Saturday Nov. 21

Posted on November 18th in Community Calendar

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 1-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment to read with a dog.

Saturday Clinic Flu Shots: To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care is offering them during all November Saturday Clinics. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.  21 or 28 to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074. 

Sunday Nov. 22

Posted on November 18th in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Burns Elks Lodge. Call 541-573-6170.

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 Nov. 23

Posted on November 18th in Community Calendar

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be showing the movie 17 Miracles at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at the Desert Historic Theatre. Free admission and everyone is welcome.

Walk With Ease, a six-week program, meets from 5:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library. Sessions include brief education, warm-up and stretching, walking, then cool down and stretching. Group suitable for those with arthritis or those 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.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions: Monday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at Harney County Senior & Community Services Center. Learn to successfully manage symptoms of chronic conditions like asthma, depression, diabetes, heart problems and others with the first class in this workshop series. Techniques, tips and advice from others with chronic conditions. For more information or to register, contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Harney County Veteran Services Officer Guy McKay, 541-573-6024.

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.

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.

Healthy Beginnings will be offering free OHP application assistance from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Monday during November at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. For more information, call 541-383-6357.

Harney County Search and Rescue meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Search and Rescue Building at 7 p.m.

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.

Tuesday Nov. 24

Posted on November 18th in Community Calendar

Harney County Court will meet Tuesday, Nov. 24, at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

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.

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.

The Friskey Fleas 4-H Dog Club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Memorial Building at the fairgrounds. For more information, call Joanna Corson at 541-573-2241.

Medicare Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7. Have you had a checkup on your Medicare insurance coverage? A change in your Medicare D plan could save you hundreds of dollars. You can also get an Advantage Health Insurance plan at this time. Trained volunteers are at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Call 541-573-6024 for an appointment.

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.

Court hears Title II project proposals

Posted on November 11th in News

Planning commission bylaws revised

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court, Josh Giles and Howard Richburg of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) presented Title II project proposals to the court.

Under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (SRS Act), counties receive payments based on historic national forest revenues, with the requirement that a certain percentage of the funds received (Title II funds) be used by the counties for specified purposes, in accordance with recommendations of resource advisory committees for projects on federal lands.

The Northeast Oregon Forest Resource Advisory Committee recommends projects and funding to improve forest health, watersheds, roads and facilities on or adjacent to the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests.

Giles and Richburg presented five proposed projects: Marshall Creek Aquatic Restoration, 2016/2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew for Emigrant Creek Ranger District (ECRD), ECRD Recreation Facilities Improvement Project, Ant Aspen Restoration, and Thinning and Grapple Piling.

Various details of the projects were discussed. The court will review and prioritize the projects.


Harney County Planning Director Brandon McMullen presented a revision to the Harney County Planning Commission Bylaws. He explained that the purpose of the change to Article 10, Findings and Decisions Preparation, is to streamline the process for individuals working through the local land use process and shorten the internal process time to finalize the written findings. The current process can take about two months, and the revision will shorten the processing time to about one month, McMullen said.

The commission and the county’s legal counsel supported the draft language, and recommended that it be presented to the court for approval, McMullen said. The court voted unanimously in favor of making the changes.


Harney County Judge Steve Grasty discussed several cost-saving measures for the county that would be presented at the department head meeting on Nov. 5. He said it would be requested that:

• All employees take five furlough days between now and June 30, 2016, with the understanding that all offices are to be kept open during regular business hours and there would be no use of part-time or on-call staff to cover the absence.

• A written rationale be presented to the court to fill any vacant positions.

• The court review the efficacy of all county programs.


The court heard from Grasty about the situation with the local radio station (KBNH 1230 AM/KORC 92.7 FM), which went off the air recently. He said he had spoken with Rep. Greg Walden’s office about how the county can help the situation, especially with regard to emergency management. Loren Emang, emergency preparedness coordinator, will be looking into different options for getting information out to the community in the event of an emergency.


