Saturday April 19

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

An Easter egg hunt will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Hines Park. The hunt is for ages 0-8, and is sponsored by Zeta Sigma sorority.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club is hosting “An Eggs…cellent” trap shoot on Saturday, April 19, at the shooting range on Radar Hill. The event will feature lots of fun and games. Practice is at 9:30 a.m., with games to follow. All levels of shooters welcome. Lunch will be available.

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.

Sunday April 20

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

The Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista, will be celebrating Easter Sunday, April 20, with one service only at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Children’s Church will be available at the same time.

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

Monday April 21

Posted on April 16th in Community Calendar

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

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 April 22

Posted on April 16th 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.

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 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.

An Infant/Toddler Play Group is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center for children ages birth to three. For more information, call 541-573-6461.

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 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.

Trail would run from Badlands to Owyhee 

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Brent Fenty, executive director of the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), was present during the Community Response Team meeting (held April 2) to introduce a proposal to designate the Oregon Desert Trail as a National Recreation Trail (NRT).

Fenty began his presentation by providing a brief overview of ONDA.


About ONDA

Founded 25 years ago, ONDA is a Bend-based association with more than 4,000 members and supporters.

According to its website, ONDA “exists to protect, defend and restore Oregon’s high desert.” The site states that the association’s “dream” is to “see millions of acres of beautiful and ecologically-vital public lands permanently protected.”

ONDA was instrumental in the creation of the Steens Mountain, Oregon Badlands, and Spring Basin wilderness areas. And, according to its website, ONDA maintains “diligent efforts to enforce conservation laws to protect sensitive wildlife.”


About the Oregon Desert Trail

After introducing ONDA, Fenty explained the association’s initiative to obtain NRT designation for the Oregon Desert Trail.

He said the trail, which spans from the Oregon Badlands Wilderness in Central Oregon to Lake Owyhee State Park near the Oregon/Idaho boarder, would be an asset to communities throughout Oregon’s High Desert, creating non-motorized recreation opportunities (such as hiking, boating, horseback riding, and biking) on public lands without disturbing sensitive wildlife areas or areas that are culturally-significant. Fenty said the trail would also incorporate “some of the most scenic and historic” sites in the area.

According to ONDA’s website, the Oregon Desert Trail “links existing trails, old Jeep tracks, historical wagon roads and cross-country navigation, and is accessible at different points by bicycle, horseback and raft, in addition to foot. Some sections offer easy walks along well-marked paths. Other areas require GPS  [Global Positioning System] skills, significant outdoor experience and serious preparation, particularly for water sources.”

Fenty said volunteers hiked the area in different seasons to help identify potential routes, as well as fence lines, water sources, and recreational activities.

ONDA’s website states that, “Thanks to thousands of volunteer and staff hours, the guide material, maps, GPS tracks and waypoints, and town information are now available for you to create your own Oregon Desert Trail adventure.”

Fenty said he hopes the people who hike the trail will serve as an asset to nearby communities by patronizing businesses in nearby towns. He added that he hopes the towns will also be an asset to hikers.

The trail transverses Deschutes, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties. Starting from the west, it begins in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness and meanders through Diablo Peak, Fremont National Forest, Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge, Steens Mountain, the Pueblo Mountains, and the Trout Creek Mountains, before ending in Lake Owyhee State Park.

Fenty added that, although the trail was featured in The New York Times and Outside magazine, it’s still a “work in progress.”


National Recreation Trail designation sought

On Nov. 8, 2013, ONDA submitted a proposal to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, requesting NRT designation for the Oregon Desert Trail.

According to the BLM’s website, NRTs may be designated by the secretary of the interior or the secretary of agriculture “to recognize exemplary trails of local and regional significance in response to an application from the trial’s managing agency or organization.” Once trails are designated, they become part of America’s national system of trails.

Fenty said ONDA is reaching out to communities and businesses located along the trail’s route to better understand opportunities and challenges associated with the proposed NRT designation.

He then began accepting questions from the audience.


A rocky relationship

One member of the audience expressed suspicion regarding ONDA’s motivation for developing the trail.

“I think ONDA is taking on this whole project to recruit people to its legal work,” she said.

Fenty said ONDA’s goal for developing the trail is to “connect people to public lands.”

However, he acknowledged that the association has been involved in environmental litigation.

For example, ONDA pursued litigation that, ultimately, impeded the Echanis Wind Energy Project that Columbia Energy Partners proposed for Steens Mountain. During the delay, available tax credits expired, threatening the financial feasibility of the proposed project.

Another member of the audience asked, “Why do you think the community here should support an effort by ONDA?” He added, “I see your history as being obstructionist.”

Fenty said ONDA has been involved with projects in this community before. For example, he said ONDA assisted with the development of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan.

