Saturday July 5

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

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.

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

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. The first hour is art demonstration or workshop. Contact Karen Hendrickson at 541-413-0124 for more information.


Sunday July 6

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

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

 


Monday July 7

Posted on July 2nd in Community Calendar

Masonic Lodge meets the first Monday of each month at the Burns Masonic Lodge, 1210 W. Taylor, at 7 p.m

The Burns Lions Club meets every Monday at noon at the Burns Elks Lodge. Those interested in serving the community are welcome.

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 July 8

Posted on July 2nd 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 2 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.

Overeaters Anonymous meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Harney District Hospital Annex (downstairs in cafeteria area). For more information, call Carol at 541-589-1272.

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.


LWIB boundaries discussed

Posted on June 25th in News

by Steve Howe
Burns Times-Herald

During the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Harney County Court (held June 18), discussion centered on proposed new regional boundaries for Local Workforce Investment Boards (LWIB) within The Oregon Consortium/Oregon Workforce Alliance (TOCOWA).

TOCOWA is a public/private partnership formed on behalf of 24 rural Oregon counties. The Oregon Consortium was originally formed in 1981. The Oregon Workforce Alliance is comprised of 48 members and was formed in 1999. The 24 counties are divided into regions, each having an LWIB.

Harney County belongs to TOCOWA. At a local level, this has resulted in the Training and Employment Consortium (TEC). TEC is a nonprofit managed in cooperation among six counties.

The proposed new “Eastern Region” LWIB includes eight counties: Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa. This is because, in order to get Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds, a Local Workforce Investment Area must have a budget of at least $1 million.

Grasty said he is concerned because the county was not given the opportunity to provide input on the new boundaries, and also because of the large area that the LWIB would cover.

He asked, “What economic tie is there between Pendleton and Burns?”

Counties must file a request to be in a new Local Workforce Investment Area, signed by a Chief Local Elected Official (CLEO), which Grasty determines to mean the county commissioners.

“I think we’re going to have to do this, but I think we [should] continue at every opportunity to say that we do not want to mess up anything we have here,” said Grasty.

Grasty stated that he looked into the possibility of forming a group with Lake and Grant counties, but that it would take two years to put together.

“I honestly think we’re stuck. We’re going to have to do this or we’re not going to have the services, and I think that’s totally unfair to our community,” stated Grasty.

The court decided to postpone any decision until it has the chance to ask questions of Agness Balassa, the workforce policy advisor to the governor’s office. Balassa is scheduled to be at the next county court meeting on July 2.

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In unfinished business, discussion continued concerning the possibility of a surplus county land auction. Grasty recommended that commissioners take more time to look at the 13 parcels in the review process, unless they felt prepared to make a decision immediately. The commissioners asked Grasty about the expense of holding a land sale. Grasty explained that they have an efficient process in place and that the main cost would be advertising. Harney County Commissioner Dan Nichols stated that he didn’t see any reason to wait on putting these properties up for public auction, and made a motion to approve the sale. Harney County Commissioner Pete Runnels seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously. The auction will be set for July.

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The court discussed a film project that is in the works to document the people and culture of the county.

Grasty, Kate Marsh, and Randy Fulton recently attended a nonprofit conference and presented the concept to various organizations. The idea was received enthusiastically.

The court discussed the appointment of a Film Project Advisory Committee. A list of names was discussed and agreed to by consensus.

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At 1:30 p.m., the budget hearing was opened for the 2014-15 budget, as approved by the budget committee. Grasty explained a few of the changes, specifically with regard to the senior and community transportation fund. Grant funds will be received for a new bus. Resolution 2014-05, appropriating these funds, carried unanimously. The hearing remained opened for public comment until 2:17 p.m.; no comments were received.

Runnels abstained from voting, declaring an actual conflict of interest for the record with regard to the district attorney’s department, the sheriff’s department, and the promotion portion of the general fund. Grasty moved to approve Resolution 2014-03, adopting the 2014-15 budget and making appropriations in the amount of $16,239,272. He noted that, in previous years, the motion included total dollars for the budget, but that this one only contained appropriations. The motion carried unanimously.