Grasty reported that the Harney County Fair is working hard to rectify budget issues, but is still currently “in the red.” Grasty said he has been in contact with Fair Manager Don Slone on a weekly basis to discuss current and future plans, and that the Harney County Fair Board will continue to address funding concerns during its regular meetings.


In other business, the court:

• received a report from Grasty on the town hall meeting he attended in Adrian on the proposed designation of the Owyhee Canyonlands as a national monument;

• received a report from Grasty on a recent meeting with the county’s six Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPAs) regarding the upcoming receipt and distribution of state funds;

• received an update from Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols and Mark Owens on a recent meeting regarding water issues in the Harney Basin;

• heard from Grasty about the progress toward a negotiated settlement for the bridge on Old Experiment Station Road. He said there is a check for $95,000 coming to Harney County;

• voted unanimously to give Grasty permission to sign for a permission code for access to the Oregon Department of Education E-Grant Management System;

• approved a funding request from the Training and Employment Consortium (TEC) for the Oregon Youth Conservation Corps (OYCC) in the amount of $12,500;

• heard a request from Grasty to put the courthouse heating system out for bid on Nov. 5, with bids to be reviewed at the Dec. 2 meeting. He explained that the current boiler has been experiencing problems and that a new one is needed to tie into the biomass heating system. He said that there may be upcoming grant monies available for courthouse upgrades through the state court system. He added that the heating system in the jail had temporarily failed recently and would also require a long-term solution;

• reviewed correspondence from Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Boise and Vale District (notice of a document of National Environmental Policy Act Adequacy for the Soda Fire Emergency Stabilization and Rehabilitation actions), and from the U.S. Department of the Interior regarding Payments in Lieu of Taxes.

The next scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

by Steph Bonson
for the Burns Times-Herald


A pair of helicopters were employed to help spray weeds in Harney County. (Photo by STEPH BONSON)

The Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) partners successfully worked together this year to treat more than 55,645 acres of the noxious weed, Medusahead rye (and some cheat grass). This is the largest treatment project of its kind, to date, in Harney County. A strategic plan was developed by the CWMA partners based on funding and an effort to capitalize on natural fire occurrences and defendable adjacent boundaries.

The CWMA partners who participated this year were the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL); Harney Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD); Harney County Weed Board; and 19 private landowners. A project of this scale would not be possible without the coordinated focus of each of these individuals.

The project, or projects, as they were concentrated in several areas, began Aug. 3. Two fixed wing applicators were used, Nick Schott, of Schott Ag Air located here in Harney County, and Mike Morris, of Morris Ag Air, out of Orovada, Nev. Two helicopters were supplied by Florida-based applicator company Agroflite. These aerial applicators did all of the treatments for the entire group. This made the projects more efficient and cost-effective. All of the applicators did a good job. There are great expectations for the results next year.

The areas treated in this million-acre county are near and around: Drewsey, Warm Springs Reservoir, Crane, Venator, Riverside, Riley, East Steens, Miller Homestead and Holloway fire areas. Next year, the plan will continue with more treatments in concentrated areas that will compliment and expound on this year’s treatments.

With each treatment project, efforts are being made to make them more effective by adjusting timing, incorporating adjuvants (products added to the spray mixture to provide drift control, adherence to soil, and encapsulation of herbicide molecules) and improving delivery. The hope is to limit the spread of Medusahead, while encouraging growth of desirable vegetation.

If you have Medusahead and wish to have it treated, please contact CWMA Coordinator Steph Bonson at 541-573-8397. If treatments are being done in your area in the fall of 2016, we would love to include it.

by Mike Weber
for the Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Taylor Crafts pounds a kill in the first set of the Class 2A volleyball state championship match versus Culver Saturday, Nov. 7. (Photo by MIKE WEBER)

The Hilanders’ Taylor Crafts pounds a kill in the first set of the Class 2A volleyball state championship match versus Culver Saturday, Nov. 7. (Photo by MIKE WEBER)

In the new CBS television series Supergirl, the hero’s true identity is unknown to other characters. There wasn’t any doubt about the identity of the hero at the Class 2A state volleyball tournament in Redmond though.

