Monday March 30

Posted on March 25th in Community Calendar

A free estate planning presentation for veterans and the public will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30, at the Burns Elks Lodge.

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday, except holidays, at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community and visitors are welcome. For more information call 541-573-4000.

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.

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 541-573-7477 or 541-573-2251.

Narcotics Anonymous meets each Monday at 10 a.m. in the community room at Saginaw Village, 605 N. Saginaw. For more information call 541-589-4405.


Tuesday March 31

Posted on March 25th in Community Calendar

Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this nine-week program beginning Tuesday, March 31. 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 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. 

Harney County Library Advisory Board meets the last Tuesday of each month in the library, 80 West D St., at 5:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Use the back door to the left. For more information, call 541-573-7339.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday to help with Medicare insurance needs or medications you cannot afford.

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.

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.

Boy Scouts meet each Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the LDS Church in Hines. All boys age 11 and above are welcome to participate.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open meeting each Tuesday at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord in Burns at 7 p.m.


Classifieds

Posted on March 25th in Classified Ads

Legals

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

On April 8, 2015, at the hour of 2:00 p.m. at the Harney County Court House, 450 N. Buena Vista Ave., Burns, OR 97720, the defendant’s interest will be sold, subject to redemption, in the real property commonly known as: 519 Dapple Grey Rd., Hines, OR 97738. The court case number is 1407306CV, where THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS OF THE CWABS, INC., ASSET BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-1 is plaintiff, and GARY A. FREITAG; AMY G. FREITAG; BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION; OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES is defendant. The sale is a public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier’s check, in hand, made out to Harney County Sheriff’s Office.

PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS, READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY

Before bidding at the sale, a prospective bidder should independently investigate:

(a) The priority of the lien or interest of the judgment creditor;

(b) Land use laws and regulations applicable to the property;

(c) Approved uses for the property;

(d) Limits on farming or forest practices on the property;

(e) Rights of neighboring property owners; and

(f) Environmental laws and regulations that affect the property.

For more information on this sale go to: www.oregonsheriffs.com/sales.htm

David M. Ward, SHERIFF
Harney County, Oregon

By: Dorathy M. Ousely, Civil Deputy

Publish: March 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2015.

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

On April 16, 2015, at the hour of 2:00 p.m. at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista Ave., Burns, OR 97720, the defendant’s interest will be sold, subject to redemption, in the real property commonly known as: 974 W. Filmore Street, Burns, OR 97720. The court case number is 1405211CV. where NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC., Its successors in interest and/or assigns, is/are is plaintiff, and JAMES D. HAMMON, AKA JAMES DUANE HAMMON; CRYSTAL D. HAMMON, AKA CRYSTAL DAWN HAMMON; OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES; AND THE REAL PROPERTY LOCATED AT 974 WEST FILMORE STREET, BURNS, OREGON 97720, is/are defendant. The sale is a public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier’s check, in hand, made out to Harney County Sheriff’s Office.

PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS, READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY

Before bidding at the sale, a prospective bidder should independently investigate:

(a) The priority of the lien or interest of the judgment creditor;

(b) Land use laws and regulations applicable to the property;

(c) Approved uses for the property;

(d) Limits on farming or forest practices on the property;

(e) Rights of neighboring property owners; and

(f) Environmental laws and regulations that affect this property.

For more information on this sale go to: www.oregonsheriffs.com/sales.htm.

Publish: March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2015.

REQUEST FOR BIDS

The Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area (HCCWMA) has been awarded an Oregon State Weed Board grant to treat noxious weeds in the Happy Valley area. The treatment area will be the Otley meadow ditch banks (both sides) and fence lines, just north of the historic Round Barn down past the Round Barn and onto Jenkins meadow ditch banks and fence lines west of the Round Barn. The estimated acres to be treated in the Otley and Jenkins meadows are 300.  All ground application treatments will be performed within the “2015 ground treatment” polygons on the attached map. The CWMA will provide all needed herbicides, but is soliciting bids on the application of this OSWB funded project. The chosen applicator will need to be able to perform these treatments by ATV and provide GPS data on treatment points (HCCWMA will provide GPS if needed). The CWMA and/or ODA are willing to provide site tours for interested bidders.

Please see attached map for more clarification and private land(s) locations or contact CWMA at 541-573-8397 for a copy of map.

Scope of Work

1. Treat the following estimated acres of noxious weeds.

a. Perennial Pepperweed—300 acres

2. GPS locations of noxious weeds treated from above.

Payment: HCCWMA payments are net 60 days, with an option for a partial payment payable in 30 days.

