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A dog’s best friend


Baker City Woman Uses CPR To Save Her Dog’s Life

Just before dark Monday, Patty Hanley heard a strange sound coming from her Baker City backyard, where her three dogs were playing as usual.

Her 4-year-old male malamute mix, Chinook, was wailing.

“And if I hadn’t been here, I would have come home to two dead dogs,” Hanley said.

City water holds up

The flow from Baker City’s watershed is holding up, and city residents are holding down their consumption.

After the watershed’s production plummeted during July from 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD) to 2.5 million, the volume has remained relatively steady at the lower level.

“We’re holding our own,” said Larry McBroom, the city’s engineering supervisor. “We’re doing OK."

Crews stop fire near freeway

Fire crews converged from the ground and from the air Thursday afternoon to stop a wildfire just north of Interstate 84 near Baker City.

Five fire engines and a bulldozer were joined by five single-engine air tankers and one helicopter to contain the fire at 19 acres, said Bret Amick, manager of the BLM’s Vale District Dispatch Center.

‘One Big Blur’

Joshua Dillen / Baker City Herald Scorched trees and the remants of outbuildings line a road in Stices Gulch south of Baker City.

Stices Gulch Resident Recalls Evacuation Day

As the Cornet fire advanced toward her Stices Gulch home on Aug. 12, Julie Jayo had no sense of how fast she was moving.

“I lost all track of time,” Jayo said Monday. “It was one big blur.”

During that blur, her family packed pictures, family heirlooms and important documents from their home of five years into their trailer and moved to a trailer park in Baker City.

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