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City proposes 19-percent boost in base water rates

City Council meets May 10 to consider proposal, which also includes 52 percent increase in rate for water use above 2,250 gallons per month

Baker City residents would pay at least 19 percent more for water based on a proposed rate schedule the City Council will consider when it meets May 10.

The city staff is proposing to increase the base rate by $6.12 per month — from $32.37 to $38.49 — starting July 1.

Finalist for Baker City manager job no longer manager for Douglas County, Nevada

Baker City press release sent April 27 referred to Jim Nichols as current manager of the Nevada county

One of the four finalists for the Baker City manager job is no longer managing a county in Northern Nevada, as stated in a press release Baker CIty issued April 27 to announce the four finalists.

The press release states that Jim Nichols is "currently the County Manager of Douglas County Nevada."

According to multiple stories in Nevada newspapers from January of this year, Nichols voluntarily agreed to leave that job effective Jan. 29.

He did not quit and he was not fired, according to news stories. Nichols was paid more than $115,000, which included six months' salary as well as accrued sick leave and vacation pay, according to the stories. Nichols had been Douglas County's manager since September 2014.

Cardio Class

Kathy Orr /Baker City Herald Students in Victoria Howard’s fifth-grade class warm up with the GoNoodle program at South Baker School.

St. Alphonsus Medical Center promoting its GoNoodle exercise program at Baker schools

Smiles spread across the fifth-graders’ faces as a silly character onscreen raises its hands in the air to stretch.

They mimic the movements, soon jumping, dancing and laughing until they’re out of breath.

On Thursday, Laura Huggins and Katie Rudi from St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City presented a program called GoNoodle to all the classes at South Baker Intermediate School, Grades 4 through 6.

April: More sunshine than showers

3rd-Warmest April on record

April had the record all but wrapped up.

Until the north wind barged into Baker City and unravelled pretty much anything that wasn’t adequately anchored.

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