Regarding the trail, Fenty said, “I would hope that people could judge the project on its merits.” He added that, “It would have been easy to push [the trail project] off to another group,” but said he thinks the project could create an opportunity for cooperation.


Motorized access

Another audience member asked how many roads  would be closed to motorized vehicles if the Oregon Desert Trail becomes designated.

Fenty said the trail uses roads that are not typically accessed by motorized vehicles.

However, the audience member said that he, and many other local people, drive vehicles that are capable of accessing these rugged roads.


Private property

Kate Marsh asked whether the trail crosses private land.

Fenty replied that some routes are on county roads that cross between private property, but said the trail sticks to public land.


Marking the trail

Marsh also asked whether signs will be posted along the trail.

Fenty suggested limiting signs to the trail’s various staring points, posting just enough to let hikers know they are on the right track.


Why designate?

Barbara Cannady said she didn’t understand the point of designating the trail.

“You can advertise that there is a trail,” Cannady said, “but why do you need to have a designation that can have negative impacts?”

Fenty said the NRT designation requires input from organizations and individuals outside of ONDA, adding that he thinks this input will improve the trail and make it more of an asset to nearby communities.

“Ultimately, the product will be better,” Fenty said, adding that, “They are everyone’s public lands, not just ONDA’s.”


Search and rescue

Fred Flippence asked whether ONDA has considered the resources that may be needed from rural communities, adding that increased hiking will put pressure on local search and rescue operations.

“We don’t call Salem to find someone who is lost,” Flippence said. “We call the local sheriff.”

Fenty said, “These are the kinds of questions we are working on.”


Economic impact

Another audience member expressed concern about how the trail could threaten economic development opportunities in the future.

“We don’t know what we don’t know,” he said, explaining that, for example, highly-valuable, rare earth could be discovered along the trail’s route. He added that, once the trail is designated, he doubts ONDA would be willing to give it up.

Fenty said this is a legitimate point, but added that much of the trail passes through areas that already have special designations.

However, the audience member said he was concerned about the areas that will be newly-designated to “connect the dots” between established trails.

Another audience member said he has hiked several trails, and a lot of them really helped the communities that were close to them.

“By and large, hikers are good stewards of the land, and they spend money in the community,” he said.

But Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols disagreed.

Nichols said, in the 35 years that he has lived near a designated trail, he has only seen two hikers use it.

Fenty replied that the Oregon Desert Trail would connect these existing trails into a “cohesive view of Oregon’s High Desert.” He added, “I think there is evidence that this can be an asset.”

However, he admitted that he cannot know who will use the trail.



Tonya Fox of Training and Employment Consortium (TEC) attended the meeting to announce that TEC offices in Harney and Grant counties will be offering classes to prepare participants for Microsoft® Word certification testing.

Fox said, once participants received certification, they can sign up on Microsoft’s website where employers can find them and offer them higher-paying jobs and positions in larger companies.

Classes are two days a week, for four weeks. The classes are free, but the certification test cost $100. Some test sites may also charge a testing fee.

Fox said TEC also offers self-paced classes for anyone who wants to learn Microsoft® Word, but doesn’t want to take the certification test.

She added that TEC hopes to add certification training classes for other Microsoft® Office programs in the future.

Participants must be 18 years or older and register with WorkSource Oregon.



Christine Nelson of the Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC) attended to discuss the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) update.

According to GEODC’s website, CEDS “is designed to bring together the private and public sector in the creation of an economic roadmap to strengthen and diversify regional economies.”

Harney County belongs to a seven-county region, which also includes Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla, Wheeler, Grant and Malheur counties.

Nelson encouraged everyone (community members, business owners, civic organizations, economic development organizations, etc.) to provide input regarding economic development in the region.

Anyone interested in providing input can complete a survey online at:

Several buildings considered in study

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

During its regular meeting (held April 2), the Harney County Court discussed a feasibility study for biomass heat.

Prepared by Wisewood Inc., the study explores the possibility of using a single, large biomass boiler system to transmit heat to connected facilities via thermal distribution lines (steam or hot water). This concept is known as district heating. Because thermal energy can be metered at each facility, individual billing can be applied.

The Harney County Courthouse, Harney County Sheriff’s Office,  Harney County Jail, former Lincoln Jr. High School building, and Symmetry Care were all considered in the study.

Lori Cheek, a Harney County School District No. 3 board member, said Slater Elementary School is also exploring the possibility of heating its facility with  a biomass boiler, but because the school is located too far from the courthouse, it would require a separate system.

Cheek said Slater is seriously considering this option because its existing boiler system is outdated and broken, and the school has been paying thousands of dollars in repairs.

Instead of wood pellets, the biomass boilers would use juniper and/or forest residuals, sourced from local forests. These boilers are capable of processing fuels of varying moisture content.

