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Bakerís Bluesman


Jimmy Lloyd Rea Dies At 63

By Jayson Jacoby

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He was Baker City’s own bluesman, but Jimmy Lloyd Rea’s musical reputation went far beyond the town where he was born, a reputation forged in dark dingy bars and on brilliantly lit stages where he performed with blues legends like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

Rea, who had endured a series of health problems, including a kidney transplant in 2003, died Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.

He was 63.

June: Hot, but not a record

By Jayson Jacoby

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It wasn’t the hottest June ever in Baker City.

But good luck convincing somebody whose air conditioner was busted for the last week or so.

Baker City woman charged with assault in injury to 8-month-old

By Chris Collins

Of the Baker City Herald

A 25-year-old Baker City woman was arraigned Monday in Baker County Circuit Court on charges that she assaulted an 8-month-old baby girl in her care last year, causing injuries that will result in permanent impairment to the child.

Kira Vansickle of 2492 Carter St. is accused of causing “abusive head trauma, which can include shaken baby syndrome,” said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

Bikes come to town

Riding shotgun in the pace car for the Baker City Cycling Classic

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The Baker City Cycling Classic finds Women's Pro 1/2/3 racers slicing their way through downtown Saturday during the Criterium. The temperature during the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. race was near 100 degrees. Page 5 has additional photos from the men's and women's Criterium.

Temperatures were projected to be record high that day, but on Sunday at 6 a.m. it was a typical crisp Baker City morning. Volunteers were already busy filing in and out of Baker High School, loading boxes of bananas and water bottles into their cars. 

There had been a change of plans, Corrine Vegter, one of the organizers of the Baker City Cycling Classic informed me. I would be riding ahead in the women’s lead car. I tried not to reveal the excitement I was experiencing at the viewing upgrade I had clearly just received. 

My driver was Bev Calder, owner of Bella in Baker City and La Grande. Bev has volunteered and sponsored the event for many years. 

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