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Creating Careers

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Kylie Siddoway, right, and Hailey Zikmund are partners in the study of sustainable agriculture. Both girls, who live on ranches, said they look forward to careers in agriculture.

Baker Technical Institute Expands To The Middle School

Kristen Spaulding walks calmly through the flurry of activity in her fourth-period Baker Middle School classroom guiding students through computer-led, hands-on assignments.

The renovated space, which formerly housed the school’s teachers lounge, is the new home of the middle school version of Baker Technical Institute.

Spaulding says teaching middle schoolers is a job she enjoys and finds she’s well-suited for.

“It’s not for the faint of heart, but I like it,” she says as she guides a room filled with 30 students clamoring for her attention as the clock ticks off the 52 minutes they spend in the BTI classroom.

County, Forest Service discuss coordination

A Wednesday meeting at the Baker County Courthouse was the beginning of a coordination process between county and Forest Service officials concerning land management policies.

Topics at the meeting — which allowed public attendance, but no public comment — were related to wildfires that burned about 150,000 acres of forest and rangeland in the county this summer.

Neighbor says Umpqua shooter "seemed really unfriendly"

A neighbor of the man who went on a deadly shooting rampage at an Oregon college says he "seemed really unfriendly."

Bronte Hart lived below 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer in the community of Winchester. She says Mercer would "sit by himself in the dark in the balcony with this little light."

Hart says a woman she believed to be Mercer's mother also lived upstairs and was "crying her eyes out" Thursday.

Mercer was identified as the man who opened fire at Umpqua (UHMP'-kwah) Community College, killing nine people.

He then died after exchanging gunfire with responding officers.

Megan (Brookshire) Shaffer, 2007 BHS grad, completed nursing degree at Umpqua C.C. this spring

Megan (Brookshire) Shaffer, a former Baker City resident, graduated from Umpqua Community College this spring and is working as a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg.

Shaffer, 26, is a 2007 Baker High School graduate.

She was at her home in Sutherlin, about 10 miles north of Roseburg, this morning when a 20-year-old man opened fire in a building at the Umpqua Community College campus, killing 10 people.

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