Council revisits variance request

Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Mayor Craig LaFollette presented newly-appointed Burns Police Chief Newt Skunkcap with an enlarged replica of his new police chief badge. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Mayor Craig LaFollette presented newly-appointed Burns Police Chief Newt Skunkcap with an enlarged replica of his new police chief badge. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Newt Skunkcap is now officially the new police chief for the city of Burns.

At the Burns City Council meeting Wednesday, April 8, the council voted unanimously to appoint Skunkcap to the vacant position, effective immediately.

A number of family, friends and fellow officers were present at the meeting to witness Skunkcap’s promotion and offer their congratulations.

Mayor Craig LaFollette presented Skunkcap with a new police chief identification card and badge.


On advice of their legal counsel, the council reopened the public hearing on an appeal filed by Ron Jones regarding the planning commission’s decision to deny his variance request.

At the March 25 council meeting, the council voted to deny the variance, but there was additional written material submitted by Jones prior to that meeting that may not have been considered in the council’s decision.

Mayor LaFollette then asked Jones to present his case as to how the additional testimony should change the council’s decision.

Jones began to tell his story from the beginning, and was reminded by LaFollette that he should focus on why the additional testimony should change the decision.

Jones stated his most recent submission contained photos of other businesses and residences in Burns that are in violation of city ordinances, and was told the photos have no bearing on his appeal, and that he should explain why the council should change their decision.

Jones stated he couldn’t understand why a business couldn’t get help from the city instead of opposition.

LaFollette once again reminded Jones that he was there to present new information. “I’d love to hear what you’ve got that’s new,” LaFollette said.

Jones said he had submitted a five-page letter that wasn’t included in the March 25 council packets.

Councilor Dan Hoke said there was four criteria Jones was asked to meet to have the denial overturned, and he hadn’t done that. “Do we throw all the ordinances out or do we put a stop to what is happening?” Hoke asked.

“The other buildings in the photos aren’t relevant to your case,” Hoke said.

“So there are others in violation (of city ordinances), but you’re going to start with me. Is that what I’m hearing?” Jones asked.

LaFollette said he was still waiting to hear new information and asked Jones to be concise.

Jones stated he turned himself in on the ordinance violation, and common sense should dictate to the council that the evidence should lead to overturning the denial.

Once again, Jones was asked for new evidence regarding the decision affecting his property.

“It’s not any different than any of the others,” Jones said. “I’ll just fold my hands and let you decide whatever you want to. I’m done.”

The public hearing was then closed, and LaFollette stated at the March 25 meeting, the council voted to deny the appeal on a 3-2 vote. He then asked if any of the council members who voted in the majority wanted to take a new vote, and none did.

A motion was then made to ratify the decision to deny the variance request and it passed on a 4-1 vote. Councilors Lou Ann Deiter, Charity Robey and Hoke and Mayor LaFollette voted in favor of the motion, and Councilor Jerry Woodfin cast the lone dissenting vote.

Councilors Terri Presley and Dennis Davis abstained from voting because they are on the planning commission.


With Public Works Director Dave Cullens planning to retire Sept. 1, the council discussed their options for filling the position.

LaFollette said they could ask Cullens to work part-time, 20 hours a week, or they could direct Interim City Manager Dauna Wensenk to develop a plan and time line to hire someone for the position.

Cullens said he would be open to working part-time after Sept. 1 if the council asked. “I don’t want to leave the city in a bind. I’ll help out,” Cullens said.

Councilor Woodfin asked if there was someone already in the public works department qualified for the position, and Cullens said no.

Cullens added that they could get the qualifications, but it would take some time.

Different scenarios were discussed, and it was decided that the council would sit down and talk with the members of the public works department to come up with the best plan of action, and a decision would be made following that discussion.


Burns Fire Chief Scott Williamson told the council that an airport crash truck they had received three years ago has been outside in the weather and, as a result, is no longer in serviceable condition. He asked for the vehicle to be put up for sale on the city’s surplus equipment list.

Williamson explained his plans for building a firefighter training facility out at the airport. He said the facility would be constructed using three 40-foot storage containers, and could also be used for police training.

