Saturday Aug. 29

Posted on August 26th in Community Calendar

Bicycle Saturdays in Harney County. Saturday, Aug. 29: Crane Cafe for lunch. Riders who show up for this ride can choose the out-and-back route to Crane on Route 78 (60 miles), or the loop from Burns to Buchanan to Crane and Back to Burns (72 miles). Both routes are flat and paved. Take along extra water and money for lunch. Meet at Hines Park at 9 a.m.

Sunday Aug. 30

Posted on August 26th in Community Calendar

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 Aug. 31

Posted on August 26th in Community Calendar

Sign up for the Awana program will be held from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Faith Baptist Church. The program begins Monday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. If you have questions, call Sally King 541-573-4215, or the church office 541-573-7777.

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 Sept. 1

Posted on August 26th in Community Calendar

Come Home to Harney County, the Hines train project, meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Hines Council Chambers, 101 E. Barnes in Hines. All interested are welcome to attend.

Silvies River Spinners meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Harney County Courthouse basement meeting room at 5:30 p.m.

Harney Hospital Foundation meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Hospital Conference Room at 7 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.

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.

City’s lien on bowling alley property discussed 

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

A discussion of whether the city of Burns should “opt out” of allowing certain types of marijuana businesses was a main agenda item at the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Burns City Council on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The council heard from the city’s attorney, Jeremy Green, about two bills signed into law this summer pertaining to marijuana sales in the state.

Green, telephoning in to the meeting, first explained Oregon House Bill 3400 (HB 3400), and the modifications it makes to Measure 91 (the 2014 ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana in the state).

HB 3400 was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on June 30. It contains a “local option” that allows county and city governments, in counties where no less than 55 percent of voters opposed Measure 91, the right to adopt ordinances prohibiting any one (or more) of the six categories of state-licensed or registered marijuana business. These businesses include medical marijuana processors, medical marijuana dispensaries, retail marijuana producers, retail marijuana processors, retail marijuana wholesalers, and retail marijuana retailers. The opt out ordinance must be adopted no later that 180 days after the effective date of the act (Dec. 27, 2015).

Green noted that Harney County voted against Measure 91 by more than 65 percent, so the city council could pursue the ordinance if so desired. He reminded the council that such an ordinance would not address marijuana growers (growing for personal or medical cardholder use), or the personal use of marijuana.

Green then explained Oregon Senate Bill 460 (SB 460), which was signed into law on July 28. SB 460 authorizes early sales of recreational marijuana by medical marijuana dispensaries. From Oct. 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2016, medical marijuana dispensaries may sell “limited marijuana retail product” to anyone 21 years of age or older. This includes marijuana seeds, dried marijuana leaves and flowers, and marijuana plants that are not flowering.

Pursuant to Section 2 of SB 460, a city may adopt an ordinance prohibiting these early sales of limited marijuana retail product by medical marijuana dispensaries, with no requirement for referral to a general election. The prohibiting ordinance must be adopted prior to Oct. 1.

Councilor Terri Presley asked Green who would be overseeing marijuana sales? Green said the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will monitor recreational marijuana sales, and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) controls medical marijuana.

Councilor Dan Hoke asked what considerations should be made with regard to opting out, other than not being able to collect taxes?

Green said that because growers are not included in the prohibition ordinance, additional regulations on that activity could be considered, although they may face legal challenge.

Presley asked if the city could pick which categories of marijuana business to opt out of with the ordinance? Green replied, yes, the city could choose to ban any number or all of them.

The consensus of the council was to have Green draft an ordinance and to discuss it at the next council meeting on Aug. 26, and then to hold a vote in September.

During public comment,  Dr. Tom Fitzpatrick stated support for an opt out ordinance:

“I think it’s important to address the total ban option we have. I’m glad it was brought up…I think it’s important that this particular council address it like you’re doing.”

Kim Rollins said the economic issues need to be considered. He noted that marijuana will still be legal in Oregon even if the city adopts a ban on the businesses, and people will go elsewhere to spend their money. He also said that taxes from marijuana could help support mental health and substance abuse programs.

“I also think it’s important to address what has been brought before you. I think it’s also very important that you not overlook the things that are not being discussed – one being the economic situation in Harney County,” said Rollins. He added, “By 2018, the legal marijuana business in the United States will be at $10 billion. Why would these cities or this county pass up that money?”


