Madras plane crash kills California man

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It was initially thought that there had also been a passenger on the craft, that a family member was to be flying with him. But authorities reported…

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Firefighters gain control of 39,526-acre Nena Springs Fire

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State incident management teams transferred command of the fire back to the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs on Aug. 16.

Air show follows on heels of eclipse

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The Airshow of the Cascades will take flight Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, at the Madras Municipal Airport.

Two injured in Antelope fire

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Both men were transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital for treatment of their injuries from the lightning-sparked fire.

Wyden holds town hall at Warm Springs K-8 Academy

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Residents touch on water rights, health care and economy during senator's first visit to school.

At airport, more than 400 aircraft flying in for eclipse

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Air traffic control will be necessary at the Madras airport from Friday through Monday to handle aircraft.

July temperatures higher than usual

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August forecast from the National Weather Service calls for above normal temperatures for Madras.

Will there be gas to go home?

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Madras has a plan to provide gasoline for visiting vehicles to return back home.

Nena Springs Fire burns estimated 34,000 acres on Warm…

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Gov. Brown activates team from Oregon Fire Marshal's Office to assist with structure protection.

ODOT, city, event planners prepare for eclipse

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Message signs, TripCheck will help motorists navigating through Central Oregon for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.

Businesses brace for eclipse crowd

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Stores extending hours, stocking up on supplies. Restaurants shortening menus.

DVWD doesn't expect any shortages

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District tanks, located from Culver to Gateway, can store more than 16 million gallons of water.

St. Charles Health System anticipates increased demand

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St. Charles clinics will have extended hours from Aug. 16-23, to handle expanded population during the eclipse.

NASA kicks off Eclipse Week with viewing tips

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Officials to discuss eclipse and hand out free eclipse viewing glasses at free event Aug. 17, at the Madras PAC.

Madras man sentenced for possession of firearm

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U.S. District Court sentences Keith Jones to 70 months in prison for felon in possession of firearm charge.

JROTC instructor candidate found, interviewed

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Will have to pass Army's 4-6 month vetting process, 509-J hopes to expedite it.

Cougar killed at Madras trailer park

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Apparent lack of fear of humans was a key element of the decision to shoot the cat.

City, county officials get eclipse prep update

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EMS, emergency management and others give outline on preparations for the community.

Local businesses prepare for eclipse crowds

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The chamber has held business planning meetings for the past two years to prepare.

Emerson Fire expands to 10,600 acres overnight

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Two fires that started July 25, about six miles northeast of Madras, merged and are continuing to grow.

Lowell director talk ponders universe

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Astrophysicist asks, 'Are we alone in the unverse?' and other galatic questions.

Hasty Team rescues large dog

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The dog's pads had worn off during a hike in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and he was unable to walk.

Chautauqua group thrills public in 10 county shows

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New Old Time Chautauqua brought 40 entertainers to Jefferson County for free performances around the county.

JCFD lowers rating through evaluation

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Fire district patrons may see a decrease in their fire insurance following a recent assessment that lowered JCFD's rating.

Two wildfires merge into Emerson Fire, near Madras

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The cause of the fires, along U.S. Highway 97, is still under investigation. Homes protected.

City plans emergency routes for eclipse

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Numerous roads will be temporarily closed to through traffic from Aug. 18-21 to provide an Emergency Service Route for emergency and essential…

BLM issues final decision on CRR exit plan

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Crooked River Ranch will be able to move forward on an emergency exit plan, thanks to a BLM decision.

Culver man faces charges in death of daughter

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Brandon Payne was arraigned on manslaughter charges for the June 30 accident that caused his 9-month-old daughter's death.

Deer Ridge Correctional Institution marks 10 years

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The current and former superintendents, along with local government representatives, gather for event, memorial dedication.

Impassioned JROTC supporters speak out

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Former instructor Renfro questions board's June 26 action to cancel the program.

State passes bill to streamline land-use process at airport

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HB 2743 creates a pilot project that will allow the city to expand the airport urban growth boundary to include the entire 2,095 acres.

Free Chautauqua finale at PAC

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Forty performers with magic, comedy, juggling, music, and acrobatics will entertain.

Lowell Observatory event at PAC July 19

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The director of Lowell Observatory will take on the topic of 'Are We Alone in the Universe?' at the Madras PAC.

Algae warning lifted in areas of Lake Billy Chinook

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An advisory for blue-green algae toxins remains in effect for the Metolius arm of Lake Billy Chinook.

Rollover crash injures passenger

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A Culver man attempted to 'power slide,' but ended up rolling his pickup, sheriff's deputies report.

