Friday January 9

Posted on January 7th in Community Calendar

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 January 10

Posted on January 7th in Community Calendar

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 January 11

Posted on January 7th 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, January 11, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. Call 541-573-2802.

Steens Mountain Men hold a shoot the second Sunday of the month at noon at the shooting range on Radar Hill. Round ball and patch only, no inlines. For more information, contact Toni Brown 801-450-7064.

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.

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 January 12

Posted on January 7th 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 January 13

Posted on January 7th 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 Harney County Chamber Music Society meets the second and fourth Tuesday, September-November and January-March. The choir meets in the Burns High School band room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Marianne Andrews directing. Singers ages 13-up are welcome.

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.

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.

by Samantha White
Burns Times-Herald

Bonnie Angleton holds her newly-adopted granddaughter, Lybbi, who was born in Xiamen, China. (Submitted photo)

Bonnie Angleton holds her newly adopted granddaughter, Lybbi, who was born in Xiamen, China. (Submitted photo)

Bill and Bonnie Angleton are hosting a “Sip & See” Friday, Jan. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ribbons & Roses (located at 441 N. Broadway in Burns). The event will grant community members an opportunity to meet Lybbi (ShuFang) Cotter, the Angletons’ newly-adopted granddaughter, while sipping some hot cider and enjoying a couple of cookies.

Bonnie’s daughter, Molly (Hatcher) Cotter, and her husband, Mark, adopted Lybbi from Xiamen, China on June 20. She joined siblings Luke, 14, Logan, 13, and Leah, 10, at their home in Salem on July 2.

Luke and Logan are the Cotters’ biological children, and the couple adopted Leah from Louyang, China when she was 4.

According to their blog, the Cotters began considering adoption in 2007, after running into an old friend who had recently adopted a child from China. The couple started checking into the adoption process and selected an agency, All God’s Children International, which connected them with information about children who were in need of families. They discovered Leah, and the rest was history.

The Cotters remained on several adoption email lists, but didn’t actively pursue adopting another child until 2014. According to the blog, the Cotter children frequently encouraged their parents to adopt again, even offering to exchange birthday and Christmas celebrations for the opportunity to have another sibling.

In a video titled Lybbi’s Story, Mark explained that Lybbi’s photo “jumped out” at him in an email. And when he showed the photo to the Cotter children, they were really excited.

“They were all in before we were,” Mark said.

However, Mark and Molly were concerned about the adoption because Lybbi has a severe congenital heart defect.

“She’s what they call single ventricle where the right side of her heart didn’t develop, so she’s functioning with just the left side,” Mark explained in the video.

According to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s website, “Children with a single ventricle defect are born with a heart that has only one ventricle large enough or strong enough to pump effectively. In most cases, children with single ventricle heart defects require intense medical intervention soon after birth.”

The Cotters’ blog states that Lybbi was found abandoned near the Xiamen Zhongshang Hospital in October 2012 when she was 2 months old. She was taken to the Xiamen Children’s Welfare Institute and placed in the special care room. She underwent heart surgery in January 2013, but the surgery was reportedly “touch and go.” Lybbi survived and was taken back to the special care room, only to be hospitalized again with pneumonia.

In order to fully determine her condition, Lybbi needed a heart catheter. However, considering the difficulty that she encountered during her previous surgery, doctors in China were reluctant to perform any additional surgeries on Lybbi.

The blog states that, “If she stayed in China it was pretty certain that she wouldn’t survive long.”

In the video, Molly said she and Mark doubted whether they could handle the adoption financially, emotionally and physically.

“But God has a sense of humor,” she said with a laugh.

The couple decided to consult with a doctor in Atlanta, Ga. to determine how they could transport Lybbi — who required a feeding pump, oxygen and medications — home from China.

They also discussed how their family could be affected if Lybbi were to pass away after they adopted her.

However, Mark said, “It just kind of stuck with me that, if that did happen, that God would help us through it.”

Deciding to move forward with the adoption, the Cotters were faced with the challenging task of getting Lybbi home.

A cardiologist had to clear Lybbi for air travel, as there were concerns regarding how the altitude could affect her condition.

The Cotters were also required to provide medical equipment for Lybbi, which entailed carrying 14 large batteries all over China in backpacks. (Bonnie explained that, after adopting a Chinese child, parents must travel to various locations throughout the country in order to complete all of the necessary paperwork.)

