Sunday April 6

Posted on April 2nd 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, April 6, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

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

Monday April 7

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

Masonic Lodge meets the first Monday of each month at the Burns Masonic Lodge, 1210 W. Taylor, at 7 p.m.

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.

Tuesday April 8

Posted on April 2nd in Community Calendar

The HHOPE board of directors meets the second Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m., at 415 N. Fairview.

Harney County Fair Board meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Hibbard Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

The Harney County Library Foundation board of directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at the library at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 541-573-7339.

Disabilities Services Advisory Council for Harney County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the state office building, 809 W. Jackson, at 1:30 p.m.

Symmetry Care Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at Symmetry Care, 53 W. Washington, at 1:30 p.m.

The American Legion Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at 63 W. “C” Street at 2 p.m.

The Harney County Chamber Music Society meets the second and fourth Tuesday, September-November and January-March. The choir meets in the Burns High School band room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Marianne Andrews directing. Singers ages 13-up are welcome.

The Harney County School District No. 3 board of directors meets at the District Office, 550 N. Court, the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.m.

Overeaters Anonymous meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area). For more information, call Carol at 541-589-1272.

An Infant/Toddler Play Group is held each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Early Childhood Center for children ages birth to three. For more information, call 541-573-6461.

Free income tax preparation and assistance is available for taxpayers age 60+ and low and middle-income taxpayers of any age through the AARP Tax-Aide program. Trained volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, until April 15. at the Harney County School District No. 3 administrative office to prepare tax returns or assist with questions. For more information, call Sam Caizza at 541-573-3262.

Harney Basin Writers meets each Tuesday from noon until 4 p.m. in room 302 of the former Lincoln School, corner of A Street and Court Ave. in Burns. Elevator on the south side. Quiet writing time until 2 p.m., then readings begin. Adults of any writing style are welcome to attend.

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.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior Center each Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the senior center at 541-573-6024.

Tai Chi for Better Balance with Diane Rapaport is held each Tuesday 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.

Formal complaint filed against superintendent

 by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

With a room full of concerned parents and citizens hoping for a resolution in a dispute between Harney County School District (HCSD) No. 3 and Silvies River Charter School (SRCS), HCSD No. 3 board chair Ralph Dickenson squelched any sort of input on the matter by declaring that there would be no public discussion allowed at the meeting.

Dickenson’s declaration came at the outset of a special meeting of the HCSD No. 3 board of directors on Thursday, March 20.

At the center of the dispute is a complaint filed Feb. 19 by SRCS Superintendent Katie Baltzor  against HCSD No. 3 Superintendent Marilyn McBride.

Dickenson stated that he would read the complaint and the response from McBride aloud, but wouldn’t allow public comment on the matter.

Baltzor pointed out that SRCS was put on the agenda under both reports and action items, and she asked, “But you won’t allow us to speak?”

“No. We’re not going to have a public discussion,” Dickenson replied.

SRCS board member Nancy Walker said, “We’re talking about kids in our community, and this is a bad example for kids and families. Our intent is for District 3 to be strong and viable. We don’t see it as a competition.”

In response, Dickenson said, “If it wasn’t your intent to turn it into a circus, you wouldn’t have brought this many people.”

Baltzor then asked the rest of the board members if Dickenson was speaking for them as well, when he stated that no one from the public would be allowed to speak, and there was no definitive answer to the direct question.

Dickenson then read the complaint and the response to those in attendance.

The complaint charges that McBride failed “to follow the provisions set forth in ORS 339.260 and OAR 581-021-0255. These laws require the former educational agency to transfer the student records no later than 10 days after a request is received from a school.”

The letter goes on to say that HCSD No. 3 secretaries indicated SRCS requests go directly to McBride, and the secretaries had been additionally instructed by McBride to not fax transcripts, as they must be sent to her office.

The letter noted, “Some of the records requested involved students who received denial letters by McBride a minimum of two days (maximum 14 days) after being enrolled and already attending Silvies. All of the students appealed the denials and the denials were thus overturned by ODE (Oregon Department of Education).”

Baltzor’s letter stated that SRCS would view the complaint as being resolved when:

“1. Superintendent McBride sends all of the delinquent records/transcripts immediately.

