Monday October 6

Posted on October 1st 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 October 7

Posted on October 1st in Community Calendar

Oregon Hunter’s Association meets the first Tuesday of each month at the Pine Room at 7 p.m. A drawing for a gift certificate to a local merchant will be held for paid members present at the meeting.

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.

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.

Economic summit to be held Oct. 8-9

Posted on September 24th in News

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

The Harney County Restoration Collaborative (HCRC), in collaboration with the High Desert Partnership (HDP), will host the Harney County Small Diameter Tree Economic Summit October 8 and 9 at the Harney County Community Center in Burns.

The summit is a continuation of the forest restoration work being done through the collaborative efforts of HCRC. Founded in 2008, the mission of the group is “to restore healthy and resilient forests” while providing “social and economic benefits to the community.”



Due to highly successful fire suppression policy in the Malheur National Forest in past years, the region has become overgrown and prone to fire and insect infestation. HCRC has worked to restore more than 100,000 acres of public forest land since its inception, as approved by the National Environmental Policy Act.

In the restoration process, small diameter trees and “biomass” (tree limbs, tree tops, brush, and other forest vegetation) are reduced in order to prevent the occurrence of catastrophic fire and insect damage. The challenge then becomes what to do with this material.

With a mission to provide “social and economic benefits to the community,” and a capacity funding grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, HCRC organized the upcoming summit to promote local industry surrounding small diameter and biomass material.

According to HDP Executive Director Sara Jones, the summit will be a starting point for organizing a community network and support for forest contractors and manufacturing in Harney County. The objectives of the summit include:

• presenting data on the quantity and quality of available materials;

• exploring economic opportunities and utilization of the materials;

• and discussing the business development needs associated with the small diameter tree processing industry.


Featured Speakers

Speakers will include United States Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management officials, forestry business representatives and others.

Andrew Haden, president of Wisewood, Inc., a Portland-based biomass energy company, is slated to speak on the second day of the summit. He will present information about the new project being explored that would use wood chips sourced directly from land in Harney County to heat Slater Elementary School, Burns High School, the Harney County Courthouse and Sheriff’s Office, and Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility.

Another speaker is Rusty Dramm, interim program manager at the Forest Products Marketing Unit of Forest Products Laboratory. He will speak about innovations in the use of “woody biomass,” including nanotechnology, cross-laminated timber, and biochar soil amendments. Biochar is biomass heated in a low or no oxygen environment. It can be used to increase soil fertility and agricultural productivity, and also is a form of carbon sequestration that could mitigate climate change.

The keynote address will be given by Steve Beverlin, deputy forest supervisor with the USFS. He will provide an overview of the ecologic and economic opportunities of utilizing small diameter trees.

Nine other presentations are scheduled, as well as a breakout session and group discussion time. The full agenda can be viewed online at


If You Go

The summit will take place Wednesday, October 8, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Harney County Community Center in downtown Burns.

Anyone is welcome to attend the summit. Due to space limitations, please RSVP to Sara Jones at or 316-322-5394 by Friday, October 3.

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Members of the Citizens Working Group attended the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court (held Sept. 17) to propose an ordinance pertaining to public land closures.

Kenny Bentz explained that the group would like to see the court pass an ordinance that is very similar to Grant County’s Ordinance 2013-01, which was signed by all Grant County Court members and the Grant County sheriff May 22, 2013.

Borrowing language from the Grant County ordinance, the Citizens Working Group proposed an ordinance that would state:

“Whereas, the safety and well-being of Harney County citizens and the custom and culture of Harney County are closely tied to the public lands within the boundary of Harney County; and 

Whereas, the roads, trails, stock driveways, and by-ways over and across these public lands have customarily been utilized unrestricted by Harney County residents for search and rescue, fire protection, firewood gathering, access for hunting and fishing, livestock management, logging activities, mining, recreational uses and general welfare.

Therefore, be it hereby ordained that for the safety and well-being of Harney County citizens all roads, trails, stock driveways and by-ways over and across public lands within the boundary of Harney County Oregon shall remain open as historically and customarily utilized consistent with the Harney County plans and policies, unless otherwise authorized for closure by the Harney County Court and Harney County sheriff.”

Jim Sproul, co-chair of Grant County’s Public Access Advisory Board, explained that Ordinance 2013-01 was written to ensure people have access to public lands. He added that the ordinance was written with local, cultural knowledge and that the Public Access Advisory Board was created to advise the Grant County Court on access decisions.

