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Wallowa-Whitman easing fire restrictions Thursday

Starting Thursday the Wallowa-Whitman will allow campfires in designated campgrounds and recreation areas, and in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Forest officials banned all fires a few weeks ago due to the extreme fire danger.


Wildfire & Wildlife

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Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Cornet/Windy Ridge fire burned most of the range for a herd of bighorn sheep that roamed on the north side of the Burnt River Canyon, forcing the sheep to move to areas along the river and to the south.

How Baker County’s Biggest Blaze Affects Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep

The biggest wildfire in Baker County history might not prove disastrous for wildlife that live in the burned areas.

But having said that, Brian Ratliff, the state’s lead wildlife biologist in the county, emphasizes that he doesn’t diminish the damage resulting from the 103,000-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire in southern Baker County.


Fewer pupils than in 2014

Baker School District enrollment down slightly

Baker School District enrollment has dropped slightly from September 2014 compared with preliminary figures compiled today.


Two more groups of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus

Two more groups of mosquitoes trapped in Baker County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Baker Valley Vector Control District said this morning.

That brings the total for 2015 to four “pools” of mosquitoes — each pool consists of 10 to 50 insects.


Verizon wants to build two 100-foot-tall cell towers in Baker City

Verizon Wireless wants to build two 100-foot-tall cell towers in Baker City.

The company, represented by Acom Consulting, has applied for conditional use permits for the towers, which would be taller than the city allows without a permit.


County assessor hopes to trim property taxes for residents who lost structures in fires

Baker County property owners who lost structure to fires could see lower tax bills this fall.

County Assessor Kerry Savage said today that he and his staff plan to re-appraise about 20 properties where structures, mainly outbuildings, were burned during the Cornet/Windy Ridge and Eagle Complex fires. The work could start next week.


A Car Comes Home

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Linda Hewitt of Hillsboro and her husband, Ron, near right, chat about cars and family with Ron's twin brother, Don, who lives in Baker City. The 1947 Chevy Coupe belonged to the Hewitt brothers' grandmother in Richland. Don owns the green Jeep wagon in the background.

Baker City Memory Cruise

Ron Hewitt is all smiles as he tells the story behind his bright blue 1947 Chevy Stylemaster coupe.

This car, he says, has come home.

Hewitt, 70, lives in Hillsboro and drove to Baker City to enter the 25th-annual Memory Cruise.

The Chevy originally belonged to his grandmother, Leona Hewitt, who lived in Richland and bought the car in 1950 in Baker.


Harvey calls for fast logging

Even as wildfires continue to smolder, Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey is looking toward the future, and he believes the top goal now should be salvaging burned timber. 

And time, Harvey said, is already running out.


Cold front cools air and clears the skies

The cold front that blew into Baker County Saturday brought the coolest air in almost three months.

And the cleanest air in almost three weeks.


A dog’s best friend

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Baker City Woman Uses CPR To Save Her Dog’s Life

Just before dark Monday, Patty Hanley heard a strange sound coming from her Baker City backyard, where her three dogs were playing as usual.

Her 4-year-old male malamute mix, Chinook, was wailing.

“And if I hadn’t been here, I would have come home to two dead dogs,” Hanley said.


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