Cap and trade passes House after heated debate

Portland Tribune - News
State's new environmental policy heavily regulates carbon emissions, causing some to worry about economic impact.

May unemployment lowest in nearly three years

Portland Tribune - News
State's recent economic expansion has seen the lowest unemployment rates since 1976.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
Flash flood rips through Madras following a major thunderstorm with 3.33 inches of rain in 1969.

Ruby (Campbell) Parkey raised on Agency Plains

Madras Pioneer - News
With her husband, Alfred, Ruby Parkey raised eight children, and loved working outdoors.

NUID wins grant for internship

Madras Pioneer - News
Special Districts Association awards grant for $3,000 to help fund summer project.

Lawmakers try to keep manufactured homes in the neighborhood

Portland Tribune - News
Legislation to protect affordable mobile homes and other housing faces uphill struggle for funding and approval.

History tour checks out triangle

Madras Pioneer - News
Antique cars take history buffs out to World War II military training area on Grassland.

May temperatures warmer than usual

Madras Pioneer - News
Outlook for June calls for above normal temperatures, near normal precipitation.

State turns to consultants to clean up foster care mess

Portland Tribune - News
Alvarez and Marsal get a $1 million contract to handle 'crisis consulting' for agency battered by problems.

Proposed tobacco tax springs to life as referral to voters

Portland Tribune - News
Gov. Kate Brown and legislative leaders hope voters approve a $2 per-pack tax hike to fund Oregon Health Plan.

Dome Digest

Portland Tribune - News
Each of these bills passed their last hurdle this week and now head next to Gov. Kate Brown for her signature.

Democrats back off campaign contribution limits

Portland Tribune - News
With opposition looming in the Senate, supporters say they'll push for constitutional changes in another session.

City seeks councilor for vacant seat

Madras Pioneer - News
Madras City Councilor Denise Piza to move away, leaving opening on City Council.

Madras man convicted of road rage

Madras Pioneer - News
Convicted of unlawful use of weapon, man sentenced to three years of probation.

Air horns of protest can't stall action on climate bill

Portland Tribune - News
An environmental plan that will dramatically change industry in Oregon cleared a key hurdle in Salem.

Political turblence could derail cap-and-trade plans

Portland Tribune - News
Democratic leaders are trying to hold votes together as they work to quell concerns.

If it's June, it's powwow season

Madras Pioneer - Features
The rockhounds will hit the fairgrounds begnning June 20, and Pi-Ume-Sha is set to begin June 28.

Lawmakers say so long to single-use plastic bags

Portland Tribune - News
Plastic straws? Gone. Plastic bags? Gone. Polystyrene boxes for takeout food? Still hanging around.

Post-conviction relief for marijuana crimes gets…

Portland Tribune - News
A second bill allows the governor to work with other states to export Oregon's weed.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
Local farmers meet to discuss plan for agreements on marketing of mint in 1969.

Family pioneers in areas of the Cove, Haystack

Madras Pioneer - News
George and Martha Osborn homestead at the Cove, and near Haystack Butte in late 1870s, early 1880s.

NeighborImpact needs input

Madras Pioneer - News
Regional agency needs to show Central Oregon interest in home repair loan fund.

Lawmakers want to park suspended licenses for unpaid tickets

Portland Tribune - News
Some worry state practice hits poor people with an expensive legal double-whammy.

Fire restrictions now in effect

Madras Pioneer - News
River country campfire rules are in effect on portions of Deschutes, Crooked rivers, BLM land.

Keep fireworks safe, legal when season opens

Madras Pioneer - News
'Keep it Legal and Keep it Safe' campaign launches in time for June 23 opening of fireworks sales.

Dome digest

Portland Tribune - News
These bills might not make headlines, but they may make a difference to Oregonians.

PERS vote riles union fury toward Dems

Portland Tribune - News
Unions, loyal financial backers of Oregon Democrats, feel betrayed and consider putting their political money elsewhere.

Kids Club transitions back to independence

Madras Pioneer - News
No longer affiliated with the MAC, the club reestablishes itself as stand-alone organization.

Regional orchestra at PAC Saturday

Madras Pioneer - News
The Community Orchestra of Central Oregon will present a free concert June 8, at the PAC.

Storm spotter training set

Madras Pioneer - News
Skywarn Storm Spotter Training will be held at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office June 10.

Legislature endorses Oregon's move to national…

Portland Tribune - News
A bill to join other states in ignoring the Electoral College now goes to Gov. Kate Brown's desk.