Burns High junior Catherine Clemens portrayed the role of Supergirl just perfectly too. Clemens was flying all over the court along with her teammates to help lead the Hilanders (28-3) to a 25-12, 25-14, 25-20 win over the Culver Bulldogs (30-4) in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires state championship game Saturday night at Ridgeview High School.

It marked the 34th consecutive win (in Class 2A) for coach Paula Toney’s two-time champion Hilanders, who also won the 2014 title after going undefeated a year ago. On Friday, Burns won a quarterfinal contest 3-0 over the Imbler Panthers (19-8), followed by a 3-1 semifinal win over the Kennedy Trojans (24-7) to advance to the finals.

“There was a lot of pressure on us all year long, and the girls really came through under pressure to take care of business and win the championship game,” said Toney. “We were kind of expected to win again. When you have a big target like that on your back, it really makes it much tougher to win though, because everyone wants to beat us.”

Led by Clemens (12 kills, 16 digs) and senior setter Carli Feist (26 assists) Burns had a dominating overall performance in the finals versus the Columbia Basin Conference champion Bulldogs, the local area favorite. Clemens and Feist both earned All Tournament First Team awards. The title contest was a rematch of a game earlier this season between the two teams (a 3-0 Burns win Sept. 10).

“We had lots of confidence going into the game, and it’s such a great feeling to win another state championship, and I’m very proud of my team,” said Clemens. “We had a little bit of a letdown in the third set, but I’m so proud of the way we came back after falling behind. It’s just a blessing, honestly, to be able to win another championship. I’m just really proud of my team for the way they all stepped up and worked so hard to help us win.”

Burns jumped into a big early first set lead and led all the way in the double digit 25-12 victory, with Clemens getting the game-winning kill. In the second set, the Hilanders again jumped in front with a strong attack at the net by Clemens and junior middle blocker Taylor Crafts (nine kills), who pounded a ball to the floor for a 14-4 lead.

“It’s really special to win the championship because volleyball is such a big part of my life, and my team is like my family,” said Crafts. “It just means so much to me to celebrate this with them, and it’s definitely an unforgettable moment. Our number one team goal was to end up at the state tournament championship game again. I have so much confidence in my team, and I never had any doubt about whether we would make it here.”

The teams traded points, as Burns continued leading 18-8. Junior middle blocker Lindsey Taylor (eight kills) tipped a ball to the floor for game point at 24-13, and Clemens followed with a game-winning kill in the 25-14 win.

“It feels so good to be a part of this team,” said Taylor, a newcomer who moved to Burns from Pendleton and is playing in her first year with the Hilanders. “We have a very good volleyball program, and it’s so exciting to play in the state tournament for my first time, and I’m so proud to be on this team.”

The Bulldogs tried valiantly to avoid a sweep, while coming out with a strong third set rally in which they scored the first eight points and then extended their advantage to 15-3. However, the Hilanders brought their brooms with them and didn’t want to extend the game to a fourth set.

“We actually practice similar situations just like we had today, where we’re down by 15 points, and we have to come back and win,” said Toney. “It was probably the largest deficit we had in a game this year. We were a little worried, but we just focused on getting one point at a time and then it worked out well for us.”

The Hilanders simply shifted their offense into high gear and outscored the Bulldogs 17-1 to force a Bulldog timeout, as Burns took a 20-16 lead on kills by Taylor and Crafts. Culver responded with a 4-0 run, knotting it at 20-20. Kills by Crafts, Taylor and Clemens propelled the Hilanders in front 23-20. Burns then concluded the game by getting the final two points after Culver hitting errors with balls hit into the net.

The Hilanders then celebrated their championship with congratulatory hugs, while loudly yelling and cheering for their joyful and remarkable accomplishment. The players also did a traditional dogpile on the court, and had a wonderful and happy celebration with all their friends and family members.


In the Hilanders’ opening round quarterfinal match versus the No. 5 ranked Imbler Panthers (19-8), Burns recorded a sweep in 25-18, 25-19, 27-25 win in an 8 a.m. Friday contest. Imbler was one of three Wapiti League squads in the tournament, along with Burns and Grant Union. It marked the third meeting between the two squads, and Burns won the previous two regular season games 3-0.

