Two Baker City men have been charged with illegally killing multiple buck deer, and wasting the meat, after a 10-month investigation by Oregon State Police fish and wildlife troopers in Baker City.
Dustin Reid Hellbusch, 18, is charged with 10 counts of taking/possessing a buck deer, eight counts of waste of a big game animal, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Taylor Michael Morris, 18, is charged with eight counts of taking/possessing a buck deer, seven counts of waste of a big game animal, and one count of tampering with evidence.
Police expect to arrest more suspects in the case, which started in November 2014 after a report to the state’s “Turn In a Poacher” (TIP) program.
OSP is asking the public for more information about this case. People can call Sr. Trooper McNeil at 541-523-5867, extension 4171, or call the TIP hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or by email at
The Haggen grocery chain has asked a bankruptcy court to approve the company’s plan to try to sell some of its stores, including the one in Baker City, by auction on Nov. 9.
Bids would be due on Nov. 2, and a court hearing to consider the auction results would take place Nov. 24, according to the schedule Haggen has proposed.
Baker City’s drought-depleted water supply is keeping up with demand.
The 11 streams and springs in the city’s watershed in the Elkhorn Mountains west of town are producing about 2 million gallons per day (MGD), Public Works Director Michelle Owen said.
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.