Friday September 19

Posted on September 17th 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 September 20

Posted on September 17th in Community Calendar

Harney Rodders Second annual Last Chance Show & Shine will be held Saturday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Hines City Park. The event will feature vendors, games, poker run, prizes and amazing cars on display. On Friday, Sept. 19, there will be a cruise from Hines Park to Big Bear Lodge. Meet at the Hines park at 6 p.m.

Join Harney District Hospital (HDH) for a free childbirth education class. Learn about prenatal care, the birth experience, breastfeeding and infant care. Class will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the HDH board annex. Contact HDH’s Toni Siegner, 541-573-8310 to register or for more information. Lunch from Grand Street Café is included.

Harney County Farmers Market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hines City Park.

Sunday September 21

Posted on September 17th in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

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

Monday September 22

Posted on September 17th 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 September 23

Posted on September 17th in Community Calendar

Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.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.

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. Learn and share about breast cancer, ways to manage symptoms or treatment side effects, and other valuable information For more information, contact Kristen Gregg at 541-573-8614.

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.

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.

BLM planning to use aerial attack on invasive species

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Jim Campbell, Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) coordinator, attended the regular-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court (held Sept. 3) to discuss noxious weed eradication efforts.

Campbell explained that recent wildfires may provide an opportunity to gain control over Medusahead rye (Taeniatherum caput-medusae), as studies show the best control of the noxious weed was accomplished by treating infested acres with a pre-emergent herbicide during the fall immediately following a fire and prior to the emergence of annual grasses.

Campbell said the fires “set you up to do some good,” but he warned that Medusahead will “blow up on a much larger scale” if it is left unchecked after a fire. As a winter annual (a plant that germinates in the fall and lives through the winter), Medusahead is able to out compete perennials because it is the first plant species to take over after a fire.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty asked what a Medusahead infestation would mean for wildlife and “other critters.”

Campbell replied, “You might as well pave [infested land] and put a Walmart out there.”

He explained that Medusahead is both inedible and inhabitable.

Campbell said the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning to treat thousands of acres with aerial herbicide spray using fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.

“If the BLM pulls this off, it’s going to be unprecedented,” Campbell said.

Private landowners and operators who were affected by the Buzzard Complex Fire are being encouraged to assess their ability to treat Medusahead this fall, as an opportunity exists for them to participate in a group aerial herbicide spray.

Interested landowners can contact CWMA staff at 541-589-4314.


District Attorney Tim Colahan attended the meeting to discuss an order in the matter of appointing the Harney County Supervising Authority, Harney County Local Parole Board, and a hearings officer for Harney County.

The order appoints Harney County Sheriff Dave Glerup and Harney County Community Corrections as the Harney County Supervising Authority.

The order also appoints Glerup, along with John Copenhaver and Hilda Allison, to two-year terms on the Harney County Local Parole Board.

Under the order, Colahan will act as legal counsel to the board, which is responsible for the following functions:

• approval and signing of all parole orders;

• hearing and arbitration of appeals of decisions by the Harney County Hearings Officer;

• adjudication of all parole revocations where the intended sanction is 91 days or more in the Harney County Jail; and

• review of all sanctions imposed in local control cases.

Harney County Community Corrections will be responsible for all remaining parole board functions.

The order also appoints Lt. Will Benson of Baker County Community Corrections as the hearings officer for Harney County. Benson will hear appeals of sanctions imposed by the Harney County Community Corrections where the sanction or revocation is contested or the allegation is contested.

The order also continues placement of the Harney County Community Corrections Department under Glerup’s supervision.

Grasty said the court made the decision to place the department under the supervision of the county sheriff.

“That was our decision, and it could be rescinded,” he said. “There are no issues today whatsoever, but I want us all to recognize that we are not giving up the ability to take control.”

The court agreed to approve the signing of the order.


Discussion resumed regarding a letter from Brent Fenty, executive director of Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), regarding the Oregon Desert Trail.

Harney County Commissioner Pete Runnels said, “I read through it, and no where does it talk about our request for not designating the trail.”

Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols added that, although the letter acknowledges the BLM’s multiple use mandate, it states that lands may be managed for livestock grazing.

“I thought it was kind of humorous that they were using the word ‘may’ in there,” Nichols said. “It leaves the door open and kind of shows you where they’re headed.”

Grasty said the letter failed to address county comprehensive land use. He added that he thinks ONDA should complete the full National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process at its own expense.

The court agreed to discuss the matter further in an afternoon work session.

Grasty added that he’d like to get other counties involved in drafting a response to ONDA.


In other business, the court:

• was addressed during the public comment period by Sharon N. Cairns-Chaddick concerning wild horses and burros.

She stated, “A lot of people back East need wild horses to sooth their souls and see the beauty of our public lands.”

She added, “We should welcome them with open arms because they bring money to our state;”

• received a letter from Barbara Cannady concerning the circuit court case of Gary Marshall et. al. vs. Barbara Cannady et. al.

In part, the letter stated that Howard Palmer testified that AE Brown Road “was never formally accepted by the Harney County Commissioners, which means it was never legalized.”

She added that this issue is “an element of dispute for the proposed road identification map for Harney County;”

• was addressed during the public comment period by Barbara Kull concerning United Nations Agenda 21;

• briefly discussed a map of roads within Harney County. Grasty said, other than the letter submitted by Cannady, he had not received any additional information on that issue;

• discussed the state’s Sage Grouse Conservation Partnership (SageCon). Grasty said SageCon has yet to provide a legal definition of “disturbance” or show what modeling will be used to determine the amount of disturbance that currently exists;

• discussed the road right-of-way reservation that the county holds on a piece of ground owned by Jeff and Sherri Hussey near East Steens Road.

The Husseys have elected to donate the parcel to the federal government and receive a tax deduction.

In a letter written to Grasty, Rhonda Karges, Andrews / Steens Field Manager for the Burns BLM, stated, “To ensure we can get approval from the solicitor on the preliminary title report, BLM is asking Harney County to release the road reservation record on the deed in 1955.”

Grasty recommended that Colahan prepare a quitclaim deed for the court to consider.

The court agreed to resume discussion concerning this issue during its next meeting;

• reviewed an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) speed zone investigation that was recently conducted on Egan Road.

Rich Heinemann, ODOT Region 5 Traffic Investigator, stated that his report recommends 35 mph in the north zone (from Grant Street to Culp Lane) and 45 mph in the south zone (from Culp Lane to the south boundary of the Harney County Fairgrounds).

“We’ve got an argument to make with them,” Grasty said, explaining that he believes the south zone should be 35 mph.

Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella  agreed, stating that it should be 35 mph “at least until they get past the fairgrounds;”

• received a letter from the Vale BLM regarding renewal of grazing permits;

• received a letter from the Lakeview BLM concerning expanding its existing integrated weed management program to make ten additional herbicides available for treatment and allowing herbicides to be used to treat all non-native invasive plants across the resource area;

• learned from Grasty that Teresa Raaf announced her resignation from Forest Supervisor of the Malheur National Forest.

Raaf accepted the position as Director of State and Private Forestry for Regions 6 and 10 and will be reporting to Portland Nov. 2.

“I understand why she made this decision, but I’m sad to see her go,” Grasty said.

He added that the court will have to build a new relationship with the next forest supervisor;

• upon recommendation from Drushella, accepted a bid from McCallum Rock Drilling Inc. for a drilling and blasting project;

• discussed the Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation’s economic strategy.

Grasty said he believes the strategy is completely focused on the northern counties, and he thinks there should be two strategies — one for the north and one for the south.

“I’m going to push back  very hard that this has to be redone,” Grasty said.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the county court will be held Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Burns District, will host a celebration at Page Springs Campground on Friday, Sept. 12, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

The anniversary celebration at Page Springs Campground starts at 9 a.m. with a one-mile walk along the Blitzen River Trail to the Page Springs Weir. Interpretive presentations and discussions, light trail maintenance and repairing a water crossing are on the agenda for interested volunteers. A picnic lunch will be provided to those in attendance.