Sproul said federal agencies, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and United States Forest Service, have followed the ordinance.

“It seems to be working,” he said.

Harney County Judge Steve Grasty said there isn’t anything that the local government could do that would give it authority over federal and state law.

Sproul explained that the ordinance doesn’t limit the federal government. Instead, it requires agency staff to concur with county government.

“Our broader goal is to have them ask us,” he said.

Bentz asserted that passing a similar ordinance in Harney County would give county officials more say regarding access to public lands.

Grasty said having an ordinance makes sense.

However, he added that, “Choosing the words is going to be really important.”

He explained that the court’s legal counsel reviewed Grant County’s ordinance “word-for-word” when it went into effect and found that some of it may not be necessary for, or applicable to, Harney County.

He said, “I have heard from counsel that we already have these laws in place.”

He added that the court has regular communication with local agency staff.

“I can’t say they listen to us every time, but I can’t say a month goes by where we don’t have a federal agency in here talking to us,” Grasty said. He added, “We can’t deny that a fair number of federal employees here today are long-time Harney County families, and they are just as much a part of this community as everyone else is.”

Bentz said, “I have nothing against local BLM staff, nothing. Those folks are local people too. But decisions come from Washington, D.C.” He asked, “How do we fix that?”

Grasty said he wished he had the answer to that question.

Citizens Working Group member Brandon Baron said he thinks a lot of agency staff would support the ordinance, “but they are reluctant to voice that opinion because of their boss.”

He added that local office staff can change, and having an ordinance in place would give agency staff “something to conform to.”

Grasty said the county is currently in the middle of a “very contentious” road map process, and he suggested addressing the ordinance after the hearing concerning a map of roads within Harney County closes.

“I don’t want anyone to tell us that [we passed this ordinance] so the outcome  of the map would be different,” Grasty said.

He explained that the biggest debate concerning the map has been about access to private land.

Sproul said Grant County’s ordinance only pertains to public land.

However, Grasty asserted that it’s impossible to travel the length of most roads within Harney County without alternating between private and public ownership. He agreed to sit down with group members to demonstrate and work through some actual examples.

Grasty also invited the group to discuss the proposed ordinance with Barbara Cannady, stating that she might have a different perspective.

Cannady said she agreed with everything Sproul did regarding public lands.

The court agreed to address the ordinance after the map hearing closes.

“Correctly worded to work down here, I think this [ordinance] could be a benefit, without a doubt,” Grasty said.


The court received a letter from Andrea Davies concerning the map of roads within Harney County.

Davies wrote, “I would like to see a distinction between private and public roads and accesses on the map. All landowners should have the right to remove any roads, trails, salt roads, etc. that are not for public usage. I really believe Ms. Cannady is correct on this one.”

The court will continue to receive comments concerning the map until the hearing closes on Oct. 15.


The court resumed its discussion concerning an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) speed zone investigation that was recently conducted on Egan Road.

Harney County Roads Supervisor Eric Drushella said he received word that the south zone (from Culp Lane to the south boundary of the Harney County Fairgrounds) will be set at 35 mph, instead of the 45 mph limit that was recommended in ODOT Region 5 Traffic Investigator Rich Heinemann’s report.


The court agreed to sign a quitclaim deed, releasing the road right-of-way reservation that the county holds on a piece of ground owned by Jeff and Sherri Hussey near East Steens Road.

The Husseys have elected to donate the parcel to the federal government and receive a tax deduction.


In other business, the court:

• was addressed by Mary Ausmus regarding the letter Cannady submitted during the previous meeting (held Sept. 3).

Ausmus asked why Cannady was discussing her personal trial with the county court.

“I’m getting a little weary of my tax dollars being used for a private problem,” she said.

Cannady replied that the letter discusses an issue concerning the map of roads within Harney County;

• was addressed by Herb Vloedman concerning a fire hazard along the nature trail.

Grasty said he’d explore the possibility of posting signs, stating that smoking is prohibited on the trail.

Grasty also thanked Vloedman for his efforts in obtaining veterans recognition signs;

• received a letter from Jennifer Williams, requesting a donation to help defray the cost of bringing Kevin Pearce to Burns Sept. 29. Pearce will help educate the community about brain injuries.

