Madras Opinions

May 18, 2016

Madras outdoor icon honored with Mack's Canyon ramp naming

by Tony Ahern
Some Madras, Jefferson County and outdoorsman history is being made June 3, along the banks of the Lower Deschutes River. A boat ramp at Mack’s Canyon is being named in honor of the late Oscar…
May 18, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Community Theater group cancels fall play The High Desert Community Theater will be temporarily reducing our major productions to one a year until we have found a new home for our little troupe,…
May 11, 2016

In this modern era, endorsements from community papers…

by Tony Ahern
By Mark Garber President, Pamplin Media Group In the last 25 years, in almost every respect, newspapers have updated their way of doing business. Reporters carry tablets and smart phones instead…


May 11, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Thanks for covering my missionary efforts To the Editor, I wish to thank the Madras Pioneer and Susan Matheny for the excellent article concerning my mission trip. Also, I wish to thank the…
May 04, 2016

Every day really is Mother's Day

by Tony Ahern
There’s a theme for today’s Viewpoints page: moms and Mother’s Day. And it’s a deserving theme. Earth Day likes to claim the phrase, but it’s also true that every day is Mother’s Day — even…
May 04, 2016

Letters to the Editor

by Madras Pioneer
Warm Spring Mill closure raises questions April 15 caught 85 mill workers and their families by surprise when the mill went belly up. In the past, when workers were let go, the mill paid them…
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…

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Apr 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 —…
Apr 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…
Mar 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…
Mar 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…