Williamson discussed the plan with the city’s airport architect and the safety committee to address any concerns they might have.

Councilor Hoke asked about the aesthetics of the facility, and Williamson said the plan called for planting grass, shrubs and trees in the vicinity to make it “pleasing to the eye.”

The council waited to make a decision, pending an environmental study.

Williamson also reported the fire department would be sending a truck and two men to Rome to help with fire protection during U.S. Air Force training April 14-17.


In other business:

• the council approved Cullens spending $2,800 for a sewer pump part;

• the council approved Resolution No. 2015-597 declaring certain airport equipment owned by the city to be surplus property and indicating the intent and method for the disposal of the property;

• the council reviewed the items requested by Airport Manager Jeff Cotton through the General Services Administration program for the next fiscal year;

• Andy Lessar, owner of Enjoy, told the council he wants to be a part of the community, and the community does a good job of supporting veterans. “But there is one ordinance not supporting vets, and that’s the one that affects my business,” Lessar said.

He explained the ordinance doesn’t allow his business to be open on weekends, and he’s received numerous letters from veterans asking him to be open at least one day on the weekend so they can come in.

Lessar said cannabis has shown to be effective in treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it helps the veterans sleep at night.

He added that he met with city officials recently and walked them through the facility, and noted they were surprised;

• Mayor LaFollette reminded the council the cities of Burns and Hines were holding a community clean-up day Saturday, April 18, and asked for volunteers to help out at C&B Sanitary Service during the day.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at city hall.

(L-R): Britton Bentz, Clayton Bentz, Sam Williams, Warren Clayton Johnson competed in the Small Diameter Wood Products Contest. (Submitted photo)

(L-R): Britton Bentz, Clayton Bentz, Sam Williams, Warren Clayton Johnson competed in the Small Diameter Wood Products Contest. (Submitted photo)

Young entrepreneurs competed last Thursday, April 9, for cash awards in the first annual Small- Diameter Wood Products Contest designed to spark creative product ideas using small–diameter pine and also juniper wood.   This timber currently has little economic value, but is being harvested in large quantities to improve forest health, resistance to fire and improve rangeland habitat. The Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC) and the High Desert Partnership, the backbone support organization for HCRC, created this contest to challenge Harney County high school students to develop inventive products and a corresponding business plan utilizing wood from restoration activities both in the Malheur Forest north of Burns and the sagebrush steppe rangeland in Harney County where juniper infestations are a threat to sage grouse habitat.

Two teams competed in the contest and they each presented their business plan to participants at the HCRC meeting on April 9. Britton Bentz and Clayton Bentz, both seniors at Burns High School, with their company, Lone Pine LLC, won the first place award and $1,500. Sam Williams, a sophomore at Crane Union High School, and Warren Clayton Johnson, a sophomore at Silvies River Charter School, with their company WJ Wood Products, were awarded second place and $750 for their efforts.

Lone Pine LLC owners presented a business plan incorporating several small-diameter wood products and an ambitious growth plan for their company. Their proprietary product was “sawdust cement” they were calling “Lone Pine-crete.” This product mixes sawdust and resin glue to form an impervious and light weight product. The Bentz and Bentz team proposed to market to the construction industry as flooring, patios, and also to set posts for fences and pole barns. Lone Pine LLC also planned to market “dyed wood chips” using an environmentally safe dark-brown dye for use as mulch in flower beds and landscaping applications. Lone Pine LLC team also proposed selling juniper firewood, and the team designed a method to reduce the handling of the firewood by selling it in one cord-sized fruit crates.

WJ Wood Products presented a business plan with a product they designed, a simple-to-construct small animal pen using small diameter juniper posts. The Williams and Johnson team have extensive 4-H and FFA experience and realized these pens would be ideal for 4-H and FFA animals. The WJ Products team proposed marketing these pens in and around Bend and Redmond where 4-H and FFA members usually live on smaller acreages. The pen would be ideal for lambs and goats. This team also had in their product line-up juniper firewood. These two young men’s long range plans included expanding their business by building rustic furniture and garden items all built from juniper wood.