NUID increases water allotment

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North Unit's board has improved an increase for Deschutes and Crooked River water right allotments.

Dry fuels tinder for 21 wildland fires

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Mid-June weather change causes early start to wildland fire season in the Jefferson County area.

Relay For Life lacing up to fight cancer

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The annual fundraiser takes off at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds on Saturday morning, July 15.

Free event to focus on galaxy studies

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Scientist Jeff Hall will be at the Madras PAC July 19 with a program about the galaxy and the potential of life outside of earth.

509-J to consider JROTC program

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Citizens coming to next board meeting to air their opinions on the discontinuation of JROTC at MHS.

Driver sentenced to 164 months

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Woman ignored instructions to stop and dragged a deputy with her car, causing injury to the deputy.

Lone Pine fire burns about 1,000 acres; cause under…

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The blaze erupted on the Crooked River National Grassland Sunday, fanned by heat and blustery winds.

Three fires scorch CRR properties

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Crooked River Ranch fire personnel keep the three fires in three days small with their quick response.

County, towns to benefit from transportation package

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The $5.3 billion statewide transportation bill will bring more than $1 million to Jefferson County.

Motorcyclist flees, crashes

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A Warm Springs man was arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle following a high-speed chase.

Seattle woman dies in bicycle crash at CRR

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A 32-year-old woman was found on the side of the road at Crooked River Ranch, after apparently suffering a fatal crash.

Sex offender nets 40 years in prison

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Jeffrey Worley, 54, pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a child and pornography charges in June and was sentenced July 3.

Baby dies in two-vehicle accident

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A Culver driver was injured and a 9-month-old baby in the vehicle died when the driver turned into the path of a truck.

Health advisory issued for Lake Billy Chinook

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Blue-green algae has been found on all three arms of Lake Billy Chinook, prompting an advisory from Oregon health officials.

Fire destroys home southwest of Culver

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A home on Juniper Butte was a total loss after a fire July 3, which started on the exterior and spread.

Free event to focus on galaxy studies

Madras Pioneer - News
Lowell Observatory will host an event at the Madras Performing Arts Center on July 19, a month before the eclipse.

Numerous methods possible for viewing eclipse

Madras Pioneer - News
From eclipse glasses to pinhole viewers, the key to watching an eclipse is protecting your eyes.

Sheep Springs Fire 700 acres

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Crews are mopping up the Sheep Springs Fire, located in the Metolius Basin, in an area previously burned by the B&B Fire.

Three displaced by house fire

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The roof of a manufactured home burned, but fire crews were able to save the rest of the house on Deschutes Drive.

Firefighters battle three local blazes

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Large wildfire burns near W.S. casino and around KWSO radio staton, closing U.S. Highway 26 for a time.

Madras parade, fireworks set for July 4

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Join the festivities at Sahalee Park, including 10K run, parade, flag raising, food, kids games, and live music.

JROTC program ending at MHS

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509-J can't find a qualified instructor to take over the program, and student numbers have been dwindling.

Pi-Ume-Sha Powwow Celebration

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Gathering in Warm Springs brings hundreds of dancers each year to compete in contests in tribal regalia.

Health advisory at Lake Billy Chinook

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Agencies have confirmed the presence of toxic blue-green algae, which can make humans and pets sick if swallowed.

Vitolins is new judge for Circuit Court

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Succeeds Judge Gary Williams in Judicial District 22, covering Jefferson and Crook counties.

Fiery U.S. 26 crash kills one, injures four

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The crash caused the vehicle to burst into flames, and also sparked an 11-acre wildfire. Four passengers were rescued.

Rockhounds return to Madras for 68th show

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More than 80 dealers set up at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds for the four-day gem and mineral show.

Judge Williams is eager to hit the trail

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Williams served for nine years as circuit court judge in Jefferson County. Has bicycle, horseback trips planned for retirement.

Woman dies in Hwy. 97 crash

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Madras woman injured, Gaston woman killed following two-car head-on accident near Terrebonne.

New ER entrance open at St. Charles

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Second phase of the hospital's $16M addition and renovation includes more space for emergency, operating and imaging departments.

Block Party returns with a bang

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A crowd of about 300 people enjoyed live music, food, beverages and a car show at the free event June 15.

Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days set for June 23-25 in Warm…

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Native Americans from all over the Northwest will gather in Warm Springs this weekend for the 48th annual Pi-Ume-Sha Treaty Days celebration.

