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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…

Grocery Outlet coming to Hines

A Grocery Outlet store will be opening in Hines this fall, offering shoppers an opportunity to purchase groceries at discounted prices. Dickerhoof Properties purchased a two-acre parcel next to Rite Aid in the Steens Mountain Plaza on Highway 20, and construction on the new building began in mid-July. Matt Dickerhoof, co-owner of Dickerhoof Properties and…

Carp Derby at MNWR draws a good crowd

Fifty-four participants tried their luck in this year’s Carp Derby held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge (MNWR). There were 34 carp caught, weighing a total of 213.5 pounds. The biggest fish caught was a 10-pounder. Winners of the “Most Fish Caught” contest were as follows: Ages 3-9 — Owen Kaino and…

Burns Council considers city streets, donates to BHS athletic fields

With the goal of improving city streets, the city of Burns hired H.A. McCoy Engineering and Surveying of Redmond to evaluate the streets and make a recommendation for improvements. On Wednesday, July 26, Hayes McCoy attended the Burns City Council meeting to present his report. He acknowledged that street maintenance is a challenging issue for…

Senior Center hosting Medicare 101 Session

The public is invited to attend the Medicare 101 Session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center. The session is for those who are new to Medicare or will be soon, family and caregivers of Medicare consumers, anyone with questions about Medicare, anyone interested in Extra Help…

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…

Tumbleweed Cannabis Co. opening for business in Hines

For Julie Beitzel, the medicinal benefits of cannabis are personal. Beitzel, co-owner and manager of Tumbleweed Cannabis Co. on Highway 20 in Hines, said she was injured several years ago when her vehicle was struck from behind by another. Traditional prescription medicines weren’t helping to alleviate the pain, so she decided to try medical marijuana,…

New Medicare cards combat fraud, illegal use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) to replace the Social Security-based Health Insurance Claim Number…

Council considers zoning for marijuana grow

by Lindy Williams Burns Times-Herald The Hines Common Council met for the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. To begin the meeting, Daniel Grigg was sworn in to his position on the council. ••• The council was addressed by Chris Boyce of High Desert Transformations. Boyce detailed the issues that his…

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