Friday May 8

Posted on May 6th in Community Calendar

The BUHS Class of 1965 will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Figaro’s Pizza Pub to work on the 50th-year class reunion.

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 May 9

Posted on May 6th in Community Calendar

The Trail of Hope 5K Walk/Run will be held Saturday, May 9, starting near Hines City Hall. Pre-registered participants may pick up their T-shirts prior to the run and event day registration is also available. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for $25/person, with the Run at 9:30 a.m. and the Walk to follow. All proceeds benefit CAN Cancer, providing financial assistance to Harney County cancer patients. For more information, contact Harney District Hospital’s Maria Pichette, 541-573-8318.

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.

Sunday May 10

Posted on May 6th in Community Calendar

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, May 10, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. 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 May 11

Posted on May 6th 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 May 12

Posted on May 6th in Community Calendar

Harney County Fair Board meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Hibbard Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

The Harney County Library Foundation board of directors meets the second Tuesday of each month at the library at 5:30 p.m. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 541-573-7339.

Disabilities Services Advisory Council for Harney County meets the second Tuesday of each month at the state office building, 809 W. Jackson, at 1:30 p.m.

Symmetry Care Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at Symmetry Care, 53 W. Washington, at 1:30 p.m.

The American Legion Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday of each month at 63 W. “C” Street at noon.

The Harney County School District No. 3 board of directors meets at the District Office, 550 N. Court, the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m.

Hines Common Council meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Hines City Hall, 101 E. Barnes, at 6:30 p.m.

Join the ‘Walk With Ease’ walking group for this great program. Group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library; sessions include brief education, warm-up & stretching, walking, then cool down & stretching. Group suitable for those with arthritis or those who just want to make walking a part of their life. For details, please contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Kristen Gregg, 541-573-8614.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) trained volunteers will be at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Tuesday to help with Medicare insurance needs or medications you cannot afford.

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.

Two board members indicate resignation

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

A chief executive officer (CEO) offer letter and CEO employment agreement were approved for Daniel Grigg during the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Health District Board of Directors on April 22.

Grigg is set to replace current Harney District Hospital (HDH) CEO Jim Bishop, who will retire in August.

Board member Preston Jannsen chose to abstain from voting, and board member Tim Smith explained that an abstention is neither an affirmative nor negative vote.

Smith, board chair Dan Brown, and board members Ann Vloedman and Shana Withee offered affirmative votes.

The motion included  language that will allow the board to add key person disability insurance (which would protect the hospital financially in the event that the CEO can no longer work due to a disability) if it’s deemed necessary.

The board may also consider obtaining key person disability insurance for other key hospital employees.

Prior to approving the offer letter and employment agreement, the board agreed to move discussion concerning the CEO’s salary into public session.

Smith explained that discussion of salary must be part of public session, but other negotiated items, which are not subject to public meeting law, could remain in executive session.

HDH Chief Financial Officer Catherine White presented the salary negotiations to the board, explaining how the proposed salary compares to what CEOs in similar hospitals receive.

Brown said the proposed salary is slightly under the 50th percentile for hospitals of a similar size, budget, etc.

Bishop said the starting rate should be somewhere between the 25th and 50th percentile, adding that more experienced employees will be paid “more or less” at the 50th percentile.

“That’s kind of where I am,” he said.

The board agreed to approve the salary of $165,000 per year.


Brown stated that two board members indicated their intent to resign, and he asked the board for direction regarding accepting their resignations.

Smith suggested that the board wait until letters of resignation are received.


The board received a report from Clinic Manager Stacie Rothwell regarding HDH Family Care.

Rothwell reported that 1,716 patients were served in March, which was a new high for the clinic. She said the increase can be attributed in part to an influx of acute patients (patients with colds, flu, etc) and roughly 50-75 wild land firefighters who needed physicals by the end of May.

Rothwell also reported that Dr. Heidi Vanyo received her Oregon license, and the credentialing process has begun. Vanyo is expected to start July 1.

An additional physician will be coming to visit at the end of April. She will finish her residency training this summer and would be available to begin in early fall, should she decide to accept a position.

