Court prioritizes Title II projects

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Community Corrections Director Lodi Presley attended the regularly scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court on Dec. 2 to discuss the Grant Award Agreement for the 2015-2017 Justice Reinvestment Grant.

Awarded by the Criminal Justice Commission, the total grant funding amounts to $141,594. The grant period runs from July 1, 2015 until June 30, 2017.

Ten percent of the funding ($14,597.30) will be awarded to Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies (HHOPE). HHOPE is a local, nonprofit organization that has been helping domestic abuse survivors for more than 26 years.

The remaining $126,997 will be allocated toward program funding. Funding will be disbursed in two installments — the first no later than Feb. 1, 2016. The Year 1 amount will be $70,797.

The Project Description and Budget explains that the goal of the grant program is to “financially support Oregon localities in fulfilling the requirements of House Bill 3194 by reducing prison populations and averting future prison construction; reducing recidivism [repeat offenses] through evidence-based practices and data-driven research; increasing public safety through collaboration; and increasing offender accountability.”

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty said the Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) will be meeting to determine priorities for the program funds.

Presley said, “One of the biggest issues that we’ve had, and witnessed firsthand, is a lack of transitional housing for offenders,” explaining that some lose their housing while they’re in jail or prison.

She added that a local motel has been accepting these individuals on a case-by-case basis, but, “It’s been pretty rough.”

Presley said she’d also like to establish a reentry court, which would provide extra services to individuals who are reentering the community without job skills or a support system.

The court agreed to authorize Presley to sign the grant agreement and provide a fully executed copy to the court.

Declaring an indirect conflict of interest, Harney County Commissioner Pete Runnels abstained from the vote.

“We did a good job hiring,” Grasty said regarding Presley, adding that she “has really stepped up and turned the program around.”


After some discussion, the court reached an agreement regarding how Title II project proposals should be prioritized.

Under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act, counties receive payments based on historic national forest revenues, with the requirement that a certain percentage of the funds received (Title II funds) be used by the counties for specified purposes, in accordance with recommendations of resource advisory committees for projects on federal lands.

The court prioritized the projects in the following order:

1. (High) 2016/2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Crew for Emigrant Creek Ranger District (ECRD);

2. (High) Thinning and Grapple Piling;

3. (Medium) Marshall Creek Aquatic Restoration;

4. (Low) ECRD Recreation Facilities Improvement Project; and

5. (Low) Ant Aspen Restoration.


The court accepted a $24,600 bid from Brian Wall of Wall Construction to improve Theimer Park’s “Boy Scout Cabin.”

Grasty said the Harney County Parks Committee recommended replacing the deck and siding, replacing all of the doors and windows, and constructing a ramp.


Darrell Williams of the Oregon State Snowmobile Association (OSSA) attended the meeting to discuss a map of trails that the association maintains.

Williams explained that the OSSA has been working with the U.S. Forest Service to develop the map and is still waiting for the agency’s approval.

Once approved, the map will be mass produced and made available to the public.

Williams said the local OSSA club is responsible for grooming 300 miles of trails, which connect to trails maintained by other clubs throughout the state.

He added that Harney County Search and Rescue has used the groomed trails for rescue missions during the winter.

“I think it’s an economic driver,” Grasty said regarding the trail system.

He requested that any changes to the map be provided to the court, so they can be recorded in the Commissioner’s Journal for future reference.


In other business, the court:

• received a letter from Herb Vloedman asking which county department employees are going to take furlough days. Vloedman also requested information regarding the county court’s salaries for the last five years, as well as the 2015-2016 fiscal year budget detail (including monthly income and expense).

Grasty said he’ll meet with Vloedman to discuss his request for information.

He later explained that only general fund employees will be furloughed, and he asked department heads to create staffing plans so that none of the departments have to shutdown.

Grasty and Runnels will begin budget discussions in January;

• discussed the replacement of a position in the juvenile department;

• was addressed by Barbara Cannady who requested to be appointed to the proposed committee to review the Harney County Comprehensive Plan.