The Panthers battled hard in the second set, while building a 10-5 advantage to force a Burns timeout. Burns came back with a 9-4 run, knotting it 14-14 on a Crafts kill, followed by four consecutive deadlocked scores. With Imbler ahead 18-17, a Burns sideout knotted it 18-18. Clemens (eight kills, four aces, 11 digs) then served four straight service points, putting Burns up 22-18. Following consecutive Imbler hitting errors, Burns had game point with a 24-19 lead. Crafts, an All Tournament Second Team award recipient, pounded a game-winning kill for the 25-19 win.

A tough, seesaw third set battle included numerous ties and lead changes, as the Panthers fought hard to try and avoid a sweep. Imbler played tough while leading late and had game point up 24-23. Two knotted scores followed as it was 25-25. The Panthers hit a ball out over the end line, and then Clemens pounded a game-winning kill for the 27-25 quarterfinal match victory. Feist had a total of 27 assists versus Imbler to help lead the highly-prolific Hilander offense.

“I have a lot of trust in our hitters, our passers, and everyone else on our team, and we felt confident that we could come out and win another championship,” said Feist. “It’s like a dream come true to win just one championship, but to do it again this year is just amazing. All the hard work we did all year definitely made it worth it.”

Burns then moved onto the semifinals Friday against Kennedy. The Trojans battled tough and were hoping for an upset, particularly after winning the first set 25-23. The Hilanders had no intention of letting that unlikely scenario happen, and they won three straight sets to advance to the finals.

Kennedy played tough, while battling to a second set deadlock at 17-17. Following a Burns timeout, the Hilanders had an 8-2 rally to get the victory. In the third set, which included six ties and five lead changes, Burns took control after a final deadlock at 12-12. A 5-1 Hilander run made it 17-13. The teams then traded points for the remainder of the set, with Burns getting a 25-20 win on a Clemens game-winning kill.

“I have to give all the credit to our setter (Feist), because she really works her butt off, and she always plays very well,” said Clemens. “I’m really proud of her for playing so well, because if you don’t have a good set, then you can’t make a good kill.”

Kennedy led early in the fourth set up 2-0, but Burns came back and got a sideout making it 2-1. Taylor then served six straight service points for a 7-2 Hilander advantage. The squads traded points, with Burns continuing to lead 16-11 and forcing a Kennedy timeout. Burns then surged ahead at the end to conclude the match on a 9-2 run, which included another Clemens game-winning kill in the 25-13 win to qualify for the championship game.

“Kennedy is a very good team, and they made us fight for every point,” said Toney. “It seems like everybody wants to beat us, and other teams go all out to try and do that.”

The tournament marked the final game of their Burns High School volleyball career for seniors Korina Cate, Madison Carson, Kaylea Freidrichsen, Abby Nonnenmacher and Alyssa Burri.

“We’re definitely going to miss our seniors, but we’ll have a bunch of juniors coming back again, so hopefully they’ll all fill in the roles that those seniors had this year,” said Toney.

Virginia Maize 1924-2015

Posted on November 11th in Obituaries

OBIT Maize WEBFrankie Virginia Maize passed away peacefully Oct. 23.

The oldest daughter among seven children of Taft and Nellie Miller, Virginia was born May 3, 1924, near the Narrows, and grew up in the ranching communities near Frenchglen and Burns. She was truly at home on the range, riding to herd and brand the cattle while helping to tend to her younger siblings.

After graduating from the public boarding high school in Crane, Virginia joined the WWII home front workforce by training to be a telegraph operator in Spokane, Wash. For the next 14 years, she was employed in the busy train depot near Olympia, Wash., where she helped many of the soldiers going off to war and also made the acquaintance of a friendly young cattleman, Weldon “Wimpy” Maize. Wimpy made a point to bring livestock to the train yard as often as possible, and was able to “railroad” Virginia into marriage in 1948. They worked the next few years together, building their dairy business in Nisqually, Wash.

