EOYCF plans new work crew program

Posted on August 6th in News

Expansion of Work Experience Program aims to promote vocational skills 

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility (EOYCF) held a public meeting last Thursday (July 31) at the Harney County Community Center. The purpose was to outline a plan to expand the Work Experience Program (WEP) to include work crews operating outside of the facility.

According to EOYCF Superintendent Doug Smith, the first phase of the plan would be to establish an on-site work crew. This crew would be assigned to jobs outside the perimeter of the facility walls, but would still be on the grounds of the facility.

In a later phase, Smith would like to see EOYCF  work with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) to create opportunities for juvenile offenders to work in various capacities, including clean-up projects and firefighting.

There are currently similar programs operating within the Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) system. Brett Dunten, an instructor at RiverBend Youth Transition Camp in La Grande, was in attendance to describe the work crew program in place there, which includes a firefighting training program. He said there is also a construction training program – youth have worked for contractors and built a house for Habitat for Humanity. Works crews have done highway and park clean-up as well, he added.

Dunten explained that it is important for the youth to be able to come out of the facility with the skills needed to get a job.

“They’re all going to go back to the community, so we need to train them to be successful citizens,” he said.

Public comment at the meeting was overwhelmingly supportive of the proposed program. Some specific logistical concerns were raised, but in general, those in attendance expressed the view that the work crews would be beneficial to the youth offenders and to the community.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty made reference to discussions held in 1996 before EOYCF opened. There was a lot of concern about the siting of the facility in the community, he said.

He explained that one of the things that helped lessen the concern was a promise to not let inmates outside the walls of the facility. EOYCF has stuck to that promise for the last 17 years, he said. For that reason, he said that in order for him and the Harney County Court to be in agreement with the idea of outside work crews, they would need to know that public opinion supports the change in policy.

“We really need to hear the people of this community say, ‘let’s do this, let’s try it’,” said Grasty.

Dale White, former Harney County Judge, said that it was time to move forward and that the new program would be beneficial in many ways.

“If you can teach them something that they can earn a living with, there’s opportunity for them to be good members of society,” said White.

Others in attendance made similar comments.


There were some concerns raised, however. Steve Ruzicka said that he worked for OYA for 27 years, and was at one point a work crew supervisor. He said that although he believes that the program would be beneficial for those involved, he knows from experience that there is always the risk of runaways.

“You can’t guarantee the public that they’re not going to run. That’s the only thing the public needs to know – that it may happen – and they should know what the plan is,” said Ruzicka.

Smith said the plan is included in the draft document detailing protocol for the proposed program. He said he agrees that there’s always a potential for runaways, but that the selection process for placement on the work crews helps to decrease that risk.

“The kids that we’re talking about specifically are Department of Corrections kids, and we’re talking about older kids, we’re talking about kids that have a lot to lose if they were to run,” explained Smith.

“We’re basically looking at about 12 kids potentially to be eligible for this,” he said.

“I’m not a Pollyanna by any stretch, I know this stuff could happen, but I guess I’m looking at the advantages versus the risk, and I do see the benefits,” Smith added.

Smith said another reason that the program is  important is that the state legislature has asked OYA to submit a 10-year plan. This is coming in the near future, and will determine which facilities remain open and at what capacity, Smith said. Six of  the 10 facilities across the state have a program like this already. Implementing it at EOYCF would help keep it competitive with these other facilities.

“If we don’t keep up and keep moving forward, we’re going to suffer,” said Smith.

He added that he sees the potential for adding more jobs at the facility with the implementation of this program.

Copies of a draft document detailing operating protocol for proposed work crews were distributed at the meeting. It described in detail the eligibility criteria, the selection process, and security and supervisory requirements for youth offenders on work crews. The following are highlights of the document, which is subject to modifications based on input EOYCF receives.




The requirements for eligibility of youth offenders to participate in a work crew include:

• Must be 17 years or older and have completed high school or GED;

• “Gold Tag” program status (highest level achieved  through a grading system evaluating work and education performance, behavior and treatment progress);

• Successful completion of core treatment goals;

• No history of escape from secure facilities.



• Superintendent approves youth offenders for on-site work crew;

• sensitive or high profile juvenile offenders and adult corrections offenders will need to be approved through the Agency Case Review (ACR) process;

• the Work Experience Program Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the approved outside work crew list is maintained in central control and with local law enforcement. The list will contain the youth offender’s name, date of birth, crime of conviction, alerts, photo, etc.


