Sunday November 9

Posted on November 5th 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, Nov. 9, 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.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, holds a potluck and jam session the second Sunday of each month at Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, October through May at 1 p.m. with music and dancing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

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


Monday November 10

Posted on November 5th 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.

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.

 


Tuesday November 11

Posted on November 5th in Community Calendar

Honoring all who served — Veterans Day 2014

 Harney County Library will be closed for Veterans Day.

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.

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.

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

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 and Thursday 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.

 


Rollover claims life

Posted on October 29th in News

One air lifted to St. Charles in Bend with head injuries

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office reported a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning (Oct. 28) on the 47 Road approximately 10 miles north of Burns at Willow Flat. The vehicle was southbound when the operator, 28-year-old Jeffrey Graves, failed to negotiate a corner and drove off the east shoulder of the highway. The vehicle rolled several times before coming to a stop on its wheels.

Michael Aaron Webb, 18, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Chance Victor Masson, 18, was transported to Harney District Hospital (HDH) and then air lifted to St. Charles Hospital in Bend with head injuries. Graves and Marissa Sade Belcher, 29, were transported to HDH and admitted.

All occupants of the vehicle are from the Burns-Hines area. Alcohol was involved in the accident.

The continuing investigation is being conducted by the Oregon State Police and the Harney County Sheriff’s Office.


Steens Mountain remains identified

Posted on October 29th in News

19-year-old was reported missing in March 2013  

The Harney County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Oct. 7, human remains were found on the north end of Steens Mountain in Harney County. Personal identification found with the remains was in the name of Dustin Rollin Self of Piedmont, Okla.

Self was reported missing in the same area in March 2013. He was reported missing by his family in Oklahoma after they had received a message by cell phone that stated he was lost in southern Harney County. Self was 19 years of age when he was reported missing.

An extensive search at the time was unsuccessful in locating Self. His vehicle was found on Stonehouse Road after it had slid off the muddy roadway. The remains, which were reported by a hunter, were found about seven miles west of the vehicle. There were freezing temperatures and deep snow at the time of the search.

The remains have been sent to the Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland for further identification.


Council votes to tax marijuana

Posted on October 29th in News

10 percent rate set for recreational product

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Burns has joined a number of other Oregon cities hoping to cash in on a new revenue source should Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, pass in the Nov. 4 election.

At the Oct. 22 city council meeting, the council approved an ordinance “establishing a tax on the sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products.”

The council also approved a resolution that established a 10 percent tax on recreational marijuana, but no tax on medical marijuana. It was pointed out that the tax rates can be changed at a later date if the council so desires.

Although more than 20 cities have approved local taxes on legal marijuana, there is no guarantee the taxes will withstand a legal challenge. Section 42 of Measure 91 states: “No county or city of this state shall impose any fee or tax… in connection with the purchase, sale, production, processing, transportation, and delivery of marijuana items.” Section 58 adds: “(the state law) shall be paramount and superior to and shall fully replace and supersede any and all municipal charter enactments or local ordinances inconsistent with it.”

The cities that have passed a local tax believe that by establishing a tax before the measure passes, if it does, the tax will be “grandfathered” in.

From state taxes collected under Measure 91, 40 percent of the proceeds go to schools; 20 percent to programs involving mental health, alcoholism and drug services; 15 percent to state police; 10 percent each to city and county law enforcement; and 5 percent to the Oregon Health Authority.

Harney County resident Denny Brown said the city gets a portion of taxes from the sale of alcohol, and a tax on marijuana should be comparable to what the liquor tax is.

Dave Smerski of Burns had questions about the city’s insurance and liability, and was informed that he should visit with the city manager one-on-one to get the answers to his questions.

John Clemens of rural Harney County expressed concerns about having a medical marijuana dispensary located in Burns and its effect on kids. He said the city should have looked at putting in a moratorium “a little closer.”

“Just because the government says we can do something, doesn’t mean we have to do it,” Clemens said.

