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Career Milestone

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Sara Blair has been promoted to lieutenant in the Baker City Fire Department.

Baker City Fire Department’s Newest Lieutenant

Sara Blair, the Baker City Fire Department’s first woman to be hired as a career employee, reached another milestone this week.

Blair, 40, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, making her the fire department’s first woman to serve as an officer.

The firefighter/paramedic joined the Baker City Fire Department 12 year ago this May. 

Blair grew up in Baker City and is a 1994 Baker High School graduate. She joined the Baker Rural Fire Protection District as a volunteer when she was 19.

Baker City manager interviews May 9, 10

The Baker City Council will interview four candidates for the city manager job May 9 and 10.

The finalists to replace Mike Kee, who is retiring, include one Baker City resident — Fred Warner Jr., former chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners.

Forum attracts a crowd

The three Republicans who want to be the next Baker County commissioner fielded questions during a forum Tuesday that ranged from the use of public land to this winter’s occupation of a wildlife refuge near Burns to the issue of mental health in the county.

The American Association of University Women, which sponsored the event that drew about 100 people to Baker High School, had a list of three prepared questions for Kody Justus, Jeff Nelson and Bruce Nichols.

Chain reaction

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The new mural at Baker Middle School nears completion as eighth-grade students Jayden Rice, left, and Baylee Hatfield add final touches to the scene last week.

Science and art combine to produce Baker Middle School mural

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

A contraption inspired by student artwork now decorates a section of wall inside the gym at Baker Middle School.

Local artist Brian Vegter and several BMS students have worked for several weeks to paint a mural on the brick-and-mortar wall on the gym’s balcony.

Every other year, the BMS art and science classes taught by Nicole Sullivan study Rube Goldberg machines that use a complicated number of chain reactions to do a simple task.

“We could do anything  we wanted, as long as it was school-related. They were pretty fun,” Laura Illingsworth, an eighth-grader, said as she applied black paint to create a fan. 

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