Evaluation for award: Award will be made to the responsible firm whose quote is the most advantageous to HCCWMA and participating landowners.  Other factors for this solicitation include past performance of the bidder.  Past performance information may be based on HCCWMA’s knowledge of and previous experience with the bidder, or other reasonable basis. HCCWMA will evaluate option quantities at the same unit price as the successful bid.

Bid must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015.  Bids will be accepted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document attachment to an email sent to: steph.bonson@co.harney.or.us. Or mail to USPS address below.  Bids cannot be verified by phone, so please utilize the Request Delivery Receipt under the options tab in Outlook.

Steph Bonson, Coordinator
Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area

Publish: March 18 and 25, 2015.

REQUEST FOR BIDS

The Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area (HCCWMA) has been awarded an Oregon State Weed Board grant to treat noxious weeds in the Happy Valley area. The treatment area will be the Otley meadow ditch banks (both sides) and fence lines, just north of the historic Round Barn down past the Round Barn and onto Jenkins meadow ditch banks and fence lines west of the Round Barn. The estimated acres to be treated in the Otley and Jenkins meadows are 300 whitetop with a treatment window of May to June and 500 pepperweed acres with a treatment window of July to September.  It is important to note that the treatments will require two separate mobilizations, due to target plants different phenology treatment windows.  Use “2015 Aerial & Ground treatment” portions on attached map as a reference only. Specific treatment shape files will be provided to winning bidder.  The CWMA will provide all needed herbicides, but is soliciting bids on the application of this OSWB funded project. The chosen applicator will need to be able to perform these treatments with aerial application equipment and provide GPS data on treatment tracks. No treatments can be performed outside of specified polygons with out prior approval. The CWMA and/or ODA are willing to provide site tours for interested bidders.

Please see attached map for more clarification and private land(s) locations or contact CWMA at 541-573-8397 for a copy of map.

Scope of Work

1. Treat the following estimated acres of noxious weeds.

a. Perennial Pepperweed— 500 acres

b. Whitetop — 300acres

2. GPS locations of noxious weeds treated from above.

3. Applicator will supply all water for treatment project.

Payment: HCCWMA payments are net 60 days, with an option for a partial payment payable in 30 days.

Evaluation for award: Award will be made to the responsible firm whose quote is the most advantageous to HCCWMA and participating landowners.  Other factors for this solicitation include past performance of the bidder.  Past performance information may be based on HCCWMA’s knowledge of and previous experience with the bidder, or other reasonable basis. HCCWMA will evaluate option quantities at the same unit price as the successful bid.

Bid must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2015.  Bids will be accepted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document attachment to an email sent to: steph.bonson@co.harney.or.us. Or mail to USPS address below.  Bids cannot be verified by phone, so please utilize the Request Delivery Receipt under the options tab in Outlook.

Steph Bonson, Coordinator
Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area

Publish: March 18 and 25, 2015.

PUBLIC NOTICE

A special executive session of the Harney County Health District Board of Directors will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th to consider CEO applicants per ORS 192.660(2)(A) in the Hospital Administration Conference Room.

Publish: March 18 and 25, 2015.

NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE

On April 20, 2015, at the hour of 2:30 p.m. at the Harney County Court House, 450 N. Court Ave., Burns, OR 97720, the defendant’s interest will be sold, subject to redemption, in the real property commonly known as: 513 Dapple Grey Street, Hines, OR 97738. The court case number is 130162CV, where NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC, its successors in interest and/or assigns, is/are plaintiff(s), and MEL JAMES VALDEZ; FIRST MAGNUS FINANCIAL CORPORATION; AND OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES is/are defendant(s). The sale is a public auction to the highest bidder for cash or cashier’s check, in hand, made out to Harney County Sheriff’s Office.

PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS, READ THIS SECTION CAREFULLY

Before bidding at the sale, a prospective bidder should independently investigate:

(a) The priority of the lien or interest of the judgment creditor;

(b) Land use laws and regulations applicable to the property;

(c) Approved uses for the property;

(d) Limits on farming or forest practices on the property;

(e) Rights of neighboring property owners; and

(f) Environmental laws and regulations that affect the property.

For more information on this sale go to: www.oregonsheriffs.com/sales.htm

By: Dorathy M. Ousley, Deputy for Sheriff David M. Ward.

Publish: March 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8, 2015.

