Crash takes out 'Welcome to Madras' sign

Crash takes out 'Welcome to Madras' sign

The city of Madras is considering how best to replace the welcome sign at the south end of town...

Strong turnout for Christmas parade

Strong turnout for Christmas parade

The 2016 Christmas Lights Parade on Saturday was the biggest in recent years.

Expect cold, snowy weather for weeks

Expect cold, snowy weather for weeks

A couple cold air masses are moving down into north Central Oregon this week and next.

JCEMS selected as Rotary recipient

JCEMS selected as Rotary recipient

The Rotary Club will raise funds for JCEMS to purchase two devices to help them improve airway...

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December 07, 2016

November temperatures warmer than usual

by Madras Pioneer
The National Weather Service reports than temperatures averaged more than 5 degrees above normal.
PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Each waterproof mat, which will help keep individuals warm and dry, is made by crocheting hundreds of plastic bags together.
December 03, 2016

Volunteers stitch together a small comfort for homeless students

by Christopher Keizur
Reynolds School District event weaves mats from recycled plastic bags to keep homeless students warm and dry.
SUSAN MATHENY - Prior to the School District 509-J's Impact Aid hearing on Monday, Warm Springs K-8 officials presented academic and attendance awards. The meeting, held in Warm Springs, lasted nearly four hours and included testimony from more than a dozen tribal members.
November 30, 2016

Tribal members stress cultural education

by Susan Matheny
Members of the Warm Springs community turned out Nov. 28 to make recommendations at the annual Impact Aid hearing.


HOLLY M. GILL - Joy Stephens, owner of Above and Beyond Home Furnishings, said that shoppers were interested in all types of furnishings, from living room to bedroom.
November 30, 2016

Black Friday sales static, but lots of traffic

by Holly M. Gill
Madras retailer report Black Friday sales similar to last year.
HOLLY M. GILL - Santa arrives on the top of a fire truck during last year's Christmas Lights Parade.
November 30, 2016

Enter Christmas parade

by Madras Pioneer
Locals can preregister for the annual Christmas Lights Parade, to be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m.
November 30, 2016

Haystack sites closing for season

by Madras Pioneer
West Shore and South Shore recreation sites at Haystack Reservoir are set to close Dec. 1.
OREGON STATE POLICE PHOTO - Oregon State Police have arrested two men, including one from Warm Springs, for the poaching of a buck deer in Wheeler County.
November 30, 2016

Local man arrested deer shooting case

by Madras Pioneer
Oregon State Police arrest two in connection to shooting of a buck deer in Wheeler County.
SUSAN MATHENY - Last week, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office cleared out more than a dozen camps in the Willow Creek Canyon, below the trestle. One of the most elaborate homeless camps had a couch, multiple chairs, tent, mattress, fire pit with wood, cooler and bags of food, as well as a shopping cart for transportation.
November 23, 2016

Crews remove 3.65 tons of trash from homeless camps

by Holly M. Gill
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has removed more than a dozen homeless camps from Willow Creek Canyon.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A negotiated settlement among Central Oregon irrigation districts, the Bureau of Reclamation and two environmental groups was designed to help the Oregon spotted frog.
November 23, 2016

Judge signs agreement on Oregon spotted frog

by Holly M. Gill
The negotiated settlement will reduce uncertainty for Central Oregon irrigation districts.
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Eldridge Maready
November 23, 2016

Inmate dies at DRCI

by Madras Pioneer
An 80-year-old man, serving at least six years for manslaughter, died Nov. 16 at the prison.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Madras City Administrator Gus Burril, right, swears in new Madras Police Department officer John Slyter on Nov. 4.
Nov 23, 2016

City swears in new officer

by Holly M. Gill
John Slyter worked as a corrections deputy and volunteered as a reserve officer before he was hired.
Nov 23, 2016

State parks offer free day

by Madras Pioneer
Day-use parking fees waived at 26 state parks in Oregon
SUSAN MATHENY - From left, Veterans Service Office staff members Laura Moore, Tom Weiss, and Scottie Henry, at far right, walk and carry their banner in the American Legion Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11.
Nov 16, 2016

Veterans air concerns over possible cuts at Veterans Service…

by Susan Matheny
County budget cuts threaten small VSO staff, which handles issues from the 2,200 veterans in the county.
HOLLY M. GILL - Janet Brown, Jefferson County manager for Economic Development of Central Oregon, has assisted Daimler Trucks North America in its efforts to move its testing facility to the Madras Industrial Site. The $18.7 million facility will include a test track and office facility (in the background). Brown successfully nominated Daimler for an economic development excellence award, which the company received late last month from the Oregon Economic Development Association.
Nov 16, 2016

Big investment in enterprise zones

by Holly M. Gill
As Jefferson County's manager for economic development, Janet Brown has renewed and enlarged enterprise zones encouraging nearly $70 M investment.
HOLLY M. GILL - On election night, at Geno's, Bill and Helen Houts (from left), Rick Allen, Mike Solso, Joe Krenowicz and Kelly Kingsbury watch as election results roll in.
Nov 16, 2016

County voters follow state, national trends

by Holly M. Gill
City votes to tax and continue sale of recreational marijuana; county prohibits recreational sale.
DESIGN BY TOM CULBERTSON - The city of Madras, which is directly in the path of the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse, has a new logo for the event.
Nov 16, 2016

City prepares for August 2017 total solar eclipse

by Madras Pioneer
Madras unveils a new eclipse logo, and website, with answers to your questions about the coming event.
SUSAN MATHENY - Rick Molitor
Nov 16, 2016

Molitor resigns as 509-J superintendent

by Susan Matheny
Molitor will stay on in current position through the end of the school year.
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego resident Brian McCarl tries to calm a frantic nun (played by Michelle Hahn) who fears for the safety of trapped earthquake victims during a disaster simulation Saturday in Lake Oswego. It's all part of the city's Community Emergency Response Team training.
Nov 12, 2016

Preparing for disaster

by Gary M. Stein
For Community Emergency Response Team trainees in Lake Oswego, the final exam can feel very, very real
HOLLY M. GILL - Jefferson County Clerk Kathy Marston, left, assisted by longtime Election Committee member Sharon Comingore, runs ballots through the counting machine on Monday, when a total of 58.75 percent of ballots had been submitted. The final tally was a 73.7 percent ballot return.
Nov 09, 2016

County voters follow state, national trends

by Holly M. Gill
Madras approves recreational marijuana; county approves medicinal marijuana With expanded voter rolls, more Jefferson County voters turned in their ballots for the Nov. 8 election than any time…
JEFF WILSON - Members of the Madras boys soccer team celebrate after their 3-0 semifinal victory over Brookings-Harbor Tuesday, in Madras.
Nov 09, 2016

Madras advances to soccer title game

by Jeff Wilson
State championship Saturday, at Liberty High in Hillsboro "One more game. One more game." That was the chant heard all over the Madras soccer fields Tuesday afternoon, as the Madras boys soccer…