Tuesday July 15

Posted on July 9th in Community Calendar

The American Legion Harney County Post #63 meets at 63 W. “C” Street the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Harney County Watershed Council meets the third Tuesday of each month at the EOARC (Section 5) on Hwy. 205 in the conference room at 5:30 p.m.

Sylvia Rebekah Lodge meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the I.O.O.F. Hall, 348 N. Broadway, at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Warning stickers issued

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The city of Burns is once again attempting to get residents to comply with city ordinances regarding cleaning up their properties.

At the Burns City Council meeting on June 25, City Manager Kraig Cutsforth reported he had met with the department heads individually to be more active on the enforcement of the codes pertaining to the cleaning up of properties in the community.

Cutsforth met with Fire Chief Scott Williamson regarding nuisance properties with grass causing fire hazards, and reported the majority of properties had been identified and had either complied or were in the process of bringing their property into compliance with city ordinance.

Noting that there were a number of vehicles and trailers in city right-of-ways, Cutsforth and Officer Robbie Tiller began issuing notices to residents in the northwest section of town if they were in violation of the ordinances and the law. Cutsforth reported  about 15 warning stickers were issued to vehicles or trailers that had either no plates or expired tags, and the owners were not home. They also visited with about another dozen residents that were home, and asked them to correct the violation.

Cutsforth and Tiller will continue with the program on a weekly basis until the entire city is covered, and then it will be a continuing effort to maintain the cleanup.

During the citizens concerns portion of the meeting, three residents were present to express their displeasure over the notifications issued by the city.

Jan Kolar, who lives on West D Street, told the council  they  had moved their trailer to the right-of-way to accommodate company, then they were away for a few days, and returned home to find a sticker on the trailer. Kolar stated that there were many residents who have trailers, RVs and four-wheelers parked on city right-of-ways, and  it had been that way for a number of years. “I’m not pleased to hear we have to maintain it (right-of-way), but not use it,”  Kolar said.

She added that she was told the city was going to widen the street, but didn’t know of any plans to actually do that.

Richard Yates, a resident on West E Street, told the council he had petitioned to have the easement deeded to him several years ago, but was told the city wouldn’t be widening the street and he could “go ahead and treat it as your own property.”

Richard Roy, a North Court resident, said the beautification idea is OK, but asked what is the intent or the goal of the current method of enforcement. “If there’s a big plan, OK, but we need to let people know. There’s a process on how to do this,” Roy said.

Councilor Jerry Woodfin asked if their was a precedence in dealing with the right-of-ways. He asked if a resident had a garden on the right-of-way, would they have to move it? And then questioned, “After the garden, or trailer, is moved, does the city clean it up?”

Officer Tiller explained that it is a “junk issue.” He said people can use the right-of-ways, they just can’t store their “junk” there. “If you have a vehicle that doesn’t have a wheel, get it moved,” Tiller said.

Cutsforth added that they were only issuing notifications to vehicles that had no tags or expired tags.

Mayor Craig LaFollette stated it was not the intent of the city to cause anyone grief, and added that only notifications were issued, not citations. He went on to say that a city councilor was one of those that received a notification as well.

“Just because ‘we’ve done it for a lot of years’ doesn’t make it OK. We’re trying to move ahead,” LaFollette said.


Cutsforth stated the drilling for the well at the Burns airport had started, and the tests should be done at the end of the week. He explained that the location of the well had been moved back near the original location because of concerns for a neighbor’s well.

Councilor Terri Presley asked if there was an added cost to the city for having the well-digger move from one location to the other. Cutsforth said they had never started digging at the  first location, so there was no added charges.


In other business:

• the council approved a request by the Harney County Opportunity Team to close East A Street on Sept. 13 for the Burns Brewfest;

• Presley said that she was under the impression that the city would not spend any more money on the airport except for what was absolutely essential to the operation of the airport, and asked why money was spent for a swamp cooler?

Airport manager Jeff Cotton stated that he donated the swamp cooler, and the cost was for a contractor to put it in.

Cutsforth noted that the swamp cooler was important because people who arrive late sometimes spend the night in the building, and it gets “unbearable” some times;

• Presley told the council she was following up on the nuisance property on West Johnson, and had talked to the bank about the property;

• the council approved the 2014-2015 budget in the amount of $7,379,296.

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at city hall.

Owners to be notified of violations

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

The Hines Common Council met for its regular meeting June 24. During the meeting, the council discussed the enforcement of the nuisance abatement ordinance.

Councilors discussed city ordinance 9.52.050 “Noxious vegetation.” The code states that property owners may not allow “weeds, grass, brush, or other noxious vegetation to exceed 10 inches in height after June 1.” Noxious vegetation is defined as any vegetation likely to become a health, fire, or traffic hazard.

