The Burns Hilander volleyball and football teams will be holding camps this August.

The Hilander volleyball camp, for grades K-8, will be held Aug. 4-7 at Burns High School.

The camp for grades K-4 will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. each day, and will be concentrating on fundamentals of volleyball, as well as game playing.

The camp for grades 5-8 will be held from noon to 3 p.m. each day. Grades 5-6 will be working on fundamentals, as well as some rotations. Grades 7-8 will be working on fundamentals, as well as more advanced offenses and defenses.

All participants are asked to wear street shoes and change into gym shoes at the site, and each camper must complete a registration form signed by parent or guardian.

Cost for the camp is $35, and checks may be made payable to Burns High School Volleyball.

The football conditioning camp, for grades 7-12, will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14 at Burns High School.

Cost for the camp is $35.

Registration forms for both the volleyball and football camps are available at the High Desert Swimming Pool.

photo.PNGWayne Oscar Johnson, 92, passed away June 28.

Wayne was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Omaha, Neb., to Oscar and Josephine “Josie” Armstrong Johnson.  He was their youngest child. His older siblings were Bernice, who died at age 16 in 1921; a brother who died as a baby; Russell, who was born in 1908 and died in 1994; and his sister, Dorothy, who was born in 1913 and died in 1996.

Wayne was about 10 years old when his family moved from Nebraska to Payette, Idaho, because of drought and dust-bowl conditions there. “We was blowed out,” Wayne said.

From Payette, Oscar Johnson transferred from working in a feedlot to the Alvord Ranch east of Steens Mountain in Harney County. In 1932, Wayne, 10, his sister, Dorothy, and his mother, Josie Johnson, followed, and Wayne was enrolled in grade school at Crane. He graduated from Crane Union High School in 1941.

Wayne had many adventures and stories to tell. He recalled his first summer spent on the Alvord Ranch as an exciting adventure for a 13-year-old boy. He said, “It was a wonderful place. They had a creek running down off the hill through the place, through the milk house and there were frogs and everything, and there were oodles of deer and quail around. You’d go down in the field and you’d just about have to push the deer out of the road.”

Wayne would say, “I got to go with the buckaroos a lot, and I got to know the ranch pretty well. And when I wasn’t doing that, when anybody came to the ranch, I showed them around. I was pretty important, 13 years old, big hat and all.”

Wayne remembered Mustang Smith, who used wild mustangs as teams for the haying equipment. “He’d bring those mustangs in off the desert. It took three of them to pull the mowing machine. They’d have to wrestle those old ponies around and hook them up. They wasn’t broke, they’d just hook them up and go with them. That was fun to watch Mustang Smith. He was a wild man, that’s why they called him ‘Mustang,’’ ’ Wayne said.

During the school year, Wayne and his family lived in Crane. Wayne was paid $1 a day to help out at Floyd Presley’s store, the Crane Mercantile, before and after school.

About two months before school was out, Joe Fine came into Crane looking for someone to cook at the Roaring Springs Ranch. He got Wayne into the Crane school dormitory when he was in the eighth grade, and his mother and dad went out to work at Roaring Springs. Wayne and his sister, Dorothy, stayed in Crane, and Wayne worked in the store that summer, and got a raise to $60 a month.

While he was in high school, Wayne spent his summers with his folks at Roaring Springs. He remembered when Joe Fine first put the lawn in at Roaring Springs ranch headquarters, and when the trees that are growing there today were just saplings.  He and his dad mowed the lawn with a push mower that was too hard to push through the tall grass.

After a couple of years at Roaring Springs, Wayne’s dad, who had immigrated to Nebraska from Sweden with his brothers, decided he wanted to go back to farm in Nebraska with family. “My mother and I said, ‘We’re not going with you. We’re going to stay here.’ And we didn’t go, and we survived.” His mother, Josie died in 1963.

After Wayne graduated from high school, he worked at Roaring Springs and at the Alvord Ranch until he was 23 or 24. When the Alvord Ranch sold, he worked a couple of months and then quit. He went to Brogan to work for a while, and then went to work at the feedlot at Payette, cleaning the corrals with a tractor.

He didn’t like the damp foggy weather along the river and came back to Harney County, where it is sunny and dry. He returned to the Lawen area, and was part owner of the Lawen Store with his sister, Dorothy, and brother-in-law.

Wayne did lots of buckarooing and other ranch work. He worked at the Roaring Springs for about 10 years until the Gill Cattle Company bought it.

He met Stella Able of Burns, and they were married in Winnemucca, Nev., Jan. 24, 1953. They were married for 46 years until her death in 1999. They had no children.

Wayne had a few cattle, so he leased the Donald Otley place near Lawen for a few years. He worked for Edward Hines Lumber Company for four or five years. Wayne said, “Then I got itchy feet, and wanted to get me a ranch job, so I went to work for Tommy Jenkins and stayed for five years.”

Wayne also worked at the experiment station, and he and Stella helped his sister, Dorothy, run the Lawen Store after her husband died. In the 1980s, Lawen flooded, and Malheur Lake rose so high that there was water to the back of the Lawen Store.  Wayne said, “I put dikes up, but the water was so high in the basement that I saw the light bulbs floating. I told Stella it is time for us to get out of here.” So they moved into Burns.

He started mowing lawns in his later years to stay in shape. He took care of his wife during her 13-year battle with cancer.

