Warm Springs man wins NAMA music award

Warm Springs man wins NAMA music award

Scott Kalama takes home top prize for 'Rez Life' video A music video produced by Scott Kalama,...

Chamber awards top citizens

Chamber awards top citizens

Recognizes dedication of community servants Citizens who went the extra mile in their dedication...

Brothers sentenced for Burger King robbery

Brothers sentenced for Burger King robbery

One worked at business Two Madras brothers were sentenced Sept. 15 for the June robbery of the...

County eyes transient camps

County eyes transient camps

City, county to discuss problem at Sept. 28 meeting The topic of local transient camps was...

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Harry Ward has been named the new fire chief for Crooked River Ranch. He starts work there Oct. 3.
September 21, 2016

Ward new fire chief for Crooked River Ranch

by Madras Pioneer
Takes helm Oct. 3 With the retirement of Crooked River Ranch Fire Chief Richard Hoffmann, the board of directors for Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue has announced that Harry Ward has…
September 21, 2016

Grant to fund Deschutes Basin habitat plan

by Susan Matheny
The Deschutes Basin Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan has received a $700,000 grant to help study the habitat of the Oregon spotted frog and other federally listed species. “The U.S. Fish…
September 21, 2016

Irrigation water shutoff set

by Madras Pioneer
At the Sept. 13 North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, the board set the irrigation water shutoff date and schedule as follows: The district’s diversions at the main canal in…


September 21, 2016

Fire district investigates fire along Highway 97

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Fire District responded to a reported grass fire along U.S. Highway 97 on the south side of Juniper Butte early on Sept. 13. Upon arrival, units found a fire burning along…
September 21, 2016

Two arrested during traffic blitz

by Madras Pioneer
Madras Police Department participated in the Oregon Impact, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, safety campaign, conducted Aug. 19 through Sept. 5. The enforcement action taken by the…
COURTESY: SECRETARY OF STATE AUDIT REPORT - Audit of Smarter Balanced Assessments shows tests are nearly twice as expensive as the last standardized test that Oregon used.
September 14, 2016

Audit: Oregon needs to get more out of expensive Smarter…

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Statewide school tests through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium are nearly twice as expensive as the old tests, confusing to educators and time-consuming. That’s according to a new…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carina Miller and Wiyaka RedDog, part of the Nchi' Wanapum canoe family, head out on the Missouri River.
September 14, 2016

Warm Springs joins Standing Rock

by Holly M. Gill
Tribal members provide support against pipeline Dozens of members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs have joined a peaceful protest by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota…
HOLLY GILL/MADRAS PIONEER - Presiding Circuit Court Judge Daniel Ahern and Court Administrator Amy Bonkosky cut the ribbon Friday during the dedication ceremony for the new Jefferson County Courthouse. The new facility was built for $14 million, $1 million less than was budgeted.
September 14, 2016

Dedication: Courthouse gets its day

by Holly M. Gill
Sixteen judges from around the state, including a former governor, joined Jefferson County Sept. 9 to celebrate the completion of the new Jefferson County Courthouse. The judges — some of whom…
BILL VOLLMER PHOTO - Metolius City Council members ride in a tractor-drawn wagon in the Spike and Rail Parade on Saturday.
September 14, 2016

Spike and Rail brings fall fun to Metolius

by Susan Matheny
The Metolius Spike and Rail celebration on Sept. 10 enjoyed perfect weather, even if turnout was a little lower than in years past, according to City Recorder Rhonda Stewart. “We had a real good…
SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Warm Springs K-8 Academy
September 14, 2016

W.S. K-8 gets boost from grants

by Susan Matheny
Over $100,000 for professional staff training Warm Springs K-8 Academy will be receiving over $100,000 in grants for staff development and administrative training, which were approved at the…

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Sep 14, 2016

Pot topics galore

by Holly M. Gill
Election preview The ballot for the Nov. 8 election was finalized last week — 60 days ahead of the election. Both Jefferson County and the city of Madras will seek answers from voters about the…
Sep 14, 2016

West Nile in Jefferson County

by Madras Pioneer
Jefferson County Health Department received a report of a suspected case of West Nile virus in a county resident on Sept. 9. The health department is continuing to investigate the case, while a…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Frank Reese
Sep 14, 2016

Man arrested in stabbing incident

by Holly M. Gill
After a report that a fight between two men Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 6, had resulted in a stabbing, law enforcement officers from the Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office…
Sep 14, 2016

Bark in the Park fun for kids, dogs

by Madras Pioneer
Bark in the Park, a canine and kids carnival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at Sahalee Park in Madras, as a fundraiser for Three Rivers Humane Society in Madras. Don’t…
Sep 14, 2016

Hospital lab moving

by Madras Pioneer
The lab at St. Charles Madras, currently located in the clinic, will move Sept. 19, to the outpatient registration area at the hospital’s main entrance. The lab will be open Monday through…
Sep 14, 2016

Enter Grow and Show contest

by Madras Pioneer
At Saturday Market in Sahalee Park Bring your garden’s bounty to enter the Grow and Show event on Sept. 17, at the last Madras Saturday Market in Sahalee Park. Entries will be accepted from…
HOLLY M. GILL - Tammy Wilson, the birthing center manager at St. Charles Madras, displays the fetal heart monitor and computer documenting system that is found in each of the five labor rooms.
Sep 07, 2016

Birthing center gets back on track

by Holly M. Gill
St. Charles Madras now averaging 15 births per month After a mid-year closure last year that extended into January, the Family Birthing Center at St. Charles Madras is working to make up for…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cameron Hatch, seated in his wheelchair, visited Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., with his mother, Stacie, and siblings, including his younger brother and twin sisters. The visit was on his bucket list.
Sep 07, 2016

Cameron Hatch succumbs to cancer

by Susan Matheny
13-year-old had battled disease for six years Thirteen-year-old Cameron Hatch, who has been battling cancer for six years, passed away at his home in Madras on Sept. 4. He had been undergoing a…
TOM CULBERTSON GRAPHIC - During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will be hosting numerous groups. One group will be launching helium balloons to obtain images of the eclipse.
Sep 07, 2016

Warm Springs to host events during solar eclipse

by Gill, Holly M.
Partnering with NASA, University of Washington, others When the total solar eclipse occurs on Aug. 21, 2017, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs will be hosting a special event for Native…
BILL VOLLMER - The Metolius City Council rides in a wagon during last year's Spike and Rail Parade. This year's event is set for Saturday, Sept. 10.
Sep 07, 2016

Metolius readies Spike and Rail Day

by Susan Matheny
Spike and Rail Day, in Metolius on Saturday, Sept. 10, celebrates the town’s early-day history as the railroad hub of Central Oregon. Events kick off at 7 a.m. with a 5K Move Your Caboose…