In other business, board appoints Doug Gunderson to fill Gordon Mallon’s seat

By Lauren Brown
Burns Times-Herald

The Harney County School District No. 3 is already preparing for the H1N1 virus (swine flu) according to Superintendent Bob Sari.
At the Sept. 8 meeting, Sari explained to the school board that because those ages 6 months to 24 years are the most susceptible to the virus, the district needs to be prepared in the event there is a large outbreak here. Prevention is key, so he noted that cleaning procedures and simply keeping sick children home are a couple of key components. However, he said that as the flu season approaches, the district will be partnering with the Harney County Health Department to offer students vaccines.

“The burden falls on the community,” Sari said regarding how important it is for everyone to prevent the spread of the virus.


The Harney County District No. 3 School Board swore in a new member on Sept. 8 in Doug Gunderson.

Originally, there were two letters of interest for the seat vacated by Gordon Mallon. Gunderson and Tim Colahan both initially expressed interest in serving on the board, but Colahan pulled his name from consideration saying he thought he would be seen as a polarizing figure.

That left the board with Gunderson, who stated that as a parent and coach (wrestling) he felt ready to tackle some issues, though he said he had no hidden agenda.

In other business:

• Superintendent Sari stated that the first week of school went off without a hitch and that the teachers and staff at all the buildings worked hard to make sure that students have a warm, friendly and non-confrontational atmosphere in which to learn.He also noted that he felt the district population was holding steady with a total of 403 students at Slater Elementary School, 195 at Hines Middle School, 333 at Burns High School, 17 at Eastern Oregon Academy and 150 in the Silvies Web Academy, for a grand total of  1,098 students;

• Superintendent Sari said that he was contacted by the City of Burns regarding the park located behind the Lincoln building. The park needs some work, and  Sari said that they will be looking for some grants to help with the renovations. He said there are several ideas on what could be done with the area. Installing some sand volleyball courts or basketball courts were both mentioned;

• Business Manager Petrina White said that the former Monaco Coach Corp. donated a bunch of office supplies, desks and a welding table to the school district, and said the district was very appreciative of the donation.

White also noted that the district completed its transportation report and that the district transports 410 kids each school day and that the buses average 82,000 miles of travel. She said the the 410 number is high compared to other districts in the state;

• Bond Project Manager Bill Renwick stated that the Hines Middle School (HMS) gym is now finished, and the pellet bin at the high school is still under construction.

• HMS Principal Gail Buermann stated that she was pleased with the HMS open house held on Sept. 2. She estimated that 60 percent of HMS parents participated in the event.

She also stated that even after moving some number around, she doesn’t think HMS will pass the average yearly progress (AYP) state testing;

• Burns High School Associated Student Body Co-Presidents Natalie Wassom and Philip Kness told the board that they will be concentrating on getting the community involved in supporting the schools. They also talked about the BHS student store, which is a place for students to hang out and buy supplies. The store is run by students in leadership and FFA;

• at the end of the regular meeting, the board went into executive session to discuss negotiations.

The next Harney County District No. 3 School Board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Lincoln building.

Marjorie Estella Hayes Gunkel died on Aug. 29.obit-gunkel.jpg

She was born on Jan. 2, 1932, in Burns to Othniel Elton Hayes and Zelma Izora March Hayes.

Gunkel attended grade school at Lawen, riding horseback to school each day with her brothers. They would bring a feed bag with them for the horses to feed while school was in session.  In 1945, her brothers, Scott and Elton, drowned in a neighboring pond.

Following their death, her parents sold everything and moved to Grants Pass. The family then moved to Eagle Point, where Gunkel attended high school, graduating in 1950.

On Dec. 24, 1951, she married Alfred Gunkel in Lakeview.

Gunkel held many jobs, including mowing lawns, cleaning houses, selling Christmas cards and as a kitchen aide. Her retirement years were spent helping other people.

Gunkel is survived by her children, Claudia Hayes of Shady Cove, Scott Gunkel and wife Nina of Lawen, Martin Gunkel of Crane, Daniel Gunkel and wife Rosie of Eagle Point, Harvey Gunkel and wife Nida of Crane, Lorella Monroe and husband Jim and Luccettie McDermond and husband Don of Crane.

She is also survived by her sister, Izora Osborn of Trail; nephew, Jim Bosch of Hines; nieces, Patty Bosch of Milton-Freewater and Laveta Osborne of Medford, and 21 grandchildren.

Gunkel was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and her daughter, Carmen.

Wednesday, September 16

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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.

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 573-6670.

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, September 17

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Late Night at Harney County Library will be held on Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will include music, snacks, games and fun for students in grades 6-12.

Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick and the Mobile Health Clinic, sponsored by Harney District Hospital, will be in Fields and Frenchlgen on Thursday, Sept. 17. They will be located at the Fields School from 9  a.m.-noon and at the Frenchglen School from 1-4 p.m. This is a full-service health clinic that comes to you. Appointments are encouraged to ensure adequate time, supplies and equipment, but walk-ins are welcome. Call the High Desert Medical Center at 573-8894 to schedule an appointment, and bring your insurance information to assure proper billing.

Burns Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 South Broadway, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge, 118 North Broadway, at 11:45 a.m. The presentation for this month will be Eileen O’Keefe McVickar who will be talking about growing up in the south end of Harney County. She has recently published a book about those experiences.

The Alternative Energy Club (AEC) meets the third Thursday of each month at Harney County Library, 80 West D Street, at 7 p.m.

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. Michelle Modey, Miss Teen Oregon is scheduled to speak on Thursday, Sept 17. She will talk about the highlights of her year as Miss Teen Oregon and her future plans. The public is invited to attend.

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

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

Friday, September 18

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Friday Morning Book Club with Lisa, a new program for kids ages 7-10, will be held at the Harney County Library from 9-10 a.m. The program will include stories and crafts.

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, September 19

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

Sunday, September 20

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

Monday, September 21

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Masonic Lodge meets the first and third Monday of each month at the Burns Masonic Lodge, 1210 West Taylor, at 7 p.m.

HDH Sports & Physical Therapy will offer a free athletic injury clinic at that facility, 559 West Washington, every Monday from 5 to 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.

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 573-7477 or 573-2251.

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

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.

Tuesday, September 22

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Harney County Watershed Council meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the EOARC (Section 5) on Hwy. 205 in the conference room at 5:30 p.m.

A breast cancer support group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month in the Harney District Hospital conference room at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact HDH Outreach Coordinator Sonni Svejcar 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.

All 0 to 3-year-olds and their parents are welcome to attend play group at the Early Childhood Center at 655 W. Fillmore, weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

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.

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