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Jayson Jacoby/Baker City Herald Jimmy Sullivan of Durkee held a sign during Saturday’s Rural Lives Matter rally near Halfway. The sign’s message refers to the death of Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by Oregon State Police Jan. 26 in Harney County.

Crowd Gathers Near Halfway To Discuss Citizens’ Rights, Harney County

HALFWAY — Terrie Simons was heartbroken when she heard that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum had been shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers Jan. 26 beside a Harney County highway.

But Simons’ sorrow galvanized her to action.

Peaceful action with a message and a purpose.

“Let’s start by trying to reunite our county and our community,” Simons, 49, of Halfway said a little before noon Saturday.

Police seize meth, bikes

S. John Collins/ Baker City Herald Police log and load bicycles and parts found during a search at 3450 Kirkway Drive Sunday morning. Sgt. Wayne Chastain, Baker City Police Department, loads a trailer after Reserve Officer Ruthie Boyd logs any visible and identifiable information.

While executing a drug-related search warrant Saturday morning, police seized more than 200 pieces of evidence, including bicycles and electronics believed to have been stolen in Baker City. 

Justin Dean Bruce, 26, of 3450 Kirkway Drive, was arrested on charges of possessing, manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine; first-degree theft by receiving; and felon in possession of a firearm.

Drifting Away From Drought

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Winds have sculpted snow into drifts taller than 10 feet along the Skyline Road about two miles west of the Dooley Mountain Highway summit, about 15 miles south of Baker City.

With Snowpack Above Average, Farmers and Irrigation Officials Optimistic About Water Supply

Blizzards keep blocking Chris Heffernan’s driveway.

He’s happy about this.

The hassle of plowing through the drifts is more than balanced by the benefits that a snowbound winter will yield for the farm and timber land that Heffernan and his wife, Donna, own near North Powder.

“I hope it keeps up,” Heffernan said Thursday morning in the powdery wake of the latest in a series of storms to cross Northeastern Oregon.

County officials to attend Saturday rally in Halfway

Wednesday’s Baker County Commission meeting once again opened with public discussion about the situation in Harney County.

Marshall McComb, chairman of the Baker County Democratic Party, expressed concern about threats against public officials in Harney County.

McComb said he was particularly bothered by a “wanted” poster that depicted Harney County Sheriff David Ward and contained “pretty inflammatory statements."

Poll Question

Should Baker City seek a 'quiet zone' for trains, at a potential cost of $30,000?


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