In 1969, they purchased their own farm in Cinebar, Wash. There, in the Shoestring Valley, they made a life together raising cattle known far and wide for their quality. Virginia could be seen in the back of a cattle truck, still brushing and grooming a Holstein just before sending it off to a local dairy. They raised two daughters, also known for their quality, Gerri Maize of Mossyrock, Wash. and Elaine Maize Theriault (Bob) of Longview, Wash.

One of Virginia’s favorite Christian hymns was I Love to Tell the Story, and she lived it out, telling the gospel story as a Sunday School teacher at the Centralia Bible Chapel. Among her students were her daughters and her beloved grandchildren, Kelli Hogan (Tim), Jon Theriault, Austin Maize and Jeff Theriault.

She is survived by two of her brothers, Joe (Ingamoe) and Jerry (Linda) Miller; in addition to her daughters and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Weldon; and her siblings, Gene, Donald, Lucille, and Tiny.

Virginia Maize will live on in the hearts of her family. She was a “no frills” person who sacrificed her own comforts, preferring to focus her efforts to care for her farm and especially her family. If God has more work for her to do in heaven, she surely will be heard, as she often was here on earth, calling out, “Put on your boots. It’s time to do the chores!”

A memorial service was held Oct. 31 at Centralia Bible Chapel in Centralia, Wash.

Donations in her honor may be made to the Salkum Firefighters EMS Association, P.O. Box 124, Salkum, WA 98582.

Tom Chamberlain

Posted on November 11th in Obituaries

OBIT Chamberlain WEBTom Chamberlain of Klamath Falls passed away suddenly Oct. 30.

Tom was a pretty chill, funny guy, who loved to hang out with his friends, play pool, watch football, and blast Nirvana.

Tom attended school at Klamath Community College, undecided on a major because he was interested in learning about anything and everything. Tom never left the house without a book to read.

Tom was a culinary genius. His dishes were very creative, and he never used a recipe.

On top of all his learning and cooking, Tom played music. He merely had to pick up an instrument, and he could play it.

Tom’s influence on his family and friends was meaningful and everlasting. He had a unique relationship with each of them. His many interests gave him an advantage when spending time with his kids. With one of them, he could talk about “nerd” things like video games and role playing games. With his second son, he talked football, always ending his argument with “Da Bears!”

Tom could discuss art with his daughter and hunting with his last son. It was easy for Tom to visit with anyone.

He is survived by his wife, Misti; four children, Kirsten, 17, Ezra, 16, Nate, 15, and Dusty, 13; his parents, Dave and Gayle Chamberlain; brother, Mike; sister, Shanna; and his numerous Hawaiian shirts.

A service for Tom will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway Ave. in Burns, officiated by Gail Manning.

All in all, Tom was a cool guy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made at Umpqua Bank. Account number on request, please contact Misti Chamberlain or Dave and Gayle Chamberlain.

OBIT Schatz WEBSandra Elizabeth Schatz, 65, passed away Oct. 28

She was born Aug. 18, 1950, to John D. and Rose Marie (Poer) McLain in Burns. After her marriage to John Schatz on June 26, 1970, the couple moved to Eugene.

An avid gardener, Sandra enjoyed the beauty of this world through her flowers, and through her children and grandchildren. Sandra was a preschool teacher at Messiah Lutheran School. She thought of this not as a job, but as an opportunity to show her love and support of children.

Sandy is survived by her husband, John Schatz of Eugene; sons, Jeremy Schatz and wife, Kelly Thurman, of Corvallis, and Chris Schatz and wife, Melissa Gustafson, of Eugene; granddaughters, Helena and Vivian Schatz of Eugene; brother, Allan McLain and wife, Vickey, of Burns; sister, Patsy Klawuhn and husband, Carl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rose Marie McLain, of Burns; and brother, Ralph McLain, of Christmas Valley.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Eugene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sandra’s name to Messiah Lutheran School or the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute through the OHSU Foundation’s Knight Cancer Challenge (

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