Members of the HCRC who judged these two entrepreneurial teams were impressed with the business plans and ingenuity presented. The HCRC meets regularly and meetings are open to all citizens.  The goal of the HCRC is to restore the ecological health and resilience to our forests while providing social and economic benefits to Harney County. Both organizations, HCRC and the High Desert Partnership, hope to hold a similar contest in future years to encourage and recognize students with an entrepreneurial spirit for developing wood products.

Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ India Paramore flies down the track in the 100 meter hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ India Paramore flies down the track in the 100 meter hurdles. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns track teams hosted the Arlie Oster Memorial/Burns Lions Track Invitational on Saturday, April 11.

The Burns boys team placed second out of 12 teams competing, getting edged out by Ontario by .83 points,  and the Burns girls finished fourth among 13 teams.

The Crane boys and girls teams both came in eighth in the team standings.

The Ontario boys and girls teams both finished first in the team standings .

The Ontario girls placed first with 129.25 points, with Lakeview a close second with 127 points. Vale came in third with 100 points, followed by Burns with 90.25, Culver 45.25, Cove 39, Madras 37, Crane 18, Prairie City 8, Burnt River 7, Harper 4, Dayville 1, and McDermitt, Nev. .25.

Ontario won the boys meet with 120.83, followed by Burns with 120, Madras 85.33, Vale 61.5, Lakeview 57, Culver 51, Harper 47, Crane 42.33, Prairie City 33, Cove 19, Grant Union 11, and Dayville 1.

Individual results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:


100m — Emma Winn (B), 5th, 14.34; India Paramore (B), 14th, 16.27; Sadie O’Toole (C), 15th, 16.33.

200m — Hannah Maupin (C), 2nd, 28.96; Winn (B), 5th, 29.99; Kaylea Friedrichsen (B), 13th, 33.25; O’Toole (C), 15th, 33.81.

400m — Maupin (C), 1st, 1:04.93; Winn (B), 4th, 1:10.82; Oakley West (B), 9th, 1:16.66; Haley Engebretson (B), 13th, 1:30.30.

800m — West (B), 6th, 3:03.17; Engebretson (B), 11th, 3:25.77.

1500m — Mary Letham (B), 4th, 5:41.34; Bea Ribeiro (B), 6th, 6:08.15.

3000m — Letham (B), 2nd, 12:57.54; Ribeiro (B), 5th, 14:10.78.

100m hurdles — Ribeiro (B), 4th, 19.67; Parker Landon, 5th, 20.69; India Paramore (B), 13th, 27.03.

Shot put — West (B), 6th, 27-04.00; Friedrichsen (B), 14th, 25-05.00; Engebretson (B), 19th, 23-06.00.

Discus — Friedrichsen (B), 5th, 83-03; West (B), 6th, 77-11; Bryanna Dunn (C), 16th, 66-08; Engebretson (B), 28th, 50-03.

Javelin — Friedrichsen (B), 3rd, 94-01.

High jump — Landon (B), 8th-tie, 4-02.00.

Pole vault — Hailey Bodewig (B), 3rd, 7-00.00.

Long jump — Winn (B), 3rd, 14-03.00; Landon (B), 4th, 13-05.50; Paramore (B) 11th, 10-11.00.

Triple jump — Landon (B), 2nd, 27-10.50; Paramore, 5th, 22-05.75.


100m — Travis Landon (C), 3rd, 12.30; Corey Jenkins (C), 17th, 13.16; JayJay Balowski (C), 13.17; Vincent Bates (B), 19th, 13.34; Ryan Haines (B), 21st, 13.58; Taylor Klus (B), 22nd, 13.71.

200m — Landon (C), 9th, 26.45; Hyrum Paramore (B), 10th, 27.71; Evan Gunderson (B), 11th, 26.77; Bryce Otley (C), 13th, 26.89; Jenkins (C), 18th, 27.57; Bates (B), 20th, 28.15; Jacob Blackburn (B), 22nd, 29.07.

400m — Scott Davies (B), 1st, 56.45; Paramore (B), 9th, 58.88; B. Otley (C), 10th, 58.97; Gunderson (B), 12th, 1:00.81; Haines (B), 17th, 1:03.56.

