Quick hired as HCSD No. 3 superintendent

  After spending the last 11 years in the Oroville, Wash., School District, Steve Quick has taken over the duties of superintendent of Harney County School District No. 3. Quick spent his first five years in Oroville as the junior/senior high school principal and served as superintendent the past six years. Quick said the initial…

Court revisits conversation about Juntura Cutoff project

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Harney County Court resumed its discussion regarding contracts for the Juntura Cutoff Road construction project. Harney County Judge Steve Grasty reported that a draft memorandum of understanding (MOU) is being prepared for EP Minerals, Harney County and Malheur County. Grasty said the MOU, which was mostly…

Film crew seeks movie extras

The Lean on Pete film crew will be arriving in Harney County Sept. 6 and will spend most of the month in the area filming scenes for the feature-length movie. The film is an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel. The production team is still looking for extras for the movie. If interested, contact Evan…

Connie Louise Armstrong 1954-2016

  Connie Louise Armstrong passed away Aug. 14. Connie was born Oct. 3, 1954, in Ontario to Louis and Becky (Cochran) Armstrong of Diamond. She was the oldest of five children, growing up and attending school in rural Harney County. She was born eight days after her lifelong friend, Joanie, and the two little girls…

Jerry Choate 1952-2016

  Jerry Choate, most recently of Sidney, Mont., passed away Aug. 9, at Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont., surrounded by his family, following complications of a stroke suffered after heart surgery. Jerald Howell Choate was born Feb. 22, 1952, in Burns to John T. (known to all as Tom) and Ima (Howell) Choate. He was…

Juanita Daugherty Graves 1923-2016

  Juanita Daugherty Graves passed away July 22 in Sublimity, with her son, Brian, at her side. Juanita was born on March 29, 1923, in Alcoa, Tenn., to Cecil and Bonnie Daugherty. She was the oldest of five children, Luke, Curtis, Helen, and J. Will. She had some great stories about growing up in the…

Walden holds town hall in Harney County

  U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, held a town hall meeting in Burns on Wednesday, Aug. 10, as part of his trip through the Second Congressional District covering more than 1,000 miles. Walden began by talking about the proposed national monument designation for the Owyhee Canyonlands in Malheur County. He noted that the proposal is…

Youth were removed from Eastern Oregon Academy

On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) removed the 11 youths it had placed at Eastern Oregon Academy (EOA), a residential treatment facility in Hines. Assistant Director of OYA Community Services Phil Cox said OYA had received reports of allegations concerning the safety of the youths in the program that led him to the…

Kaela Reser 1999-2016

  Mikaela I. “Kaela” Reser, 17, of Condon passed away July 27 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles, following an automobile accident near Condon. Kaela was born June 30, 1999, in Pendleton to Olin H. and Mary A. Jones Reser. She was raised and attended school in Condon, where she would have been a…

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