Grasty replied that everyone is welcome to join the committee. However, he added that Cannady’s request is premature, as the county has yet to receive a grant to begin the comprehensive planning process. He asked Cannady to submit a copy of her letter of interest to Harney County Planning Director Brandon McMullen;

• received a letter from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), announcing a second call for public nominations to fill three positions on the national Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board. The board advises the BLM and Forest Service on the protection and management of wild free-roaming horses and burros on the public lands that the agencies administer. The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 28;

• learned from Grasty that the National Association of Counties conference will be held Feb. 20-24, 2016;

• received a letter from the BLM regarding a series of public meetings that will be held throughout the West to gather information on a proposal to withdraw lands determined to be crucial to the survival of the greater sage grouse from location and entry under the 1872 Mining Law, subject to valid existing rights.

The meeting that was scheduled to take place in Burns has been canceled.

However, a meeting will be held in Lakeview on Monday, Dec.14, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Lakeview BLM District Office, 1301 South G St., Lakeview, OR 97630;

• received a letter from Oregon State University (OSU) staff, stating that the OSU Extension Service fund balance for Harney County was $83,295.09 at the end of the 2015 Fiscal Year (June 30, 2015).

Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols complimented the work of OSU extension agent Dustin Johnson. Nichols also requested presentations from OSU Extension Service and Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center staff.

“I think we ought to give them an invitation to blow their horn a little bit,” Nichols said;

• received an update from Grasty concerning the courthouse heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) project. The bid process has been postponed until Dec. 16, as the court has yet to receive a funding commitment. Grasty will meet with state agencies to secure funding before proceeding with the project;

• reviewed water use requests.

The next regularly scheduled county court meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

Candidates file for local election

Posted on December 9th in News

Vote 2On Dec. 2, Alan L. Johnson filed his candidacy for Harney County Sheriff. He joins current Sheriff Dave Ward who was appointed to fill the vacancy left by Dave Glerup.

Thus far, Mark Owens, Brent Beverly, and Shana Withee have filed for county commissioner; Commissioner Pete Runnels has filed for county judge; Dag Robinson for county clerk; and Joseph Lucas for district attorney.

All local positions are nonpartisan.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Zane Bailey takes his Lakeview opponent airborne and to the mat in the 160-pound match. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Zane Bailey takes his Lakeview opponent airborne and to the mat in the 160-pound match. (Photos by RANDY PARKS)

The Baker/Powder Valley Bulldogs won both of their duals against Burns and Lakeview to win the Woodfin/Robinson Duals Friday, Dec. 4, at Burns High School.

The Bulldogs defeated the Hilanders 57-16 in the first dual of the tournament, and then beat Lakeview 54-30.

In the third, and final dual of the day, Lakeview topped Burns 48-36.

Results of the Hilander matches are as follows:

Baker/Powder Valley 57

Burns 16

138 — Ian Maupin lost by fall (4:51)

145 — Forfeit

152 — Zane Bailey lost by fall (1:45)

160 — Isaac Van Tassel lost by fall (0:59)

170 — Jonathan Schmeck won by forfeit

182 — Sterling Sherburn won by forfeit

195 — Forfeit

220 — Double forfeit

285 — Forfeit

106 — Kolton Dahl lost by decision, 5-3

113 — Sebastian Johnson won by major decision, 11-0

120 — Dallon Higgins lost by fall (0:52)

126 — Kyran Simpson lost by fall (1:49)

132 — James Obradovich lost by fall (3:43)


Lakeview 48

Burns 36

152 — Van Tassel won by forfeit

160 — Bailey won by fall (4:32)

170 — Schmeck lost by fall (1:32)

182 — Sherburn lost by fall (1:30)

195 — Forfeit

220 — Forfeit

285 — Forfeit

106 — Dahl won by fall (0:57)

113 — Johnson won by forfeit

120 — Higgins won by forfeit

126 — Simpson won by forfeit

132 — Obradovich lost by fall (1:13)

138 — Maupin lost by fall (5:56)

145 — Forfeit


On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Burns and Crane wrestlers traveled to Prineville to compete in the Central Oregon Officials Tournament.

