St. Charles to commit $16M

St. Charles to commit $16M

For Madras hospital renovation, construction Change is coming for St. Charles Madras. Next year,...

Cycle Oregon hits town Sept. 10

Cycle Oregon hits town Sept. 10

2,200 cyclists, plus support staff, arrive This week, an estimated 2,200 participants in Cycle...

County to hold 2nd public courthouse meeting

County to hold 2nd public courthouse meeting

Seeking input from community As part of an effort to engage the community in the plans for a new...

W.S. K-8 Academy dedicated

W.S. K-8 Academy dedicated

Unique partnership leads to school construction Built on a hill above the town, the new Warm...

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Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - In its early years, the Madras Pioneer was housed in a wooden building on Sixth and D streets. The 110-year-old paper has been owned by a U.S. congressman (Denny Smith), Oregon governor (Elmo Smith), a state representative and Madras mayor (Howard Turner).
September 10, 2014

Madras Pioneer marks 110 years of papers

by Holly M. Gill
From August 1904 This week marks the Madras Pioneer's 110th year of publication. The first issue of the Madras Pioneer was published on Aug. 25, 1904, when the community of Madras was years from…
Photo Credit: BILL VOLLMER - The Crooked River Ranch Lions Club's mini train transports children during last year's event. The train will return for the parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
September 11, 2014

Metolius readies Spike and Rail Day

by Susan Matheny
Sept. 13 in Metolius Metolius’ history as the early-day railroad hub of Central Oregon will be celebrated at Spike and Rail Day on Saturday, Sept. 13. Events kick off at 7 a.m. with a 5K Move…
September 10, 2014

Candidates file for office

by Holly M. Gill
City councils, mayors, county posts The Madras, Culver and Metolius city councils will be looking to fill three council seats, as well as the position of mayor, in the Nov. 4 general election.…
September 10, 2014

Flu shot clinics set at CRR

by Madras Pioneer
Sept. 16 and Oct. 9 In a collaborative partnership between Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue and Rite Aid, there will be two flu shot clinics held on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and on Oct. 9,…
September 11, 2014

Hilltop Lane to close Sept. 16-17

by Madras Pioneer
Part of ODOT project As part of the U.S. Highway 97 and Cherry Lane safety project, Hilltop Lane north of Madras will be closed for two days in September due to construction activities. This…
September 11, 2014

August weather warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
September to follow suit For the second month in a row, temperatures in Madras averaged slightly warmer than normal, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service in Pendleton.…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - Cycle Oregon riders will visit Madras for two nights Sept. 10 and 11, before starting their return trip to The Dalles on Sept. 12.
September 03, 2014

Bike tour comes to Madras Sept. 10

by Holly M. Gill
Cycle Oregon's annual event Next week, as many as 2,200 bicyclists will spend two nights in Madras as part of Cycle Oregon's "Magnificent Seven" tour. The cyclists begin the trip in The Dalles…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The county will consider preliminary plans for a new Jefferson County Courthouse at a public meeting Sept. 10. The courthouse will be built just west of the new Madras City Hall and Police Station.
September 03, 2014

County seeks courthouse input

by Holly M. Gill
On design, layout, materials The Jefferson County Commission is looking for public input on its plans to build a courthouse next year. The public is invited to a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 10, at…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Fernando Ramirez
September 03, 2014

Madras man nets 16-year sentence

by Holly M. Gill
For sexual abuse of three children A Madras man, Fernando Ramirez, 42, was sentenced Aug. 28 to 16 years in prison for the sexual abuse of three minor female children. Ramirez pleaded guilty…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer, center, presents the Mayor's aircraft trophy to Mike Oliver, manager of the Erickson Aircraft Collection facility, for the B-17 Flying Fortress. Also pictured are, from left, Jefferson County Fair princess Shelby Brinkley and queen Rachale Zhulke, an unidentified World War II veteran, photographer Scott Slocum, second from right, and Erickson photographer Lyle Jansma, far right.
September 04, 2014

Air, car show award winners

by Holly M. Gill
Airshow of the Cascades Besides providing entertainment for thousands, the Airshow of the Cascades, Aug. 22-23, provided a venue for aircraft and automotive enthusiasts to display their prized…

