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Still Spraying

March storms bolstered snowpack in city’s mountain watershed, helped city's water supply defy the drought

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A Baker City residential sprinkler system douses both a homeowner's lawn and flower garden in this July photo.

By Jayson Jacoby

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If you want to know why Baker City’s faucets flowed at full capacity during the dry and torrid afternoons of July and August, and continue to chug along this week during summer’s last hot gasp, you have to look back.

Many months back, to the latter days of winter, when nobody was dousing their tomatoes or letting their kids scamper around in the sprinkler.

And you also have to look up, to the peaks of the Elkhorn Mountains that intercept Pacific storms and wring out their moisture.



Baker man gets 70 months in prison for stabbing

A Baker City man will spend the next 70 months in prison for stabbing another man in the shoulder multiple times during an argument in early June.

Judge Greg Baxter sentenced Robert Goodwin, 27, of 2690 Seventh St., on Monday after Goodwin pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff stated in a press release.


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