Hilanders open up Wapiti League play Friday when they host Grant Union

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

The Burns boys and girls basketball teams both picked up non-conference victories at Nyssa Saturday, Dec. 27.

The Burns girls downed the Bulldogs 54-49 to improve to 5-4 on the season.

After losing to Nyssa by two points on Dec. 19, the Burns boys team exacted a bit of revenge with a 65-56 victory over the Bulldogs. With the win, the Hilanders improved to 6-3 on the season.

Three Hilanders fnished in double figures, with Trace Tiller leading the way with 25 points. Feist added 18 and Ty Hueckman 12.

Ty Reid was the leading rebounder for Burns with 10, and Feist pulled down nine.


On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Burns boys traveled to Jordan Valley and came away with a 46-37 victory over the Mustangs.

Feist led the way for the Hilanders with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tiller finished with nine and Hueckman seven.


The Burns girls and boys basketball teams hosted Lakeview on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Results of the contests were not available by press time.

Both the boys and girls teams begin league play on Friday, Jan. 2, when they host Grant Union. The girls JV game tips off at 2 p.m. at Burns High School, followed by the boys JV game, and the girls and boys varsity games.

Carol Nadine Nygaard 1938-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

OBIT NygaardCarol Nadine (Haugen) Nygaard, 76, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

She was born July 12, 1938, in Silverton to Esther (Koloen) and Randall J. Haugen. In 1941, her family moved to Burns, where she graduated from high school in 1956. She attended Oregon State University and later worked for Portland Public Schools.

She enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, archaeology, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Todd) Jones, Kathy (Paul) Martin and Kristi Nygaard; and grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Campbell, Kevin Jones, Erik Martin and Alexandra Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randall E. Haugen.

The family suggests contributions to the Oregon Humane Society. The online guest book may be signed at www.oregonlive.com/obits

Rod Presley - Natl. GuardRoddy Duane Presley, 70, passed away Dec. 25 at his home in Burns.

Roddy, or Rod, as he was best known, was born May 12, 1944, in Ontario to Eldon (Cyc) and Juanita Presley. He grew up and lived all his life in Burns, except for a few years in Washington state.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Gayla Houston Hebener, in May 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. To this union two sons were born, Robby Morgan and Anthony Martin Presley. After Gayla passed away in April 2010, Roddy married Terri Swearengin Holt of Burns in July 2012 in a garden ceremony at their home in Burns.

Rod attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls after graduation from Burns High School in 1962. He then went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company most of his working career, rising to the job of electrician. With the prospect of the Hines mill closing, he then moved to the Snohomish, Wash., area as an electrician for their lumber mill for the next five years. Upon retirement, he and Gayla returned to their home of many years in Burns. Throughout his entire working life, he was known as a dependable and loyal employee who rarely used a sick day.

Saying Rod was a dedicated soldier in the Oregon National Guard for 22 years is putting it mildly; he loved talking about his career and experiences as a tank commander and 1st sergeant, especially around a campfire; it was a big part of his life. He was a long-time member of the Oregon Hunters Association.  Rod was also a member of The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, and on Sunday, Dec. 21, seven members of the local Post presented Rod with an Officer Award in recognition and appreciation of his devoted service as a commander, vice commander, chaplain and membership chairman for the American Legion Post.

Besides being a loving husband to Gayla and Terri, and a father to two boys and two step-daughters, he was an avid outdoorsman, being introduced to the wide open spaces of Harney County at an early age by his parents.  Throughout his entire life, he took every opportunity to be out camping, hunting, four-wheeling, rock-hounding, exploring, and just enjoying the great outdoors he adored.

Many of the local folks can tell you that Rod was the kind of man who was always available to help out others. Whether it was lending a hand or fixing things, he “had your back.” He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Anthony of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Denny Presley and his wife, Judy of Burns; sisters, Sharon Showers of Elko, Nev. and Linda Schmidt and husband, Charles of Hines; grandchildren, Lodi Presley of Burns, Jarryd Presley of Nellis AFB, Nev., Chance Presley and Robby Colton Presley of Prineville, and Elizabeth Merritt of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Haily Lohf and Ashton Runnels of Burns; step-daughters, Jessica and husband, Jake Berry of Burns, and Chelsi Ferris of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-granddaughters, Bobby Jo and Jordynn Berry of Burns; step-grandsons, Tye Rookstool and wife, Jenny of John Day, Zane Rookstool and wife, Heather of John Day; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Rod was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Presley; his son, Robby Presley; his wife, Gayla Presley; and his parents, Eldon and Juanita Presley.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at the Burns Cemetery. Fellowship and potluck will follow at a location to be determined.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.

Lois “Betty” Jones 1915-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

obit - Betty JonesBetty Jones, 99, passed away Dec. 23 at home in Richland.

Lois “Betty” Adelle was born May 22, 1915, in Adams to Frank and Zelma (Lewis) Henry. The family moved to Catlow Valley by train when Betty was one-and-a-half years old. They lived in a dugout until lumber could be brought in by wagon to build a house. School days were spent in a one-room schoolhouse and the Crane Boarding School. Her parents raised the children with all the joys of the outdoors, including trapping jackrabbits for five cents for a pair of ears. She was so proud she could buy clothes and a saddle with her own earnings.

