Wednesday June 24

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

Youth Summer Reading Program at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the Harney County Library. Super Dog Day features the awesome dogs from Harney County and Bend.

High Desert Park and Recreation District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in their office at Ponderosa Village, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Health District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the board conference room of the hospital, in the entrance off N. Grand, at 6 p.m.

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

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 June 25

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

Committee for Better Schools will be meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Big Bear Lodge. All interested welcome to attend.

Coyote Cinema presents Ida, rated PG13, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Free popcorn and free admission (donations accepted).

Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Hines at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Harney County Historical Society will meet Thursday, June 25, (this month only) instead of their regular third Thursday of each month at the Burns 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.

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 June 26

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

Teen Summer Reading Program, for grades 6-12, at Harney County Library from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. This week: Launch your own matchbox rockets.

The Burns Union High School Class of 1965 will be holding their 50th class reunion, beginning with a no-host evening at 7 p.m. at Big Bear Lodge on Friday, June 26.

Your mail carrier is retiring. Come say good-bye to Martha Wensenk at a retirement party from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, June 26, in the Burns Post Office lobby. Cake and coffee will be served.

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. Snacks 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 June 27

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

The Hi-Desert Showdown, featuring sheep, steer and bull riding will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Harney County Fairgrounds. Tickets available at Burns Garage, Figaro’s, A Parts Store and Harney County Chamber of Commerce.

Burns Butte Sportsmen Club will be holding their annual archery 3-D Mountain Shoot June 27-28 up at One Pine Road. Shoot is open to all levels and ages of shooters. A barbecue lunch will be available each day. Lots of camping available. Contact Frank at 541-589-3625 or Bob at 541-589-1114 for directions or more information.

A Veterans lunch and car show will be held at the Hampton Station Saturday June 27. A band will be there, as well as the Harney Rodders. They’ll be barbecuing chicken and burgers, and serving fresh watermelon. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 541-576-4951.


Sunday June 28

Posted on June 24th 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, June 28, 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.


Monday June 29

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

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 June 30

Posted on June 24th in Community Calendar

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

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 Karen Nitz
for the Burns Times-Herald

Historical Society WEB“The mountains and prairies remember Eastern Oregon’s tumultuous beginnings, but history does not. Apart from the rush for gold, little has been written about the events leading to the settlement of Eastern Oregon between 1861 and 1869.”  Until now. Author Dianne Lesniak traces the military campaigns which initially promised to be not much more than a policing operation against an unorganized tribe of hunters and gatherers, but turned into an eight-year struggle against a skillful and relentless foe. The book, based almost entirely on primary sources, includes previously unpublished material. Lesniak laces the narrative with the soldiers’ stories before, during and after their service in Eastern Oregon.

The Harney County Historical Society invites you to attend a free program and book signing with Ms. Lesniak at noon on Thursday, June 25, at the Burns Elks Lodge. Please note this is a change from our regular program schedule. Books will be available for purchase at the event or you can purchase a copy beforehand at the Harney County Historical Museum.

The program is free and open to the public. You do not need to be a historical society member or Elks Lodge member to attend.  An optional $6 lunch is served by the Elks beginning at 11:45.

Learn more about local military and Native American history at the Harney County Historical Museum. The museum is open for the season Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Admission is $5/adult or $8/couple, $3/senior and .50/child. Admission is always free for all Harney County Historical Society members.

If you would like more information about the museum, would like to become a volunteer, or if you have research questions call 541-573-5618 or email harneymuseum@centurytel.net.

Find the Harney County Historical Museum on Facebook www.facebook.com/HarneyCountyHistoricalMuseum


by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Retiring staff of HCSD No. 3 were recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Back row (L-R): Sheila Cunningham, Terry Graham, Dave Mues, and Cindy Purdy. Front row (L-R): Dana Copenhaver, Ramona Revak, Anne Haak, and Anne Kness. Linda Bennett (not pictured) was also recognized. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Retiring staff of HCSD No. 3 were recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday night. Back row (L-R): Sheila Cunningham, Terry Graham, Dave Mues, and Cindy Purdy. Front row (L-R): Dana Copenhaver, Ramona Revak, Ann Haak, and Anne Kness. Linda Bennett (not pictured) was also recognized. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Hines Middle School (HMS) teacher Son Burns and Burns High School (BHS) paraprofessional Monica McCanna attended the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County School  District (HCSD) No. 3 board of directors (held June 9) to recognize the staff members who are retiring this year.

