Saturday November 1

Posted on October 29th in Community Calendar

The High Desert Cutters had another successful year, and they ask you to join them for the annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Valley Golf Club. All interested are welcome. Call 541-413-0788 to RSVP by Oct. 31.

Pioneer Presbyterian Church Harvest Festival Dinner & Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 1. A dinner of stew, bread, salad and homemade pies will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The bazaar will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month beginning March 1. RSVP  by calling Shelley at 541-420-0828.

Harney County Arts and Crafts Association meets the first Saturday of each month. This month the group will meet from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Harney County Courthouse. Use the rear building entrance. Artists of any age and artistic medium are welcome to attend. Amos Burk, Play with Clay, will lead a workshop in sculpting pottery owls. The public is invited.. Contact Karen Hendrickson at 541-413-0124 for more information.

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

To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care will be offering them during Saturday Clinics! Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 and 8, to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074. 

Sunday November 2

Posted on October 29th 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. For more information, call 541-493-1987.

Crane Fellowship will be changing times for their worship service and Sunday school beginning Nov. 2. Sunday school will start at 4 p.m. and the worship service at 5 p.m.

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

Monday November 3

Posted on October 29th in Community Calendar

Masonic Lodge meets the first Monday of each month at the Burns Masonic Lodge, 1210 W. Taylor, 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.

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 November 4

Posted on October 29th in Community Calendar

Silvies River Spinners meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Harney County Courthouse basement meeting room at 5:30 p.m.

Harney Hospital Foundation meets the first Tuesday of each month in the Hospital Conference Room at 7 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.

Fall open enrollment for Medicare Drug plans and Advantage Healthplans. Trained SHIBA (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) will be at the Senior Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help you compare your plans. Call 541-573-6024 for appointments.

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.


Court takes stand on NCA proposal

Posted on October 22nd in News

County road map hearing comes to a close

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court (held Oct. 15), Harney County Commissioner Pete Runnels provided an update concerning the Beatys Butte Working Group, which is an Oregon Consensus project.

“We’ve lost our whole focus,” Runnels said regarding the group.

According to the Oregon Consensus website, the group was created to explore “collaborative approaches to public land management and ecological preservation on the 500,000-acre Beatys Butte Common Allotment, located between Hart Mountain and Sheldon national wildlife refuges…”

The website states that the group was formed to address five key issues:

• the potential listing of the greater sage grouse as an endangered species;

• livestock grazing;

• wild horse habitat;

• energy development; and

• wilderness study areas.

However, Runnels said he received an email Friday, Oct. 10, which introduced a proposal to combine the refuges into a National Conservation Area (NCA).

Runnels said the NCA proposal steers away from the group’s purpose, which is to address the wild horses that are taking over the range.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty said conservation groups have mentioned the goal of combining Hart Mountain, Sheldon and Malheur national wildlife refuges together.

“This is absolutely where this is trying to go,” Grasty said concerning the proposal.

“This is totally out of line,” Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols said, adding that the suggestion is a “total realignment of the objectives that the process was called for in the first place.”

Nichols added that this consensus project, which is supported by the governor and funded with state dollars, was set up with a specific project in mind.

“This has nothing to do with the initial project,” Nichols said. “This is a runaway freight train here. I would go so far as to say we are not in favor of this, and it will cease and desist or we will push to have the whole thing disbanded.”

Runnels said he had a three-page list of private landowners who would be impacted by the proposal.

Ron Yockim, county counsel, joined the conversation via telephone. Yockim discussed the legal process for forming an NCA and said it’s up to the group to state that this proposal is not part of its agenda.

“I think we really need to take a hard line,” Grasty said. “This [proposal] is not an option.”

“I know we [the Harney County Court] don’t support it, and I will carry that message,” Runnels said, explaining that he planned to attend the Beatys Butte Working Group meeting that was held Oct. 16-17.

Grasty suggested that the court also contact the Oregon Consensus to discuss its concerns.


The court continued its conversation concerning a map of roads within Harney County.

Barbara Cannady presented a letter stating,“I am here today to oppose any resolution to adopt the present map of private and public roads in Harney County on the grounds that it is inherently flawed…”

She then listed 11 ways in which she found the map flawed.

In addition to her written comments, Cannady stated, “I support the idea of the map. I just wish that the flaws that I have discussed and presented, and solutions that I have suggested, would be discussed and possibly implemented.”