The Hilanders finished seventh in the 14-team tournament with 65.5 points, and Crane, with only two wrestlers competing, placed 11th with 15 points. Redmond won the team title with 195 points, followed by Culver with 148.5, and La Pine with 140.5.

Results for Burns (B) and Crane (C) are as follows:

106 — Dahl (B) won by fall (1:40); lost by fall (1:37); lost by fall (2:00); fourth place.

113 — Johnson (B) won by decision, 2-0; lost by fall (1:28); received a bye; third place.

120 — Higgins (B) lost by fall (2:00); won by forfeit; won by fall (1:42); fifth place.

126 — Simpson (B) lost by fall (1:47); received a bye; won by forfeit; won by major decision, 12-4; lost by fall (0:37); sixth place.

132 — Obradovich (B) received a bye; lost by decision, 9-3; lost by fall (3:01); fourth place.

138 — Maupin (B) lost by fall (3:41); received a bye; lost by decision, 7-3.

152 — Bailey (B) won by technical fall, 17-2 (5:38); lost by fall (3:22); lost by fall (1:16); finished fourth.

170 — Warren Johnson (C) received a bye; lost by fall (0:30); won by forfeit; finished third.

Schmeck (B) lost by fall (0:42); lost by major decision, 17-7; received a bye; finished seventh.

182 — Sherburn (B) lost by fall (0:27); received a bye; received a bye; finished fifth.

220 — Zachary Davis (C) lost by fall (0:33); lost by fall (3:56); won by forfeit; finished seventh.

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11-12, the Hilanders will compete in the Muilenburg Tournament in La Grande, and the Crane wrestlers travel to Alturas, Calif., for the Northeast Classic.

Luisa Goirigolzarri 1925-2015

Posted on December 9th in Obituaries

OBIT LuisaLuisa went quietly in her sleep to her eternal rest with The Father on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 26, 2015.

She was born on Aug. 10, 1925, to Juan Jose and Geronima (Bilbao) Elorriaga in rural Berango, Vizcaya, Spain. She was the sixth of seven children born into the family.

When her mother became ill and bedridden, she and her sisters, although very young, took on all of the household’s responsibilities for the family, while their father and brothers handled the cultivating, planting and harvesting what the family farm would grow as well as tending the livestock. After her mother recovered from her extended illness, Luisa joined in with the farm work, as well as wherever she was needed. These were chores while she attended school and became routine work when she ended her formal education at the age of 10. Her drive and ability to work tirelessly, and the skills she learned at a very early age, would serve her well for the rest of her long life.

In May of 1950, she married Benigno (Beni) Goirigolzarri. Their first son, Juan Jose, was born the following year. As the young family built a new home on the Elorriaga farm, the repressive legal system under the Franco dictatorship came into their home. His former employer, a wealthy aristocrat, accused Beni of robbery. Despite no evidence nor investigation, he was thrown into prison. Eventually, the real culprit was found, and Beni was released from prison. But the damage had been done.

The Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, and Beni was captured that summer. He survived the executions of his fellow prisoners, the starvation and disease of Franco’s labor camps, and the imprisonment until the end of World War II. But the dictatorial oppression continued long after. He needed to leave Spain.

In 1954, Beni got on a list to come to the U.S. to heard sheep.  Despite Luisa’s pregnancy, the one-time opportunity required him to leave for an unknown region called Oregon. Their second son, Javier, was born three weeks later. Luisa and her two young sons rejoined the household of her parents and waited for Beni’s return. By 1961, Beni had become a U.S. citizen, worked his way into better paying and secure jobs, and saved enough money to reestablish a comfortable lifestyle for his family in Spain. The family was reunited that summer.  But Spain remained in the grips of a dictatorship and still not much better than a third world country. He saw and convinced Luisa that America was a better place for the family and would provide so many more opportunities for their sons.

