Friday Nov. 6

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The 4th annual Toy Run, sponsored by the Thunderriders, will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Burns Elks Lodge. The fundraising dinner is $10 per person or an unwrapped toy of equal value. Family discount for three or more. Proceeds will be used to help the local Tree of Joy program.

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers, District 9, meets the first, third and fourth Friday of each month. Call Micky at 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.

Saturday Nov. 7

Posted on November 4th in Community Calendar

Saturday Clinic Flu Shots : To make sure everyone has an opportunity to get the flu shot, HDH Family Care is offering them during all November Saturday Clinics. Stop by between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, 14, 21 or 28 to get yours. For more information, call HDH Family Care at 541-573-2074. 

An AARP Smart Driver Class will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. To register, call Phyllis Commeree at 541-573-6405.

A Veterans lunch will be served at the Hampton Station Cafe the first Saturday of each month. RSVP  by calling Shelley at 541-576-4951.

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

Waggin’ Tales is held the first and third Saturday of the month at Harney County Library from 1-3 p.m. Please call the library, 541-573-6670, for an appointment to read with a dog.

Harney County Arts and Crafts Association meets the first Saturday of each month. This month they 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. The first hour is art demonstration or workshop. Contact Karen Hendrickson at 541-413-0124 for more information.

Sunday Nov. 8

Posted on November 4th 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, Nov. 8, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal/Peace Lutheran Church at the corner of Diamond and A streets. They will be serving blueberry pancakes, bacon, turkey sausage, veggie omelettes, home fries, fruit and juice. Call 541-573-2802.

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 Nov. 9

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Bingo Night at The Aspens, at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9.

Healthy Beginnings will be offering free OHP application assistance from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each Monday during November at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. For more information, call 541-383-6357.

Walk With Ease, a six-week program, meets from 5:15 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the BHS Library. Sessions include brief education, warm-up and stretching, walking, then cool down and 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.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions: Monday, Nov. 9, 1p.m.until 3:30 p.m. at Harney County Senior & Community Services Center. Learn to successfully manage symptoms of chronic conditions like asthma, depression, diabetes, heart problems and others with the first class in this workshop series. Techniques, tips and advice from others with chronic conditions. For more information or to register, contact Harney District Hospital’s Amy Dobson, 541-573-8318 or Harney County Veteran Services Officer Guy McKay, 541-573-6024.

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 Nov. 10

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The Local Community Advisory Council will meet Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the annex conference room at Harney District Hospital from 1 until 3 pm. They will be discussing health care where we live, work, learn and play. Call 541-493-1987 for further information.

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 1 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.

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.

Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program (SHIBA) Medicare open enrollment, time to check up on your Medicare Insurance needs. SHIBA volunteers will be at the Senior and Community Services Center, 17 S. Alder, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call for an appointment 541-573-6024.

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.

Court discusses Vehicle Use Agreement 

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 14 Manager Paul Woodworth was present to discuss the U.S. Highway 395 Vance Creek and Sheep Gulch culvert replacement projects and temporary highway closure scheduled to occur in November.

ODOT will be replacing two culverts under Highway 395 (between Burns and John Day) in November. The Sheep Gulch Culvert near mile post 6.1-C and the Vance Creek Culvert near mile post 11-C have been determined insufficient to handle water and debris flows anticipated due to erosion issues left after the Canyon Creek Complex fire that burned through the area in August and September. The U.S. Forest Service  (USFS) is estimating a 100 to 650 percent increase in water and debris flow along several creeks that drain off the mountainside into Canyon Creek and other local tributaries. The project will replace the culverts with new structures that are designed to accommodate the anticipated flows.

“It is critical to address these culverts now, before rain and spring snow melt,” Woodworth said in a news release. “If the existing culverts get plugged due to debris and excessive run-off, the highway could be washed out, resulting in a possible month-long highway closure. Our goal is to control timing and mitigate potential long-term impact due to a washout event.”

To facilitate the project, Highway 395 will be closed between mile post 2.5-C and 17-C for 10 days beginning Nov. 4. The closure will be followed by several days of single-lane travel controlled by pilot cars and flaggers, while crews continue the work. ODOT will work with local fire and emergency service providers and private property owners located between the two work sites to help accommodate critical needs as much as possible.

There is no local detour around the work sites for through traffic. Travelers will need to detour along U.S. Highway 26 to Vale, then back along U.S. Highway 20 to Burns or take other alternate routes that remain passable in winter.

Woodworth explained to the court that this was a continuation of the work ODOT has already done on Highway 395 as a result of the Canyon Creek Complex fire.

ODOT had to close the highway down for days due to the direct threat of the fire, and then for the threat of hazardous trees. He said he estimated that they removed a thousand hazard trees (trees that were currently or would in the future be dangerous to highway traffic). Using a numbering system in which a number was assigned to, and spray-painted on, each cut tree and its stump, ODOT made sure that trees cut on private property were available for property owners to claim, Woodworth explained.