Rockhounds gather at fairgrounds

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Eighty vendors with tables overflowing with everything from rock gems and jewelry, to fossils and rock polishing equipment will be on display.

Governor appoints new local judge

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Crook County District Attorney Daina Vitolins is the new Jefferson and Crook County Circuit Court judge.

Burning restrictions imposed

Madras Pioneer - News
Summer burning restrictions are now in place for Jefferson County Fire District No. 1, due to the warm weather and dry fuel conditions.

Unemployment down in Jefferson County

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The unemployment rate was at a historicallly low level in Jefferson County in May despite typical spring hiring.

Farm-fresh fun for solar sclipse

Madras Pioneer - News
Organic Earthly Delights farm plans a farm-based event on Aug. 21, with 'glamping' that includes meals.

Old courthouse celebrates 100th anniversary with…

Madras Pioneer - News
The community is invited to a party with the live band 'Shaniko,' a car show, and tours of the building.

509-J career programs flourishing

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Career and technical education courses are drawing enthusiastic support from students and community.

Sign up for traffic, emergency alerts

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Stay informed during the total solar eclipse by signing up for the Frontier Regional Alert program.

Remapping project generates flooding prevention…

Madras Pioneer - News
The city of Madras is working on a Floodplain Remapping Project to identify areas subject to flooding and ways to mitigate flooding.

Petroglyph may represent 1097 total eclipse

Madras Pioneer - News
The carver may have drawn the sun's corona, from a total solar eclipse in 1097, on a rock in New Mexico.

Pamplin launches new websites for dozens of…

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Regular visitors to this website will see something quite different today: an updated digital presence from the only news organization that covers…

Madras, Culver graduation numbers rise

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Madras High School graduates 166 students, while Culver graduates 43.

Donations spur planning for spray park

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The Bean Foundation and KEITH Investments have each donated $45,000 for a spray park in Madras.

Emergency agencies plan for eclipse

Madras Pioneer - News
Safety of residents and visitors is the top priority for local emergency responders.

St. Charles Health System rethinking budget,…

Madras Pioneer - News
Deteriorating operating margins for St. Charles won't affect the construction, renovation project at the Madras hospital.

Oregon Community Foundation awards grants to local…

Madras Pioneer - News
The foundation has approved awards to the Warm Springs Boys and Girls Club and MAC Foundation, among others.

St. Charles gears up for potential doubling of cases

Madras Pioneer - News
Hospitals and clinics prepare for increase in patients during week surrounding the total solar eclipse Aug. 21.

May temperatures average below normal

Madras Pioneer - News
Weather in May was slightly colder than normal, but June is expected to be warmer than normal.

Camping sites, parking spots still available

Madras Pioneer - News
Organizer estimates 10,000 spaces open for campers and 'daytrippers' in Madras area alone.

Crooked River Ranch rescuers assist on trails

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In five days, crews retrieve 81-year-old man and 17-year-old female on trails at CRR.

Meet the Lowell Observatory eclipse presenters

Madras Pioneer - News
Stellar team set to educate participants in Madras during total eclipse weekend, Aug. 20-21.

Two injured in rollover crash

Madras Pioneer - News
A driver and passenger were both charged with DUII following a crash May 25.

Crary back for another town hall

Madras Pioneer - News
Candidate for U.S. representative for the 2nd District, Jim Crary, returned to Madras for two days.

Explore area state parks June 2-4

Madras Pioneer - News
A hike at Cove Palisades State Park has been set for June 4.

Cove campsites auctioned off for solar eclipse

Madras Pioneer - News
Online auction nets $60,000 for 30 campsites to benefit Oregon State Parks Foundation.

Madras COCC plans first-ever graduation event

Madras Pioneer - News
June 5 celebration will honor more than 80 local soon-to-be graduates.

Free visits to state parks Saturday, June 3

Madras Pioneer - News
OPRD announces that camping will be free at state parks June 3, and day-use parking free June 4.

Unemployment rate continues to decline

Madras Pioneer - News
Jobs increase in Jefferson County as unemployment rate drops to 5.2 percent.

Daimler Trucks North America opens testing facility

Madras Pioneer - News
The $18.7 million High Desert Proving Ground opened its doors May 18, at the Madras Municipal Airport.

Saving the story pole takes group effort

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An artist enlists Madras High School and the community in saving the 30-year-old story pole.

MHS baseball dugout burns in suspicious fire

Madras Pioneer - News
Investigators are seeking more information on a fire that damaged the MHS baseball dugout May 22.

Memorial Day holiday means earlier deadlines

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The Madras Pioneer office will be closed May 31, for Memorial Day.

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