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'Bombshell' dropped on Baker Valley potato growers

Mark Ward, a local potato farmer and president of the Malheur Potato Bargaining Association, which represents growers in Baker and Malheur counties, said officials from Heinz, which buys most of the potatoes grown in Baker Valley, told him last week that the company won’t be buying potatoes from the valley starting this year.

This could have a major effect on one of the most important local crops, valued at about $12 million per year.

Stain Scrubbing

Polishing Geiser Grand Hotel’s Stained Glass Ceiling

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Everardo Arenas, Geiser Grand Hotel employee, carefully removes one of 96 stained-glass panels from the dining room ceiling Wednesday.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The stained glass ceiling above the Geiser Grand Hotel’s Palm Court is once again sparkling in the sunshine.

Work on the polishing project began Jan. 20 and should be finished this week.

The ceiling is about 864 square feet.

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