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The court heard from Mia Sheppard, Oregon field representative with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. She traveled to Harney County to brief Grasty on the resource management plan process with the Bureau of Land Management with regard to managing public lands for multiple uses.

Sara Jones, executive director for the High Desert Partnership (HDP), updated the court on the work of the Harney County Restoration Collaborative. The court approved signing the letter in support of HDP’s grant request to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Jones thanked the court for its support on forest restoration projects.

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The court heard from Barbara Cannady. She requested that a draft copy of the road inventory map be placed in various locations around the county. Grasty noted that it was a good suggestion, but could not promise that it would happen. He stated that the draft copy is posted in the courthouse foyer and that a public hearing has been set for July 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Cannady requested that the court block out her property from the county road map until after litigation over her driveway concludes. Grasty said that, although it wasn’t an unreasonable request, it should be brought up at the public hearing on July 16.

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In other business, the court:

• signed the Intergovernmental Agreement between Harney and Grant counties for licensing, inspection, and enforcement of public facilities regulated by the Department of Human Services.

The agreement had been passed during the last meeting;

• reviewed, passed, and signed a court order for distribution of land sale money;

• passed Resolution 2014-04 in the matter of imposing and categorizing 2014-2015 taxes in the county at the rate of 4.5016 per $1,000.

Grasty explained that the budget committee had passed it as well;

• passed Resolutions 2014-06 and 2014-07, appropriating funds due to unexpected occurrence or condition in the Early Learning Council Hub fund and the building fund, respectively;

• reviewed correspondence from the Department of Revenue, Stacey Johnson, Harney County Jail Commander, Department of Environmental Quality, CenturyLink, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bureau of Wildlife Management.

The Harney County Jail Commander requested someone to perform the annual jail inspection. Commissioner Runnels agreed to complete the inspection and report at the next court meeting;

• reviewed notices of water use requests. There were no objections to any;

• heard from Grasty that discussions with the insurance company continue regarding the bridge that was recently damaged by fire;

• approved Hammond Ranches application for approval to install a culvert and/or approach on Island Ranch Road;

• heard from Grasty that DCR Hay’s application for an approach to a county road has been dismissed because of a lack of authority to go through land not owned by them.

The court has requested an application from the landowner.

The next regularly-scheduled meeting of the county court will be held Wednesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. in Judge Grasty’s office at the courthouse.


Back (L-R): Mason Wulff, Cody King, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd, Connor Martin. Front (L-R): Dustin Thrall, Lizet Camacho Figueroa, Rachel Fenton, Kaiden Raif. Not pictured: Jackie Dowell. (Submitted photo)

Back (L-R): Mason Wulff, Cody King, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd, Connor Martin. Front (L-R): Dustin Thrall, Lizet Camacho Figueroa, Rachel Fenton, Kaiden Raif. Not pictured: Jackie Dowell. (Submitted photo)

Ten Slater Elementary School fifth-grade students have been selected to participate in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC) in Washington, D.C.

The students selected for the trip are Mason Wulff, Dustin Thrall, Connor Martin, Jackie Dowell, Kaiden Raif, Cody King, Rachel Fenton, Elizabeth Zamora, Tom Boyd and Lizet Camacho Figueroa.

The JrNYLC is hosted by Envision, an independent, educational organization that is not affiliated with any political party or the federal government.

Envision hosts JrNYLC to offer mature, high-achieving fifth grade and middle school students the opportunity to learn about leadership by studying the leaders of the past and by focusing on social advocacy to make a positive impact in their schools and communities. Through an examination of different historical time periods and characteristics of leadership, students will gain a better understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader.

The conference is designed to be a challenging and interactive leadership program for the nation’s most promising fifth grade and middle school students. The theme of the conference is Voices of Leadership: Reflecting on the Past to Create the Future. Scholars will examine the concept of leadership in the context of historical events from America’s past.

Each day, students and their faculty advisors meet in Leadership Focus Groups to discuss important skills and attributes, such as character, goal setting and teamwork. The overall goal of JrNYLC is to enhance and develop these traits within each student. Within their  Leadership Focus Groups and throughout the conference, scholars interact with peers from across the nation and develop long-lasting friendships that will continue long after they return home.