The city also approved an ordinance amending and restating Burns Municipal Code (BMC) Chapter 5.05 in its entirety, which chapter concerns business licenses; and declaring an emergency.

The ordinance states, in part, “BMC 5.05 was enacted for the purposes of (a) regulating businesses operating in the City of Burns (“City”), (b) providing revenue for municipal purposes, and (c) promoting the health, safety, and welfare of City’s citizens; and

…the Burns City Council finds that it is necessary to amend and restate BMC Chapter 5.05 in its entirety in order to, among other things, accommodate businesses that may have otherwise been inadvertently prevented from operating in City’s corporate limits.”

Several weeks ago, the council approved a “business license with provisions” for a medical marijuana dispensary, and agreed to hold a meeting for public input on the provisions. The public meeting to determine the “time, place and manner” of the dispensary will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at city hall.

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Mark Hetrick of Country Vision Cable in Lane County was present to ask the council about the possibility of a non-exclusive franchise agreement with the city to provide television, internet and phone services.

Hetrick stated Country Vision has been in business for about 25 years and is looking to expand its area. He explained that Charter Communications is looking to sell a number of its systems, including some in Lane County and the Burns/Hines area, and Country Vision would like to provide service to those areas.

The council asked Hetrick to provide more information before making a decision, and Hetrick said he would submit the information to City Manager Kraig Cutsforth.

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Public Works Director Dave Cullens asked the council for approval to purchase a 10-yard dump truck, as the one the city is currently using is worn out and needs to be replaced. The council voted to allow Cullens to spend up to $20,000 for a dump truck replacement.

Cullens also asked the council for permission to proceed with an easement and right-of-way along an existing drainage ditch that runs from behind A B Concepts to South Egan. Cullens said he had talked to property owners in the area and none had an objection. The drainage ditch carries most of the water from the downtown area, so it’s important to keep it clean of debris.

Cullens contacted Ferguson Engineering to survey the area at a cost of about $8,000. The council voted to allow Cullens to move ahead with the project.

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In other business, the council:

• approved a $150 donation to the meal program at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, and a $100 donation to Harney Partners for Kids and Families for Red Ribbon Week;

• set single meeting dates for November and December because of the holidays. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 19 and Dec. 17;

• scheduled a special meeting for 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, to discuss the city manager position.


The Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies (HHOPE) held its annual candlelight vigil Saturday to remember victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness of the issue, in recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from HHOPE, the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project®, and the ‘Celebrate Recovery’ group presented information to participants gathered outside the Harney County Museum. Each person held a purple balloon while the group acknowledged a moment of silence, and then released them. The group then walked down Broadway Ave. to Washington Street and back, with each person holding a candle along the way. You can visit www.hhope.org, call the office at 541-573-2726, or call the 24/7 crisis hotline, 541-573-7176. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

The Harney Helping Organization for Personal Emergencies (HHOPE) held its annual candlelight vigil Saturday to remember victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness of the issue, in recognition of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Representatives from HHOPE, the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project®, and the ‘Celebrate Recovery’ group presented information to participants gathered outside the Harney County Museum. Each person held a purple balloon while the group acknowledged a moment of silence, and then released them. The group then walked down Broadway Ave. to Washington Street and back, with each person holding a candle along the way. You can visit www.hhope.org, call the office at 541-573-2726, or call the 24/7 crisis hotline, 541-573-7176. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)


Burns hosts Nyssa Friday, Oct. 31

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Austin Feist of Burns pulls away from a would-be tackler in the Hilanders’ win over Union/Cove. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Austin Feist of Burns pulls away from a would-be tackler in the Hilanders’ win over Union/Cove. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

In a game featuring two unbeaten teams battling for the Wapiti League title, the Burns Hilanders came away with a convincing 53-7 victory over Union/Cove on Friday, Oct. 24, at Cove.