Additionally, Cannady advocated for the ability of landowners to control their own property, asserting that landowners added roads to other peoples’ property, but not their own.

“Landowners should be able to say, ‘I do or do not want my property on the map,’ ” Cannady said.

However, Geographical Information Systems Coordinator Bryce Mertz said landowners have added roads to their own property. He also explained that, in addition to information gathered from landowners, the map was generated from U.S. Geological Survey maps and information from the Commissioners Journal.

Barbara Kull said she concurred with Cannady regarding private property rights.

Nichols asked, “What about this changes private property?”

“There is a degree of paranoia here that is totally unfounded,” Nichols said. “[The map] does nothing to change the legality of access.”

Grasty agreed, stating “This in no way, shape or form ensures or shows access to or through private ground.”

He added that the community will use the map to defend access in future litigation.

“Folks are going to come after us to close roads in this county,” Grasty said, explaining that conservation groups want to close what they refer to as “obscure routes.”

He added that, as a public document, the map would be available upon request, but it will not be handed out as the map of Harney County.

Ron Whiting requested that two roads be removed from the map, and he provided information to Mertz regarding them.

However, Whiting said, “I think in the ultimate scheme of things, this [map] should prove to be good.”

Cannady asked whether changes to the map would be progressive or if the there would be a deadline.

Nichols said a deadline needed to be established or the process “could go on forever.”

However, he suggested that any discrepancies made by landowners be noted in the Commissioners Journal.

Mertz will generate a form for members of the public to fill out if they wish to make any changes or additions to the map. The map will not be changed, but the forms will be recorded and associated with the map.

The hearing was closed at 2:25 p.m.

The commissioners will review the map disclaimer and propose changes. All information concerning the map will be assembled into a package, and the court will consider formally accepting it during the next meeting.


Grasty reviewed a memo from Katherine Daniels of the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development regarding siting a medical marijuana dispensary on Harney County land (outside the city limits).

Grasty explained that, because of the comprehensive land use plan, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to site one in the county.

He also expressed some concern about a possible crossover from medical marijuana dispensaries to recreational dispensaries if Measure 91 passes.

“I really don’t think you’ll see the medical go to recreational,” Burns City Manager Kraig Cutsforth said, explaining that two separate agencies would regulate them.

Cutsforth added that the city of Burns is currently considering the possibility of marijuana taxation.

Grasty said the rules are “dramatically different” between the city and the county because of the comprehensive land use plan.

“We just don’t have the area,” he explained.


The court resumed its discussion concerning a lot that George Glerup of Geo Investments LLC offered to donate to the county.

A title search has been completed on the property, which is located on Fairview Avenue in Burns, and it is clear.

After viewing the property, Runnels made a motion to accept the donation. Nichols seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.

The court will decide what to do with the lot at a later date.


Executive Director Jeni Stevens and board chair Alicia Goodson attended the meeting to discuss the Kids Club of Harney County and present the court with a personalized thank you card.

“Your support has really helped the kids,” Stevens said, explaining that the club now offers six out-of-school, full-time programs.

The club, which employs three full-time and 10 part-time employees, has programs at Slater Elementary, Hines Middle School and Burns High School. It also offers college scholarships.

Grasty asked the Kids Club staff to attend a budget board meeting in the spring to provide information about its programs and payroll costs.


Dick Day and Jim and Elia Shepherd attended the meeting to discuss the need for a new egress/regress point at the cemetery through the tree project, which was recently completed in memory of Joshua Shepherd. They explained that access in and out of the cemetery can be difficult when there is a lot of traffic.

The Cemetery Committee requested rock from Harney County to help build a road, which would be located immediately west of the cemetery’s north/south boundary. Day explained that the road, which would not be paved, would primarily be used in emergency situations.

Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella said this would be a good time to bring rock.

Cutsforth said the egress/regress is on city property, and he fully supports the road.

The court agreed to direct Drushella to deliver rock to the cemetery to help with the road.


In other business, the court:

• was addressed by Cannady who said she has photographs of the flood that occurred in the 1980s.

Grasty said the county is really hoping to find photographs from the 1952 event, as they might help convince the Federal Emergency Management Agency to shrink its boundaries;

• was addressed by Harney County Extension Agent Shana Withee regarding the Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Agency’s participation in The Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake preparedness drill.

