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Hines passes marijuana business ordinance

After City Administrator Judy Erwin read it in full, and then by title only, the Hines Common Council unanimously agreed to approve Ordinance 317 during the regular meeting on Feb. 13. Ordinance 317 amends sections of Ordinance 295 and Ordinance 314, regarding marijuana business permits and time and manner restrictions for marijuana businesses. During the…

Local health care providers will be offering screenings

Harney District Hospital (HDH), Harney County Health Department, and Burns Dental Group are teaming up to provide several health screening opportunities for the community as part of Harney Health Screening Week taking place March 5-9. Participants will be entered into prize drawings for each screening completed, and the public is encouraged to follow HDH’s Facebook…

Pedersens selected grand marshals

  In honor of the many volunteers who help make the Harney County Fair, Rodeo, and Race Meet a success, the Fair Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Memorial Building at the fairgrounds. Following a tri-tip dinner, it was announced that Tiny and Sue Pedersen will serve as grand marshals for…

Ceremony held to dedicate highway sign

  On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Harney County dignitaries, residents, and students gathered in front of the courthouse for a ceremony to dedicate the Oregon Medal Of Honor Highway sign that is now located just a few miles east of Burns on Highway 20. The sign is the seventh of 12 signs to be installed  along…

HDH working to prevent spread of flu-like illness

Due to widespread influenza-like illness in Harney County, Harney District Hospital (HDH) has placed temporary restrictions on visitors to protect the health of patients. These restrictions are for visitors only. As always, anyone needing medical care is allowed entry at all times. Anyone entering the hospital to visit a patient must stop at the admitting…

Free income tax preparation offered

Free income tax preparation and assistance is available for taxpayers through the AARP Tax-Aide program. There is no income or age limit for participating in this program; only the complexity of the tax return determines whether a taxpayer may participate. The Tax-Aide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation with training and materials supplied by…

Robey and Winn want to brand your business

  Boasting a vibrant ranching community, Harney County is familiar with the concept of branding in an agricultural sense. But, recently, two local entrepreneurs embarked on a venture to bring branding to your wardrobe. Sara Winn and Charity Robey started Switch Canyon Branding, a screen-printing, embroidery, and heat-press business that offers marketing materials and custom…

Chamber hosts 68th annual awards dinner

The 68th annual Chamber Awards Dinner was held Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds. Debbie Arntz was the master of ceremonies, and Rev. Jean Hurst provided the invocation. The 2018 Harney County Fair Court led the Pledge of Allegiance. Chelsea Harrison, executive director of the Harney County Chamber of…

Industrial park excluded from buffer zones

Ordinance 317, which amends sections of Ordinance 295 and Ordinance 314, regarding business permits and time and manner restrictions for marijuana businesses, was the main topic of discussion at the Hines Common Council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Mayor Nikki Morgan started the meeting by saying the council had been inundated by questions about the…

Sheriff’s Office, court discuss wolf training

  Sheriff Dave Ward and Lt. Brian Needham of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office attended the regular meeting of the Harney County Court on Jan. 17 to discuss the wolf depredation training that they recently attended. Ward explained that the training (which was also attended by local ranchers and elected officials from neighboring counties) taught…

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