Wayne married Rose Modey in Feb. 2000, and gained more family with lots of grandchildren.  Wayne and Rose enjoyed retirement activities such as traveling, old-time fiddler’s music, and playing cards at the Senior and Community Services Center.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Rose, of Burns; her many children and grandchildren; niece, Nancy Dowell of Redmond; and nephew, Earl Carson and wife, Shirley, of Diamond

One of his last words of wisdom were, “You can choose to make your life happy or you can eat sour pie.”


Ray Botkins 1951-2014

Posted on July 9th in Obituaries

OBIT BotkinsWORKEDRay Botkins, 62, passed away Tuesday, June 24, at Harney District Hospital.

He was born Sept. 21, 1951, in London, Kent., to Lucille Botkins-Moss and Gilbert “Doc” Botkins.

He moved from Kentucky to Oregon with his family when he was 6 years old. He attended school in Condon and Burns, and joined the U.S. Army in 1968.

He was stationed in Korea and Germany, as well as other American Army posts, and earned Marksman Honors before his honorable discharge three years later.

He was married to Maria Uriarte in 1973, and had two children, a son and a daughter, Ryan Botkins and Deshaunna Botkins Simpson.

In 1995, he married Diana Kealiher, who also had two children, a daughter and a son, Amber Briels DeLange and Brandon Briels.

He enjoyed ranching, horses, old cars, guns, riding his Harley, and spending time with family and friends. He had five sisters and a brother he dearly loved to visit with. They all loved to be together to laugh and talk. He also loved westerns, playing with his grandchildren and ice cream.

He was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008, and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2009. His donor was his loving sister, Donna Richardson. He struggled with multiple health issues for almost six years before he passed away.

Ray is survived by his wife, Diana “Deenie” Kealiher Botkins of Burns; son Ryan Botkins, and wife, Tracy Aranda Botkins, of Safford, Ariz.; daughter, Deshaunna Botkins Simpson, and husband, Michael Simpson, of Hines; Deenie’s daughter, Amber Briels DeLange, and husband, Ryan DeLange, of Hines; Deenie’s son, Brandon Briels, and wife, Amy Anderson Briels, of Baker City; grandchildren, Jaden and Kyran Simpson of Hines, Dylan and Kloe Botkins of Safford, Ariz., Nolan, Cooper and Beau Briels of Baker City, Kylee Simpson of Hines, and Trinton and Trey DeLange of Burns; siblings and their spouses, Barbara Choate and John Thomas Choate Jr. of Hines, Shandel and Richard Carter of Bryant, Alaska, Sharon Botkins of Bend, Donna and Aaron Richardson of Hines, Orie and Phyllis Thomas of London, Kent., and Darleen and Mark Beall of Portland; stepfather Ron Moss of Bryant, Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Botkins; his mother, Lucille Botkins-Moss; and older brother, Eddie Wayne Botkins.

He was laid to rest in the Burns Cemetery June 28 with military honors and an escort from the Desert Riders and numerous other friends that he rode his Harley with.


Bonnie Barbara Ellis, 70, of Burns, passed away June 30, at her home.

She was born July 14, 1943, in Eugene.

Wednesday July 9

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

Harney County Library holds its Summer Reading Program, “Fizz-Boom-Read,” every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, July 9, the activity is the science of smoke and fire by the Burns Fire Department.

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 Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include finalizing priorities, revising their plan and the annual election of officers. The public is welcome to attend.

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.  The support group will meet on Wednesday, July 9, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hines City Hall meeting room.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites the public to their summer “Twilight” trap practice  to be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Wednesday, running through the month of September. The practices will be held at the trap range on Radar Hill. It is a great time to get started or improve your skills. There are instructors for beginners.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

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.

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.

Thursday July 10

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

Diane Rapaport will be reading excerpts from her new book, Home Sweet Jerome: Death and Rebirth of Arizona’s Richest Copper Mining City, Thursday, July 10, at 6 p.m. at The Book Parlor, 433 N. Broadway, Burns. The event is free and open to the public.

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 11

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

2014 Quilt & Art Show Friday and Saturday July 11-12. See the display of local quilts in Burns and Hines participating businesses.

Teen Summer Reading Program, for grades 6-12, meets every Friday night from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Harney County Library. On Friday, July 11, the featured topic will be plants and bugs.

A fundraising spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, at the Burns Paiute Gathering Center. Bingo will follow from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds will go toward travel expenses to attend a Language Conference.

A community-wide yard sale/flea market will be held July 11-13 in Hines and Burns. Participants can register their sales with Hines City Hall to be listed on free maps that will be distributed. Space is also available to reserve in Hines Park. Community groups, clubs, and vendors are encouraged to participate. For more information, or to register, please contact the Hines City Hall at 541-573-2251. 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 July 12

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

Harney County Ranch Rodeo at 9 a.m. at the Harney County Fairgrounds. Events include team branding, dally calf roping, bronc riding, horse roping, wild cow milking. Concessions available.

A fundraising Indian Taco sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Arrowhead Plaza in Burns. All proceeds will go toward travel expenses to attend a Language Conference.

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.

Join Harney District Hospital (HDH) for a free childbirth education class. Learn about prenatal care, the birth experience, breastfeeding and infant care. Class will be held on Saturday, July 12, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the HDH board annex. Contact HDH’s Toni Siegner, 541-573-8310 to register or for more information. Lunch from Grand Street Café is included.

Sunday July 13

Posted on July 9th 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 13, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. Call 541-573-2802

Steens Mountain Men hold a shoot the second Sunday of the month at noon at the shooting range on Radar Hill. Round ball and patch only, no inlines. For more information, contact Toni Brown 801-450-7064.

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

Monday July 14

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

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.

The HHOPE board of directors meets the second Monday of the month at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room at 85 N. Date.

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

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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