Dorothy Sutton — 1918-2009

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

Dorothy Clarice Bergsbaken Sutton, 90, died on Jan. 14.

She was born on April 24, 1918, to Arthur Oswald and Edna Belle Erb Bergsbaken, in Pulaski, Wisc.obit-sutton.jpg

In 1947, she married Jerol J. Sutton, in Vancouver, Wash. The couple had two sons, born in Portland, before they moved to Bend and then to Burns in 1951.

Sutton was a school teacher in Wisconsin before coming to Oregon; so, after working in the restaurant business with her husband for a few years, she went back to college in La Grande and got her Oregon teaching certificate. She taught third grade at Washington School from 1961-1981.

Sutton was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Burns, faithfully attending all of the years she lived in Burns.

Sutton is survived by her sons, James and Arthur; sisters, Donna of Appleton, Wisc., and Phyllis of Portland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jerol.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Contributions in Sutton’s memory may be made to the First Lutheran Church, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

Wilfred Ruecker — 1917-2008

Posted on January 21st in Obituaries

Wilfred Ruecker died on Dec. 4 in Battle Mountain, Nev.

He was born on Oct. 10, 1917, in Salem.

Ruecker went to school in Salem through high school, graduating in 1935. One of his high school friends sold him a saddle for $3. The next day his dad made him take it back, and this is when he decided he wanted to be a cowboy.

In 1935, he moved to Prineville with two wool blankets, two pair of Sears & Roebuck overalls, a pair of work shoes, a 33 single shot and a .22 rifle. Ruecker worked on Charley Houston’s ranch, and at the White Horse Ranch in Harney County until he was drafted into the U.S. Army.

He spent his service time in England. After the war, he went to work on ranches in Nevada and Oregon, including Oregon Canyon Ranch for the Echave family, Dick Jenkins and the Otley Brothers. After leaving the Jenkins’ ranch, he moved to Winnemucca, Nev., to work for Buzz and Jean McDonald in the service station business.

Ruecker retired in 2002. After retirement he made bucking rolls and chinks. He also enjoyed going to the senior center and writing letters to his friends.

He was a lifetime member of the NRA, and was inducted into the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Winnemucca and Bend.

Ruecker is survived by his brothers, Curtis Ruecker and Kenny Ruecker; his sister-in-laws; and several nieces and nephews.

Wednesday, January 21

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

Harney Partners for Kids and Families meets on the third Wednesday of each month at noon, at Glory Days Pizza. Lunch is provided, please RSVP to Michelle Bradach, president, at

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

Oregon Hunters Association is for all hunters, whether rifle, bow, shotgun, muzzle loader or other. The local chapter meets at Linda’s Thai Room, the third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m and is followed by a board meeting.

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

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

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 North Broadway, meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at the Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.

Thursday, January 22

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

Disabled Services Advisory Council (DSAC) meets every fourth Thursday at the State Office Building small conference room, 809 West Jackson, at 1:30 p.m.

Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the Rory and Ryan Best Western in Hines from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

The Prescription Assistance program through the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center is held each Thursday, from 1-3 p.m. Call Selena Westlake at 573-6024 to make an appointment.

Chamber Music Bell Choir meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 393 West A. St. Bell ringers are being recruited. For information, call Carol Sawyer, 573-6886.

Tai Chi is held every Thursday at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines meets for a no-host luncheon each Thursday at Glory Days Pizza, 690 Oregon Avenue, at noon.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 East Barnes, at 11 a.m. Call 573-2896.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Thursday at the Foursquare Church, at 7 p.m.

Friday, January 23

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

The Boys & Girls Club presents People in Uniform the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, from 1-2:30 p.m. Professionals from around Harney County come give kids a peek into their profession.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Julia at 573-2770, for time and place.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday at Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 24

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

The 59th annual Harney County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held on Jan. 24. Tickets are available at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce Office. Tickets are pre-sale only. For more information, call the chamber office at 573-2636.

Alanon holds an open meeting each Saturday at Foursquare Church at 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 25

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Sunday at Foursquare Church for 12X12 study, at 7 p.m.

Monday, January 26

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

An organizational meeting for Harney County Farmers Market will be held on Monday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. in the Hines City Hall meeting room.  Currently, the market needs to establish a non-profit board of directors.   Volunteers are needed to take on the task of market publicity, market accountant and market location organizer.

The Harney County Health Department will be available at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 South Alder, to check blood pressure the fourth Monday of each month from 1-3 p.m. There is no charge for the clinic and results can be forwarded to a physician or nurse practitioner at your request.