The Hilanders, 8-0, were dominant on both sides of the ball as they rolled up 514 yards of total offense, while holding the Bobcats to just 92 yards.

Austin Feist led the Burns’ offense, rushing for 190 yards on 21 carries with five touchdowns, and throwing for another score.

The Hilanders’ Jeff Davies had a good night on both sides of the ball, rushing for 129 yards on 11 carries, and intercepting two passes, one returned 56 yards for a score.

Burns took a 7-0 lead on their first drive of the game when Feist scored from seven yards out to finish off an 80-yard, five-play drive.

Midway through the second quarter, Feist scored on a 15-yard run to put Burns up 13-0, and then made it 19-0 with a 25-yard score on their next possession.

Union/Cove’s Tayton Duby cut into the Hilander lead on the ensuing kickoff as he scooped up the ball at the 28 and raced untouched into the end zone.

Undaunted, the Hilanders drove 65 yards in six plays on their next possession and went up 27-7 on Feist’s 1-yard plunge with a little more than a minute left in the first half.

On the opening possession of the second half, Burns increased their lead to 34-7 on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Feist to Trace Tiller.

Union/Cove’s next possession came to an abrupt end when Davies stepped in front of the intended receiver, picked off the pass, and bolted to the end zone for a 40-7 advantage.

The Hilanders recovered a fumble at the Union/Cove 36 on the ensuing kickoff, and five plays later, Feist scored from a yard out to put Burns up 46-7.

Davies came up with his second interception on Union/Cove’s next drive, and the Hilanders’ Scott Davies capped off the ensuing drive with a 1-yard TD run.

With a running clock ticking the seconds away, the Bobcats picked up three first down before the Hilanders’ Trey Recanzone came up with an interception, giving Burns the ball at their own 29, and effectively ending the game.

The Hilanders will finish out their regular season Friday, Oct. 31, when they host Nyssa in non-conference action. The Bulldogs come into the contest with a 5-2 record and a No. 15 ranking in 3A. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Corbett Memorial Field.

 

Bur      7    20   19   7     53

U/C      0     7     0    0      7

First quarter

Bur — Austin Feist 7 run (James Obradovich kick) 3:52

Second quarter

Bur — Feist 15 run (kick failed) 4:59

Bur — Feist 25 run (pass failed) 8:57

U/C — Tayton Duby 72 kickoff return (Jordan Alexander kick) 9:07

Bur — Feist 1 run (Trey Recanzone pass from Feist) 10:58

Third quarter

Bur — Trace Tiller 14 pass from Feist (Obradovich kick) 3:21

Bur — Jeff Davies 56 interception return (Obradovich kick) 4:02

Bur — Feist 1 run (Obradovich kick) 6:05

Fourth quarter

Bur — Scott Davies 1 run (Obradovich kick) :38

 

Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, J. Davies 11-129, Feist 21-190, Recanzone 3-35, S. Davies 9-31, Blackburn 2-32, Lewellen 1-6. Union/Cove, Alexander 10-31, Clark 8-15, Witty 5-9, Duby 4-13, Murchison 1-5.

Passing — Burns, Feist 6-13-1 69, Recanzone 2-2-0 22. Union/Cove, Murchison 3-9-2 19, Clark 0-1-1 0.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 2-13, Tiller 3-49, Hueckman 1-7, J. Davies 3-22. Union/Cove, Duby 3-19.


Wednesday October 29

Posted on October 29th in Community Calendar

Bring the little ones to a special Harney County Library Halloween Storytime Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 10:30 am. Costumes optional but encouraged!

Christmas Cookie Prevention, a women’s fitness group will be held Wednesdays, Oct 15-Dec 17 at Faith Baptist Church, 777 Saginaw in Hines. A beginners fitness class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a moderate intensity class from 6:05 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kara Nelson 541-589-3773.

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.

 


Thursday October 30

Posted on October 29th in Community Calendar

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

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.

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


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