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Thanking our veterans

  Harney County School District No. 3 students and staff, community members, and local veterans celebrated Veterans Day 2017 with an assembly at Burns High School on Thursday, Nov. 9. The local American Legion Post No. 63 color guard began the day by leading Hines Middle School students on a march to the high school….

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…

High Desert Biomass Cooperative buys heating system

On Oct. 6, the High Desert Biomass Cooperative (HDBC) signed the papers to buy out the co-op formed several years ago by Wisewood Energy and Harney Community Energy to provide sustainable heating to Harney County School District (HCSD) No. 3, the Harney County Courthouse, and Symmetry Care. The heating system is up and running and…

Burns Vacates portion of North Date Street

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Burns City Council approved a request from Chuck and Carol Lynde to vacate a portion of North Date Street. In their written request to the city, the Lyndes explained that the continuation of North Date Street was plotted a number of years ago, but the property…

Public hearing on Lone Pine Rangeland expansion to be held

A public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Harney County Courthouse meeting room in Burns on a proposal to expand the Lone Pine Rangeland Association boundary within northern Harney County. Interested members of the public, including surrounding landowners, are invited to attend and comment. Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF)…

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…

HCSD No. 3 schools hold student-led conferences

A column by Steve Quick HCSD No. 3 Superintendent We decided to change things up this year for parent conferences K-12, including both dates and format. In years past, we have done K-8 conferences on different days than Burns High School throughout the year, which may not have been very convenient for parents. Even holding…

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…

Hines council discusses marijuana tax, crime, and water rate study

by Lindy Williams Burns Times-Herald On Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m., the Hines Common Council held their regularly scheduled meeting at Hines City Hall. The council collectively voiced their disappointment over City Administrator Judy Erwin’s report of the state’s decision to disperse tax money collected from marijuana sales to every city, not just the…

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…

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