The find will help with county road records

 by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

County clerk Dag Robinson with the plat book that hadn’t been seen for more than 40 years. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

County clerk Dag Robinson with the plat book that hadn’t been seen for more than 40 years. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

For a number of years, employees at the Harney County Courthouse had come across references to a “plat book” when dealing with county road legal issues.

Trouble was, none of the employees, or even former employees, had ever seen this supposed plat book.

Then, this spring, County Clerk Dag Robinson was organizing boxes in the vault, or storage area, when he spotted something behind a rack of shelves. He slid the remaining boxes off the shelves, and there, leaning up against the wall, was what looked like an over-sized, unmarked book.

The shelves were slid out as far as they would go in the crowded space, and Robinson wiggled the book out into the open. The edge of the book that had been resting on the ground was somewhat disfigured by moisture and the weight of all the years, and the pages a bit tattered, but otherwise, the book was in pretty good shape.

One look inside, and Robinson realized he had just found the plat book that had been missing for years.

How did the book get there? The best guess is that back in 1959, the courthouse was condemned, and all legal documents were moved over to the former Lincoln Junior High, so work could be done on the courthouse.

Two years later, after renovations, everything was moved back into the courthouse, and it’s speculated that the plat book was placed against a wall for what was expected to be just a “short while.” As more boxes were moved back into the courthouse, the shelves were filled, covering up the book, and the book was soon forgotten.

Further research revealed that former Harney County Surveyor C. E. Beery had been commissioned to complete the plat book in 1915, and was allowed the sum of $200 upon completion of the work.

Robinson said the discovery of the plat book is important because it shows where the county roads are supposed to be.

The county had been using the road record book in the plat book’s absence, but the accuracy of the road record book was somewhat skewed.

Howard Palmer and former county judge Dale White have been working for some time on getting an accurate account of county roads, but Palmer said there is a large margin for error in the road record book. He noted that at the time the records were recorded, the surveyors were using a compass and chains. If the compass was off just a few degrees, the road would end up in a different spot than what the legal record showed.

Robinson said the plat book will help verify the actual intent of the road, no matter where the actual road is now.

“The county has an obligation to know what the county road system includes legally,” Robinson said.

Now that the plat book has been discovered, plans are to have the pages scanned and then tie the images in to the county’s Geographic Information System (GIS) to produce an accurate account of the county road system.

If anyone is interested in preserving Harney County history and learning GIS technology, contact Bryce Mertz at 541-573-8195.

Musical duo to perform in Hines

Posted on April 16th in News

Concert to be held April 24

The Harney County Arts in Education Foundation will present the fifth of their annual recital series, An Evening to Celebrate the Arts, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene.

This year’s event will feature Kevin Lefohn on violin and Monica Ohuchi on piano.

Both musical artists are coming from Portland.

Violinist Lefohn maintains an international career as recital soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue. He was recently appointed as adjunct professor of violin at the University of Oregon, and master teacher at Talent Makers Music Academy in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

Pianist Ohuchi has been hailed as a pianist performing “brilliantly with clarity, nuance and natural musicality.” She has performed throughout the world, and served a four-year tenure at the Julliard School of Music teaching piano.

The evening will also include the popular art show featuring the works of Burns and Crane high school art students during the reception following the concert.

The young artists have been working on their art in conjunction with Lefohn and Ohuchi in a virtual studio-to-school project. The students will be treated to a personal visit by the music duo Wednesday, April 23.

The rural schools are invited to a recital by Lefohn and Ohuchi at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Frenchglen School.

The recital is free to the public, donations will be accepted for the continued work of the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation, dedicated to music education, performing arts, visual arts and theater arts for the schools and communities in Harney county.

For more information, contact Becky Thein at 541-573-7001 or Debby Peckham at 541-573-2427.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Jeff Davies of Burns on his way to a first-place finish in the 110 meter high hurdles. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

Jeff Davies of Burns on his way to a first-place finish in the 110 meter high hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns Hilander track team hosted the 11-team Burns Lions/Arlie Oster Memorial Invitational on Saturday, April 12.

In the girls meet, Burns placed second in the team standings, while Crane came in eighth.

Lakeview edged out the Hilanders for the top spot, finishing with 125 points to 123 for Burns. Paisley was third with 72.5, followed by Harper with 62, Triad Christian 50, Madras 42, Ione 36, Crane 32, Prairie City 18, Grant Union 12 and Culver 8.5.