They will discover historic locations, such as Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia, and explore the memorials and museums of the nation’s capital. They will lead and participate in exercises and activities designed to enhance critical thinking skills, promote problem solving within groups, and expose them to different ways of thinking.


As part of its ‘Fizz-Boom-Read’ summer reading program, the Harney County Library hosted the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for a ‘React-O-Blast’ activity on Wednesday, June 18. The final experiment included a balloon bursting into a fireball. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)

As part of its ‘Fizz-Boom-Read’ summer reading program, the Harney County Library hosted the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) for a ‘React-O-Blast’ activity on Wednesday, June 18. The final experiment included a balloon bursting into a fireball. (Photo by SAMANTHA WHITE)


OBIT Miller webFern (Arnold) Miller, 92, of Talent, passed away June 13, following only a few days when life was no longer fun for her, interrupted on her way to see her beloved Mariners play some home games.

Fern was born March 4, 1922, to Ben and Blanche Arnold at their ranch near American Falls, Idaho, and lived with her parents and three brothers in Jerome, Idaho, throughout her school years. She was a long-time Harney County resident and hard-working ranch partner with her husband, Howard, and brother-in-law, Neil, at Crow Camp Ranch.

A mother of seven, Fern befriended scores of her children’s friends on their way through Crane grade and high schools, taking in hundreds of ball games, school dances, road trips, last day picnics and potlucks, 4-H and grange events and county fairs. She and Howard provided a temporary “home for boys” after the school and dormitory burned down in 1967. She was a good and cheerful neighbor to adults in the ranching community.

No matter how hot the summers, Fern kept a steady flow of brownies and other goodies coming from the old wood stove. Summer vacations and Sunday and holiday gatherings at Crow Camp remain fond memories to many nephews and nieces who recall Fern’s unfailing kindness to them.

Fern’s kindness extended to anything that grew. At Crow Camp, where gardening was a constant battle against drought, her garden was a tablefull of luxuriant houseplants that she fed with the dregs of her cold coffee. Later, digging in the earth gave her a peace that she called “dirt therapy.”

Fern “retired” to Hawaii with her youngest daughter, Ada (Derek) Rivera, where she continued to work hard for many years alongside Ada, Derek, and their son, Sam, operating Paradise Inn Bed and Breakfast in their Kauai home. Vacationing family and friends could always find a nice room, good times, comfort food and happy memories waiting for them, often for free. Always happy working in the  garden, she enjoyed the tropical life with its profusion of beautiful flowers and plants. She appreciated the gentler climate, but called riding out and cleaning up after Hurricane Iniki in 1992, “an experience,” which wasn’t all pleasant.

Returning to live in Oregon 15 years ago, Fern is survived by her daughters, Carol (Ron) Waterman, Laura (Tom) Munkres and Ada; sons, Dave and Evan Miller; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard; her parents; brothers, Bill, Fred and Earl Arnold; sons, Tom and Eric Miller; and grandson, Daniel Ausmus Waterman.

There will be no public ceremony. Instead reflect for a while on happy memories of your own, and send your good wishes with Fern along the next stage of her journey. She lived well, with strength, grace, generosity, and a great sense of humor, and we remember her joyfully and lovingly, always.


Wednesday June 25

Posted on June 25th in Community Calendar

Harney County Library holds its Summer Reading Program, “Fizz-Boom-Read,” every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. On Wednesday, June 25, the activity is exploring chemical reactions.

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.

A Women’s AA meeting is held every Wednesday at noon at Foursquare Church, 74 S. Alvord, Burns.

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 June 26

Posted on June 25th in Community Calendar

Harney Soil and Water Conservation District (HSWCD) will hold their annual meeting on Thursday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Center (EOARC) located at 67826-A Hwy 205 in Burns. A guest speaker will attend to discuss ag water quality and during the meeting, the annual work plan and budget will be approved. EOARC is committed to affording equal opportunity to persons with disabilities by providing access to its programs, activities, services and facilities. If you have any questions concerning access, please contact EOARC at 541-573-8900.

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.

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.


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