PUBLIC NOTICE LEASE OF INDIAN TRUST LAND FOR GRAZING LEASES

BURNS PUBLIC DOMAIN ALLOTMENTS

Second Sealed bids for grazing leases on the Burns Public Domain Allotments for 5 year terms beginning March 1, 2015 through February 28, 2020, unless otherwise specified and determined by the Warm Springs Agency, will be received at the office of the Superintendent, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Warm Springs Agency, P.O. Box 1239, Warm Springs, OR 97761 until 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, March 31, 2015. The opening and reading of the bids will be held at the Warm Springs Tribal Credit Office Conference Room Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Bids will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of such bidders as may attend. Immediately following the opening and evaluation of all bids, those items attracting one or more bids may be subject to oral auction bidding (by the open bidding person submitting sealed bids only). If a bidder submits a sealed bid below the appraised value, and it is the only bid submitted, the bidder may orally increase their bid to become acceptable. Bid forms and other pertinent information regarding bidding are available at the Warm Springs Agency, Branch of Realty, telephone 541-553-2420. Sealed Bid DUE DATE- MARCH 31, 2015 AT 5:00 p.m. Sealed Bid OPENING DATE- Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

Publish: March 18 and 25, 2015.

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION

HARNEY COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Jeffery T. and Erin Maupin have applied to establish a FARM DWELLING (local file No. 15-08). The Farm Dwelling would be located on a 594.51 acre parcel. The property is located 27 miles west from Burns on HWY. 20, North on Silver Creek Rd. and west to the property approximately 3.5 miles (property on the south side of road). The property is in the EFRU-1 Zone.

There is a 21-day comment period in which the public can make written comments for or against this action. Farm Dwelling applications are an administrative action (Type II Review) and require no public hearing process unless substantial and/or substantive opposition is received. Send all comments to the Harney County Planning Department at 450 N. Buena Vista, Room 11, Burns, OR 97720. The Planning Department can be reached by phone at 541-573-6655 or by email at planning@co.harney.or.us. The affected parcel in the tract is described as follows:

The affected parcel is described as follows:

Land in Harney County, Oregon as follows:

In Township 23 S., Range 26 E., W.M.

Section 15: All that portion of the E1/2W1/2, E1/2, SW1/4NW1/4 and W1/2SW1/4 lying Southwest of the Silver Creek County Road, as said road existed and was located in March 1, 1978.

ALSO:

Section 14: S1/2SE1/4, SW1/4 – Excepting therefrom the following described parcel:

Beginning at the West one quarter section corner of said Section 14;

thence East, along the mid-section line, 957.45 feet to an intersection with the South boundary of the Silver Creek county road, said point being the True Point of Beginning.

thence S. 08°03’45’’ W., 41.9 feet;

thence S. 45°06’15’’ E., 840.1 feet;

thence S. 87°40’15’’ E., 457.2 feet;

thence S. 07•02’30’’ E., 57.8 feet;

thence S. 63° 14’ 45’’ E., 796.1 feet;

thence N. 03° 19’45’’ W., 438.1 feet;

thence N. 89° 22’45’’ W., 105.6 feet;

thence N. 03°08’45’’ W., 569.6 feet to the South boundary of the Silver Creek county road;

thence Westerly, along said road boundary, along a tangent and along an arc of a curve 1605 feet, more or less (the long chord of which bears N. 87° 48’ W., 1602.30 feet, more or less) to the True Point of Beginning.

SAVE & EXCEPT – A tract of land situated within the SE1/4 of Section 14, Township 23 S., Range 26 E., W.M. Harney County, Oregon as more particularly described as follows:

Beginning at a point on the North-South center line of Section 14, said point bearing S. 00°49’04’’ E., 35.00 feet from the center one-quarter corner of Section 14;

thence S. 00°49’04’’, along the North-South center line of Section 14, 859.47 feet;

thence N. 87°03’26’’ W., 48.19 feet to the Easterly boundary of the Moody property as recorded Instrument No. 870598 of the Harney County Deeds Records.

thence along the boundary of the Moody property the following courses and distance;

N 02°34’32’’: W., 282.00 feet, N. 88°30’49’’ W., 105.60 feet;

N 02° 40’09’’ W., 569.62 feet to the Southerly boundary of the Silver Creek county road and the Northeast corner of the Moody property;

thence N. 89°04’08’’ E., 105.48 feet;

thence N. 88°40’36’’ E., 75.17 feet to the point of Beginning.

SAVE & EXCEPT: Land in Harney County, Oregon a follows:

In Township 23 S., Range 26E., W.M.