800m — S. Davies (B), 1st, 2:11.46; Randy Epling (C), 8th, 2:28.88; Joel Otley (C), 13th, 2:51.77.

1500m — Daniel Letham (B), 3rd, 4:42.01; Brandon Bingham (B), 7th, 4:51.87; Epling (C), 13th, 5:16.70; Zach Zurfluh (C), 20th, 6:08.92.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 10:28.18; Bingham (B), 2nd, 10:45.26.

110m hurdles — Jeff Davies (B), 1st, 16.86; Tyler Singhose (B), 5th, 21.22.

300m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 44.98; Singhose (B), 10th, 55.89.

4×100 relay — Burns (Haines, Etienne Fisher, Jason Stoker, Mitchel Steinbeck), 4th, 1:06.64.

4×400 relay — Burns (S. Davies, Letham, Gunderson, Paramore), 3rd, 3:58.08.

Shot put — Klus (B), 4th-tie, 37-04.00; Blackburn (B), 7th, 36-00.00; Stoker (B), 8th, 34-04.00; Sam Williams (C), 9th, 33-05.00; David Steeves (C), 13th, 32-05.00; Dustin Ramge (C), 14th, 32-04.00; Dillin Holtby (B), 25th, 29-04.00; Fisher (B), 26th, 29-02.00; Steinbeck (B), 31st, 18-11.00.

Discus — Steeves (C), 2nd, 115-11; Blackburn (B), 3rd, 108.00; Williams (C), 12th, 77-03; Stoker (B), 14th, 76-03; Fisher (B), 15th, 73-09; Holtby (B), 17th, 72-08; Steinbeck (B), 23rd, 49-05.

Javelin — Blackburn (B), 1st, 158-06; Steeves (C), 4th, 127-03; Williams (C), 6th, 121-06; Gunderson (B), 7th, 112-04; B. Otley (C), 10th, 106-08; Klus (B), 11th, 106.01; Stoker (B), 17th, 101-02; Holtby (B), 21st, 90-03; Ramge (C), 22nd, 88-09; J. Otley (C), 27th, 79-09; Fisher (B), 31st, 64-03; Steinbeck (B), 36th, 42-00.

High jump — Steeves (C), 3rd, 6-00.00; J. Davies (B), 5th, 5-08.00; Paramore (B), 7th, 5-06.00; S. Davies (B), 9th, 5-04.00.

Pole vault — Ramge (C), 4th, 10-06.00; Jenkins (C), 8th, 9-06.00; Letham (B), 11th-tie, 9-00.00.

Long jump — Balowski (C), 4th, 17-05.00; Bates (B), 21st, 13-07.50; Haines (B), 23rd, 12-10.75; J. Otley (C), 24th, 12-10.50; Singhose (B), 26th, 12-04.00.

Triple jump — J. Davies (B), 2nd, 37-09.25; Balowski (C), 6th, 36-10.50


The Burns and Crane track teams both finished well at the Small Schools Invitational held Tuesday, April 7, in John Day.

The Hilanders won the boys and girls meets, while the Crane boys finished second and the Crane girls were fourth.

Burns won the girls meet with 177.5 points, followed by Grant Union with 155, Mitchell-Spray 83, Crane 64, Monument 30, Burnt River 23.5, Prairie City 19, and Dayville 17.

Burns won the boys meet with 178 points, followed by Crane with 140.5, Mitchell-Spray 116, Grant Union 63.5, Prairie City 52, Long Creek 12, Monument 11, Burnt River 9, Dayville 6, and Ukiah 3.

Individual results for Burns and Crane are as follows:


100m — Savannah Maupin (C), 1st, 13.52; Korina Cate (B), 3rd, 14.84; Paramore (B), 5th, 15.50.

200m — Winn (B), 1st, 30.45; Cate (B), 2nd, 31.54; Friedrichsen (B), 3rd, 32.70.

400m — H. Maupin (C), 1st, 1:03.00; Winn (B), 3rd, 1:08.00; O. West, (B), 5th, 1:13.00; Engebretson (B), 6th, 1:20.00.