Withee also provided copies of the OSU Extension Service Certificate of Appropriation of Funds for the court to sign.

• discussed Section 8 housing vouchers.

Grasty said he was told that someone recommended that a family move to Harney County on the premise that vouchers are available here and this is an easy place to find a location.

“It’s fine to tell people to move here, but I find that inappropriate,” Grasty said.

Runnels said there has been a hold on vouchers up until the last 30 days. He said he will follow up on the issue during the next housing meeting;

• agreed to table discussion concerning Resolution 2014-12 in the matter of establishing coordination between Harney County and federal agencies and state agencies involved with federal agencies;

• learned from Grasty that a representative from the state of Oregon will attend the next county court meeting to discuss workforce district realignment;

• will hold a supplemental budget meeting Nov. 5;

• discussed the fire recovery efforts of the Burns and Vale districts of the Bureau of Land Management;

• upon recommendation from Drushella, accepted a $57,605 bid from Palmer Excavation Inc. for construction of the Emergency Bridge Replacement #25A57. Grasty abstained from voting due to a potential conflict of interest;

• discussed recent protests of water right applications with Yockim via teleconference. Yockim suggested that the court contact the five applicants whose applications are under protest from WaterWatch of Oregon to determine what their plans and thoughts are regarding these protests;

• reviewed a schedule of proposed actions for the Malheur National Forest;

• reviewed a Decision Notice for the Aquatic Restoration Project on the Malheur National Forest;

• was thanked by Whiting for donating funds for personal protective equipment for the Rangeland Fire Protection associations.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the county court will be held Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

Nutritional therapy emphasizes holistic approach to wellness

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

Jackie Clements, nutritional therapy practitioner, started accepting clients Sept. 8. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

Jackie Clements, nutritional therapy practitioner, started accepting clients Sept. 8. (Photo by STEVE HOWE)

Nutritional therapy may be a relatively new profession, but it is centered on a back-to-the-basics, practical, holistic approach to achieving better health through eating well.

Jackie Clements, a nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP), started accepting clients on Sept. 8 at her office, 229 N. Egan, in Burns.

NTPs work with their clients to help them achieve better nutrition and digestion, and in the process, help to alleviate other health issues. According to its website, the philosophy of the Nutritional Therapy Association is that “…the myriad of health problems that plague modern society result from weaknesses in the body’s physiological foundations as a result of poor nutrition.”

Clements said that a change is needed in how we approach finding solutions to health issues.

“A lot of us are treating symptoms – I’d like to get to the bottom of it,” she explained.

Clements said she grew up in Wyoming, but has lived in Harney County “20-plus” years. She completed her nutritional therapy practitioner training through Central Oregon Community College this year. The program is certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, which was established in 1997 and  is based in Olympia, Wash. Foundations of the program include digestion, fatty acid balance, blood sugar balance, mineral balance, hydration, and properly prepared nutrient-dense whole foods.

Clements said that her clients start out by completing a confidential nutritional assessment questionnaire online through a program called Nutri-Q. She then takes the results and graphs them, in order to pinpoint where weaknesses are and where she needs to focus. As therapy continues, she continues to update the graph to reflect the client’s progress.

After this initial analysis, Clements meets with the client, and then has them start a food journal, documenting everything they eat. She said that oftentimes people don’t realize how badly they’re eating until they do this.

“It’s a journey,” she said.

The most common issue is poor digestion, said Clements. Symptoms include heartburn and acid reflux, among others. She said that instead of just treating these symptoms with antacids or other medications, it’s important to help people get to the base of the problem.

“If their digestion isn’t working well, they can eat all the healthy foods they want, and take all the supplements they want, but their body is not going to absorb it. So we have to go back to square one, and get that working first,” said Clements.

After analyzing the food journal , there is a functional evaluation in which certain pressure points on the body are palpated in order to assess the state of the autonomic nervous system, which controls digestion, Clements explained.

Once the problems have been identified, it’s time to come up with solutions. Clements said that she likes to start with food-based solutions, before moving on to supplements. She said that most people do end up needing supplements to help with digestion, though.

Clements helps clients take charge of their nutrition by guiding them toward scaling back on processed foods and beverages and replacing them with nutrient-rich whole foods. She works with clients to develop specific menu plans and even make shopping lists.

“Even if they needed me to go shopping with them, I would,” Clements added.

She emphasized that it’s all about lifestyle adjustment and changing habits, and that people need to want to make these changes.

