Community art sculpture in the works

Posted on February 25th in News

All are invited to contribute pieces to the sculpture

by Connie Robbins
for the Burns Times-Herald

Art project webMy Crane Union High School art classes and I have been entrusted by the Harney County Arts in Education Foundation-performance arts center committee to create a sculpture to be on display during the Arts symposium events in late May. The sculpture is to represent our community coming together in support of the “arts.”

Purpose: The goal of this project is to show others the diversity, uniqueness and creativity of the people of our community…of Harney County.

The arts that I would like to represent include, but are not limited to:

• Performance arts: music; drama; dance.

• Visual arts: painting, drawing, etc.; sculpture (clay, metal, wood, etc.); fabric (weaving, quilting, etc.); crafts (bead work, jewelry, etc.)

• Photography

• Creative writing: poetry; stories, etc.

• Computer graphics

• Architecture

• Others I may have failed to mention?

The preliminary drawings of the plan I have for this sculpture are displayed. The sculpture will be designed for indoor use due to the nature of the project and desire to represent all art forms. I would like to give credit to my art classes for some of the ideas of this sculpture.

This is a preliminary drawing of what the sculpture may look like. People have been sketched in to give a sense of size of the sculpture (though not necessarily to scale). The tree represents a “juniper,” the shape of the tree representing “people.” These are adults coming together to support art education to children (uplifted on the shoulders of adults).  The “children” will hold branches extending up and out, emphasizing the artwork created by local community and artists which are the “leaves” of the tree. This will be a lighted sculpture from the inside (I hope).

What is needed?

What I am mostly looking for is “leaves” created by anyone in the county, young and old. These leaves can be made of any material, but limited to 4×6 inches. My goal is to have lots of art represented in these leaves and lots of them.

A leaf must reflect one of the listed-above arts by use of materials and/or design. The shape of the “leaf” is not important, but must stay within the 4×6 inch limit. Be aware that a wire will need to attach at the “base” of your leaf design for application to the sculpture. There is no limit to the number of leaves you create.

Please include a short paragraph explaining the inspiration or story that led to the creation of your leaf. Feel free to use this project as a way to express yourself creatively and/or honoring others, through poetry, etc. Be sure to also include your name and medium used, as well. If you are under 18, please include your age.

Each leaf will be photographed and put into an “album” with the information (paragraph) you wrote about your art leaf for others to enjoy and to experience the true nature of this sculpture.

I also need community members to create clay or wood relief carvings of faces. These faces are to represent emotions expressed by audiences and performers/artists while engaged in the arts of their choice. These will act as faces for the “people” on the trunk, therefore, they should be faces of children and adults, young and old. Faces should fit an area approximately 6×7 inches, though the size can fluctuate up to 8 inches. Please drill holes in the corners of the faces so they can be attached to the armature (tree trunk). These must be fired and preferably glazed. Colors of the glazing should represent the emotion exhibited. I will need about 10 adult and 10 children faces…though the exact count will not be known until the project is under way. If this is a project you would like to take on, please email me or call for more information.

All leaves (with paragraphs) and faces need to be at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce, 484 North Broadway Avenue in Burns by May 1.

Any questions, please contact: Connie Robbins, Crane Union High School,  541-493-2641 ex. 233, 541-413-1515 or

CEO recruitment efforts continue

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Harney District Hospital (HDH) Development Coordinator Denise Rose began the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Health District Board of Directors (held Jan. 28) by presenting a video.

She explained that the video, which was produced by Evan Franulovich of eFrog Productions LLC, will primarily be used for physician recruitment.

“We were thrilled by the results,” Rose said concerning the video.

“It’s very professional, and it hits all the right notes,” HDH Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Bishop added.

The video can be viewed on the hospital’s website at:


Board chair Dan Brown provided an update concerning the CEO recruitment committee. The purpose of the committee is find a replacement for Bishop, who will retire in August.

Brown said 35 resumes  had been received, and initial candidate screening began via videoconferencing.

“The process appears to be going well,” Brown said regarding CEO recruitment efforts. “Qualified candidates find this an attractive opportunity. I think it’s a compliment to the hospital, and particularly, employees and administration.”