The Burns and Crane boys teams finished third and fourth respectively, at the meet.

Madras won the boys team title with 136 points, and Lakeview was a close second with 133. Burns finished with 110 points, Crane  51, followed by Ione 49, Harper 45, Culver 36, Paisley 28, Prairie City 26, Triad Christian 22, and Grant Union 9.

Individual results for those placing in the top eight of an event for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:


100m — Megan Lee (B) 1st, 13.88; Emma Winn (B) 2nd, 13.89; Bryanna Dunn (C) 6th, 14.64; Vera Kalinina 8th, 14.89.

200m — Madelyn Gunderson (B) 1st, 27.41; Dunn (C) 4th, 30.07; Lee (B) 8th, 31.29.

400m — Gunderson (B) 1st, 1:01.11; Amanda Epling (C) 4th, 1:08.55; Tegan Strickland (C) 6th, 1:17.33; Lee (B) 7th, 1:17.55.

800m — Madison Winn (B) 1st, 2:38.54;  Elina Jenks (C) 6th, 2:56.34.

1500m — M. Winn (B) 2nd, 5:42.89; Bea Ribeiro (B) 3rd, 6:03.38

100m hurdles — Ribeiro (B) 2nd, 19.39.

4×400 —  Gunderson, E. Winn, Catherine Clemens, M. Winn (B) 1st, 4:18.84; Nicol Gahley, Lee, Ribeiro, Kalinina (B) 4th, 4:50.23.

Shot put — Kayla Mims (C) 3rd, 28-05.25.

Discus — Kaylea Friedrichsen (B) 3rd, 82-07; Gahley (B) 4th, 78-05.

Javelin — Friedrichsen 4th, 95-07; Clemens (B) 6th, 94-07; Mims (C) 7th, 86-07.

High jump — Clemens (B) 1st, 4-10.

Pole vault — Gahley (B) 1st, 6-06.

Long jump — Dunn (C) 4th, 13-02.50.



200m — John O’Toole (C) 2nd, 24.97; Matt Witzel (C) 8th, 26.57.

400m — Bryce Otley (C) 6th, 1:01.70; Jake Blackburn (B) 7th, 1:04.01.

800m — Andy Lamborn (C) 2nd, 2:18.04; Thomas Cain (B) 8th, 2:30.77.

1500m — Brandon Bingham (B) 3rd, 4:59.54; T. Cain (B) 5th, 5:02.21; Daniel Letham (B) 6th, 5:08.48.

3000m — Bingham (B) 2nd, 11:04.12; Letham (B) 3rd, 11:18.17.

110m hurdles — Jeff Davies (B) 1st, 16.88.

300m hurdles — Davies (B) 1st, 45.62; David Steeves (C) 7th, 50.15.

4×100 — Jack Bentz, Joseph Valentine, Travis Landon, O’Toole (C) 3rd, 49.42.

4×400 — Landon, Lamborn, Witzel, Bentz (C) 4th, 4:00.65; T. Cain, Seth Nonnenmacher, Letham, Bingham (B) 6th, 4:22.74.

Shot put — Brent Pierzina (C) 4th, 34-01.00; Peter Cain (B) 5th, 34-00.50; Valentine (C) 7th, 32-08.50; Tony Mims (C) 8th, 32-06.00.

Discus — Nonnenmacher (B) 1st, 121-01; Chase Patterson (B) 2nd, 113-00; Steeves (C) 7th, 98-02; P. Cain (B) 8th, 97-04.

Javelin — Nonnenmacher (B) 1st, 176-11; Patterson (B) 3rd, 139-11; P. Cain (B) 5th, 127-05.

High jump — Patterson (B) 2nd, 5-06.00; Davies (B) 3rd, 5-06.00.

Long jump — Steeves (C) 5th, 17-01.00; Bentz (C) 7th, 16-03.00.

On Friday, April 18, the Crane Mustangs will host the Ranchers Invitational, beginning at 11 a.m.

The next meet for Burns is at La Pine at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19.


On Friday, April 11, the Crane track teams traveled to Vale for the Oregon Trail Invitational.

The Crane girls placed third out of 18 teams with 53 points, and the Crane boys had 23 points, and finished ninth among 16 teams competing.

Vale ran away with the girls meet, racking up 225 points, easily outdistancing second-place Idaho City, Idaho with 70 points.

Nyssa won the boys meet with 161 points, and Adrian placed second with 81 points.