Security & Supervision

• Under no circumstances are youth offenders allowed to wear personal clothing during any work detail. All clothing worn during off site work crews will be easily identifiable as OYA property;

• prior to exiting the facility, the Control Officer will contact Harney County Sheriff’s Office and notify them that an OYA work crew will be outside the facility on the grounds;

• there will be a ratio of one work crew supervisor to four youth offenders;

• the work crew supervisor will have a radio and cell phone at all times. The cell phone will be password protected;

• in the event of an emergency, including escape, serious injury, or other medical emergency, the staff will call 911 on the cell phone and radio for assistance to central control immediately;

• in the event of an escape, staff will escort all remaining youth offenders into the intake areas of the facility and remain until they are properly identified and approved by the Officer of the Day to return to their living units.


Lightning causes long game delay

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher takes the handoff from Seth Knox of Cascade Christian in the first half of the 62nd annual East-West All-Star game. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilanders’ Seth Nonnenmacher takes the handoff from Seth Knox of Cascade Christian in the first half of the 62nd annual East-West All-Star game. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

After a scoreless first half and a lengthy delay because of lightning, the West team scored twice in the second half, leading to a 15-6 win over the East in the 62nd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game Saturday, Aug. 2, in Baker City.

Neither team could get much going in the first quarter, as the West’s two drives ended with interceptions by Rayce Houser of Grant Union and Ontario’s Jason Hauter, and the two drives by the East resulted in punts.

The East started their third drive of the game at their own 8-yard line. After picking up two first downs, Seth Nonnenmacher of Burns broke free for a 37-yard run, giving the East a first-and-10 at the West 32. The West defense held however, and the East went out on downs at the West 26.

Hauter stopped the  West’s next drive with his second interception of the game, and the East took over at their own 45.

The East ended up punting once again, and a 49-yard return by Gladstone’s Austin Galvin gave the west a first down at the East 46. With little time left on the clock, the West drove to the East 8-yard line, but a missed a 25-yard field goal attempt, keeping the game scoreless at half.

Following various halftime activities, a thunderstorm moved in over the stadium, prompting officials to delay the game for 20 minutes because of lightning in the area.

Several more lightning strikes, including one just outside Bulldog Stadium, forced more delays, making the halftime break more than two hours long.

The East’s first drive of the second half resulted in a punt once again, and more lightning forced another delay in the action.

Around 8:30 p.m., officials allowed the teams back on the field.

The West ended their drive with a punt, but the East could do no better, and ended up punting right back to the West after failing to pick up a first down.

The West finally put together a scoring drive, with Boomer Fleming of Ridgeview scoring from eight yards out with 12.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Dax Wilson of Harrisburg added the extra point and the West was up 7-0.

The East once again drove into West territory, only to turn the ball over on downs at the West 25.

The West drove inside the East’s 20-yard line on their next possession, but the East defense rose to the occasion and kept the West from adding to their lead.

The East’s drive ended with an interception by Ridgeview’s Coleman Aamodt, giving the West a first down at the East 37.

Fleming’s 32-yard run gave the West a first down at the 5-yard line, and Fleming then scored his second touchdown of the game with less than two minutes showing on the game clock.

Aaron Tedei of Seaside ran in the two-point conversion after a bad snap, and the West led 15-0.

The East showed they weren’t ready to call it a game, and came back with their own scoring drive, capped of by a 9-yard touchdown pass from Central’s Ben Finnegan to Michael Hussey of Ontario.

The East’s onside kick attempt was covered by the West, who then ran out the clock for the victory.

It was the fifth consecutive win for the West team, and gave them a 30-29-3 lead in the series.

Along with Nonnenmacher, Harney County was also represented in the game by Tyler Opie of Crane.

OBIT DemingRichard “Dick” Roscoe Deming, 73, passed away July 22 from a blood clot in the heart while vacationing in Fairview, Mont. and Dickinson, N.D.

Dick was born to Hazel Dolores Brandt Deming and Victor Roscoe Deming July 27, 1940, at the Broadhead Home in Fairview, Mont. Dick grew up on a farm three miles from Fairview.

Dick joined the Boy Scouts at a young age. Dick remembers when it came time to stand in line for chow time, he would remain in his tent and read his book until the line was almost done, then he would join the line of kids. He could see no reason to “just stand there.”

The love for reading books continued throughout his lifetime. The library in Burns stated that Dick was their best customer.

Roscoe had a love for horses and passed that love on to Dick. Chickens and geese were also raised. Dick raised two horses from money he earned doing odd jobs or chores for his father. He had Chico, the stallion, and Cyclone, the mare.

Dick was one of 28 students who graduated from Fairview High School in the spring of 1958. While he was in high school, he enjoyed chemistry. He thought he would like to work in this field when he got out of school. Dick boarded the Empire Builder (train) headed for Syracuse, N.Y., to attend an on-the-job and school program at General Electric to be a mad scientist. He passed all entrance exams with flying colors. He was turned down however, on the physical part of the exam due to curvature of the spine. He returned home.

