OBIT Pelroy-Kendall webAlice Helen Pelroy-Kendall, 76, of Yuma, Ariz. passed away Dec. 24.

Alice was born in Eureka, Calif., in 1938. She married Calvin Pelroy, a Marine of Orick, Calif., in 1955, and they moved to southern California. After Calvin left the service, they moved to northern California, where they had two children, and then to the high desert in Oregon, where their last two children were born.

Alice worked at Harney 4-C for the Burns Paiute Tribe in Burns. Then the family moved to Culver, where she worked with the Oregon Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker when her family moved to Kamiah, Idaho. After a few years, Alice commuted and attended Eastern Oregon State College in La Grande. She received two degrees, a bachelor of science in anthropology and sociology with high honors, and an associate degree in community service. She received her Idaho certification and went to work at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare as a social worker until her retirement at age 62. Calvin passed away in 1991, and she married Dennis Kendall in 1993. They traveled extensively all over the continental United States, Mexico and Europe for four years. They moved to Yuma, Ariz., in 2007, and enjoyed an amazing  church family and friends in Yuma, early morning breakfasts out, and many road trips with family and friends.

She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. She loved the Lord and lived out her faith daily, spending much of her life helping others and making sure they knew God loved them and that they were special to Him. She served the Lord, and her joy was to be in the Lord’s house and about His work.

She recently left this written on a scrap piece of paper: “When life deals you lemons, it’s been said, ‘Make lemonade.’ When life opens pit falls, just wait awhile, you’ll rise when it seems God isn’t listening again. Remember King David once felt the same. He dwelt on God’s answers to his past dangers and felt his fearful heart begin to understand our God is faithful through all our troubles…even to the very end.”

Alice is survived by her husband, Dennis V. Kendall; son, Fred Pelroy of Burns and his wife, Linda Pelroy, their children Heather Pelroy, Katrina Pelroy and Rachael Pelroy; Grayce Lopez of El Centro, Calif., her husband, Rene Lopez, and their son, Calvin Lopez; and January Kolar of Burns and her husband, Michael Kolar, and children, Cynthia McGinty and husband, Darren McGinty, Katherine Batie and husband, Trent Batie, Jerimiah Kolar, Angel Kolar-Pratt and Joshua Kolar; as well as her step-daughter, Nancy McLean of Meridian, Idaho, and her children, Nicholas McLean and Amanda McLean; her many great grandchildren, Alexander, Jiriaya, Zechariah, Sean and Brooklynn, Annastasia, Jack, Rayna and Natalie.

Alice was preceded in death by her parents, Don Fulwider and Rosemary and Albert Wolf; her first husband, Calvin Pelroy; and their daughter, Coralie Pelroy.

There will be a celebration of life and potluck to follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Faith Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday January 14

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

Burns City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 6 p.m.

The city of Burns Public Safety Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Burns Fire Hall.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 5:30 p.m. in the Hines City Hall meeting room. The Cancer Support Group is open to all cancer patients, survivors, family and support persons. Please contact Kristen Gregg or Maria Pichette, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinators at 541-573-8614 for more information.

The Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan.14, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include continuing the discussion on updating the Cultural Plan.

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 January 15

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

The High Desert Cutters will be having their first meeting of the year at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Big Bear Lodge. They will be discussing the coming year. Anyone interested is welcome. For more information, call Corinne Elser, president, at 541-589-1577

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

Harney County Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, at 11:45 a.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.

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 January 16

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

Teens, bring your friends and hang out at Harney County Library after hours, 7-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. Games, snacks, music and more – all free! Open to grades 6-12.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky, 541-573-2515, for time and place.

A recovery group, “Celebrate Recovery,” meets each Friday at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene, 311 Roe Davis Ave. in Hines. Dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. The main meeting is held at 6 p.m. and small group sessions are at 7 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.

Saturday January 17

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

Harney District Hospital is sponsoring a free Heart Saver First Aid/CPR class for the community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17 in the Racine Building conference room. Learn how to approach an emergency situation confidently with comprehensive Heart Saver First Aid/CPR/AED training with Harney District Hospital Paramedic Greta Emang. Please contact Greta at 541-573-3686 to register or learn more about Heart Saver classes.

Sunday January 18

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

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

Monday January 19

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

Harney County Library will be closed for Martin Luther King Day. 

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 January 20

Posted on January 14th in Community Calendar

The American Legion Harney County Post #63 meets at 63 W. “C” Street the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

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

Sylvia Rebekah Lodge meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the I.O.O.F. Hall, 348 N. Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.

The Chamber Orchestra meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Burns High School Band Room, 1100 Oregon Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Ken Peckham directing, September through November and January through March.

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.

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Due to scheduling conflicts concerning the holiday season, the November and December meetings of the Harney County Health District Board of Directors were combined, and a single meeting was held Dec. 3.

During the meeting, Harney District Hospital (HDH) Chief Nursing Officer Barb Chambers said the hospital worked with Dr. Kelly Mingus of Smile Burns Oregon to provide a free oral cancer screening Nov. 14.

“We had around 10 local residents take advantage of the screening, and Dr. Mingus found three of the 10 patients with questionable concerns regarding oral cancer and others with a variety of dental problems,” Chambers reported.

She added that the patients who showed signs of oral cancer were chewing tobacco users.