Section 14: S1/2SE1/4

Brandon McMullen,
Harney County Planning Director
Publish March 25, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION

HARNEY COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that Vern I. Brown Jr. has applied to establish a FARM DWELLING (local file No. 15-07). The Farm Dwelling would be located on a 160.00 acre parcel. The property is located 5.5 miles south from the Lawen Store off of HWY. 78. The parcel is then a 1/4 mile east off of Lawen Rd. The property is in the EFRU-2 Zone.

There is a 21-day comment period in which the public can make written comments for or against this action. Farm Dwelling applications are an administrative action (Type II Review) and require no public hearing process unless substantial and/or substantive opposition is received. Send all comments to the Harney County Planning Department at 450 N. Buena Vista, Room 11, Burns. OR 97720. The Planning Department can be reached by phone at 541-573-6655 or by email at planning@co.harney.or.us. The affected parcel in the tract is described as follows:

The affected parcel is described as follows:

Township 25 S., Range 32-1/2E., W.M.

Section 17: W1/2E1/2

Brandon McMullen,
Harney County Planning Director
Publish March 25, 2015

NOTICE OF APPLICATION

HARNEY COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT

YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that David, Deborah, Gary, and Anita Arntz have applied to partition a +/-320.00 acre parcel into two parcels (Local File No. 15-09). Proposed parcel A would be +/-160.00 acres in size and proposed Parcel B would be +/-160.00 acres in size. The property is located west of Burns on Monroe Ln. and north on Arntz Rd., roughly 1.4 miles to the subject parcel.

There is a 21-day comment period in which the public can make written comments for or against the action. Review of the partition applications which meet minimum zoning criteria are an administrative action (or Type II review) and require no public hearing process unless substantial and/or substantive opposition is received. Send all Comments to the Harney County Planning Department at 450 N. Buena Vista, Room 11, Burns, OR 97720. The Planning Department can be reached by phone at 541-573-6655 or by email at planning@co.harney.or.us. The affected parcel is described as follows:

The affected parcel is described as follows:

Current Tax Map Description:

Land in Harney County, Oregon, as follows:

In Township 23 S., Range 30 E., W.M.

Section 10: Starting at the Initial Point at the Southeast corner of said Section 10,

thence North along the East section line of said Section 10, a distance of 3519.97 feet to the True Point of Beginning;

thence continuing North, along said East Section line, a distance of 1760.02 feet to the Northeast corner of said Section 10; thence West, along the North boundary of said Section 10,

a distance of 5280.00 feet to the Northwest corner of said Section 10;

thence South along the West section line boundary, a distance of 3520.01 feet;

thence East, a distance of 2640.00 feet;

thence North, a distance of 1759.98 feet;

thence East, a distance of 2640.00 feet to the True Point of Beginning.

Brandon McMullen,
Harney County Planning Director
Publish March 25, 2015

PERSONAL/MISC

Yoga is doing great! Thank you Burns, Hines and Harney County! We have added 3 new classes: Sunday at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., and Wednesday at Noon. Hope to see you soon! Chris- 541-589-4159. 3/25-4/15 4t

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ONE STOP SHOP! Western gifts, custom printing, framing, photography, artwork, jewelry, all-natural soaps, lotions and so much more! 29 E. Washington, Monday- Saturday, 9- 5, 541-589-4249. AH TFN

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We carry Whirlpool Appliances, including freezers. We also sell water heaters.Burns Electric. 70 S. Fairview. 541-573-6626. BE 1/10/07 TFN

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24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 541-573-7176. HHOPE offers free, confidential services for victims of physical, sexual and verbal abuse. Qualified staff, volunteers provide shelter, transportation and referrals with support and care. HH 7/19/12 TFN

FREE

Free: Young, beautiful, free-range red roosters for: hen companions, alarm clocks, fertilizer production, bug control, or supper. 541-573-6315. CL 3/11-4/1 4t

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NEED FIRE STARTER? Stop by the Burns Times-Herald office (355 N. Broadway) on Tuesdays, and pick up bundles of paper before they go to recycling. BTH TFN

JOB MARKET

Great Career Opportunity for a full-time administrative assistant to join our fast-paced dental team at Burns Dental Group. Previous office experience with computer skills preferred. Must handle confidential information and work with the public. Must be able to multi-task, be detail oriented, have strong communication skills and be a dependable team player. Submit resume and references in person at Burns Dental Group, 555 W. Adams St., Burns. CB 3/25-4/1 2t