Dr. Henry Elder, a Canby-based psychiatrist, began seeing patients at the clinic via telemedicine April 13. Rothwell reported that the clinic hopes to add a behaviorist who would work directly with clinic providers and Dr. Elder to provide patient care. She added that there’s a list of patients who are waiting to see Dr. Elder, and the clinic anticipates that this will be a successful expansion of its services.

Rothwell also reported that, year-to-date, 557 patients have been served locally by specialists who traveled from Bend.

“It’s an amazing number of patients being seen,” Bishop said. “It’s saving people a trip across the desert.”

Vloedman said the community has responded well to the traveling providers, and Brown said he’s very impressed with the level of service.


The board continued its conversation concerning space planning at the clinic.

The lack of available space was a topic of discussion during the Feb. 25 board meeting, and a clinic space planning proposal was approved during the March 25 meeting.

Efforts are underway to form a subcommittee to oversee the project as it moves forward.


In other business, the board:

• learned from HDH Human Resources Manager Sammie Masterson that HDH Chief Operating Officer/ Chief Nursing Officer Barb Chambers will retire at the end of the month.

The board thanked Chambers for her service;

• received an update from Bishop concerning meaningful use.

At 98 percent compliance, Bishop said HDH is “doing extremely well” at meeting the requirements.

Meaningful use sets specific objectives for using certified electronic health record technology. Hospitals and eligible professionals must achieve these objectives to qualify for incentive programs.

White said meaningful use dollars will be received and used to pay down some of the hospital’s debt;

• learned from HDH Health Information Services Coordinator Toni Siegner that between 50 and 60 children attended the Reach Out and Read® Read and Romp, which was held April 18 at HDH to promote childhood literacy;

• reviewed policies 100.085 “Conflicts of Interest” and 100.090 “Board Retreats” and approved them without changes;

• reviewed policy 100.095 “Reimbursements of Board Member Expenses.”

Vloedman recommended that the sentence, “Board members shall also be reimbursed for their actual and reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of official district duties,” be amended to read, “Board members shall also be reimbursed for their actual and reasonable travel and other expenses incurred in the performance of official district duties and education and training.”

The board agreed to approve the policy as amended;

• received a report from Kelly Singhose, care manager.

Singhose reported that she works with patients’ primary care providers to develop a plan of care, which involves mental health and home health.  She explained that, in order to do this, she spends a lot of time visiting with patients, researching options, and reviewing patients’ medical histories.

“Most of my patients have several chronic diseases and multiple barriers to care including mental health, physical limitations, economic or social needs,” Singhose explained. “They likely need to see a specialist out of our community and support in our community.”

Singhose said she’s managed more than 200 patients in the last three months alone.

In her aforementioned report, Rothwell stated that the clinic would like to shift the number of staff Singhose supervises so she has more time to provide direct patient care.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27 in the hospital board conference room.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

“An Evening with the Basques” will be held Saturday, May 9, at the Burns Elks Lodge, and this year’s event will include a special program for those in attendance.

Bedarra (Grass), an original screenplay based on a true story, by Douglas Copsey, will be read by local residents, and features actual history and dialogue by Harney County residents, both past and present.

Bedarra is the story of when the Taylor Grazing Act went into effect, and the cattle ranchers’ efforts to remove Basque sheepherders from public lands in the West, including Harney County.

It’s a chance to experience a time when the differences between the Basque culture and the ranching industry were in the national spotlight, and how the conflict played out from Washington, D.C. to Harney County to district court in Portland.

An authentic Basque dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., followed by the reading of Bedarra. The public is encouraged to attend.

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Trace Tiller of Burns slides safely into second with a stolen base. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Trace Tiller of Burns slides safely into second with a stolen base. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

The Burns baseball team ran their latest winning streak to eight games with an 11-1, 17-1 sweep of Joseph/Enterprise on Friday, April 24, at Corbett Memorial Field.

In the opening game, Ty Hueckman held the Eagles hitless over five innings while striking out 11 to pick up the victory.

