Jon Bowerman addresses 509-J board

Jon Bowerman addresses 509-J board

Husband of accused coach apologizes for scandal Jon Bowerman offered a public apology at the...

Bowerman pleads not guilty

Bowerman pleads not guilty

Coach/student athlete sex abuse case Former Madras High School head track coach Melissa Bowerman...

Fair rodeos pack in crowds

Fair rodeos pack in crowds

Wool Busters kids' rodeo a big hit The Jefferson County Fair Rodeos were packed and overall...

Vegas man plans Madras brewery

Vegas man plans Madras brewery

Ties to early homestead family, local grower A Las Vegas man with ties to a Jefferson County...

Weather cools wildfires

Weather cools wildfires

Warmer weather with thunderstorms in forecast Rain and cooler weather in the middle of last week...

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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - John Hammack, of the Culver area, who died in a tree-felling accident during a fire near Sisters last year, will be honored at a Salem ceremony Sept. 18.
July 30, 2014

Fallen firefighter to be recognized

by Madras Pioneer
Sept. 18 ceremony Five fallen firefighters, including one from the Culver area, will be recognized Sept. 18, at the state firefighter memorial in Salem. John Hammack, 58, a professional tree…
July 30, 2014

City extends hours for bill payments

by Madras Pioneer
In response to input from the public, the city of Madras will extend hours to receive bill payments on two days in August, September and October. On Aug. 6 and 7, Sept. 9 and 10, and Oct. 9 and…
July 30, 2014

Traffic crash fatal to local pedestrian

by Madras Pioneer
U.S. Highway 26 north of Madras Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into Thursday night's fatal pedestrian-involved traffic crash that occurred on U.S. Highway 26 about two miles…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Looking south toward the Cove from Jordan Road, smoke blocked the view of the water on Friday.
July 23, 2014

Wildfires rage in all directions

by Holly M. Gill
Mid-week rain helpful Ten days after lightning started dozens of fires in Jefferson County and on the Warm Springs Reservation, several are still burning and have consumed more than 57,000…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Elaine and Don Henderson, the grand marshals for this year's Jefferson County Fair, rode in the fair parade on Saturday.
July 23, 2014

County fair runs through Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
Marks county's 100th anniversary Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Jefferson County with the theme "From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways," the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair opened to the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - From left, County Counsel Alexa Gassner, county administrative assistant Barb Andresen, Courtney Quale, and Kurt Symons, community corrections director, check out photos of other courthouses around the state and mark the courthouse projects they find most appealing and unappealing.
July 23, 2014

County considers options for new courthouse design

by Holly M. Gill
Plans now call for two-story building The architecture firms designing the new Jefferson County Courthouse presented their ideas for the new facility at a public meeting July 16. The current…
July 23, 2014

July starts out warmer than normal

by Madras Pioneer
June weather cool So far, July has featured temperatures that are well above average, but the month of June was cooler than normal, according to preliminary data received from the National…
July 23, 2014

CRR nets grant for breathing apparatus

by Madras Pioneer
Crooked River Ranch Fire and Rescue has been awarded a $167,181 grant by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for full replacement of…
July 23, 2014

Affordable housing set as goal

by Madras Pioneer
NeighborImpact, Housing Works partners With many families still priced out of homes and rental units in Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and Housing Works have announced a unique partnership to…
July 23, 2014

St. Charles Madras phone system down

by Madras Pioneer
To be back after July 21 The St. Charles Madras phone system will remain out of order at least through Monday July 21. Call the main Madras phone line at 541-475-3882 to leave a message for the…

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by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Melissa Bowerman
Jul 23, 2014

MHS track coach arrested on sex abuse charges involving student…

by Holly M. Gill
Madras High School's head track and field coach, Melissa Marie Bowerman, 43, was arrested Monday on allegations of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy on the track team. Following an…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - With the rapid expansion of the Bridge 99 Fire Complex, residents of the Three Rivers area southwest of Madras have been advised that there is a Level II evacuation order in place and they should evacuate, while residents on private lands along the Metolius River are under a Level III evacuation order. Level III is the most serious, and means there is imminent danger and residents should evacuate immediately. Three Rivers is about 20 miles southwest of Madras.
Jul 17, 2014

Fires forces evacuation of homes, campgrounds

by Holly M. Gill
Along Metolius River After issuing evacuation orders Thursday morning for private lands along the Metolius River, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office hurried to notify residents of the area of…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - Flaggers control traffic at the intersection of Dover Lane and U.S. Highway 26, where ODOT is making safety improvements.
Jul 16, 2014

ODOT projects to improve safety

by Holly M. Gill
Highway 26 at Dover, and Highway 97 at Cherry Two of the most hazardous intersections in the county, one south of Madras on U.S. Highway 26, and one north of town on U.S. Highway 97, are in the…
by: JEFF WILSON - The Jefferson County Fair Court, Queen Rachale Zuhlke, right, and Princess Shelby Brinkley, will ride in the fair parade on Saturday, July 19.
Jul 16, 2014

Fair parade set to roll out Saturday

by Holly M. Gill
81st annual fair July 23-26 The first event of the 81st annual Jefferson County Fair — the fair parade — will roll out Saturday, July 19, around Sahalee Park. The parade, which starts at 10 a.m.…
by: JEFF WILSON - Fire torches a tree on the hill above Juniper Hills Park on Saturday.
Jul 16, 2014

Lightning sparks dozens of Central Oregon fires

by Holly M. Gill
Other local fires likely human-caused Smoke continued to obscure Central Oregon fires on Wednesday following a Sunday lightning storm, with about 3,400 strikes, that caused numerous fires in the…
by: HOLLY M. GILL - A construction crew works on walkways and curbs in front of the new Performing Arts Center on Wednesday.
Jul 16, 2014

509-J may curb student transfers

by Susan Matheny
District lost 124 students Should the 509-J School District stop allowing students to transfer to other districts? That’s the question board members will be pondering for the next two weeks. At…
Jul 16, 2014

County seeks input on courthouse

by Madras Pioneer
Meeting July 16 The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners is inviting the public to a July 16 meeting to hear an update on the county's new courthouse project. At the meeting, which will be…
Jul 16, 2014

Cascade Cycling Classic cancels local segment

by Holly M. Gill
Route closed due to fires on reservation The Jefferson County segment of the much anticipated Cascade Cycling Classic has been canceled, due to the fires burning on the Warm Springs Reservation.…
by: STEPHANIE RODERICK - Tom Brown, Cindy Murray, FANs board president, and Marty Wilson arrive at Steelhead Falls during the Saturday morning hike.
Jul 16, 2014

Hike draws 'FANs' to Steelhead Falls area

by Stephanie Roderick
Next event July 19 On Saturday, the Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs) led a hike along the middle of the Deschutes River on Crooked River Ranch. Hikers started early,…
by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of the Madras YCC haul brush off a steep grade leading up to a private property in the Three Rivers Recreation Area. The lack of heavy fuels on the hillside below the home will help protect it in the event of a wildfire.
Jul 16, 2014

YCC provides youth jobs, lowers fire risk

by Madras Pioneer
Local crew members help homeowners Protecting homes and communities from wildfire is an annual task in Central Oregon. Thanks to a unique employment program, a group of young men and women from…




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