Baby's death: Mother pleads to lesser charge

Baby's death: Mother pleads to lesser charge

Judge sentences Raine Vineyard to 180 days in jail The mother of a 1-year-old girl, who died...

Two brothers arrested for Burger King robbery

Two brothers arrested for Burger King robbery

One brother worked at business Madras police have arrested two brothers in connection with the...

Rockhounds arrive, Pi-Ume-Sha kicks off

Rockhounds arrive, Pi-Ume-Sha kicks off

Some 80-plus dealers will display rocks and gems at the 67th annual All Rockhounds Powwow Club of...

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

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

Former CEO, Jeanie Gentry, left Madras for Idaho in April Since the mid-April departure of the...

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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…
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…
June 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…
June 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…
June 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…
June 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.
June 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.
June 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…

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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…
Jun 15, 2016

Deer Ridge plans job fair to fill positions

by Madras Pioneer
Prison to add 33 employees Deer Ridge Correctional Institution in Madras will be holding a recruiting event for correctional officers on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. According to…
Jun 15, 2016

Rockhounds coming to Jefferson County Fairgrounds

by Madras Pioneer
June 23-26 A great summertime tradition in Madras returns next week. The 67th annual Jefferson County Rock, Gem and Mineral Show hits the Jefferson County Fairgrounds next Thursday, and will be…
PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - The governor has declared the Akawana Fire, which is located west of Lake Billy Chinook, near the Three Rivers Recreation Area, a conflagration. The lightning-caused fire started June 7.
Jun 08, 2016

Akawana fire threatens Three Rivers

by Holly M. Gill
Governor invokes Conflagration Act A lightning-caused fire, burning private land in western Jefferson County, is threatening the Three Rivers Recreation Area, and prompting fire agencies to tell…
HOLLY M. GILL - Madras High School students file under the bleachers into the football stadium on Saturday morning for their graduation celebration.
Jun 08, 2016

Madras, Culver graduate total of 198

by Holly M. Gill
Highest grad total since 2010 Madras and Culver high schools graduated a combined total of 198 students in separate ceremonies June 4 — the highest total since 2010. In an outdoor ceremony —…
HOLLY M. GILL - Bob Bryant, ODOT Region 4 manager, and Joel McCarroll, ODOT traffic manager, met with Jefferson County residents June 8, to discuss highway traffic.
Jun 08, 2016

ODOT to reduce speed on stretches of Highway 97

by Madras Pioneer
From Madras to Redmond will drop from 65 to 55 mph limit Efforts to reduce speed limits by the Friends of Highway 97, Oregon, and a petition drive for a safety corridor on the same stretch paid…
HOLLY M. GILL - Kathie Rohde, at right, Jefferson County's finance director since 1998, will retire at the end of June, giving her plenty of time to bring the new finance director, Brandie McNamee, at left, up to speed. A retirement reception will be held Wednesday, June 15.
Jun 08, 2016

Farewell to finance

by Holly M. Gill
County's first finance director to retire June 30 For the past 16 years, Kathie Rohde — the county's first finance director — has been setting the standard for the Jefferson County Finance…