Burns asked, “How do I begin to thank the people who have given so much of themselves to our children, to our community’s kids?”

He and McCanna then presented the retirees with plaques, featuring their names, years of service, and the schools where they worked. The retirees also received gift certificates.

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The board revisited its discussion concerning HMS’s athletic policy.

During the previous meeting (held May 12) Jen Keady addressed the board concerning charter school students’ ability to play HMS sports. After some discussion, HMS Principal Jerry Mayes said he’d meet with a group to write a policy that could be presented to the board.

During the June 9 meeting, Mayes suggested that charter school students be charged a $500 participation fee per sport, with a maximum fee of $1,500 for fall, winter, and spring sports participation.

Board chair Lori Cheek said, “That’s a lot of money,” and she asked whether the policy would apply to Suntex students.

Mayes said it wouldn’t because HCSD No. 3 contracts with Suntex Elementary School District.

Board vice chair Doug Gunderson said HCSD No. 3 receives $7,000 for each of the students that it enrolls, but it does not receive funding for charter school students. He added that the expense of providing sports programs exceeds $1,500 per student, and argued that the fees wouldn’t necessarily have to be paid by students’ parents.

“Put it on the charter school because they get the money for those kids,” he suggested.

“I don’t like it at all,” board member Ralph Dickenson said. “I think the charter part of it is too narrow.”

Dickenson asserted that, if fees are charged, they should be applied to all non-HMS students.

He added that, because students have to compete for spots on the teams, this policy could result in HMS students losing positions to students who don’t attend their school.

Dickenson also said that the proposed fees seemed like a penalty, adding that, “It doesn’t cost any more to offer [sports] to the kid that goes to charter school than an HMS student.”

“It is a penalty,” Gunderson replied. “We want them to be in our school.”

“I agree,” Dickenson said, adding that he thinks students who don’t attend HMS shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the school’s sports programs.

Board member Lisa King said the proposed policy doesn’t address behavioral issues. For example, she expressed concern that a student who was expelled from HMS could attend charter school, pay the fee, and be back on the team. She said this wouldn’t be fair to the other students.

Cheek replied that the Oregon School Activities Association has policies to prevent this from happening.

King said, “We hold our athletes in school to a higher standard, not just academically, but personally, as well,” and she asserted that the proposed policy goes against this philosophy.

She added that the district offers students many options for success, including access to online programs.

Cheek said, “Prineville has a charter school, and they are having absolute heck on this. It is hurting them because a lot of their really good athletes have gone to charter school, and they are rubbing it in the noses of the students who have to ‘walk the walk.’ I’m concerned, myself, about taking steps toward that. I believe that the education we provide by our staff in our schools is the best we have in Harney County.”

Board member Tara McLain made a motion to adopt a policy (similar to BHS’s) that states that students must be enrolled full time at HMS in order to participate in the school’s sports programs. However, interdistrict agreements would still be honored.

With the exception of Dickenson, the board agreed to adopt the policy that McLain proposed. Dickenson explained that he voted “no” because he didn’t want to include interdistrict agreements in the policy.

Superintendent Marilyn McBride said she’d draft a new policy in accordance with the board’s decision, and Cheek thanked Mayes for his efforts.

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Mayes reported that Garr Van Orden accepted a position elsewhere and is no longer slated to teach drama and electives at HMS. Mayes suggested hiring former Crane Union High School teacher Hector Martinez to fill the vacancy and transferring Roger Martin from the Burns High Alternative School to fill an additional position for an electives instructor at HMS. The board agreed to approve the personnel hire and transfer.

