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Post office fire might have destroyed ballots

At about 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 4, there was a report of a fire at the Burns Post Office on S. Broadway. The reporting party stated the inside mail dropbox was “glowing,” and there was smoke in the area of post office boxes inside the building. Burns and Hines fire departments and Burns Police responded…

Historical Society seeks identification for Hines Lumber Company photographs

by Karen Nitz for the Burns Times-Herald The simple push of a button in Washington, D.C. on May 8, 1930, ushered into Harney County an era of growth and prosperity, the likes of which had not been seen before or since, capping a saga that began nearly 10 years earlier when a man named Edward…

Double fatal commercial vehicle crash on U.S. 20

On Dec. 30, at approximately 9:10 a.m. (MT), Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers responded to a double fatal motor vehicle crash on U.S. 20 at milepost 216 west of Harper, which is in Malheur County. Preliminary investigation revealed a white 2016 Kenworth commercial truck and semitrailer operated by Brian Brunscher, 37, of Springfield, was traveling…

Following roof collapse, Burns Feed and Farm Supply is remodeling, expanding

  Eastern Oregon’s winter of 2016-17 saw one snowstorm after another. The few inches of snow soon turned into a foot of snow, and still the snow came down. Snow drifts lined the streets. Homes, businesses, and vehicles were covered, and the snow continued to fall. The weight of the snow continued to grow, along…

Take a look back at 2017, an action-packed year that included sports victories, cultural celebrations, fishing, flooding, and so much more. Find the Year in Review on pages 1 and 6-10 of the Jan. 3, 2018, edition of the Burns Times-Herald.  

Court discusses fair finances

Former Interim Fair Manager Rick Paul and Harney County Fair Board President Karen Moon attended the Dec. 20 regular meeting of the Harney County Court to introduce the new fair manager and present financial information regarding the 2017 Harney County Fair, Rodeo, and Race Meet. Paul reported that the race meet lost $15,000, and the…

Hines considers annual marijuana business fee

A discussion for a fee to be implemented on marijuana businesses drew a crowd to the Hines Common Council meeting, held Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The proposal, submitted by City Administrator Judy Erwin at the direction of the Hines Common Council, would increase the existing $75 fee to $5,000, based on figures gathered…

Board welcomes manager, reviews 2017 fair

by Jordon Bennett for the Burns Times-Herald The Harney County Fair Board met Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the Memorial Building at the Harney County Fairgrounds. During the meeting, the board covered the introduction/welcoming of the new manager, Jordon Bennett, and a review of finances from the 2017 fair. Also discussed were contracts and requirements for…

ODOT takes first in Light Parade

On Saturday, Dec. 9, the city of Burns and Harney County Chamber of Commerce held the annual Christmas Jamboree. The day was filled with a lot of activities from face painting, to crafts, to coloring, to cookie decorating, to an ugly sweater contest. To wrap up the day, Umpqua Bank sponsored a Light Parade down…

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…

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