LIVESTOCK

Bulls for sale. Angus, salers, optimizers. Yearlings & 2-year olds. Trick & semen tested. Can deliver. 541-372-5303. T 3/18-4/8 4t

FIREWOOD

Firewood for sale. Call 541-573-5030. BR 1/8 TFN

RANCH/ FARM EQUIPMENT

4- 4” 1/4 mile wheel lines, new nozzles/levelers, $4,500 each. 6” & 8” mainline. Call 541-589-1266. TH 3/11-4/1 4t

HAY/ LIVESTOCK FEED

WANTED: Pasture for 25 pair to 100 pair from May 1 to November 1. 541-589-5805. SO 3/25-4/15 4t

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Grass hay, top quality, two-string bales. Stored in barn. $200 per ton. 541-589-5834. LP 3/25-4/15 4t

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150 ton Oat hay, $160 per ton. 541-589-2862. DC 3/4-3/25 4t

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Alfalfa Hay. 3x3x8, 3x4x8. 24.1 Protein, $220/ ton. 23.6 Protein, $200/ ton. 16.1 Protein, $170/ ton. Princeton, OR. 541-493-2693. LD 1/14 TFN

SERVICES OFFERED

Computer Questions?

Zieber Computer Repair / Tutoring

• Repairs, Maintenance, Sales, Parts
•Upgrades, Installations
•Personalized/Group Tutoring
•Senior Citizen Discount

“Now Offering Rentals!”
Microsoft Certified
Professional (MCP) A+
541-573-1143
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JZ 1/12 TFN

REAL ESTATE FOR RENT

2 bedroom, newly remodeled apartment. Water & sewer paid by owner. $400 per month. First, last & $200 deposit. Call Dave at 541-573-6968. DW 3/25 1t

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RETIRED NAVY MAN LOOKING to rent 2-3 bedroom, 2 bath home with a garage and fenced yard. Would prefer property with small acreage for livestock. Looking for long-term lease. Call 307-271-1763. ER 3/18-4/8 4t

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Small one bedroom house, $350. One bedroom apartment, $325. 541-589-1617. MJE TFN

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1 bedroom apartments available. Close to shopping and library. Clean and affordable. Call Brian Johnson at 541-493-2522 for more information. MB 9/25 TFN

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2 bed, 1 bath, newer efficient home $425m + dep. fairly small but nice inside, vaulted ceiling, big windows. Electric heat. Background check req. Hines RV park 573-3220 or office at space #1. Available 4/20. KM 4/16 TFN


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

An explosion totaled a camp trailer on North Broadway March 11, and sent a local man to a Portland hospital for burn treatment. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

An explosion totaled a camp trailer on North Broadway March 11, and sent a local man to a Portland hospital for burn treatment. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

On Wednesday, March 11, a propane leak caused an explosion inside a camp trailer in the North Broadway area, and sent Duane Harold Barklow, 50, to a Portland hospital with burns on his arms and hands.

At about 8:30 p.m. on March 11, a resident in the North Broadway area contacted the dispatch office and reported hearing a loud, “sonic boom that rattled his trailer” about an hour earlier, and wanted to know whether there had been any similar reports.

The following morning, there was a report that there was an explosion inside a trailer in the North Broadway area, and the authorities began an investigation.

Burns Fire Chief Scott Williamson said he went to investigate the report,  along with the Harney County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, and Burns and Hines police departments, and found a trailer that had obviously been damaged at 1222 North Broadway. He spoke with a woman in the driveway, Sharon Pulley, who told him there was an explosion the previous night, caused by propane, and that she had transported Barklow to Harney District Hospital. From there, he was flown to Portland to be treated for burns.

Williamson contacted the Oregon State Fire Marshal and the Oregon State Police arson division to conduct an investigation.

Williamson said that, after the investigation, it was determined that Barlow had been working in the yard, using a propane wand for lighting. He then carried the 5-pound propane tank and wand inside the trailer, and put a pizza in the oven, which was also fueled by propane. About 15 minutes later, Barklow opened the oven door to check on the pizza, and the open flame ignited the propane that had been leaking from the wand connection, causing the explosion.

Williamson said Pulley was also inside the trailer when the blast happened, but she was laying on the bed with a heavy blanket over her that helped prevent any injuries.

The explosion totaled the trailer, as well as blowing out windows on the house next to the trailer.

The couple was living in the camp trailer while remodeling the house.

Pulley was arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and cited for possession of less than an ounce of a controlled substance.