800m — O. West (B), 1st, 2:53.25; Engebretson (B), 5th, 3:23.54.

1500m — Letham (B), 1st, 5:50.00; Hailey West (B), 3rd, 6:27.00; Ribeiro (B), 4th, 6:34.00.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 12:46.65; Ribeiro (B), 2nd, 13:45.42; H. West (B), 3rd, 14:16.95.

100m hurdles — Amanda Casey (C), 1st, 15.83; Ribeiro (B), 4th, 19.37; Landon (B), 7th, 22.11.

300m hurdles — Casey (C), 1st, 50.78; Nicol Gahley (B), 2nd, 58.35.

4×400 relay — Burns (O. West, Gahley, Letham, Cate). 1st, 4:54.44.

Shot put — Kayla Mims (C), 3rd, 29-04.00; Friedrichsen (B), 6th, 24-07.00; Engebretson (B), 13th, 21-05.00.

Discus — O. West (B), 5th, 81-06; Mims (C), 6th, 81-03; Friedrichsen (B), 7th, 72-01; Dunn (C), 9th, 66-03; Engebretson (B), 15th, 54-04.

Javelin — Gahley (B), 3rd, 96-11; Mims (C), 4th, 93-11; Friedrichsen (B), 6th, 88-04; Cate (B), 8th, 80-10; Dunn (C), 10th, 76-11.

High jump — Landon (B), 4th, 4-02.00.

Pole vault — Casey (C), 1st, 8-06.00; Gahley (B), 3rd, 6-06.00.

Long jump — Winn (B), 5th, 13-08.00; Landon (B), 7th, 12-09.00; Paramore (B), 13th, 9-05.00.

Triple jump — Landon (B), 4th, 27-04.00; Paramore (B), 6th, 21-03.00.


100m — John O’Toole (C), 1st, 11.64; Landon (C), 2nd, 12.02; Joseph Valentine (C), 4th-tie, 12.33; Jenkins (C), 4th-tie, 12.33; Balowski (C), 10th, 13.15.

200m — O’Toole (C), 1st, 25.07; Paramore (B), 4th, 25.83; Landon (C), 7th, 27.27; Klus (B), 8th, 27.41; Gunderson (B), 9th, 27.62; Blackburn (B), 10th, 28.02; Haines (B), 12th, 28.50.

400m — Trey Recanzone (B), 1st, 54.53; S. Davies (B), 2nd, 55.33; Gunderson (B), 3rd, 57.40; Paramore (B), 4th, 57.67; Letham (B), 6th, 1:00.62; Singhose (B), 8th, 1:03.46; Haines (B), 11th, 1:04.00.

800m — S. Davies (B), 1st, 2:11.00; Elijah Epling (C), 2nd, 2:16.00; Letham (B), 3rd, 2:17.00; R. Epling (C), 4th, 2:30.00; J. Otley (C), 8th-tie, 2:45.00; Holtby (B), 13th, 2:50.00.

1500m — Bingham (B), 1st, 4:55.88; R. Epling (C), 2nd, 5:11.95; J. Otley (C), 8th, 5:43.27; Zurfluh (C), 10th, 6:28.33.

3000m — Letham (B), 1st, 10:26.15; Bingham (B), 2nd, 10:41.15.

110m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 15.83; Singhose (B), 5th, 22.11.

300m hurdles — J. Davies (B), 1st, 43.58; Singhose (B), 6th, 57.22.

4×100 relay — Crane (Landon, Jack Bentz, Valentine, O’Toole), 1st, 46.81; Burns (Haines, Fisher, Stoker, Steinbeck), 2nd, 56.02.

4×400 relay — Burns (S. Davies, Recanzone, Gunderson, Paramore), 1st, 4:08.68.

Shot put — Valentine (C), 1st, 38-03.00; Klus (B), 2nd, 36-10.50; Jenkins (C), 3rd, 36-00.00; Blackburn (B), 5th, 34-04.00; Bentz (C), 6th, 33-07.50; Steinbeck (B), 18th, 18-01.50.

