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County requests assistance on nuisance issues
by Samantha White
During the regular meeting of the Harney County Court (held May 1), Building Program Technician Howard Palmer presented the court with generic plans for building a post frame building, which is commonly referred to as a pole barn.
Palmer explained that the purpose of the generic building plans is to make it “simpler and cheaper for people to apply for a permit” to construct these structures. He added that people using the generic plans would not need an engineer, and the cost per square foot would be cut in half. The generic plans would also save courthouse staff time.
Harney County Judge Steve Grasty added that the generic set of plans could be used to build smaller or larger post-frame buildings.
“We have something that’s useable and saves us money,” Grasty said regarding the plans, and he thanked Palmer and Herb Vloedman for their assistance with developing them.
The court agreed to accept the generic post frame building plans, as presented.
Grasty added that he thinks the state of Oregon might ask the county to “work through two or three more” generic plans for structures.
In an effort to help clean up the city, Darrell Williams was recently hired part-time as a code enforcement officer for the city of Burns. During the county court meeting, Grasty addressed the court regarding the possibility of requesting that Williams work a few hours to assist with nuisance abatement issues on the “county end,” as well.
“At least some of the [nuisance] issues are at the edge of the city, so it seems appropriate,” Grasty said.
He added that Williams could be asked to work a few hours a week or even a few hours a month, adding that progress has been made in terms of nuisance abatement in Burns.
“Let’s see what comes out of it,” Grasty suggested.
Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols asked which fund would be used to compensate Williams, and Grasty replied that money could be taken from either the general fund or the nuisance abatement fund.
After some discussion, the court decided to request that Williams work some hours for the county to assist with nuisance abatement issues and that he be compensated from the general fund.
Grasty led a brief discussion regarding a proposal to drill, test and monitor geothermal exploratory wells on private and Bureau of Land Management (BLM)-administered lands in Harney and Lake counties near Glass Butte.
In a letter written to Grasty, BLM District Manager Carol Benkosky explained that, if approved, the project “would evaluate the potential of geothermal resources in the area.” Ormat Nevada Inc. proposes to drill up to 16 exploratory wells, each within a well pad ranging in size from two to four acres. The proposed project would be located about 70 miles southeast of Bend, and 50 miles northwest of Burns. It would be north and south of Hwy. 20. If approved, work will begin late this summer.
Regarding the project, Grasty said Lake County has not issued a land use decision, but he said Harney County would issue a land use decision for “that little bit” of land in Harney County that was included in the proposal.
Grasty added that he probably plans to submit positive comments regarding the proposal during the public scoping process.
The court briefly discussed a proposal to close the Brothers Oasis rest area. Grasty explained that there had been some discussion regarding closing the restrooms and installing vault toilets.
“I’m going to ask that they stop what they’re doing,” Grasty said. “Vault toilets are not practical.” he added.
Grasty said vault toilets would be especially impractical for Harney County residents who travel to and from Bend to fulfill their medical needs.
In other business, the court:
• listened to a presentation given by Oregon Air National Guard Colonels Jeremy Baenen and Wes French regarding the 173 Fighter Wing Airspace Proposal;
• agreed to recommend the reappointment of Fred Otley and Richard Jenkins to the Steens Mountain Advisory Council;
• was addressed by Mary Ausmus regarding the digitization of county records. She asked if the county had to pay for the digitization project and whether she would be able to find her personal records online. Harney County Clerk Derrin (Dag) Robinson explained that FamilySearch Inc. provided the digitization service at no cost to the county, and in an effort to maintain privacy, records have only been digitized up to the 1930s. Grasty added that the county has been working toward digitization for years, and this project compliments ongoing efforts;
• discussed whether Harney County should declare drought. Grasty said the court will resume this discussion during its next regular meeting;
• discussed Resolution 2013-09 in the matter of establishing a Wolf Compensation Fund. The resolution would establish and maintain a fund as a reserve with the specific purpose of covering the cost of predation from wolves to livestock. The court would spend money from this fund based on the written advice of the Wolf Committee, but the court would have final authority over the appropriation and expenditure of the fund. The resolution will be presented for adoption during the next regular meeting;
• discussed resolutions 2013-10 and 2013-11. Resolution 2013-10 would separate the federally-funded Drug Free Community grant from the Harney County Commission on Children and Families, as the Commission on Children and Families program will end June 30. Resolution 2013-11 would create a fund for the Early Learning Council. Grasty asked the court to review the language of resolutions 2013-10 and 2013-11 and make suggestions. Discussion regarding these resolutions will resume during the next regular meeting of the county court;
• decided to sign a Cooperative Service Agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services (APHIS-WS) to conduct wildlife damage management activities in Harney County. The agreement states that APHIS-WS will “control predatory and nuisance species in and around Harney County to reduce damage to livestock and human health and safety threats;”
• went on a road review trip with Road Supervisor Eric Drushella. Grasty said the court will provide a report regarding the trip during its next regular meeting.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the county court will be held Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.
Market to run from July to October
Harney County Farmers Market manager Rachel Akins has announced that the market is organizing for the 2013 season.
