Thursday Aug. 20

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Harney County Court will meet Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

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.

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 Aug. 21

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Blessing of the Backpacks will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at St Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of  Diamond and A streets in Burns. All children are welcome. School supplies provided. Some backpacks will be available for those who need one. Receive a blessing for the school year from Pastor Matt Littau. Contact Kathy Carlson at 541-589-2761 for more information.

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.

The Harney County Health Department is available at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, to check blood pressure the third Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for the clinic and results can be forwarded to a physician or nurse practitioner at your request.

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 10 a.m. at Harney District Hospital in the small conference room near the cafeteria.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.


Saturday Aug. 22

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Bicycle Saturdays in Harney County. Saturday, Aug. 22: Double loop ride. Circle Foley Road, then the airport loop for a total of about 18 miles, or do just one loop. Flat paved roads. Meet at Hines Park at 9 a.m.

Carp Day and free fish fry at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. For more information, call 541-493-2612, ext. 4225.


Sunday Aug. 23

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A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, 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.

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


Monday Aug. 24

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A Grief Support Group is held the second and fourth Monday of each month by Harney County Hospice and Rev. Jean Hurst during the day as well as the evening. For more information, call Harney County Hospice, 541-573-8360.

Harney County Search and Rescue meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Search and Rescue Building at 7 p.m.

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 Aug. 25

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Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.m.

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the Harney District Hospital conference room. Learn and share about breast cancer, ways to manage symptoms or treatment side effects, and other valuable information. For details, contact HDH Outreach Coordinators Kristen Gregg or Savanna Boll, 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.


Speed zone on Stanclift Lane discussed

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court held Wednesday, Aug. 5, the court heard from Brenda Smith, executive director of the High Desert Partnership.

Smith gave a presentation on the 2015 High Desert Youth Range Camp, held June 17-20 at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range near Riley. Twenty-four high school student participants from around the region learned about soils, plants, and wildlife, among other things, and were able to talk with ranchers and range and wildlife scientists.

Smith said that numerous positive comments were received, and she thanked the court for the two scholarships that the county funded. She also reported that one of the Harney County participants, Tyler Thomas, was named “top camper.” Thomas will attend the Society for Range Management High School Youth Forum at the annual conference in February 2016, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols praised the program:

“It’s an excellent program. It brings these young people into our community so they start to see the value of rangelands, which is one of the last remaining resource values we have,” he said.

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Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella and the court discussed the results of a speed zone investigation that had been conducted on Stanclift Lane from Foley Drive to Eben Ray Lane by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). ODOT recommended that the speed be set at 40 mph. The court concluded that 35 mph would be safer for the area, and it was agreed that Drushella would respond to ODOT with justifications for this speed recommendation, and report back at the next meeting.

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The court heard from Nichols and Karen Moon, Harney County Watershed Council coordinator, regarding the water rights rulemaking process going on relative to the Harney Basin.

Nichols reported that the local advisory committee had held its second meeting. He commented that the whole process was too hurried, and that there hasn’t been enough time to review information.

Nichols added that they want to keep the focus on the administrative rule amendments that have been proposed, and also to get more people and organizations involved collaboratively in the process. He presented the court with a map of the Harney Basin/Greater Harney Valley Area from the Oregon Water Resources Department, and it was discussed.

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Harney County Judge Steve Grasty gave a brief update on sage grouse news.

He said the two administrative rules pertaining to development in sage grouse habitat from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) are now in place. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) is expected to determine whether sage grouse should be proposed for an Endangered Species Act listing or removed from the candidate list in September 2015.

“We put in comments on everything that we could on the federal level, so now it’s wait and see what happens in September,” said Grasty.

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Grasty briefly discussed the Decision Notice, Finding of No Significant Impact, and Forest Plan Amendment No. 79 for the Wolf Vegetation Management Project Environmental Assessment. The document was made available for the commissioners to review.

