Marijuana opt-out discussed

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

During its meeting on Nov. 17, the Hines Common Council approved Ordinance 312, prohibiting the practice of feeding, baiting, or maintaining wild mammals in the area subject to the jurisdiction of the city of Hines, and declaring an emergency.

The ordinance states that “feeding deer, elk, raccoon, bear, and other wild mammals results in artificially-high concentrations of animals, increases human-wildlife conflicts, and compromises the health and safety of humans and wildlife.”

Under the ordinance, anyone who knowingly places, deposits, distributes, stores, or scatters food, garbage, or any other attractant in an attempt to lure, attract, or entice wild mammals or potentially habituated wildlife may be issued a written notification by any authorized city agent/officer, requiring removal of the food, garbage, or other attractant within 48 hours.

The ordinance defines “attractant” as any substance (including, but not limited to, food, garbage, or salt lick) that draws wild mammals to a particular location. “Wild mammals” include any animals that are not normally domesticated (such as bears, coyotes, deer, elk, raccoons or skunks). Oregon Revised Statutes define “potentially habituated wildlife” as bear, cougar, coyote or wolf.

A citation may be issued for violation of this ordinance. Any violation may be considered a nuisance and is punishable with a fine of up to $250 for each offense. Each day that the nuisance is maintained may be considered a separate offense.

The ordinance does not refer to feeding birds or squirrels, or using a bird feeder that can only be accessed by birds or squirrels. The ordinance also excludes livestock and wildlife kept under a valid permit issued by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). Additionally, residents will not be penalized if their lawn, flowers, shrubs, trees or gardens are eaten by wild mammals.

Hines resident Eldon Hart asked why the city is addressing the issue, stating that it should be handled by ODFW. He suggested that ODFW revoke hunting privileges from anyone who is caught feeding wild mammals.

“That’d probably hurt a lot more than a fine,” he said.

Police Chief Ryan DeLange replied that ODFW staff probably don’t have the authority to make that decision locally. He added that deer have become a public safety concern, as they can be hazardous to motorists. DeLange also explained that the ordinance is a joint effort among citizens, the city, and ODFW, and it is just one of the tactics being employed to address the issue.


The council discussed the possibility of opting out of any one (or more) of the state-licensed or registered marijuana business.

Both Harney County and the city of Burns have passed ordinances prohibiting all six categories of marijuana businesses within their jurisdictions. These businesses include medical marijuana processors, medical marijuana dispensaries, retail marijuana producers, retail marijuana processors, retail marijuana wholesalers, and retail marijuana retailers.

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC’s) website, a processor is a business that will transform raw marijuana into another product or extract. Processors are also responsible for packaging and labeling recreational marijuana. Producers are also known as growers. Wholesalers buy in bulk and sell to resellers (rather than consumers), and retailers sell directly to consumers.

City Administrator Joan Davies said the deadline for the city of Hines to opt out is fast approaching.

Councilor Dick Baird said an individual approached him about establishing a commercial grow site in the city, adding that the plants would be distributed outside the area.

DeLange and Davies said that the grow site would have to be indoors and out of sight.

Councilor Hilda Allison asked whether there is a location within Hines City limits that is more than 1,000 feet away from a school.

DeLange replied that portions of the law are still “up in the air,” adding that anyone who possesses marijuana while driving by a school is technically committing a felony.

Davies said opting out would not prohibit individuals from possessing marijuana in their homes or vehicles.

Councilor Rod Bennett noted that people would still be allowed to use it and grow it.

The OLCC’s website states that, as of July 1, Oregonians (age 21 and older) are allowed to grow up to four plants on their property, possess up to eight ounces of usable (ready to smoke) marijuana in their homes, and up to one ounce on their person.

Bennett said the city needs revenue and could benefit from marijuana taxes, adding that marijuana businesses could be regulated through city ordinances. He said he visited a dispensary in Hillsboro in an effort to learn more about it, and he was impressed with the level of security and regulation.


In his department head report, DeLange stated that a stun gun training was conducted earlier that day. He added that the Burns Police Department had been helping Hines cover staff shortages, and efforts to haze deer with paint ball guns seem to be effective. DeLange also reported that police calls regarding Eastern Oregon Academy (EOA) residents were down.

Later in the meeting, Councilor Ron Williams stated that he visited EOA and learned a lot about the facility.