The issue was brought to the council as a result of a citizen complaint about the lack of enforcement of this city code, causing concern about dry fuel sources and high fire danger this summer. City Administrator Joan Davies asked the council what its position was with regard to this issue.

A lengthy discussion ensued. It was established that 1) the city is liable if it does not enforce the code (i.e., in the event of a fire starting on an offending property and spreading to neighboring properties), 2) there is no code enforcement officer, nor funding allocated to pay for one, and 3) there is a process by which the city can enter a property, clean it up, and bill the property owner. The problem is that the cost incurred is not necessarily recoupable. Administrator Davies explained that many of these “nuisance” properties already have liens on them, affecting the likelihood of the city collecting on a lien.

Councilors Dick Baird and John Mims volunteered to trim weeds and help clean up. City-owned alleys and narrower strips of city-owned property will be first on the list, giving residents a chance to receive notices and comply with the code.

Mayor Nikki Morgan offered to take photos of the offending properties, and help office staff with generating and mailing extra notices. Those property owners will be notified of the violation and given until July 3 to get weeds, grass, brush, and noxious vegetation mowed or cut.


Fire Chief Bob Spence reported that the Hines Volunteer Fire Department (HVFD) had received three calls since the last council meeting.

One was a call to Wright’s Point. A fire there had flared up for the third time and spread to 25 acres. HVFD firefighters spent seven hours at that location.

The second call reported a mattress on fire at mile marker 82 on Hwy. 20 west, and the third call reported a brush fire near West Loop Road. HVFD assisted Burns Tribal Fire Department and Burns Fire Department on the brush fire. In both instances, the fires were quickly extinguished.

Chief Spence also reported that he had responded to the first illegal burn. Administrator Davies stated that flyers have gone out notifying residents of the burn ban that went into effect June 20. Residents are reminded that open burning, wood pits, and burn barrels are not allowed. Only covered barbecues are permitted under the ban.


During the weekend of June 21-22, HVFD firefighters attended a hazmat first responder class. The training was Friday through Monday, and three of the HVFD members attended all 20 hours, including a “table-top” exercise for responding to a hypothetical anthrax letter scenario. The training meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements, and is certified by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).


Chief Spence reported that Obsidian Days, held June 13-15, went well, but that participation was lower than usual. He thanked Hines City Hall for its work on the administrative side, and then presented a check to Mayor Morgan which included a $200 donation from HVFD for park beautification, and $190 in vendor payments toward electricity use. He said that left $500 in compensation for HVFD’s work at the event.


Superintendent of Public Works Pedro Zabala gave a brief report from his department.

He thanked the Parole and Probation work crew for weeding in ditches around the city.

Zabala warned that there are a lot of rattlesnakes around town right now because they are attracted to water.

Baird told Zabala that the parks and the area around Circle Drive are “looking great.”

Councilor Dick Anderson added that he had spoken with local residents recently who told him that they had “never seen [the parks] look so good.”


Administrator Davies gave the Hines Police Department (HPD) report in the absence of Chief Ryan DeLange, who was unable to attend the meeting. Chief DeLange’s report stated that HPD responded to multiple fights, domestic violence assaults, beer thefts, driving under the influence of intoxicants, drug possession, and sex abuse cases in just one week.


Administrator Davies reported that $10,100 has been raised for the park fund in a little more than two years through refundable can and bottle donations, as well as the mayor’s donations of fees from the Hines Junket. She thanked the community for its generosity.

Davies advised the council of a recent meeting with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Harney County, and the city of Burns with regard to the monitoring of particulates in the air over the past year. DEQ is concerned about the number of times the maximum level has been exceeded. She learned about the monitoring process, and noted that both monitors are located in Burns. One monitor is located near Washington Park. A discussion ensued about whether this was a fair and accurate measure of air quality in Hines.

Davies said that monitors do take into account rangeland fires, but was not sure for what amount of time these were “credited” to the measurement after the fire has been contained. It may not count the days during which the undergrowth may still be smoldering.

Chief Spence noted that oil stoves (as a cleaner alternative to wood stoves that many residents use for heat) are not affordable for many people.

Zabala added that even oil stoves can contribute to the problem if they are not serviced regularly.

Davies noted that there was a wood stove replacement program in the past, but that it provided no compensation for those who did not qualify for assistance but were still unable to afford an oil stove.

Davies, Burns City Manager Kraig Cutsforth, as well as the Burns and Hines fire chiefs, will be meeting to discuss alternative sites for the monitors and what programs might be available for local residents.


Administrator Davies had advised the council that Desert Riders, the local motorcycle club that usually gives away free hot dogs in Hines Park on July 4, had come in to cancel its reservation due to a lack of funds. Davies estimated that it would be $500 to pay for the food, and asked the council if it would be willing to sponsor the event while the club provided the labor.

Councilor Ron Williams, owner of TopLoc Asphalt, volunteered to donate $200 from his business. Anderson and Baird, owners of Jitters Revolution, matched that donation, pledging another $200 to the cause.

