Sunday Dec. 13

Posted on December 9th in Community Calendar

Carols by Candlelight will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene. Admission is free.

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.

A free community dinner, eat in or take out (no strings attached), will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. This month, they will be serving lamb stew, salmon chowder, rice, vegetable, salad, cornbread, dessert, and coffee. Call 541-573-2802.

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 Dec. 14

Posted on December 9th 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.

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 Dec. 15

Posted on December 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 County Preppers meet the third Tuesday every other month, and are a group who work at being more self-sufficient. An optional potluck dinner starts at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting is from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Harney County Courthouse.

The Friskey Fleas 4-H Dog Club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the Memorial Building at the fairgrounds. For more information, call Joanna Corson at 541-573-2241.

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.

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

The Harney County Court met Tuesday, Nov. 24. A draft of the meeting minutes (along with a summary of the supplementary meeting materials) is as follows. Please note that these minutes have yet to be approved by the Harney County Court.


The court received correspondence from Yturri Rose LLP Attorneys at Law, which included an original Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims, as well as a draft in the amount of $95,000 payable to Harney County.

Harney County made damage claims alleging that a fire was negligently started, causing destruction of a rural bridge (known as the “Poison Slough Bridge”) on Old Experiment Road April 21, 2014.

Harney County owned the bridge and made claims for its replacement costs.

The settlement agreement states that, “The parties have disagreed as to the value of the replacement costs of the bridge, and in the interest of compromise, the parties have chosen to enter into this agreement settling all claims which Releasor [Harney County] may have.”

The agreement adds that the responsible parties must pay $95,000 to Harney County.


The court also received compliance inspection reports for the Fields and Frenchglen landfills.

Susan Christensen of the Department of Environmental Quality reported that, “There is a significant housekeeping issue that needs to be addressed at the Frenchglen landfill. Solid waste was deposited outside of the landfill, and the operator will need help picking up the waste and placing it in the landfill.”

Christensen requested assistance from Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella.

The waste included an old couch, packaging for wood floors, roofing materials, and other miscellaneous household waste.

Additionally, six plastic tractor fluid containers were placed near the entrance fence. Christensen reported that, if they are completely empty, they can be placed in the landfill. However, if they are partially full, they will need to be solidified (by mixing in cat litter) before they’re placed in the landfill.

She added that plastic bags outside of and surrounding the trench need to be picked up, the recycling sign needs to be reposted, and E-waste (computers, monitors and televisions) cannot be disposed of in the garbage or at disposal sites such as landfills, transfer stations or incinerators. However, she noted that E-waste can be accepted for free at C&B Sanitary Service or Rimrock Recycling in Burns.

Christensen reported that there was a very minimal amount of litter (plastic bags) in the outlying fields of the Fields landfill, and staff is doing a good job keeping up with litter control.

The court will contact the staff at the landfills to discuss the inspection report and offer assistance with the compliance issues.


During the public comment period, Herb Vloedman presented the court with a list of questions regarding the budget and an article that was recently published in the Burns Times-Herald.

Vloedman asked:

• How much is the county budget deficit?

• What department or departments is the deficit from?

• How much will the furlough days save in total dollars?

• How much is the Harney County Fair, Rodeo  and Race Meet budget “in the red”?

• What is the projected fair budget income for the remainder of this budget cycle?

• What is the projected fair budget expense for the remainder of this budget cycle?

• Is the county still writing checks for the fair expenses, including payroll?

• Has the court considered recommending furloughing fair employees?

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty replied that he did not have the information readily available, and he asked Vloedman to meet with him later that afternoon to address these questions.


The court received a news release from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding a series of public meetings that will be held throughout the West to gather information on a proposal to withdraw lands determined to be crucial to the survival of the greater sage grouse from location and entry under the 1872 Mining Law, subject to valid existing rights.

The meeting scheduled for Dec. 14 in Burns has been canceled.

However, a meeting will be held at the Lakeview BLM District Office, 1301 South G St., Lakeview, OR 97630 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. that day.