Betty loved horses and loved to tell her many tales of riding through the hills of the Steens, Wallowas and more. She loved helping others, including leading a 4-H riding club for young people. Her days were filled with laughter, fishing, and her great cooking.

On May 25, 1936, Betty and Henry T. Bunyard were married in Burns by the justice of the peace. They made their first home at Crane, and owned a gas station in Ashland. It was in Ashland that they had their first child, a son, Jim. They later moved to St. Johns Woods (which was in Portland) in 1942, and they both went to work for the Kaiser shipyard. Betty worked as a welder on the Victory Ships. The next child, daughter, Gayle, was born in Portland. The family moved to Elgin in 1947, and son, Gene, was born several years later. While in Elgin, they ranched, raising horses and sheep. Betty’s husband, Henry, followed construction from 1956 through 1959, then relocated the family to Richland on March 9, 1959. While in Richland, Henry started a land-leveling business. Betty always felt slighted that they didn’t have a real wedding ceremony, so on their 50th wedding anniversary in 1986, Henry and Betty renewed their marriage vows on horseback at the Pine Valley Fairgrounds. Henry passed away in March 1987.

Betty later married Herschel Jones in December 1989. Herschel passed in 2001.

During Betty’s life, she worked as a welder, waitress, cook, bartender and housewife, in addition to selling Avon products and Sarah Coventry jewelry. She belonged to the Eastern Star, Eagle Valley Grange, the Pine Valley Fair Board, Rebekahs, was Grand Marshall of the Baker County Fair, Grand Marshal of Eagle Valley Days in 2014 and a member of the New Bridge Church of the Nazarene.

Betty is survived by her son, Jim Bunyard and his wife, Sandi; daughter, Gayle Haga and her husband, Bob; son, Gene Bunyard and his wife, Bonnie; step-children Clifford Jones, and Nona Jones Burr (deceased); 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, Henry and Herschel; two sisters, Norma Myers and her twin sister, Peggy Cockrell in 1988; step-son, Butch Jones; and step-daughter, Nona Jones Burr.

There will be a viewing on Friday, Jan. 2, at Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A traditional funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Eagle Valley Grange (which is in the newly remodeled Richland Elementary School at the corner of Main and Moody roads) in Richland. Interment will follow at Eagle Valley Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a potluck reception to be held immediately following the interment at the Eagle Valley Grange.

Those who would like to make a memorial contribution in memory of Betty may do so to either the Eagle Valley Grange or the Eagle Valley EMTs through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Online condolences may be shared at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com.

Robert “Bob” Clair 1951-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

Robert “Bob” Clair, 63, of John Day, passed away Dec. 5 at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, with his children by his side.

Bob was born Jan. 12, 1951, in McMinnville.

Bob loved being in the great outdoors; whether it was hunting, fishing or just taking a drive. His favorite hunting spot in his younger days was Crane Mtn. in Lakeview, and he would fish wherever he could cast a line. He loved to tell about the crazy hunting escapades he and his brothers would get themselves into. He enjoyed taking his dog, Fritz, for a run, with his good friend, Mickey.  Bob worked in the mill his whole life, driving forklift for Goose Lake Lumber and Fremont Lumber in Lakeview, and Edward Hines Lumber in Burns.  Bob wasn’t a man of many words, but he always made sure his kids knew that he loved them very much.

Bob is survived by his three children, April Prince of Grants Pass, Robby Clair of Klamath Falls, and Molly Clair of Burns; as well as, Julie, Martin, Grant, Sydney and Dustie, sons and daughters raised as his own; brothers, Mike and Ron; four grandchildren, Tallen, Adam, Konner, and Kylie; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; longtime friends, Charlie, Mickey, Loretta; and his faithful dog, Fritz.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Dolores Clair; sisters, Claudia, Goldie and Dee; and brother, Norman.

Bob was cremated per his wishes and will be scattered at his favorite hunting and fishing spots at a later date. There will be no service at this time.

Wednesday December 31

Posted on December 31st in Community Calendar

Christmas Break Fun Day for kids at Harney County Library Wednesday, Dec. 31. Stop by anytime between noon-2 p.m. to listen to stories and make crafts with Miss Lisa.

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 January 1

Posted on December 31st in Community Calendar

Happy New Year!

Harney County Library will be closed for New Year’s Day, Thursday, Jan. 1.

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.

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 January 2

Posted on December 31st in Community Calendar

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.

Saturday January 3

Posted on December 31st in Community Calendar

The Harney County Arts & Crafts Association will meet Saturday, Jan. 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement meeting room at the courthouse. Linda Whiting, Designs by Linda, will lead a crafts workshop; the upcoming artists’ co-op will be discussed. The public is invited.

A Veterans lunch is served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month. RSVP by calling Shelley at 541-420-0828.

Diabetes Support Group meets at the Harney County Health Building, 420 N. Fairview, the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m.

Sunday January 4

Posted on December 31st in Community Calendar

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached),will be served the first Sunday of each month from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, 417 W. Washington in Burns. The church is both wheelchair and walker accessible. For more information, call 541-493-1987.

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.

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