In addition to being more affordable than wood pellets, biomass material could provide employment opportunities for local logging groups.

However, according to the feasibility study, “The upfront construction cost of building a biomass district energy system…is currently estimated at approximately $1,500,000.”

But Wisewood Inc. will be able to access the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) if the combined total of individual projects  (developed simultaneously) is approximately $4 million or greater.

Wisewood Inc. has already secured State of Oregon Energy Incentive Program Tax Credits, which are in addition to any NMTC financing.

Cheek said Slater doesn’t want to be the “guinea pig” and pay full price for its boiler system.

She added that Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility may also be interested in participating.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty stressed that this study is still in draft form, and nothing has been committed. He added that the next step will be to meet with Wisewood Inc. to discuss the study further.


Randy Fulton, Harney County Economic Development director, attended the meeting to discuss Resolution 2014-02 in the matter of sponsoring an application for the designation of an enterprise zone within the cities of Burns and Hines.

According to the text of the resolution, the 6.84-square-mile-zone would “encourage new business investment, job creation, higher incomes for local residents and greater diversity of economic activity” by granting property tax exemptions to eligible businesses firms.

Fulton explained that these tax abatements would be granted on a case-by-case basis.

After some discussion, the court agreed to approve the resolution, which was signed by Grasty and became effective April 9.


Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella reported that he submitted a Federal Lands Access Program application for maintenance funding. If received, the funding will  be used to chip seal Rattlesnake Road.


The court also discussed ongoing efforts to prevent the proposed sage grouse listing, agreeing that the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Resource Management Plan Amendment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RMPA/DEIS) failed to adequately analyze the social and economic impacts of the proposed listing.

Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols said, “They analyzed the bird and its habitat to the ‘nth degree,’ but they didn’t analyze the impact on humans.”

“We’ve just got to stay at the table until we get done,” Grasty said, regarding the court’s ongoing efforts.


In other business, the court:

• scheduled its budget board meeting for May 14. The budget hearing is scheduled for June 4;

• discussed Early Learning Council Hubs. Nichols said he is interested to see how counties that have yet to receive a Hub designations will be included;

• received a letter from Stacy Davies announcing his resignation from the Harney County Planning Commission. In his letter, Davies stated that, over the past few years, he has been lax in filling out the Oregon Government Ethics form. As a result, he was fined $3,300. He added that he recently received the new form in the mail, and rather than fill it out, he decided to resign.

Grasty said that, although he understands the need to be ethical in government, there needs to be a better form. He added that he feels for Davies, and is sad to lose him from the commission;

• briefly discussed the Ochoco Summit Trail System Project;

• briefly discussed Taylor Grazing Proceeds distribution;

• held a work session after the meeting to discuss the BLM’s Steens Mountain Comprehensive Recreation Plan. No decisions were made.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the next county court meeting will be held Wednesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

James Obradovich (No. 22) looks for a shot. (Submitted photo)

The Nadzitsaga lacrosse team traveled to Corvallis last weekend to play two games against  North Valley Conference teams, and came home with a 1-1 record.

On Friday, April 4, Nadzitsaga went up against Corvallis High School and was defeated 12-5.

“This was a pretty competitive game up until midway in the fourth quarter, when we just ran out of gas,” Nadzitsaga coach Rick Roy said. “We were down 3-0 at half, and we made a run the third quarter, but we just got gassed and could not keep up the pressure.  I am proud of the kids for not backing down.  Corvallis High School is a much larger program/school than ours.”

Kinnon Roy led the Nadzitsaga offense with five goals, and  Andrew Houck had one assist.

Nadzitsaga won seven of 17 faceoffs, took 41 shots compared to 24 by Corvallis, and each team picked up 33 ground balls. Taylor Klus stopped 12 of 24 shots on goal for a 50 percent save percentage

1    2    3   4   Final

Nad    0   0    4    1      5

Cor    1   2    5    4     12

On Saturday, April 5, Nadzitsaga faced West Albany High School and won 10-3.

“We dominated this game from start to finish, and in all aspects of the game,” Roy said. “It was a good game, and effort, and a good rebound from the loss the previous evening.”

The offense was led by K. Roy with nine goals (25) and an assist, one goal by James Obradovich (2), and one assist by Brendan Fitzpatrick.

Nadzitsaga won 11 of 16 faceoffs,  took 48 shots (compared to 10 by West Albany), and picked up 40 ground balls (compared to 14 by West Albany). Klus stopped seven of 10 shots on goal for a 70 percent save percentage.

             1    2    3   4   Final

Nad      3   0    4    3      10

W. Alb 0   0    2    1        3


Nadzitsaga will be in action with two conference games this week.  Wednesday, April 9, Nadzitsaga travels to Bend to take on Bend High School at 5:30 p.m., and then hosts Hermiston High School on Friday, April 11, at Slater Elementary at 5 p.m.