The Cotter children assisted with the effort by helping their parents carry the batteries. Luke and Logan even trained for the trip by packing rocks, books and other heavy items on their backs so they could get used to the weight.

“This is a family affair,” Bonnie said regarding adoption. “The entire family went to get both kids.”

When the Cotters received Lybbi, the 2-year-old weighed 13 pounds and was unable to sit up on her own.

Now age 2-and-a-half, Lybbi weighs more than 20 pounds and is able to sit up and roll over. She is working toward standing and goes to physical therapy twice a week to improve her motor skills. Lybbi is also learning English, and her favorite word is currently “da-da.”

However, she still requires oxygen and medication and continues to struggle with eating. In fact, the Cotters have to chart her daily intake of calories to ensure that she’s keeping enough food down.

After arriving in the United States, Lybbi underwent an additional surgery at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland.

In the video, Mark explained, “They still don’t really know what her prognosis is. It’s one step at a time. They’ll do one procedure and wait to see if that works, and then if it does, they’ll go on to the next step.”

Bonnie said Lybbi has quite a few more medical procedures in her future, including a major open heart surgery.

But, despite her medical challenges, Bonnie said Lybbi is “very good natured” and “a really funny little girl.”

She said Lybbi’s older brothers taught her how to “fist bump,” and now she goes around fist bumping everyone in the room.

“Her siblings absolutely adore her,” Bonnie said. “They are so good with her.”

She added, “It’s pretty amazing how these little kids flourish, just mainly from having a family. Adoption in any form for anyone is so dear to my heart because of my religious beliefs and the fact that every child needs a family.”

Bonnie acknowledged that the cost of adoption can be astronomical, but said prospective parents may be able to find funding assistance.

People in various phases of the adoption process can also access emotional support.

In the video, Mark said he and Molly sent out an email requesting that people pray for Lybbi to have a safe trip home. The couple was later informed by their social worker that about 20,000 people honored that request.

“It was just an amazing, amazing experience to have people that we didn’t know, that didn’t know us, that didn’t know Lybbi that were just praying for her,” Mark said.

The Cotters continue to receive support from other Salem-area families who have gone through the adoption process, as well as a coordinated team of medical professionals at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Oregon Health & Science University and Shriners Hospital for Children.

They’ve also received support from the Harney County community and hope to show their appreciation during the Sip & See on Jan. 2.

Lybbi’s Story can be viewed online by visiting: You can also read more about Lybbi on the Cotters’ blog at

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 26, the Harney County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Yellowjacket Lake for an individual who was reported to have fallen into the lake.

When the deputy arrived, he found a male individual who was in the water, about 50 to 100 yards from shore. The deputy attempted to reach the individual, but was unable to do so.

The individual went under the water a short time later. The Burns Fire Department, Harney County Search and Rescue and the Harney District Ambulance arrived a short time later, and were able to retrieve the individual from the water. Harney EMS attempted CPR, and transported the individual to Harney District Hospital. The individual was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The individual was identified as Gene Andrews, 67, from Hillsboro.

The investigation showed Andrews had attempted to ice fish by taking a small pontoon boat on to the ice that was only one to two inches thick. When on the ice, the pontoon boat broke through the ice, causing Andrews to fall into the water. Andrews was unable to get back into the pontoon boat, and was not wearing a life vest.

Hilanders open up Wapiti League play Friday when they host Grant Union

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

Baylee Hanner of Burns battles for a loose ball. (Photo by JOHN BRAESE/MALHEUR ENTERPRISE)

The Burns boys and girls basketball teams both picked up non-conference victories at Nyssa Saturday, Dec. 27.

The Burns girls downed the Bulldogs 54-49 to improve to 5-4 on the season.

After losing to Nyssa by two points on Dec. 19, the Burns boys team exacted a bit of revenge with a 65-56 victory over the Bulldogs. With the win, the Hilanders improved to 6-3 on the season.

Three Hilanders fnished in double figures, with Trace Tiller leading the way with 25 points. Feist added 18 and Ty Hueckman 12.

Ty Reid was the leading rebounder for Burns with 10, and Feist pulled down nine.


On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Burns boys traveled to Jordan Valley and came away with a 46-37 victory over the Mustangs.

Feist led the way for the Hilanders with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tiller finished with nine and Hueckman seven.


