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Baker’s biggest ‘B’ gets brighter

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The huge ‘B’ on a hillside just west of Baker City has a fresh coat of white paint.

By Chris Collins

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Eleven Baker High School seniors made the long, steep hike up the foothills west of town last Saturday to become part of a long-standing tradition.

The students added a new coat of white paint to the gigantic letter B that represents their school on the hillside. The number 15 sits below and to the left of the B noting that the new paint was applied by members of the BHS Class of 2015.

The project was organized by Maddie Richards, senior class president.

Principal Ben Merrill praised Richards for her leadership skills in organizing the half-day project.

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

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Baker City’s UV Light Water Treatment Plant Nears Completion

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Baker City's ultraviolet light water treatment facility nears completion. At lower left is one of three UV reactors with each utilizing 40 UV lamps. Doug Schwin, city engineer, said Thursday each reactor can handle 6 million gallons of water per day. During summertime high peak water use — about 7½ million gallons per day — two reactors will operate, he said. The third reactor will alternate its operation with the others. The plant's capacity is 12 million gallons per day, Schwin said.

By Joshua Dillen

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In spite of a lack of cryptosporidium oocysts found in Baker City’s water since August of 2013, there is still a full assault against the gut-wrenching organisms.

The city’s public works department has been using a portable ultraviolet light (UV) purification system in the war against cryptosporidium since March.

A new and permanent UV purification plant is almost completed and will be online next month for an initial startup.

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