Need for master water plan emphasized

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

At the regular meeting of the Hines Common Council Tuesday, March 10, discussion continued on the need for increased water base rates to fund necessary improvements to the city’s water and sewer system. No votes were held on the issue.

At the previous meeting on Feb. 24, it was reported that water base rates would need to be increased in order for the city to qualify for loans and grants through the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) to fund the needed improvements.

Mayor Nikki Morgan told a crowded room Tuesday evening that the original figure of $46 per month (water base rate) quoted in the city newsletter and the Burns Times-Herald had actually decreased to around $34, after being recalculated with new information received in the past week. It was clarified that this would be the eventual rate the city would need to charge in order to be eligible for financing. Morgan said the first step toward determining appropriate water and sewer rates and identifying all the needed improvements was to pursue a “current and accurate” master water plan.

Doug Ferguson of Ferguson Surveying and Engineering (the city engineer) and Tawni Bean, regional coordinator for the Oregon Business Development Department, IFA, were present to help answer questions.

City Administrator Joan Davies began the discussion by guiding the audience through a packet of information that had been compiled and distributed to everyone present.

The packet included:

• Evaluations and recommendations from 2001 and 2002 regarding the state of the elevated water tank. Davies said the recommended repairs were never done;

• A 2002 engineer’s report detailing options and costs for the repair or replacement of the elevated water tank and construction of a new on-grade tank. Davies said this was never done;

• Historic ordinances pertaining to the setting of water and sewer rates. Davies said water base rates had not increased in 12 years. She said a 2006 resolution set multi-family unit rates, but a 2010 resolution deleted those. She could not find reference to why that was done;

• Hines Common Council meeting agendas and minutes highlighting water and sewer discussions and votes from Sept. 24, 2013 to the present;

• Copies of emails between Davies and Bean, showing the discussion on the necessity of increasing rates in order to qualify for loans and grants;

• The 2014 inspection report for the 250,000 gallon steel elevated water tank, and the 2015 repair report for the 600,000 gallon steel on-grade tank. The 2014 report said that the interior of the elevated tank needed sandblasting and that the concrete footings were crumbling. The 2015 report detailed the 27 leaks that were repaired in the on-grade tank, and indicated that it will have to be checked again in six months;

• An explanation from Ferguson Surveying & Engineering detailing why Hines needs a master water plan, as well as a 2014 memo regarding water issues in the city. In the explanation, Ferguson wrote:

“We need a master plan in order to identify all the problems in the system, determine a viable fix to those problems in a timely and orderly manner, and to identify a means to fund the fix to those problems;”

• Highlights of water and sewer-related actions and discussions dating back to 1931; and

• Superintendent of Public Works Pedro Zabala’s 2013-14 city water usage reports.

The discussion then opened to public comment, which included:

• A concern about using finances to improve infrastructure in the industrial area when there is no guarantee of a company coming in to use it. This is not part of any plan at this time, and Zabala commented that the industrial area’s water lines were in good condition and that the major issues were with residential areas;

• A recommendation that the city look to other, “non-governmental” places for loans, so rates are not “dictated.” Davies said the city is in regular contact with various funding sources, and the IFA is the only one that has responded with a chance to apply for a grant;

• A question about why easements are now needed on properties that water lines run under, when the city hasn’t had them all these years. It was explained that water lines run under unrelated properties, and the city has no legal rights to them;

• A comment that “most people in Hines have fixed incomes and/or are retired,” and would be adversely affected by the rate increase;

• A comment that vacant, bank-owned houses, although they don’t have water turned on, are not contributing toward funding maintenance and improvements on the overall system. Davies said there is no city authority to collect for not using water;

• A question about why residents couldn’t all “pitch in” and do the work  (water and sewer improvements) to save money. Morgan responded that there is too much liability and the city doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance for volunteers. Ferguson agreed, saying it just wasn’t possible these days.

Councilor Rod Bennett asked whether the price estimate for the master plan was still $50,000. He was told, yes, and that the estimate was based on similar plans in similar cities.

“And we don’t have the funds for that right now,” added Councilor Hilda Allison.

“However, we can get a loan to do the master plan, is that correct?” Bennett asked, addressing Bean.

“You can get a $20,000 grant, as well as you can come in for a $30,000 loan,” Bean said.

“And all we have to do is raise the water rates enough to cover the loan?” asked Bennett.

Bean responded “Yes.”

Following a comment from the audience about the city of Burns’ water and sewer enterprise fund, discussion ensued on whether an enterprise fee should be established to cover the potential loan to complete the master plan.