Upon returning home, Dick went to work on the Allyn Watts farm for the summer. That fall, he attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., with chemistry as his major.

During the summer after school was out, he worked on the Wilson Ranch at Nohly, Mont. He went back to school for the fall quarter in 1959, but had to leave after that quarter because of a lack of funds.

Dick worked at odd jobs until the spring of 1960, when he went to work at the Applegren Ranch at Wolf Point, Mont., where he worked until September. He then left that job to join the Air Force, but was rejected because of his back condition.

Dick went to work for Lew Chevrolet in Billings, Mont., for a while, then went to work as a Fuller Brush salesman in the Fairview-Sidney area during the winter of 1960-61. That spring, he got tired of door-to-door selling and went back to the Applegren Ranch. He also tried selling cars for Rex Dougherty Ford Company in Fairview during the first of the year until March 1962, but that didn’t work out any better than the Fuller Brush business.

Dick took a fool notion, that summer, and decided he could make good money hoeing beets for a local farmer, Soren Jacobson, in Nohly. That did not work out either.

In October 1962, he went to work at Central Standard gas station in Sidney, Mont. He worked there until April 1963, when he went to work at the Sidney Herald newspaper company for two years as a pressman and an ad compositor with hot type slugs. While working at the Sidney Herald, Dick became involved with a group called Young Americans For Freedom. The year was 1964. Barry Goldwater was running for president of the United States on the republican ticket. Dick had the chance to go with the group to San Francisco, Calif., where the convention of the republican party was to be held for Mr. Goldwater. It was held in the Cow Palace.

On the Aug. 21, 1965, Dick married Norma Storvik from Nohly. Right after the honeymoon to the Black Hills of South Dakota, they moved to Williston, N.D., and  Dick went to work for the Williston Herald as an offset pressman in the commercial department. Linus Eder was the commercial department’s boss. Dick ran the Chief 22 and the Multilith. He was trained to work the handfed press also. Hot metal type was on its way out when he started there, and so all new equipment was put in, and it was then called “cold type.” The oldtime linotypes went out the door and buckets of metal type were thrown away. Even the old newspaper press was taken out and a new four-unit web press was put in its place. Instead of lead, it was now black and white film.

On Oct. 31, 1968, a girl, Laura Jean, was born.

On April 20, 1970, a second daughter was born, Rebecca Kay.

Dick had a want of something better, and more understanding of the four-color presses, and he went to work for the News Review Publishing Company, also known as The Daily Idahonian in Moscow, Idaho. He accepted the position as head stripper at the Idahonian in August 1970. In the seven years he was there, he learned the steps of four-color process. He earned the Master Printer of America award. He started out as a darkroom technician and was promoted to shop foreman in charge of composition, darkroom, newspaper pressroom, commercial pressroom and job pricing.

Dick had always dreamed of owning his own print shop. An opportunity came when he was on the Moscow Nazarene Church board and they had a retreat at Pinelow Church Camp near Spokane, Wash. The guest speaker was Rev. Kenn Coil from Burns. He told of how the church had bought a press and no one knew how to fix or run the press as there was no print shop in town. The Burns Times-Herald had been doing commercial work in Burns, but had elected to sell that part of the company out and do newspapers only.

Dick went to Burns, to check it out and fell in love with the community. It reminded him of his home town of Fairview. Dick gave his notice, sold his home in three days, packed up and moved to Burns in February 1977. The new print shop was named Desert Graphics, and was set up in a few days. The location was in the Brown Building on North Broadway, which is now the Broadway Deli.

The second address for Desert Graphics was 341 North Broadway. Half was print shop and the other half held the stationery part. The stationery part was growing by leaps and bounds. The print shop needed to move.

The third address for the shop was now at 430 North Broadway. But it was only large enough to house the presses, not all the paper that comes with a print shop. He had out-grown the room and needed a building that would house all the presses and all the paper. Desert Graphics was moved the fourth th time to 506 North Broadway, one door down from the original door that it was started out in. Dick thought he should buy this building. To help pay the expense of buying this building, Dick turned it into a mini-mall which housed five different stores: a used tot clothing store, called The Tot Shop, a tape and T-shirt shop, called T’s “n” Tapes, a bookkeeping and tax man, called Sam’s Bookkeeping Service, and a small gift shop, owned by Chris Wagner.

The print shop took up three quarters of the building, and it became a seven-person shop.