The public comment period on the withdrawal proposal has been extended until Jan. 15, 2016. Comments should be addressed to the BLM Director, 1849 C Street NW (WO-200), Washington, D.C. 20240 or electronically to An interactive map of the areas included in the proposed withdrawal can be found online at


Richard Roy, Three Rivers Resource Area field manager, wrote a letter to the court concerning a proposal to exchange certain federal lands located on or near Otis Valley Road with Jeff  and Sheri Hussey.

The federal land is situated next to private property that is owned and managed by the Husseys. The nonfederal land is located north of the Diamond Craters Outstanding Natural Area (northwest of Diamond).

Interested parties may submit written comments concerning the proposed exchange — including notification of any liens, encumbrances, or other claims relating to the land being considered for exchange — to Richard Roy, Field Manager, Three Rivers Resource Area, 28910 Hwy. 20 West, Hines, OR 97738. In order to be considered in the environmental analysis of the proposed exchange, comments must be in writing and postmarked or delivered within 45 days of the initial publication of the notice on Oct. 28.

More detailed information about the proposed exchange can be obtained from Tara McLain, realty specialist, at 541-573-4462.

The court will double-check the details of this exchange and then offer a letter of support.


In other business, the court:

• accepted Vern Brown’s resignation from the Harney County Fair Board;

• was addressed by Barbara Cannady during the public comment period. Cannady expressed concern that a U.S. Forest Service plan would eliminate roads on public lands and reintroduce wolves;

• received a letter from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding the 2015 Annual Survey of Local Government Finances. The survey collects information on measures of revenue by source, expenditures by character and function, indebtedness by term, and cash and investments by purpose for local governments in the United States;

• reviewed a contract for mediation services for the Harney County Domestic Relations Program. The contractor, Jennifer Malter Barrows, shall be compensated for mediation sessions, orientations, and pertinent education classes;

• received the Rangeland Fire Protection Association (RFPA) budgets for Wagontire, Lone Pine, and Fields-Andrews. To date, the court has received three out of the six RFPA budgets;

• reviewed water use requests.

The next scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

Holiday Happenings

Posted on December 2nd in News

Snowman WEBChristmas season happenings:

Saturday, Dec. 5

• Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.

• Home Spun Craft Bazaar at the Harney County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m. — 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6

• Chamber Music Society Christmas Concert at 3 p.m. at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene

Celebrate the holiday season as the Chamber Music orchestra, bell choir, and choir perform your favorite holiday music.

Friday, Dec. 11

• Oard’s annual Christmas Open House from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Oards Gallery & Museum on Highway 20.

Get your Christmas shopping done at Oard’s this year. There is new jewelry — including opals, Black Hills gold, Zuni inlaid jewelry, and Paiute and Navajo jewelry. Everything in the store is 10 percent off, excluding the mini mart. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served.

Saturday, Dec. 12

• Downtown Christmas Jamboree and Parade

The schedule of events is as follows:

8 a.m. —10 a.m.  Breakfast with Santa at Burns Elks Lodge

10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Games at Martial Arts America

10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Making Crafts at Country Lane Quilts

10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Face painting by Burns Christian Church at Children’s Barn

10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Cookie Decorating by Sweet & Unique at Bella Java

10 a.m. — 2 p.m. Balloon creations at Desert Dream Thrift Store

Noon — 2 p.m. Pictures with Santa at Ruthie’s

Noon — 2 p.m. Candy Cane Toss at Arrowhead Plaza

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Nativity Set displays at Burns Garage

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Specialty Vendors at Community Center

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Gingerbread House Judging at Community Center

10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Coloring Contest and Cider at Broadway Deli

2 p.m. Canned Food Movie at Desert Historic Theater

5 p.m. Broadway Lighted Christmas Parade sponsored by Umpqua Bank ($100-1st place; $40-2nd place; $10-3rd place)

5:30 p.m. Bonfire with Santa at the Christmas Tree across from Safeway

Sunday, Dec. 13

• Enjoy carols this Christmas season! Carols by Candlelight at 7 p.m. at the Harney County Church of the Nazarene.

