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Focus on Sam-O

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Keith Magnuson, Baker City shop/facilities supervisor, examines the original boiler that needs to be replaced at Sam-O Swim Center.

City Council plans to appoint task force to look at maintenance needs for city-owned swimming pool

By Joshua Dillen

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The Baker City Council will create a task force to look at maintenance needs at Sam-O Swim Center, but who will serve, and how many, remain to be decided.

Councilors talked about the task force during their meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

The idea arose last week when Randy Daugherty, chairman of the city’s Budget Board, and a former councilor, suggested setting up a task force to study the needs of the city-owned swimming pool, which is managed by the Baker County Family YMCA.

Bugs back in Baker

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Plastic planters stacked for the winter can hold rain water or snowmelt that will provide an ideal incubation reservoir for mosquito larvae.

Rainy weather gives mosquitoes more places to grow

By Jayson Jacoby

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The soggy second half of May has greened lawns and refreshed gardens, but the copious rain bolstered another crop that nobody would grow on purpose.

Well, maybe somebody who owns an especially sinister sense of humor.

And a goodly supply of DEET.

The mosquito is one of the unfortunate insectile beneficiaries of our recent rainy spell.

A Mile In Their Boots

Joshua Dillen/Baker City Herald: Curt Weeks, above, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from the top of an exact replica of a combat Hummer. Kelli Flores is firing an M4 machine gun.

Bosslift Event Gives Civilians A Chance To Sample Military Technology

By Joshua Dillen

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Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.

On May 14, a group of 20 Oregonians were treated to a flight aboard a CH-47 Chinook double rotor helicopter to Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Boise.

Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery

 S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Gary Young, left, and Ed Busciglio, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, help raise eight new flags at Mount Hope Cemetery honoring military service personnel. Memorial Day veterans services Monday included guest speaker Bill Harvey, Baker County Commission Chairman, who reminded the audience that freedom cannot be taken for granted. He said this is a day to remember and a day to pray for those in service of their country.

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