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Focus on Sam-O

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Keith Magnuson, Baker City shop/facilities supervisor, examines the original boiler that needs to be replaced at Sam-O Swim Center.

City Council plans to appoint task force to look at maintenance needs for city-owned swimming pool

By Joshua Dillen

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The Baker City Council will create a task force to look at maintenance needs at Sam-O Swim Center, but who will serve, and how many, remain to be decided.

Councilors talked about the task force during their meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

The idea arose last week when Randy Daugherty, chairman of the city’s Budget Board, and a former councilor, suggested setting up a task force to study the needs of the city-owned swimming pool, which is managed by the Baker County Family YMCA.


Bugs back in Baker

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Plastic planters stacked for the winter can hold rain water or snowmelt that will provide an ideal incubation reservoir for mosquito larvae.

Rainy weather gives mosquitoes more places to grow

By Jayson Jacoby

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The soggy second half of May has greened lawns and refreshed gardens, but the copious rain bolstered another crop that nobody would grow on purpose.

Well, maybe somebody who owns an especially sinister sense of humor.

And a goodly supply of DEET.

The mosquito is one of the unfortunate insectile beneficiaries of our recent rainy spell.


A Mile In Their Boots

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Joshua Dillen/Baker City Herald: Curt Weeks, above, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from the top of an exact replica of a combat Hummer. Kelli Flores is firing an M4 machine gun.

Bosslift Event Gives Civilians A Chance To Sample Military Technology

By Joshua Dillen

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Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.

On May 14, a group of 20 Oregonians were treated to a flight aboard a CH-47 Chinook double rotor helicopter to Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Boise.


Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery

 S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Gary Young, left, and Ed Busciglio, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, help raise eight new flags at Mount Hope Cemetery honoring military service personnel. Memorial Day veterans services Monday included guest speaker Bill Harvey, Baker County Commission Chairman, who reminded the audience that freedom cannot be taken for granted. He said this is a day to remember and a day to pray for those in service of their country.


Preparing For Memorial Day at Mount Hope Cemetery

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Volunteers place more than 400 flags at Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day. Helping early Monday morning are, from left, Alex Dyke, Sam Galvan and Kevin Churchill. The Avenue of Flags appears to ignite the cemetery grounds with flames of red, white and blue dancing in the breeze. The veterans memorial service began at 11 a.m. to honor those who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice in defending America’s freedom. 


Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre Director Retiring


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Lynne Burroughs is one of the two co-founders of the Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre. (S. John Collins//Baker City Herald file photo)

The posters provide a walk through 13 seasons of community theater — laugh-out-loud comedies, creepy mysteries, tearjerker dramas, silly melodramas and musicals that showcased local singing talent.

And now the future of Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre is uncertain.

Lynne Burroughs and Abby Dennis founded Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) in 2003. They, along with Jean Simpson-Geddes, produced two plays that year — “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Crimes of the Heart."


Committee approves 2015/16 budget


After almost three hours of discussion and debate, the Baker City Budget Committee approved the proposed budget of more than $19.4 million, which includes just over $5 million in unappropriated funds for next fiscal year.  The current year’s budget is about $19 million.

There were several changes before the approval that came just before 9 o’clock Thursday night.

The Baker City Council must adopt the approved budget by the end of June and may make changes to it before it does.

The committee approved funding a school resource officer (SRO) for the Baker School District.


Military jet will perform flyover on Memorial Day

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jet fighter will perform a flyover of Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.


By gallon, or mile?

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald With gas taxes the major source of money to maintain highways and city streets, transportation officials worry about running short of money as more people drive fuel-efficient vehicles.

With thousands of new fuel-sipping vehicles rolling onto our highways every year, the gas tax is becoming a less-reliable source of revenue to maintain roads

By Jayson Jacoby

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Toyota’s iconic Prius hybrid car is beloved by owners as they roll past the gas station.

Until one of the skinny, low rolling resistance tires slams into a pothole with a kidney-bruising crunch.

The Prius and the pothole could serve as the twin symbols of a looming crisis that confronts Oregon and the rest of the nation.

How can we afford to keep our streets and highways in decent shape when the main source of money for that work — gas tax revenue — inexorably shrinks as the gas-sipping frugality that the Prius epitomizes spreads, virus-like, through America’s fleet?


Voters say no to nonpartisan county commission positions

By Joshua Dillen and Jayson Jacoby

Baker City Herald

Baker County voters like their county commission positions just as they are — with a party affiliation next to the commissioners’ names.

Voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have made the three commissioner positions nonpartisan.


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