Wednesday November 19

Posted on November 19th in Community Calendar

The Burns High School band fundraising tri-tip dinner-to-go will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19. Tickets are available from band members, at Gourmet and Gadgets, or by calling 541-572-6059.

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.

Christmas Cookie Prevention, a women’s fitness group will be held Wednesdays, through Dec 17 at Faith Baptist Church, 777 Saginaw in Hines. A beginners fitness class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a moderate intensity class from 6:05 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kara Nelson 541-589-3773.

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.


Thursday November 20

Posted on November 19th in Community Calendar

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

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

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.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Thursday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, 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 November 21

Posted on November 19th 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 November 22

Posted on November 19th in Community Calendar

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites everyone to their Turkey Shoot Saturday, Nov. 22, at the trap range on Radar Hill. It will be a fun and games shoot for all levels of shooters. Practice starts at 9:30 a.m., with games to follow. Lunch will be available.

An AARP Driver Safety Class will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. This is a nationwide, DMV accredited, defensive driver program. The class focuses on driving safely within current DMV laws recognizing and compensating for naturally occurring age-related changes. Drivers over 55 may qualify for an auto insurance discount. To register, contact Phyllis Commeree at 541-573-6405.

Sunday November 23

Posted on November 19th 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, Nov. 23, at Burns Elks Lodge. Call 541-573-6170.

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

Monday November 24

Posted on November 19th in Community Calendar

A Grief Support Group is held the second and fourth Monday of each month by Harney County Hospice and Rev. Jean Hurst during the day as well as the evening. For more information, call Harney County Hospice, 541-573-8360.

The Harney County Health Department is available at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, to check blood pressure the fourth Monday of each month from 1 p.m. to 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 Search and Rescue meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Search and Rescue Building at 7 p.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.

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 November 25

Posted on November 19th in Community Calendar

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

Overeaters Anonymous meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area). For more information, call Carol at 541-589-1272.

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

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

Harney Basin Writers meets each Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. in room 302 of the former Lincoln School, corner of A Street and Court Ave. in Burns. Elevator on the south side. Quiet writing time until 2 p.m., then readings begin. Adults of any writing style are welcome to attend.

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.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior Center each Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the senior center at 541-573-6024.


Sheriff resigns

Posted on November 12th in News

Midterm elections discussed

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup attended the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court (held Nov. 5) to present a letter announcing his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2015.

“I think you’ve done an amazing job,” Harney County Judge Steve Grasty told Glerup.

Glerup replied that he really appreciated the court’s efforts in working with the sheriff’s department.

He added, “I think we have a very good working relationship.”

Glerup requested that the court decide who will be appointed to fill the vacancy before he retires, so he can help show him/her the ropes.

“I’d like to make it a pretty simple transition from my authority to whoever you name,” he explained.

Grasty said efforts to recruit a replacement sheriff would begin immediately. He added that, because there cannot be two sheriffs, official appointment will not occur until after Glerup retires.

Regretfully, the court agreed to accept Glerup’s resignation, effective Jan. 1.

“If you need anything, I’m out there,” Glerup said.


The court discussed the results of the 2014 Midterm Elections with Harney County Clerk Derrin (Dag) Robinson who reported that Harney County voted “no” on all ballot measures.

“There were no big surprises,” Robinson said. “If you follow registration numbers, we tend to vote Republican, and we voted Republican.”

The court then engaged in a conversation concerning Ballot Measure 91.

“Without getting too much on my high horse, I think that vote is a strong message to the elected officials in this county about marijuana,” Grasty said, explaining that he won’t break the law, but he’ll take the county’s “no” vote as a directive for where to stand on issues concerning marijuana.

However, Mary Ausmus said she thought the vote was “pretty close,” as 1,033 people in Harney County voted “yes” on the measure, while 1,985 voted “no.”

“I worry about our kids and nothing else,” Grasty said.

Harney County Commissioner Pete Runnels said he was concerned about how the legalization of marijuana for recreational use will impact the workforce, and Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols expressed concern about the impact on drivers.

Grasty said he’ll ask county counsel to provide more information concerning the issue.


Runnels provided an update regarding the Beatys Butte Working Group.

During its previous meeting (held Oct. 15), the court agreed that it didn’t support a proposal to combine the Hart Mountain and Sheldon national wildlife refuges into a National Conservation Area (NCA).

