Madras star Jacoby Ellsbury misses Hall of Fame; eliminated from future ballots

The 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame class was announced Tuesday. Madras star Jacoby Ellsbury, who was on this year’s ballot, was not elected and failed to garner enough votes to be considered in the future.

The Baseball Writers Association of America elected third baseman Scott Rolen with five votes to spare above the 75% needed.

First baseman Todd Helton was second with 281 (72.2%) and reliever Billy Wagner third with 265 (68.1%)

A player’s name must be checked off on at least 75% of BBWA ballots to be elected. For those who do not reach that threshold, they must be selected by at least 5% of the voters to appear on future ballots.

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Ellsbury received zero votes and will not be considered in the future.

Ellsbury and his family lived on the Warm Springs Reservation before moving to Madras, where he lettered in multiple sports in high school. He won All-American honors at Oregon State and was drafted in the first round in 2005 by the Red Sox.

Ellsbury played 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished with a career .284 batting average with 1,376 hits, 104 home runs, 241 doubles, 47 triples, 512 RBIs and 343 stolen bases. He led the league in stolen bases three times in his career.

Also failing to garner votes were Matt Cain, Andre Ethier, J.J. Hardy, Jhonny Peralta, Jered Weaver and Jayson Werth.

Bronson Arroyo, R.A. Dickey, John Lackey, Mike Napoli and Huston Street each received one vote and will also be off future ballots.

Jeff Kent, who was on the ballot for the 10th and final time, also failed to be elected. He received 46.5%.

Others who will be back on the 2024 ballot include Andruw Jones, Gary Sheffield, Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, Omar Vizquel, Andy Petite, Bobby Abreu, Jimmy Rollins, Mark Buehrle, Francisco Rodriguez, Torii Hunter.

Next year’s first-time eligibles include Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer, David Wright, José Bautista and Matt Holliday.

Bend, Warm Springs receive NEA arts grants

Bend and Warm Springs are two of the Oregon communities getting some of the $450,000 in Arts Projects and Challenge America grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Tananawit in Warm Springs is getting $10,000 from the Challenge America awards. BendFilm, Inc. is getting $20,000 in Arts Projects awards. 

“Art plays a critical role in enriching our lives, and it’s important that we give the artists in our communities the support they need to keep delivering their crafts and bringing communities together,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.. “I’m pleased to see these funds coming to Oregon’s artists, and I will continue to advocate for the investments we need to have a successful and thriving arts industry and community across the nation.”  

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In a statement, Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. said the Challenge America program offers support primarily to small organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved groups and communities with rich and dynamic artistic and cultural contributions to share. 

Challenge America awards coming to Oregon: 

  • Immigrant Story in Beaverton: $10,000 
  • Oregon Arts Watch in Portland: $10,000 
  • Elderberry Wisdom Farm in Salem: $10,000 
  • Tananawit in Warm Springs: $10,000 

Arts Projects awards coming to Oregon: 

  • University of Oregon in Eugene (on behalf of Museum of Natural and Cultural History): $45,000 
  • Western Arts Alliance in Portland: $45,000 
  • Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington in Portland: $40,000 
  • Comunidad y Herencia Cultural in Springfield: $30,000 
  • Profile Theatre Project in Portland: $30,000 
  • Lane Arts Council in Eugene: $25,000 
  • Portland Opera in Portland: $25,000 
  • BendFilm, Inc. in Bend: $20,000 
  • Oregon Symphony in Portland: $20,000 
  • Portland Japanese Garden in Portland: $20,000 
  • DanceAbility International in Eugene: $15,000 
  • Portland Playhouse in Portland: $15,000 
  • Boom Arts, Inc. in Portland: $10,000 
  • Eugene Concert Choir in Eugene: $ $10,000 
  • NW Dance Project in Portland: $10,000 
  • Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) in Portland: $10,000 
  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland: $10,000 
  • Portland Youth Philharmonic Association (PYP) in Portland:  $10,000 
  • Triangle Productions in Portland: $10,000 
  • White Bird in Portland: $10,000 

▶️ 1 suspect in deadly Madras Halloween shooting in custody

One of the two men identified as suspects in a deadly shooting that happened Halloween night in a Madras neighborhood is now in jail. 

