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HOLLY M. GILL - The family of the late Brandon Johnson, who died of a brain tumor last year at the age of 10, celebrated his life at the groundbreaking for a new splash pad at the Culver city park. From left, family members include Marie Crawford, Morgan, Renee and Jessica Johnson, Mike Crawford, Eva, Wayne and Marshal Johnson, project manager Craig Nicholson, Culver Councilor Bart Carpenter, Culver Mayor Nancy Diaz, and organizer Cindy Dix. The city will celebrate the completion of the project June 25.
April 20, 2016

Culver honors youth with splash pad

by Holly M. Gill
Ground breaks on park project to honor life of cancer victim As many as 200 people turned out Friday, at the Culver City Park for the groundbreaking for a splash pad to honor a young resident…
PHOTO COURTESY OF NORCOR - Malcolm Scott Harpole, left, of Madras, and William 'Billie' Ray Worthington, of Redmond, were arrested April 17, after a second police chase, on I-84 near Biggs Junction.
April 20, 2016

High-speed chases end with suspects' arrests

by Holly M. Gill
One suspect arrested four days later Local police were involved with two, similar high-speed chases last Wednesday afternoon. After attempting to stop a vehicle for speeding, law enforcement…
HOLLY M. GILL - Jeanie Gentry was honored by friends and co-workers on her last day at St. Charles Madras, Friday, April 15. The former CEO for St. Charles Madras and St. Charles Prineville has taken a position as CEO at the hospital in Salmon, Idaho.
April 20, 2016

Gentry moves to Idaho for post

by Holly M. Gill
Interim CEO for St. Charles Madras named A steady stream of co-workers and friends said goodbye to Jeanie Gentry, chief executive officer of St. Charles Madras, on Friday, her last day at the…


HOLLY M. GILL - Three Jefferson County residents, Brandie McNamee, Glennys Lindsay and Anzie Adams, will vie for the position of county treasurer in the May 17 election.
April 20, 2016

Three seek treasurer position

by Holly M. Gill
Four-year term for local office begins Jan. 1 Three candidates currently working for local communities will be on the ballot for the part-time position of Jefferson County treasurer. Seeking the…
April 20, 2016

Culver to hold groundbreaking for splash pad

by Madras Pioneer
After nine months of promoting and raising funds, the Culver Splash Pad Committee and the family of Brandon Johnson are excited to announce a groundbreaking ceremony slated for Friday, April 15,…
April 20, 2016

Help name new high school

by Madras Pioneer
The committee to name School District 509-J’s new high school is seeking input from the community on a “significant regional attribute” that would be appropriate in the name of the new school,…
PHOTO COURTESY OF JCSO - Two vehicles collided and ended up in the yard of a residence at the corner of Northwest Columbia Drive and Northwest Ivy Lane on Monday morning, April 18.
April 20, 2016

Minor injuries in collision

by Madras Pioneer
Two people received minor injuries in a crash last Friday north of Madras. On April 18, at 7:13 a.m., a deputy responded to Northwest Columbia Drive and Northwest Ivy Lane, north Madras, for a…
HOLLY M. GILL - On Monday, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs announced that Warm Springs Forest Products Industries, which has operated since 1967, will close its doors. A third-party receiver will take possession of the mill, which employs about 85 people, for the purpose of 'an orderly wind up of its operations,' according to a press release issued by the tribes. The operation has not been profitable in recent years, as a result of reduced log supply, aging equipment, and a changing economy, the tribes reported. The photo of the mill was taken in January, when it was still operating.
April 13, 2016

Tribal Council to shutter facility

by Holly M. Gill
Closure to affect about 85 employees Fifty years after members of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs approved a $15 million referendum that allowed the tribes to get into the wood products…
HOLLY M. GILL - Mike Britton, manager of North Unit Irrigation District, got good news when a federal judge issued her opinion April 7 on a request for an injunction.
April 13, 2016

