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Cutting A Deal

Private forest owners form cooperative to sell timber to Boise Cascade 

Baker City Herald File Photo/Ed Merriman A new cooperative formed by private forest owners in Baker County will make it easier, and more profitable, for owners here and in Union and Wallowa counties to sell their timber.

By Chris Collins

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Private woodland owners in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties will receive premium prices for their timber this winter thanks to an agreement forged with Boise Cascade last month.

The agreement came about with the formation of the Blue Mountain Woodland Cooperative, which has been 12 years in the making, said Bob Parker, Extension forester.

The co-op was formed by members of the Baker County Small Woodlands Association. Many of the same people serve in leadership roles in both organizations.

Gas leak leaves Sam-O Swim chilly

By Chris Collins

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Swimmers were forced to take cold showers Tuesday at Sam-O Swim Center and the air temperature was a bit cooler than usual, but no one was in danger as a result of natural gas leaks detected by YMCA staff, Baker City Manager Mike Kee said Wednesday.

Natural gas that fuels the hot water system and the boiler were turned off while the issue was investigated and repairs were made. The city-owned pool remained heated during that period.

Heidi Dalton, the YMCA’s chief executive officer, said the pool did not close and most swimmers showed up as usual. They simply took a quick cold shower as required before entering the pool and then showered at home after swimming, she said.

Swimming lessons, water aerobics, swim team practice and lap swimming are scheduled Monday through Thursday at the pool.

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