Wednesday March 11

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 The Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include finalizing the Cultural Plan and planning for the April 16 social event

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

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

Harney County Farm Bureau will resume it’s monthly meetings Wednesday, March 11, at 5 p.m. in the basement meeting of the courthouse.

The Cancer Support Group will be meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 in the Hines City Hall meeting room. The Cancer Support Group is open to all cancer patients, survivors, family and support persons. Come learn and share about all types of cancer, ways to manage symptoms, treat side effects and make connections to help you navigate cancer care. Please contact Kristen Gregg or Maria Pichette, Harney District Hospital’s Outreach Coordinators at 541-573-8614 for more information.

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 March 12

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Enjoy a Taste of Basque at Harney County Library Thursday, March 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Listen to Boise State professor Dave Lachiondo talk about how the Basques came to the high desert. View a display of Basque history and culture. Sample Basque appetizers and wine. It’s all free!

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.

Friday March 13

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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.

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

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Friday at Symmetry Care at 5 p.m.

Saturday March 14

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P.E.O. will present Re-Style, fashion accessorizing with Harriet Langmas, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. Free admission, donations accepted. Proceeds to benefit P.E.O. women’s scholarships.

Harney District Hospital is sponsoring a free Heart Saver First Aid/CPR class for the community Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Racine Building conference room. Learn how to approach an emergency situation confidently with comprehensive Heart Saver First Aid/CPR/AED training with Harney District Hospital Paramedic Greta Emang. Please contact Greta at 541-573-3686 to register or learn more about Heart Saver classes.

American Legion Post 63 will celebrate its birthday with a dinner Saturday, March 14, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. The noon potluck will be hosted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63. All veterans, friends and relations are invited to attend.

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.

Sunday March 15

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A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Burns Christian Church, 125 S. Buena Vista. Call 541-573-2216.

Overeaters Anonymous meets each Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area).Enter through the cafeteria door on North Grand. For more information, call Susie at 541-589-1522.

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

Monday March 16

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The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday, except holidays, at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community and visitors are welcome. For more information call 541-573-4000.

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 March 17

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Landlord/Tenant Education, presented by Oregon Law Center, will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. For more information, contact Peggy at 541-573-6024.

A Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at Harney County Education Service District (ESD), 25 Fairview Heights in Burns. This meeting is to provide updates on planning and implementation of the Malheur Lake Carp Plan and the Wet Meadows Working Group plan. The public is invited. For more information, please contact the High Desert Partnership at or 541-573-7820.

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.

The Chamber Orchestra meets the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Burns High School Band Room, 1100 Oregon Avenue, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Ken Peckham directing, September through November and January through March.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday to help with Medicare insurance needs or medications you cannot afford.

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.

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.

Hines rates set to increase over six-month period

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

At the regular meeting of the Hines Common Council Feb. 24, the council discussed the need for the city to immediately raise base water rates, in order to be able to apply for loans or grants through the Infrastructure Finance Authority (IFA) for desperately-needed water and sewer improvement projects. Base rates will be raised gradually from the current $38 per two-month billing period to $92 by the July-August billing (adding $18 in March-April, $18 in May-June, and $18 in July-August).

City Administrator Joan Davies told the council that in applying for the funds to help pay for a Master Water Plan, she was informed by IFA that in order to qualify for loans or grants, the city must be charging a minimum base water rate. Davies explained that the rate is determined by taking the median income for Hines ($36,706, based on the 2010 U.S. Census), dividing it by 12 months, and taking 1.5 percent of that figure. This gives the rate of $45.88 per month, or $91.76 per two-month billing period. Davies said the city has been charging $19 per month since June 2010.

“It’s not a choice,” said Davies. “We have terrible things wrong with our water system that have got to be fixed. We have no money to do it with. So the only way we get money is through a loan, and we won’t get a loan unless we raise rates.”

Davies said that the IFA recommended making the increase in steps, in order to make the transition easier.

“But it’s not easier, if you have to reach that total before a loan will be approved. We have people who struggle at $19, and they are going to have to pay $46,” said Davies.

She said both water towers need to be fixed, lines need to be moved, and meters need to be replaced.

Superintendent of Public Works Pedro Zabala also stressed the need for improvements.

“Our water is very good. But if you don’t get these water lines in place, Hines will never grow and sustain industry,” he said.

Davies agreed, adding that the city would be unable to even maintain the lines without obtaining loans. She detailed a dire situation:

“We have fixed 24 holes and one active leak in the ground reservoir. The foundation of the elevated tower is deteriorating. It’s a mess inside – the water’s good, but it was built in 1928. We have lines crossing through private property without easements. We have a huge line going from the elevated tower to the King Street development, through private property, with no easement. That’s thousands in attorney fees, much less construction money.”


Zabala reported in detail on the dive team from Inland Potable that fixed a leak at the ground reservoir on the hill, and cleaned and applied epoxy to 24 rust nodules, which had the potential to leak. A portion of the video taken by the team was shown. He said that a small, active leak developed later, and that Inland Potable recommended that they come back in the fall to check the tower again.

