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Crews cutting trees at Courthouse

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald: Workers have cut some large trees at the Baker County Courthouse.
Workers are removing several large trees on the Baker County Courthouse grounds in the first year of a multi-year project.

Several of the mature trees on the Courthouse property — the block between Third and Fourth streets, and Washington and Court avenues — have heart rot or other problems, according to the county's tree-maintenance plan.
Others have damaged curbs, streets and mechanical infrastructure as their roots grow.
This year's work calls for cutting five maple trees.

Baker man files complaint with state about County Commissioner Tim Kerns' vote

The County Commission, including Kerns, voted last month to re-appoint Kerns' wife, Jan, to an advisory committee

Kody Justus of Baker City has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission naming County Commissioner Tim L. Kerns.

Getting A Lift

St. Alphonsus Hospital Lends Device To Baker City Fire Department 

Lisa Britton / For the Baker City Herald Alex Mason, right, practices using the new patient lift, using Kristian Krohn as the pretend patient. Mason and Krohn are firefighters/EMTs at the Baker City Fire Department, and attended a training by Shauna Cline (background), safety officer at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The firefighters and EMTs from the Baker City Fire Department now have a new tool to use when facing a difficult situation of moving a patient.

It is a patient lift, which enables just one person to move a patient, rather than requiring multiple EMTs.

Wolves might lose state protection

By Dylan J. Darling

WesCom News Service

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ordered state wildlife managers Friday to analyze the possibilities of removing the gray wolf from Oregon’s protected species list for all or the eastern half of the state.

Pot talks not over

By Joshua Dillen

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Eleven people attended a meeting at Baker City Hall Thursday to discuss how marijuana dispensaries could be regulated if the City Council’s recent decision to ban commercial pot sales were to be deemed unconstitutional in Oregon courts.

A Tough Field

FFA Tractor-Driving Competition

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Guiding equipment straight and even is part of cultivating skills judged by Jarrod Maxwell and Tami Foltz. Future Farmers of America member Bryce Melville from Wallowa was at the controls Wednesday during the FFA Skills Competition at the Baker County Fairgrounds. Drivers try not to knock over paper cups aligned in rows. A student's knowledge of tractor operation and safety is graded at all four stations.

By Joshua Dillen

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Meat, dairy and tractors were the main focus of three career development events at the Baker County Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Eastern Oregon District FFA members tested their skills in those areas. The competition helped students prepare for state-level FFA events.

ODFW to revive trout in Balm Cr. Reservoir

By Jayson Jacoby

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to sow a fish-killing poison this fall in a Baker County reservoir where illegally introduced fish have trumped the once-thriving trout population.

But it’s not Phillips Reservoir.

Instead the Fish and Wildlife Department (ODFW) will target Balm Creek Reservoir, in the southern Wallowa foothills about 22 miles northeast of Baker City.

Bentz: Road package must be fair

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

For state Rep. Cliff Bentz, a future state transportation funding package must revolve around two key concepts: fairness and relevancy.

Comforting Kids

Local Quilters Donate To Children Who Have Eye Surgery

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Monica Bailey, left, and Cherrie Conklin sort through some of the 76 handmade quilts that Baker County quilters are donating to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic in Portland.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Women in Baker City are sending quilted comfort to the young patients at the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic in Portland.

Patients at the clinic receive a handmade quilt after surgery, and then get to take it home.

“Usually the kids wake up with a quilt on their bed,” said Bethany Painter, research assistant at the clinic.

Grant will pay to assess Pilcher, Wolf Cr. dam needs

By Jayson Jacoby

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The federal government will spend $60,000 to hire engineers to study two local irrigation dams and decide whether either needs upgrades.

The money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will go to the Powder Valley Water Control District and pay for assessments of the Pilcher Creek and Wolf Creek dams.

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