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A Tough Field

FFA Tractor-Driving Competition

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Guiding equipment straight and even is part of cultivating skills judged by Jarrod Maxwell and Tami Foltz. Future Farmers of America member Bryce Melville from Wallowa was at the controls Wednesday during the FFA Skills Competition at the Baker County Fairgrounds. Drivers try not to knock over paper cups aligned in rows. A student's knowledge of tractor operation and safety is graded at all four stations.

By Joshua Dillen

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Meat, dairy and tractors were the main focus of three career development events at the Baker County Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Eastern Oregon District FFA members tested their skills in those areas. The competition helped students prepare for state-level FFA events.

ODFW to revive trout in Balm Cr. Reservoir

By Jayson Jacoby

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to sow a fish-killing poison this fall in a Baker County reservoir where illegally introduced fish have trumped the once-thriving trout population.

But it’s not Phillips Reservoir.

Instead the Fish and Wildlife Department (ODFW) will target Balm Creek Reservoir, in the southern Wallowa foothills about 22 miles northeast of Baker City.

Bentz: Road package must be fair

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

For state Rep. Cliff Bentz, a future state transportation funding package must revolve around two key concepts: fairness and relevancy.

Comforting Kids

Local Quilters Donate To Children Who Have Eye Surgery

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Monica Bailey, left, and Cherrie Conklin sort through some of the 76 handmade quilts that Baker County quilters are donating to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic in Portland.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Women in Baker City are sending quilted comfort to the young patients at the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic in Portland.

Patients at the clinic receive a handmade quilt after surgery, and then get to take it home.

“Usually the kids wake up with a quilt on their bed,” said Bethany Painter, research assistant at the clinic.

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