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Feline Frustration

Searches, including by two hounds, fail to turn up cougar spotted Wednesday in south Baker City

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Joe Curtis, right, and Wyn Lohner, Baker City Police chief, search for cougar sign along Myrtle Street Thursday. Curtis says his dogs are used mainly for bobcat hunting. Barreta is the dark Plott breed and June is a Walker tree hound.

By Chris Collins

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A two-day search that involved police officers, state fish and wildlife workers and a pair of trained tracking hounds turned up no sign of a cougar that two people reported seeing Wednesday afternoon in south Baker City.


Witty is 5J’s choice

By Chris Collins

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The Baker School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to offer the job of superintendent to 51-year-old Mark Witty, who has filled that role for Grant School District No. 3 in Grant County for the past five years.

Witty accepted the job today, according to a press release from the board. 


Stuck in snow, Pendleton man hikes 17 miles for help

His wife and her sister both suffer from hypothermia and minor frostbite

A Pendleton man hiked about 17 miles on a snowbound road in the Blue Mountains west of Baker City, and his wife and sister-in-law walked about 2 miles last week after their four-wheel drive rig got stuck in snow between Ukiah and Granite.


Police searching for cougar along ditch this morning

Baker City Police are resuming the search for a possible cougar this morning, focusing on a grove of trees and brush along Settlers Slough between 7th and 10th streets. 


BHS BASKETBALL: Class 4A play-in games at BHS this weekend

Both games at Baker High School

BOYS: Friday, 6 p.m. against North Marion (note: change from earlier schedule of 8 p.m.)

GIRLS: Saturday, 1 p.m. against Stayton


County Commission will start sending public notices for work sessions

Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett said today that commissioners will start emailing public notices to the media and other interested parties for the weekly work sessions commissioners have been having since the start of the year.


Police seize seven pounds of marijuana

Baker City Police seized about seven pounds of marijuana in a search of an apartment at 1791 Valley Ave. Wednesday morning.

The renter of Apartment No. 1, where the search was conducted, is Bobby Dude Larkin, 53. He was arrested on charges of unlawful possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana, Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner stated in a press release. 


Dogs search but don't find cougar

A pair of tracking dogs searched southwest Baker City Wednesday evening but didn't find any sign of a cougar that two people reported seeing a little before 1 p.m.


Sheriff Mitch Southwick to resign April 30

Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick has announced he will retire April 30.


Co-founder of Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally sells interest, promoting event in Pendleton

Eric Folkestad says the Pendleton event, which will take place later in July, will complement, not compete with the Baker City event 

Eric Folkestad, one of the founders of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, which brings several thousand motorcycle riders to Baker City, has sold his interest in the event to his brother, co-founder Steve Folkestad, and is helping promote a new motorcycle event this summer in Pendleton.


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