“Basically, with 600 meters, if we are looking at $30,000, we would need a $5 a month increase to cover the loan…and pay it off in a year,” said Bennett.

Davies mentioned she had already applied for the $20,000 grant, and asked Bean if an added enterprise fee would count toward the eventual rate needed to apply for future project financing.

Bean responded, “Yes, that will be a part of your rate already.”

The discussion extended into specifics of what improvements would need to be made, and whether multi-family rates needed to be raised.

Morgan concluded the discussion by reiterating that the master plan would  address these subjects and determine what specifically needed to be charged:

“We’re not going to make any [of those] decisions tonight. Ultimately, we need the master plan.”

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Davies reported on a special meeting of the Hines Planning Commission held March 3. At the meeting, the commission:

• Reviewed a land use permit given to the owners of the Hines Mobile Home Park, allowing them to add a mobile home. Davies said that they had wanted to put a double-wide on the south end of the park, but she advised them that it would be in the flood zone. Instead, they will place it on the northeast end;

• Reviewed and discussed requests for commercial zone changes. Davies said that there have been several inquiries from property owners regarding why their property is zoned commercial. There are also issues with properties that are multi-family zoned and have only single-family residences on them. Davies said she would start contacting property owners in affected areas to see what their preferences are, and once that is determined, begin the hearings process.

• Reviewed and recommended a flood prevention ordinance. Davies explained that all cities are mandated by law to have a flood prevention ordinance in place – without one, Hines would be ineligible for coverage by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which would prevent both the sale and purchase of properties that have to be financed. The commission unanimously voted to forward the ordinance to the council with a recommendation to approve. The council decided to hold off on a vote until the next meeting, in order to have more time to read and review the ordinance.

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In her regular report, Davies said she and other members of the local air quality task force are continuing to work with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to find ways to manage the particulate levels in both cities.

She said she received news about a bill in the Oregon House of Representatives, HB 3399, that would require all municipal court judges to be members of the Oregon Bar or complete an expensive, multi-week judicial academy on-site in Reno, Nev.

“That would be devastating for the small cities,” said Davies. She added that she would write a letter to legislators describing how the bill would adversely affect Hines, and urge them to vote no.

Davies said that she, Hines Chief of Police Ryan DeLange and Hines Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) Chief Bob Spence attended a “9-1-1 meeting” regarding dispatch service rates, which are set to double in the coming year.

“We have several meetings set up with the county judge, the sheriff, and all the other agencies affected by that,” said Davies.

Davies told councilors that a letter had been received from the Natural Resources Conversation Service (NRCS) inviting them to participate in a local work group meeting on March 12. The purpose of the meeting was to gather input for the development  of the Natural Resources Long Range Strategy for fiscal years 2016-2020.

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DeLange delivered his regular report. He said he was called away before the last council meeting to a stabbing. He added that the suspect is in custody and that the victim survived.

DeLange reported that during last month’s seatbelt blitz, there were 31 traffic stops and 11 citations.

Illegal drug use is out of control in both cities, especially methamphetamine, DeLange said. He added that law enforcement agencies are teaming up with Symmetry Care to fight the problem. DeLange and other officers have also started doing “walk-throughs” at schools to interact with students and teach them about the danger of drugs.

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Zabala reported that his department has been busy checking manholes and cleaning sewers. He also thanked the city of Burns for sweeping streets in Hines recently.

•••

Spence reported that there had been no 9-1-1 calls since the last council meeting. He said HVFD is continuing to do joint training with Burns Fire Department.

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In other business, the council:

• approved per diem for DeLange to attend the annual Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Bend, April 14-16;

• approved per diem for councilors to attend “Elected Essentials 2015” training offered by the League of Oregon Cities March 19 in Ontario.

The next meeting of the Hines Common Council will be held Tuesday, March 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Hines City Hall.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns High School capped off the winter sports season with an awards ceremony on Monday, March 16.

Athletic Director Paula Toney welcomed everyone to the event, and then, filling in for the dance coach, Debbie Titus, presented awards to the dance team. Amelia Hamerlynck received the Most Improved Dancer award, and the Tiny Dancer award for most valuable dancer was presented to Taylor Draper.

Cheer coach Julie Burri presented the awards to the basketball cheer squad. Burri noted at the state competition, the cheer team placed second in their division, and Lizz Duhn came in third in the individual competition.

Recipients of the special cheer awards are as follows: Most Improved — Cassidy Reid; Stunting award — Jason Stoker; Flyer award — Cailyn Wilber; Most Outstanding award — Duhn.

