New stadium almost done

New stadium almost done

Field will be ready for Sept. 12 football opener Construction on the new Madras High School...

Keeping golf dreams alive

Keeping golf dreams alive

Jefferson County junior program wraps up another season Carl Lindgren feels the same thing this...

Riding the waves

Riding the waves

Skiers and wakboarders from around Central Oregon used the arm of the Crooked River on Lake Billy...

Black Rock Trail offers up some unique views

Black Rock Trail offers up some unique views

There is something to the saying “Get outside and get yourself some fresh air.” Between...

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Madras Sports

Bobby Mote
July 23, 2014

Mote back in the hunt

by Jeff Wilson
Former Culver bareback rider chasing fifth world title While most of Jefferson County readies for its biggest rodeo of the season this week, one of its native sons will not make the trip back…
July 23, 2014

There are good and bad guys all around

by Jeff Wilson
I have been fortunate enough in my sports writing career to meet some incredibly nice people. They range from professional and collegiate athletes, to high school kids. The coaches are that way…
July 23, 2014

A little high-intensity work is a perfect health option

by Trevor Groves
“Do you want to see my taser?” asked my running partner as we were driving down a narrow Forest Service road to our backcountry destination for a 17-mile run along a river route more often…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - With a solid background in aquatics, new recreation director Gregg Markwardt looks to give the community more stuff to do.
July 16, 2014

A fresh start

by Jeff Wilson
MAC looks to live up to new reputation The potential is limitless. Joe McHaney knows that. There is so much that the executive director of the Madras Aquatic Center wants to do with the facility…
by: PIONEER FILE  PHOTO - Blaine Florence cuts a turn during last year's Sundance Water Sports tournament on Lake Billy Chinook.
July 16, 2014

Love of the spray

by Jeff Wilson
Wake boarders, skiers to hit Lake Billy Chinook this weekend Everyone knows that one of the state's most popular water skiing venues is Lake Billy Chinook. Certainly the Sundance Watersports…
Bobby DeRoest
July 16, 2014

Search begins for new MAC swim coach

by Jeff Wilson
One of the first things that Madras Aquatic Center Executive Director Joe McHaney must do this summer is find a replacement for the departing Bobby DeRoest. DeRoest posted his resignation last…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Kim Coen, in the green and white mini truck, races through the fourth turn during early runs Saturday night at the Madras Speedway. The track hosted its 11th Annual Race For the Kids in front of a packed house.
July 16, 2014

Need For Speed

by Jeff Wilson
Madras Speedway Results from July 12 Late Models 1. Kenny Miller, 2. Doug Packard, 3. Rick Maul, 4. Cory Hazen, 5. JP Pagel, 6. Chance Gordon Sportsman 1. George Stills, 2. Jesse Bacchus, 3.…
July 16, 2014

Who are Jeff Co.'s all-time best studs

by Jeff Wilson
With the Major League Baseball All-Star game having been played this week, and the fact that it was Derek Jeter’s last appearance in the Mid-Summer Classic, there has been way too much talk by…
July 16, 2014

Stress can be both good and bad for the body

by Erika Anderson
As we reach the crest of the summer, I find myself looking at the clock wondering where the hours of my day went and realizing that I still have so much left to do. The stress of life continues…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - A group of youngsters gets the Two Mile Fun Run off to a roaring start Friday morning during the Todd Beamer Memorial Run at Sahalee Park. The annual run drew a crowd of close to 200 participants in the three events this year.
July 09, 2014

Running with purpose

by Jeff Wilson
Beamer Run more than just a race for so many There are many people who run. For many, it's about competition or health. But Friday, there was a totally different reason for so many to awake…

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by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Jonathan Burchell looks over the redesign of the tee box on the seventh hole at Desert Peaks. The new, longer box is part of a series of improvements to the golf course.
Jul 09, 2014

Desert Peaks on the rebound

by Jeff Wilson
A little more money and hard work has course back in shape For Jonathan Burchell, it was a perfect storm. And in its wake, a nightmare situation for the superintendent of Desert Peaks Golf Club.…
Bobby DeRoest
Jul 09, 2014

DeRoest steps down as Madras swim coach

by Jeff Wilson
Bobby DeRoest resigned his coaching duties as the Madras Swim Team and Madras Water Polo head coach last Thursday. DeRoest resigned to take a coaching/aquatic position at the David Douglas…
by: SCOTT STAATS PHOTO - Trout Creek Trail leads to some impressive canyon views.
Jul 09, 2014

Trout Creek Trail a good little hike

by Scott Staats
I wanted to take a scenic hike but didn’t feel like climbing a mountain, so my wife and I decided on the Trout Creek Trail along the lower Deschutes River. Back in January, we hiked part of the…
Jul 09, 2014

Warm Springs softball off to state

by Jeff Wilson
The Warm Springs Nation 9-10 year old girls softball team is the lone survivor of last week’s District 5 baseball and softball tournaments. At least as far as Jefferson County is concerned. Warm…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER  - The Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days rodeo in Warm Springs closed out Sunday with the controlled chaos that is the wild horse race. Eleven teams competed at once in the rodeo's most exciting event. .
Jul 02, 2014

Going wild at Pi-Ume-Sha

by Jeff Wilson
RODEO Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days rodeo Held June 28-29 in Warm Springs Calf roping:?1. Mike Hoylan, Warm Springs, 10.13, 2. Brooks Dahozy, Warm Springs, 11.69, 3. Chance Guerrero, Wadsworth, Nev.,…
by: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Runners hit the road at the start of last year's Todd Beamer run. This year's run is Friday.
Jul 02, 2014

Beamer run always full of memories

by Jeff Wilson
For Bud Beamer, the spirit of his son Todd will always carry on. Beamer has made certain of that. It has been 18 long years since Beamer lost his son in a drowning accident. The memories are…
Evan Brown
Jul 02, 2014

Madras fills AD spot

by Jeff Wilson
Former Buff coach Evan Brown coming back home It didn’t take long for Madras to find its guy. Just three weeks after Rory Oster resigned as the Jefferson County Independent School District…
by: SCOTT STAATS PHOTO - There is plenty to see while horse packing through Hells Canyon in Northeastern Oregon.
Jul 02, 2014

Dreaming of perfect outdoor trips

by Jeff Wilson
While perusing the many booths at the Central Oregon Sportsmen’s Show earlier this year, I began to daydream about catching salmon and halibut in Alaska and British Columbia, horse packing into…
Jacoby Ellsbury
Jul 02, 2014

Ellsbury all-star chances fading

by Jeff Wilson
Heading into the final week of voting for the 2014 Major League All-Star, Madras native Jacoby Ellsbury is on the outside looking in. At least as being a starter. The New York Yankees’…
by: JEFF WILSON/THE PIONEER - Janna Davis practices Canadian Flag drill last week in preparation for this weekend's Pacific Northwest Invitational Championships in Redmond.
Jun 25, 2014

Madras OHSET ready to ride

by Jeff Wilson
First ever regional meet this weekend in Redmond When Taylir Wills gets ready to make yet another run this weekend on her horse, Idgy, she really doesn’t know what to expect. Although Wills, a…




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