Regarding the medical marijuana dispensary currently operating in Burns, Green stated:

“As of now, you should know that despite our efforts for the past three or four months, we still do not have a completed application for our existing [medical marijuana] dispensary operator. We have given this dispensary operator multiple opportunities to comply.”

He said the operator has paid the application fee, but the application remains incomplete.

“It may ultimately result in pulling the plug on the business,” Green added.

He said that if the prohibiting ordinance is adopted, it will either result in revocation of the dispensary’s right to operate, or it may be grandfathered in. If it is the latter, the dispensary would still be subject to the time, place and manner restrictions that the city has already imposed, and no other dispensaries would be allowed to be located within the limits of the city.

Green said because of legal implications, he would want to discuss further details in an executive session.

The council agreed to schedule an executive session with Green prior to the next regularly-scheduled council meeting on Aug. 26.


Green also addressed the topic of city’s lien on the former bowling alley property.

He said it is up to the city to decide if they want to pursue the foreclosure lien on the property. The city has held a junior lien on it since 2009. The senior lien holder foreclosed in the spring of 2013, but failed to provide proper notice of the foreclosure proceedings, Green said. Therefore, the city can challenge those proceedings by initiating its own. He said that it could be done through the city ordinance, through a statutory process, or through a judicial process.

Mayor Craig LaFollette said he would like more information on the legal costs and risks of pursuing the lien.

Green said his law partner, Mark Reinecke (who had been involved in the issue previously), would produce a memorandum that summarizes the issues and identifies the risks of pursuing the various options for the next meeting.


Burns Fire Department Chief Scott Williamson announced that the department had received a grant  in the amount of $9,988 from the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association to purchase a variety of equipment and gear.

LaFollette took the opportunity to recognize Williamson’s achievement of the title of Company Inspector on the Oregon Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition levels. He presented him with a certificate from the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal. A company inspector “performs basic fire safety inspections in one and two story business and mercantile occupancies with no high-piled or rack storage.”

“It allows me to go in and work with business owners to make sure their establishments are safe for the public,” said Williamson. He added that he is continuing to work up through the levels.

“My goal is to eventually get to the fourth level, which is ‘Fire Marshal’,” said Williamson.

LaFollette thanked him for his hard work.


City Manager (CM) Dauna Wensenk reported that the airport taxiway rehabilitation project bid came in unexpectedly high, and that there would be a re-bid in November. She said she has talked to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about possible grant monies.

CM Wensenk also reported that Betsy Johnson, Oregon state senator from the 16th district, flew in to Burns Tuesday for a visit, and she gave her a tour of the city.


Public Works Director Dave Cullens introduced Pedro Zabala, who will be replacing him starting Sept. 1. He reported that they have been busy clearing brush.


In other business, the council:

• approved Resolution No. 15-612, accepting certain identified revenues from the Harney County Circuit Court for additional overtime from a recent court trial to be added back to a budget line for that officer;

• approved resolution No. 15-613, authorizing the second payment on the loan from the LID fund to the water/sewer fund to cover the city’s portion of the Burns Municipal Airport fire suppression project;

• heard from Councilor Dan Hoke regarding the Burns Cemetery. The cemetery manager has been ill and unable to work. The cemetery committee will be working to keep up on maintenance. Hoke said that any help from the community would be welcomed. To volunteer, please contact Dick Day at 541-573-7481.

The next meeting of the Burns City Council will be held Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. at Burns City Hall.

Michael Robinson was last seen on July 29

On Aug. 4, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a vehicle that was parked along Highway 20 mile marker 102 near Riley.

After the deputy conducted a vehicle registration check, it returned to a missing person from Bend. After contacting Bend Police Department, they advised that a Michael Robinson, 23, was missing. The last known contact was on July 29. Robinson is said to have a black lab with him that goes by the name “Charlie.” Charlie is said to be wearing a maroon collar and an American flag bandana.

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office did a foot search near the vehicle on Aug. 4, but nothing suggested the whereabouts of Robinson. The next day, Aug. 5, the Harney County Search and Rescue deployed two Polaris Rangers and four personnel which conducted a wider search of the surrounding area. Again, nothing was located to suggest the whereabouts of Robinson. On Aug. 7, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office conducted an aerial search of the area and again, nothing suggested the whereabouts of Robinson.