In the fall of 1961, they said good bye to Spain and all of their extended family. They arrived in Seneca in November. Unable to speak any English and unfamiliar with the customs and traditions of their new home, Luisa faced many challenges. But the small community of Seneca gave her a warm welcome. Indeed, the cards and well wishes from the ladies that gathered at her welcoming coffee were still stored with all of her other memorabilia.

The electric range and refrigerator/freezer, toaster and other amenities were delightful appliances she had never known. But nothing matched the convenience of the wash machine, particularly given Beni’s work in the wet, muddy, cold forests as a logger.

When the long, cold winter of Seneca finally turned to spring, Luisa began gathering flowers and plants to surround their home with color. Most of the back yard became a vegetable garden. But Seneca was not Vizcaya, and some of the early flower and vegetable plantings failed due to the cold, with killing frost regularly striking well into June.

But she persevered, adjusted and learned, including how to read, write and speak her new language. The family adopted the customs and traditions of their new home, but the traditions and language of the old country were kept alive. Spanish and Basque were always spoken. And the kitchen of their home was always filled with the foods she had learned to prepare as a child, all of the recipes memorized, nothing in writing. By 1967, with the help of a teacher and friend, she had mastered English well enough, studied the history and Constitution of her new home, and stood for the test to become a citizen of the United States. One of her most proud occasions, she passed the test and gained citizenship for herself and her two sons.  Once again, the community of Seneca gathered around her in celebration, welcoming its newest citizen.

The mountains and forests within view of their home quickly became the favored places to spend weekends camping, picnicking and gathering.  The forests and the streams provided, not only recreation, but fish, mushrooms, meat, and huckleberries to eat and wood to heat the home during the long, cold seasons. Soon after Beni retired, they moved to Burns in order to be closer to the grocery store, medical facilities, a longer growing season, less snow and eventually the Senior Center. Since Luisa never learned to drive, a home within walking distance from all those things and the Catholic Church were important. She soon made it their home, surrounded by flowers, a huge garden in the back yard, and fruit trees.

She always said she did not enjoy cooking. But she took great pleasure in feeding people that enjoyed her food, especially her grandsons. There was never a shortage of food, and if there was a picky eater present, a desirable substitute was always prepared. She loved all of those boys. If there was a concert, sporting event, or ceremony that they were involved in during her visit, she was there. Freezing cold weather, hard bleachers, noisy gyms, hot summer ball fields, none of that deterred her from cheering them on until it was over.

Luisa is survived by her son, Javier (Karen)  and grandsons, Ben and Alex of Roseburg; grandson, Juan (Dawn) and great-grandson, Javier of Puyallup, Wash.; brother, Blas Elloriaga; and sister, Isabel Larandugoitia, of Spain; and many nieces and nephews in Spain.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benigno; son, Juan Jose; grandson, Nicholas; her parents; brothers, Esteban and Raymundo; a newborn child; and her sister, Mari.

Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Harney County Senior Center, P.O. Box 728, Burns, OR 97720.

Tommy Joseph Swisher 1935-2015

Posted on December 9th in Obituaries


OBIT SwisherTommy Joseph Swisher, 80, of Monroe, formerly of Jordan Valley and Burns, passed away Nov. 29 at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House in Albany.

He was born Feb. 9, 1935, in Nampa, Idaho, to Joseph and Ruth (Peer) Swisher.

Tommy graduated from Jordan Valley High School in 1953. In November of 1953, he joined the U.S. Army.  On the way to Ford Ord, Calif., where he was to be stationed, Tommy married Amalia “Molly” Arritola at the Catholic Church in Winnemucca, Nev., on Sept. 16, 1954.

After his honorable discharge, he returned to Jordan Valley. He went to work for the state highway department, and Tommy and Molly lived at the Basque Maintenance Camp for eight-and-a-half years before being transferred to Burns. Tommy retired in 1991, and soon thereafter moved to Monroe, where he had lived since.

He was a true cowboy.

