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A Dream Rises

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald The pavilion in Geiser-Pollman Park has been a dream of a group of Baker City residents for many years.

Powder River Pavilion Dedication Sunday at Geiser-Pollman Park

A dream almost 10 years in the making will be dedicated Sunday.

A small group of citizens came together in 2006 with the idea of bringing a bandstand back to Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City.

Many of those people will be on hand at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to dedicate the Powder River Pavilion.

Record cold in Baker City this morning

Summer still has a couple weeks to assert itself, but this morning it felt positively autumnal in Baker City. 

The temperature dipped to 27 degrees at the Baker City Airport. That’s a record low for Sept. 4. The previous record low of 30 degrees was set in 2011.

It’s also the lowest temperature since May 10, when the low at the airport was 25.

Wallowa-Whitman easing fire restrictions Thursday

Starting Thursday the Wallowa-Whitman will allow campfires in designated campgrounds and recreation areas, and in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Forest officials banned all fires a few weeks ago due to the extreme fire danger.

Wildfire & Wildlife

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Cornet/Windy Ridge fire burned most of the range for a herd of bighorn sheep that roamed on the north side of the Burnt River Canyon, forcing the sheep to move to areas along the river and to the south.

How Baker County’s Biggest Blaze Affects Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep

The biggest wildfire in Baker County history might not prove disastrous for wildlife that live in the burned areas.

But having said that, Brian Ratliff, the state’s lead wildlife biologist in the county, emphasizes that he doesn’t diminish the damage resulting from the 103,000-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire in southern Baker County.

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