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Court receives update from Juvenile Department

Lori Cheek and Brooke Nyman attended the Dec. 6 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to provide an update regarding the Harney County Juvenile Department. Cheek began by providing the court with statistics. “These are stats from our caseload involving DHS [the Department of Human Services],” she explained. Cheek reported that there are currently…

Cawlfield briefs court concerning modernization of public health

Public Health Director Jolene Cawlfield attended the Nov. 1 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to provide an overview of public health modernization. Adopted by the Oregon Legislature in 2015, public health modernization is a framework for the state and local public health system that aims to address Oregon’s health problems with a five-year…

‘The Rough & Tumble’ will be rolling into town

  The Chamber Music Society of Harney County will host The Rough & Tumble Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Auditorium, 550 N. Court Ave. in Burns. The Rough & Tumble is a folk band consisting of Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler who hail from Nashville, Tenn. “In their six years as…

DEQ details water quality study

Eric Nigg, Aaron Borisenko, Paige Evans, and Smita Mehta of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) attended the Oct. 18 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to discuss a groundwater quality study. Nigg explained that the study will monitor groundwater wells in Harney County to characterize water quality, adding that participation in the…

Court receives Home Health and Hospice update

Harney County Home Health and Hospice Director Jodi McLean attended the Oct. 4 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to provide an update. McLean and the court discussed a recent audit that was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS). Harney County Judge Pete Runnels explained that this was Home Health…

Options for ambulance cost coverage explored

With an expansive territory of more than 10,000 square miles, Harney County is larger than some states. However, less than 8,000 people call the county home. With room to roam, the benefits of the frontier lifestyle are plentiful. However, the vast landscape can be challenging for emergency medical care providers who are tasked with the…

Representative Bentz briefs court

  Rep. Cliff Bentz attended the Sept. 6 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to provide a legislative briefing. He began by announcing that he intends to run for another two-year term as state representative of House District 60. Bentz also discussed damage caused by snow in Malheur County earlier this year. “We lost…

BLM discusses sage grouse management with court

Matt Obradovich and Holly Orr of the Burns District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) attended the regular meeting of the Harney County Court Aug. 16 to discuss the adaptive management strategy for sage grouse. Obradovich — who is the district biologist for the Burns BLM and a point of contact for the district’s…

Court selects Gregory Smith & Company LLC for economic development services

During its regular meeting on Aug. 2, the Harney County Court agreed to begin negotiating an economic development services contract with Gregory Smith & Company LLC of Heppner. The court also received proposals from PARC Resources, Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC), and Denise Rose. All four applicants were interviewed by the court on July…

Library awarded during court meeting

Katie Anderson, youth services consultant for the Oregon State Library, attended the regular meeting of the Harney County Court July 19 to present the 2016 Outstanding Ready to Read Project Award to Harney County Library staff. Each year, five out of 133 libraries are awarded in recognition of the services they offer using Ready to…

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