Robinson is described as six feet tall, 160 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair. Last clothing description was described as a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The Harney County Sheriff’s Office is asking if seen, please call the Harney County Sheriff’s Office at 541-573-6028 or Bend Police Department at 541-322-2960.

Theft at Riley Store investigated

Posted on August 19th in News

Any information should be reported to Sheriff’s Office

On Aug. 6, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into a theft complaint at the Riley Store. The investigation yielded the following description: a single black male, in his early to mid-20s, approximately 5’5” to 5’8”, 140-to-150 pounds, with no shirt and wearing green BDU style pants. The suspect was driving a silver or light blue 4-door sedan. A temporary sticker was in the driver’s side rear window. No plates were visible. The vehicle was said to be smoking and possibly in poor mechanical shape. The vehicle may have left heading west on Highway 20.

Any information regarding the whereabouts of the suspect or the vehicle should be directed to the Harney County Sheriff’s Office at 541-573-6156.

Deborah Lynn Smith 1950-2015

Posted on August 19th in Obituaries


OBIT Smith WEBDeborah Lynn Smith, 65, passed away Aug. 3 at Harney District Hospital.

Deborah was born Jan. 28, 1950, in Kremmling, Colo., to Fred Jr. and Marjorie Jones. During her younger years, she lived in many places, including Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, California and Nevada.

Deborah attended high school in Reno, Nev., where she met and married William L. Grillo. They had three children, Sebrina, Chris, and Gena. Bill and Deborah relocated to Sonoma County, Calif., after Sebrina was born. After their divorce, Deborah continued to raise their children in Sonoma County.

While living and working in Alexander Valley, Calif., Deborah met and married Mark Smith. Shortly after marrying, Mark and Deborah moved their family to Burns. That is where they built their life together and their home that Deborah loved tending to. She had an amazing knack for growing and nurturing plants and flowers, which was apparent when you visited her home and saw the gorgeous planters full of color. Deborah loved being involved in the Harney County community and was always volunteering to help with one thing or another.

She is survived by her children, Sebrina Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., Chris Grillo of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Gena Anderson and her husband, Kenny of Twin Falls, Idaho; grandsons, Wacey and Brenden Anderson, both of Twin Falls, Idaho; sisters, Phyllis Scheierman of North Charleston, S.C., Melanie Boyer and Michelle Guilford, both of Sun Valley, Nev.; mother-in-law, Claudia Smith of Willits, Calif.; brother-in-law, Ken Smith and his wife, Rose of Willits, Calif.; four nephews and one niece.

Deborah was preceded in death by her husband, Mark; her mother and father; an infant son, Anthony; and brother, Donald.

Contributions may be made in Deborah’s name to either the Kiwanis Club or the Burns High School band. They may be mailed to LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

A memorial gathering will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Big Bear Lodge in Hines. Another memorial gathering will be held in Willits, Calif. on Sept. 19.


OBIT Libbey WEBGertrude Lorna Libbey, 101, passed away Aug. 11 at Harney District Hospital.

She was born to Charles and Jenny Bown on Dec. 23, 1913, in Rancagua, Chile. She lived in Chile until 1970 when her husband, Rainey, retired from Anaconda Copper Mining Co. and they moved to Tucson, Ariz. Rainey passed away in 1996, and in 2008, Gertrude came to live in Burns with her daughter, Lorna Cagle, and husband, Charlie.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorna (Charlie) of Burns; daughter, Ellen (Rico) of Port Townsend, Wash.; sister, Ruth Bates of Tucson, Ariz.; grandsons, Jason (Krista) of Washougal, Wash. and Bryan (Leslie) of Eugene; great-grandchildren, Aidan, Addy, Laila, Bailey, and Aaron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers; her husband, Rainey; and her son, John.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church in Burns. Burial will be at Evergreen Mortuary in Tucson, Ariz., at a later date.

Donations may be made to Gallery 15 at P.O. Box 695, Burns, OR 97720, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Wednesday Aug. 19

Posted on August 19th in Community Calendar

The Hilander Booster Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at noon at Glory Days Pizza.

Harney Grant Babe Ruth board meets the third Wednesday of each month in the courthouse basement meeting room, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Burns Butte Sportsmens Club will be having Twilight Trap Practice Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every week now through September at the range on Radar Hill. All levels of shooters are welcome, and instruction will be available for beginners.

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, an ongoing support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the north side door. For more information, call 541-589-0329.

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

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