by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Boys basketball award winners (L-R): Zach McDonald, Bryce Goss, Austin Feist, Boyd Vinson. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Girls basketball award winners (L-R): Oakley West, Sydnee Shelman, Carli Feist, Catherine Clemens. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Burns High School capped off the winter sports season with an awards ceremony on Monday, March 16.

Athletic Director Paula Toney welcomed everyone to the event, and then, filling in for the dance coach, Debbie Titus, presented awards to the dance team. Amelia Hamerlynck received the Most Improved Dancer award, and the Tiny Dancer award for most valuable dancer was presented to Taylor Draper.

Cheer coach Julie Burri presented the awards to the basketball cheer squad. Burri noted at the state competition, the cheer team placed second in their division, and Lizz Duhn came in third in the individual competition.

Recipients of the special cheer awards are as follows: Most Improved — Cassidy Reid; Stunting award — Jason Stoker; Flyer award — Cailyn Wilber; Most Outstanding award — Duhn.

Cheer squad award winners (L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, Cailyn Wilber. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Cassidy Reid, Jason Stoker, Lizz Duhn, and Cailyn Wilber were the cheer squad award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Wrestling award winners (L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, Dallon Higgins. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

(L-R): Jonathan Schmeck, Garrett Blackburn, and Dallon Higgins were the wrestling award winners. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head wrestling coach Mark Hofman introduced this year’s wrestling team and presented the special awards. Garrett Blackburn, who won the state title at 170 pounds, received the Outstanding Upperclassman award and the Jeremy Johnson Most Heart award. Jonathan Schmeck was named Most Improved, and Dallon Higgins took home the Outstanding Underclassman award.

Mick Miller, head coach for the boys basketball program, and assistant coaches Jed Patterson and Rob Paramore, recognized this year’s players and handed out the special awards. Bryce Goss was named the Most Promising Freshman, Boyd Vinson received the Most Inspirational award, the Most Improved award was given to Zach McDonald, and Austin Feist was named the Most Valuable Player.

Miller added that Feist was named the Player of the Year for the Wapiti League and named to the All-Tournament First Team at the 2A state basketball tournament. Ty Hueckman was named to the All-League first team, Trace Tiller received All-League second team honors, and Ty Reid received All-League honorable mention.

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Dance team award winner Taylor Draper. Not pictured: Amelia Hamerlynck. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Head coach for the girls basketball program Brandon McMullen and assistant coach Kevin Feist introduced their teams and presented the special awards. The Most Promising Freshman award went to Oakley West. Sydnee Shelman was named the Most Improved, Carli Feist was presented with the Most Inspirational award, and Catherine Clemens received the Most Valuable Player award.

McMullen said Clemens was named the Co-Player of the Year for the Wapiti League, Feist was named to All-League first team, and Madison Carson and Baylee Hanner received All-League second team honors.

Clemens was also named to the All-Tournament first team at the 2A state basketball tournament, and Carson was selected for the All-Tournament second team.

Clemens also set a new single-game scoring record this season, hitting for 35 points in the Hilanders’ win over Enterprise.

Ruth Miles 1926-2015

Posted on March 18th in Obituaries

OBITMilesWEBRuth Potter Miles, 88, passed away March 11 in Vale, surrounded by family.

Born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, on Aug. 1, 1926, Ruth was one of five daughters born to Glen and Josephine Potter. She married Junior R. Miles June 25, 1944, in Lava Hot Springs. Their early married life took them from Lava Hot Springs to Salmon, Homedale, Vale, Juntura, Burns and back to Vale, where they lived for the past 40 years. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past summer.

Ruth loved raising her children and was very involved with their activities. She gave generously of her time for the benefit of all children. She was a room mother at school, Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and 4-H Leader for 25 years. She loved her grandchildren and created many memories by spending time together with them.

She was an accomplished seamstress, making clothes for her family and many others. She loved oil painting, crafts, dancing, family camping trips, and exploring new country.