Board member Ann Vloedman suggested that the hospital remind the public about the dangers of chewing tobacco as well as the importance of oral screenings.

Board member Tim Smith suggested placing posters in the local high schools to inform students about these statistics.

Vloedman added that no one under the age of 30 participated in the screening.

Dr. Jeffrey Mathisen, a general surgeon at HDH, said teachers and coaches can make a difference by intervening when they catch students using chewing tobacco.

Dr. Mathisen also stated that the spread of oral cancer to adjacent lymph nodes is almost immediate.

Chambers said Dr. Mingus referred patients showing signs of cancer to oral surgeons.

Board chair Dan Brown  commended Dr. Mingus for his efforts and said he’d like to see the oral health screening be repeated.


Chambers also reported that she attended an Ebola workshop, which was provided by the Deschutes Public Health Office Nov. 7 in Bend.

She said St. Charles Medical Center (SCMC) will take Ebola patients at its Redmond campus for up to 96 hours, before transporting them to one of the six Oregon facilities that accept and provide treatment for them. She said SCMC also contracted with a special ambulance service to transport patients to and from its Redmond campus and has spent close to $250,000 on renovations, equipment and education.

“I’m blown away by what St. Charles has done on Ebola,” Chambers said. “I don’t understand the expense.”

Regarding HDH’s preparation for Ebola, Chambers said, “I think we do a great job with our resources and stewardship of our resources. We are prepared as much as we need to be.”


Clinic Manager Stacie Rothwell said HDH Family Care received “tremendously favorable” feedback from auditors from the Oregon Health Authority who visited Nov. 4 to survey the clinic’s Tier 3 Medical Home designation.

“They offered many compliments to the progress that we have made as a Tier 3 and noted that they will be using many of the things we do at HDH Family Care as examples to the other Tier 3 clinics that they survey in the future,” Rothwell reported.


The board received an audit presentation from Eide Bailly LLP for fiscal year 2014.

The presenter said no difficulties were encountered in conducting the audit, and he complimented Chief Financial Officer Catherine White, management, and staff for their “excellent cooperation.”

He said HDH has quite a bit of debt, but explained that it has a newer facility. He added that the salaries of HDH staff are in line with those of other critical access hospitals, but said the hospital could reconsider its prices as long as the community could stand the changes.

Brown suggested that the board’s finance committee review the audit and bring any questions to the next board meeting.


In other business, the board:

• received a report concerning the overall state of the district from Chief Executive Officer Jim Bishop, titled State of the Harney County Health District November 2014. (For the full text of the report, please see page 20 of the Dec. 10, 2014 issue of the Burns Times-Herald; )

• discussed ongoing efforts to reach out to local veterans concerning the medical services available at HDH;

• reviewed policy 100.030 “Code of Conduct,” and approved it without changes;

• reviewed policy 100.031 “Board Member Confidentiality.” The word “yearly” was removed from the sentence, “All board members shall complete a yearly HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] refresher training.”  The board approved the policy as amended;

• reviewed policy 100.035 “Duties of the Chairperson.” The sentence, “No one board member shall serve as chairperson for more than two consecutive years,” was removed. The policy was approved as amended.

• granted medical staff privileges to physician assistant Brad Scott (orthopedic); Dr. Milton Kim (surgery); Dr. Stephen Kornfield, Dr. Robert Boone, Dr. Cora Calomeni, and Dr. William Martin (oncology); and Dr. Patrick Brown (radiology).

The next Harney District Hospital Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 in the downstairs meeting room at the hospital.

HDP selects new executive director

Posted on January 7th in News

High Desert Partnership (HDP) is a local nonprofit organization that has worked over the past several years to help create the collaborative forums necessary to address the ecological, economic and social challenges in our region in a proactive way.

When Sara Jones was hired as the executive director for the High Desert Partnership at the end of 2013, the organization had a large list of things to accomplish for 2014. In 2013, the partnership received additional funding in order to expand their work, and Jones successfully took on the challenge. In 2014, Jones helped bring greater awareness about High Desert Partnership’s work in the region.

In July, Jones’ family relocated to Southern Oregon, but Jones remained in the position, making regular trips back to Burns to carry on the business of the partnership. Chad Karges, board member of the High Desert Partnership, expressed thanks to Jones on behalf of the entire board “for all things she advanced while at High Desert Partnership and for sticking with the organization even after her family relocated.” Karges said, “When looking back, Sara’s accomplishments have helped prepare the organization for the future.”

In this past year, Jones successfully organized a Science Forum with the Harney County Restoration Collaborative to highlight current practices for restoring dry-pine forest ecosystems surrounding Burns. As a follow-up to this forum, she convened a Small Diameter Wood Products Economic Summit, generating interest for developing alternative products from the wood being harvested as part of restoration efforts. One spin-off from the economic summit, the High Desert Partnership has kicked off a contest open to all students in Harney County. Students are encouraged to work in teams to create products from small diameter wood. Cash scholarships are available to the winning teams. Jones has also worked closely with the Harney Basins Wetland Initiative, a group that is working to address carp control issues and protect/enhance traditional flood irrigation practices in the Harney Basin.

Recently, the High Desert Partnership selected Brenda Smith to succeed Jones in the executive director position. Smith has been in Harney County since 2008, working on rangeland management issues with Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center. The High Desert Partnership looks forward to working with Smith to build upon the progress made during Jones’ tenure.

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