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Class Cleans Up

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Baker High School students Caistyn Brooks, right, and Tucker Foersterling remove the wood-plank siding from one of the buildings Monday.

BTI Students Tear Down Buildings On Contaminated Property

The weathered, wooden buildings that have occupied the east Baker City lot at 2430 Balm St. for more than 90 years have come down this week as part of an educational effort to clean up the contaminated site.

The work began Friday when two students from the Baker Technical Institute at Baker High School used pry bars and hammers to begin ripping nails and boards from two of the buildings. They worked alongside and under the guidance of their teacher, Megan Alameda, and volunteer Mike Aguirre.

Alameda is the instructor for the class titled “Environmental Science: Brownfield in Baker.” Aguirre, owner of My Little Woodshop in Baker City, has helped train the students and lead them in the first phase of the tear-down work in exchange for the usable salvaged weathered wood.

One volunteer so far for spot on City Council

With just two days left to apply, only one person has volunteered to fill a vacancy on the Baker City Council.

Margaret D. “Sandy” Lewis has applied to replace Ben Merrill, who resigned last month.

The city is accepting applications until 10 a.m. on Friday.

Police Chief disputes FBI crime statistics

Chief Wyn Lohner says FBI report 'completely inaccurate'

Although the FBI uniform crime report released last week doesn’t rank Baker City as the worst in Oregon in terms of violent crimes, the 61 such crimes reported in 2014 is higher than the number reported by many Oregon cities of similar size.

La Grande, with a population of 13,150 compared to Baker City’s 9,890 residents, reported just 15 violent crimes in 2014.

Roseburg killer's mother says he had Asperger's syndrome

By Gosia Wozniacka and Brian Melley

Associated Press

PORTLAND — The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.

Like Adam Lanza, the gunman in the Connecticut massacre, Christopher Harper-Mercer was living a mostly solitary life with a mom who shared his fascination with firearms.

Both stories illustrate the struggles parents face caring for a deeply troubled child, struggles that can inadvertently lead to a volatile outcome made easier by ready access to weaponry.

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