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Letters to Oregon Sheriffs not toxic according to FBI

By Chris Collins

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No toxic substance has been found in a statewide investigation of 20 letters delivered to Oregon sheriff’s and their offices beginning Monday, the FBI has announced.

“To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown no toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope,” Elizabeth A. Steele, FBI spokeswoman, stated in a press release. “In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.”

That contradicts earlier reports that claimed a white substance was found in an envelope opened by Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.

10th Street business district

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Power lines, poles, street lights, signs and sidewalks are topics of improvement concerns for 10th Street. A telephoto lens was used for this image, which compresses distance between objects.

By La’akea Kaufman

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Before Interstate 84 had cars plying through Baker Valley, before the Historic Baker City organization began to restore the downtown area, and even before the current Safeway — there was 10th Street. 

The 1.3-mile stretch between the Broadway and Hughes Lane/Pocahontas Road intersection connects to Highway 30, which served as the main roadway through Northeast Oregon prior to the construction of Interstate 84 in the early 1970s. 


In those days, 10th Street might have been the only thing a passerby would see of Baker City. 

The Morrises: 2015 Baker County Fair Family of the Year

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald The Morris family, from left: Drew, Dan, Haley and Morgan Morris.

‘Entangled in the Agriculture Loop’

By La’akea Kaufman

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The Morris family are Baker City born and bred livestock people.

Dan Morris can recall multiple instances where he had to run back and forth between nieces and nephews showing livestock at one end of the Baker County Fairgrounds, and his own children at the opposite end.

Dan said the Morrises were shocked when they heard they had been honored as the 2015 Fair Family of the Year.

Sex offender arrested

Registered sex offender Travis Scott Jones has been arrested for failing to provide accurate information regarding were he was residing according to Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner. He is currently in custody at Baker County Jail.

Baker City Police have been busy this week tracking the movements of the predatory sex offender who arrived here on Saturday.

Jones, 43, who has been convicted of sexual abuse in Malheur County and of possessing child pornography in New Mexico, was released from a New Mexico prison on July 16.

On Monday, Police Chief Wyn Lohner sent a notice to local media about Jones’ arrival.

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