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County sells lot in biz park


Owners of a hop storage business with Baker City ties plan to build processing facility on the 2.47-acre lot in Elkhorn View Industrial Park

The Baker County Commission approved the sale of a property in the Elkhorn View Industrial Park at a Wednesday work session.

Commissioners accepted a $42,180 offer from Ted and Jodi Hausotter, owners of Hop Heaven Inc., for the 2.47 acres of industrially zoned land in the park at the northwest corner of town.

Career Milestone

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Sara Blair has been promoted to lieutenant in the Baker City Fire Department.

Baker City Fire Department’s Newest Lieutenant

Sara Blair, the Baker City Fire Department’s first woman to be hired as a career employee, reached another milestone this week.

Blair, 40, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant, making her the fire department’s first woman to serve as an officer.

The firefighter/paramedic joined the Baker City Fire Department 12 year ago this May. 

Blair grew up in Baker City and is a 1994 Baker High School graduate. She joined the Baker Rural Fire Protection District as a volunteer when she was 19.

Baker City manager interviews May 9, 10

The Baker City Council will interview four candidates for the city manager job May 9 and 10.

The finalists to replace Mike Kee, who is retiring, include one Baker City resident — Fred Warner Jr., former chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners.

Forum attracts a crowd

The three Republicans who want to be the next Baker County commissioner fielded questions during a forum Tuesday that ranged from the use of public land to this winter’s occupation of a wildlife refuge near Burns to the issue of mental health in the county.

The American Association of University Women, which sponsored the event that drew about 100 people to Baker High School, had a list of three prepared questions for Kody Justus, Jeff Nelson and Bruce Nichols.

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