Friday September 12

Posted on September 10th in Community Calendar

Harney County Health Department will be having an informational session on well water and the prominent contaminants in Harney County at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. Information on water hazards such as arsenic will be presented by Professor Molly Kile. There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

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 September 13

Posted on September 10th in Community Calendar

Join Harney District Hospital (HDH) for The Ambulance Chaser Bike Ride scheduled Saturday, Sept. 13. Ride day registration is available at 8 a.m. at Triangle Park. All proceeds will be used to purchase Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED’s) to be placed in the community. The Ambulance Chaser features two fully-paved courses beginning and ending at Triangle Park; a family-friendly 8.8 mile Lifesaver Loop or a more challenging 18.7 mile Code Blue ride. Code Blue begins at 9 a.m. and Lifesaver Loop at 9:30 a.m. Registration forms and ride route maps available at Harney County Chamber of Commerce, Harney District Hospital’s admissions or administration desks, or on-line at For more information, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Denise Rose at 541-573-5184.

Burns Brewfest will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Arrowhead Plaza in Burns.

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 September 14

Posted on September 10th in Community Calendar

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 September 15

Posted on September 10th in Community Calendar

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 September 16

Posted on September 10th 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.

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.

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.

Debbie Raney’s new book celebrates the ranching lifestyle. (Submitted photo)

Debbie Raney’s new book celebrates the ranching lifestyle. (Submitted photo)

The life of a rancher is a life full of laughter, love and beauty. It can also be a life full of challenges, tears and a lot of dust. Debbie Raney has lived this life for more than 50 years in Eastern Oregon’s high desert, with 30-plus of those years as a ranchwife.

Hair on Barbed Wire is a collection of her poetry, stories and photographs that celebrate the commitment ranchers and their families have to the land and their livelihood. Beginning with an insight into the scars and callouses on a ranchwife’s hands, and ending with a tribute to those who share her love for ranching, Raney gives a unique perspective into the experiences only those who have “been there, done that” could know.

Copies of Hair on Barbed Wire are available at the Round Barn Visitor Center, Oard’s Gallery and Museum and from Raney at:

Book signings are being planned for the near future at the Harney County Library and at the Round Barn Visitors Center.

About the author

Debbie Raney has spent her entire life in the agricultural industry. She grew up on her family ranches in the Eastern Oregon communities of Frenchglen and Diamond. She and her husband now raise beef cattle on their ranch in Harney County. They have two daughters who live on the ranch and four grandchildren to carry on the family tradition. Raney has published freelance articles and photographs in several agricultural publications, and she worked as editor for the Burns Times-Herald for several years.


Family business will be open year-round

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

Heath and LaurelLynne Sewell own Sewell’s Taxidermy. Since 2010, Sewell’s has set up a seasonal drop station in Harney County. A permanent location was opened Aug. 13. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

Heath and LaurelLynne Sewell own Sewell’s Taxidermy. Since 2010, Sewell’s has set up a seasonal drop station in Harney County. A permanent location was opened Aug. 13. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

After four years of serving Harney County hunters with a temporary drop station during antelope season, Heath and LaurelLynne Sewell, owners of Sewell’s Taxidermy, have opened a permanent location in Burns. They are looking forward to serving customers year-round, and making their home in the area.

This is the second location for Sewell’s Taxidermy. Both hailing from the Willamette Valley, Heath and LaurelLynne opened the first location in Lebanon in 2002. They built up a successful full-time business there, and in 2010 began traveling to Harney County annually to set up a drop station.

The purchase of the building at 1301 Hines Boulevard (previously Donna’s Auto Glass), established a permanent Harney County home for the business. Sewell’s Taxidermy officially opened in Burns on Aug. 13.


A Lifelong Craft

Heath Sewell knew from an early age what he wanted to do with his life. Although he grew up in a populated, suburban area, he loved hunting and outdoor recreation. He would visit his grandparents often, and enjoyed hunting with his grandfather. After visiting a taxidermy shop for the first time as a youth, he knew it was a craft he wanted to learn. Heath was even quoted in his high school yearbook proclaiming that he would become a taxidermist.

After attending school at the Missoula Valley  School of Taxidermy in Thompson Falls, Mont., he moved to Prineville and apprenticed with McLagan’s Taxidermy.

Sewell’s Lebanon location opened 12 years ago, in the garage of Heath’s grandparents’ house. Starting as only a part-time occupation, by 2007 it had evolved into a full-time career.


A Range of Services

Sewell’s Taxidermy specializes in big and small game. They do not take birds or fish.

Taxidermy involves a lengthy and detailed process. From August through around December, carcasses are collected and skinned. The hides are dried and then sent to a tanner. Sewell’s uses a tannery close to their Lebanon location, said LaurelLynne. Using a local tanner ensures better quality, and they have been happy to be able to support the community there, she added.

December through August is mounting season. Tanned hides are stretched and sewed onto a mold. After a few days of drying, antlers or horns are attached, glass eyes are inserted, and the facial features are finished by puttying and painting with an airbrush.

In addition to the standard taxidermy service, Heath creates a wide range of wildlife home decor, including antler artwork. He once made a special-order 10-foot antler chandelier.


A Place To Call Home

LaurelLynne cited a great hunting region, an established customer base, and a warm and welcoming community as the reasons they decided to open the second location and to relocate to Harney County. LaurelLynne said that they feel like they fit in well with the small-town values in this area.

The couple decided to purchase the building at 1301 Hines Boulevard because it was in great shape, in a good location and had ample parking, LaurelLynne said.

Heath will be operating the Burns location while LaurelLynne manages the Lebanon business for the time being. Eventually, another taxidermist will take on management of day-to-day operations at the original location, and the couple and their four children plan to make Harney County their permanent home.


