Community rallies after tragedy

Community rallies after tragedy

Four members of family die in three-car crash After a tragic accident last week that killed four...

W.S. man found dead in canyon

W.S. man found dead in canyon

After manhunt in connection with wife's death A Warm Springs woman and man died last week in a...

'Burn to learn' takes out local eyesore

'Burn to learn' takes out local eyesore

Fire department, city, owner work together With cooperation from the city of Madras and a...

Bend police arrest Madras man for bank burglary

Bend police arrest Madras man for bank burglary

Taken into custody at residence in Madras A Madras man, Ethan Daniel Gregg, 22, was arrested May...

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May 25, 2016

Culver man injured in rollover

by Madras Pioneer
A Culver man injured in a rollover crash on the Old Culver Highway 361 on May 17, was able to flag down a passing motorist on U.S. Highway 97, before collapsing on the side of the highway.…
May 25, 2016

509-J approves $51.4 million budget

by Susan Matheny
Bridges Career and Technical is name of new high school A budget of $51,487,340 for the 509-J School District, for the 2016-17 fiscal year, was approved Monday night by the district budget…
May 25, 2016

Cougar attacks at camp

by Madras Pioneer
Dog injured at Haystack Reservoir A man camping on the East Shore Forest Service Campground at Haystack Reservoir early May 19, was startled awake by his dog barking. The man reported to the…


May 25, 2016

Accounts set up for Bemrose family

by Madras Pioneer
An account for the Bemrose family has been set up at Columbia Bank, under the name "Bemrose Memorial Fund." A GoFundMe account has also been set up at www.gofundme.com/24yvcbyc.
May 25, 2016

City survey available online

by Madras Pioneer
From now until the end of June, the city of Madras is seeking citizen feedback on how well the city is meeting the needs of Madras citizens, businesses and those that interact regularly with the…
May 25, 2016

Spotted frog habitat finalized

by Madras Pioneer
USFWS identifies 14 critical habitats The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) within its known range in Washington and…
May 25, 2016

Madras seeks input for marijuana rules

by Holly M. Gill
The city of Madras is looking for input from the local community as it develops regulations for recreational marijuana. A five-minute survey on the time, place and manner of operation for…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Some Oregon businesses could be hit with more taxes under an initiative that will be on the November general election ballot. A state analysis of the initiative found that it could raise about $6 billion for state budgets, but might 'dampen' employment and growth around the state.
May 23, 2016

State business tax plan would raise billions, but could 'dampen'…

by Paris Achen
SALEM — A proposed tax on the sales of large businesses would generate more than $6 billion in biennial state revenue starting in 2017-19, but it also would slow income, employment and…
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May 23, 2016

Owyhee Canyonlands supporters, opponents face off in Salem…

by Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Bureau
SALEM — Advocates and opponents of a proposed 2.5 million-acre national monument in Eastern Oregon tried to enlist the support of state lawmakers during a recent legislative hearing. The two…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Four people died from injuries in a three-vehicle accident May 17, on U.S. Highway 97, near Bear Drive. The Honda Accord and Pontiac van are visible in this photo, which shows the scene.
May 19, 2016

Four family members die in three-vehicle crash

by Holly M. Gill
OSP seeks information on another vehicle A Madras woman and three of her sons died from injuries in a three-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 97 on May 17. Anita J. Bemrose, 49, and her 10-year-old…

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HOLLY M. GILL - A total of 5,060 registered voters turned in their ballots for the May 17 primary election, a 47 percent voter turnout.
May 18, 2016

Fording re-elected; McNamee to be unopposed in November

by Holly M. Gill
Jefferson County Finance Director Brandie McNamee handily won the treasurer's race, and Wayne Fording was returned to his position on the County Board of Commissioners in the May 17 primary…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Janet Brown, center front, visits with officials during Daimler Trucks North America's groundbreaking on its $18.7 million test facility in March.
May 18, 2016

Transforming county, one business at a time

by Holly M. Gill
Brown works behind scenes with EDCO For nearly four years, Janet Brown, of Madras, has been heading up local efforts to bring in new business and industry throughout Jefferson County. As the…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Garry Vineyard II and Raine Austria Vineyard
May 18, 2016

Judge hears motion in murder trial

by Holly M. Gill
Attorneys ask for specific cause of death A young couple, Raine Austria, 26, and Garry Vineyard II, 21, appeared in the Jefferson County Circuit Court May 11, in preparation for their trial for…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - More than a dozen police vehicles converged on the old rock shop on U.S. Highway 26 on May 11, to serve a search warrant. Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, and one man was later arrested.
May 18, 2016

Madras man arrested in drug bust

by Madras Pioneer
A drug bust at the old rock shop on the U.S. Highway 26 grade north of Madras, led to the arrest of Roger Nasset, 60, of Madras. According to Sgt. Jason Erickson, of the Jefferson County…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ignacio Ruiz-Silva
May 18, 2016

Warrant issued for alleged sex offender

by Holly M. Gill
A warrant has been issued for Ignacio Ruiz-Silva, 36, of Metolius, who failed to show up for court on May 12. Ruiz-Silva was initially arrested at a residence in Metolius on two counts of…
May 18, 2016

JCEMS hosts event in park

by Madras Pioneer
In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 15-21, Jefferson County Emergency Medical Services will hold a special event Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sahalee Park.…
HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, right, visits with John Wrinkle, of Redmond, following a town hall meeting May 14, at the Jefferson County Senior Center.
May 18, 2016

Rep. Walden talks wildfire, opioid abuse

by Holly M. Gill
Town hall meeting Dozens of people turned out Saturday morning for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden's town hall meeting at the Jefferson County Senior Center, to discuss topics ranging from wildfire…
May 18, 2016

JCMS student posts threat on social media

by Madras Pioneer
On Sunday, May 15, a parent reported a threat of harm that was posted on social media by a student at Jefferson County Middle School, according to a letter sent out to parents by School District…
May 18, 2016

Sign up for emergency ALERTS

by Madras Pioneer
Frontier Regional ALERTS is off and running and ready to provide emergency notifications to residents and businesses in Jefferson County. No matter where you live in the county, you can sign up…
May 18, 2016

Truck hits pedestrian

by Madras Pioneer
A pedestrian was seriously injured Monday night after being struck by a truck on U.S. Highway 26, on the Warm Springs grade. According to the Oregon State Police report, on May 16, at 11:54…