Runnels said he relayed that message to the group during a meeting held Oct. 16-17 and was told that the map outlining the NCA proposal was in draft form and is expected to change.

Runnels said he expressed concern about the private landowners who would be impacted by the proposal. He said he also told group members that the proposal was not one of the five key issues that the group was formed to address.

Runnels reported that his comments were not accepted favorably by the group, and he is not sure whether another meeting will be held.

“I think you did a good job, from what I understand, of delivering the message of where Harney County stands,” Grasty told Runnels.

Grasty suggested that the court contact the group to learn more about the direction that it’s headed.

“If there’s another meeting, maybe we’ll all show up,” he said.


Wayne Baron attended the meeting to discuss his request to rent County Industrial Building No. 1 for $500 a month.

Grasty said the county industrial buildings are intended to serve as incubators for business expansion and job growth. Because Baron’s plans for the building do not meet this criterion, Grasty suggested charging him the market rate. However, he admitted that he wasn’t sure what that rate would be.

Grasty also asked whether Baron’s business would compete with Rimrock Recycling.

Baron replied that he planned to use the building for equipment repair and manufacturing, not recycling.

Runnels asked whether Baron was planning to use the building on a temporary basis, and Baron replied that he was.

Grasty said others have expressed interest in the building, but they haven’t indicated whether they’ll make a move.

Runnels asked Baron whether he’d agree to move out if another business makes an offer. Baron said he would if he were given at least 30 days notice, but he’d prefer 60.

Nichols said he’d like to see Baron’s business and revenue plans, but Baron was reluctant to provide that information. However, he said he will if it’s possible to rent the building.

Grasty said he’ll contact Harney County Economic Development Director Randy Fulton to determine whether the other people who’ve expressed interest in the building intend to make an offer. He said he’ll also determine the building’s market rate.

Baron agreed to allow the court to wait until its next meeting to make a decision.


Harney County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tom Sharp attended the meeting to discuss Harney County Emergency Management’s Ebola preparation efforts.

Sharp said health care providers throughout Harney County receive daily updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning the virus. However, he added that Ebola is not expected to occur in the state of Oregon.

Sharp explained that people who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected nation in West Africa (or people who have come into contact with these travelers) are the primary candidates for contracting the virus. He added that travelers from Ebola-affected nations only enter the United States through five U.S. airports.

When they arrive, these travelers are health screened, provided a Check and Report Ebola (CARE) Kit, and instructed to contact their local health department when they reach their final destination for 21 days of health monitoring. (Their travel information is also forwarded to state and local health authorities by customs and immigration.) If travelers don’t show symptoms of the virus after 21 days, they’re considered Ebola-free.

Sharp said it’s important to remember that a person is only contagious with Ebola if he/she is showing symptoms, which include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea, weakness, stomach pain, and unexplained bleeding or bruising.

He also provided a handout, explaining the differences between flu and Ebola and encouraged everyone to get a flu shot.

Sharp also informed the court about state homeland security grant projects for fiscal years 2013 and 2014.


In other business, the court:

• agreed to wait until its next meeting to formally accept a map of roads within Harney County. Grasty explained that he wanted to assemble all the information concerning the map into a package, but he wasn’t able to get the package together in time;

• received an update concerning Symmetry Care Inc. from Director Chris Siegner and staff member Cathy Stauffer;

• met with Mike Kennedy, a member of the Oregon Technical Assistance Team, to discuss transition activities associated with the formation of the Eastern Workforce Area;

• learned from Harney County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chelsea Harrison that Harney County was one of only seven Oregon counties to have a booth at the Oregon State Fair. The court agreed to issue a “fair booth challenge” to the other counties;

• held a supplemental budget hearing. There being no public comment, the court agreed to accept the budget as prepared as the adopted budget.

• approved Resolution 2014-17 in the matter of appropriating funds due to unexpected occurrence or condition. The Oregon Department of State Lands provided $92,000 to Harney County for a Medusahead project;

• approved an application by Stacy Davies for boring underneath the asphalt on Canyon Road in Hines;

• approved an application by James Gilmour for an approach off of Lava Bed Road;

• signed a warranty deed for the lot that George Glerup of Geo Investments LLC donated to the county. The county will pay any filing fees for the deed.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the next meeting of the county court will be held Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Nov. 4 election is now in the books and a number of incumbents retained their seats in state and federal governments.

