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Another sunny September

That day was very much like today.

Fourteen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, there were scarcely any clouds, in Baker City or in New York City, to impede the late-summer sunshine.

In Baker the temperature dipped to 39 degrees that morning, then climbed to 90 in the afternoon.

Today’s forecast temperatures are almost identical.

The similarities, though, between that day and today, end with the weather.

Sept. 11, 2001, was a landmark, a dividing point after which nothing was the same, notwithstanding superficial matters such as the clarity of a blue sky.


State sides with EPA over ag industry

The saddest part of the following question is that we even need to ask it.

Does Oregon’s state government care more about empowering federal bureaucrats than it does about the ranchers and farmers whose operations contribute billions of dollars annually to the state economy?

We don’t blame the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association for posing that query.


A fair deal for fire victims

The idea sounds eminently logical when you hear it.

But somebody had to think of it. And we’re glad Baker County Assessor Kerry Savage did.


Surviving the flames

The only statement about wildfires we can make with confidence is that they’re unpredictable.

Fires, in fact, have quite a lot in common with tornadoes. Both phenomena are dangerous and it’s almost impossible to know where they will go.


Work still to do on the fire

Baker County’s biggest wildfire hasn’t completely cooled, but it’s not too early to start healing the damage.

The soil, in particular, is vulnerable in the aftermath of the 103,791-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire, lacking roots to keep it in place on steep slopes and vegetation above to absorb and deflect raindrops.


Bakerís been wise with water

The good news is that Baker City’s water supply seems to have stabilized, and residents and businesses have curtailed their consumption during this summer of drought.

The bad news is that we need to keep conserving.

And probably for at least a couple more months.


County made a reasonable plea

Postponing hunting season is, we’ll admit, an extreme request.

But not as extreme as the fires that have burned 150,000 acres in Baker County this month.

Baker County Commissioners Bill Harvey, Mark Bennett and Tim L. Kerns made a reasonable request in asking Gov. Kate Brown to delay the archery season, which starts Saturday, and the grouse and mourning dove seasons that begin Sept. 1.


Guest Editorial: Forest legal brawls can be avoided

Editorial from The (Bend) Bulletin:

Forest collaboratives are a bid by the Forest Service to keep whatever it does in the forest from becoming a legal brawl.

But some environmental groups, including the Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project from Fossil, have already declared they have had enough and won’t be a part of them. They wrote pages of criticisms, summarizing by saying, “In essence, collaborative groups are backroom decision-making processes disguised as feel-good endeavors which aid agency decision-makers.”


Summer suddenly heats up


Until this week the fire season, for Baker County residents, had mainly been something that happened elsewhere.

We saw pictures of smoke clouds from Southern Oregon and California and Idaho.

We read about fires blackening tens of thousands of acres in other counties, states, regions.

But except for the Lime Hill fire last week near Huntington, not much of an incendiary sort had happened close to home for quite some time.


Power plan neglects nuclear

The Clean Power Plan that President Obama unveiled recently was the sort of ambitious idea we expect from a president who’s pondering his legacy rather than his next campaign.

The plan’s centerpiece is a call for the U.S. to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent, based on 2005 levels, by 2030.

That’s not exactly revolutionary — we’re nearly halfway to that level now, before the president’s plan is even in effect.

But it’s certainly a worthwhile goal.


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