Dick was asked to join the Rotary Club. He later went on to be its president on two different occasions. Dick went on to join several organizations, such as library board, budget committee, Harney County Chamber of Commerce, of which he served two different terms as president, 1988 and 1995. He joined the Merchants Committee, the Balloon Rally team, and he became the pistol shooter for the downtown bed races. Dick joined the Harney County Chamber Music Society where he played his French horn. Dick later became the president to the Chamber Music Society. He was honored with an engraved silver tray for his support and printing of their programs and news letters.

Dick enjoyed bowling. For a number of years, he bowled on the Thursday night men’s team.

In 1995, Dick went to Reno, Nev., and bowled in the Nationals. He got to bowl in a brand new National Bowling stadium. He also bowled in many state tournaments. On two occasions, he got to meet a distant relative, one on the Deming side of the family, and one on the Boles side of the family.

Dick continued to be active in the Nazarene Church. He served on the church board. He continued to be “jack-of-all-trades” in helping to maintain a smooth running church.

He enjoyed being the Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent for a number of years. He encouraged 25 people to go to a Sunday School conference in Nampa, Idaho. He brought the most people to the meeting, outnumbering the other churches there.

Dick enjoyed watching his favorite baseball team, the Dodgers. The Minnesota Vikings were his favorite football team.

Dick kept up with the Portland Trailblazers, but the Boston Celtics were his first love.

Dick is survived by his wife of 49 years, Norma; daughters Laura Boggs of Florence, and Becky Needham of Burns; extended daughter, Schelly Daugherty of Burns; grandchildren, Mitchell Boggs, Kristin Swift, Nicole Boggs, Colman Brown, Jake Needham, and extended grandson, Jordan Daugherty; great grandchild, Kenzie Ray Boggs,  due at the end of the month; brothers; Dean Deming, John Deming, Mark Deming, Clyde Deming; sister, Marilyn Bakken; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Hazel; brother, Jay; sister, Ruth; and twin grandsons, Kerry and Taylor.

OBIT MillerDavid “Rosko” Miller lost his long battle with cancer on July 25.

He was born Jan. 1, 1959, in Mountain Home, Idaho, and lived in places such as Burns; Sitka, Alaska; Pullman and Seattle, Wash.; and finally, in Louisiana.

David joined the United States Marines, where he served from October 1979 to May 1985. After his service to his country, he went on to get his certification as a diving technician and became a commercial diver. In his endeavors as a commercial diver, he adopted the nickname “Rosko.” That’s the name people came to know him by.

David had a passion for riding Harleys and was the road captain for the motorcycle club, Hole-N-Da-Wall chapter in Lafayette, La. He had many adventures in his life, including his time in Key West, Fla., overseas, and of course, his time in the Northwest, where most of his family resided.

Although David never had children or family of his own, he had a strong sense of family and came to the Northwest for regular visits.

He is survived by his mother, MaryAnn Gohl; his girlfriend, Susan Herbert; brothers, Bruce Miller and wife, Valerie, Robert Gohl and wife, Tricia; sisters, Debbie Miller and husband, Bing, Tammy Downing and husband, Chris; several nieces and nephews, including Crystal Miller and Alisha Bender; one great-nephew and one great-niece, who nicknamed him “Uncle Pirate.”

He was preceded in death by his father, Archie Jackson Miller.

David will be laid to rest at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash.

Wednesday August 6

Posted on August 6th in Community Calendar

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 North Buena Vista, at 10 a.m.

The Harney County Community Response Team (CRT) meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Community Center, 484 N. Broadway. The CRT consists of anyone interested in what is going on in the county as it relates to business and industry. County, city and tribal leaders provide general information to the public regarding xisting programs and recruitment efforts.

High Desert Park and Recreation District board of directors meets the first Wednesday of each month in their office at Ponderosa Village, at 7 p.m.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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 August 7

Posted on August 6th in Community Calendar

Harney County Library is having a block party from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and you’re invited! The Harney County Library Block Party fundraiser will feature Taiko and Paiute drummers, used book sale, desert duck race, and a not-quite-famous library burrito dinner. There will be free activities for kids and an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire. Winners of the Summer Reading Program reading contest will be announced.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club meets the first Thursday of each month at the State Office Building, 809 W. Jackson, at 7 p.m.

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 August 8

Posted on August 6th in Community Calendar

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 August 9

Posted on August 6th in Community Calendar

The High Desert Cutters will be having their final cutting of the year Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 9 a.m. at the Roaring Springs Ranch.  Sign ups start at 8 a.m. Please pre-register by noon Thursday, Aug. 7. Call or text Sallianne Kelly 541-413-0788 or email skelly.002@hotmail.com.

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.

Harney County Farmers Market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hines City Park.

Sunday August 10

Posted on August 6th 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, Aug. 10, 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 August 11

Posted on August 6th 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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