Woodworth said the big issue now is increased water flows in Canyon Creek and all the tributaries that flow into it. Canyon Creek runs parallel to Highway 395 for about 10 miles. USFS analysis predicts flows in Canyon Creek could be at 300 percent of normal and in Vance Creek (a tributary of Canyon Creek) at 700 percent of normal, during a 10-year, 24-hour storm event (a storm event with a 10 percent chance of happening in any given year).

“But even the normal flows are projected to be higher – but not at flood stage,” said Woodworth.

This first phase of safeguarding the highway against the threat of flooding is taking care of the two culverts, Sheep Gulch and Vance Creek, that are at most risk for getting clogged with debris and potentially causing the road to be washed out, Woodworth explained. At Vance Creek, a five-foot diameter culvert will be replaced with one that is 20 feet in diameter.

Another topic Woodworth discussed was the traffic signal project at the intersection of Highway 20 and Hilander Boulevard in Burns. In order to complete the work, the intersection will be turned into a four-way stop for an expected 30 days.


Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Agent Shana Withee discussed with the court the Intergovernmental Agreement and Vehicle Use Agreement between OSU Extension Service and Harney County. The purpose of the agreements, which will expire June 30, 2017, is the provision of the delivery of OSU educational programs to the citizens of Harney County. Both agreements were passed unanimously.


In other business, the court:

• heard from Harney County Judge Steve Grasty regarding legislation that is providing monies to counties with greater sage grouse habitat in support of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations (RFPAs) for the 2015-17 biennium. Grasty suggested that meetings be scheduled with county RFPAs to discuss the use of the funds;

• Grasty discussed the need for a new dedicated fund for state lottery dollars received by Harney County. The court unanimously approved Resolution No. 2015-13 in the matter of establishment of a dedicated fund for furthering economic development;

• reviewed correspondence from the Oregon Water Resources Department giving notice of the annual required water use report due by the end of this year;

• reviewed water use requests.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.

From L-R: Chris Boyd, Mary Letham, and Sam Ellibee. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

From L-R: Chris Boyd, Mary Letham, and Sam Ellibee. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Concert to be held Nov. 23

Three Burns High School band students have been selected to perform in the Gala Honor Band concert at the Western International Honor Band Clinic (WIBC) Nov. 20-23.

Mary Letham will be performing on clarinet with the Phoenix Band, Sam Ellibee, oboe, with the Thunderbird Band, and Chris Boyd, alto saxophone, with the Sunbird Band.

These students were selected on their outstanding musical merit through the WIBC audition process. More than 1,200 applicants apply, and 640 students are selected to perform in four honor bands at the gala concert. Students are chosen from throughout the United States and Australia.

The world-famous Canadian Brass will be part of the honor concerts and the WIBC event. Guest conductors for the bands are Johan deMeij (Holland), Dr. Mike Bankhead (Utah State University), Lowell Graham (University of Southern California), Fran Tracz (Kansas State University), and Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, the founder of American Band College.

Ms. Monroe, director of the Burns High School band, will also have the opportunity to perform on flute and piccolo with the Director’s Band during the WIBC event.

The WIBC Gala concert will be at noon Monday, Nov. 23. The groups are performing at the Double Tree Seattle Airport Convention Center. The public is invited to attend.

Bryce Otley (No. 66) and Matt Witzel force an errant pass in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

Bryce Otley (No. 66) and Matt Witzel force an errant pass in Crane’s win over Dayville/Monument. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

by Randy Parks
Burns Times-Herald

The Crane Mustangs erupted for 68 points in the first quarter on their way to a 98-8 win over Dayville/Monument (D/M) Friday, Oct. 23.

The Mustangs took a 24-0 lead with less than two minutes gone in the game on a 65-yard run by David Steeves, a 52-yard punt return by Dustin Ramge, and a 32-yard interception return by Joe Valentine.

D/M’s next possession ended in a safety, giving Crane a 26-0 lead, and Crane made it 40-0 on a 20-yard pass from Jack Bentz to Steeves and a 2-yard run by Steeves.

The Mustangs’ Matt Witzel recovered a fumbled punt attempt in the end zone for Crane’s next score, and then caught a 6-yard pass from Bentz to give Crane a 54-0 lead.

The Crane defense came up with another score on D/M’s next possession as Jacob Dunn picked off a pass and raced 47 yards for the score.

With time winding down in the first quarter, Ramge ripped off a 74-yard run, and Crane led 68-0.

Crane added three touchdowns in the second quarter and led 90-0 at the half, and caped off their scoring barrage with a third quarter touchdown run by JayJay Balowski.

The Mustangs finished with 433 rushing yards, led by Balowski with 128 on five carries, Steeves with 110 on six attempts and Ramge with 104 yards on three rushes.

Bentz completed all six of his pass attempts for 104 yards and three scores.

Crane improved to 4-1 in league play, 7-1 overall, and will host a league playoff game at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30.

D/M ended the season with a 1-7 overall record, 0-5 in league.