Eric Buckland is assisting with the recruitment efforts. However, Bishop said he and HDH Chief Financial Officer Catherine White recommend eliminating a few items from his proposed contract, as these duties could be completed by the board and/or committee.

The board agreed to have Bishop present a modification of the contract proposal to Buckland.

“I don’t anticipate this being a difficult discussion,” Bishop said.

Board member Shana Withee complimented the committee on its ability to recruit qualified candidates while saving money.


During the public comment period, Cecil Dick stated that Harney County’s rural communities should have been included in the recruitment video.

Dick also expressed concern about wait times in the emergency room.

He reported that, although they were told someone would be right with them, he and his wife waited several hours after checking in at the emergency room on Jan. 4. Dick acknowledged that the emergency room was busy that day, but said he felt someone should have checked on them. He added that his comment was not a complaint, but a suggestion for improving service.

Bishop apologized for the bad experience, and Rose ensured that their medical need was met. HDH Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Nursing Officer Barb Chambers said she would follow up, and Brown thanked Dick for his comments.


Clinic Manager Stacie Rothwell provided an update regarding HDH Family Care.

Rothwell reported that the clinic served 1,603 patients in December 2014, an increase of 409 patients from the previous month.

“We have been very busy with a lot of sick patients, but not the usual flu season traffic in the clinic to date,” Rothwell reported. “We are ready for flu season to start at any given time.”

She also reported that Dr. Heidi Vanyo was interviewed for a primary care physician position during the first week of January, and an offer was extended for her employment. If she accepts the offer, she will begin in May or June.

Rothwell said the clinic is in the process of obtaining credentialing for Dr. Henry Elder, a Canby-based psychiatrist, to provide services through videoconferencing.

Board member Tim Smith expressed concern regarding remote evaluation.

Rothwell replied that patients would be carefully selected for the service, adding that some may need to be referred to providers outside of Harney County for in-person assistance.

Bishop said the video conferencing services will be implemented on a trial basis.


Chambers reported that Dr. Jeffrey Mathisen, a general surgeon at HDH, is “making a huge impact” in the hospital’s surgical services.

She added that physical therapist Kris Sanders recently became certified in the “McKenzie Method” and can now offer this service to patients.

Chambers also reported that two, full-time nurses and an ultrasound technician have been added to the staff, and the first meeting of the patient advisory council went well.


In other business:

• Board secretary Susan Doverspike provided the finance committee report via email.

• The board discussed the quality and patient safety committee report.

Chambers said an “exceedingly low” number of medication errors were made, and she’s “very proud of that.” She explained that only about four errors were made in a one-year period.

• The board held its retreat Jan. 23 to work on strategic planning.

Board member Ann Vloedman said the board still needs to complete its self assessment. This will be discussed during the next board meeting.

• HDH Health Information Services Coordinator Toni Siegner said Amy Dobson is teaching a program to help pre-diabetic patients make lifestyle changes. She also reported that Kristen Gregg set up a children’s reading corner.

• White provided an overview of the profitability of the cataract surgery program.

• Rose updated the board regarding recruitment efforts and application statistics.

• HDH Human Resources Manager Sammie Masterson provided 2014 statistics concerning the average staff age (44.3 years) and longevity (6.5 years). The hospital’s doctors makeup the youngest age demographic (38.3 years).

• The board reviewed policies 100.040 “Duties of the Treasurer,” 100.045 “Duties of the Secretary,” and 100.050 “Duties of the Clerk” and approved them without changes.

• The board granted medical staff privileges to  Drs. Susana Samaniego, Meredith Baker and Brigit Hatch and Licensed Clinical Social Worker Chris Siegner.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the hospital board conference room.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Burns boys won the district title and will advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns boys won the district title and will advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns boys basketball team beat Imbler 33-24 on Saturday, Feb. 21, to claim the top spot in the Wapiti League district tournament held at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.

Austin Feist tallied a double-double for the Hilanders, scoring 15 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He also led the team in steals with four.

Ty Hueckman and Ty Reid each added five points for Burns, Scott Davies had four, Trace Tiller three, and Trey Recanzone one.