Harney County Library Advisory Board meets the last Monday of each month (except for those dates that fall on national holidays) in the library, 80 West D St., at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Use the back door to the left. For more information, call 573-7339.

Order of Eastern Star meets the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Burns Masonic Hall, 1210 West Taylor, at 7:30 p.m.

The Burns Lions Club meets each Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, for lunch. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

HDH Sports & Physical Therapy will offer a free athletic injury clinic at that facility, 559 West Washington, every Monday from 5-6 p.m. A physical therapist will assess and treat athletic injuries and provide education for athletes and parents on self management of injuries. For more information, call 573-1543.

Narcotics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Monday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church.

Tuesday, January 27

Posted on January 21st in Community Calendar

A breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Harney District Hospital conference room, from 5:30-7 p.m. For more information, contact Sonni at 573-5750.

Harney County Chamber Music Society Choir meets the second and fourth Tuesday, September-November and January-March. The choir meets in the Burns High School band room, from 7-8:30 p.m., with Marianne Andrews directing. Singers ages 13-up are welcome.

Tai Chi is held every Tuesday at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome to participate.

Patient Assist, Needy Med Program trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior Center each Tuesday, from 1-4 p.m. For appointments call the Senior Center at 573-6024.

Boy Scout Troop 440, sponsored by the Burns Lion’s Club, meets each Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the LDS Church in Hines. Boys ages 11-18 are welcome to join.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Tuesday at Foursquare Church, at 7 p.m.

Hines Common Council meets at 7 Hines City Hall the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

County looks at possibility of road improvements

By Debbie Raney
Burns Times-Herald

As the Obama Administration and Congress forge an economic stimulus bill, local governments across the nation are scrambling to make a plan to spend any funds that could come their way — Harney County included.

At the Jan. 7 meeting of the Harney County Court, Association of Oregon Counties representatives John Oshel and Mac Alliason presented information on the possibility of using the funds for county road improvements. Oshel said the most likely use would be for over-lay projects, but there would be definite limitations. The projects would need to be ready to be bid out within six months of the funding becoming available. This would mean that there could be no water issues or right-of-way issues that would require environmental studies.

To qualify for the stimulus money, the projects would also need to create jobs. This would require the work to be contracted out.

Harney County Road Superintendent Eric Drushella will create a prioritized list of possible roads throughout the county where work could begin immediately. Roads suggested during the court meeting included the east end of Sod House Lane, portions of the South Steens Road that have already had prep-work done, and the Crane/Venator Road.

In a related subject, the court discussed the legal width for county road right-of-ways. Judge Steve Grasty presented a copy of the Oct. 7, 1920, Commissioner’s Journal. In the journal it states, “It is ordered that all right-of-way for highway in the future be 80 feet in width.” A 1977 journal discussion used this date and decision as reference, and Grasty suggested it go on record that in 2009, this would also be the point of reference for right-of-way decisions.


In other county court business, a public hearing was scheduled for Jan. 21 for Resolution 2009-01, in the matter of requesting that the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission exempt the Echanis Wind Project from property taxation under the Strategic Investment Program.


Fred Flippence from the Harney County Library Foundation Board presented the foundation’s annual report. Flippence told the court that like all funds the past year, the value of the foundation’s investments had decreased. Flippence also complimented Library Director Cheryl Hancock on the improvements she had made at the library. Improvements include increased inventory, back-room cleanup and equipment purchases.


Annual official appointments were made with the following appointments for 2009:

Justice of the Peace, Pro-Tempore — Sandra Richards and Stephen Finlayson;

Newspaper — Burns Times-Herald;

Budget Officer — Steve Grasty;

Medical Examiner — Dr. Thomas Fitzpatrick;

County Health Officer — Dr. Holland Haynie.

Commissioner Jack Drinkwater was selected to continue to be Harney County’s representative on the Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation Board of Directors.


Discussion was held on the Court Facilities Summary Report, commissioned by the Oregon State Legislative Joint Interim Committee on Court Facilities. The reports, completed on all 48 Oregon courthouses, are exempt from public disclosure, as they discuss the weaknesses relating to security in the facilities. The report requests that a local committee be formed to review the findings and make recommendations regarding improvements and possible funding sources. Commissioner Dan Nichols volunteered to chair the committee and will coordinate with Circuit and Justice Courts as well as maintenance staff.


The Harney County Library Advisory Board by-laws, which were revised in August, were approved.


A contract for technology services from ASI was approved.


A public hearing was held on Land Use File #08-58, in the matter of updating the Harney County Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision and Partitioning Ordinance. Proposed updates to the ordinance were reviewed. The public hearing will be continued on Jan. 21.

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