D/M        0     0     0      8     8

Cra       68   22     0     8     98

First quarter

Cra — David Steeves 65 run (Jack Bentz run)

Cra — Dustin Ramge 52 punt return (Bentz run)

Cra — Joe Valentine 32 interception return (William Clark pass from Bentz)

Cra — Tackles receiver in end zone for safety

Cra — Steeves 20 pass from Bentz (JayJay Balowski run)

Cra — Steeves 2 run (run failed)

Cra — Matt Witzel recovers fumble in end zone (Clark run)

Cra — Witzel 6 pass from Bentz (run failed)

Cra — Jacob Dunn 47 interception return (Steeves run)

Cra — Ramge 74 run (pass failed)

Second quarter

Cra — Clark 6 pass from Bentz (Witzel pass from Bentz)

Cra — Balowski 45 run (Miles Maupin run)

Cra — Dunn 27 run (kick failed)

Third quarter

Cra — Balowski 31 run (Dunn run)

Fourth quarter

D/M — Hayden Schaeffer 27 pass from Dakota Emerson (Tanner Walczak pass from Emerson)

Individual statistics

Rushing — Crane, Valentine 3-41, Bentz 1-(-6), Steeves 6-110, Ramge 3-104, Dunn 4-62, Balowski 5-128, Maupin 6-(-6). D/M, Emerson 6-22, Walker 2-(-10), Warner 14-34.

Passing — Crane, Bentz 6-6-0 104, Maupin 1-1-0 4. D/M, Emerson 3-13-2 82, Warner 3-21-4 22.

Receiving — Crane, Steeves 2-52, Clark 2-26, Witzel 2-22, Davis 1-5.D/M, Schaeffer 3-114, Cao 1-5, Walczak 2-1.

Lynn Ryle Pryse 1933-2015

Posted on October 28th in Obituaries


OBIT Pryse webLynn Ryle Pryse, 82, of Baker City passed away Oct. 21.

Lynn was born April 11, 1933, in Prairie City to Gladys and John Pryse. He attended Prairie City High School where he excelled in basketball and football and general pranks. Lynn was drafted into the Army during the Korean war and was stationed in California.

After the Army, he was recruited to play football for Eastern Oregon College.

He married Sandra Yokom Sept. 11, 1955, which began a 60-year adventure. Lynn began his professional career with a series of leadership positions in varied fields. From the timber industry, to helping open the first Les Schwab store in Burns, to managing the John Day pool, and then ultimately working for 30 years for California Pacific utility. Lynn retired from Oregon Trail Electric Co-op in 1993 and embarked upon an active retired life.

Lynn loved archery hunting, golfing, camping, fishing, his Alpenlite travel club, watching his grandchildren in various sports and activities, and giving back to his community.

Lynn was active in the Baker City and Burns Lions Clubs, the Golf Board, American Red Cross, Trail Tenders, the Episcopal Church and various other service organizations throughout Eastern Oregon. Lynn was chairman of the state 1A basketball tournament for several years and loved watching basketball at Baker High School.

Lynn was a welcoming man who never knew a stranger. He was a great father and grandfather who enjoyed life to the fullest.

Lynn is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sandra Pryse; children, Cammy Warner (Fred Warner, Jr.) of Baker City, Kevin Pryse (Donna Pryse) of Burns, Mary Gerson (Jim Gerson) of San Clemente, Calif., and Jennifer Riley (Kevin Riley) of Milton-Freewater; brother, Dean Pryse of Parkdale; step-brothers, Marv Sumner of Baker City, and Richard Sumner; grandchildren, Courtney Warner Crowell (Adam Crowell) and Mackenzie Warner, Jamie and Katrina Pryse, Taryn and Bryce Gerson, and Megan, William (Mica Riley) and Camille Riley; and great-grandchild, Hazel Crowell.

Lynn was preceded in death by his brother, Daryl Pryse; parents, John and Gladys Pryse; and his in-laws, Orval and Camille Yokom.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baker City Episcopal Church and/or the Baker High School Athletic fund.

Phyllis Jean Henry 1921-2015

Posted on October 28th in Obituaries


OBIT Henry webPhyllis Jean Henry, 94, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, at a Nampa retirement center.

She was born April 11, 1921, in Portland to John Leroy Mogenson and Anna Christiansen Mogenson. She was raised and educated in Astoria. She married Warren D. Henry in 1950. He had earned lifetime licensures in dairy manufacturing and worked at the family creamery in Prineville. Later, the Henrys returned to college and seminary, and he became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). They served in churches in Mount Vernon, Umatilla, Burns and Essex, Iowa. Rev. Henry died in 1971, and Phyllis returned to the Oregon area and resumed her education. She worked in the Medical field until taking an early retirement.

She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Church with membership in the First United Presbyterian Church in Nampa.  Through the years, she was active in many areas of the church program including music, children’s work, junior choirs and women’s work, including Eastern Oregon Presbyterial and three years as treasurer of PW of Cascades Presbytery. She also served as a church treasurer for several years. She was an ordained elder and served as clerk of session for several years. She was a member of the American Association of Medical Assistants and a 60-year member of Alpha Iota International Business Honorary.

She is survived by a son, Rev. Dr. John S. Henry and wife, Pamela, of Nampa.

A graveside service will be held in Shannon City, Iowa.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guest book is available at

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