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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Forest Service staff briefs court about Flat Vegetation Management Project

Due to the Fourth of July holiday, the regular meeting of the Harney County Court was rescheduled for Thursday, July 6. Lori Bailey, Melissa Ward, and Travis Swaim of the U.S. Forest Service attended the meeting to brief the court about the Flat Vegetation Management Project. The 47,635-acre project is located in Harney and Grant…

Harney County Court discusses Rainbow Gathering

During its regular meeting on June 21, the Harney County Court discussed The Rainbow Family of Living Light’s decision to hold its 2017 annual Rainbow Gathering on the Malheur National Forest near John Day and Seneca. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Forest Service, the gathering could draw anywhere from 10,000 to…

Harney County Court discusses economic development

  Economic development was a major topic of discussion during the regular meeting of the Harney County Court on June 7. Harney County Judge Pete Runnels said a scope of work for the Harney County Economic Development director position was developed and sent out to the cities of Burns and Hines for comments. Harney County…

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