Thursday October 16

Posted on October 15th in Community Calendar

Hi-Desert Mat Club sign ups will be held from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Burns High School library.

An informational session on well water and the prominent contaminants in Harney County will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Gene Biggs from OSU will be there to give a talk and answer questions. All interested are welcome.

Harney County Home Health Hospice annual memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington St. in Burns. All are welcome in this time of sharing, honoring and support. For more information call Patty Leahy 541-573-8360.

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

Burns Planning Commission meets the third Thursday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month at the 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.

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


Friday October 17

Posted on October 15th in Community Calendar

The Burns Union High School Class of 1965 will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at The Apple Peddler to start planning their 50th year class reunion. Class members are asked to attend.

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 October 18

Posted on October 15th in Community Calendar

OMSI returns to Harney County Library with a Science Festival for the whole family Saturday, Oct. 18! Hands-on activities include brainteasers, magnets and more to thrill the kids and perplex adults. Join us between 4-7 p.m. for lots of fun and excitement.

The annual Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Xi Delta Gamma, will be held Saturday Oct. 18. For more information, call Treva at 541-413-0041.

Harney County Senior and Community Services Center is hosting a fundraising dinner and drawing Saturday, Oct. 18, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Burns Elks Lodge.

To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care will be offering them during upcoming Saturday Clinics! Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.18 and 25, and Nov. 1 and 8, to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074. 

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites the public to their “Spooktacular” trap shooting fun and games at the range on Radar Hill Saturday, Oct. 18. Practice will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by shooting at 10 a.m. All levels of shooters are welcome to bust a bird. Lunch will be available.

The Harney County Radio Association meets every second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. in the basement meeting room of the Harney County Courthouse. All amateur radio operators and interested parties are welcome.

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


Sunday October 19

Posted on October 15th 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, Oct. 19, 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 October 20

Posted on October 15th in Community Calendar

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 October 21

Posted on October 15th in Community Calendar

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.

The Chamber Orchestra meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Burns High School Band Room, 1100 Oregon Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Ken Peckham directing, September through November and January through March.

Harney County Preppers, a group to help people get going and stay going in their preparedness, meets the third Tuesday of the month every other month in the courthouse basement meeting room from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

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.


by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and local organizations are taking the opportunity to shed some light on the issue.

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The Burns Paiute Tribe Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program is seeking to celebrate abuse-free lives and to honor the lives of men, women, and children who have lost their lives in domestic violence incidents with its “Light In The Window” campaign.

The program obtained purple, battery-operated candles and distributed them to tribal members and staff at a presentation about domestic violence on Oct. 2. The candles will be displayed in windows or on porches for the month of October, and serve as a statement that domestic violence is not accepted in the community.

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Another local program, Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies, (HHOPE), will hold a candlelight vigil on Oct. 25 at 5 p.m., in the parking lot of the Harney County Museum. The purpose of the vigil is to commemorate the victims of domestic violence homicide.

HHOPE defines domestic violence as “a pattern of behaviors that one person uses to physically, sexually, emotionally and/or verbally abuse another person.”

A news release from HHOPE recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month states that:

• Domestic violence is never the fault of the victim.

• One in four women have been the victim of domestic violence by an intimate partner, while one in seven men have experienced the same;

• One in six women have been stalked during their lifetime, and one in 19 men have experienced the same;

• Jealousy and possessiveness are not a sign of love;

• Of those young women aged 15-19 who are murdered, 30 percent are killed by their intimate partner;

• Domestic violence occurs in every part of society. No group or community is immune to it;

• According to the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, nearly 20 Oregonians were killed by intimate partners in 2013.

HHOPE is a nonprofit with a mission “to provide housing, advocacy, and support services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through medical and emotional support, community education, and outreach by helping one person at a time escape an abusive situation.”

The organization reported that it responded  to 292 calls regarding domestic violence and provided 2057 shelter nights for adults and 943 shelter nights for children during 2013.

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According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), Domestic Violence Awareness Month grew out of the first “Day of Unity” recognized in October, 1981. The first Domestic Violence Awareness Month was observed in October of 1987, and also marked the establishment of a national telephone hotline.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
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Burns Paiute Tribe Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program: 541-413-0216

Domestic Violence Advocates:

Teresa Cowing, 541-573-8053

Phyllis Miller, 541-573-8004

Mazie Richards, 541-573-8045

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Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies (HHOPE)

• Website: www.hhope.org

• Office: 541-573-2726

• 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 541-573-7176

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National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)

Website: www.ncadv.org

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National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

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In an emergency situation, always call 9-1-1.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Tree Top DSL Exchange webThe Department of State Lands (DSL) hosted a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to receive input on the proposed land exchange between DSL and Tree Top Ranches.

