The purpose of this press release is to alert you, as a Harney County property owner or interested person, of proposed rules being proclaimed by the state of Oregon from both the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (LCDC) that may regulate development on private land to protect important sage grouse habitat.

If you own land, recreate, hunt, fish, have an interest in or simply visit the vast rural portions of this county, you may want to comment on these rules and better understand them. Below are the opportunities to do so in this community.

ODFW

The DRAFT administrative rule for mitigation of impacts to sage grouse habitat caused by development will be presented Wednesday, July 22, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder in Burns. This is a public hearing process, and the public is welcome to testify. The ODFW Commission will make a decision to consider adoption of this rule at its July 27 meeting in Salem.

LCDC

A presentation and decision to consider adoption of a DRAFT administrative rule regulating size, types and location of primarily large-scale commercial development on private land that may impact sage grouse habitat will be held Thursday, July 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway in Burns. Note that agricultural use within Exclusive Farm Use (EFU) zoned land is exempt from this rule. There will be time allowed for the LCDC Commission to hear public comment prior to its decision.

Both rules are posted on the home page of the Harney County website: www.co.harney.or.us.


Triangle Park’s irrigation project under way

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

At its regularly-scheduled meeting July 8, the Burns City Council heard from Cara Wilber, a certified public accountant with Oster Professional Group. Wilber presented a city audit report for fiscal year 2013-14. She provided an overview of the report for the council.

Wilber noted there was a positive change in net position, reporting that cash on hand and assets had increased by $654,000.

“The financial position of the city is looking up, based on that number,” said Wilber.

Wilber concluded by pointing out some recommendations that were made regarding internal controls over payroll, account adjustments, inventory, accounts receivable, cash, and the airport fund balance.

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In her report, City Manager (CM) Dauna Wensenk noted that the irrigation system project at Triangle Park had begun, and that a seasonal park maintenance position was set to close on Friday, July 10. Another position for payroll clerk and accounts receivable will be advertised, she reported.

In old business, CM Wensenk reported that interviews with five applicants for the public works director position were held that day. She said all were very qualified, but two stood out, and a decision will be made soon.

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Airport Manager Jeff Cotton reported that a lot of fuel had been pumped lately due to recent firefighting efforts. He said the new fuel truck would be up and running by next week.

Cotton said an inspection by the Oregon Department of Aviation was completed that day, and that there were some improvements recommended, but they “passed with flying colors.”

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The council voted to approve Resolution No. 15-609 and 15-610, ordering dangerous buildings located at 420 W. Johnson and 460 W. Johnson, respectively, to be removed, and ordering the nuisance at these properties to be abated.

Wensenk said there was someone interested in purchasing the properties and renovating them, in which case removal and abatement by the city wouldn’t be necessary, but said the city’s legal counsel had advised that the resolutions be passed in case the sale doesn’t go through.

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Mayor Craig LaFollette read a statement from City Attorney Jeremy Green regarding Enjoy LLC, a medical marijuana dispensary in the city:

“We have experienced difficulty with the medical marijuana application and related fee. We anticipate that this will be resolved at the end of next week.”

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LaFollette also read a letter from Green informing the council of Oregon House Bill 3400 that was signed into law June 30. The bill contains a “local option,” which allows local governments in counties where at least 55 percent of voters voted no on Measure 91 to ban retail sales of marijuana. The ban must be passed within 180 days of the law’s effective date, or Dec. 27, 2015.

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Councilor Jerry Woodfin thanked those who had worked on the cleanup of the nuisance property at 730 S. Egan.

Councilor Terri Presley echoed Woodfin’s sentiment, and also cautioned about the extremely dry conditions in the area.

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The next meeting of the Burns City Council will be held Wednesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. at Burns City Hall.


by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Saddle bronc riding was one of the six events that teams competed in at the ranch rodeo. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Saddle bronc riding was one of the six events that teams competed in at the ranch rodeo. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Harney County Ranch Rodeo was held Saturday, July 11, at the Harney County Fairgrounds, with a total of 25 four-man teams competing for cash and prizes.

When the dust had settled, the Sprague River Cattle Co. team, made up of Brady Haigh, Victor Madrigal, Jimmy Gallagher and Hank Melsness, sat in first place with 333 points.

Second place went to Under the Table Gang (Todd Carson, Willie Stoddart, John Opie and Tyler Opie) with 325.5 points.