2. All future record requests shall be sent to SRCS to comply with the aforementioned statutes.

3. The superintendent shall cease the practice of holding records for students [that] the District intends to send SRCS enrollment denial letters [to].

4. Presuming the District intends to follow Oregon statutes for SRCS as they do for other schools, the superintendent shall allow building and district secretaries to process all SRCS record as received, e.g., eliminate superintendent authorization requirements for SRCS, fax transcripts when requested, mail records directly to SRCS, etc.”

In her response, dated Feb. 24, McBride  stated that, “Generally, according to ORS 338.125 the student who wishes to enroll in a virtual public charter school does not need the approval of the school district where the student is a resident before the student enrolls in the virtual charter school. Notwithstanding, the subsection and ORS 339.133, which may be information you have not had the chance to review, states that if more than 3 percent of the students who reside in the district are enrolled in virtual charter schools that are not sponsored by the school district, a student who is a resident of the school district must receive approval from the district BEFORE enrolling in a virtual public charter school.”

The letter then notes that enrollment of HCSD No. 3 students in SRCS has exceeded 3 percent of the students who reside in the district, and therefore, any new applications require the student to first seek approval from the district before enrolling at SRCS. Failure to do so would result in the student being enrolled at SRCS in violation of state law.

McBride wrote once the 3 percent limitation was reached, SRCS enrolled students prior to approval from either the district or the Oregon Department of Education, a practice that doesn’t meet Oregon statute standards. As long as the 3 percent limitation has been exceeded, the district will not send records for any new student seeking enrollment at SRCS unless the procedures described in the statutes are satisfied.

She added the district will make reasonable effort to send records with record requests following approval for enrollment either by the district or the state, and “I trust SRCS will no longer enroll students prior to approval and in violation of state law.”

In closing, McBride stated that record requests must be sent to the district office, as school secretaries do not have information related to any denials due to the 3 percent limitation.

Baltzor then asked if her letter to the school board, dated March 5, was going to be read? She explained that SRCS was following the district’s complaint process, and because an adequate resolution had not been reached, the next step was to bring the complaint to the board.

Dickenson asked how the letter was substantially different from the first, and said he didn’t think it needed to be read.

Baltzor pointed out it was a rebuttal to McBride’s response, and deserved to be heard. “It cites law that is key to the entire argument,” she said.

Dickenson relented, and allowed the March 5 letter to be read. In it, Baltzor points to the Oregon statutes and administrative rules (OAR) that back her argument, and states that McBride is in violation of OAR 581-021-0255 by not providing student records in the time frame set by the OAR.

In response to McBride’s assertion that SRCS was in violation of state law with their enrollment practices, Baltzor states that SRCS has followed the law. She explained that once a student is denied enrollment by HCSD No. 3, and until overturned by ODE in the appeal process, the student is withdrawn from SRCS. That means SRCS does not receive basic school support  for the student during that time period, but they continue to provide educational services.

Following the reading of the letters, Dickenson stated that it was the board’s intention to meet the laws, as they apply.

When asked if the charter school would receive a written response from the board, Dickenson replied, “No. Our complaint policy says we may or may not. Our intent is to meet the rule of the law.”

Baltzor asked that the charter school receive some sort of response, so they could decide which direction to go next, and asked if the board could respond within two weeks time.

“No, we didn’t say that,” stated Dickenson. “We will respond, just don’t know when. Maybe through an attorney.”

“Our position is that we would like a response within two weeks,” said Baltzor. “If there’s no response by then, we’ll seek legal counsel.”

“There’s no time limit, but we will respond in some manner,” Dickenson replied.


Burns High School (BHS) FFA Advisor Jimmy Zamora told the board the BHS FFA chapter went to Louisville, Ky., for the national convention, and gave a short slide presentation.

He then outlined three upcoming trips for the group, which are the Oregon State FFA Convention March 21-24 in Bend; the Strawberry Mountain FFA District Shop Skills competition April 10 in Ontario; and the Oregon State FFA Career Development Event May 4-6 in Corvallis.

The board approved a motion to allow the trips.

