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Empty Elkhorns

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Elkhorn Mountains, except at the highest elevations, are snow-free, a sight more typical of mid June than of early May.

Mountain Snowpack Near Record Low For Early May

By Jayson Jacoby

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To understand how historically low the snowpack is this spring in the Elkhorn Mountains you have to cast a long look back.

To a time when there was only one World War.

To 1936, to be precise.

Pot bills abound

Examining marijuana bills — all 25 of them — in the legislature

By Joshua Dillen

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In spite of its name, the only things the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Implementation of Measure 91 is passing around are ways to regulate marijuana. 

The committee — made up of  10 representatives and 10 senators — is tasked with sorting out how the voter-approved measure, which legalizes recreational use of marijuana starting July 1, will be enforced by examining, amending and moving 25 current bills through the legislative process.

Haggen to take over Albertsons store May 15

Haggen will take ownership of the Albertsons grocery store at Baker City on May 15.

Remembering Bishop Thomas Connolly

Submitted photo Bishop Thomas Connolly

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Bishop Thomas J. Connolly was a man who would take you rock hunting, help dig your car out of the snow, and travel the backroads of Baker County to say Mass at a cow camp.

“He was just one of the folks,” says Francis Mohr of Baker City, a longtime friend.

“He was a dedicated, devout and beloved priest-bishop, known and respected in the community and a friend of all."

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