“I was very impressed with what I saw out there, and what they are trying to improve on, and they’re getting a lot of help from the state,” he said, adding that the state is helping EOA build a fence.


Jerry Lewellen, public works department lead worker, said the truck that the department uses for garbage runs is no longer operational. He added that the department’s newest truck, a 2003, lacks fuel efficiency. Baird noted that this vehicle’s transmission also needs repaired.

After some discussion, Davies suggested selling the old garbage truck, using the 2003 truck for garbage runs, and purchasing a small/fuel-efficient pickup.

Bennett said money garnered from selling the older truck could be used to repair the transmission in the 2003 truck. Williams added that the city will save almost enough money in fuel costs to make monthly payments on a new vehicle.


In other business, the council:

• received a report from Davies who said that many people took advantage of the dumpsters that the city had available for yard debris Nov.6-8 and 13-15. Davies also reported that the four-way stop at the intersection of Highway 20 and Highlander Boulevard will remain in place until the traffic signal is fully operational;

• adopted Resolution 2207, authorizing a loan from the Safe Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund by entering into a financing contract with the Oregon Infrastructure Finance Authority;

• agreed to authorize the mayor to sign the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development 2015-2017 Planning Assistance Grant application;

• approved a business license application for EOA. Davies explained that she asked EOA to apply for a license after discovering that it is not a nonprofit organization;

• approved the 2018-2021 Oregon Department of Transportation Statewide Transportation Improvement Program Enhance Proposal Application;

•approved OLCC license renewals for multiple businesses in Hines;

• agreed to sponsor an entrée for the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in the amount of $150.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at city hall.

Residents’ fire insurance costs should decrease

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

With a number of citizens concerned about the deer population in town, the city of Burns is considering a ban on feeding wildlife within city limits.

At their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18, the Burns City Council discussed a proposed ordinance that would prohibit “feeding, baiting, and/or maintaining any wildlife, including hand feeding or setting out of food to be left attended or unattended, which creates or has the potential to create a hazard to public health or safety.”

Wildlife is defined as “any animal which is not normally domesticated including, without limitation, bears, coyotes, deer, elk, feral cats, foxes, groundhogs, opossums, raccoons, skunks, turkeys, and waterfowl.”

A person found in violation of the ordinance may be issued a written notification by the city requiring them to remove the food, bait, or other attractant within two days or face a fine of up to $250.

Mayor Craig LaFollette said there are feeding stations for feral cats placed around town, so the cats can be trapped and either spayed or neutered. He questioned whether the stations create a hazard, as stated in the ordinance.

LaFollette said the group responsible for the feeding stations, Save A Stray, has provided a valuable service to the community by trapping and having the cats spayed or neutered.

It was suggested that the council invite a member of Save A Stray to the next council meeting to discuss the issue.

The city’s attorney, Jeremy Green, stated there may be some unintended consequences with the ordinance, and said it may be up to the police to use their own discretion in some cases.

Burns Police Chief Newt Skunkcap said the city does have a problem with skunks, and noted they may be drawn into town by the feeding stations.

The council did not take any action on the ordinance, and will resume the discussion at its December meeting.


Burns Fire Chief Scott Williamson had good news for the council and residents. He said when he first came to Burns, the city had an Insurance Service Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of 5. The PPC rating is from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best. Williamson said the city now has a rating of 3.

“That’s huge for a volunteer fire department,” Williamson said.

He explained ratings are based on training, improvements, maintenance of equipment and vehicles, and several other areas, and require three years of documentation.

Because the ISO rating improved from a 5 to a 3, Williamson said residents should see a decrease in their fire insurance costs. He added that the new rating goes into effect Feb. 1, 2016, so homeowners should check with their insurance companies after that date.

The council congratulated Williamson and his department on all their hard work required to achieve the new rating.


Airport Manager Jeff Cotton reported he is working with a commuter airline to provide flights between Burns and Boise two days a week.

Cotton added that fuel sales were up for the month of October, and are ahead of past years for November.


The council discussed a proposal for a Burns Biomass District Energy System. Green explained the proposal was similar to other franchise agreements the city has with other entities, and this one would be for Wisewood, a biomass company asking for use of the city right-of-ways to provide heat to several community facilities.

Green said Wisewood will be holding a public information meeting Dec. 2, and encouraged council members to attend.


In other business:

• the council discussed a request to change the name of “Highlander Boulevard,” next to Burns High School (BHS), to “Hilander Boulevard.”

