by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Breaking from the blocks in the 100-meter race are Crane’s (L-R) Sam Williams, Corey Jenkins, Bryce Otley, Travis Landon and John O’Toole. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Breaking from the blocks in the 100-meter race are Crane’s (L-R) Sam Williams, Corey Jenkins, Bryce Otley, Travis Landon and John O’Toole. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Crane track teams hosted the High Desert League Meet on Friday, May 8, and with a limited number of teams participating, the Mustangs easily won both the boys and girls titles.

Crane won the girls meet with 168 points, with Prairie City coming in a distant second with 71 points. Burnt River was third with 62, and Dayville finished with 54.

The Mustangs dominated the boys meet by racking up 291 points. Prairie City was second with 66 points, followed by Burnt River with 49 and Dayville 14.

The Mustangs compete in the OSAA 1A-Special District 4 Championship Meet on Thursday, May 14 in Baker City. The first events begin at 1 p.m. First and second place finishers from the district meet for each event, including relays, automatically qualify for the state championships. Any additional participants meeting the Qualifying Standard for an event in the district meet may qualify for the state meet.

Those placing in the top eight of their event for Crane are as follows:


100m — 2. Sadie O’Toole, 15.10.

200m — 1. Hannah Maupin, 28.07; 2. O’Toole, 30.84; 5. Maria Thompson, 34.01; 7. Kayla Mims, 34.18.

800m — 1. Bryanna Dunn, 3:04.13; 2. Elina Jenks, 3:15.54.

1500m — 1. Jenks, 6:58.21.

100m hurdles — 1. Amanda Casey, 17.34.

300m hurdles — 1. Casey, 49.56; 2. H. Maupin, 50.63.

Shot put — 2. Mims, 28-05.50; 3. Thompson, 27-04.75.

Discus — 1. Mims, 77-00; 2. Thompson, 76-04; 3. Dunn, 74-08.

Javelin — 2. Mims, 89-10.

Pole vault — 1. Casey, 9-03.00.

Long jump — 1. Dunn, 14-07.50; 3. Savannah Maupin, 12.07.50.

Triple jump — 2. S. Maupin, 24-09.50.


100m — 1. John O’Toole, 12.34; 2. Travis Landon, 12.54; 3. Austin Roath, 12.60; 5. Bryce Otley, 12.87; 6. Joe Valentine; 7. JayJay Balowski, 13.17; 8. Miles Maupin, 13.34.

200m — 2. Landon, 25.69; 3. Dustin Ramge, 25.99; 4. Valentine, 26.73; 5. Corey Jenkins, 27.43; 6. Maupin, 27.53.

800m — 1. B. Otley, 2:27.69; 2. Joel Otley, 2:47.38; 3. Zach Zurfluh, 2:53.58.

1500m — 1. Randy Epling, 5:08.77; 3. J. Otley, 5:40.47; 4. Zurfluh, 6:08.46.

3000m — 1. Epling, 12:09. 45.

110m hurdles — 2. Roath, 18.09.

300m hurdles — 2. Jack Bentz, 45.89; 3. Roath, 45.95.

4×100 relay — 1. Crane  (Landon, Bentz, Valentine, O’Toole), 46.54.

4×400 relay — 1. Crane (B. Otley, O’Toole, Ramge, Bentz), 3:58.09.

Shot put — 1. Valentine, 39-07.00; 2. B. Otley, 34-08.75; 3. Sam Williams, 31-06.50; 4. Jenkins, 28-08.50.

Discus — 1. David Steeves, 111-02; 2. Bentz, 83-06; 3. Williams, 80-01; 6. O’Toole, 65-08.

Javelin — 2. Steeves, 128-08; 3. Maupin, 127-11; 5. Williams, 112-01; 6. Roath, 112-00; 8. J. Otley, 92.01.

High jump — 1. Steeves, 5-04.00.

Pole vault — 2. Ramge, 11-00.00; 3. Steeves, 10.06.00.

Long jump — 1. Balowski, 17.09.50; 5. Zurfluh, 12-07.00.

Triple jump — 1. Balowski, 35-01.50; 2. Maupin, 32-11.00.

Dick Morgan 1935-2015

Posted on May 13th in Obituaries


OBIT Morgan WEBDick Morgan, a lifelong Harney County resident, passed away Saturday, April 4.

Dick was born in Burns Sept. 29, 1935, to James Madison (Matt) Morgan and Jessie Marie Seward Morgan. He was born in his Aunt Vera Fine’s house, which sat on the corner of Grand and Washington Streets, where the current home of Harney District Hospital (HDH) Family Care Clinic is located. His first bassinet was a drawer in his Aunt Vera’s dresser. He was the last of four children, and was 12 years younger than his youngest sister. He was raised in Frenchglen while his Dad ran sheep with Joe Fine (Dick’s uncle by marriage), and they moved to the P Ranch when his dad began working for the refuge. His childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller and Fred Witzel, kept the Blitzen valley lively, as only young boys can do!