John Kitzhaber (D) was re-elected Oregon governor for an unprecedented fourth term, defeating his main challenger Dennis Richardson (R) 50 percent to 44 percent.

In the race for U.S senator, Jeff Merkley (D) was re-elected to the position. Merkley received 56 percent of the vote, while Monica Wehby (R) received 37 percent.

Greg Walden (R) soundly defeated his main opponent, Aelea Christofferson (D), for the U.S. House of Representatives District 2 position. Walden garnered 70.6 percent of the vote to 25.5 percent for Christofferson.

Also winning seats in the U.S. House were Suzanne Bonamici (D), District 1; Earl Blumenauer (D), District 3; Peter DeFazio (D), District 4; Kurt Schrader (D), District 5.

In the Oregon House District 60 race, Cliff Bentz (R) was re-elected, beating Peter W. Hall (D) 82.1 percent to 17.7 percent.

Of the seven measures on the ballot, three passed, while four were voted down.

Voters approved Measure 91, which allows adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation (Yes-55 percent, No-45 percent); Measure 89, which amends the Oregon Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on sex (Yes-64 percent, No-36 percent); and Measure 87, which allows state judges to serve with the Oregon National Guard or teach at state universities (Yes-57 percent, No-43 percent).

The measures that failed were Measure 86, which would have allowed the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training (Yes-42 percent, No-58 percent); Measure 88, a referendum on the state law that would have allowed driver cards for Oregonians who can’t prove they’re in the country legally (Yes-33 percent, No-67 percent); Measure 90, which would have created a nonpartisan primary for all candidates, with the top two advancing to the general election, regardless of party (Yes-32 percent, No-68 percent); Measure 92, requiring food manufacturers and retailers to label  genetically engineered foods (Yes-49 percent, No- 51 percent).


Harney County had a 74 percent turnout for the election, and the county votes are as follows:

U.S. Senator
Candidate                            Votes
Mike Montchalin (LBT)           105
Jeff Merkley (DEM)                 911
Christina Jean Lugo (PAC)       39
James E. Leuenberger (CON)  68
Monica Wehby (REP)           1,782
Write-in                                      16

U.S. Rep. 2nd District
Candidate                            Votes
Aelea Christofferson (DEM)    364
Sharon L. Durbin  (LBT)          108
Greg Walden (REP)              2,459
Write-in                                      10

Candidate                            Votes
Dennis Richardson (REP)    2,082
Chris Henry (PRO)                    26
Aaron Auer (CON)                     53
John Kitzhaber (DEM)             724
Paul Grad (LBT)                        39
Jason Levin (PAC)                     27
Write-in                                        3

State Rep. Dist. 60
Candidate                            Votes
Peter W. Hall (DEM)                412
Cliff Bentz (REP)                   2,510
Write-in                                        6

County Treasurer
Candidate                            Votes
Ellen (Nellie) Franklin            2,416
Write-in                                       27

Burns City Council Pos. 4
Candidate                            Votes
No candidate filed
Dennis Davis (write-in)               26
Misc. other write-in                     91

Burns City Council Pos. 5
Candidate                            Votes
Jerry Woodfin                           654
Write-in                                       28

Burns City Council Pos. 6
Candidate                            Votes
No candidate filed
Charity Robey (write-in)             53
Misc. other write-in                     65

Hines Council Pos. 4
Candidate                            Votes
Raymond V. Breshears Sr.       158
Dick Baird                                 351
Write-in                                         7

Hines Council Pos. 5
Candidate                            Votes
Loren O. Emang                       353
Write-in                                       13

Hines Council Pos. 6
Candidate                            Votes
Cathy Jory                                161
Roderick L. Bennett                  268
Write-in                                       10

Harney Soil and Water
Director, At Large 2
Candidate                            Votes
Roxane Bailey                       2,105
Write-in                                       32

Harney Soil and Water
Director, Zone 3
Candidate                            Votes
Carol Dunten                         2,130
Write-in                                       13

Harney Soil and Water
Director, Zone 4
Candidate                            Votes
No candidate filed
Write-in                                       72