Tommy is survived by his wife, Molly, of Monroe; daughter, Angie Maplethorpe and her husband, Dave, of Hillsboro; son, Brian Swisher and his wife, Luann, of Millersburg; granddaughter, Kimberly Maplethorpe and her husband, Broc Foster, of Jacksonville, Fla; great-grandchildren, Vivian and Theodore Foster; and brother-in-law, Pasco Arritola and his wife, Judie, of La Grande.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Contributions in Tommy’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of McHenry Funeral Home, 206 NW 5th St., Corvallis, OR 97330.

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OBIT ThomasbwTerry Lee “Tex” Thomas passed away Dec. 3 at his home in Hines.

Terry was born Feb. 12, 1942, in Winfield, Kan., to Arthur M. and Margaret E. (Horton) Thomas.

He attended elementary through high school in Sedan, Kan. After high school, he moved to Texas and worked various jobs, including roughneck on an oil rig, roofing, and sheet metal work in Wichita Falls.

He moved to Oregon in 1960 to work for Weyerhaeuser as a high lead choker setter. In 1962, he moved to Burns to work for Andy Smerski and Smerski Logging. He discovered that logging was not his forté, and went to work for Stokey Gerber as a carpenter, building houses in Burns.

He met his future wife, Donna (Fowler), at The Tijuana Club in November 1966. They were married on Dec. 13 of that year.  They moved to Portland, arriving on New Year’s Day, 1967. They had a son, Arthur, who was born in November 1968.

During this time, Terry worked as a framing carpenter in and around Portland. In 1972, Terry and Donna returned to Burns, and established their home on Dog Mountain, where they lived for 20 years. In 1992, he completed their new home on Roanoke in Hines, where they resided up until the time of his death.

In 1976, Burns Glass was established, and in the years following, Terry and Donna served the community by providing painting services, doing small carpentry jobs, and glass work. They built a new facility at 1301 Hines Boulevard, and operated their business until 2014.

Terry enjoyed fishing and camping with his family, and spent many a night in a tent all around Oregon. He especially liked to camp at Fish Lake and Sawtooth Creek Campground. He also enjoyed hobby carpentry, woodworking, and visiting with friends, old and new.

Terry is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna of Hines; daughter, Tandi McCleskey of Atlanta, Ga.; son, Seth of Houston, Texas; son, Arthur of  Burns; and sisters, Ginny Thomas-Perott of El Dorado, Kan., and Sharon Robbins of  Mountain View, Mo. He is also survived by a granddaughter, Michelle Johnson, of Lakeview; a grandson, Terry, of Hines; and one great-granddaughter, Violet Noel, also of Lakeview. He is also survived by three nieces and one nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Margaret.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center in Burns.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Harney County Home Health/Hospice or the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Wednesday Dec. 9

Posted on December 9th in Community Calendar

Santa is coming to the Harney County Library! Bring the little ones to this special storytime at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Cancer Support Group will meet from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Hines City Hall. For cancer patients, survivors, family and friends. Learn and share about cancer, managing symptoms, treating side effects, and making connections to navigate cancer care. For details, call Savanna or Kristen at 541-573-8614.

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

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, an ongoing support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the north side door. For more information, call 541-589-0329.

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

Thursday Dec. 10

Posted on December 9th in Community Calendar

Coyote Cinema presents Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. If you are looking for something off the beaten path this Christmas, this weird and wonderful Finnish independent film is the ticket. Free popcorn and free admission (donations appreciated).

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 Dec. 11

Posted on December 9th in Community Calendar

Looking for something fun to do? Join us for a Painting Party for adults at Harney County Library from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11. No artistic ability necessary! Instructors will lead you step-by-step through the process of creating your own masterpiece. Paint, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy a fun evening.

Free Bingo Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at The Aspens.

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 Dec. 12

Posted on December 9th in Community Calendar

Downtown Christmas Jamboree with activities all day, ending with lighted Christmas parade at 5 p.m. and bonfire with Santa at 5:30 p.m.

Breakfast with Santa from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Burns Elks Lodge.

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.

Whaddya Think?

Which is your favorite Sunday afternoon activity?
  • Watching football (35%)
  • Taking a walk/drive (20%)
  • Napping (18%)
  • Reading (14%)
  • Baking (9%)
  • Playing family games (4%)

85 total vote(s)

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