Green told the council the name change would require either an ordinance or a resolution, and he would look into it, and have something for the council at its next meeting;

• Public Works Supervisor Pedro Zabala told the council his department is preparing for the winter season, and he had applied for a Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) grant. Zabala added that STIP grants are non-highway grants, and if received by the city, the grant would be used for improvements to the sidewalk on the east side of the highway in front of BHS;

• City Manager Dauna Wensenk said the highway project in front of BHS, necessitating the four-way stop, should be completed by Dec. 7. She also told the council the planning commission is looking at some zoning changes that it will address at an upcoming meeting;

• the council approved the Levee System and Stormwater Structures Operation and Maintenance Manual, and the Oregon Public Works Cooperative Assistance Agreement that allows assistance from the Oregon Department of Transportation should there be an emergency;

• Kari Nelson, from Harney County Safe Communities, told the council a winter driving clinic for students in grades 10-12 will be held Dec. 3 at BHS.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at city hall.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Joe Valentine of Crane brings down the Adrian ball carrier. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

Joe Valentine of Crane brings down the Adrian ball carrier. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

With a berth in the 1A state football championship game on the line, the Crane Mustangs rose to the occasion and defeated the top-ranked, and defending 1A champion, Adrian Antelopes 44-24 on Saturday, Nov. 21, at Hermiston High School.

The Crane defense, led by Miles Maupin with 15 tackles, held Adrian to just 67 yards rushing, and kept the Antelopes from scoring in the first half for the first time all season.

The Mustangs scored on their first two drives of the game, on runs of six and 24 yards by David Steeves, to take a 14-0 first quarter lead.

With a little more than a minute left to go in the first half, Crane’s Dustin Ramge intercepted a pass, and returned it to the Adrian 14.

On second-and-10, Jack Bentz threw to Steeves for the score, and the Mustangs went into halftime with a 20-0 lead.

After stopping Adrian on their first two drives of the second half, the Mustangs increased their lead to 28-0 on a 15-yard run by Steeves.

The Antelopes finally got on the scoreboard with less than a minute to go in the third quarter when Eduardo Munoz scored on a 63-yard pass play from Reagan Shira.

Crane answered back with a seven-play, 60-yard scoring drive, getting the touchdown on a 32-yard pass from Bentz to Joe Valentine.

Adrian cut the lead to 36-16 on a 31-yard pass from R. Shira to Bryson Shira, and then recovered the onside kick.

The Crane defense forced the Antelopes out on downs, and the Mustangs began their next drive at the Adrian 47. Ramge carried twice to get the ball to the Adrian 3, and Steeves ran in for the score on the next play, putting Crane up 44-16 with less than 7 minutes to play.

The Antelopes cut the lead back to 20 on a 73-pass from R. Shira to Michael Griffin, and recovered another onside kick.

The Crane defense came through once again, sacking R. Shira for a 14-yard loss on third down, and then stopping the Antelopes for no gain on fourth down to take over at the Adrian 29.

The Mustangs failed to pick up a first down, but took time off the clock, and the Antelopes got the ball back with just three minutes to play.

On fourth-and 5, and just over two minutes to play, Crane’s Bryce Otley dropped Munoz for a 9-yard loss to seal the win.

The victory by Crane, not only avenged the Mustangs’ only loss of the season, but also brought Adrian’s 22-game winning streak to a halt.

Bentz completed eight of 13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Steeves ran for 111 yards on 17 carries and scored five TDs, and Ramge added 103 yards on 16 attempts.

Steeves was named the Moda Health Player of the Game for Crane, and R. Shira received the honor for the Antelopes.

Crane will play Dufur at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, in the OSAA 1A state championship game.

Dufur advanced to the title game with 42-38 victory over Perrydale.

Cra       14     6     8    16     44

Adr        0      0     8    16     24

First quarter

Cra — David Steeves 6 run (Jack Bentz run) 2:45

Cra — Steeves 24 run (run failed) 8:48

Second quarter

Cra — Steeves 14 pass from Bentz (run failed) 11:23

Third quarter

Cra — Steeves 15 run (Joe Valentine run) 10:13

Adr — Eduardo Munoz 63 pass from Reagan Shira (Bryson Shira run) 11:32

Fourth quarter

Cra — Valentine 32 pass from Bentz (Valentine run) 2:00

Adr — B. Shira 31 pass from R. Shira (B. Shira pass from R. Shira) 3:01

Cra — Steeves 3 run (Valentine run) 5:10

Adr — Michael Griffin 73 pass from R. Shira (B. Shira run) 5:32

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Steeves 17-111, Ramge 16-103, Bentz 14-79, Valentine 3-11. Adrian, B. Shira 15-60, Munoz 11-35, R. Shira 6-(-28).