Nadzitsaga hosted the Redmond High School Panthers on Monday, March 31, and won 5-2, in a defensive battle.

“This was a game that did not feature a ton of offense or scoring opportunities for either team,” Roy said. “The Redmond defense was solid and fairly disciplined, and disrupted our offense and execution.  We actually had to come from behind. Redmond took a quick two-goal lead by causing our offense to turn the ball over, and then scoring in transition.  Once we settled down, we held them scoreless the remaining three quarters.  Redmond had few scoring opportunities, and only had 13 total shots in the game.”

The Nadzitsaga offense was led by K. Roy with three goals (11), and one goal apiece from Houck (1) and Fitzpatrick (1).

Nadzitsaga took a total of 25 shots in the game, won five of 10 faceoffs, picked up 35 of 79 ground balls, cleared the ball out of their defensive end at will, and had no time-serving penalties.

Klus stopped six of eight shots on goal for a 75 percent save percentage.

“Overall, it was a decent game, and more importantly, a High Desert Conference win,” Roy said.  “If we want to go to the post-season for the fifth consecutive year, we have to win conference games.”

1    2    3   4   Final

Red    2   0    0    0      2

Nad    1   3    0    1      5

OBIT Cate webJohn Kenneth Cate (Slim) passed away April 1 in Burns.

He was born in a small town near Billings, Mont. Feb. 4, 1936. He lost his mother at the tender age of 9, so he was raised by his older sister, Tharon.

John joined the Army March 29, 1953, and he was given honorable discharge Jan. 20, 1961. He served in the Korean War.

He married Hatsumi Utsumi at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, Aug. 29, 1958. He was serving in the U.S. Army at the time.

After residing in Japan, the couple moved to Tacoma, Wash. They welcomed eight children: Ray, Eugene, Clifford, Ian, Teresa, Riki, Tami and Jay, as well as 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

John will be missed for his humorous stories and his tremendous love of music. He also enjoyed working with wood. He greatly enjoyed his grandchildren and celebrated in their accomplishments.

John worked for St. Regis and West Tacoma Newsprint in Tacoma, Wash.; South Coast Lumber Co. in Brookings; Kinzua Corp. in Heppner; Edward Hines Lumber Co. in Hines; and Weyerhauser in Cottage Grove. He worked for Weyerhauser until his retirement.

John is survived by siblings, Marie Lamb of Fairbanks, Alaska, Pat Cate of Santa Rosa, Calif., Jan Cate of Wenatchee, Wash., and Roy and Dick Cate both of Omak, Wash.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hatsumi Cate; daughter, Tami Clark; son, Jay Cate; and grandson, Ian Cate.

OBIT Glerup webBurtta Jean Glerup passed away April 3. Known by many as Jean, she was born April 5, 1944, in Bend, to Burt and Josephine Schroder. Jean was raised on a ranch south of Hines, called “The Swamp.” She attended school in Hines and Burns, and graduated from Burns Union High School in 1962. Jean was active in the Harney County Fair Court from 1960-61.

She was married to Doug Lowe from 1962-72, and together they had one son, Perry Lowe.

In 1973, she married George Glerup. The Glerups celebrated their 41st anniversary March 17.

Jean worked at the U.S. Bank in Burns for 23 years. In 1991, George and Jean moved to Vale, where together, they ran their company, George’s Shop and Rock.

In 2002, George and Jean sold their business, retired, and began traveling. Since that time, they spent most of their winters in Puerto Penasco, Mexico, and their summers in Coos Bay.

Jean is survived by her husband, George Glerup; son, Perry Lowe; daughter, Jeane Robinson; and her three grandchildren, Bridget Robinson, Trey and Emma Lowe. She is also survived by her brother Marion Schroder, his wife, Shelia, and numerous members of her extended family.

She touched the hearts of many on her journey through life. Jean requested to be cremated, and rather than a service, she would like her friends and family to celebrate her life as she lived it…with laughter and love.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at

Linda Ruth Smith 1943-2014

Posted on April 9th in Obituaries

OBIT Smith webLinda Ruth Smith passed away April 2 at her home in Hines.

Linda was born Aug. 20, 1943, in Jefferson County, Mo. She was a life member of Eastern Star, and the Business Professional Women’s Association, having had multiple professions, and enjoyed working in the community, as both a professional and volunteer.

Linda and her husband, Darrel, were very active in the Harney County Fair Association.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Darrel; mother, Evelyn Rippee; brother, Marvin Rippee; children, Jim (Teri) Smith, Terry (Debra) Taylor, Lisa (Jack) Kennedy, Creig Smith, and David Taylor; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her father, and her sister.

At Linda’s request, there will be no service. Donations in Linda’s name may be made  to Susan G. Komen, or to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


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