Grasty said he’d look at public health funding;

• signed five bargain and sale deeds for county-owned properties that were purchased during the  county land sale auction;

• approved signing an order of appointment in the matter of appointing a pool of members for the Harney County Board of Property Tax Appeals.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the county court will be held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Hilander defense swarms to the Cascade Christian ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Hilander defense swarms to the Cascade Christian ball carrier. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns offense was unstoppable in the first half, scoring on all six possessions, and the Hilander defense forced three turnovers and held Cascade Christian to a meager five yards rushing in a 46-19 win on Friday, Sept. 19, in La Pine.

The Hilanders’ Austin Feist accounted for 505 yards of offense and had a hand in all seven of the Burns touchdowns. Feist rushed for 256 yards on 21 carries and completed 14 of 18 passes for 249 yards and four scores, including three to Trace Tiller.

Jeff Davies also had a good night for Burns, rushing for 155 yards on 15 attempts.

Burns began their first possession at their own 20, and came out throwing. Feist completed short passes to Trey Recanzone and Ty Hueckman before picking up the first down on a 20-yard run. Following a 4-yard completion to Tiller, Feist found the junior receiver open down the left sideline for a 47-yard touchdown and a 7-0  Hilander lead.

The Challengers answered with a 95-yard kickoff return by Chase Wager, but the two-point conversion failed, and Burns led 7-6.

Facing a third-and two on their next possession, Feist broke through the Cascade Christian defense and raced 61 yards for the score and a 13-6 Hilander lead.

The Challengers put together a 13-play, 75-yard drive, tying the score at 13-13 on a 5-yard pass from Alec Furst to Carson Cochran.

The Hilanders recaptured the lead on a 1-yard run by Feist, set up by a 43-yard gain by Davies.

After forcing Cascade Christian out on downs, the Hilanders took over at their own 33, and went up 26-13 on a 5-yards scoring pass from Feist to Garrett Blackburn.

The Burns defense then forced a Challenger punt after sacking Furst twice for minus 19 yards, and took over at the Cascade Christian 45.

Once again, Feist found room to run, and ripped off a 45-yard score to put Burns up 32-13 with 6:34 left to lay in the half.

The Challengers’ next drive was halted by an interception in the end zone by Tiller, and the Hilanders went ahead 38-13 on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Feist to Tiller.

Cascade Christian scored with 15 seconds left in the half on a 36-yard pass from Furst to Dante Olson, making it 38-19 at the break.

The only score of the second half came on a 41-yard pass from Feist to Tiller midway through the third quarter.

The Hilanders improved to 3-0 with the win, while Cascade Christian dropped to 2-1.

Burns travels back to La Pine Friday, Sept. 26, to take on the La Pine Hawks at 7 p.m.


Bur     20    18    8     0       46

CC      13      6    0     0       19

First quarter

Bur — Trace Tiller 47 pass from Austin Feist (Feist kick) 1:53

CC — Chase Wager 95 kickoff return (pass failed) 2:07

Bur — Feist 61 run (kick failed) 3:34

CC — Carson Cochran 5 pass from Alec Furst (Myka Thomas kick) 8:03

Bur — Feist 1 run (Feist kick) 9:55

Second quarter

Bur — Garrett Blackburn 5 pass from Feist (kick failed) 3:03

Bur — Feist 45 run (kick failed) 5:26

Bur — Tiller 42 pass from Feist (pass failed) 10:43

CC — Dante Olson 36 pass from Furst (kick failed) 11:45

Third quarter

Bur — Tiller 41 pass from Feist (Jack Van Tassel pass from Feist) 5:05


Individual statistics

Rushing — Burns, Davies 15-155, Feist 21-256, Recanzone 1-9. Cascade Christian, Robbins 6-12, Furst 4-(-1), Wager 6-12, Hoppes 1-20, Olson 2-1, Schaan 6-(-29).

Passing — Burns, Feist 14-18-0 249. Cascade Christian, Furst 14-23-1 201, Schaan 5-14-1 57, Thomas 0-1-0 0.

Receiving — Burns, Blackburn 4-63, Recanzone 1-5, Tiller 4-134, Davies 2-25, Hueckman 3-22. Cascade Christian, Wager 4-41, Cochran 5-53, Olson 6-124, Robbins 2-0, Spence 1-23, Hoppes 1-17.

Donald Boyd Sinkey, M.D. 1926-2014

Posted on September 24th in Obituaries

OBIT Sinkeybw webDonald Boyd Sinkey passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, Aug. 20.

