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LifeFlight gets new helipad at Baker hospital

Photo by Lisa Britton LifeFlight helicopters have a new landing pad at the Baker City hospital.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Air ambulance helicopters  now have an improved — and safer — place to land at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

The helipad was recently expanded in concrete with a big red H and the St. Alphonsus name and logo.

The previous pad was basically an asphalt pad extended from the parking lot.

New pot ban in town

By Joshua Dillen

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Marijuana prohibition is once again in the spotlight at Baker City Hall. 

In spite of the adoption of an ordinance banning the herb and its related businesses last spring by the Council, the issue was revisited Tuesday night. 

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. 

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