When Dick was in middle school, he and his mom and dad moved to Leavenworth, Wash. Dick was a trumpet player in the band there, and this is where his love of music really took hold. They spent approximately two years there until his dad’s health forced them to move to Ontario to be near doctors and family.  His dad, Matt, died when Dick was only 13.

Dick had always been a “spirited child” and had a mind of his own.  The “Dick Morgan Way” started young and was his theme throughout his life.  The “Dick Morgan Way” wasn’t necessarily the right way or the easy way, but it wasn’t necessarily the wrong way either. It was just his way. This spirit became a challenge to his mother and Dick started down a road of being very independent after the death of his dad. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1953 where he played football, baseball, and basketball. When he wasn’t in school, he spent most of his free time with his childhood friends, Joe and Jerry Miller, with his sister, Irene, in John Day, and working as a buckaroo for Joe Fine.

After high school, he went to school at OIT in Klamath Falls for a time, worked for Edward Hines, and worked as a buckaroo, mostly for Roaring Springs Ranch. He also tried his hand at bareback riding on the professional rodeo circuit. His nephew remembers seeing him crash through a fence at the Grant County Fair rodeo. Soon after that abrupt dismount, his rodeo career ended.

In 1958, he was drafted into Uncle Sam’s Army.  Dick spent two years in the service, attending training at Fort Sill, Okla., and then on to Dachau, Germany, where he spent 17 months with the 2D Howitzer Battalion 37th Artillery. Now remember, he had that “Dick Morgan Way” which didn’t always match up with “Uncle Sam’s Way.”  Needless to say, his quirky sense of humor and adventure made sure he was an expert at peeling potatoes and paint! He was an original Beetle Bailey. One of his biggest misadventures was a train ride that lasted WAY too long. He got on in Munich and was headed back to Dachau. He fell asleep and passed Dachau, and woke up in a small train station in Floffenhaufen.  He eventually made it back to Dachau where the potatoes were waiting! He was very proud of those that served before him and liberated the camps at Dachau. His daughter had a chance to visit Dachau in the 1980s and they got to spend hours poring over pictures and sharing what they had each seen. He had a great respect and reverence for those who served in the military, but didn’t feel he deserved any recognition as a veteran. He always told people to focus their gratitude on those who served in combat time or spent their careers in the military. He made some good friends in Dachau and in the 1990s, was able to reunite with one his Army buddies after 30-plus years. He got the opportunity to travel to Virginia twice and visit his buddy, “Kirk,” telling stories and trying to top the other’s tall tales. They talked regularly on the phone for a minimum of an hour each time, fixing the ways of the world.

In 1960, he returned from Germany and picked his life back up as a logger and buckaroo. He made a lasting friendship with Babe Gibson and his son, Monty, and began working as his partner racing horses. He had an ownership in one horse, Harney King, who won a number of races and then was taken in a claims race in early 1963. As Dick noted, it gave him a nest egg for his upcoming marriage. At the racetrack is where he refined and honed his horse shoeing skills, enamored by how swift and accurate those racehorse farriers could set a shoe. As noted in some stories he’d written, prior to that he learned to shoe horses the Miller way – which was just get iron between the foot and the rocks. Shoeing a horse was an art to him, and he agonized over each foot that he crafted. He would tell you, “God knows I wasn’t built for it,” but he certainly did love it.

In June of 1963, he married Terry Karen Garris in Pendleton. They met at a Diamond dance in 1961 when Karen accompanied Susan Haines O’Toole home from college. Karen was going to nursing school in Portland, and Dick would go to Portland Meadows to race and take time to visit Karen. As he always said, he was a bright boy… he waited for them to get married until she graduated from college so she could support him!

In 1964, his daughter Terri Jo was born, and in 1969, his son, Fred Mattison (Matt), was born. He treasured his children and always put them first. He was always the parent who was silently in the background making sure whatever activity his children were involved in could happen. He spent hours grooming and lining the Little League ball fields in town. He’d work all day in the woods and then come home in the afternoon and line the fields so games could begin. The fields near Fillmore are named Morgan Field in honor of the work that he did. He shod almost every 4-Her’s horses during the time his daughter was in horse 4-H.  While she was on the fair court, he was the “fetch it” guy whenever they traveled.

