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Want to get more people to your non-profit event or get publicity for your organization?

The Baker City Herald will host a free workshop for organizations that want to learn about using traditional, digital and social media to increase traffic and awareness for their event, business or organization. The event will be held on Thursday, May 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Baker County Library, 2400 Resort Street.

Atendees will receive a packet of how-to information to help promote future projects.  RSVP is encouraged, but not required. For more information, contact Kari Borgen at the Baker City Herald, 541-523-3673, or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it             


Digital Marketing class offered June 18

Learn from three Baker County businesses how to boost your brand and increase sales with digital and social media and e-commerce.

Kennedy's Eastside Market closed; but will re-open

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Roger Kennedy's Eastside Grocery Baker City is devoid now of the chatter of children looking for there special candy, the familiar noise of ice dropping into soda cups and the endless hum of freezer and cooler systems.

By Chris Collins

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The closed sign has been flipped over for the last time at Kennedy’s Eastside Grocery.

Roger Kennedy shut the doors of his store earlier this month and hasn’t looked back. He’s looking forward to a life without the all-consuming workload of operating a neighborhood market.

For the community, it’s the end of an era when family owned grocery stores could be found in nearly every neighborhood. 

Except for York’s Park Grocery on Campbell Street, which has been transformed into a sporting goods and convenience store in recent years, Kennedy’s Eastside Grocery was Baker City’s last survivor.

“After all these years, I never thought I’d get to this point,” the 72-year-old Kennedy said in an interview at his home just east of the store at 1280 Washington Ave. 

“Right now I’m so happy,” he said.

Little Pig restaurant represents 10th Street’s unique ambience

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald Erin Hansen, right, and her daughter, Hazel, prepare one of the vegetarian dishes offered at The Little Pig.


Owner Erin Hansen has added 500 square feet to the place

By Terri Harber

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Ample attention is paid to the historic buildings in downtown Baker City as well as to the businesses lining Campbell Street near the interstate. 

People wheeling up and down 10th Street can see something a little different — samples of roadside Americana similar to that along Route 66.

Baker real estate bucks market trends

Local Realtors, from left, Marty Lien, Sharon Rudi and Mary Jo Grove inspect a Baker City home that’s for sale. Agents say Baker County avoided the dramatic fluctuations that have roiled the real estate markets in other parts of Oregon and the U.S.
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Housing market woes across the country just can’t be compared to Baker City.

“Our market is so unique and nonstandard,” said Andrew Bryan, who bought Baker City Realty in 2008.

Nationally, real estate troubles hit in 2008.

“We had about a year lag time,” Bryan said.

And now, three years later, local Realtors are optimistic.

“We still have people looking, we still have people buying,” said Marty Lien, a Realtor since 1989 who works for John J. Howard & Associates.

Maverik opens store in Baker City

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A 24-hour Maverik gas station and convenience store opened Nov. 2  at 1520 Campbell St.

The Baker City store is the company’s first Oregon location.

St. Alphonsus buys Baker Clinic

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The Baker Clinic has been acquired by the St. Alphonsus Medical Group and is now officially known as St. Alphonsus Medical Group-Baker Clinic.

A large white-and-red sign erected next to the smaller Baker Clinic sign announces the change to passersby in the 3100 block of Pocahontas Road, just east of St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Sept. 1 was the official changeover date for the family and acute care clinic.

County banking on bus tours

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Baker County officials want busloads of tourists to visit the area. And they’ve contracted with a Portland-based expert to try to make this happen.

Falcon’s Crest Inc. will be paid $20,000 to foster packaged travel to the county and help businesses who want to attract these types of tourists best prepare for their needs.

This would make the county overall more attractive to groups of travelers, especially during what tourism professionals refer to as “shoulder seasons."

Police warn of tricky sales tactics

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Someone purporting to sell satellite and other TV products is doing so unlawfully, Baker City officials report.

The person in question doesn’t have a license allowing him to sell goods and services door to door — something required in the city, said Police Chief Wyn Lohner.

Part of the licensing process is for police to conduct a background check on the person, he said.

Women plan event to ‘pause, restore your creative energies’

Four women with a shared passion are a tough force to stop — or slow down.

The quartet is Kathleen Chaves, Kaylin Chaves, Mary Tomlinson (all of Baker City) and Dr. Karen Harris (an obstetrician/gynecologist from Ashland).

They are coming together to offer a weekend conference called ChoiceShops — “Harvesting the Garden of Our Spirit.”

The workshop is three days: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 10; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 11 (lunch included); and 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 12.

The event will take place at Lazy JW Ranch in North Powder (accommodations are up to the participants).

Enrollment is $200. Register by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or calling 541-523-1029.

The ChoiceShops brochure is imprinted with this message: “Gift yourself the time to pause and restore your healthy, playful and creative energies.”

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