Madras Opinions

April 20, 2016

Gary Clowers has unique, two-sided experience on spotted frog…

by Tony Ahern
By Gary Clowers Guest Columnist As a child of the “New Era” portrayed in the book by local author Jarold Ramsey, I watched the birth of the North Unit Irrigation District, while most often…
April 20, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Community Read author appreciative Thank you to the folks at the Community Read Committee, Jefferson County and Warm Springs Libraries for highlighting my book, "Shaped by the Land," for this…
April 13, 2016

A weatherman's warm gift to our community

by Tony Ahern
The Central Oregon area was shocked and saddened last week to learn of the death of Russell Bird, the meteorologist at Bend’s Z21. He was just 27. I was forwarded a Facebook post by a fellow…


April 13, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Culver Splash Pad groundbreaking Friday The Culver Splash Pad Park Committee and the family of Brandon Johnson is excited to share that after nine months of promoting and raising funds for this…
April 06, 2016

2016: the year of campaigning nasty

by Central Oregonian
A Pamplin Media Group Editorial These are particularly polarizing times. Some of the folks who are invested in the U.S. presidential primaries are picking sides in an O.K. Corral sort of way —…
April 06, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Superintendent should have widescale evaluation In reference to the front-page article from last week’s Madras Pioneer (March 30) concerning the 509-J School Board meeting, I would like to…
March 30, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
NUID appreciates all the support On March 22, at the Federal District Court in Eugene, Judge Ann Aiken heard oral arguments for the preliminary injunction in the spotted frog lawsuits. If the…
March 30, 2016

Years of work earned judge's decisionv

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Editor When outside interests threaten the livelihood and future of Jefferson County residents, we come together in a surprisingly cohesive way. Since last summer, when two…
March 23, 2016

Drought to lawsuits, 2015 a trepidacious year

by Tony Ahern
By Mike Britton NUID General Manager The year 2015 brought several significant challenges to North Unit Irrigation District and its patrons, first of which was the drought of 2015. Many have…
March 23, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Madras has been wonderful to me Hi folks of Jefferson County. I moved here 23 years ago and at that point, water, sewer, and garbage were at real reasonable rates. I lived on Third Street, kind…

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Mar 16, 2016

Jefferson County: where are our candidates?

by Tony Ahern
Either Jefferson County government is a near perfectly run organization with near unanimous public support, or it’s suffering from a major case of apathy. Commissioner Wayne Fording is up for…
Mar 16, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Do they taste like chicken? To the Editor, I recently read about Ned McIlhenny who made his fortune selling Tabasco sauce. In his day, egret plumes for ladies' hats were very fashionable and, as…
Mar 09, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Madras is fantastic My husband and I moved to Madras four years ago and have never looked back. We love this community. It breaks my heart when I see us labeled in a negative way because I see…
Mar 09, 2016

GOP: start over and back Kasich

by Tony Ahern
I’m not sure how many presidential debates we need. But please, keep them coming. Is there anything funnier on TV these days? The Republican debates are more entertaining than the “Saturday…
Mar 02, 2016

Are we too dumb to be miserable?

by Tony Ahern
Sure, Madras may not look its best during the gray-dead of winter, but I certainly didn't think we were miserable. Madras officials, anyone in the business of trying to sell the community to…
Mar 02, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Tribal water rights ignored To the Editor, This will be my second of a trilogy I plan to submit for publication in regards to the ignored legitimacy of the senior water rights possessed by the…