• Round Barn Visitor Center Christmas Open House from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Come and enjoy the wonderful selection of: Wyoming Trader’s concealed carry vests, winter coats, vests and hats, men’s colored twill work shirts; new selection of Moore Maker knives and fencing tools; new selection of polished aluminum serving ware; new selection of Bandana by American West purses and wallets, concealed carry purses; Jeremiah Watts stainless steel bits and spurs.

Saturday, Dec. 19

• Well, it’s almost Christmas. You won’t want to miss out on finding those last minute items. Stop by the  Last Chance Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Hines City Hall.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Dustin Ramge of Crane sweeps the end on a 14-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

Dustin Ramge of Crane sweeps the end on a 14-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run. (Photo by HANNAH MAUPIN)

Former National Football League coach Vince Lombardi was once quoted as saying, “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time…”

Such was the case for the Crane Mustangs in the 1A state championship football game against Dufur on Saturday, Nov. 28, at Hermiston High School.

The game featured a number of lead changes, but, when the final gun sounded, it was the Rangers holding the championship trophy with a 36-32 victory.

Bailey Keever was the star for the Rangers, rushing for 151 yards and one touchdown, throwing for three more scores, and returning a kickoff 78 yards for what turned out to be the winning TD in the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs answered every challenge throughout the game, and just came up a bit short on the scoreboard. David Steeves led the Crane rushing attack, picking up 122 yards on 15 carries with one touchdown.

Crane’s Jack Bentz completed nine of 12 passes for 96 yards, and added 81 yards and two scores running the ball.

Dufur took a 6-0 lead on the game’s opening possession, going 66 yards on 12 plays, and scoring on a 10-yard pass from Keever to Kolbe Bales.

It was then Crane’s turn to put a score on the board, and they did just that, marching 71 yards down the field in 11 plays, and getting the score on a 4-yard run by Steeves.

Matt Witzel caught the two-point conversion pass from Bentz, and Crane led 8-6 with 2:42 left in the first quarter.

The lead was short-lived, however, as Keever picked up the ensuing kickoff at the 22 and didn’t stop running until he found the end zone, giving Dufur a 12-8 advantage.

After the teams traded punts, Crane began their next scoring drive at their own 31. Bentz capped off the 11-play drive with a 1-yard run, and Dustin Ramge added the two-point conversion to put the Mustangs up by four.

Dufur went back on top on their next possession, as Keever connected with Bales on a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Keever’s two-point run gave Dufur a 20-16 lead.

With just over two minutes left in the first half, the Mustangs began their next drive at their own 20. After picking up a first down, the Mustangs lost the ball on a fumble, and the Rangers took over at the Crane 47.

The Crane defense rose to the occasion, keeping Dufur out of the end zone, and the teams went to the locker rooms with Dufur up by four.

The Mustangs received the second half kickoff, and started their drive at midfield after a 19-yard return by Bentz. The Mustangs went the distance in 13 plays, taking a 24-20 lead on a 1-yard run by Bentz and the two-point conversion run by Steeves.

The Rangers regained the lead once again on their next possession, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Keever to Curtis Crawford. Keever ran in the two-point conversion for a 28-24 advantage.

Starting at their own 15 on their next possession, the Mustangs moved the ball into Dufur territory, but a fumble brought the drive to a halt, and the Rangers took over at their own 42.

Keever capitalized on the turnover, breaking free for a 58-yard TD run, and then adding the two points on a pass to Bales for a 36-24 lead.

Undaunted, the Mustangs once again drove down the field, going 58 yards in seven plays, and cut the lead to 36-32 on a 14-yard run by Ramge with 3:21 left to play.

The Rangers recovered the onside kick, and were then able to run out the clock to preserve the victory.

The Moda Health Players of the Game were Steeves and Keever.

Both teams finished the year with an 11-2 record.

