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'Rural Lives Matter' rally draws about 100 to Halfway

Terrie Simons was heartbroken when she heard that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum had been shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers Jan. 26 beside a Harney County highway.

But Simons’ sorrow galvanized her to action.

Peaceful action with a message and a purpose.

“Let’s start by trying to reunite our county and our community,” Simons, 49, of Halfway said a little before noon Saturday.

Drifting Away From Drought

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Winds have sculpted snow into drifts taller than 10 feet along the Skyline Road about two miles west of the Dooley Mountain Highway summit, about 15 miles south of Baker City.

With Snowpack Above Average, Farmers and Irrigation Officials Optimistic About Water Supply

Blizzards keep blocking Chris Heffernan’s driveway.

He’s happy about this.

The hassle of plowing through the drifts is more than balanced by the benefits that a snowbound winter will yield for the farm and timber land that Heffernan and his wife, Donna, own near North Powder.

“I hope it keeps up,” Heffernan said Thursday morning in the powdery wake of the latest in a series of storms to cross Northeastern Oregon.

County officials to attend Saturday rally in Halfway

Wednesday’s Baker County Commission meeting once again opened with public discussion about the situation in Harney County.

Marshall McComb, chairman of the Baker County Democratic Party, expressed concern about threats against public officials in Harney County.

McComb said he was particularly bothered by a “wanted” poster that depicted Harney County Sheriff David Ward and contained “pretty inflammatory statements."

Police check out concerns at Interpretive Center after man acts suspiciously

Sheriff Travis Ash traveled to the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Thursday afternoon to check out concerns that arose when a man displaying anti-government insignias on his vehicle and acting in a suspicious manner strolled through the Center.

The man, who was gone when the sheriff arrived, did not respond when he was greeted by BLM personnel, Ash said.

“It was unique behavior at the Interpretive Center,” he said. “Usually people like to talk, but he was rude and suspicious."

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Should Baker City seek a 'quiet zone' for trains, at a potential cost of $30,000?


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