Everyone is encouraged to attend and celebrate the Steens Mountain Wilderness during this commemorative event. Volunteers must provide their own transportation to Page Springs Campground.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act on Sept. 3, 1964, and over the past 50 years, Congress has added over 100 million acres to this unique land preservation system.  The 170,000-acre Steens Mountain Wilderness was dedicated in October 2000 and comprises some of the wildest and most remote land in Oregon.

For more information about this 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act celebration, contact Tom Wilcox, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 541-573-4534.

The Department of State Lands (DSL) will hold a public informational meeting on the proposed land exchange between DSL and Tree Top Ranches, southeast of Crane on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway in Burns.

The meeting is an opportunity for DSL to inform the public on the land exchange, respond to concerns raised during the public comment period earlier this year, and receive additional comments. The agency will make a final recommendation to the State Land Board at a later date.

The meeting will be held in a facility that is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need assistance to participate in the meeting due to a disability, please notify Sheena Miltenberger, 541-388-6072, at least two working days prior to the meeting.

Additional information:

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Roath (#30) follows his blockers for a big gain.

Austin Roath (#30) follows his blockers for a big gain.

The Crane Mustangs got their football season off to good start, scoring 32 points in the first quarter on their way to a 60-6 win over Echo on Friday, Sept. 5.

The Mustangs took control of the game from the outset as Travis Landon scored on a 50-yard run on the first offensive play of the season, and Austin Roath ran in the two-point conversion to put Crane up 8-0.

Crane upped the lead to 16-0 on their next possession when Roath broke through the defense for a 37-yard touchdown run, and then added the two-point conversion.

The Crane defense stopped the Cougars once again, and Dustin Ramge ran back the ensuing punt 60 yards for a score. David Steeves scored on the two-point conversion attempt, and Crane was up 24-0.

Echo cut the lead to 24-6 on a 55-yard touchdown pass, but that was as close as they would get the remainder of the game.

Following the kickoff, the Mustangs started at their own 46, and Landon broke loose once again, scoring from 54 yards out. Steeves tacked on the two-point conversion, and Crane led 32-6.

Crane boosted their lead to 38-6 on a 39-yard run by Roath to start the second quarter.

Roath scored his third touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run with about four-and-a-half minutes left in the first half, and Jack Bentz’s two-point conversion gave Crane a 46-6 lead at the break.

Echo received the second half kickoff, but could go nowhere, and turned over the ball on downs. The Mustangs picked up where they left off in the first half, putting together a six-play drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Steeves. Landon then ran in the two-point conversion.

Crane’s final score of the game came on a 7-yard run by Landon with 9:15 left on the clock.

The Mustangs rushed for 396 yards, led by Roath with 149 yards on 11 carries. Landon picked up 136 yards on six attempts, and Steeves finished with 66 yards on 10 carries.

The Crane defense held the Cougars to just 90 rushing yards and 55 yards through the air.


Echo        6      0     0      0       6

Crane     32    14     8      6     60


Crane travels to Moro to take on Sherman at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. The Huskies are coming off a 60-20 win over Powder Valley.

John Dewey Patton 1934-2014

Posted on September 10th in Obituaries

WorkedOBIT PattonJohn Dewey Patton, 79, a fifth-generation Oregonian passed away Aug. 17, five months after being diagnosed with cancer.

John was born Sept. 16, 1934, in Myrtle Point to John J. and Maxine (Collins) Patton.

Most of his life was lived in-state, with the exception of a brief time in Northern California, where his father followed logging jobs, and two years in Pasco, Wash., where he attended Columbia Basin College.

John was quite young when he started working in the woods with his father, who said John always had truck wheels rolling in his head. Thus, his first experience with hauling logs began.

John worked in the John Day Valley for some time, during which he had a partnership with Skip Powell. He also worked for various other employers until a log rolled off a truck and crushed his right leg. Unfortunately, his stay in the hospital left him with a staph infection, the type of which no cure could be found. He realized at that point he would need to find a new occupation.

