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False Alarm No. 2

Emergency alarm system activated at Brooklyn Primary School


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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The police search through Brooklyn Primary Thursday morning includes the modular units that house kindergarten classes and one first grade class, above. From left are Oregon State Police officers, Joey Jayo and Andrew McClay, and Travis Ash, Baker County Sheriff’s Department.

By Chris Collins

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On Tuesday night, Baker High School Principal Ben Merrill was telling the Baker School Board how a new messaging system will revolutionize district communication with parents.

By Thursday morning, the software program was speaking for itself.

It was used by Merrill and Ellen Dentinger, District Office receptionist, to send out the same message simultaneously to 479 parents of Brooklyn Primary School students assuring them that their children were safe after a panic alarm was inadvertently activated by a staff member.


Fire season ends in Northeastern Oregon


Starting today, fire season was officially terminated for forestlands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), Northeast Oregon District. This includes private, state, county, municipal and tribal lands in seven counties: Union, Baker, Wallowa, Umatilla and small portions of Grant, Malheur and Morrow. Scattered rain showers throughout the district over the past few weeks, combined with cooler fall temperatures has reduced the fire danger. 

However, John Buckman, Northeast Oregon District Forester, reminds the public to implement safe practices when using fire in the fall months. 

“Fall is a good time to burn forest slash or yard debris, but please recognize that just one sunny and windy day can change conditions very quickly,” he said. “Each fall we respond to escaped fires, so please continue to use fire in a responsible manner."


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