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Baker City bans outdoor open burning

Submitted photo/Ben Decker, left, and Ryan Tachenko helped douse a fire this morning next to the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway west of Kirkway Drive.

Baker City has banned all outdoor open burning due to the high fire danger and persistent hot, dry weather, Fire Chief Mark John announced Wednesday afternoon.

The burn ban took effect immediately.

“No open burning is allowed until further notice,” John said. 

Bakerís Bluesman


Jimmy Lloyd Rea Dies At 63

By Jayson Jacoby

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He was Baker City’s own bluesman, but Jimmy Lloyd Rea’s musical reputation went far beyond the town where he was born, a reputation forged in dark dingy bars and on brilliantly lit stages where he performed with blues legends like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

Rea, who had endured a series of health problems, including a kidney transplant in 2003, died Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.

He was 63.

June: Hot, but not a record

By Jayson Jacoby

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It wasn’t the hottest June ever in Baker City.

But good luck convincing somebody whose air conditioner was busted for the last week or so.

Baker City woman charged with assault in injury to 8-month-old

By Chris Collins

Of the Baker City Herald

A 25-year-old Baker City woman was arraigned Monday in Baker County Circuit Court on charges that she assaulted an 8-month-old baby girl in her care last year, causing injuries that will result in permanent impairment to the child.

Kira Vansickle of 2492 Carter St. is accused of causing “abusive head trauma, which can include shaken baby syndrome,” said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

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