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Urban Forestry

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Six trees on the west side of Main Street between Valley and Washington were removed because the trees were dead or dying. Trees have also outgrown their root wells.

City replacing six trees on Main Street

The Baker City Tree Board’s campaign to improve the city’s downtown “forest” — and reduce the risk of people tripping on buckled sidewalks — continues this spring with the replacement of six sickly trees on the west side of Main Street.

The Tree Board is working with six property and business owners on the project, said Jennifer Murphy, who is the city’s liaison to the Tree Board.

Six deciduous trees — two flowering plums, two flowering crab apples, one flowering pear and one maple — will be replaced.

The trees had stood at 1829, 1901, 1911-13, 1917, 1925 and 2021 Main St. — all between Valley and Washington avenues.

Those trees, which were planted when Main Street was rebuilt downtown in the 1980s, were ailing, said Clair Button, chairman of the Tree Board.


County sells lot in biz park


Owners of a hop storage business with Baker City ties plan to build processing facility on the 2.47-acre lot in Elkhorn View Industrial Park

The Baker County Commission approved the sale of a property in the Elkhorn View Industrial Park at a Wednesday work session.

Commissioners accepted a $42,180 offer from Ted and Jodi Hausotter, owners of Hop Heaven Inc., for the 2.47 acres of industrially zoned land in the park at the northwest corner of town.

Career Milestone

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Sara Blair has been promoted to lieutenant in the Baker City Fire Department.

Baker City Fire Department’s Newest Lieutenant

Sara Blair, the Baker City Fire Department’s first woman to be hired as a career employee, reached another milestone this week.

Blair, 40, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, making her the fire department’s first woman to serve as an officer.

The firefighter/paramedic joined the Baker City Fire Department 12 year ago this May. 

Blair grew up in Baker City and is a 1994 Baker High School graduate. She joined the Baker Rural Fire Protection District as a volunteer when she was 19.

Baker City manager interviews May 9, 10

The Baker City Council will interview four candidates for the city manager job May 9 and 10.

The finalists to replace Mike Kee, who is retiring, include one Baker City resident — Fred Warner Jr., former chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners.

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