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County assessor hopes to trim property taxes for residents who lost structures in fires

Baker County property owners who lost structure to fires could see lower tax bills this fall.

County Assessor Kerry Savage said today that he and his staff plan to re-appraise about 20 properties where structures, mainly outbuildings, were burned during the Cornet/Windy Ridge and Eagle Complex fires. The work could start next week.

A Car Comes Home

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Linda Hewitt of Hillsboro and her husband, Ron, near right, chat about cars and family with Ron's twin brother, Don, who lives in Baker City. The 1947 Chevy Coupe belonged to the Hewitt brothers' grandmother in Richland. Don owns the green Jeep wagon in the background.

Baker City Memory Cruise

Ron Hewitt is all smiles as he tells the story behind his bright blue 1947 Chevy Stylemaster coupe.

This car, he says, has come home.

Hewitt, 70, lives in Hillsboro and drove to Baker City to enter the 25th-annual Memory Cruise.

The Chevy originally belonged to his grandmother, Leona Hewitt, who lived in Richland and bought the car in 1950 in Baker.

Harvey calls for fast logging

Even as wildfires continue to smolder, Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey is looking toward the future, and he believes the top goal now should be salvaging burned timber. 

And time, Harvey said, is already running out.

Cold front cools air and clears the skies

The cold front that blew into Baker County Saturday brought the coolest air in almost three months.

And the cleanest air in almost three weeks.

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