Ruth will long be remembered for her kindness and sweet smile that made you instantly feel welcome and loved.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Junior Miles, of Vale; daughters,  Jeanette and Al Sillonis of Weiser, Idaho, Cindy and Bill Romans of Westfall, and Penny and Steve McFetridge of Vale; daughter-in-law, Mary Miles of John Day; son-in-law, Dave and Debbie Enright of Vale; 15 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorene Bowman of Quincy, Wash., and Jolene Tillotson of Pocatello, Idaho.

She was preceded by an infant son, Kenneth Don Miles; son, Robert Miles of John Day; and daughter, Betty Enright of Vale; sisters, Kathleen Potter and Dorothy Potter of Lava Hot Springs; and great-granddaughter, Hallie Romans of Westfall.

A funeral service was held March 16 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Chapel in Vale. Interment was at Valley View Cemetery in Vale. Memorial donations may be made to Malheur County Fairgrounds, 795 NW 9th St., Ontario, OR 97914.

Stan Bennett, 92, a longtime resident of Burns, passed away March 14 in Stayton.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Burns.

A full obituary will follow at a later date.

Ansel Noble Marshall, 100, formerly of Burns, passed away peacefully at his home in Bend, on March 15, with his wife, Cyndy, at his bedside.

A Celebration of Life for Ansel will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Whiterock Cowboy Fellowship, 5247 NE 15 St. in Redmond.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ansel’s memory to the Harney County 4-H Program c/o LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.

OBITMorrisWEBDarrell James Morris, 68, passed away March 8 at his home in Sublimity.

He was born July 7, 1946, in Prairie City to Lloyd and Clara (Howard) Morris, the seventh of nine children. He grew up and attended schools in the John Day area.

In August 1970, he married Patricia Fowler in Burns. While living there, he worked for the Bureau of Land Management patrolling Steens Mountain, for Hines Oil Co. delivering oil, and security for the Air Force base. Patty passed away in 1973.

In 1976, he met Dolores Ditter. They were married May 21, 1977, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Jordan. For the next two years, they lived in Stayton and managed Northridge Apts. The next adventure took them to Bend where they lived for the next 25 years. Darrell worked at Thousand Trails and at the Riverhouse. They also raised a number of foster kids and had a small farm. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cribbage, and camping. In 2004, they retired to Sublimity. Darrell loved watching the hummingbirds at the feeder, doing rock polishing, and playing Bejeweled on the computer.

Darrell is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; son, Daniel; three sisters; two brothers; and a sister-in-law.

Services have already been held.

OBITSchnabeleWEBCarl Lee “Swiz” Schnabele, 69, passed away March 7 in Paulina.

Carl was born May 16, 1945, in Prineville to John Lester and Helen Loretta (Basey) Schnabele. Carl attended school at Paulina Elementary and then graduated from Crane High School in 1964. He then had a successful career in cattle ranching until his death.

Carl had many accomplishments such as professional saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. He was an avid hunter and accomplished gambler, and enjoyed branding with friends. He was a long-time member of the Paulina Rodeo Club and a PRCA member.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda (Landers) Schnabele; daughters, Kelli Rose and husband, JW, Katy Kafka and husband, Aaron; mother, Helen Schnabele; grandchildren, John Barry Rose, Tommy Jack Rose, TC Hammack, Taelor Hammack, Tiersyn Kafka; and beloved nephew, Dustin Weatherman.

Carl was preceded in death by his father.

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Schnabele Ranch Headquarters.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Paulina Rodeo Club through Juniper Ridge Funeral Home, 678 N. Main Street Prineville, OR 97754.

OBITLongWEBCarroll Jaylene Long, 78, passed away Feb. 19 at Harney District Hospital.

Carroll was born April 22, 1936, in Denver, Colo.

Carroll’s occupation as a waitress and journeyman checker made her many people’s favorite with her work ethic, and positive, lively and spirited disposition.

Carroll was always known for her creativity with her afghans, ceramics, or being a seamstress working without patterns or making her own. She could be found doing her crossword puzzle every morning, crocheting throughout the day, and watching her soap opera every afternoon.