Passing — Crane, Bentz 8-13-0 139. Adrian, R. Shira 15-24-1 248.

Receiving — Crane, Witzel 3-66, Clark 3-27, Valentine 1-32, Steeves 1-14. Adrian, B. Shira 8-57, Munoz 4-72, Griffin 3-119.

OBIT BakerAlice Kathleen Baker passed away peacefully Nov. 16 at her residence in Vale at the Pioneer Place. Alice was a long-time Harney County resident.

Alice was born Aug. 16, 1928, to Mike and Esther Mahoney in El Reno, Okla.

She was the youngest of three children. Alice joined older brother, Jack, and older sister, Bonnie. Alice grew up on a dairy that her father worked on, and went to school in El Reno. Alice’s father, Mike Mahoney, died when Alice was a very young girl. Alice moved to Burns with her mother, Esther, and stepfather, Fred Baker, in the spring of 1946,

Alice met Harold J. Baker, and they were married Nov. 26, 1946, at Harold’s parents’, Bob and Tressa Baker’s, ranch house located six miles north of Burns on the Silvies River. Harold and Alice then moved to Harold and Fred’s ranch, 20 more miles further north up the Silvies River, known as the Tim Donavan ranch at that time. Harold and Alice raised four sons on the ranch. Sons, Mitch Baker, Harold (Monk)Baker, Jim Baker, and Bob Baker.

It was very different and quite challenging for a young bride from the city of El Reno to start living a very remote and very rustic lifestyle of ranch life. Before winter set in, they had to store quite a lot of supplies to last six to eight months. Back then, the winters and springs were long and harsh. There was no getting out and coming to town once the snow came.

Alice loved visiting with her many friends, reading, writing poetry, rock hounding, taking pictures, and doing many of her other craft projects, including painting faces on rocks and doing pine cone projects. Alice wrote many poems for pioneer days, weddings, wedding anniversaries, and other special occasions for her many friends.

Alice is survived by four sons, Mitch and wife, Linda Baker, Harold (Monk) and wife, Kristina Baker, Jim Baker, Bob and wife, Linda Baker; special friend, Jan Baker; grandchildren, Amy and husband, Kevin Jones, Joe and wife, Heather, Paula and husband, John Colby; great-grandchildren, Braden and Tylie Garfield, Halleigh, Tayleur, Noah, and Abby Baker, Torri, Talon, and Tanner Colby, Kirstin Miller, Gracie, Tressa, Madison, and Alyssa Baker; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Baker; father, Mike Mahoney; mother, Esther Baker; brother, Jack Mahoney; sister, Bonnie Avila; grandson, Ty Harold Baker; two half-brothers, Harold and Len Mahoney; and two half-sisters, Viola James and Verda Zajic.

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

Wednesday Nov. 25

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High Desert Park and Recreation District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in their office at Ponderosa Village, at 7 p.m.

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.

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

ALANON, an ongoing support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the north side door. For more information, call 541-589-0329.

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

Thursday Nov. 26

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Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Hines at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Medicare Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7. Have you had a checkup on your Medicare insurance coverage? A change in your Medicare D plan could save you hundreds of dollars. You can also get an Advantage Health Insurance plan at this time. Trained volunteers are at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Call 541-573-6024 for an appointment.

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.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday and Thursday at Harney County Senior and Community Services Center from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. — free.

Friday Nov. 27

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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. Snacks 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 10 a.m. at Harney District Hospital in the small conference room near the cafeteria.

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

Saturday Nov. 28

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Saturday Clinic Flu Shots : To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care is offering them during all November Saturday Clinics. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074. 

Sunday Nov. 29

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Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

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

Monday Nov. 30

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Walk With Ease, a six-week program, meets from 5:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library. Sessions include brief education, warm-up and stretching, walking, then cool down and stretching. Group suitable for those with arthritis or those who just want to make walking a part of their life. For details, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614.

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday, except holidays, at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community and visitors are welcome. For more information call 541-573-4000.

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.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Saginaw Village, 605 N. Saginaw. For more information call 541-589-4405.

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