OFB looking to distribute more than 10,000 pounds of produce

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Produce webOregon Food Bank, Southeast Oregon Services (OFB-SOS) will, once again, offer the Rural Harvest Share project  in Harney County.

The project provides fresh, healthy produce to Harney County residents at no charge. The first distribution of produce will be held Thursday, April 24. The produce will be available at the Catholic Church in Crane at 9:30 a.m., and at the Wadatika Health Center on the Burns Paiute Reservation at 10:45 a.m.

According to OFB-SOS Branch Services Manager Peter Lawson, original studies and surveys found that low-income households in remote, rural areas had extremely limited access to fresh, healthy produce within their local communities, and would often face driving dozens,  if not hundreds, of miles to grocers or farm stands to be able to supply themselves and their families.

Additionally, economic realities, like higher gas prices and lower sales, were negatively impacting vendor relationships, meaning that commercial produce trucks that once made the trip to remote areas were either terminating the services, or demanding that shop owners order much higher volumes, resulting in a higher probability of perishable waste on unsold goods.

From those initial studies, the Rural Harvest Share pilot program began in 2012 with deliveries to Arock and Jordan Valley, and then expanded to Harney County late in the 2012/13 fiscal year.

The program has a focus on “sharing the abundance” on what has already been donated to the Oregon Food Bank, while removing some of the stigmas many still seem to associate with more traditional forms of emergency and supplemental food assistance. With open air distributions, presumptive client eligibility, and a variety of products, the Rural Harvest Shares are a way to meet needs among the regions’ most vulnerable populations, improve overall community health, and engage folks in conversations around food security.

Also, Oregon Food Bank has identified a goal of doubling the amount of fresh produce moving through the system in the next five years.

In just fiscal year 2013/14, the Oregon Food Bank is looking to distribute more than 10,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables through the Rural Harvest Share efforts.

Document to guide decisions for 15 years

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days. The deadline for submitting comments is now Aug. 15. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension in order for the public to have time to review the extensive document and submit comments.

The Proposed Revised Forest Plan (commonly known as a Forest Plan) and DEIS became available for review on March 14, for a minimum 90-day comment period. The 90-day comment period was originally set to end on June 16, as identified in the federal register (https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-05674). However, it is now extended to Aug. 15. The intent is to have the Extension of the Comment Period notice posted in the Federal Register on April 25.

The comment period is an opportunity for the public to be involved in the decision-making process, to offer thoughts on alternative ways the Forest Service can accomplish what is proposed, and to comment on the agency’s preferred alternative and analysis. Input provided by the public will help determine management direction for the final Forest Plans.

The Forest Plan and DEIS covers the Malheur, Umatilla, Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, and a portion of the Ochoco National Forest (Blue Mountains National Forests).

A Forest Plan is a document that guides land-management decisions (project or site-specific level planning) for a period of about 15 years. The Forest Plan is strategic in nature and does not approve projects or actions on National Forest System (NFS) lands. For example, it does not close specific roads, trails, or areas – further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and public engagement are required on these types of site-specific level decisions.

Interested parties may submit comments in a variety of ways. However, the Forest Service encourages the public to use the electronic system for submitting comments, which is available at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMountainForestPlanRevisionComments. Comments may also be submitted in writing to: Blue Mountain Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR, 97814 or faxed to 541-523-6392. Comments received, including names and addresses of those who comment, will become part of the project record and are available for public review. It is the responsibility of the persons providing comments to submit them by the close of the comment period (Aug. 15) and ensure their comments have been received.

The Forest Plan and DEIS can be downloaded from the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/BlueMtnsPlanRevision. Printed copies and/or compact discs (CDs) are available upon request by emailing: bluemtnplanrevision@fs.fed.us, or by calling 541-523-1302 or 541-523-1246. Printed copies are also available to read at local libraries and Forest District Offices.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Alex Falley tees off on No. 1 at the Valley Golf Club. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Alex Falley tees off on No. 1 at the Valley Golf Club. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns boys golf team competed in the Vale Invite Friday, April 18.

Burns was led by Trinton DeLange, who shot 93, and finished with a team score of 436. Alex Falley and Britton Bentz both shot 97, and Sam Ellibee came in with 149.