What time is it? Permanent DST, lawmakers say

Portland Tribune - News
If California joins Oregon and Washington, Congress must let the three states abandon Pacific Standard Time.

Voters could get a say in campaign finance limit…

Portland Tribune - News
'The big thing is blocking the billionaires, because right now, they can just try to buy it.'

Local high schools graduate 230 students

Madras Pioneer - News
Madras High School graduates 182, while Culver High School graduates 48, for a new record.

Broken line causes water shutoff in areas of Warm…

Madras Pioneer - News
Warm Springs K-8 Academy, Indian Head Casino continue operations during water issue.

Audit: Foster care changes need time, more staff

Portland Tribune - News
A month before lawmakers adopt a budget, DHS hasn't said how many workers it needs to make things better.

Mike McLane, of Powell Butte, new Circuit Court…

Madras Pioneer - News
Governor appoints legislator who has law firm in Bend for Jefferson, Crook County Circuit Court.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
Gunfire breaks out during chase of bootleggers on 'high-powered machine' in 1919.

WWII balloon bomb killed five in 1945

Madras Pioneer - News
Japanese bomb, which landed in Oregon, caused only mainland deaths from wartime actions.

Firewood-cutting permits now on sale

Madras Pioneer - News
Grassland office and Bi-Mart have permits, which cost $10 per cord of firewood.

Historical Society plans hike to Grassland…

Madras Pioneer - News
Reserve a place on the popular, historical excursion to WWII gunnery site by June 5.

Health care providers work together to raise infant…

Madras Pioneer - News
Sudden unexpected infant death is the leading cause of death for babies from 1 month to 1 year.

Unemployment remains barely changed

Madras Pioneer - News
Oregon Employment Department reports Central Oregon counties' employment rates steady.

Brown weighs plan to squeeze 'kicker' rebate

Portland Tribune - News
Capping the amount taxpayers could receive is one idea being floated to fund housing and infrastructure projects.

Warm Springs issues emergency disaster declaration…

Madras Pioneer - News
By early next week, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs expect all water to be shut off.

New state librarian settling in among stacks of…

Portland Tribune - News
Jennifer Patterson is anxious to become part of Oregon's library community as she learns her way around state and its connection to books.

Open debris burning closes Saturday

Madras Pioneer - News
Residential and private burning will no longer be allowed in Central Oregon beginning June 1.

PERS reform passes after Speaker whips last-minute…

Portland Tribune - News
After an initial vote, Speaker Tina Kotek was two votes shy of passing her bill. But some late politicking got the job done.

Voters pass new three-year jail operations levy

Madras Pioneer - News
School, fire and other districts elect slate of candidates across Jefferson County.

KEITH machinist stops spread of fire

Madras Pioneer - News
Jefferson County Fire Department hands out an award for going 'above and beyond' to save building.

Bigfoot says only you can stomp out wildfires

Portland Tribune - News
The big Northwest guy appears in June on state posters and in a social media campaign encouraging people to avoid starting fires.

URDs to add industrial land, hotel by the Cove?

Madras Pioneer - News
Jefferson County's plan envisions a lodge with a large conference center, and moving fairgrounds.

Colleagues remember Jackie Winters as 'fierce…

Portland Tribune - News
Elected to the Legislature in 1998 as the state's first African-American Republican, Winters was an icon and leaves a legacy for all Republicans.

Fire damages Madras law office

Madras Pioneer - News
Attorneys move to temporary office as investigation into suspicious fire continues.

Looking Back

Madras Pioneer - News
War Department reports Major Rex Barber, of Culver, missing in China in May 1944.

Gun bill demise angers students in 'fight for our…

Portland Tribune - News
Young people try to negotiate obstacles as they lobby hard for changes to make their schools safe from gun violence.

Suicide-prevention bills try to shield youth from…

Portland Tribune - News
'Our schools have become the de facto social service providers of our communities, yet we hadn't really been funding them that way.'

Husband's murder starts vigilante era

Madras Pioneer - News
Lenna Jory, who moved to Grizzly area in 1877, lost her husband and father in property dispute.

Oregon unemployment stays low

Madras Pioneer - News
Nonfarm employment rises by 3,300 jobs in April, after larger increase in March.

Alyssa Macy to give commencement address

Madras Pioneer - News
OSU-Cascades selects Macy to deliver speech at school's 18th ceremony June 16.

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