Individual results for Crane:


400m — Epling 5th, 1:09.56.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey 2nd, 18.02.

300m hurdles — Casey 2nd, 52.71.

4×100 — Casey, Dunn, Strickland, Epling 4th, 56.64.

Shot put — Mims 3rd, 29-08.00

Javelin — Mims 2nd, 96-00.

Pole vault — Casey 3rd, 7-06.00.

Long jump — Dunn 2nd, 14-05.00.



100m — O’Toole 6th, 12.16.

200m — O’Toole 6th, 25.11.

1500m — Lamborn 5th, 4:51.31.

300m hurdles — Steeves 5th, 48.62.

4×100 — Bentz, Landon, O’Toole, Valentine 8th, 48.39.

4×400 — Bentz, Lamborn, Witzel, Landon 6th, 4:36.34.

High jump — Steeves 4th, 5-06.00.

Jerry W. Nelson 1949-2014

Posted on April 16th in Obituaries

Jerry Nelson, 64, passed away March 27 at his home in Seneca.

Jerry was born Oct. 12, 1949, in Portland to Clifford L. and Eva C. Nelson. He made his home in Seneca for the past 37 years.

On Jan. 20, 1979, he married Renee Barott. They later divorced, but remained close friends.

Jerry is survived by his son Matthew J. Nelson, and fiancée, Sara, of Prineville; stepson, Brian (Schabahn) L. Day of Mill Creek, Wash.; grandchildren, Keegan and Haley Nelson of Prineville, and Braeden and Jonah Day of Mill Creek; sisters, Char Selph of Dixie, Wash., and Sandy Harris of Hillsboro; nephews, Jason and Jeremy Selph of Dixie; and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Eva Nelson; brother, John Nelson; and stepbrother, Tom Thelander.

Contributions to help the family with costs may be made to or to Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR 97845.

Wednesday April 16

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

Silvies River Charter School board of directors is meeting Wednesday, April 16, at 5 p.m. at Frenchglen School.

Burns High School is holding their 67th National Honor Society induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the BHS cafeteria. Public welcome.

Harney County Court normally meets the first and third Wednesday of each month. Because of scheduling conflicts, the court will meet Wednesday, April 23 at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

The Hilander Booster Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza.

Harney Partners for Kids and Families meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza. Lunch is provided; please RSVP to Carol Sawyer, president, 541-573-6886.

Harney Grant Babe Ruth board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the courthouse basement meeting room, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Non-denominational Bible services are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Hines City Hall. Ministers are Jane Buell and Cheryl Emborg.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

Be a quitter…a tobacco quitter, that is! Join this support group to develop strategies to quit successfully and access all the resources available to help you. The support group will meet Wednesday, April 16, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital board annex conference room. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Jamie Blute at 541-573-8342.

Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.

Storytime for preschoolers is scheduled at the Harney County Library, 80 W. D St., each Wednesday at 10:30  a.m. Contact the Harney County Library for more information, 541-573 6670.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.

Thursday April 17

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

Harney County Merchants meet the third Thursday of each month at 8 a.m. at the community center.

Burns Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, at 11:45 a.m. A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon at noon each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway in Burns.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at noon each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes. Call 541-573-2896.

Friday April 18

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

“The Mousetrap,” an Agatha Christie murder mystery will be presented April 18, 19, 26, at 7 p.m., and April 27 at 4 p.m. at the Lincoln auditorium. Free admission, donations accepted.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.

Saturday April 19

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

An Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Hines Park. The hunt is for ages 0-8, and is sponsored by Zeta Sigma sorority.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club is hosting “An Eggs…cellent” trap shoot on Saturday, April 19, at the shooting range on Radar Hill. The event will feature lots of fun and games. Practice is at 9:30 a.m., with games to follow. All levels of shooters welcome. Lunch will be available.

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 1-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment to read with a dog.

Sunday April 20

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

The Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista, will be celebrating Easter Sunday, April 20, with one service only at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Children’s Church will be available at the same time.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church for 12×12 study.

Monday April 21

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

A Walking Class is held each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. indoors at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Burns Fire Dept. meets each Monday at the Burns Fire Hall at 7 p.m.

The Hines Volunteer Fire Department meets at the Hines Fire Hall each Monday at 7 p.m. (except the last Monday of the month). Prospective members may contact Fire Chief Bob Spence at 541-573-7477 or 541-573-2251.

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