end of west Main Street, the former being a brick building and the latter a hollow tile. The Central Oregon Mercantile Company store was also in considerable danger for some time, but was kept from getting afire by the diligent work of the firemen. Considerable effort was likewise put forth on the Sanford Building, which was kept from burning.

The fire burned with great rapidity and in less than an hour and a half from the time it started, the buildings were leveled to the ground.


August 31, 1994

The Warm Springs Indian Reservation may soon add gaming to its recreation menu.

The Confederated Tribes is undertaking a feasibility study on establishing casino-style gaming on the reservation. Last week, Warm Springs officials traveled to Minnesota to view Indian casinos and also visited gaming facilities in Oregon.

Tribal Council recently authorized the study — which will include a market study, financial projections and an impact analysis — after a survey was taken to determine if residents supported opening a gaming facility on the reservation. According to Nat Shaw of the reservation's public information office, about 80% of the survey's respondents supported the idea of a gaming facility on the reservation.

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