W.S. K-8 Academy near finish

W.S. K-8 Academy near finish

New $21.5 million school When school starts on Sept. 9, Warm Springs kindergarten through...

Crawdad Festival set for Saturday

Crawdad Festival set for Saturday

Parade, 5K Run/Obstacle Course Whether you call them crawdads, as the locals do, crayfish,...

Garber strikes first blow on Culver project

Garber strikes first blow on Culver project

Operating the jaws of a 20-ton excavator, Culver Superintendent Stefanie Garber struck the first...

DVWD sends patrons letters

DVWD sends patrons letters

Repeat tests find no issues with bacteria For a short time last week, Deschutes Valley Water...

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Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss
August 13, 2014

Treasurer arraigned on 36 counts

by Holly M. Gill
Charges related to financial irregularities In a brief appearance on Friday, Jefferson County Treasurer Deena Goss was arraigned in the Circuit Court on 36 charges related to financial…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Cindy Brockett of BestCare Prevention, CRR Fire Chief Rich Hoffman, and Sheriff Jim Adkins partnered up to install a 24-hour medication collection box in the lobby of the Ranch fire station.
August 13, 2014

Drug drop box installed

by Madras Pioneer
At CRR Fire Station In a collaborative partnership between BestCare Prevention, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office and Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue, a 24-hour medication collection box…
August 13, 2014

Man pleads guilty to strangulation charge

by Holly M. Gill
In U.S. District Court in Portland A 31-year-old Warm Springs man, Mark Kevin Johnson Jr., pleaded guilty Aug. 6 in the U.S. District Court in Portland to assault by strangulation. Craig…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - Paving around the Performing Arts Center has been completed and curbs installed, but workers are still installing sidewalks and entrances to the facility from Buff Street. The $7,980,000 Performing Arts Center will be completed and turned over to School District 509-J in mid-November. The Madras High School football field, track, concessions, grandstand and ticket booth will be ready before school starts on Sept. 8.
August 06, 2014

Work heats up inside new PAC

by Holly M. Gill
Performing arts, football, track facilities The outside of the two-story Madras Performing Arts Center is nearly complete, but inside, activity has picked up, as workers pour concrete for risers…
August 06, 2014

District takes on student transfer issue

by Susan Matheny
Lost 124 students last year Options for student transfers were reviewed at the July 28 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors. Superintendent Rick Molitor told board members they had three…
Photo Credit: HOLLY M. GILL - The Our Community in the Park event on Saturday was the first big event of a busy August. Above, volunteer Karen Affeldt polishes the nails of 11-year-old Victoria Hester, of Madras.
August 06, 2014

From Crawdad Festival to Airshow, August is busy

by Holly M. Gill
Successful Our Community in Park event An active August opened Saturday with the Our Community in the Park event, and continues with the popular Culver Crawdad Festival Aug. 16, and the Airshow…
Photo Credit: INCIWEB PHOTO - The Castle Fire is burning in steep terrain in the Metolius River area.
August 06, 2014

Lightning sparks Castle Fire

by Gill, Holly M.
Other lightning fires nearly contained Lightning that passed through Central Oregon last Friday sparked a new fire in the area of the Monty Campground, south of the Metolius River, on the…
August 06, 2014

CRR business aims at assisting seniors

by Stephanie Roderick
Staying in their homes Last year, a new business was introduced on Crooked River Ranch — Assisting Seniors at Home. After helping seniors on the Ranch, in Bend and in Redmond for the past year,…
Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Deena Goss, Jefferson County treasurer
August 06, 2014

Treasurer indicted on 36 counts

by Holly M. Gill
Department of Justice investigation A Department of Justice investigation of financial irregularities in the Jefferson County Treasurer's Office has resulted in the indictment of Treasurer Deena…
Photo Credit: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Jon Bowerman
July 30, 2014

Jon Bowerman addresses 509-J board

by Susan Matheny
Husband of accused coach apologizes for scandal Jon Bowerman offered a public apology at the Monday night School District 509-J Board meeting, in the wake of his wife, Melissa Bowerman, the…

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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Bowerman
Jul 30, 2014

Bowerman pleads not guilty

by Holly M. Gill
Coach/student athlete sex abuse case Former Madras High School head track coach Melissa Bowerman was arraigned July 25 on sexual abuse charges involving a 17-year-old track team member.…
by: SUSAN MATHENY - Lizzy Friend, 6, interacts with her friend's Nigerian dwarf goat on Thursday at the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair.
Jul 30, 2014

Fair rodeos pack in crowds

by Madras Pioneer
Wool Busters kids' rodeo a big hit The Jefferson County Fair Rodeos were packed and overall attendance was comparable to past years, according to fair manager Sandy Forman. “It went really well,…
by: TOM BROWN - Aaron Luelling, of Las Vegas, speaks to the crowd at Jefferson County's first PubTalk at Maragas Winery on July 24. Luelling intends to move his business, Luelling Orchard Brewing Co., to Madras.
Jul 30, 2014

Vegas man plans Madras brewery

by Holly M. Gill
Ties to early homestead family, local grower A Las Vegas man with ties to a Jefferson County pioneer family announced plans to move his brewery operation to Madras at a PubTalk July 24, at the…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - John Hammack, of the Culver area, who died in a tree-felling accident during a fire near Sisters last year, will be honored at a Salem ceremony Sept. 18.
Jul 30, 2014

Fallen firefighter to be recognized

by Madras Pioneer
Sept. 18 ceremony Five fallen firefighters, including one from the Culver area, will be recognized Sept. 18, at the state firefighter memorial in Salem. John Hammack, 58, a professional tree…
by: JEFF WILSON - During the worst of the smoky conditions from area wildfires, a National Guard Chinook helicopter lands at the Madras Municipal Airport.
Jul 30, 2014

Weather cools wildfires

by Holly M. Gill
Warmer weather with thunderstorms in forecast Rain and cooler weather in the middle of last week have allowed firefighters to bring the major fires burning in Jefferson County and on the Warm…
Jul 30, 2014

City extends hours for bill payments

by Madras Pioneer
In response to input from the public, the city of Madras will extend hours to receive bill payments on two days in August, September and October. On Aug. 6 and 7, Sept. 9 and 10, and Oct. 9 and…
Jul 30, 2014

Traffic crash fatal to local pedestrian

by Madras Pioneer
U.S. Highway 26 north of Madras Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 26 about two miles…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Looking south toward the Cove from Jordan Road, smoke blocked the view of the water on Friday.
Jul 23, 2014

Wildfires rage in all directions

by Holly M. Gill
Mid-week rain helpful Ten days after lightning started dozens of fires in Jefferson County and on the Warm Springs Reservation, several are still burning and have consumed more than 57,000…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Elaine and Don Henderson, the grand marshals for this year's Jefferson County Fair, rode in the fair parade on Saturday.
Jul 23, 2014

County fair runs through Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
Marks county's 100th anniversary Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jefferson County with the theme "From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways," the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair opened to the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - From left, County Counsel Alexa Gassner, county administrative assistant Barb Andresen, Courtney Quale, and Kurt Symons, community corrections director, check out photos of other courthouses around the state and mark the courthouse projects they find most appealing and unappealing.
Jul 23, 2014

County considers options for new courthouse design

by Holly M. Gill
Plans now call for two-story building The architecture firms designing the new Jefferson County Courthouse presented their ideas for the new facility at a public meeting July 16. The current…




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