The board also approved the list of paid and volunteer coaches for the district, and teaching positions for Kathy Wassom and Gordon Black.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting for the school board is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Acting Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin led the public meeting to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Acting Forest Supervisor Steve Beverlin led the public meeting to discuss the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Comments accepted until June 11

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

A public meeting was held Tuesday, March 18, at the Harney County Community Center to discuss the United States Forest Service (USFS) Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision.


Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision

The Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision will impact the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests (which are collectively referred to as the Blue Mountains National Forests).

Steve Beverlin, acting forest supervisor on the Malheur National Forest, explained that the National Forest Management Act of 1976 requires forest plans to be revised at least every 10 to 15 years, but plans for the Blue Mountains National Forests haven’t been revised since 1990.

“In essence, these plans are old,” Beverlin said. “A lot of things have changed.”

Beverlin explained that economic, social and ecological conditions have changed; new laws, regulations and policies are in place; new information that is based on monitoring and scientific research is available; and amendments have been completed to incorporate the best-available science.

He added that the three primary goals of the proposed revision are to promote ecological integrity, economic well-being, and social well-being.

“The balance of those three things is what our decision should try to achieve,” Beverlin said.

Examples of desired conditions for ecological integrity include maintaining healthy forests, water and soil quality, species diversity, wildland fires, and plant species composition.

Examples of desired conditions for economic well-being include providing access to forest products, livestock grazing, recreation, and mineral and geological resources.

Examples of desired conditions for social well-being include maintaining a sense and value of place, culturally-important areas, recreational opportunities, scenic qualities and wildlife values.

Beverlin explained that forest plans do not make site-specific or project-level decisions; open or close roads or trails; or designate wilderness. Instead, they provide broad-based, strategic direction for these more specific decisions, which are made after detailed analysis and additional public engagement is completed. Forest plans also protect and honor Native American Tribal Treaty Rights.


The revision process

Numerous public meetings, as well as meetings with local, state, and federal agencies and tribes, have been held since 2004 to discuss the proposed revision.

Public scoping began in March 2010, and the USFS used comments gathered during this time to develop the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RLMP/DEIS).

Beverlin explained that the RLMP/DEIS offers alternatives, which range from A to F.

• Alternative A is the same forest plan that is currently in place.

• Alternative B encompasses the proposed action that was sent out for public scoping in 2010.

• Alternative C proposes the greatest amount of wilderness and least amount of public access.

• Alternative D was developed to address some of the counties’ concerns.

• Alternative E is the USFS’ preferred plan, and it doubles the outputs that are currently in place.

• Alternative F is similar to Alternative E, but F proposes a lower level of outputs than E.

Beverlin explained that the output levels refer to the Allowable Sale Quantity (ASQ) for timber harvest.

The RLMP/DEIS was released to the public on March 14, marking the beginning of the 90-day, public-comment period.

Public meetings (such as the one held in Burns March 18) are currently being conducted to introduce the RLMP/DEIS, solicit public comment, and offer an opportunity for people to ask questions.


Judge Grasty offers his comments

During the March 18 meeting, Harney County Judge Steve Grasty shared his comments concerning the RLMP/DEIS.

In a written synopsis of his comments, Grasty explained that Harney County has been a cooperating agency in the development of this revision for the last 10 years.

“We have attempted to be a proactive participant and provided much input,” Grasty wrote. “That effort does not mean we agree with this final product. Simply stated, in my opinion, the Proposed Revised Land Management Plan does not work for this community. I see little, if any, opportunity for social or economic stability in this plan for Harney County.”

Grasty added that, with an ASQ of only 55 million board feet, he saw a conflict with the commitment made for the 10-year stewardship contract to provide 75 million board feet of saw logs each year.

“There are those out there who believe 55 million is the cap. I hope it’s the floor,” Grasty said.

He added that the economic and social needs of the people and communities were not adequately reflected in the proposed plan.

Some of Grasty’s other concerns addressed:

• the proposed plan’s lack of attention to hunting and fishing;

• campsite closures on the Malheur National Forest;

• the proposed plan’s failure to mention logging and timber work as a goal for promoting social well-being;

• management of county roads that predate the USFS;

• whether decisions will be made based on budgetary restrictions;

• miscalculations concerning the county’s Wildland-Urban Interface acreage;

• the proposed plan’s failure to address the social and economic impacts of forestry decisions that were made prior to the 1990s.