The Burns girls and boys basketball teams hosted Lakeview on Tuesday, Dec. 30. Results of the contests were not available by press time.

Both the boys and girls teams begin league play on Friday, Jan. 2, when they host Grant Union. The girls JV game tips off at 2 p.m. at Burns High School, followed by the boys JV game, and the girls and boys varsity games.

Carol Nadine Nygaard 1938-2014

Posted on December 31st in Obituaries

OBIT NygaardCarol Nadine (Haugen) Nygaard, 76, of Vancouver, Wash., passed away at home, surrounded by family, following a lengthy illness.

She was born July 12, 1938, in Silverton to Esther (Koloen) and Randall J. Haugen. In 1941, her family moved to Burns, where she graduated from high school in 1956. She attended Oregon State University and later worked for Portland Public Schools.

She enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, archaeology, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen (Todd) Jones, Kathy (Paul) Martin and Kristi Nygaard; and grandchildren, Kristen (Ryan) Campbell, Kevin Jones, Erik Martin and Alexandra Martin.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Randall E. Haugen.

The family suggests contributions to the Oregon Humane Society. The online guest book may be signed at

Rod Presley - Natl. GuardRoddy Duane Presley, 70, passed away Dec. 25 at his home in Burns.

Roddy, or Rod, as he was best known, was born May 12, 1944, in Ontario to Eldon (Cyc) and Juanita Presley. He grew up and lived all his life in Burns, except for a few years in Washington state.

He married his high-school sweetheart, Gayla Houston Hebener, in May 1966, in Winnemucca, Nev. To this union two sons were born, Robby Morgan and Anthony Martin Presley. After Gayla passed away in April 2010, Roddy married Terri Swearengin Holt of Burns in July 2012 in a garden ceremony at their home in Burns.

Rod attended Oregon Technical Institute in Klamath Falls after graduation from Burns High School in 1962. He then went to work for Edward Hines Lumber Company most of his working career, rising to the job of electrician. With the prospect of the Hines mill closing, he then moved to the Snohomish, Wash., area as an electrician for their lumber mill for the next five years. Upon retirement, he and Gayla returned to their home of many years in Burns. Throughout his entire working life, he was known as a dependable and loyal employee who rarely used a sick day.

Saying Rod was a dedicated soldier in the Oregon National Guard for 22 years is putting it mildly; he loved talking about his career and experiences as a tank commander and 1st sergeant, especially around a campfire; it was a big part of his life. He was a long-time member of the Oregon Hunters Association.  Rod was also a member of The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, and on Sunday, Dec. 21, seven members of the local Post presented Rod with an Officer Award in recognition and appreciation of his devoted service as a commander, vice commander, chaplain and membership chairman for the American Legion Post.

Besides being a loving husband to Gayla and Terri, and a father to two boys and two step-daughters, he was an avid outdoorsman, being introduced to the wide open spaces of Harney County at an early age by his parents.  Throughout his entire life, he took every opportunity to be out camping, hunting, four-wheeling, rock-hounding, exploring, and just enjoying the great outdoors he adored.

Many of the local folks can tell you that Rod was the kind of man who was always available to help out others. Whether it was lending a hand or fixing things, he “had your back.” He will be sorely missed by so many whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; son, Anthony of Seattle, Wash.; brother, Denny Presley and his wife, Judy of Burns; sisters, Sharon Showers of Elko, Nev. and Linda Schmidt and husband, Charles of Hines; grandchildren, Lodi Presley of Burns, Jarryd Presley of Nellis AFB, Nev., Chance Presley and Robby Colton Presley of Prineville, and Elizabeth Merritt of Seattle, Wash.; great-granddaughters, Haily Lohf and Ashton Runnels of Burns; step-daughters, Jessica and husband, Jake Berry of Burns, and Chelsi Ferris of Phoenix, Ariz.; step-granddaughters, Bobby Jo and Jordynn Berry of Burns; step-grandsons, Tye Rookstool and wife, Jenny of John Day, Zane Rookstool and wife, Heather of John Day; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Rod was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Presley; his son, Robby Presley; his wife, Gayla Presley; and his parents, Eldon and Juanita Presley.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Faith Baptist Church, followed by graveside services at the Burns Cemetery. Fellowship and potluck will follow at a location to be determined.

Contributions in his memory may be made to The American Legion Harney County Post No. 63, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel.

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