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In other business, the court:

• approved the appointment of Lisa Howe to the Harney County Library Advisory Board, with a term to expire June 30, 2019;

• reviewed correspondence from the Bureau of Land Management, Burns District – an Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record for the South Steens Herd Management Area Population Management Plan;

• reviewed correspondence from Shana Withee, county leader for 4-H youth development and family community health, requesting $2,000 for the Harney County 4-H Camp;

• reviewed correspondence from the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, regarding the distribution of funds to counties;

• briefly discussed the August 2015 Employment Department Labor Trends report;

• reviewed and signed the 2015 Fund Exchange Agreement between Harney County and ODOT;

• reviewed water use requests;

• agreed by consensus to reschedule the next county court meeting to Thursday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.


 

 

 

A lightning-caused fire located approximately six miles southeast of Crane (in the Alder Creek area) was quickly doused Tuesday by two large air tankers out of Redmond, one DC-10 air tanker out of Moses Lake, Wash., seven single-engine air tankers, two helicopters, two bulldozers, two water tenders, and several fire engines. The fire was most active to the southeast and was pushing up to Crane-Venator Road, but was held on that border throughout the evening. The total burned was approximately 1,045 acres. (Photo by JEFF GRAHAM)

A lightning-caused fire located approximately six miles southeast of Crane (in the Alder Creek area) was quickly doused Tuesday by two large air tankers out of Redmond, one DC-10 air tanker out of Moses Lake, Wash., seven single-engine air tankers, two helicopters, two bulldozers, two water tenders, and several fire engines. The fire was most active to the southeast and was pushing up to Crane-Venator Road, but was held on that border throughout the evening. The total burned was approximately 1,045 acres. (Photo by JEFF GRAHAM)


The Oregon National Guard is scheduled to hold a number of public meetings around the state to showcase proposed changes to training areas currently utilized by the Oregon Air National Guard.

The meetings are part of the public hearing process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulatory guidance.

The changes to the training areas will provide adequately sized and configured airspace within close proximity to Oregon Air National Guard flying units to support advanced 21st-century air-to-air tactical fighter technologies and training mission requirements.

According to Oregon Air National Guard Lt. Col. Alaric Michaelis, the airspace is needed to fulfill the missions of both of Oregon’s fighter wings; the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland, and the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field, in Klamath Falls.

“This training airspace will help us produce the best air-to-air combat pilots, and serve our state and nation in times of peace and war,” Michaelis said. “It also serves the mission of the 142nd Fighter Wing, as it provides unequaled, mission-ready aerospace superiority.”

The proposed changes include modifications and additions to military training airspace located over northwestern, north-central and south-central Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, minor portions of the proposed action would be located above a small area of northwestern Nevada and the southwestern-most corner of Washington.

The changes apply only to the airspace, and not the ground or water under the training area borders.

The Portland unit is responsible for the Aerospace Control Alert (ACA) mission, which extends from the Canadian border to northern California and comprises the entire states of Oregon and Washington, out into the Pacific ocean. The Klamath Falls unit is the only F-15 training school in the entire Air Force, training pilots from the Air Force, Reserve and Air National Guard.

Meetings are scheduled for various locations and dates, including Aug. 15, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.,  at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway Ave., Burns.

For more details on the proposed changes to the training areas, please visit http://www.142fw.ang.af.mil/ or http://www.173fw.ang.af.mil.


 

OBIT Averill WEBHerbert “Rusty” Averill, 88, passed away July 23 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Rusty was born July 21, 1927 to Herbert and Wilhelmina Averill in Philadelphia, Pa. At the age of 17, Rusty enlisted in the Navy where he did several tours that took him around the world. During his time in the Navy, he and his crew were sent to the Bikini Atoll Islands where they endured the nuclear testing in the 1940s.

