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East tops West 25-0 in Shrine game

A Shriner brings his smile, American flag and a tiny

By Gerry Steele

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Jackson Cross connected on a pair of touchdown passes to Hunter Jelden and Austin Feist ran for two more scores as the East shut down the West 25-0 Saturday in the 63rd annual East-West Shrine All-Star Football Game at Bulldog Memorial Stadium.

The win broke a five-game East losing streak and evened the overall series at 30-30-3.

Feist (Burns) gave the East the lead for good with 55.8 seconds left in the first quarter on a 19-yard scoring run.

On the play, Feist faked a handoff to a running back and sprinted around the right end into the end zone.

The second period belonged to the Cross-to-Jelden connection.

Their first score came with 8:01 left in the first half when Cross (Toledo) found Jelden (Harrisburg) alone in the front left corner of the end zone.

The duo hooked up again with 1:47 left in the first half when Jelden started from his left and slanted across the middle of the field where Cross hit him in stride in the end zone.

The East led 18-0 at halftime.

During halftime festivities the Shrine steer was auctioned off a half-dozen times for a total of $15,250. Two footballs autographed by the teams were auctioned for a total of $1,150.

When play resumed, the third period went scoreless.

Feist then completed the scoring with 2:42 left in the game on a 4-yard burst off right tackle.

The East had another opportunity to cross hit the end zone with 6:10 left in the third period. But, on fourth down from the West 1, Cross was stopped short giving the West the ball.

The closest the West came to scoring came early in the fourth period. 

See more in today's issue of the Baker City Herald. 


Baker City may face water restrictions

By Joshua Dillen

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Extreme drought conditions this year are effecting the local water supply and mandatory usage restrictions may come into play before summer ends for Baker City residents.

The city’s watershed continues to provide less water than normal as the summer progresses.

City staff have been monitoring usage and will make a determination by Tuesday whether mandatory water use restrictions will be implemented, Michelle Owen, Public Works director, said.

 “If the curtailment ordinance is activated then it would be activated at Stage 2 and odd/even irrigation would be required of residents rather than just voluntary as it is now,” she stated in an email.

At Stage 2 the city’s water curtailment ordinance allows the city to impose restrictions on water usage. When demand for water to the city’s users is 80 percent of the water supply and Goodrich and the aquifer storage recovery (ASR) well are being used, Stage 2 is triggered.

Stages 3 and 4 are put into place when Goodrich is at half and quarter capacity respectively and demand is at 90 percent.

At Stage 3, lawn watering and car and driveway washing will be prohibited and parks, cemetery, school and sports complex irrigation will cease.

At Stage 4 — which is emergency status — only water for human and animal consumption, and water for proper health and sanitation will be allowed from the domestic water supply.

The water curtailment ordinance can be read at the city’s website: www.bakercity.com/government/ordinances.

Since the beginning of July, municipal water users have been asked by the city to voluntarily conserve water by irrigating on odd or even dates corresponding to their addresses.

(This means that if your address is an odd number you should irrigate on the odd days of the month and if your address ends in an even number you should irrigate on even days of the month.)

Larry McBroom, the city’s engineering supervisor, estimates that the voluntary conservation has saved about a million gallons of water per day since the request.

The school district, parks and cemetery were asked to limit their irrigation before the voluntary request was made of city users, Owen said.

The city has asked them to conserve a little more.

See more in today's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

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 Baker City Council, the issue was revisited Tuesday night. 

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