Dick’s love of animals was almost legendary. Any animal that came to reside at the Morgan residence was loved and respected, right down to the hamsters Santa brought one Christmas. His black lab, Lucy Jane, was his constant companion, almost living in his pickup. Many people in town thought that his wife used to ride in the middle next to him on the seat, but on closer look it was just his black lab. His last “dog” was actually a cat that he cherished as much as any animal. We believe the Rainbow Bridge is where animals go to await their master’s entrance to heaven. That bridge was full of four-legged critters awaiting the return of their beloved Dick.

He was a man of many talents. He played the trumpet for many years in school, and loved most types of music (new age country, hip hop and rock and roll just didn’t quite make the grade). He was a bareback rider for a time (but always said that he couldn’t make enough money to support that habit), was a racehorse trainer/owner and pony person, a buckaroo, a horse shoer, author, and an artist who worked in pen and ink when he drew. When his hands would no longer let him draw up to the Dick Morgan standard, he became a paver stone artist. He designed and built driveways and walkways.  One of his favorite accomplishments was the paver stones over the graves of his sister, Edith Morgan Dripps, and her family at the Drewsey cemetery.   Everything that he did was with perfection and was done the Dick Morgan Way! And for those who knew him, it always seemed to be “just the right way!”

He is survived by his wife of 51 ½ years, Karen; daughter, Terri Jo Morgan; son, Matt Morgan; niece, Jane Dripps; nephews, Fred Waterman, Todd Morgan and Mark Morgan; and many great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Morgan Waterman; brother, James Donald (Don) Morgan; sister, Edith Morgan Dripps; nephews, Gene Dripps and Steve Waterman; and nieces, Verna Jo Waterman Pierce and Kay Morgan.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Community Flag Fund or the High School Athletic Fund, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488, Burns, OR  97720.


OBIT Dahl WEBJohn Dahl, 37, passed away May 6, surrounded by the people who knew and loved him the most.

John was born March 31, 1978, in Moscow, Idaho. He later moved to Burns with his family, where he attended and graduated from high school. John was a naturally-gifted athlete who excelled in basketball, baseball and football. He was a varsity letterman in each sport, and was named “most promising freshman” in basketball during ninth grade. John loved sports, and anyone who ever played a game of one-on-one with him can attest to his skill and competitiveness.

During his high school years, John met the true and only love of his life, Mattye. They were married Feb. 7, 2004, and had two beautiful children together, Maci and Zachary. John’s greatest joy in life was his children. He was a wonderful father who wanted nothing more than to spend every minute with his children.

John loved the outdoors and the Oregon Coast. He often 4-wheeled and rode motorcycles throughout his life. John was also a sports fanatic, especially when rooting for his beloved San Antonio Spurs.

John is survived by his parents, John and Judy of Lewiston; children, Maci and Zachary of Portland; brother, Bill and family of Burns; brother, Sandy and family of Weippe, Idaho; as well as many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to the American Kidney Foundation.

Alberta (Buddy) Means, long time Burns resident and teacher, passed away Friday, May 8. A service, to be announced at a later date, will be held in Hillsboro. An obituary will follow.

Wednesday May 13

Posted on May 13th in Community Calendar

Harney County Farm Bureau will hold its monthly meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the basement meeting room of the courthouse.

Burns City Council meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at Burns City Hall, 242 S. Broadway, at 6 p.m.

The city of Burns Public Safety Committee meets the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Burns Fire Hall.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting on Wednesday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hines City Hall meeting room. The Cancer Support Group is open to all cancer patients, survivors, family and support persons. Come learn and share about all types of cancer, ways to manage symptoms, treat side effects and make connections to help you navigate cancer care. Please contact Kristen Gregg or Maria Pichette, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinators at 541-573-8614 for more information.

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 May 14

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Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this great program. Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library; sessions include brief education, warm-up & stretching, walking, then cool down & stretching. Group suitable for those with arthritis or those who just want to make walking a part of their life. For details, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614.

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 May 15

Posted on May 13th in Community Calendar

Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 15. Open to grades 6-12. 

The Oregon Junior High Rodeo will be held at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 15-16, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

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 May 16

Posted on May 13th in Community Calendar

The Oregon High School Rodeo will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

The Oregon Junior High Rodeo will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

The Burns Butte Sportmen’s Club invites the public to their “Playday in May.” It will be a fun and games event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at the trap range on Radar Hill. Although they will have practices, this will be the last regular trap shoot until fall. All levels of shooters are welcome, and lunch will be available.

Sunday May 17

Posted on May 13th in Community Calendar

The Oregon High School Rodeo will be held at 8 a.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

Center Stage, the annual showcase featuring Harney County talent, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church. Anyone wishing to participate needs to call Marianne Andrews 541-573-5157 or Linda Greenfield 541-573-5346.

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 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 May 18

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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.

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