Nampa Christian (Idaho) won the team title with a score of 331. Ontario was second with 371, followed by Payette, Idaho, 385, Vale 389, Nyssa 408 and Burns 436. The Parma, Idaho team was incomplete.

Kaden Isaacson of Nampa Christian shot 82 to win medalist honors.


The Hilander golf teams hosted the Burns Invitational at the Valley Golf Club in Hines on Wednesday, April 16.

The Burns boys team placed third with a score of 406.

Nyssa won the team title with a 385, followed by Vale with 394. Lakeview was fourth with 424, and the Nyssa 2 team was fifth with 463.

Falley had the low score for the Hilanders, finishing with a 94. B. Bentz came in with a 101, Max Parks 105, Clayton Bentz 106, and DeLange 107.

Medalist honors went to Tate Lightle of Lakeview, who shot 77.

There were no complete team scores in the girls meet.

The Hilanders’ Catherine Clemens shot 85 to win medalist honors. Kendal Thompson finished with a 130 and Ashley Mallonee 138. Mollie Wilson’s and Shyanne Fine’s scores were incomplete.


The Burns golf teams traveled to John Day on Friday, April 11, to compete in a meet hosted by Grant Union High School.

Falley had the low score for the Hilander boys team, shooting a 102. DeLange finished with a 104, Parks 114, B. Bentz 121 and Ellibee 181.

Heppner won the team title with a score of 342, Wallowa was second with a score of 388, followed by Enterprise with 410, Grant Union with 414 and Burns with 441.

Karl Wellens of Wallowa won medalist honors with a score of 88 on the 18 holes.

Clemens was the lone competitor for the Burns girls, and won medalist honors by shooting an 83.

OBIT Toussaintbw webDonald Albert Toussaint, 91, passed away April 9.

Don was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Harvey, N.D., the 10th child of Elizabeth LeTournis Toussaint and Dominick Toussaint.  He went to high school in Minot, and joined the Navy when he was 18. He became a pilot, and served as a Lieutenant J.G. in the Navy until 1946. Then he flew as a bush pilot with his brother, Ed, for Alaskan Airlines from Ft. Yukon, Alaska.

He met Wilda Schonbrod in Fairbanks, and they were married in 1950. He then worked for several years with City Electric. Wilda left Fairbanks with the children in 1964, and Don came two years later. They lived in McMinnville for a few years, then moved to Portland, where Don worked for Grasle Electric Company until his retirement in the 1990s. He is remembered for his beautiful tenor voice, which he shared with audiences in church and in public, wherever he lived.

Don is survived by his wife, Wilda; four sons, three daughters, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral Mass will be held at noon May 9 at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Gresham.

A Celebration of Life in honor of Clifford E. Belcher Jr., who passed away Nov. 7, 2013, will be held on Saturday, May 3, from 1-4 p.m. at the family home at 25938 W. Bench in John Day.

All are invited to attend this open house. A light lunch will be provided. A private family service will be held earlier that morning at Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City.

Wednesday April 23

Posted on April 23rd in Community Calendar

Paulann Petersen, Oregon’s Poet Laureate, returns to Harney County Library for a writing workshop from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. Petersen is an engaging and enthusiastic presenter with lots of inspiration for anyone with an interest in writing, beginner to advanced. Please join us for this free workshop!

Harney County Court will meet Wednesday, April 23, at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.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.

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.

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 24

Posted on April 23rd in Community Calendar

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.

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.

An Ethics in Early Childhood Education class will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Child Care Resource and Referral office, 503 S. Diamond in Burns. Explore values, ideals principles, and the NAEYC Code of Ethics. Call 541-573-3122 or 1-800-956-0324 ext. 7 for questions and to register.

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 25

Posted on April 23rd in Community Calendar

Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 25. 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 April 26

Posted on April 23rd in Community Calendar

Join Harney District Hospital (HDH) for a free childbirth education class. Learn about prenatal care, the birth experience, breastfeeding and infant care. The class will be held Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HDH board annex. Contact HDH’s Toni Siegner, 541-573-8310 to register or for more information. Lunch from Grand Street Café is included.


Sunday April 27

Posted on April 23rd in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Burns Elks Lodge. Call 541-573-6170.

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

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