Police were looking for Andre Sterling James Spino, 18, and Chance Corey Lee Stwyer, 22, in the Oct. 31 death of Edgar Miguel Torres-Aguilera.

Oregon State Police said Torres-Aguilera, 24, was shot multiple times in the Strawberry Heights neighborhood at about 7:45 p.m. that night.

Spino, who was considered “armed and dangerous,” was arrested Friday at the Madras Police Department. That’s according to the Jefferson County Jail register.  He’s being held on charges of second-degree murder and another warrant for disorderly conduct.


Stwyer is still on the loose. He was previously believed to be in the Warm Springs – Madras area, but OSP said he also has ties to Burns.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OSP dispatch at 800-442-0776 or *OSP (*677) from a mobile phone.

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Chance Corey Lee Stwyer (left) and Andre Sterling James Spino
Chance Corey Lee Stwyer (left) and Andre Sterling James Spino

4 St. Charles nurses honored with DAISY Award for compassionate care

St. Charles Health System announced Friday that four nurses have received The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, recognizing the outstanding, compassionate nursing care they provide patients and families every day.

St. Charles says the nurses — which represent all four hospitals in Central Oregon — are nominated by patients, families and colleagues. A committee at St. Charles determines the recipients.

  • Bend: Kirsten Chavez, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Madras: Labree Tolman, Emergency Department
  • Prineville: Samantha Martin, Medical Services
  • Redmond: Hillary Dunbar, Medical Services

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The nurses—who represent all four St. Charles hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Madras and Prineville—were recognized with a ceremony on their respective units and presented with a certificate, a pin and a “healer’s touch” sculpture by their hospital’s chief nursing officer. The DAISY honorees will also receive ongoing benefits, such as special rates for tuition and ANCC certification.

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

“When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide patients every day and night,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, president and co-founder of The DAISY Foundation. “Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human, extraordinary, compassionate work they do. The kind of work the nurses at St. Charles are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of The DAISY Award.”

This is one initiative of The DAISY Foundation to express gratitude to the nursing profession. Additionally, DAISY offers J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects, The DAISY Faculty Award to honor inspiring faculty members in schools and colleges of nursing and The DAISY in Training Award for nursing students. More information is available at

▶️ Madras High School continues holiday food box program, gives out 150 boxes

For the past few years, Madras High School has carried on a tradition of giving out holiday food boxes for students.

“We had a student at Bridges High School come back from the winter break really malnourished and had to be lifeflighted for medical care,” said MHS Counselor Stacy Bruce. “So, it was pretty scary. We decided we didn’t want kids with long periods of time where they didn’t have access to food.”

This is what started the Holiday Food Box program at Madras High School. From that moment, the staff decided to take action.

“So we put together a total of 150 boxes,” said Bruce. ”We keep 100 to go to the high school-age kids at MHS, Bridges, and also this year for 509J online because they are in a separate umbrella from Madras High School, and then we give 50 boxes to the middle schools.”

Donations come from local churches, businesses, and community members.

“We actually looked at the money we had left over from last year and we actually are sitting on a pretty large chunk of change,” said Bruce. “So we decided not to fundraise this year. We thought it was more important to give the community when we are doing fine.”

One private donor gave $6,000 to the program. It takes around $9,000 to fill the boxes with food each year.

“We are sitting at about $18,000 from churches from the last couple years of fundraising, which was great,” said Bruce. “So we spent about half this year. So we will probably hit the fundraising again next year a little bit.”

It takes about 25 volunteers to fill all the boxes and drop them off.

“We interview each kid and make sure that they really need the food box and what is really cool too is sometimes they will actually refer a friend and say ‘my family is doing really well; we don’t need it right now, but so and so might need it’ and we’ll go ‘OK, we’ll check in with them and see if they need it’ and sometimes they will pass it along to somebody else, too.”

Hall of Fame tracker: Madras star Jacoby Ellsbury hasn’t received HOF votes

With less than two weeks left before the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame class is revealed, it looks like Central Oregon star Jacoby Ellsbury won’t make it into Cooperstown in his first appearance on the ballot. And this may also be the last time he’s up for election.

