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Richard Chaves To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From Eastern Oregon University

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Richard Chaves will receive Eastern Oregon University’s Distinguished Alumni Award this weekend.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

This weekend, Richard Chaves of Baker City will be honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Oregon University.

As part of the award, he will participate in EOU’s homecoming activities, including the parade Friday evening that begins at 5 p.m.

Chaves graduated from EOU in 1973 with a degree in business economics and a minor in math.

But how he got to that point is important to his story of success.

Chaves grew up in Baker City, where his father, Art, worked several jobs to provide for the family.

Idaho police say sex abuse suspect, who lived in Baker City, might have other victims

Lester Eugene Palmer

Idaho police say a man accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 might have other victims, and the man lived for a time in Baker City.

Lester Eugene Palmer, 54, was arrested Sept. 7 in Kootenai County, Idaho. He was extradited Sept. 16 to Canyon County, where he is charged with multiple counts and his bail is set at $500,000.

Nampa Police Detectives have information that there may be other victims in various states of where Palmer has had a previous residence. The incidents would likely have happened between 1994 and 2014 in Arizona, Oregon, Missouri, Illinois and South Carolina. Palmer spent time in Kellogg Idaho and Baker City as recently as April of 2014.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said local records show that Palmer lived at 2787 Third St. in Baker City, and that Baker City Police had “contacts with him beginning Feb. 2, 2007, and the last was on Oct. 12, 2010.”

Anyone with information about Palmer or other possible victims is urged to contact Detective Kari Seibel at 208-475-5715 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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