Carroll’s claim to fame was when she worked as a waitress at the Arrowhead Hotel in March 1973. When the hotel caught fire, she climbed the stairs to the conference room to evacuate the people on the second floor. She then performed the honest thing to do by ringing up the 25 cents a customer had given her for a cup of coffee into the register before evacuating herself,  which is where her children get their honesty.

Carroll is survived by her children, Cheryl Ann Goad of Burns, Robert Jay (RJ) Long of Burns, Jerry Lee Long of Streator, Ill., William Jack (Bill) Long of Burns, and Donna Kay Schubert of Seattle, Wash.; 12 grandchildren, Tamara Kline, Sheree Goad, Mareana Harris, Scarlet Andersen, Levi Long, Dani Long, Jordan Long, Jenna Long, Joshua Long, Azealea Long, Tahnee Brock and Shanna Schubert; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Carroll was preceded in death by her son, Danny Forrest (DJ) Long.

OBITVoglerWEBHenry Conrad Vogler III, 95, passed away March 3 at Harney District Hospital following a brief illness.

Henry was born on Sept. 24, 1919, in Connell, Wash., to Henry C. Vogler Jr. and Pearl E. Gipson Vogler. He and his sister, Helen,  grew up and were educated in Connell. He graduated from Washington State University in 1952 after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Henry married Ruth O. Jordan Aug. 31, 1942. On March 1, 1950, he moved the family to Burns. His life work was with, and for, his parents in ranching and farming in Connell, Echo, and the Island Ranch in Burns.

He was well-known  for his pranks, jokes and stories. He enjoyed traveling, reading and playing cards. He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, the American Legion Post No. 63, and the Burns Elks Lodge.

He is survived by his children, Connie (Earl) Barber, Joyce (Hank) Dickerson, Pamela Harper, Janice Vogler, Henry Vogler IV, and Bonnie (Woody Adams) Vogler; as well as 16 grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Figg; wife, Ruth; and grandson, H.C. Vogler V.

At his request, no services will be held.

Joann Elaine Miller, 77, passed away March 9.

Joann was born July 28, 1937, in Albert Lea, Minn., to George E. and Myrtle C. (Morriem) Nelson. She attended Albert Lea High School, and upon graduation, she moved to Chicago, Ill. After marrying, she moved to Eugene, where she raised her family, later living in Washougal, Wash. and Crane, before settling in Bend more than a year and a half ago.

Joann was an administrative assistant when she wasn’t running her horse ranch. In 1980, Joann served as president of Base Area No. 2 Hospital Guild Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene. She served as the president of the Oregon Quarter Horse Association from 1981-1982. She enjoyed modeling, quilting, making porcelain dolls, arts and crafts, horseback riding, buckaroos and her animals.

Joann is survived by her daughter, Kim (Phil) Kraemer of Bend; son, Michael (May) Edwards of Monroe, Wash.; daughter, Andrea (Randy) Osborne of Truckee, Calif; sister, Helen (Bill) Garriott of Merrill; four grandchildren, Alex (Amanda) Loomis of Dallas, Texas, Katherine Loomis of Chicago, Ill., Isaac and Mitchel Osborne of Truckee, Calif.; and two step-granddaughters.

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, George and Myrtle Nelson; and brother, Paul Nelson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the caregivers who provided love and care to their mother, Joann. Memorial contributions may be made to the Equine Outreach at  or the Alzheimer’s Association at

Wednesday March 18

Posted on March 18th in Community Calendar

The Crane Rangeland Fire Protection Association will be meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Crane Elementary School. The meeting is open to the public.

A Harney County Restoration Collaborative meeting will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday March 18, at the Pine Room, 543 W Monroe St. in Burns. This meeting is to provide updates on restoration efforts in the Malheur National Forest that will benefit the local community.  The public is invited. For more information please contact the High Desert Partnership at or 541-573-7820.

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.

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