Discus — Steeves (C), 1st, 119-03; Blackburn (B), 2nd, 100-04; Bentz (C), 5th, 82-06; Fisher (B), 15th, 66-05; Stoker (B), 16th, 66-02; Holtby (B), 17th, 64-05; Steinbeck (B), 21st, 49-11.

Javelin — Steeves (C), 3rd, 141-02; Blackburn (B), 4th, 135-06; Gunderson (B), 7th, 114-05; Klus (B), 10th, 106-03; Stoker (B), 16th, 77-05; Holtby (B), 17th, 76-07; Fisher (B), 19th, 71-09; Steinbeck (B), 22nd, 42-11.

High jump — J. Davies (B), 1st, 5-10.00; Steeves (C), 2nd, 5-10.00; Paramore (B), 5th, 5-02.00.

Pole vault — Ramge (C), 2nd, 10-06.00; Jenkins (C), 4th-tie, 8-06.00.

Long jump — Balowski (C), 7th, 15-07.00; J. Otley (C), 12th, 12-11.00; Haines (B), 14th, 12-05.50; Singhose (B), 15th, 11-09.50

Triple jump — J. Davies (B), 1st, 39-11.50; Balowski (C), 3rd, 32-09.00.


The Crane Mustangs will be hosting the Ranchers Invitational Friday, April 17. The field events begin at 11 a.m., with the running events slated to start at 1 p.m.

The Hilanders will be competing in the La Pine Invitational Saturday, April 18. The meet begins at 10 a.m.

OBIT Hornbeck WEBSam (Buddy) Hornbeck, 76, passed away March 20 at home, surrounded by family.

Sam was born in Kingfisher, Okla., to Jesse and Lola Hornbeck. He was one of eight children. His father was an artist and they moved around a lot.   When Sam was 13, his father passed away in a car accident in Las Vegas, Nev., where they were living. Sam took it upon himself to quit school and help provide for his mom and younger siblings. Working as a gas station attendant, he first met his future wife Delcie Marie Russom in 1957. They were married in Las Vegas Sept. 14,1959. They had their first son, Robert Ell, Sept. 23, 1960. Their second son, Jessie Maurice, was born Nov. 19, 1961. In November 1962, just a few months before the birth of their third son, Sam moved his family to Henderson, Nev., where he joined the Henderson Fire Department. February 3,1963 Sam’s third son, James Stanley, was born Feb. 3, 1963.  Sam achieved the rank of lieutenant at the Henderson Fire Department.

In 1966, Sam and his brother, Stanley, packed up their families with their sights set on moving to Alaska, and on the way, they worked at mills, and ended up in Albany. There, he worked at a lumber mill for six months. After being established in Oregon, Sam was able to get on at the Albany Fire Department. In 1977, Sam moved his family to Redmond, where he worked as a firefighter/EMS trainer and coordinator for Central Oregon Firefighters. He began working as a paid firefighter, where he was instrumental in training the first female firefighters to work in the Redmond Fire Department. In 1985, he was awarded Firefighter of the Year.  He also worked with the Boy Scouts through the Mormon Church.

Sam had a great love of the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, boating, camping, shooting, and anything to do with nature.  He was known to be a great camp cook, and cooked large meals for civic/church groups, as well as the designated fire house cook at all the fire stations he served. He enjoyed feeding, nurturing with his ideas and labor to improve the community and his family. Sam was known to have a great sense of humor, but most of all he enjoyed being with family. He took great pride and joy spending time with his wife, sons, their wives, grandchildren and friends.

After 36 years of service as volunteer and paid firefighter, Sam retired from the fire department in 1991. He and his wife retired to Seneca. There, he worked with the volunteer fire department and ambulance service. Sam and Marie opened a café with the help of their two younger sons. While living in Seneca, he also volunteered cooking for the local oyster feed. He was instrumental in planning and building the Bear Valley golf course and gun club in Seneca. In 2007, they moved from Seneca to Heppner. Sam worked with the local high school’s FFA and Forest Service to establish a grant from Fish and Game to bring about safety shelters for pheasants in the wild to be protected while they were young. He worked with the St. Patrick’s Day festival, Tea Party group, as well as being involved with the Mormon Church.  When Sam was diagnosed with cancer, he moved closer to his oldest son, Robert, in Burns, in November 2014.  On March 20, Sam lost his battle with cancer.

