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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. 

Baker City's dangerous dog ordinance

Baker City adopted a dangerous dog ordinance January of last year just three months after the tragic mauling and death of a 5-year-old boy by a pit bull. 

Since then, there have been four cases in which a dog has been determined as dangerous.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said a dog is usually complained about several times before a hearing is scheduled to decide if the dog is dangerous.

There have been 15 hearings to address potentially dangerous dogs since the ordinance was put in place.

It’s a subjective process to consider.

Hay truck on fire in Ladd Canyon

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Kristin Jones of Baker City was driving eastbound on Interstate 84 through Ladd Canyon when she witnessed a hay truck on fire that was pulled over on the westbound side of the freeway around noon today.

Jones did not see a driver and said there was a tire on fire in the eastbound lane and traffic was stopped in the westbound lane. 

"The cabin was fully engulfed in flames and the front hay trailer was on fire," she said. "I don't anticipate that turned out very well."

Jones said she saw several North Powder Fire Department Trucks heading towards the fire as she continued east on the freeway.

History Of The Baker County YMCA

Beth and Patrick Morrissey recall a critical conversation from 1972

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Patrick and Beth Morrissey enjoy the music played by grandson Ryan Johnson of Brookings. Beth says family has always come first for the Baker City couple.

The birth of the Baker County YMCA happened on a fall day in 1972.

Beth Morrissey was driving to pick up her daughter, Betty, from Baker High School when she noticed something that upset her.

“Kids, all standing around on the street corners,” Beth said recently, remembering that day almost 43 years ago.

“Talking and smoking with nothing to do.”

Beth was concerned — for those kids, and for her daughter, who was a junior in high school.

She expressed her fears to her husband, Patrick, when she got home.

At the time the Morrisseys had been married just over a year.

They had six children between them, all from previous marriages. 

But the conversation the couple had that autumn afternoon led to the conception of what became one of the Morrisseys’ favorite sayings, one Beth recites now with a laugh:

“The Y is our child.”

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