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Leaving Reality

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald K-Lee Hickman, left, and Marie Gazley add finishing touches to their abstract works during an art class at Baker High School. Guest artist SK Cothren spent several weeks teaching the students about abstract art, which culminated with their own interpretation of a bird.

Baker High School Students Experiment With Abstract Art

K-Lee Hickman likes drawing cartoons, and the sketches she pulls from her backpack are much more abstract than realistic.

However, give her an assignment to create an abstract piece of art and it shakes her creativity.

“I just try to make things look more realistic than they should,” she says as she snips tissue paper to create a feather. “This is the one thing I’ve done in art that’s made me nervous."

County planners to consider request for bunkhouse at Baker County mine

The manager of a placer mining operation in southern Baker County has applied for a conditional-use permit to build a bunkhouse on the property for approximately 30 miners.

The Baker County Planning Commission will have a public hearing on the request at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at the Courthouse, 1995 Third St. in Baker City.

Marijuana store opens in Huntington

Marijuana is being sold legally in Baker County for the first time today.

420Ville is the name of Huntington’s newest business, at 210 Washington St. in the town about 50 miles southeast of Baker City.

Refuge occupiers say they'll leave this morning

REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

BURNS — The last four armed occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon said they would turn themselves in Thursday morning after law officers surrounded them in a tense standoff.

The development came as Cliven Bundy — who led a Nevada standoff with federal officers in 2014 and who is also the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon standoff — was arrested in Portland.

The four occupiers yelled at officers to back off and prayed with supporters over an open phone line as the standoff played out on the Internet Wednesday night via a phone line being livestreamed by an acquaintance of occupier David Fry.

Fulfilling A Dream

Submitted photo Diane Bean, left, was treated to a meet-and-greet with singer Celine Dion, center, at a concert in January. Bean’s daughter Jessica Dudek, right, and granddaughter Macy Dudek also met Dion.

Baker City Woman With Cancer Gets To Meet Her Favorite Singer

Diane Bean beat breast cancer in 2013, and still talks about how her coworkers rallied around her.

“You wouldn’t believe the support,” she said.

Bean has worked as a nurse in Baker City for 18 years, and she continued to work in the St. Alphonsus ER through radiation and chemotherapy. During that time, her coworkers often volunteered to drive her to treatments.

She got better.

“I recovered from that, and felt great,” she said.

Haines Stampede Rodeo seeks a place in the shade

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo The Haines Rodeo Association is raising money to build a roof over the west-side bleachers. Bull rider is Johnny Owens from a previous Stampede.

As the Haines Stampede Rodeo approaches its 25th anniversary, efforts are underway to build a covered grandstand at the arena on the south edge of the town.

For many years the Haines Stampede Rodeo Association has wanted to add a covered grandstand to benefit spectators at the Fourth of July rodeo that bills itself as the “Biggest Little Rodeo in Eastern Oregon” said Colleen Taylor, the Association’s treasurer.

She is excited about the project and how it will benefit the community.

Message Delivered

Jayson Jacoby/Baker City Herald Jimmy Sullivan of Durkee held a sign during Saturday’s Rural Lives Matter rally near Halfway. The sign’s message refers to the death of Arizona rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, who was shot and killed by Oregon State Police Jan. 26 in Harney County.

Crowd Gathers Near Halfway To Discuss Citizens’ Rights, Harney County

HALFWAY — Terrie Simons was heartbroken when she heard that Robert “LaVoy” Finicum had been shot and killed by Oregon State Police troopers Jan. 26 beside a Harney County highway.

But Simons’ sorrow galvanized her to action.

Peaceful action with a message and a purpose.

“Let’s start by trying to reunite our county and our community,” Simons, 49, of Halfway said a little before noon Saturday.

Police seize meth, bikes

S. John Collins/ Baker City Herald Police log and load bicycles and parts found during a search at 3450 Kirkway Drive Sunday morning. Sgt. Wayne Chastain, Baker City Police Department, loads a trailer after Reserve Officer Ruthie Boyd logs any visible and identifiable information.

While executing a drug-related search warrant Saturday morning, police seized more than 200 pieces of evidence, including bicycles and electronics believed to have been stolen in Baker City. 

Justin Dean Bruce, 26, of 3450 Kirkway Drive, was arrested on charges of possessing, manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine; first-degree theft by receiving; and felon in possession of a firearm.

Drifting Away From Drought

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Winds have sculpted snow into drifts taller than 10 feet along the Skyline Road about two miles west of the Dooley Mountain Highway summit, about 15 miles south of Baker City.

With Snowpack Above Average, Farmers and Irrigation Officials Optimistic About Water Supply

Blizzards keep blocking Chris Heffernan’s driveway.

He’s happy about this.

The hassle of plowing through the drifts is more than balanced by the benefits that a snowbound winter will yield for the farm and timber land that Heffernan and his wife, Donna, own near North Powder.

“I hope it keeps up,” Heffernan said Thursday morning in the powdery wake of the latest in a series of storms to cross Northeastern Oregon.

County officials to attend Saturday rally in Halfway

Wednesday’s Baker County Commission meeting once again opened with public discussion about the situation in Harney County.

Marshall McComb, chairman of the Baker County Democratic Party, expressed concern about threats against public officials in Harney County.

McComb said he was particularly bothered by a “wanted” poster that depicted Harney County Sheriff David Ward and contained “pretty inflammatory statements."

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