Sewell’s will be open year-round at their new location, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and weekends by appointment. But, says LaurelLynne, if you need to drop off a carcass at any time, just give them a call at 541-979-4778. They will also continue to keep the temporary drop station in Hines open during antelope season.

You can follow them on Facebook at to get more information and receive updates.

Find whimsy at Bedknobs & Broomsticks

Posted on September 3rd in News

Antique and gift shop opens in downtown Burns

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Bedknobs & Broomsticks opened in downtown Burns Aug. 18. Owner Kristy Cronin (right) and partners Robin Stoner and Paul Kohler are applying their creative efforts toward making a unique place for art, holiday decor, and much more. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Bedknobs & Broomsticks opened in downtown Burns Aug. 18. Owner Kristy Cronin (right) and partners Robin Stoner and Paul Kohler are applying their creative efforts toward making a unique place for art, holiday decor, and much more. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

Owner Kristy Cronin said she wants Bedknobs & Broomsticks to be “a very magical, fun place that just has a little bit of everything for everybody.”

Located at 77 W. Washington St. in Burns, the antique and gift shop sits sandwiched between Rhojo’s and the law office of Martin E. Thompson Jr.

Bedknobs & Broomsticks began business Monday, Aug. 18. However, regular business hours are Tuesdays through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cronin said the shop’s alliterative name was taken from the title of an animated Disney movie.

“It’s such a cute movie, and it inspired me,” Cronin said, explaining that she hopes the shop will offer a similar sense of whimsy.


About Cronin

Cronin grew up in Bend, but she and her family visited Harney County frequently throughout her childhood because her father had a booth at the fair. She said her mother loved the area and enjoyed receiving “handmade goodies” from the local ladies.

Cronin moved to Harney County in the early 1980s when she met her husband. The couple originally resided in Drewsey.

“It’s a cute, little, sweet town,” Cronin said regarding Drewsey. “There are old men and goats out there, but you don’t know which is the other,” she added with a laugh.

Cronin, who now lives in Burns, accumulated a lot of experience working with the public through careers in the restaurant and social services industries. However, she said she found her calling when she started working for Bonnie Angleton at Ribbons & Roses Unlimited.

“I’ve never worked at such a fun place in all my life,” Cronin said. “It’s been wonderful to help Bonnie down there. Her and [her husband], Bill, are absolutely good people and characters on top of it.”

Cronin said Angleton inspired and encouraged her to open her own retail store.


Creating a family business

Cronin, who said she wants to be self-sufficient “more than anything in the world,” worked toward the goal of opening Bedknobs & Broomsticks for about three years.

“We did this without borrowing a dime,” she said. “We decided to put our heart and soul into it.”

She explained that her house was “loaded” with her mother and grandmother’s antiques, and she wanted to open a shop to sell some of them. She added that she also wanted to provide a venue for local artists to sell their creations year-round.

“I think our specialty is going to be the fact that we have local artists and artisans and quite a few homemade, fun items that I think people will enjoy,”  Cronin said.

She added that the shop will also serve as an artistic outlet for her and her family.

“My whole family is very creative,” she said. “We just decided to use the creative effort toward the store. That’s what inspired us to do it from the beginning.”

Cronin is selling her homemade scarves and potpourri. Her daughter, Leilani, and son, John, will also add their art to the inventory.

Cronin’s other son, Paul Kohler, is a partner in the business, and the mother and son team will collaborate on a couple of creative crafts to stock the store’s shelves. For example, they plan to re-purpose old doors and construct their own line of themed cabinets, which should be available for sale by next spring or summer.

“My son is an awesome designer,” Cronin said. She added that he was “hugely instrumental” in getting the shop up and running.

Robin Stoner is another partner in the Bedknobs & Broomsticks business. Although they aren’t technically related, Cronin said she and Stoner “adopted each other.”

She added that, “Robin will show up on your front porch when you are in most need. She’ll stop in the middle of a project to help you with yours.”

Cronin said designing the store with Stoner has been the most enjoyable thing about owning the business so far.

Stoner is selling her own lines of jewelery and decorative boxes in the shop. Her mother’s art, jewelery, photographs and paintings are also included in the store’s inventory.

Cronin said she expects Bedknobs & Broomsticks to evolve as new merchandise is added.

In addition to art and antiques, she hopes to sell everything from candles and incense to “man cave” items, such as swords. She added that body jewelery has already been a popularly-purchased product. And with orders coming in from Ohio Wholesale Inc. and Victorian Trading Company, customers can expect to see a slew of new items on the store’s shelves.


For the fun of it

The shop will also serve as a site for celebratory events.

For example, one of Cronin’s goals is to make Bedknobs & Broomsticks “Halloween Headquarters” this fall. Employees will gear up for the holiday by dawning festive garb throughout the month of October. The shop is also hosting a Halloween party, and everyone is invited to stop in and share a spooky ghost story.

Cronin said she’s equally enthusiastic about Christmas, and she’s already planning fun festivities for the upcoming holiday season.

She also plans to hold Victorian-style tea parties.

“We want to get the public involved,” Cronin explained, adding that she’ll find “any old excuse” to host a gathering.


Rolling with the punches

When it comes to owning her own business, Cronin said she decided to just “roll with the punches” and enjoy it.

“We hope it will be fun for everyone involved,” she said.

Her advice to other entrepreneurs is: “Don’t let the economy frighten you. Do what you’re going to do.”

Maryanna Otley passed away Saturday, Aug. 30, at Harney District Hospital.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680.

Contributions in her memory may be made to either AirLink or Shriners Children’s Hospital in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, OR 97720.


A Celebration of Life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Burns Elks Lodge No. 1680 for Michael “Mike Banks” Gagnebin who passed away suddenly on Monday, July 28, at the age of 58.


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