Sam is survived by his wife, Delcie Marie Hornbeck of Heppner; three sons, Robert Ell and wife, Penny, of Burns, Jessie Maurice and wife, Patricia, of Redmond, and James Stanley and wife, Bobbi, of Prineville; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight nephews and five nieces. He is also survived by his brothers, Lloyd and Douglas; and sister, Colleen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David (Bobby) and Stanley; and sisters, Eloise and Patsy.

A memorial service in Sam’s honor will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lexington, with the date to be announced.

Junior R. Miles 1924-2015

Posted on April 15th in Obituaries

OBIT Miles WEBJunior R. Miles, of Vale, passed away April 6, surrounded by family in an Ontario hospital.

Born in Pocatello, Idaho, July 6, 1924, Junior was the oldest of six children born to Reese and Thora Byington Miles.

Junior served in the Army after high school. He married Ruth Potter on June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Idaho, Homedale,  Idaho, Vale, Juntura, Burns, and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. He was a rancher for several years, and then began a long career with the Oregon State Highway Department, retiring in 1986.

He was a horse trainer and shoed horses his entire lifetime. He had a special gift with horses, and shared his talent with others who wanted to learn from him.  He was a horse 4-H leader for many years, helping many youth become better horsemen. He was a chaperone and helped transport the horses for Harney County Fair Courts.

Junior was very devoted to his wife and children. He loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was named “Harney County Father of the Year.” He was a very kind and patient man, and set a wonderful example for all who knew him.

Junior and Ruth celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer. Their love story held true to the end, being separated in death by only three weeks.

Junior is survived by his daughters,  Jeanette (Al) Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy (Bill) Romans of Westfall, and Penny (Steve) McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave (Debbie) Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorthy Wooters of Baker City, Lola (Dick) Brough of Kaysville, Utah,  and Maydene (Garth) Baxter of Wellsville, Utah; and brother, Glen (Marge) Miles of Central Point.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Potter Miles; an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; brother, Virgil Rick Miles of St. George, Utah; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.

A funeral service was held April 11 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale, with interment at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St, Ontario, OR 97914.

OBIT Graves WEBA memorial service for Elmer Graves, who passed away Feb. 12, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at Burns Christian Church.

Wednesday April 15

Posted on April 15th in Community Calendar

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month 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 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.

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.

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

Thursday April 16

Posted on April 15th in Community Calendar

The Harney County Cultural Coalition is hosting a Pie & Ice Cream Social from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway in Burns. Meet recipients of grants awarded over the past few years. Talk with coalition members about your ideas. Learn about the next grant application cycle. Call Kate Marsh at 541-573-7204 for information.

Coyote Cinema presents “Advanced Style” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Free popcorn and free admission (donations appreciated).

Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this great program. Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library; sessions include brief education, warm-up & stretching, walking, then cool down & 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.

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.

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 April 17

Posted on April 15th in Community Calendar

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 18

Posted on April 15th in Community Calendar

Read & Romp will be held Saturday, April 18, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the lower level of the hospital facility. Please use the entrance near Grand Street Café. Join us for fun, learning-based activities for children themed around their favorite books… cool prizes and free books too! Tables hosted by The Book Parlor, BHS Key Club, Kids Club, Harney County Library, Harney District Hospital, Little Blessings Pre-School and Slater Elementary. For details, contact Harney District Hospital’s Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614. 

Little League opening ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. at the Little League fields on West Pierce.

The 4th annual Xi Delta Gamma Sorority prime rib and crab feed will be held Saturday, April 18, at the Burns Elks Lodge. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m.

A “Spring Fling” fun and games trap shoot, sponsored by the Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club, will be held Saturday, April 18, at the trap range on Radar Hill. Practice starts at 9;30 a.m., with shooting events to follow. The special “Black Bird” prizes will be awarded if you break a black clay pigeon. All shooters welcome, and 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.

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