“It’s their journey, I’m just along with them,” she said.

Clements is available by appointment only. You can reach her at 541-413-1905, or She currently does not accept insurance – cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Harney County Arts in Education Foundation, Harney County schools and Harney ESD have received a three-year grant to promote arts within the schools and community.

This grant can be used to bring a wide array of arts to the classroom, including volunteer artists to instruct students, materials and equipment, in any medium.

The focus is on middle school students, and projects can range from theatre to painting, music to pottery, audio/visual to oragami. For more information, contact Janet Caldwell at 541-573-4822.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Taylor Crafts goes up for the block. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Taylor Crafts goes up for the block. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns volleyball team clinched the Wapiti League title with a four-set home victory over the Union Bobcats on Thursday, Oct. 16.

The Hilanders dropped the first set 22-25, and came back to win the next three 25-22, 25-17, 2515.

The Bobcats took advantage of a sluggish start by Burns in the first set to get out to a 6-1 lead. Union maintained the lead throughout until a late rally by the Hilanders tied the score at 21-21. Union won the next point and went on to get the three-point win.

The second set saw the two teams trade the lead several times until, with the score knotted at 18-18, Burns reeled off four straight points to take command and, eventually, the win.

Down 8-11 in the third game, Burns scored nine points in a row  to go up by six, and the Bobcats never got closer than five the rest of the way.

With victory within their grasp, the Hilanders got out to a 14-8 lead in  the fourth set. Union never got closer than four, and with a 20-15 advantage, Burns closed out the match on a 5-0 run.

The Hilanders traveled to Elgin Saturday, Oct. 18, for matches with Elgin and Cove, and with victories over both teams, Burns finished with a perfect 12-0 league record.

The Hilanders made short work of Elgin, winning in three sets, 25-8, 25-16, 25-12.

Burns also swept Cove, 25-18, 25-18, 25-17.

The Hilanders finished their regular season schedule by hosting Ontario in a non-conference match Tuesday, Oct. 21. Results of the match were not available by press time.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, Burns competes in the district tournament in Cove. The Hilanders locked up a state tournament berth by winning the Wapiti League, and the district will determine the state seeding.

The 2A state volleyball tournament will be held Nov. 7-8 at Ridgeview High School in Redmond.


The Hilanders lost a tough, five-set non-conference match to Vale on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The Hilanders outlasted the Vikings 26-24 in the first set, and then lost the next two 18-25 and 9-25. Burns settled down in the fourth set and came away with a 25-22 win. In the fifth, and deciding set, Burns came up short 11-15.

The Hilander offense was led by Catherine Clemens with 21 kills out of the team’s 38. Taylor Crafts added eight and Madison Carson six.

Crafts and Carson combined for 25 blocks, with 15 and 10, respectively. Abby Nonnenmacher had eight blocks and Carli Feist and Kaylea Friedrichsen five apiece.

Burns recorded 125 digs over the course of the five sets, with Madison Woodworth getting 37 and Clemens 31. Friedrichsen added another 22, Feist 15, Baylee Hanner nine and Mariah Ribeiro eight.

Ribeiro was the team leader in assists with 24, and Feist had eight.

Jilda K. Vorhees 1943-2014

Posted on October 22nd in Obituaries

OBIT VorheesWORKEDJilda K. Vorhees, 71, passed away Oct. 4.

Jilda was born May 3, 1943 in Flint, Mich., to Reginal and Predita Parsons.

She is survived by daughters, Jilda Torres of Florida and Kelly D. Voorhees of Burns; son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Candi Farr of Washington; six grandchildren, Brian and Chris McCord, Tamara Countryman, J.T. Farr, Austin and Shade Farr; and two great-grandchildren, Oakley and Kabella Countryman.

Wednesday October 22

Posted on October 22nd in Community Calendar

High Desert Park and Recreation District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in their office at Ponderosa Village, at 7 p.m.

Harney County Health District board of directors meets the fourth Wednesday of each month in the board conference room of the hospital, in the entrance off N. Grand, at 6 p.m.

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

Christmas Cookie Prevention, a women’s fitness group will be held Wednesdays, Oct 15-Dec 17 at Faith Baptist Church, 777 Saginaw in Hines. A beginners fitness class will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and a moderate intensity class from 6:05 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. The classes are free and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Kara Nelson 541-589-3773.

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.

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