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Military jet will perform flyover on Memorial Day

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jet fighter will perform a flyover of Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

By gallon, or mile?

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald With gas taxes the major source of money to maintain highways and city streets, transportation officials worry about running short of money as more people drive fuel-efficient vehicles.

With thousands of new fuel-sipping vehicles rolling onto our highways every year, the gas tax is becoming a less-reliable source of revenue to maintain roads

By Jayson Jacoby

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Toyota’s iconic Prius hybrid car is beloved by owners as they roll past the gas station.

Until one of the skinny, low rolling resistance tires slams into a pothole with a kidney-bruising crunch.

The Prius and the pothole could serve as the twin symbols of a looming crisis that confronts Oregon and the rest of the nation.

How can we afford to keep our streets and highways in decent shape when the main source of money for that work — gas tax revenue — inexorably shrinks as the gas-sipping frugality that the Prius epitomizes spreads, virus-like, through America’s fleet?

Voters say no to nonpartisan county commission positions

By Joshua Dillen and Jayson Jacoby

Baker City Herald

Baker County voters like their county commission positions just as they are — with a party affiliation next to the commissioners’ names.

Voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have made the three commissioner positions nonpartisan.

May cracks drought code

Past week has been the wettest in almost two years

By Jayson Jacoby

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May won’t bust the drought, but it might put a few temporary cracks in it.

The past week was the wettest seven-day period in Baker County in almost two years.

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Should Oregon allow limited self-serve gas in counties with fewer than 40,000 people?

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