With the victory, the Hilanders are the No. 1 seed into the state playoffs and will host Oakland at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Imbler goes into the state playoffs as the No. 2 seed, and Union earned the No. 3 seed by beating Elgin 63-50.

In the girls district tournament, the third time was the charm for the Union Bobcats as they topped Burns 57-36 to grab the No. 1 seed into the state playoffs. The Hilanders had beaten Union in their previous two meetings this season.

Burns, the No. 2 seed, will host Faith Bible at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

 The Burns girls team finished second and will also advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

The Burns girls team finished second and will also advance to the state playoffs. (Submitted photo)

Grant Union topped Imbler 48-14 to become the No. 3 seed.

No passes will be accepted for the playoff games. Admission for adults is $6, students get in for $4.

After the first round of the state playoffs, the remaining eight teams advance to the championship brackets. The final games will be played March 5-7 in Pendleton.

OBIT Dice WORKEDVal Gene “Togo” Dice, 82, of Vale, passed away Feb. 8.

Togo was born March 1, 1932 in Ontario to George Dice and Mona Becker. He was raised by his grandparents, Jim and Blanche Becker, on the ranch in Westfall, where his grandfather nicknamed him “Togo.”

Togo married Beverly Jordan in Burns, Dec. 22, 1957. They made their home in Westfall, on the same ranch he was raised on.

In 1959, their life was changed when their only daughter, Penny, arrived. While in Westfall, they created many fond memories with their lifelong friends and neighbors.

After selling the ranch in 1978, they moved to Vale. He became a brand inspector for the state of Oregon for 14 years, retiring in 1994. He enjoyed his career as it allowed him to be involved with the ranching community and serve the people and lifestyle he loved.

The big highlight of his life was being able to rope with his grandsons, Mark and Scott. Team roping, branding, fixing problem horses, and making them well-mannered broke horses were his passions. He was grateful to be able to share these passions with his family and friends.

Togo is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter, Penny Black, of Mountain Home, Idaho; grandsons, Mark Black and his wife, Julie, of Wickenburg, Ariz., and Scott Black of West Richland, Wash.; brothers, Jim and his wife, Annette Bassett of Springfield, and Mick Bassett of Ontario; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brothers, Clayne Dice and Jim Dice; and two of his favorite uncles, Cotton and Bud Becker.

A celebration of life was held Feb. 14 in Vale.

Condolence messages for the family may be posted on

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may made to Vale Ambulance Service or a charity of your choosing.


Death notice — Daryl D. Ross

Posted on February 25th in Obituaries

Daryl D. Ross passed away Feb. 17.

A memorial service will be held at a later date, and a full obituary will be forthcoming. Contributions in Daryl’s memory may be made to the Valley Golf Club or ALS, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Wednesday February 25

Posted on February 25th in Community Calendar

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.

Harney County Health District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the board conference room of the hospital, in the entrance off N. Grand, at 6 p.m.

Burns City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 6 p.m.

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, 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 February 26

Posted on February 25th in Community Calendar

Harney County Library will be hosting a fun Papercraft Workshop at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. Create two unique gifts using scrapbook techniques and recycled items. Only skills required are the ability to glue and use scissors. Program is free.

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.

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.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Thursday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, 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 February 27

Posted on February 25th in Community Calendar

Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Open to grades 6-12. 

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 February 28

Posted on February 25th in Community Calendar

The Chamber Music Society Scholarship Audition Concert, for grades 6 to 12, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. Admission is free and there will be refreshments provided after the concert. Please join us in enjoying good music and in supporting the talented youth of our community.

A fundraising All You Can Eat Soup Dinner, clam chowder and vegetable beef soup, with bread and dessert, will be served from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at American Legion Post #63 at the corner of C and Alvord streets. Proceeds will go toward Charlie Schmidt’s campaign for American Legion National Commander. For more information, call Shirley at 541-589-2468.

Sunday March 1

Posted on February 25th in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached),will be served the first Sunday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington in Burns. The church is both wheelchair and walker accessible, and a limited number of deliveries are available. For more information, call 541-493-1987.

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.

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