Unable to do the work he loved, he attended Columbia Basin College to earn a degree in auto mechanics. From this, he found work in Baker County for their maintenance department. Not being an indoor person, and still having truck wheels turning in his head, he realized this was not for him. His heart was still in the logging industry, so back he went.

In 1967, he purchased an International truck, which he named “Belinda,” and the two of them headed out looking for log-hauling jobs. He hauled for some time in the John Day valley, until he met Jim Howden, of H&H Logging in Burns. Jim told him if he moved to Harney County, he would have a job for him. This move proved to be prosperous in many ways and started the final chapters of his life.

John met Doris in 1969, and it didn’t take long for them to know they were meant to be a team. They were married April 4, 1970, and formed an extended family. John brought to the union two sons, Jeff and Joe. Doris brought daughter, Donna, and sons, Larry, John and David.

John’s relationship with Jim went from, not only working, to a great friendship, that lasted until Jim’s death years later. During this time, John and Doris formed their own company, John Patton Logging. They continued working for, and with Jim, later doing custom logging for personal landowners until they retired in 2002.

After one landowner job, John was awarded a citation from the state of Oregon Forestry Department for the excellent work he had done.

After 31 years of suffering with the staph infection in his ankle, John became ill. When the doctors examined him, they could not find any sign of the infection. Hearing this, John said, “Cut it off,” and so they did. What may have been a tragedy for others was a blessed relief for him. He fared wonderfully well with his prosthesis, and created many laughable stories because of it. Only one of which was, when it was bothering him and he had grandson, Ryan, take it down to the shop and cut part of it off.

John’s hobbies were hunting, fishing and traveling. He and Doris visited many monuments, museums and parks statewide, nationally and internationally.

John took many trips with his family. He hunted in Oregon and Idaho with his sons, Jeff and Joe; took trips to Alaska combining travel, fishing and hunting with son, David, and family. Included was a trip to Hawaii with son, Larry and wife; fishing on the Columbia and hunting with son, John and family. Donna also shared trips to Nevada and Alaska with him and Doris.

Three weeks in Italy and Austria with David and family were highlighted by being part of a huge crowd in St. Peter’s Square to witness Pope John Paul II ordain (the now-present Pope) Francis and others to the Office of the Cardinal. Several trips through the Yukon, British Columbia and Banff, Alberta, found them having high tea in the British tradition. And trips to Nevada to visit Doris’ friends and schoolmates were always a great pleasure to John.

John also learned to appreciate live Broadway productions, along with several operas and philharmonic concerts. The trade-off was tickets to Blazer games, especially when the Blazers were playing the Utah Jazz.

He also enjoyed many live appearances of pop and western musicians. While watching the Donna Fargo show, she came off the stage and shook his hand. His claim to fame!

His uncanny knack for finding things kept his family amazed. While driving, some of the more unusual things included a ticking ladies Timex watch near a snow bank in Yellowstone Park, a police two-way radio on a Hines street, scissors on a street in Eugene, a box of toys on a desert road off Highway 20, and most rare, a perfectly good Oreck vacuum cleaner in the Ochoco Forest while riding around with friend, Cal.

John’s sense of humor stayed with him even through his last days; and friends and family will repeat some of his vocabulary for a very long time.

He was a member of several organizations, mostly to do with the timber industry. He was president of the Grant/Harney chapter of Oregon Forest Product Transportation Association, in which he held state offices as well. He was also named Timberman of the Year at the Harney County Chamber Banquet.

John is survived by his wife, Doris; brother, Jim, and his wife, Rhea; sister, Janice Jones; children, Jeff, and his wife, Denise, Joe, Donna, Larry, John, and his wife, Pat, David, and his wife, Runae; 14 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren; nieces, Kristie and Lenore; nephew, Hank; and many friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents; a newborn daughter; and grandsons, Joe Jr. and Johnathan Mallars.

A funeral service was held Aug. 23 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made to Harney County Home Health and Hospice and/or Ronald McDonald House of Central Oregon, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

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