Raney provides vivid view of ranch life

  Engraved Silver: Portraits of Ranching Life 2, by Harney County author Debbie Raney, provides readers with a vivid, authentic look into the ranching life. Engraved Silver is a sequel to Raney’s initial book, Hair On Barbed Wire: Portraits of Ranching Life, and Raney noted the newest publication is “a lot more personal.” The stories…

‘Era of Megafires’ presentation April 3

Harney County Restoration Collaborative and High Desert Partnership will be hosting a presentation on wildland fire called Era of Megafires at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, at the Historic Desert Theatre in Burns. Megafires, wildfires over 100,000 acres, and the destruction caused by them is a serious and growing issue to our region. Our communities,…

Burns baseball drops two games to La Pine

  The La Pine Hawks swept Burns, 6-3, 8-7, in non-conference baseball action on Saturday, March 18, in La Pine. The Hilanders were held to just three hits in the opening game, with Bryce Goss getting two of the hits and one RBI. Goss took the loss, giving up five runs on five hits with…

Larry Lee Hoffelmeyer 1949-2017

  Larry Lee Hoffelmeyer passed away of natural causes on March 9 at his home. Larry was born March 29, 1949, in La Grande to Carl Hoffelmeyer and Alice May (Becker) Hoffelmeyer. As a child, Larry was raised in Cove, later moving to La Grande. He was an outdoor type of kid, and he was…

Death notice — Betty Sitz

Betty Sitz, 94, passed away March 14, 2017, at the Aspens. Because of high water, a bridge out, and the Drewsey Community Hall compromised from the winter snow, a celebration of life service for Betty will be held at a later date to be determined.

Sammy Kershaw to perform at fair

Sammy Kershaw will be coming to the Harney County Fair, Rodeo, and Racemeet. Kershaw will play at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. He will be preceded by a warm-up band, staring at 9 p.m. There will be three sections of seating in the grandstands: general admission, a closer reserved section, and a “mosh pit”…

Court receives update from Symmetry Care Inc.

Chris Siegner and Ashley Vanderdasson attended the March 8 meeting of the Harney County Court to provide an update regarding Symmetry Care Inc. Siegner is the director of Symmetry Care, and Vanderdasson is Symmetry Care’s nurse practitioner. They reported that Symmetry Care was recently designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Vanderdasson defined…

HMS and CMS wrestlers compete at state

  Hines Middle School (HMS) had two wrestlers place in the top five of their weight classes and finished in 12th place at the Oregon Middle School State Tournament held Saturday, March 11, in Woodburn. The Scotties’ Garrett Goss finished fourth at 150 pounds and Justin Winn wrestled to a fifth-place finish at 95 pounds….

Claude Robert Williams 1951-2016

Claude Robert “Bob” Williams, 64, of McCall, Idaho, passed away Oct. 20, 2016, after a valiant battle with cancer, but his larger-than-life persona, charm, and trademark stubbornness will not be forgotten. Bob was born Nov. 28, 1951, in Burns, the youngest son of John Williams and Ruth Balbach (Higby). A lover of the outdoors, Bob…

Ruth Balbach Williams Higby 1923-2017

Ruth Higby, 93, passed away in her sleep Feb. 27 in a care facility in Boise, Idaho. Ruth was born to Richard Balbach and Helen (Sniegon) Balbach July 12, 1923, in New Meadows, Idaho.  She was the eldest of four children. After graduating from Meadows Valley High School in 1943, Ruth married John E. Williams. …

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