Harney Soil and Water
Director, Zone 5
Candidate                            Votes
No candidate filed

Ballot Measure 86
Yes                                            650
No                                          2,268

Ballot Measure 87
Yes                                         1,212
No                                          1,685

Ballot Measure 88
Yes                                            392
No                                          2,603

Ballot Measure 89
Yes                                        1,247
No                                          1,643

Ballot Measure 90
Yes                                            746
No                                          2,188

Ballot Measure 91
Yes                                         1,033
No                                          1,985

Ballot Measure 92
Yes                                            791
No                                          2,211



by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trey Recanzone of Burns comes up to make the hit on the Kennedy ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Trey Recanzone of Burns comes up to make the hit on the Kennedy ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns Hilanders moved into the quarterfinals of the Class 2A OSAA state football playoffs with a 57-7 victory over the Kennedy Trojans on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Corbett Memorial Field.

Austin Feist threw for 186 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 90 yards and two scores to lead the Hilanders to the win.

The Hilanders took a quick 7-0 lead as Jeff Davies scored on a 62-yard run on the game’s first offensive play.

Kennedy started their first drive at their own 29, and using a good mix of pass and run, put together a 12-play scoring drive that was capped off by a 19-yard TD pass from Noah Giberson to Bishop Mitchell.

Burns started their next possession at their own 39, and picked up a quick first down on a 23-yard run by Feist. Three plays later, facing a fourth-and-13, Feist faked the punt and threw a 16-yard completion to Ty Hueckman to keep the drive alive. Five plays later, Feist found the end zone from two yards out, and Burns led 14-7.

Burns made it 21-7 on their next drive as Feist scored on a 38-yard run with 8:26 left in the first half.

An interception by Hueckman set the Burns offense up at the Kennedy 47, and on first down, Feist threw a 32-yard strike to Trace Tiller to give the Hilanders a first down at the Trojans’ 15. Two plays later, Davies caught a scoring pass from Feist, and Burns led 29-7 after the two-point conversion.

Kennedy fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, and Garrett Blackburn ran in the touchdown from eight yards out to finish off the three-play, 23-yard drive.

The Hilanders made it 43-7 on an 18-yard TD pass from Feist to Blackburn with 34 seconds left to go in the half.

The Trojans received the second half kickoff, but Tiller got the Burns offense back on the field with an interception at the Hilanders’ 42.

The turnover eventually resulted in an 8-yard scoring pass from Feist to Trey Recanzone, and a 50-7 Burns lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Recanzone put the final points on the board with a 60-yard run through the Kennedy defense.

The Hilanders (10-0) will face Union/Cove at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Corbett Memorial Field, with the winner advancing to the semifinals to play the winner of the Regis-Gold Beach matchup.

The other two quarterfinal games have Central Linn playing at Heppner and Oakland at Knappa.


Ken      7      0     0     0      7

Bur     14    29     7     7     57

First quarter

Bur — Jeff Davies 62 run (James Obradovich kick) :09

Ken — Bishop Mitchell 19 pass from Noah Giberson (Angel Mendez kick) 6:32

Bur — Austin Feist 2 run (Obradovich kick) 9:35

Second quarter

Bur — Feist 38 run (Obradovich kick) 3:34

Bur — Davies 15 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 5:10

Bur — Garrett Blackburn 8 run (Trace Tiller run) 6:13

Bur — Blackburn 18 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick)

Third quarter

Bur — Trey Recanzone 8 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:13

Third quarter

Bur — Recanzone 60 run (Obradovich kick) 1:40

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 8-117, Feist 9-90, Recanzone 7-74, S. Davies 3-15, Blackburn 2-14, Van Tassel 2-13, Gunderson 3-9, Goss 2-6. Kennedy, Mitchell 16-32, Lopez 7-32, Giberson 5-2, Rosas 5-5, Vaughan 1-2.

Passing — Burns, Feist 13-18-0 186, Recanzone 0-1-0 0. Kennedy, Giberson 8-18-2 84.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 5-71, Tiller 3-72, J. Davies 3-19, Hueckman 1-16, Recanzone 1-8. Kennedy, Suing 1-15, Traeger 4-43, Seiler 1-8, Mitchell 1-19, Lopez 1-(-1).

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