Cheer squad award winners (L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, Cailyn Wilber. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, and Cailyn Wilber were the cheer squad award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Wrestling award winners (L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, Dallon Higgins. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, and Dallon Higgins were the wrestling award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head wrestling coach Mark Hofman introduced this year’s wrestling team and presented the special awards. Garrett Blackburn, who won the state title at 170 pounds, received the Outstanding Upperclassman award and the Jeremy Johnson Most Heart award. Jonathan Schmeck was named Most Improved, and Dallon Higgins took home the Outstanding Underclassman award.

Mick Miller, head coach for the boys basketball program, and assistant coaches Jed Patterson and Rob Paramore, recognized this year’s players and handed out the special awards. Bryce Goss was named the Most Promising Freshman, Boyd Vinson received the Most Inspirational award, the Most Improved award was given to Zach McDonald, and Austin Feist was named the Most Valuable Player.

Miller added that Feist was named the Player of the Year for the Wapiti League and named to the All-Tournament First Team at the 2A state basketball tournament. Ty Hueckman was named to the All-League first team, Trace Tiller received All-League second team honors, and Ty Reid received All-League honorable mention.

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head coach for the girls basketball program Brandon McMullen and assistant coach Kevin Feist introduced their teams and presented the special awards. The Most Promising Freshman award went to Oakley West. Sydnee Shelman was named the Most Improved, Carli Feist was presented with the Most Inspirational award, and Catherine Clemens received the Most Valuable Player award.

McMullen said Clemens was named the Co-Player of the Year for the Wapiti League, Feist was named to All-League first team, and Madison Carson and Baylee Hanner received All-League second team honors.

Clemens was also named to the All-Tournament first team at the 2A state basketball tournament, and Carson was selected for the All-Tournament second team.

Clemens also set a new single-game scoring record this season, hitting for 35 points in the Hilanders’ win over Enterprise.


Ruth Miles 1926-2015

Posted on March 18th in Obituaries

OBITMilesWEBRuth Potter Miles, 88, passed away March 11 in Vale, surrounded by family.

Born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Aug. 1, 1926, Ruth was one of five daughters born to Glen and Josephine Potter. She married Junior R. Miles June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Homedale, Vale, Juntura, Burns and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Ruth loved raising her children and was very involved with their activities. She gave generously of her time for the benefit of all children. She was a room mother at school, Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and 4-H Leader for 25 years. She loved her grandchildren and created many memories by spending time together with them.

She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her family and many others. She loved oil painting, crafts, dancing, family camping trips, and exploring new country.

Ruth will long be remembered for her kindness and sweet smile that made you instantly feel welcome and loved.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Junior Miles, of Vale; daughters,  Jeanette and Al Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy and Bill Romans of Westfall, and Penny and Steve McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave and Debbie Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorene Bowman of Quincy, Wash., and Jolene Tillotson of Pocatello, Idaho.

She was preceded by an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; and daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; sisters, Kathleen Potter and Dorothy Potter of Lava Hot Springs; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.

A funeral service was held March 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale. Interment was at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, OR 97914.


Stan Bennett, 92, a longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 14 in Stayton.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.


Ansel Noble Marshall, 100, formerly of Burns, passed away peacefully at his home in Bend, on March 15, with his wife, Cyndy, at his bedside.

A Celebration of Life for Ansel will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Whiterock Cowboy Fellowship, 5247 NE 15 St. in Redmond.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ansel’s memory to the Harney County 4-H Program c/o LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.


OBITMorrisWEBDarrell James Morris, 68, passed away March 8 at his home in Sublimity.

He was born July 7, 1946, in Prairie City to Lloyd and Clara (Howard) Morris, the seventh of nine children. He grew up and attended schools in the John Day area.

In August 1970, he married Patricia Fowler in Burns. While living there, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management patrolling Steens Mountain, for Hines Oil Co. delivering oil, and security for the Air Force base. Patty passed away in 1973.

In 1976, he met Dolores Ditter. They were married May 21, 1977, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan. For the next two years, they lived in Stayton and managed Northridge Apts. The next adventure took them to Bend where they lived for the next 25 years. Darrell worked at Thousand Trails and at the Riverhouse. They also raised a number of foster kids and had a small farm. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cribbage, and camping. In 2004, they retired to Sublimity. Darrell loved watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, doing rock polishing, and playing Bejeweled on the computer.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; son, Daniel; three sisters; two brothers; and a sister-in-law.

Services have already been held.


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