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10th Street business district

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Power lines, poles, street lights, signs and sidewalks are topics of improvement concerns for 10th Street. A telephoto lens was used for this image, which compresses distance between objects.

By La’akea Kaufman

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Before Interstate 84 had cars plying through Baker Valley, before the Historic Baker City organization began to restore the downtown area, and even before the current Safeway -— there was 10th Street. 

The 1.3-mile stretch between the Broadway and Hughes Lane/Pocahontas Road intersection connects to Highway 30, which served as the main roadway through Northeast Oregon prior to the construction of Interstate 84 in the early 1970s. 

 

In those days, 10th Street might have been the only thing a passerby would see of Baker City. 


THE MORRISES: 2015 Baker County Fair Family of the Year

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald The Morris family, from left: Drew, Dan, Haley and Morgan Morris.

‘Entangled in the Agriculture Loop’

By La’akea Kaufman

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The Morris family are Baker City born and bred livestock people.

Dan Morris can recall multiple instances where he had to run back and forth between nieces and nephews showing livestock at one end of the Baker County Fairgrounds, and his own children at the opposite end.

Dan said the Morrises were shocked when they heard they had been honored as the 2015 Fair Family of the Year.


Buddhist culture comes to Baker City

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Lopen Kinley patiently creates the Mandala with sand upon an architectural map drawn on the wood base.

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche.
 

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

A cultural experience is happening right now at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center — a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist tradition brought to Baker City from Bhutan.

The Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche is the founder, spiritual director and teacher at Drukpa Mila Centers in Salem and Boulder, Colorado.

This week Rinpoche has led a variety of gatherings — an opening tea ceremony, techniques of calm meditation, a talk about the Elements and “Medicine Buddha."


Stateís data on offenders is limited

Public Information about sex offenders’ addresses

By Joshua Dillen

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Earlier this week, Baker City Police notified media and the public that a predatory sex offender had moved to town.

Without such a notice, how do parents and other concerned citizens know if there are sex offenders living nearby? 

Oregon State Police (OSP) maintains an online Sex Offender Inquiry System (SOIS) that provides information about certain types of sexual offenders, but not all.


Police continue to monitor sex offender

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By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker City Police have been busy this week tracking the movements of a predatory sex offender who arrived here on Saturday.

Travis Scott Jones, 43, who has been convicted of sexual abuse in Malheur County and of possessing child pornography in New Mexico, was released from a New Mexico prison on July 16.


Itís a great place for growing

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Meyer spends most of his garden time placing a death grip on weeds.

Community Garden Revived at the Baker County Fairgrounds

By La’akea Kaufman

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On any given morning between 9 and 10 o’clock you can find Mike Meyer, hose in hand, surveying his garden plot.

It’s part of his morning ritual: he wakes up, goes for a walk, stops to tend to his garden, then loops back home. 

Meyer is one of four plot owners at the Baker County Fairgrounds Community Garden.


A New Kind Of High School Sports Physical

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Sports physicals for Baker students next month are changing to be a more comprehensive adolescent exam with experts from throughout the community.

All students who are entering grades 7, 9 and 11 are encouraged to attend — not just athletes.

“We’re really intending to reach a broader audience,” said Dr. William Irvine, a provider at St. Luke’s Eastern Oregon Medical Associates.


Petition approved to recall Sumpter mayor

A petition to recall Mayor Melissa Findley of Sumpter was filed and approved earlier this month.

Sumpter resident and Chief Petitioner Allen Patton filed the petition July 7. It was approved by City Recorder/Election Official Julie McKinney July 9.


Police say predatory sex offender living at different address in Baker City

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said this afternoon that Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who arrived in Baker City on Saturday, told an officer he is living at 3010 Elm St., not at 1769 Valley Ave., the address Jones listed when he registered as an offender. 


Predatory sex offender not living at Valley Avenue address, mother says

Also, New Mexico prison official explains why Travis Scott Jones was released from prison last week 

Nancy Berdahl, the mother of Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who moved to Baker City Saturday after being released from a New Mexico prison, said this morning that Jones is not living at her home at 1769 Valley Ave.


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