The proposed exchange involves parcels of land located in Harney and Malheur counties, totaling about 1,220 acres.

Chris Castelli, senior policy and legislative analyst for the DSL, welcomed those in attendance and gave a short presentation showing the parcels of land that would be involved in the exchange.

The main concern of those attending was that the exchange could affect access to public lands and to South Fork Reservoir.

Castelli explained the reservoir does not meet the definition of a “navigable-for-public-use waterway,” and belongs to Tree Top Ranches.

In making its determination that the reservoir is not navigable-for-public-use, the DSL used an opinion of the Oregon Attorney General issued in 1972 regarding Fishhawk Lake, located in Clatsop and Columbia counties.

The question put forth in the Fishhawk Lake case  was, “Do members of the public have a right to use boats on the waters of an artificial lake, resulting from the damming of a non-navigable stream, although the beds and banks of the lake are privately owned and the waters are artificially impounded by the owner under a permit from the state engineer?”

The answer was, “No.”

In comparing South Fork reservoir to the Fishhawk Lake opinion, DSL determined that the reservoir is formed from the damming of a non-navigable stream, and is not deemed navigable by DSL.

Bill Mulder, representing Tree Top, said Tree Top is a cattle ranch, and the exchange makes sense because it aligns property lines with natural features. As for the reservoir, Mulder stated Larry Williams, the owner of Tree Top Ranches, has said if the exchange goes through, the reservoir will remain open to fishermen as long as use of the reservoir doesn’t become a nuisance.

Harney County resident Dave Glerup pointed out that three parcels of land that would go to Tree Top in the exchange, labeled 5B, 10B and 11B on the map, currently provide access to a large portion of public land, and if that access is closed, it would block off the public use.

Berry Anderson of Tree Top stated the issue for the ranch was hunting and the protection of private lands. He said fishermen are no problem, but Williams spends about $200,000 a year feeding wildlife on the ranch and hunters try to access the private land.

Members of the audience wanted to know if continued access to public land through the three parcels could be written into the exchange agreement. Several examples were given of past agreements where one of the parties said there was no problem, but as soon as the exchange was done, public access was blocked off.

Castelli was asked if all recorded, existing easements will remain in place after the exchange?

“That is our intent,” answered Castelli.

Jim Knott with the Oregon Hunters Association OHA) said, “There is a bad element wherever you go. People assume they can go anywhere they want, whenever they want.”

He said OHA tries to instill respect for private lands, and he would like to see a better description of some of the parcels included in the exchange proposal. He suggested maybe excluding some of the parcels that would be involved in the exchange.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty stated a solution would be to institutionalize, or legalize, every two-track road in the area affected by the land swap, thereby creating an easement and preserving public access.

DSL will  continue taking public comment on the proposed land exchange until Oct. 15.

Comments may be emailed to: realproperty@state.or.us, with a subject line of “Tree Top” or mailed to Asset Analyst Clara Taylor, Oregon Department of State Lands, 775 Summer Street NE No. 100, Salem, OR 97301.


Letham finishes first in boys JV 5K

Sydnee Shelman of Burns closes in on the runner in front of her in the Oxford Classic JV race. (Submitted photo)

Sydnee Shelman of Burns closes in on the runner in front of her in the Oxford Classic JV race. (Submitted photo)

The Burns cross country teams traveled to Bend to compete in the junior varsity portion of the Oxford Classic on Friday, Oct. 3, and the Hilanders’ Daniel Letham brought home the gold from the men’s 5K race.

Letham finished first in a field of 158 runners with a time of 18:53.10.

Brandon Bingham of Burns wasn’t far behind, as he placed fourth with a time of 19:18.90.

The Hilanders’ Etienne Fischer finished in 25:18.80 and Brandon Emang ran a 27:34.20.

South Eugene placed first in the team standings with 23 points.

In the women’s 5K, Mary Letham was the top placer for Burns, finishing fifth with a time of 23:24.90. Sydnee Shelman came in eighth, (23.41.60) and Diana Camacho 21st (25:01.90). Kristen Desletts finished the race with a time of 34:44.40.

There were 123 runners in the women’s race, and South Eugene won the women’s team title with 17 points.

Burns will host their only home meet of the year Saturday, Oct. 11, at Idlewild.


Randall E. Rhines 1954-2014

Posted on October 8th in Obituaries

Randall E. Rhines, 59, passed away Sept. 26.

He was born Nov. 2, 1954, in Bremerton, Wash., to Robert and Vivian Rhines.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hiking, fishing, rock hunting and golfing. The highlight of his life was spending time with his grandson, Eli, taking walks and playing with trucks.

In his latter years, Randy got his wish of traveling in a motorhome and being a “snowbird.” He loved life, and family was his everything.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Sands RV Park, and will be followed by a potluck.

 


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