Justin Lewellen and Zach McDonald both drove in two runs for the Hilanders.

Burns took the lead in the second inning, scoring three runs on four walks, an error, a sacrifice fly and a ground out.

The Hilanders added a pair of runs in the third, and both teams pushed a run across in the fourth.

With one out in the fifth, Boyd Vinson reached first on an error, and Lewellen brought him home with a double to center field. McDonald followed with an RBI-single, and the next two batters walked to load the bases. Two runs scored on an error, and Austin Feist delivered a sacrifice fly to end the game on the 10-run rule.

In the second game, the Hilanders rapped out nine hits and scored nine runs in the first two innings on their way to the easy win.

Joseph/Enterprise committed 12 errors in the loss.

McDonald had two hits, including a double, and Trace Tiller and Talon Case both drove in two runs for the Hilanders.

McDonald pitched all five innings and didn’t give up a hit while walking four and striking out five.

Burns continues with league play Friday, May 1, when they travel to Wallowa for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

First game

         1  2  3  4  5  6  7   R   H   E

J/E   0  0  0  1  0  x  x   1    0    5

Bur  0  3  2  1  5  x  x  11    4    0

Second game

         1  2  3  4  5  6  7    R  H  E

J/E   0  0  1  0  0  x  x     1   0  12

Bur  7  2  1  7  x  x  x    17  9   1


Lewellen gave up one earned run on two hits and struck out five over five innings, and Feist and Ty Reid each drove in three runs to lead Burns to an 11-3 non-conference win over Vale on Tuesday, April 22, at Corbett Memorial Field.

The Hilanders took control of the game early, scoring three runs in both the first and second  innings, and then adding a pair of runs in the third.

Burns threatened to end the game early when they scored another three runs in the fourth inning, but the Vikings avoided the 10-run rule by coming up with a run in the top of the fifth.

Feist was 3-for-3 at the plate, including a triple, and scored three runs. Tiller and Hueckman also tripled and drove in a run for Burns.

Reid pitched the final two innings for the Hilanders and gave up one run on three hits.

         1  2  3  4  5  6  7    R   H   E

Val   1  0  0  0  1  0  1    3     5   1

Bur  3  3  2  3  0  0  0    11  11   1


WEB OBIT KindrickEsther Louise Kindrick, 95, passed away March 22 at Harney District Hospital.

Esther was born Dec. 5, 1919, to Levert G. and Della Maye Price in Dillon. Mont. She lived in Dell, Mont. with her two sisters, Hazel and Bonney, and younger brother, Lewis. She spent a great deal of her childhood living in railroad tie camps in north Teton County, Idaho.  They had a dog sled team for transportation in the winter months and also rode the mail train to town in summer.

Esther married John Travis Kindrick Oct. 3, 1938, and had one son, John Vernon “Jackie” Kindrick, born in July 1939. They moved to Oregon, and settled in the Willamette Valley, working on a fruit ranch before moving to Bend. They tragically lost their son, Jackie, in 1949. John and Esther lived in the Bend area for several years where they owned and operated a service station for a period of time. They sold the station and Johnny went to work as a contract lineman and helped put in power lines all over Oregon. When Johnny retired in 1972, the couple moved to Burns. They enjoyed fishing at Warm Springs and Owyhee reservoirs, camping, and exploring all the backcountry of Central and Southeast Oregon. Johnny passed away in 1987.

Esther was a very talented photographer and was a member of a photography club in Bend for several years. She also loved working with horses and dogs. She had a way with training animals. She once even tamed a badger to walk with a leash and had a pet crow. Esther also loved doing ceramics, gardening and going to yard sales. What she was most known for in Burns were her beautiful flowers and iris garden.

Esther was an incredibly strong and independent woman who lived life on her own terms.

She is survived by her niece, Glea Weaver, of Burns, and her many friends.


Elizabeth Jane Newton, 51, passed away April 13.

She was born Feb. 21, 1964, in Fort Bragg, Calif.

She is survived by her mother, Judith Choate; sister, Okalani Comfort; and brother, Sam G. Newton Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Christian Church in Burns.

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