Akins said the Hines City Park will once again be the site of the market, which will start on Saturday, July 6. Market hours will again be 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., operating into October, depending on the length of the growing season. In 2012, the market saw more than 20 vendors selling a variety of locally grown produce, crafts and other products.
“The market appeals to local citizens who enjoy farm fresh vegetables, eggs and handmade crafts from Harney County,” Akins said. “The market will continue to operate as a non-profit organization and strive to better meet our customers’ needs.”
She said a number of new people have expressed interest in participating in 2013 and are already preparing their ground, and purchasing seeds and gardening equipment. The market will continue to focus on locally grown and/or crafted items from Harney County.
People who visit the market are often surprised and impressed with the variety of produce that can be grown in Harney County and the quality of craft items available. Such items include bird houses, various kinds of jewelry, stone items crafted by local flintknappers, pottery, artwork and photography. Other local products, like farm-fresh eggs and baked goods will also be available at the market. A number of vendors support the Farm Direct Nutrition Program (FDNP) and will also accept vouchers from eligible seniors and families participating in WIC (Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). Note: Other vendors interested in getting the required training for these programs should contact Cindy Clark at 541-977-4561.
Market organizers remind people wanting to participate in the market as vendors to begin purchasing seeds and related supplies now, start working the soil as soon as possible, and visit the local stores and nurseries that carry garden supplies, seeds and plants suitable for Harney County gardens.
More information about the market, including dates, times, vendor application procedures, etc., will be published as plans unfold for the 2013 season. Please note, costs to participate in the market will be $2 vendor fee each day of participation or $25 for the entire season. Students under 18 will be charged $1 each day or $15 for the season.
People who are interested in participating in the market or who have questions should call Akins at 541-413-0629 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The next Harney County Farmers Market board of directors meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Harney County Community Center. The public is welcome to attend.
On Friday, May 3, the Sisters Outlaws came to town and thumped the Nadzitsaga-Harney lacrosse team 15-2.
“This was probably the poorest game we played all year. We came out flat, and the Outlaws jumped on us and never looked back,” Nadzitsaga coach Rick Roy said. “I would have hoped our team would have been a little more mentally prepared to play. The Outlaws really have our number, as the last three meetings have been very lopsided affairs. We played defense all game long.”
Kinnon Roy and Jordan Daugherty each scored once for Nadzitsaga. Taylor Klus faced a barrage of shots and went 12 of 27 in the cage for a 44 percent save percentage.
“We struggled at the face off in the first half, but did much better in the second half, going 13 of 21 (62 percent), picked up 23 ground balls and took a total of 18 shots,” Roy said.
1 2 3 4 Final
Sis 6 6 3 0 15
Nad 0 0 1 1 2
“Even though this season has been a struggle, to say the least, we still made it into the post season,” Roy stated. “We played well enough during a couple of conference games to get a win or score enough goals to gather some points. We finished fourth in the High Desert Conference, edging out Mountain View, Hermiston and Redmond. This is the fourth year in a row where we have qualified for the conference tournament and the state playoffs.”
Nadzitsaga faces Summit on Wednesday, May 8, in the first round of the conference tournament, and then plays Friday evening at Sisters, facing the winner of the Bend-Sisters game. Harney then travels to Portland on May 15 for the play-in round of the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association’s State Playoffs.
On Saturday, May 4, the Nadzitsaga 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade teams traveled to Warm Springs Reservation to play demonstration games against Sisters as part of the Oregon Native Youth Lacrosse program to introduce and support the expansion of lacrosse within the native communities in Oregon.
The 5/6th game was a good one, but in the end, Nadzitsaga lost 9-5.
In the 7/8th grade game, Nadzitsaga was over matched by Sisters and lost 11-2.
“I think we have some really good players coming up,” Roy said. “Coach Matt Obradovich has been working hard getting the youth program to grow and improve. I am really excited. We have some really athletic and talented players with lots of potential at the youth level.”
On Tuesday, April 30, the Nadzitsaga-Harney lacrosse team met up with No. 13-ranked Bend Lava Bear and lost 10-5.
“This was a good high school lacrosse game,” Roy said. “We just do not have the depth and enough skilled players to match up with the Lava Bears. This is a hint to all the returning players and the kids coming up from the youth program that they have to invest personal time in the game if they want to be successful on the lacrosse field. As I tell the kids, the lacrosse stick has to be in your hands almost constantly, it needs a place at the dinner table, and you have to sleep with your stick if you want to be a confident and competent player and contribute on the field.”
Roy said his team did a great job on the face-off X, winning 12 of 19, picked up 24 groundballs, did a good job clearing the ball out of their own end (15 of 20 attempts) and took 24 shots.
“I thought our team defense and our defensive unit of Jacob Steinbeck, Michael Johnson, Zan Rickman and Seth Campbell was very solid,” Roy said.
K. Roy led the offense scoring all five goals, picked up 17 groundballs and won the vast majority of the faceoffs.
Klus was outstanding in goal, stopping 19 of 29 shots on goal for a 65.5 percent save percentage.