Grasty suggested that Dr. Jerry F. Franklin and Dr. K. Norman Johnson’s  recommendations concerning dry-side restoration of Eastern Oregon forests be included in the proposed plan.

“It’s good science, and it’s backed with years and years of experience,” Grasty said.

He concluded by stating that, because he was unable to confer with the court prior to the meeting, his comments do not reflect the court as a whole.

Beverlin thanked Grasty for his comments and complimented his ability to represent the people of Harney County.


Weed management

A member of the audience asked whether the RLMP/DEIS will address noxious weed management. And there was an additional question concerning whether the proposed plan will discuss which chemicals can be used to treat weeds.

Beverlin said a separate, site-specific EIS is being developed to address the actual treatment of weeds, and this EIS will address chemicals use.


Timber Contracts

Brad Clemens, a private timber contractor, expressed concern about large timber contracts.

“Big contracts feed the rich man and kill the poor man,” he said.

Beverlin said, in an effort to help address this issue, a small sales forester was hired to identify work areas with contractors.

Clemens also expressed frustration concerning the size of materials that are being put into brush piles.

“That’s a total waste in my opinion,” he said.

Beverlin said it costs money to burn these brush piles, and said allowing contractors to extract materials may be a cost-effective solution.

Clemens added that the USFS hires contractors from an itemized list, which takes away from smaller-scale contractors.

Beverlin replied that the USFS can help smaller-scale contractors get into the system by showing them the steps they need to complete in order to qualify. He added that the USFS can notify contractors when contracts go out, and prioritize benefit to the local community over price when awarding bids.


Public Comments

Beverlin encouraged the public to submit comments regarding the RLMP/DEIS stating, “We need help. You guys live in and are tied to the land. You have more of an intuitive understanding of this land.”

In addition to accepting written comments, members of the Blue Mountains Forest Plan Revision Team were available during the meeting to type and electronically-submit verbal comments.

Comments concerning the RLMP/DEIS will be accepted until June 11.

They can be submitted electronically at:, or mailed to: Blue Mountains Plan Revision Team, P.O. Box 907, Baker City, OR 97814. For assistance, call 541-523-1246 or 541-523-1302.

An electronic copy of the RLMP/DEIS can be found online at:

Printed copies will be available at the local library and USFS office, and the document is also available on CD.


Making a decision

After June 11, the comments will be reviewed, analyzed and considered toward the finalization of the RLMP/DEIS.

The final plan/EIS will be available in the summer of 2015, which is when the objection process begins.

Anyone wishing to obtain standing to object, must submit a comment with their name and contact information during the public comment period.

Resolution of objections will take place in the fall of 2015, before Records of Decision are signed.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustangs winter sports teams held their season-ending award  ceremony on Wednesday, March 19.

The student-athletes for basketball and wrestling were recognized by their respective coaches, and presented with academic awards, as well as letters, all-league honors and special awards.

Athletic Director Chuck Steeves stated that each of the winter sports teams received recognition from the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State program for having team grade point averages (GPA) above 3.0. The Crane wrestling team placed fifth in the 2A/1A standings with a team GPA of 3.09.

The girls basketball team was eighth in the 1A classification with a team GPA of 3.75, and the boys basketball team had a team GPA of 3.31, placing them 22nd in 1A.

Recipients of the special awards for the three teams are as follows:

Wrestling: Most Improved — Clay Duckworth; Most Inspirational — Andy Lamborn; Most Outstanding — Dustin Ramge.

Girls basketball: Best Defensive Player — Rebekah Clark; Most Inspirational — Morgan Corrigan; Most Improved — Bryana Dunn and Glennie Milburn; Most Outstanding — Claire Hammond.

All-League honors: First team — Hammond and Corrigan; Second team — Clark and Dunn; Honorable mention — Milburn.

Boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Matt Witzel; Most Improved — Travis Landon; Teammate award — Joe Valentine; Best Defensive Player — Corbin Hammond; Most Outstanding — Tyler Opie.

All-League honors: First team — Opie and Hammond; Second team — Wyatt Starbuck; Honorable mention — Landon and Nick Witzel.