The board also approved personnel hires for Mary Cade (pending Oregon licensure) and Shawna Cook for teaching positions at Slater Elementary School.

The district still needs to fill four teaching positions.

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The board opened the budget hearing at the beginning of the meeting, and there was no public comment.

Before closing the hearing, Cheek commented that she’d like to have a librarian at Slater and hopes to discuss possible grant opportunities with Harney County Library Director Cheryl Hancock. Ramona Revak, a retiring Slater teacher, said a committee would be meeting to discuss the matter.

There being no further discussion, Cheek closed the budget hearing. The board then agreed to adopt the budget for fiscal year/school year 2015-2016 in the total amount of $13,388,658.

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In other business, the board:

• appointed McBride as district clerk, chief administrative officer, and budget officer for 2015-2016;

• appointed McBride as school district agent dealing with federal and state government;

• appointed Beth O’Hanlon as business manager;

• authorized facsimile signatures for McBride and O’Hanlon for district checks;

• established fidelity bonds on McBride in the amount of $100,000;

• designated McBride and O’Hanlon as custodians of all district funds for HCSD No. 3 for 2015-2016;

• appointed HCSD No. 3 board of directors as the contract review board for 2015-2016;

• designated the Burns Times-Herald as the official newspaper for the district for 2015-2016;

• appointed Property and Casualty Coverage for Education as the district insurance company and Field-Waldo Insurance Agencies Inc. as the agent of record for 2015-2016;

• appointed Oster Professional Group CPA’s as district auditors;

• designated U.S. Bank, the Local Government Investment Pool, Bank of Eastern Oregon, Umpqua Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank as depositories;

• set certified sub rates for 2015-2016 at $173.76 per day/ $21.72 per hour;

• received reports from Mayes, McBride, Slater Principal Chandra Ferguson, BHS Principal Brandon Yant, and Ron Wassom (principal of the district’s alternative schools);

• accepted an $800 donation for Hilander Basketball Camp, and a $750 donation for BHS softball, from the Harney County treasurer;

• accepted a $200 donation for portable toilet service for BHS softball for April and May from William F. Foster Inc.;

• accepted a $75 donation from Coffee Pot Brand LLC (doing business as Sam’s Service) for BHS softball;

• agreed to enter into a lease with Umpqua Bank for new controls to make the boiler system at BHS more efficient;

• approved a contract with Mike’s Fence Center Inc. for fencing around the  BHS football field and rear section of the parking lot. The contract also includes removal of the existing, dilapidated fence;

• upon recommendation from Wassom, agreed to surplus a table saw;

• adopted the 2015-2016 board meeting calendar;

• re-appointed Cheek board chair and Gunderson vice chair;

• agreed to table the collective bargaining agreement discussion until the next board meeting;

• accepted the “Staff Complaints” policy with changes, as read;

approved contracts for administration and contract staff.

Because the school board agreed not to hold a meeting in July, the next meeting will be held Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. in the district office building.


BHS athletes receive awards

Posted on June 17th in News,Sports
Burns High School (BHS) athletes Austin Feist and Catherine Clemens accepted their awards at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony June 11. (Submitted photos)

Burns High School (BHS) athletes Austin Feist and Catherine Clemens accepted their awards at the Oregon Sports Awards ceremony June 11. (Submitted photos)

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Catherine Clemens and Austin Feist of Burns High School received the Johnny Carpenter Class 4A-1A Prep Athletes of the Year awards Thursday, June 11, at the 63rd annual Oregon Sports Awards ceremony.

The Johnny Carpenter awards were the highest prep honors bestowed upon the recipients at the event held at Nike World headquarters in Beaverton, and it also marked the first time in the award’s history that athletes from the same school won it in the same year.

Gigi Stoll of Beaverton and Kellen Strahm of Sheldon received the Johnny Carpenter Class 6A-5A Prep Athletes of the Year awards.

ESPN SportsCenter anchor and University of Oregon alum, Neil Everett, hosted the event, which honored the best high school, college and professional Oregon athletes over the past year.

 

 

 

 


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