Rusty loved being out on the ocean so much that after his time in the Navy ended, he joined ranks with the Merchant Marines. After a failed first marriage, he wed Tiffany Joann (Morning Star) Zimmerman in 1950. Rusty had a son from his first marriage and three sons and five daughters with Tiffany. After the Merchant Marines, he and Tiffany settled down in Upper Darby, Pa. They later relocated to Delaware, where Rusty became a long-haul truck driver, which later led to him hauling large boats. He loved this type of work, but the long hours of driving eventually took their toll on his back. He retired from truck driving after having back surgery.

Rusty went on to work for a lock and key company. In 1978, Rusty and Tiffany decided to leave Delaware and head out West. They ended up settling in Las Vegas, Nev., where Rusty had his own locksmith company for a while. He then decided to do some security work, and this change in careers landed him a job as Deputy Constable with the Constable’s Office in Clark County, North Las Vegas. In a few years’ time, he was promoted to Chief Deputy Constable, which is where he worked until a botched back surgery in 1997 left him no alternative but to retire from the profession he loved.

Rusty and Tiffany continued to live in Las Vegas. They bought their first home together in 1998. Sadly, it was in this very home that Tiffany was murdered in 2001 during a home invasion robbery. However, Rusty decided to continue living there because, “It was the first home he and his wife had ever purchased together.”

From the time of his wife’s murder up until March 2015, Rusty was robbed in his home four more times, with the last time resulting in him being hospitalized with a gunshot wound to his leg. His family had tried several times to encourage him to move, but he loved Las Vegas and didn’t want to leave a place that had become such a big part of his life. It was late 2014 to early 2015 that he actually started considering moving up to Harney County to live with his daughter and her husband (Cheryl and Glenn Jakubowski of Burns). While Rusty was in the hospital after the last robbery, with the help of his youngest daughter and her spouse, Pamela West and Judy Rhodes, of Coventry, Conn., Cheryl Jakubowski made the trip to Las Vegas to pack up his belongings and move him to Burns. Rusty remained in the hospital at the time of Cheryl’s departure from Las Vegas because he was in no shape at that time to make the long drive.

After being bounced around from the hospital to skilled nursing facilities, Rusty’s health began to rapidly decline. With the help of her best friend, Amzel Prokop, Cheryl made another trip down to Las Vegas in a rented van with a hospital bed in the back with the intention of transporting Rusty up to Harney District Hospital. However, after battling back and forth with the hospital staff about whether or not he would be able to endure the trip, the hospital made the decision that Rusty’s health was too serious for him to be moved, especially for a 12- to 14-hour drive. The hospital staff felt that Rusty’s time was short, so they made the decision to place him in a hospice facility. He passed away less than a week later, just two days after his 88th birthday.

Throughout his life, Rusty enjoyed many hobbies, including model trains, building model ships, and spending precious time with his family. He was always the jokester and loved making people laugh.

Rusty is survived by his son, John Averill and wife, Joyce, of Indianola, Iowa; son, Bruce Averill of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Tiffany Bartolomei and husband, Tony of Smyrna, Del.; son, Ronald Averill of Townsend, Del.; daughter, Susan Durnan of Middletown, Del.; daughter, Cheryl Jakubowski and husband, Glenn, of Burns; daughter, Pamela West and spouse, Judy Rhodes of Coventry, Conn.; grandson, Wayne R. Averill of Delaware;  granddaughter, Erin Berglund-Burns of Louisiana; granddaughter, Amy George of Maryland; granddaughter, Christine Colvin-Chun of Hawaii; grandson, Corey Wainikainen of Florida; grandson, Sean Averill of Delaware; granddaughter, Jennifer Averill of Delaware; grandson, Sean Averill of Iowa; and granddaughter, Susan Averill of Iowa; as well as numerous great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Tiffany Joann (Morning Star) Zimmerman Averill; son, Brett Averill; and daughter, Beverly “Jan” Averill.

For those wishing to make a donation in Rusty’s name, an account has been set up at Umpqua Bank to help the family with final expenses.


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