1 2 3 4 Final
Har 0 0 3 2 5
Ben 4 1 2 3 10
Mary Ellen Blackburn, 91, of John Day, died Tuesday April 30, at Valley View Assisted Living in John Day.
Mary was born on March 18, 1922, in Juntura, the daughter of John Patrick and Catherine (Grealish) Joyce. She was educated in Juntura and was the only graduate in her class of 1940. After high school, she attended Marylhurst College where she received a teaching degree. She taught elementary school at Drewsey, a one-room school house on a cattle ranch in McDermitt, Nev., Vale, Portland, Bellevue, Wash. and various schools in the Lake Washington School district. She taught from 1943 until she retired in 1987.
On August 11, 1943, in San Diego, Calif., she was married to June Homer “Jay” Blackburn. She was an active member of the Catholic Church wherever she lived. She was a volunteer with St. Vincent DePaul, St. Agnes Guild and many other church organizations. In the 1960s, she went back to college and earned a master’s degree from Seattle University. She was an avid reader, especially of historical fiction. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and Ireland and was very proud of her Irish heritage. She moved to John Day in the winter of 2007 and was very active at Valley View Assisted Living, and in her late 80s she took up a new hobby of painting in watercolors.
She is survived by her three daughters, Marylin Berschauer (James) of Ephrata, Wash., Kathleen Spinks (Bill Ray) of Austin Junction, and Barbara Kearns (Dennis) of Moses Lake, Wash.; two sisters, Kathleen Wilber of Drewsey and Barbara Caldwell of La Grande; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother, Raymond Joyce.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, May 4, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in John Day. Committal services were held at Sunset Cemetery in Ontario on Monday, May 6.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory to the Blue Mountain Hospice in c/o Driskills Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, OR. 97845.
Gerald Erwin Kirkpatrick, 69, died Wednesday, April 24.
Gerald was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on August 23, 1944.
Gerald graduated from Burns Union High School and joined the National Guard, from which he was honorably discharged.
Gerald is survived by his daughters, Lori of Austin, Texas, and Gerrilynne of San Deigo, Calif.; and his grandchildren, Mia and Ezra.
A memorial will be held later in the year.
Jennie Alice Reed, 73, formerly of Lebanon, died Sunday, May 5, at a care home in Burns.
Jennie was born in Omaha, Neb., on Oct. 28, 1939, the daughter of Harold and Ora (Clucas) Reed. She grew up in Nebraska and California. She moved to Lebanon in 1982, where she resided until moving to Burns in 2004.
Jennie loved going to church and out to dinner.
She is survived by a brother, Donald Reed of Payson, Ariz.; sisters, Edna Joanne Sandell of Burns and Beverly June Smail of Lebanon; friend, Norma Wodtli; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Frank Reed; two sisters, Frances Jane Turner and Ora Jeanne Shelton.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at the Lebanon I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Huston-Jost Funeral Home is in care of final arrangements.
Ed Grove, 71, died in his sleep on March 27.
Ed was a good friend and a great neighbor, and will be missed.
Ed served in the U.S. Army as a chemist and received an honorable discharge.
After returning home, he worked as a mechanic on ranches all over. Ed also worked for Louisiana Pacific until he retired.
Ed is survived by his mother, Josephine Grove of Burns.
A bicycle safety class will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at Slater Elementary School.
Harney County Farm Bureau will be holding its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in the basement meeting room of the Harney County Courthouse.
A general meeting of the Harney County Chamber Music Society will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. The public is invited to attend.
Burns City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 6 p.m.
Free cardio-kick classes for all fitness levels will be held every Wednesday evening in May from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church, 777 W. Saginaw in Hines.
Bring babies to Lapsit Storytime at Harney County Library, 80 W. “D” St., each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Enjoy music, stories, rhymes and fingerplays especially for babies and toddlers.
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.
A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.
Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.
The Friskey Fleas 4-H Dog Club will be selling dog licenses for the cities of Burns and Hines at the shot clinic at the Harney County Veterinary Clinic on Thursday, May 9, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Take along proof of current rabies tag numbers as it is required by the cities to purchase licenses.
An art viewing and open discussion with local artist Stacey Johnson will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Harney County Library. Come see Stacey’s paintings, and talk with him about his inspiration and technique. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
“My Gift: Myself,” a free Hospice volunteer training course will be held May 9, 11 and 13. For more information and to register call Patty Leahy at (541) 573-8360 or email@example.com
Artists/Painters meet each Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Take along projects of all media and work in a good atmoshpere. Mary Lou will be there for projects if needed.
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 each Thursday at Bella Java, 314 N. Broadway Ave. in Burns, at noon.
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets each Thursday at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at noon. Call 541-573-2896.
Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open, big book and discussion meeting each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Living Water.
Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 pm. Free and open to grades 6-12.
Reading Club meets at the Harney County Library each Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. Open to 2nd- through 5th-grade students. For more information, call 541-573-6670.
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., small group sessions are at 7 p.m. and “Cross Talk Cafe” begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call 541-573-7100.
Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.