Councilor Hilda Allison asked Zabala if the dive team felt good about the fixes they made. He said that they had just addressed the rust nodules, and that there was no way they could repair the damage to the bottom of the tank that occurred either in shipping or during the erection of the reservoir. Zabala and Councilor Loren Emang described a coating that could be applied to the bottom of the tank to remedy the situation, but the cost of the project had not been discussed. Both Zabala and Emang had talked to the Inland Potable divers, who described the tank as the “mobile home” of water tanks. They said it was not designed for long-term use, and was not a good choice because of its bolted seams.

Zabala reminded the council that he had sent out 56 water meter heads for repair or replacement in December. He said he still doesn’t have them back, because these types of meters are back-ordered at the company. While reading meters that day, he said that 50 to 60 more showed they had stopped working.


Davies reported on her discussions with a property owner about buying a lot that the maintenance crew needs to cross in order to access a sewer line for clean-outs. She said that the seller proposed a new idea: if the city agrees to clear brush from both of the lots the seller has for sale, he will give the city an easement for one year, as well as the right of first refusal to buy the lot for $25,000. The other condition given was that a ditch that had been diverted across the southernmost lot years ago be piped and backfilled to grade. It was the general consensus of the council that these terms would be the most logical way to go.

Davies also reported that she was hosting a meeting the next day with the Department of Environmental Quality and various local agencies in a continuation of efforts to educate the public on limiting outdoor burning and keeping smoke particulates at a level that does not violate the Environmental Protection Agency limits.

Davies said on Friday she would attend a 911 board meeting, along with  Hines Police Chief Ryan DeLange, to discuss dispatch costs for the city next year.

She advised the council that the cans and bottles fund for park improvements is now at $3,995.22.


Bob Seymour of Guyer  & Associates in Baker City, was in attendance to provide a summary of the 2013-14 financial audit of the city. The audit had been delayed because of fixed assets that had been valued incorrectly years ago. He presented the opinion of the audit, which was positive.

“It’s a clean opinion,” he said. “It means that the financial statements fairly reflect the financial position of the city of Hines.”


Chelsea Harrison, Harney County Chamber of Commerce director, was in attendance. She reported that registration for the John Scharff Bird Festival had been opened two weeks prior and that 125 people had already signed up. Harrison said two new tours had been added this year, and were already sold out. She said they have new flags with children’s art on them to advertise the festival. She said she plans on placing eight of them along the highway in front of the golf course, and wanted to be sure they would not be in the way of the city maintenance crew.


Becky Cunningham of Rimrock Recycling was in attendance to update the council on recent news, and to ask for a letter of support for a grant application. She said the recycling center sees between 32 and 50 cars per day, volunteers have donated more than 6,000 hours, and 220 tons of material have been processed and 51 refrigerators have been drained.

Cunningham said that because of the recent longshoreman’s union work slow-down at West Coast ports, they have been unable to ship out any material for the past few weeks. She said that they are continuing to stay open, with an all-volunteer staff.

“Hopefully in a month or two we’ll be back to shipping and back to having income,” said Cunningham.


In other business, the council:

• heard from Allison regarding the project to purchase the Oregon & Northwestern train engine that originally ran in Hines. She said that things have been delayed due to people’s busy schedules, but that at the next meeting on Tuesday, March 3, the group will refocus its efforts. Funds currently total almost $4,000, and around $70,000 will be needed to get the engine bought, transported and set up at Hines Park;

• approved travel expenses for Hines Police Department officers to attend Child Forensic Interview Training, with registration paid by the district attorney. The training is required for law enforcement officers to work on cases involving children;

• heard from Hines Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Spence that his department had responded to four 911 calls since the last meeting, and that three individuals had completed Part C of Winter Fire School, achieving their Firefighter I certifications;

• approved accounts payable for Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, in the amounts of $9,803.25, $6,514.87 and $17,804.78, respectively. The council also approved the payment of $5,196.51 to Inland Potable for the service and repair of the water tower.

• passed Resolution 2195, funding workers’ compensation coverage for volunteers, an annual cost;

• passed Resolution 2196 instituting an annual loss prevention program;

• approved a franchise agreement with Charter Communications;

• appointed Davies as budget officer.

Basque historian to make cultural presentation

by Laurie O’Connor
for the Burns Times-Herald

Mural of Basque sheepherder, Ely, Nev. (Courtesy of the Ely Renaissance Society)

Mural of Basque sheepherder, Ely, Nev. (Courtesy of the Ely Renaissance Society)

Come join us for a festive evening of Basque history, music, food, and wine, on Thursday, March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Harney County Library. The program is free and open to the public. David Lachiondo, Basque historian and accordionist, will discuss “The History of the Basque People in America,” accompanied by photos and his accordion. Harney County Library will provide tapas and Basque wines following his presentation.

Dave Lachiondo is the son and grandson of Basque immigrants to Idaho. Born in 1947, he is a career educator who has served as a teacher, guidance counselor, school and district administrator in Idaho’s public and parochial schools. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College of California in 1969, his master’s in education from Idaho State University in 1973, and doctor of philosophy degree in education from the University of Idaho in 1985. He has served as an adjunct professor of education for the University of Idaho, as well as a special lecturer of Basque studies at Boise State University. He is presently the director of the Basque Studies Program at Boise State.