A player’s name must be checked off on 75% of the ballots by members of the Baseball Writers Association before this year’s class is announced on Jan. 24. But in order to remain on the ballot in future years, a player must be voted on by at least 5% of the writers.

Ryan Thibodeaux is a noted tracker of BBWA Hall of Fame ballots. He has an online tracker that fans can follow.

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With nearly 38% of known ballots returned so far, Thibodeaux says Ellsbury has not been checked off on any of them. That means he’s already been eliminated from consideration in 2023.

Thibodeaux says Ellsbury needs to be on at least 20 ballots in order to stay above that 5% threshold. If he doesn’t get that, he won’t be considered for the Hall again.

Ellsbury and his family lived on the Warm Springs Reservation before moving to Madras, where he lettered in multiple sports in high school. He won All-American honors at Oregon State and was drafted in the first round in 2005 by the Red Sox.

Ellsbury played 11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He finished with a career .284 batting average with 1,376 hits, 104 home runs, 241 doubles, 47 triples, 512 RBIs and 343 stolen bases. He led the league in stolen bases three times in his career.

Central Oregon Daily’s Steele Haugen talked to Ellsbury’s  old coaches, teammates, and friends last April.


As of Wednesday, the only players currently on track to be elected are Todd Helton, in his 5th year on the ballot, and Scott Rolen, making his 6th appearance. 

Billy Wagner, Andruw Jones and Gary Sheffield are below the 75% threshold as of Wednesday, but could still make up ground before the deadline.

Jeff Kent, who is on his 10th and final ballot, is at 50.7% and likely will miss out.

In addition to Ellsbury, Matt Cain, R.A. Dickey, John Lackey, Mike Napoli, Jhonny Peralta and Huston Street have not received any votes. 

Torii Hunter, on his 3rd ballot, is also in danger of losing future consideration with just 2%.

Writers can select up to ten names on their ballot, but they can pick fewer than that if they choose. There are 23 players on this year’s ballot.

Jefferson County Fire & EMS holding wildfire risk workshop

Jefferson County Fire and EMS plans to host a workshop focused on teaching community members how to lower the risk of wildfire to their home. 

Topics will include fire behavior, current research and there will be a field exercise — weather permitting.

The event happens January 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fire & EMS Training Room, located at 765 SE Adams Drive in Madras

Workshops are limited to 35 people. To register, email Jolyn Kerr at

Those encouraged to attend include community members, fire service professionals, planners, developers, landscapers, and insurance partners who would benefit from understanding how to reduce losses from wildfire.

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▶️ Local 12-year-old killed in crash while visiting family during holidays

A local woman is grieving the unexpected death of her 12-year-old son who was killed in a car accident while visiting family during the holidays.

Family and friends have set up a GoFundMe account to cover funeral expenses for the mother’s only child.

“When they were driving, I believe there was a vehicle that hit them, killing the father instantly and injuring Roberto,” said Adriana Franco, Roberto’s aunt. “There was CPR performed on him at the scene but he wasn’t able to make it.”

Roberto Raygoza Jr. died Monday on Highway 97 near Klamath Falls.

His mother, Jenny Franco is a line cook at McKay’s Cottage Restaurant in Bend.

She wants to remember Roberto with a proper burial that she can’t afford.

“The casket arrangement … I don’t know. I just briefly spoke to the funeral home. They gave me an estimate. It depends on what she wants to do for him.”  

More than $3,000 was raised in less than 24 hours on the GoFundMe account toward a goal of $10,000. 

“To have a lot of support, especially my sister-in-law’s friends and family are coming over and showing support. It helps us try to heal and know that he was very loved.”

Oregon State Police say the crash involved a commercial motor vehicle towing a fuel tank that was traveling southbound when it lost control and crossed into the northbound lane. The truck hit a Chevrolet Suburban. OSP identified the two people in the Suburban as Roberto Raygoza Rosales, 36, of Madras and a juvenile. They said both were killed as a result of the crash. 

▶️ Madras woman, son sentenced to prison for abusing foster children

A Madras mother and son have been sentenced to several years in prison for child abuse involving two foster children in their care.

