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Baker swimmers win medals, ribbons at State Games

BEAVERTON — Three Baker County swimmers brought home medals and ribbons from the Special Olympics Oregon State Games Nov. 21 at the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Center.

Caitlyn Calaway won the silver medal for her second-place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke, and the fourth-place ribbon in the 50-meter freestyle.

Tommy Huntington won the gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle and the silver medal in the 50-meter backstroke.

The Baker athletes are coached by Paula Moe and Melanie Rhodes.

Rhodes received the Special Olympics Oregon Volunteer of the Year Award at the State Games ceremony.

Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort opens for the ski season this Saturday

The ski and snowboard season starts Saturday at Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort.

The ski area in the Elkhorn Mountains, 34 miles northwest of Baker City, has a 20-inch snow base, with more snow forecast later this week. 

Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Family Fun Day

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Fun Day at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center finds a Haines family, Austin Harkness and his parents, Christy and Andrew, dressing the part of trail pioneers for a family portrait. With a little bit of math at another station, Austin figured he would have taken more than 11 million steps if he'd have walked the journey from Missouri to Oregon City.

By Joshua Dillen

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Family Fun Day means kids get to enjoy the wonders of the old West and more at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

Crafts, skits, pioneer history and photo opportunities were part of the annual event at the center east of Baker City on Friday.

Exhibit Specialist Gypsy Burks said it is nice to have local families enjoying the center. She said it was a contrast to other times of the year when visitors are mostly from out of town.

Eastern Oregon jobless rate drops in two months

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Newly released statistics from the Oregon Employment Department show the jobless rate across Eastern Oregon dropped between September and October and Baker County added 90 jobs during a 12-month period stretching from 2014 to present.

The county’s nonfarm payroll employment rate showed a boost of 90 jobs since October 2014 as the private sector added 70 jobs and local government contributed 20. The most significant employment boosts occurred in manufacturing — 30 jobs — and retail trade with 20 jobs.

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