Judge denies request, issues opinion

by Holly M. Gill
Parties must meet with magistrate judge for settlement In a second win for Central Oregon irrigation districts, the federal judge who denied an injunction that would have forced dramatic changes…
WARM SPRINGS LOGO - The April 4 election for the Warm Springs Tribal Council saw about 1,242 tribal members turn in their ballots for the eight open seats on the council.
April 13, 2016

Tribes elect eight to W.S. Tribal Council

by Holly M. Gill
Results remain unofficial; one seat unfilled An estimated 1,242 tribal members cast their ballots April 4 for eight positions on the Warm Springs Tribal Council. Results of the election to the…

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SUSAN MATHENY - Wayne Fording, of Madras, left, and Daniel Tomlinson, of Crooked River Ranch, are vying for the position currently held by Fording on the three-member Jefferson County Commission.
Apr 13, 2016

Two candidates vie for commission spot

by Holly M. Gill
Incumbent and challenger Jefferson County voters will see two contested countywide races on their ballots, when ballots are mailed out April 27: for one seat on the Jefferson County Commission…
Apr 13, 2016

Board views superintendent evaluation

by Susan Matheny
Selects survey by OSBA A new process for the evaluation of the superintendent was a topic of discussion at the April 11 meeting of the 509-J Board of Directors. Just prior to the board’s…
Apr 13, 2016

Man shot in leg during reported burglary

by Madras Pioneer
A 20-year-old Madras man was shot in the leg during what the Madras Police Department reported as a suspected burglary April 4. At 11:11 p.m., police received a report of a shooting, and…
ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF WALKER/MACY - The spray pool will be located near the pioneer memorial at Sahalee Park, as shown in this illustration from 2006.
Apr 06, 2016

Culver, Madras plan spray parks

by Holly M. Gill
Donors step forward to build kiddie pools in communities Call them what you will — spray park, splash pad, spray pool — they provide kids with a lot of fun and a way to cool off on hot summer…
SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Raine Austria and Garry VIneyard II remain in jail awaiting trial on murder charges.
Apr 06, 2016

Pair remain jailed for death of daughter

by Holly M. Gill
Arrest comes 9 months after 1-year-old dies One year after the mysterious death of a 1-year-old, a Madras couple remains in jail, charged with murder. At a pretrial hearing in the Jefferson…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Courtney Ellenburg Smith, left, and team member Charlotte Kaufman assist a Syrian woman with a carrier for her 2-week-old baby.
Apr 06, 2016

Former local volunteers with refugees

by Holly M. Gill
Smith travels to Greece to help organization Former Madras resident Courtney Ellenburg Smith, of Eugene, got the chance of a lifetime in February, when she traveled more than 12,500 miles to…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeremiah Leach
Apr 06, 2016

Madras man arrested for alleged meth lab

by Madras Pioneer
Last week, when police were called to a Madras home on a report of domestic violence, they ended up discovering evidence of a methamphetamine lab. According to Sgt. Steve Webb, of the Madras…
Apr 06, 2016

Emergency managers train in W.S.

by Madras Pioneer
This week, emergency managers from around the state, along with tribal, private, nonprofit and federal partners, are convening at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort in Warm Springs for the third annual “Oregon…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A head-on crash west of Redmond on March 31 caused the death of a Madras man, Jason M. Franklin, 41. Franklin was driving westbound on Highway 126, in a 2003 Chrysler minivan, when an eastbound 2002 Ford Explorer crossed the centerline into the westbound lane, colliding head on with the minivan.
Apr 06, 2016

Area crash kills Madras man

by Madras Pioneer
On Highway 126, west of Redmond A Madras man died March 31, in a head-on crash west of Redmond, on Highway 126. According to Oregon State Police, troopers and emergency personnel responded to…
Apr 06, 2016

March weather averages near normal

by Madras Pioneer
March weather in Madras averaged near normal, according to preliminary data from the National Weather Service. The average temperature was 40.8 degrees, which was 0.3 degrees below normal. High…