OBIT Dahl WEBJohn Dahl, 37, passed away May 6, surrounded by the people who knew and loved him the most.

John was born March 31, 1978, in Moscow, Idaho. He later moved to Burns with his family, where he attended and graduated from high school. John was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He was a varsity letterman in each sport, and was named “most promising freshman” in basketball during ninth grade. John loved sports, and anyone who ever played a game of one-on-one with him can attest to his skill and competitiveness.

During his high school years, John met the true and only love of his life, Mattye. They were married Feb. 7, 2004, and had two beautiful children together, Maci and Zachary. John’s greatest joy in life was his children. He was a wonderful father who wanted nothing more than to spend every minute with his children.

John loved the outdoors and the Oregon Coast. He often 4-wheeled and rode motorcycles throughout his life. John was also a sports fanatic, especially when rooting for his beloved San Antonio Spurs.

John is survived by his parents, John and Judy of Lewiston; children, Maci and Zachary of Portland; brother, Bill and family of Burns; brother, Sandy and family of Weippe, Idaho; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the American Kidney Foundation.


Alberta (Buddy) Means, long time Burns resident and teacher, passed away Friday, May 8. A service, to be announced at a later date, will be held in Hillsboro. An obituary will follow.


Wednesday May 13

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Harney County Farm Bureau will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

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, May 13, at 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. Come learn and share about all types of cancer, ways to manage symptoms, treat side effects and make connections to help you navigate cancer care. Please contact Kristen Gregg or Maria Pichette, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinators at 541-573-8614 for more information.

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.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.


Thursday May 14

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Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this great program. Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library; sessions include brief education, warm-up & stretching, walking, then cool down & stretching. Group suitable for those with arthritis or 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.

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.

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 May 15

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Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 15. Open to grades 6-12. 

The Oregon Junior High Rodeo will be held at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

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 May 16

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The Oregon High School Rodeo will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

The Oregon Junior High Rodeo will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

The Burns Butte Sportmen’s Club invites the public to their “Playday in May.” It will be a fun and games event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the trap range on Radar Hill. Although they will have practices, this will be the last regular trap shoot until fall. All levels of shooters are welcome, and lunch will be available.


Sunday May 17

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The Oregon High School Rodeo will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

Center Stage, the annual showcase featuring Harney County talent, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. Anyone wishing to participate needs to call Marianne Andrews 541-573-5157 or Linda Greenfield 541-573-5346.

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

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 May 18

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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 May 19

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“An Evening to Celebrate the Arts” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. For more information, contact Debby Peckham 541-573-2427.

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.

Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this great program. Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library. For details, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614.

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.


Police department obtains overtime grant

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

The Hines Common Council met for a public land use hearing at its regularly-scheduled meeting Tuesday, April 28. The land use hearing on Ordinance 309 (a flood damage prevention ordinance, with included zoning changes) was called to order first to gather public input and provide an opportunity for discussion.

Ordinance 309 had been discussed at previous meetings, but councilors elected to delay a vote in order to have more time for review. City Administrator Joan Davies explained at the regular meeting of the Hines Common Council on April 14 that all cities are now being required to pass flood ordinances in order to qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program, and that the ordinance had been reviewed by a citizen committee and was recommended for approval by the Hines Planning Commission.

At the April 28 public hearing, Davies reiterated that the ordinance establishes processes for flood damage prevention, and changes single-family residential zoning for six privately-owned properties, in cooperation with the property owners.

One person in attendance asked if her property was in the flood zone. Davies explained that the ordinance does not change any flood zoning designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and that a flood zone map could be obtained from the Harney County Planning Commission.

As there were no further comments or discussion, and no written testimony had been received, the public hearing was closed. Councilor Hilda Allison moved to approve the ordinance, and it was seconded by Councilor Ron Williams. The motion carried with five “ayes,” and Councilor Loren Emang not voting.

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Ordinance 310, an amendment to the cottage development ordinance for the West Ridge II housing development, was also passed. The amendment clarifies the original intent of the planning commission, which was to require that a minimum of four cottages be built only when the development was first established, not each time a new cottage is proposed. Builders Pat Thompson and Ron Schirm were proposing to build two new cottages, and were in attendance to answer any questions.

Following the passage of the ordinance, Mayor Nikki Morgan advised the council that the clarification of the ordinance had caused a delay for the builders, and that they had requested a waiver of the 30-day waiting period normally required. Emang moved to waive the waiting period, it was seconded by Williams, and the motion carried unanimously.

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Hines Police Chief Ryan DeLange told the council that he obtained a grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) in the amount of $3,000 to pay for police overtime in writing traffic citations for speeding. Davies pointed out that the hours can’t be worked until after July 1 (the start of the fiscal year), because there is no revenue or expenditure line specifically for speeding citation overtime, and the grant comes with a $750 matching requirement. DeLange said they will have no problem satisfying the match with in-kind work.

In other news, DeLange reported that his department received a number of theft calls recently, and there continues to be a problem with methamphetamine and heroin sales and usage in both Hines and Burns. He said the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently busted an exchange of one pound of methamphetamine behind a local gas station.

DeLange said he received a lot of information regarding the implementation of Measure 91 (allowing for the personal use and possession of recreational marijuana) at the recent Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference, but said there is a great deal of confusion surrounding it, as changes keep being made.

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In unfinished business, the topic of utility rates was addressed. Morgan asked if there were any comments about the water base rate, and asked if the water rates committee met. Emang reported that it had, and they would meet again the following day. He said they are looking into flow rates and line sizes to help determine a billing scale. The committee is made up of Councilor Rod Bennett, Councilor Dick Baird, and Hines residents Darrel Smith and Bob Daniel, with Superintendent of Public Works Pedro Zabala participating.

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In her regular report, Davies said she attended the last Harney County Air Quality Task Force meeting for the season. It will reconvene in September, and it aims to focus on air quality education at schools.

Davies said she also appeared before the Harney County Budget Committee to request $15,000 for the city’s annual budget, which is $5,000 more than the county usually contributes. The money would go to the city’s street fund. Committee members said they would advise her of a decision when they complete their own budget.

Davies advised the council that the cans and bottles fund for Hines Park was at $4,529.52 for the fiscal year.

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Harney County Chamber of Commerce Director Chelsea Harrison was present to report on the free disposal day held at C&B Sanitary April 18. She said it was very successful, with a total of 48 loads dumped. She added that they may schedule it later in the year next year, however, to increase participation.

Harrison also reported on the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival in Honor of John Scharff. She said attendance was slightly down from last year, but participants booked more tours on average, which increased the time they spent in the county. She said the new owl and sage grouse tours were successful, and the youth art auction raised $900 for next year’s youth art program.

She said that six, 12-foot banners promoting the festival that were placed along Highway 20 at the Valley Golf Club disappeared, and they have not been recovered.

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In other business, the council:

• approved business licenses for Hannaford Creations and Paul Everett Bradley Landscape Services;

• approved a donation of up to $250 each from the Hines Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) and Hines Police Department to help pay for a chaplain training program for volunteer firefighter Bob Yunker at the Police/Firefighter Chaplaincy Academy in Seattle, Wash., May 16-23;

• approved a donation of $100 to the Burns High School senior class graduation party;

• discussed the utility worker job opening. Morgan said 14 applicants were interviewed, and that they are not ready to hire anyone yet, as background checks are still in progress;

• approved accounts payable for April 28 in the amount of $55,383.09.

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The next meeting of the Hines Common Council will be held Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Hines City Hall.


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