A traveling exhibit, titled Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert, will be on display at Harney County Library March 9-14.

Dave Lachiondo will be presenting on Basque history and culture. (Submitted photo)

Dave Lachiondo will be presenting on Basque history and culture. (Submitted photo)

This exhibit, created by the High Desert Museum in Bend, tells the story of Basques in the American West. It discusses many of the most important aspects of Basque culture, beginning with who the Basques are and where they come from.

The story of Basques in the High Desert is one with carved aspen trees, and “stone boys,” often times the only reminder that the hills were once roamed by those sheepherding men.  It tells of the Basque hotels where hearing a familiar language and eating a familiar food could make all the difference in the world to a Basque immigrant.  These boarding houses for Basques were a way to keep the language, Euskera, alive in a new and unfamiliar place.  The exhibit provides many images of Basques from the Basque country to America, to show where this group of people came from, and more importantly, the impact that they made upon the American West after their arrival.  Interpretive text accompanies these images to make their stories come alive.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

 Jake Clark of Crane stands on top of the podium to receive his medal. (Submitted photo)

Jake Clark of Crane stands on top of the podium to receive his state wrestling championships medal. (Submitted photo)

Jake Clark of Crane and Garrett Blackburn of Burns were both crowned state champions at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships held Feb. 27-28 at Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Clark won the 138-pound weight class, becoming the first Crane wrestler in 14 years to win a state title. Clark finished his high school career in fine fashion, pinning Lowell’s Justyn Barton in the championship match.

Blackburn defeated Kyle Easterly of Culver 7-4 in the title match at 170 pounds.

Culver won the 2A/1A team title for the eighth time in the past nine years, racking up 147.5 points. Lowell finished second with 127 points.

The Mustangs placed fifth with 69 points and the Hilanders were eighth with 38.5 points.

Crane’s Dustin Ramge wrestled his way to second-place finish at 132, Sam Williams placed third at 182, and Elijah Epling (145) and Austin Roath (152) finished fourth.

The Hilanders’ Dallon Higgins earned a third-place finish at 113 pounds.

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

106 — Kyran Simpson (B) lost by fall to Mike Day of Central Linn (4:57); won by fall over Chelsea Byrne of Lowell (0:52); lost by fall to Taylor Bright of Gold Beach (2:11).

113 — Higgins (B) lost by fall to Derrick Hargraves of Riddle (5:55); won by fall over Willard Neary of Nestucca (0:36); won by decision over Jordan Whittles of Nestucca, 10-3; won by tech fall over Wyatt Waldron of North Lake, 18-1 (2:28).

132 — Ramge (C) won by decision over Jerron Rhen of Culver, 5-1; won by decision over Kaleb Ballard of Monroe, 4-3; lost by decision to Joshua Connor of Lowell, 5-1.

Garrett Blackburn of Burns was also crowned state champion at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships.

Garrett Blackburn of Burns was also crowned state champion at the OSAA 2A/1A State Wrestling Championships.

132 — Evan Gunderson (B) lost by fall to Jorge Olivera of Culver (2:26); lost by major decision to Ryan Simpson of Knappa, 10-2.

138 — Clark (C) won by fall over Charles Hardage of Riddle (3:24); won by decision over Tucker Davis of Culver, 6-5; won by fall over Barton of Lowell (4:42).

145 — Epling (C) won by decision over Johnny Espeland of Culver, 8-5; lost by decision to Rocky Lilly of Gold Beach, 14-8; won by decision over Keith Phillips of Crow, 10-6; lost by decision to Espeland of Culver, 8-3.

145 — Corey Jenkins (C) won by major decision over Devin Johnson of Bonanza, 12-0; lost by decision to Tielar Murray of Monroe, 14-13; lost by major decision to Espeland of Culver, 12-4.

152 — Roath (C) won by fall over Alex West of Vernonia (5:44); lost by decision to Thomas Harvey of Lowell, 3-2; won by decision over Michael Sloan of Oakland, 9-5; lost by major decision to Levi Vincent of Culver, 12-4.

160 — Jonathan Schmeck (B) lost by fall to Hayden Trimble of Lowell (1:04); Lost by decision to Isaac Butler of Siletz Valley, 11-5.

170 — Blackburn (B) won by fall over Bryce Mckillup of Nestucca (0:17); won by fall over Kenny Lane of Lowell (3:05); won by decision over Easterly of Culver, 7-4.

182 — Williams (C) won by decision over Triston Devereaux of Oakridge, 6-1; lost by fall to Tanner Harvey of Lowell (0:39); won by fall over Jaiden Jones of Culver (2:22); won by fall over Andrew Goozee of Knappa (3:23).

220 — Clayton Bentz (B) lost by major decision to Samuel Thurman of Lowell, 14-2; won by decision over Niklas Merzadah of Vernonia, 5-1; lost by decision to Jared Chamley of Myrtle Point, 5-2.

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