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Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: AMY CARLSON - A dark-gray 2010 Honda Accord shot through the back window has more than $100 in damage, scaring everyone in the Roaring River Campground.
Aug 28, 2014

Labor Day warning: Don't shoot near campgrounds

by Raymond Rendleman
Next year’s Roaring River Canoe Slalom, which has been taking place for the place for the past eight years along the Clackamas River, is in danger of being cancelled after a mysterious drive-by…
Photo Credit: TOM BROWN - A German Focke-Wulf 190 is trailed by a P-51 Mustang above Homeland Fireworks' Wall of Fire on Saturday, after a re-creation of a World War II aerial dogfight for the enjoyment of attendees at the 15th annual Airshow of the Cascades. The two-day event drew about 16,000 people and about 150 aircraft.
Aug 27, 2014

Attendance at air show explodes

by Holly M. Gill
Crowd estimated at 16,000 for two-day event Organizers knew the 15th annual Airshow of the Cascades — held Aug. 22-23 at the Madras Municipal Airport — would be big, but no one knew just how…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras Mayor Melanie Widmer, at right, addresses the crowds gathered for the unveiling of the B-17 nose art on Thursday at the Erickson Aircraft Collection.
Aug 27, 2014

Erickson aircraft museum opens

by Holly M. Gill
Over 1,600 visitors in two days The new Erickson Aircraft Collection facility opened with a bang on Friday and Saturday, just in time to take advantage of the Airshow of the Cascades' largest…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - World War II veteran Robert McHaney and sisters Mary Gleason, left, and Julie Naegele, the daughters of Leland W. Schawo, who was stationed at the Madras Airport during World War II, helped dedicate the Veterans War Memorial Plaza at the airport on Saturday. The sisters flew in from Nebraska and Kansas, respectively, for the event.
Aug 27, 2014

Daughters of veteran visit for dedication

by Holly M. Gill
Veterans War Memorial Plaza For most of their youth, sisters Mary Gleason and Julie Naegele heard stories from their father about the World War II air base in Madras, Ore., to which he hoped to…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Buff Boosters club is planning to sell premium seats in the football stadium as a fundraising project.
Aug 27, 2014

509-J policy change allows some transfers

by Susan Matheny
One-time offer due to the sudden notice A Monday night change to the 509-J School District’s interdistrict student transfer policy allowed several late-filing applicants to be granted transfers.…
Photo Credit: OSP PHOTO - Three Warm Springs girls were seriously injured in an early morning crash on U.S. Highway 26, southeast of Madras, Aug. 25.
Aug 27, 2014

Three seriously injured in crash

by Madras Pioneer
Early Monday morning Three female juveniles were seriously injured and a dog was killed in an early morning crash Aug. 25, on U.S. Highway 26, about eight miles southeast of Madras. According to…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Kathy Marston, Jefferson County clerk and president of the Oregon Association of County Clerks, presided over the clerks' annual meeting, held at the Inn at Cross Keys Station, last week.
Aug 27, 2014

County clerks visit Jefferson County

by Holly M. Gill
Annual meeting As president of the Oregon Association of County Clerks, Kathy Marston, of Madras, brought the group to Madras last week for their annual meeting. Marston, Jefferson County's…
Aug 27, 2014

Funding pulled on marijuana summit

by Madras Pioneer
Local groups raising funds to make sure it still happens The Oregon Marijuana, Alcohol and Other Drugs Summit, an educational event that has been planned for over one year, will proceed as…
Aug 27, 2014

Woman to be sentenced for arson wildfire

by Holly M. Gill
On Warm Springs Reservation A Warm Springs woman who pleaded guilty to starting a wildfire on the Warm Springs Reservation last year that cost nearly $8 million will be sentenced in September.…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Madras City Administrator Gus Burril, left, swears in two new reserve officers for the Madras Police Department, Isiah Duarte and Bud Stout, right.
Aug 27, 2014

New reserves sworn in

by Holly M. Gill
For Madras Police Department The city of Madras swore in two new reserve officers for the Madras Police Department Aug. 15. Isiah Duarte, 24, and Bud Stout, 48, both corrections officers, will…



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