Dufur       12     8     8     8     36

Crane        8     8     8     8     32

First quarter

Duf — Kolbe Bales 10 yd pass from Bailey Keever (Keever rush failed)  7:52

Cra — David Steeves 4 yd run (Matt Witzel pass from Jack Bentz) 2:42

Duf — Keever 78 yd kickoff return (Keever pass failed)

Second quarter

Cra — Bentz 1 yd run (Dustin Ramge rush) 5:50

Duf — Bales 22 yd pass from Keever (Keever rush) 2:21

Third quarter

Cra — Bentz 1 yd run (Steeves rush) 4:47

Duf — Curtis Crawford 14 yd pass from Keever (Keever rush) 0:44

Fourth quarter

Duf — Keever 58 yd run (Bales pass from Keever) 5:53

Cra — Ramge 14 yd run (Bentz rush)  3:21

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Steeves 15-122, Ramge 14-57, Bentz 14-81, Valentine 7-22. Dufur, Keever 24-159, Pence 12-75, Cleveland 2-3.

Passing — Crane, Bentz 9-12-0 96. Dufur, Keever 6-9-0 73, Pence 0-1-0 0

Receiving — Crane, Witzel 3-44, Steeves 6-52. Dufur, Crawford 4-41, Bales 2-32.

James Hilmer Sahlberg 1943-2015

Posted on December 2nd in Obituaries

OBIT Sahlberg WEBJames Hilmer Sahlberg of Burns passed away peacefully Nov. 26 at St. Charles Hospital.

James was born Feb. 26, 1943. He graduated from Burns Union High School in 1961. He served in the National Guard/Army during the Vietnam conflict. After the Army, he went to Lane Community College. He worked for a major chain restaurant as the cook and helped to train future cooks.  He also enjoyed cooking for many church camps throughout the years.

In 1979, he married his high school girlfriend, and together they had two daughters. Jim ran his own lawn care and janitorial business, and was a janitor for the Harney County school district for many years. While living in Missouri, he worked as a security guard for Graceland College/University in Lamoni, Iowa, and was church campground host in Nauvoo, Ill., before having to retire because of health issues.

At Christmas time, he enjoyed playing “Santa” at the schools and for the towns where he lived. He was a member of Community of Christ, Lion’s Club, Masonic Lodge, and Oregon Old Time Fiddlers. He enjoyed all of God’s creations and was very active in his church.

Jim is survived by his wife, Susan; daughters, Nadine and husband, Larry, Elizabeth and husband, Curtis; brothers, George, Gary, and Ron; sister, Shirley; and many nieces and nephews.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, August and Nadine; brothers, Robert, Lloyd, Billy, and Steven; and sister, Angel.

There will be a memorial/celebration of life service at a later date when family and friends can travel safely.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Foundation, Lions Club, and/or Masonic Lodge.

Wednesday Dec. 2

Posted on December 2nd in Community Calendar

The next meeting of the Harney County Health District will be held in the board conference room at Harney District Hospital 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2. This will be a combined November/December meeting and is a date change from the regularly-scheduled board meeting, generally held the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

The Harney County Cultural Coalition will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Harney County Library. Items for discussion/action will include discussion of the recommendations of the Project Review Committee and awarding the coalition’s OTC-funded grants for 2015-2016. 

Harney County Court meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Harney County Courthouse, 450 N. 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.

Burns Elks Lodge, 118 N. Broadway, meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets each Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

ALANON, an ongoing support group for friends and families of alcoholics, meets every Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns. Please use the north side door. For more information, call 541-589-0329.

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

Thursday Dec. 3

Posted on December 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.

Medicare Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7. Have you had a checkup on your Medicare insurance coverage? A change in your Medicare D plan could save you hundreds of dollars. You can also get an Advantage Health Insurance plan at this time. Trained volunteers are at the Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Call 541-573-6024 for an appointment.

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 Dec. 4

Posted on December 2nd 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. Snacks 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 10 a.m. at Harney District Hospital in the small conference room near the cafeteria.

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

Whaddya Think?

Which is your favorite Sunday afternoon activity?
  • Watching football (35%)
  • Taking a walk/drive (20%)
  • Napping (18%)
  • Reading (14%)
  • Baking (9%)
  • Playing family games (4%)

85 total vote(s)

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