Oglivia Pineda-Garcia, 50, received 9 1/2 years and her son Kyle Edgar Macias, 27, received seven years in the case in Jefferson County. The pair was convicted in December after a three-day bench trial.

The case involved a 4-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy in their care.

The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office said in December that the case laid out that Pineda-Garcia took the boy to the emergency room at St. Charles in Madras in May of 2018. He had a “significant” laceration to the right side of his face that required several stitches. The hospital reported this to law enforcement because Pineda-Garcia’s explanation for how it happened didn’t match up with the injury, the DA’s Office said.

But the child didn’t express they had been abused, so they were allowed to return home with Pineda-Garcia.

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In June 2018, both children were dropped off at the Department of Human Services office with multiple injuries to their bodies including cuts, bruises and abrasions. The girl was reported to have “significant hair loss,” injuries to her face, forehead, upper body and abdomen.

The children were interviewed at the KIDS Center in Bend where they disclosed they had been abused, the DA’s Office said. The boy allegedly said that, at one time, he had been kicked in the face and was held face-up under running water in the bathtub by Macias until he couldn’t breathe.

The boy also allegedly said the cut he suffered that sent him to the ER was due to being hit in the face by Pineda-Garcia with a glass mason jar that shattered.

After serving a search warrant, law enforcement found a set of seven mason jar-type glasses at the home. Sheriff Jason Pollock, who was a detective at the time, moved the refrigerator in the home and found a glass fragment that appeared to match the seven jars, the DA’s Office said.

The person who treated the boy at the hospital testified that the injuries the boy received were consistent with being hit with a mason jar.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Brentley Foster, who prosecuted the case, commended all the agencies involved — saying that their actions may have saved these children’s lives.

“Foster further noted that the real heroes in this case were the kids who were brave enough to tell what was happening to them and face their abusers in court,” the DA’s Office said.

Pineda-Garcia was convicted of 2nd-, 3rd- and 4th-degree assault, 1st-degree criminal mistreatment, unlawful use of a weapon and harassment.

Macias was convicted of 2nd- and 3rd-degree assault, 1st-degree criminal mistreatment and strangulation.

‘Worst Nightmare’: Local coaches, players react to Damar Hamlin injury

It was a scary scene at the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals Monday Night Football game.

“At first you think head injury, but then after watching it, you see the hit to the chest and you think heart, which is never a good thing,” said Mountain View High School quarterback Conner Crum.

“You know I think It would be every coach’s, parent’s, and team’s worst nightmare,” said Mountain View High School head football coach Brian Crum. “To have a life-threatening injury on the field during a game or practice.”

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Damar Hamlin, the 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety, went into cardiac arrest following a terrifying collapse.

“It really showed how much the players really cared about the game and also each other and how much of a team sport it is because they pan around and you seen all those guys crying, you know what I mean?” said Mountain View football player Deakon Looney. “Just really involved and a crazy, scary incident that just sucks, man.”

As of Tuesday night, Hamlin was in critical condition at a Cincinnati hospital.

“It just makes your mind race as a head coach and someone in charge of young men about, gosh, how do you react and are you prepared for something like that,” said Brian Crum.

He says all coaches through the OSAA go through training and tests on health and safety before the season begins, and for his program, they try and have refresher courses every year.

“One of the things we were smart on is I wanted an AED with us at all times in practice,” he said. “We have four or five in the building, but reality is if you don’t get to a player or coach with a cardiac arrest in three to four minutes with them going down. There are times when CPR and rescue breathing isn’t enough.”

The accident had other local coaches like Judd Stutzman with Madras think about trying new safety training.

“I have had other coaches tell me, hey we do worst-case scenario type things that are planned,” said Stuttzman. “Kind of as a reactional thing. Have someone run and get the AED’s, perform the proper counts, those types of things. So, it might be something I look more into doing per se.”

Looney says the injury did make him think about scenarios that could happen to him or his teammates but never thought about detouring from the game.

“I definitely think that it is something to think about,” Looney said. “Anything can happen at any time on the field, and you always have to be ready for that, but it just shows how much we care about each other, that connection.”

You can donate to Hamlin’s toy drive GoFundMe here.