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Motorcycle crash claims life

On July 14, at approximately 11:50 a.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 163 in Harney County, which is approximately 30 miles east of Burns. The preliminary investigation revealed that 61-year-old Dan Barnum, from Florence, was riding a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Barnum was westbound on…

Merkley holds town hall in Burns

Healthcare for Americans was the main topic of discussion at a town hall meeting held by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday, July 9, at the Harney County Community Center. Merkley opened by stating he was the only member of the Oregon delegation serving on the Congressional Appropriations Committee (or spending committee), and he has…

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…

Grigg appointed to Hines Council

The Hines Common Council met for a special meeting on June 27. During the meeting, the council heard interviews from council candidates Ashley Tiller and Dan Grigg. After hearing remarks, the council voted 3-1 to appoint Grigg to the empty council seat. ••• Mary Lou Wilhelm attended the meeting to discuss the Hines Planning Commission’s…

Burns council discusses economic development, flooding

At the Burns City Council meeting on Wednesday, June 28, Burns Mayor Jerry Woodfin gave a brief overview of the “hot topics” being discussed at the economic development meetings being held recently at the Harney County Courthouse. Woodfin said the first meeting was about small business and some of the ideas from those that attended…

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…

Preparing for the eclipse: Volunteers needed

by Chelsea Harrison Executive Director Chamber of Commerce for the Burns Times-Herald A total solar eclipse will be crossing over Oregon Aug. 21. What does that mean? According to NASA’s website, “Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights — a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon…

Burns and Hines fire chiefs have issued a total ban of all outdoor burning

Due to extremely high temperatures, the Burns and Hines fire chiefs have issued a total ban of all outdoor burning effective July 1, 2017. All outdoor burning, including recreational fires, are prohibited within the cities of Burns and Hines. This ban is based on weather conditions and community fire safety needs, and will remain in…

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