Davies asked the council if it would be willing to cover the additional approximately $100 needed. Baird made a motion that the city donate whatever amount above $400 was needed to pay for the hot dog feed. Councilor Hilda Allison seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.

In other business, the council:

• passed Resolution 2190, electing to receive state revenues for fiscal year 2014-15;

• passed Resolution 2191, adopting the 2014-15 budget in the total of $1,757,494, appropriating funds, and imposing and categorizing taxes at the permanent rate of 4.2922 per $1,000;

• decided to wait on approval of a lawn mower purchase until Zabala and crew were able to find the right model;

• approved accounts payable in the amount of $46,129.64.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Hines Common Council will be held July 8 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

Flying Old Glory

Posted on July 2nd in News
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden presented Verna Pettyjohn with an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol, and she, in turn, donated it to the Band of Brothers and other Harney County veterans. It now has a place of honor in the H.C. Senior and Community Services Center. Back row (L-R): Guy McKay, Rob Connall, Paul Hyland, Pettyjohn, Bill Allen, Jim Litscher. Front: Angie Lamborn, Don McDermond. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden presented Verna Pettyjohn with an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol, and she, in turn, donated it to the Band of Brothers and other Harney County veterans. It now has a place of honor in the H.C. Senior and Community Services Center. Back row (L-R): Guy McKay, Rob Connall, Paul Hyland, Pettyjohn, Bill Allen, Jim Litscher. Front: Angie Lamborn, Don McDermond. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

August T. Beard 1932-2014

Posted on July 2nd in Obituaries

OBIT Beard webAugust T. Beard, 81, passed away June 30 at his home in Burns.

August was born Aug. 9, 1932, in Precinct 6, Childers County, Texas.

He was only 4 years old when his family left the dust bowls of Texas, during the Great Depression, and came to Oregon looking for work. Raised in Central Oregon, he started working on a ranch in Lower Bridge, for Pridey Holmes, at the age of 14. Pridey was amazed at how well he worked and what a good cowboy he made. Oh, the stories he told of rounding up the cattle up toward Sisters and working on the ranch.

When he was old enough, he enlisted in the Army, and served during the Korean War. After his time in the military, the open range called his name, so he went back to work for Pridey. Eventually, he went to work for Jack Robinson Construction in Redmond, where he stayed until retirement in 1988.

He met and married his first wife, Veralee, in 1968. Sadly, she passed on in 1988. In 1992, he met his second wife, Mary Fisher. They married in 1993 and had 21 wonderful years together.

“Augie” loved to work with his hands. He made many children happy by making wooden toys for them. He also loved to carve and has some beautiful carvings to show for his talent. The many excavation toys he made were very intricate, with working parts and pieces. The details were fabulous.

He loved to hunt and fish. He taught more than one youth how to track a wounded animal, or passed down his skills with a rod and reel. He was quite the outdoorsman. He loved the woods, camping, and walking the desert. He was a real “man’s man.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Beard; brother, Jerry Beard; and sister, Edith Roebuck. He is also survived by many stepchildren, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.


Larry (Kent) Davis

Posted on July 2nd in Obituaries

Larry (Kent) Davis, Burns High Class of 1963, passed away June 4, following a long illness. He had lived and been cared for at Grimm Adult Family Home for the past several years.

His ashes will be scattered, following a memorial service at his home on July 12. He will return to his boyhood home in Sodaville, his ashes scattered on the playground of the three-room schoolhouse where he attended grades 1-4; in the field near his home; along the banks of Oak Creek, where his sister, Marie, and brother, Buck, played.

He is survived by his sister, Marie Campbell, of Port Angeles, Wash., the last surviving sibling of the 11 children their parents bore and raised. May the long time sun shine upon our little brother and bring him peace.


OBIT Johnson webA memorial Mass for Wayne Johnson, 92, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns.


Wednesday July 2

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

The Burns Hilander football team will be holding a fundraising barbecue on Wednesday, July 2, in the parking lot at Reid’s Country Store. They will be selling hamburgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and encourage everyone to stop by for lunch.

Harney County Library holds its Summer Reading Program, “Fizz-Boom-Read,” every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, July 2, the activity is the science of bugs and how they fit into our world.

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 July 3

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

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 July 4

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

The Fourth of July parade will begin at 10 a.m. Lineup for the parade between 8:30-9:30 a.m., and the check-in desk will be set up on East B St. in front of the Charter Communications building. A free hot dog feed will be held in Hines Park, following the parade through Burns. The Desert Riders motorcycle club is sponsoring the free lunch, with donations from the city of Hines, TopLoc Asphalt, and Jitters RevOlution. The fireworks, sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Burns-Hines, will begin at dusk at the Harney County Fairgrounds.

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.

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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