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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…

ESD brings virtual reality to learning experience

Harney Education Service District (ESD) continues to bring learning experiences to Harney County teachers and students in school year 2017-2018. Virtual reality is the latest tool Harney ESD brings to the table. Google Expeditions is a virtual-reality teaching tool. You can swim with sharks, visit outer space, walk through a museum far across the globe,…

HDH Family Care welcomes new provider

Harney District Hospital (HDH) Family Care is pleased to announce the arrival of a new primary care provider to the clinic, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Amanda Jewell. Jewell and her family come to Harney County from Chattanooga, Tenn., though Jewell was born and raised in Southern California. She officially started on Aug. 22, and will…

Gregory Smith and Company LLC providing county’s economic development services

After being hired by the Harney County Court to provide economic development services, Gregory Smith and Company LLC of Heppner began its efforts by concentrating on building a foundation of information and developing lines of communication with local businesses, as well as state and federal agencies. Smith and his team took over the office on…

Burns proposes fee to raise revenue for streets

As the streets in Burns continue to deteriorate, the Burns City Council agreed to move ahead with the adoption and implementation of a transportation utility fee to generate revenue for street maintenance and repair. At its regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 23, the council voted to move forward with a proposal of $5 per month,…

West Nile a risk for people and animals in county

In the warm, late summer days in our county, West Nile has been identified in horses and has become a risk for animals and people. What is West Nile virus? West Nile virus is a virus commonly spread by infected mosquitoes. It can cause illness with fever, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), or meningitis (inflammation…

Kershaw to entertain audiences at county fair

Country music star Sammy Kershaw has been entertaining audiences for almost five decades, and he is showing no sign of slowing down. His accomplishments include three platinum albums, two gold albums, 25 singles on the Billboard Top 40 Hot Country Songs charts (including the No. 1 song She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful), and hundreds of…

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…

3D printing has invaded Harney County schools

Harney Education Service District (ESD), using School Improvement Funds, assisted Crane Union High School, Hines Middle School, and Burns High School with the purchase of top-of-the-line 3D printers for classroom use. Harney County rural schools can also use a 3D printer through Harney ESD. Teachers received multiple trainings from Google and 3D printer trainer John…

Preparing for the eclipse: Consider traffic, fire danger

by H. Paul Gray Harney County Emergency Manager for the Burns Times-Herald As travelers come into our area, we want them to enjoy themselves, travel around safely, see the sights within our county, meet new friends, eat at our restaurants, and just have a good time. However, we don’t want anyone getting hurt or starting a…

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