Madras Opinions

July 01, 2015

A blue-green bummer at Lake Billy Chinook

by Tony Ahern
Update: The health advisory closure at Lake Billy Chinook has been lifted as Wednesday, July 1 following tests done on each of the three arms of the lake. So, feel free to head out to the Cove…
June 24, 2015

Local officers: quick, calm response

by Holly M. Gill
For years, I've bragged about Jefferson County to anyone who will listen. Family members from other parts of the state are almost certainly tired of hearing about the wonders of the water and…
June 28, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Drop the wilderness plan To the Editor, A Bend Bulletin editorial (May 31, 2015) covered several issues well and accurately. Their conclusions were appropriate. However, new considerations were…
June 28, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Build truck stop on south end of town To the Editor, I’m writing in regards to the new truck stop. The area does need a modern, larger truck stop and you only have to drive around Madras late…
July 01, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Give Oregon to Portland and let's go Idaho To the Editor, Rural Oregonians in general and East Oregonians in particular are growing increasingly dismayed by the manner in which Oregon’s…
June 18, 2015

Letters to the Editor for June 17

by Madras Pioneer
Little League sportsmanship To the Editor, As Jefferson County Little League chooses its coaching staff for the all-star playoffs, I’d like to make them aware of a problem. I attended a Little…
June 18, 2015

A great 'Mountains' year

by Carolyn Harvey
As we finish our sixth year of the Movin’ Mountains program, I am excited about a number of great things that happened this year. Although our numbers may have been down a bit, the fact that…
June 10, 2015

No clothing store, but could Madras have six pot stores?

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill In the next few months, at least three separate medical marijuana dispensaries are likely to open their doors in Madras to serve the 348 medical marijuana cardholders in the…
June 03, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Thanks to our music teachers To the Editor, I want to share my deepest gratitude toward Mr. Skip Rundle and Mr. Michael Preston. These two remarkable band teachers have skillfully mentored our…
May 27, 2015

Major miracle: Make it two White Buffs in the Show

by Tony Ahern
So maybe winning Powerball isn't such an impossibility after all. Sure, the statistical odds for it to occur are astounding, but stranger things, well, just happened. The news of Darrell…

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May 27, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Missing Lucky To the Editor To his American friends, Earl Sears, was simply “Lucky.” He passed away March 30 at 89 and many in the Madras and Warm Springs communities will miss him dearly. Lucky…
May 20, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Great sportsmanship To the Editor, During our last day of Youth Flag Football at Juniper Hills Park, an awesome display of sportsmanship was displayed by Martti Rahi, Chris DuPont and Kelly…
May 20, 2015

Flying over Mount St. Helens hours before eruption

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Thirty-five years ago this week, I was working my first full-time job, as a reporter for the Madras Pioneer, when I was offered an opportunity to view the changing shape of…
May 13, 2015

Stronger laws against e-cigarettes should be enacted immediately

by Holly M. Gill
By Holly M. Gill Managing Editor Last spring, I was in Portland, sitting in a stadium and watching some college baseball, when I noticed the overwhelming scent of cotton candy wafting through…
May 06, 2015

Letters to the Editor

by Tony Ahern
Our endorsements To the Editor The Madras Education Association, which represents the teachers of Jefferson County School District, has chosen to endorse Courtney Snead and Stan Sullivan for…
May 06, 2015

Fate of the 509-J school board now rests with the voters

by Tony Ahern
Jefferson County voters all got their ballots over last weekend, and a very intriguing 509-J School Board race now falls into our laps. Certainly the two positions up drew an impressively large…




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