Don was born to Alva Sears Aug. 3, 1926, in the Nebraska Industrial Home, in Milford, Neb. He was adopted by Frank and Ollie Sinkey Aug. 19, 1927. Don graduated from Dayton High School in Dayton, Iowa, in June 1944, and joined the Navy to fight for his country. He trained at Great Lakes, Ill., and served aboard the mine sweeper, USS Captivate, in the Asiatic Pacific during WWII. In 1945, he entered Naval Officers Training at the University of Utah, where, because of lack of funds, the entire unit of officers was discharged. He married the love of his life, Wanda Morrison, June 27, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Don completed premedical school at the University of Utah, served in the Army Medical Corps in 1951 at Fort Sam in San Antonio, Texas, and was accepted at the State University of Iowa College of Medicine. He graduated June 6, 1952. He interned at Broadlawns Polk County Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, from 1952 to 1953. In 1953, he entered private practice as a family doctor in Osage, Iowa. In October 1955, Don and his family moved out west to Prairie City, and then to Burns. In October 1956, he joined the practice at Burns Clinic.

He joyfully delivered nearly every baby in Harney County, including his own grandchildren. He was the traditional family doctor, making house calls all over Harney County with his black bag always ready. He performed weekly surgeries at the county hospital, often doing his own lab work at the clinic,  and was always on call.

Don and Wanda loved the Harney County life; fishing, hunting, hiking, playing golf, and flying his Cessna 180 to remote airstrips for “fly ins.” Their favorite place to visit was the majestic Steens Mountain and Fish Lake.

In 1972, Wanda decided to return to nursing school, and Don was recruited by St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho, to open a new Idaho Emergency Center. They moved to Eagle, Idaho, where Wanda went to Boise State Nursing School, and Don worked at St. Alphonsus as an emergency room physician and director.

They both learned to ski at Bogus Basin, and kept on “flying in” to remote mountain airstrips to fish and hike. They enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and became snow birds in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

In 1983, Don decided to slow down and returned to part time private practice in Eagle, eventually retiring full time, and then moved to a little piece of heaven, Staffordshire, outside of Eugene, right on the banks of the McKenzie River.

Don found, and was reunited with his birth family in 1993, and met his aunts and cousins. His birth mother had passed away, but one aunt was living in Lebanon, and an uncle was in Washington. His birth family came to help celebrate Don and Wanda’s 50th wedding anniversary at Staffordshire. Don felt finding his birth family made his life complete.

Don is survived by his wife of 68 years, Wanda; daughter, Stephanie; sons, Bruce and Mark, and his wife, Marian; daughter-in-law, Carlotta Sinkey; grandchildren, Marilyn Wilber, Marea Wilber, Cody Wilber, Laura Isaacson, Caitlyn Sinkey, Shannon Sinkey, Erica Sinkey and Christopher Sinkey; great-grandchildren, Sadie and Emily Dean, Joseph, Skye, Cailyn and Sean Wilber.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2537 Game Farm Road in Springfield.

Wednesday September 24

Posted on September 24th in Community Calendar

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.

Burns Butte Sportsmen’s Club invites the public to their summer “Twilight” trap practice to be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. every Wednesday, running through the month of September. The practices will be held at the trap range on Radar Hill. It is a great time to get started or improve your skills. There are instructors for beginners.

Free cardio-kick classes are offered Wednesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Faith Baptist Church. The classes are good for beginning to moderate workouts, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 541-573-7777.

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, 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 September 25

Posted on September 24th in Community Calendar

Join Harney District Hospital  Thursday, Sept. 25, for a “Movie in the Park.” They will be showing “Fed Up,” narrated by Katie Couric at 6:30 p.m at Washington Park. The movie looks at the American food industry, and explores the obesity epidemic in this country. Bring your lawn chairs or a comfy blanket. The movie is free and healthy concessions will be available. In cooperation with Team No Kid Hungry, wear orange. They will also be accepting donations of non-perishable items for the Harney County Food Bank. For more information, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318.

Harney County Soil and Water Conservation District board of directors meets the fourth Thursday of each month at the USDA Service Center in Hines at 4:30 p.m. The public is 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.

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 September 26

Posted on September 24th 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 September 27

Posted on September 24th in Community Calendar

Harney County Farmers Market from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Hines City Park.

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