JV boys basketball: Most Inspirational — Colton Witzel; Most Outstanding — David Steeves;  Most Improved — Cashe Davis; Coaches’ award — William Clark.

OBIT Johnson webMel, (Johnny as some of his family and friends called him), passed away peacefully at his home in Burns March 21; his family was at his side.

Mel was born on Oct.10, 1922, in Clayton, N.M., where he attended elementary school, and assisted in the local store. His stories tell of good memories with the Hopi Indians and their rituals. In 1943, at age 18, he and a friend enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in various assignments during this period, including as the athletic instructor for the Presidio, Calif. base. He received an honorable discharge on May 20, 1946, and was also awarded a WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. Following his military service, he began employment with the U.S. Postal Service and advanced in the organization quickly.

Mel and Norma Jean Wilkins were married on May 15, 1946, in Reno, Nev. They started their family in the Palo Alto, Calif., area. They were married for almost 68 years at the time of his passing. Their life together shared many adventures and experiences, including a family reunion in New Mexico, a trip to Alaska, and celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary at Delintment Lake with family. The stories and memories are many and varied. When you listened to Mel relate his stories, they all included his wife (companion) and the hand of the Lord.

Mel was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he and Jean were sealed for all time and eternity in the Oakland Temple. One of his favorite assignments in the church was serving with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts; he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, and served in scouting virtually his entire adult life.

Mel was very sports-minded, and really enjoyed golfing, particularly with his friends. He also enjoyed fishing, baseball, and football. At one time, he was as an avid “rock hounder,” and did quite a bit of lapidary work. He always had to have a project.

He and Jean lived in a number of places prior to moving to Burns. Some of these places included Menlo Park, Redwood City and Sunnyvale, Calif. They moved with their three children to Southern Oregon in 1963, and purchased the Three Link Ranch, living there for eight years. After the sale of this ranch, they lived in Shady Cove and Medford. Mel and Jean moved to Burns in 1977, where they spent a number of years restoring their more than 100-year-old home.

During his time in Burns, Mel served on the city council and was very active with the police and fire departments. He was instrumental in making the arrangements to combine the city offices. Mel also served as the president of the Harney County Cancer Society for about 17 years with very fond memories and success. He was also a member of the local Elks and Lions clubs. He believed in serving, and had a charitable heart.

He is survived by his wife and eternal companion, Norma Jean Wilkins Johnson; his daughter, Paula Jean Chambers, and her husband, John R. Chambers of Burns; nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Johnson; mother, Mary Graham-Johnson; all of his siblings; two sons, Darrell Ruland and Richard Alan; and two grandchildren.

Services to celebrate his life will be held on Tuesday April 1, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hines. The service will be followed by a luncheon and socializing.

If desired, donations may be sent to local charities, such as Home Health, Hospice or the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center.

Wednesday March 26

Posted on March 26th in Community Calendar

Harney County Health District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the board conference room of the hospital, in the entrance off N. Grand, at 6 p.m.

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

Non-denominational Bible services are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Hines City Hall. Ministers are Jane Buell and Cheryl Emborg.

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.

Be a quitter…a tobacco quitter, that is! Join this support group to develop strategies to quit successfully and access all the resources available to help you. The support group will meet each Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital board annex conference room. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Jamie Blute at 541-573-8342.

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 March 27

Posted on March 26th in Community Calendar

Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Hines at 4:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Free income tax preparation and assistance is available for taxpayers age 60+ and low and middle-income taxpayers of any age through the AARP Tax-Aide program. Trained volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, until April 15. at the Harney County School District No. 3 administrative office to prepare tax returns or assist with questions. For more information, call Sam Caizza at 541-573-3262.

Chamber Music Bell Choir, meets each Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 393 W. A St. Bell ringers are being recruited. For information call Carol Sawyer, 541-573-6886.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous holds an open, big book and discussion meeting each Thursday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Church of the Living Water.

Friday March 28

Posted on March 26th in Community Calendar

Hang out with friends at Harney County Library teen late night from 7-9 pm. Open to grades 6-12

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.

Reading Club meets at the Harney County Library each Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Open to 2nd- through 5th-grade students. For more information, call 541-573-6670.

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.

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