The ZX Ranch (Jade Cooper, Frank Domingez, Chance Peila and Quinton Anseth) tied for third with the Arock Ranch team (Shaun Lequerica, Bryan Grenke, Dusty Easterday and Mike Eiguren), each with 318 points.

Coming in fifth was the GI Ranch (Eric Steen, Gus King, Clay Tyree and Devon Thompson) with 315 points.

The top five teams in the individual events are as follows:

Team branding

First — ZX Ranch

Second — GI Ranch

Third — Arock Ranch

Fourth — Sprague River Cattle Co.

Fifth — 06 Livestock (Nick Eiguren, Lee Stanford, Wyatt Stanford and Nathan Easterday)

Big horn roping

First — Reitmann Ranch (Jacob Reitman, Jeb Ball, Austin Piper and Ty Law)

Second — De Long Ranches (Riley Kendall, Jim Filipini, George Barton and Skip Sam)

Third — ZX Ranch

Fourth — Shine Ranch (George Shine, Stan Jones, Josh Prom and Zach Maita)

Fifth — Withers Ranch (Matt Withers, Jack O’Leary, Jeff Hunt and Jason Kruse)

Saddle bronc riding

First — Sprague River Cattle Co.

Second — Maher Ranch (Tim Maher, Steve Maher, TJ Thompson and Ross O’Sullivan)

Third — Rounders (Garet Sappe, Nolan Edwards, Chad Edwards and Joe Kingen)

Fourth (tie) — Under the Table Gang and Bruneau Boys (Tub Blanthorne, Cain Eaton, Chet Anger and Hylland Wilkenson)

Ranch doctoring

First — Arock Ranch

Second — 06 Livestock

Third — GI Ranch

Fourth — Maher Ranch

Fifth — Plush Gang (Terry Cahill, James Cahill, Hezzie McGarva and Luke Baughmeister)

Trailer loading

First — C Step Livestock (Brandon Clark, Steve Clark, Taylor Kerns and Chris White)

Second — Bruneau Boys

Third — ZX Ranch

Fourth — Maher Ranch.

Fifth — 06 Livestock

Horse roping

First — Arock Ranch

Second — Under the Table Gang

Third — 3 Bar C (Jeremy Clark, James Norris, Jake Clark and Nathan Duckworth)

Fourth — Sprague River Cattle Co.

Fifth — GI Ranch

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The top four teams had their choice of prizes consisting of coats from Round Barn Visitor Center, rawhide reins made by Dan Fowler, .22 pistols from B&B Sporting Goods and shaving kits made by Kevin Urbach.

Prizes for the event winners are as follows:

Team branding: Rolled leather reins made by Brad Mastre (4);

Big Horn Cow Roping:  Ropes from Anderson Valley Supply in Crane (2);

Saddle Bronc Riding:  Stirrups (1 set) from Johnny Miller;

Ranch Doctoring:  Moremaker Knives from B&B Sporting Goods and scabbard made by Brad Mastre (4);

Trailer Loading:  Cantle plates made by Dally Zander (4);

Horse Roping:  Schrimshaw knives by Michele Severe (2).


Wednesday July 15

Posted on July 15th in Community Calendar

Youth Summer Reading Program at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Harney County Library. Police cars, ambulances and firetrucks. Meet the super-heroes who take care of our community.

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

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.

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, a support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the back door on the south side of the building. All interested are welcome.

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


Thursday July 16

Posted on July 15th in Community Calendar

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 July 17

Posted on July 15th in Community Calendar

Teen Summer Reading Program at the Harney County Library from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Learn to paint using water colors with Barbara and Maureen.

High Desert Swim Meet will be held July 17-19 at the High Desert Swimming Pool.

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 July 18

Posted on July 15th in Community Calendar

High Desert Swim Meet will be held July 17-19 at the High Desert Swimming Pool.

Senator Ron Wyden will hold a town hall meeting at 1 p.m. at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.


Sunday July 19

Posted on July 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, July 19, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

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 July 20

Posted on July 15th in Community Calendar

A summer art camp, for grades K-8, will be held July 20-23 at Hines Middle School. The camp will be led by Maddye Dinsmore. Space is limited, so sign up early. Email Janet Caldwell at caldwellj@harneyesd.k12.or.us or call 541-573-4822.

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 July 21

Posted on July 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.

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.


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