Wildfires rage in all directions

Wildfires rage in all directions

Mid-week rain helpful Ten days after lightning started dozens of fires in Jefferson County and on...

County fair runs through Saturday

County fair runs through Saturday

Marks county's 100th anniversary Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jefferson County with the...

County considers options for new courthouse design

County considers options for new courthouse design

Plans now call for two-story building The architecture firms designing the new Jefferson County...

MHS track coach arrested on sex abuse charges involving student athlete

MHS track coach arrested on sex abuse charges involving student athlete

Madras High School's head track and field coach, Melissa Marie Bowerman, 43, was arrested Monday...

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July 23, 2014

July starts out warmer than normal

by Madras Pioneer
June weather cool So far, July has featured temperatures that are well above average, but the month of June was cooler than normal, according to preliminary data received from the National…
July 23, 2014

CRR nets grant for breathing apparatus

by Madras Pioneer
Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue has been awarded a $167,181 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for full replacement of…
July 23, 2014

Affordable housing set as goal

by Madras Pioneer
NeighborImpact, Housing Works partners With many families still priced out of homes and rental units in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and Housing Works have announced a unique partnership to…
July 23, 2014

St. Charles Madras phone system down

by Madras Pioneer
To be back after July 21 The St. Charles Madras phone system will remain out of order at least through Monday July 21. Call the main Madras phone line at 541-475-3882 to leave a message for the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - With the rapid expansion of the Bridge 99 Fire Complex, residents of the Three Rivers area southwest of Madras have been advised that there is a Level II evacuation order in place and they should evacuate, while residents on private lands along the Metolius River are under a Level III evacuation order. Level III is the most serious, and means there is imminent danger and residents should evacuate immediately. Three Rivers is about 20 miles southwest of Madras.
July 17, 2014

Fires forces evacuation of homes, campgrounds

by Holly M. Gill
Along Metolius River After issuing evacuation orders Thursday morning for private lands along the Metolius River, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office hurried to notify residents of the area of…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Flaggers control traffic at the intersection of Dover Lane and U.S. Highway 26, where ODOT is making safety improvements.
July 16, 2014

ODOT projects to improve safety

by Holly M. Gill
Highway 26 at Dover, and Highway 97 at Cherry Two of the most hazardous intersections in the county, one south of Madras on U.S. Highway 26, and one north of town on U.S. Highway 97, are in the…
by: JEFF WILSON - The Jefferson County Fair Court, Queen Rachale Zuhlke, right, and Princess Shelby Brinkley, will ride in the fair parade on Saturday, July 19.
July 16, 2014

Fair parade set to roll out Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
81st annual fair July 23-26 The first event of the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair — the fair parade — will roll out Saturday, July 19, around Sahalee Park. The parade, which starts at 10 a.m.…
by: JEFF WILSON - Fire torches a tree on the hill above Juniper Hills Park on Saturday.
July 16, 2014

Lightning sparks dozens of Central Oregon fires

by Holly M. Gill
Other local fires likely human-caused Smoke continued to obscure Central Oregon fires on Wednesday following a Sunday lightning storm, with about 3,400 strikes, that caused numerous fires in the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - A construction crew works on walkways and curbs in front of the new Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.
July 16, 2014

509-J may curb student transfers

by Susan Matheny
District lost 124 students Should the 509-J School District stop allowing students to transfer to other districts? That’s the question board members will be pondering for the next two weeks. At…
July 16, 2014

County seeks input on courthouse

by Madras Pioneer
Meeting July 16 The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to a July 16 meeting to hear an update on the county's new courthouse project. At the meeting, which will be…

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Jul 16, 2014

Cascade Cycling Classic cancels local segment

by Holly M. Gill
Route closed due to fires on reservation The Jefferson County segment of the much anticipated Cascade Cycling Classic has been canceled, due to the fires burning on the Warm Springs Reservation.…
by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Tom Brown, Cindy Murray, FANs board president, and Marty Wilson arrive at Steelhead Falls during the Saturday morning hike.
Jul 16, 2014

Hike draws 'FANs' to Steelhead Falls area

by Stephanie Roderick
Next event July 19 On Saturday, the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs) led a hike along the middle of the Deschutes River on Crooked River Ranch. Hikers started early,…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Madras YCC haul brush off a steep grade leading up to a private property in the Three Rivers Recreation Area. The lack of heavy fuels on the hillside below the home will help protect it in the event of a wildfire.
Jul 16, 2014

YCC provides youth jobs, lowers fire risk

by Madras Pioneer
Local crew members help homeowners Protecting homes and communities from wildfire is an annual task in Central Oregon. Thanks to a unique employment program, a group of young men and women from…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Don Reeder, who helped raise funds for the benches and memorial plaques at the veterans plaza, addresses the crowd gathered for the dedication.
Jul 09, 2014

Plaques honor local veterans

by Holly M. Gill
Part of city's Veterans Memorial Plaza Eight years after two friends started a small project to memorialize a friend, the completed veterans plaza and its benches were dedicated in front of the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Bioswales, to catch excess water and pollutants from highway runoff, will be lined with grass between U.S. Highway 97 and the sidewalks - on both sides of the road - before the pedestrian project in south Madras is completed later this month.
Jul 09, 2014

Sidewalk project nears completion

by Holly M. Gill
From L Street to Fairgrounds Road The sidewalk project on the south end of Madras, which started in late winter, is on track to finish up by the end of the month. The $1.44 million project,…
Jul 09, 2014

Public invited to courthouse update

by Madras Pioneer
County seeks public input The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to a July 16 meeting to hear an update on the county's new courthouse project. At the meeting, which…
by: PHOTO BY KEITH BANNING - Jefferson County fire crews responded to a brush fire along U.S. Highway 97, at J Street, on Sunday.
Jul 09, 2014

Fires burn grasses, sagebrush

by Holly M. Gill
In Madras, Antelope area Two fires — one small one in Madras, and a large one near Antelope —kept fire crews busy over the long holiday weekend. On Thursday, July 3, around 3 p.m., a fire on a…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Dry Canyon Construction and Excavation clears out the former parking lot at the Jefferson County Fire Department in preparation for the J Street/highway realignment project. The parking lot will be narrower when it is repaved.
Jul 09, 2014

Fire department parking lot undergoes remodel

by Holly M. Gill
In preparation for J Street project The Jefferson County Fire Department parking lot is getting a remodel in advance of the Oregon Department of Transportation's Madras South Y project. "ODOT…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A Madras man died Saturday in a single-vehicle accident in the area of Northeast Clark Drive.
Jul 09, 2014

Wreck fatal to Madras man

by Madras Pioneer
A Madras man was fatally injured in a car wreck north of town on Saturday evening. According to a report from Capt. Marc Heckathorn, on July 5, at 10:03 p.m., deputies from the Jefferson County…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - The historic Wells Fargo Stagecoach, at left, was the winner of Best Use of Theme and Mayor's Choice in the Fourth of July parade on Friday. The parade, which had the theme 'Jefferson County: Celebrating 100 Years,' was one of the biggest in recent history, with 77 entries (counting Car Club as one entry), and taking 55 minutes, according to the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.
Jul 09, 2014

Parade, fireworks mark centennial, Fourth of July

by Holly M. Gill
Crowds turn out for Sahalee Park events Perhaps the longest parade in the county's history took off on Friday, July 4, drawing crowds to Sahalee Park for Independence Day activities. A total of…




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