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Public Record: August 18, 2014

  Deaths

Amber Lynn Randolph: 39, of Haines, died Aug. 14, 2014, at Haines. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

FUNERALS PENDING

Douglas Duane Calder: Memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. William “Bill” Bishop of the American Legion will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calder residence.  Disposition will be by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Baker City Post No. 41, and American Legion La Grande Post No. 43 through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Darcy Mehl: Celebration of life and memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice & Palliative Care, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Leave online condolences at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Debi Garrett: Private family graveside service, 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Debi’s life at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Baker City Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

POLICE LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Ryan Steve Jensen, 36, of Vancouver, Wash., 2:04 a.m. today on Sunridge Lane; jailed.

HARASSMENT: Oscar Alfredo Castaneda, 24, of Pocatello, Idaho, 2:06 a.m. today, in the 2400 block of Oak Street; cited and released.

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Joseph Alan Stevens, 34, of 2121 Fourth St., 10:14 a.m. Sunday, in the 1600 block of Auburn Avenue; jailed.

DRIVING WHILE OPERATOR’S LICENSE SUSPENDED: Tamara Kay Fine, 41, of 2250 Miller St., 10:59  p.m. Sunday, in the 2500 block of Campbell Street; jailed.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Parole and Probation detainer and Baker County Circuit Court warrant): Jeff Jameil Sult, 42, of 1544 Washington Ave., 2:02 a.m. Sunday, at 500 Campbell Street; jailed.

CONTEMPT OF COURT (Baker County Justice Court warrants): Justin Ray Page, 26, of 2845 Hughes Lane, 5:58 p.m. Saturday, on Bridge Street; cited and released.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Janet Marie Schomburg, 70, of 1025 Fifth St., 11:06 a.m. Saturday, at her home; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Melissa Jean Lattymer, 29, unknown address, 10:20 p.m. Friday, at Haines; jailed and later released to Malheur County.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

PROBATION VIOLATION: Marvin Lee Cassidy, 63, of 1275 B St., 8:42 a.m. Friday, at his home; jailed.


Public Record: August 15, 2014



Thursday thunderstorms: fire and rain

  

A Thursday afternoon cloudburst fills city drains causing Terrie Laeger to keep an eye on rising water approaching her store entrance. Laeger owns the Pat-A-Cake Bakery at Fourth and Broadway streets. The high water began to recede just before sloshing through the door. All four corners of the intersection flooded. A Baker City Department of Public Works employee, Craig Dolby, parked his vehicle to block the front-door splashes from passing motorists driving through the pools.

Thunderstorms bulled through Baker County in the depths of night and again in the middle of the afternoon Thursday, sparking several new wildfires and dumping more rain than Baker City’s storm drains could handle.

The afternoon squall also spawned a brief shower of hail.

In all, the storms doused the Baker City Airport with almost half an inch of rain, the most in a 24-hour period since mid June.

Lightning was also widespread during both storms.

A bolt ignited a blaze on Black Mountain, just south of Phillips Reservoir.

Firefighters kept the fire to one-tenth of an acre. They had help from a helicopter that dropped buckets of water on the fire.


Community Briefs



Record sales at Fair livestock auction

  

Cody Kester, 17, grooms his steer he says is the second heaviest to enter the auction ring during Saturday’s livestock sale at the fair. The steer weighed 1,462 pounds.

 

By Chris Collins

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The 77th annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction brought record sales for the youngsters who worked hard to prepare their animals for the final day of the Baker County Fair at Baker City.

“It’s the highest total auction we’ve ever had,” said Randy Guyer, who’s been associated with the sale since 1975, but began keeping records seri- ously in 1981.

Total sales for the 129 animals sold at this year’s Aug. 9 auc-
tion were at about $245,000 as of Wednesday. That doesn’t include the “add-on money” from people who didn’t make it to the sale — but who want to contribute — that is still

coming in, said Jayne Kellar, the sale committee’s co-treasurer with Terri Siddoway. Kellar also is the office manager for the Baker County Extension Service.

Guyer, who’s also a sale committee member, said the sale total could go as high as $250,000 once everything is accounted for.

The second highest auction total was collected during the 2012 fair when the sale brought in $228,107 for 138 animals, Guyer said.

Last year’s sale, at which 144 ani- mals were sold, earned $190,434.   For the full story, see Friday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.


Woman charged with animal neglect

Facebook Helps Police Identify Suspect


Photo courtesy of Animal Clinic of Baker Trooper, a Bordie collie mix, is recovering from surgery to repair his broken forelegs.

By Chris Collins

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The Baker City Police Department’s new Facebook page was created just in time to help investigators solve the mystery of who owned a Border-collie mix dog that suffered two broken legs when it was hit by a car last week.

Information was developed from Facebook that led police to Marcia Shelynn Studebaker, 30, of 2431 Campbell St. 

Studebaker was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on charges of first-degree animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor, and initiating a false report, a Class C misdemeanor.

She was released from jail Tuesday after posting $1,500 bail, 10 percent of the total $15,000 bail. Studebaker is scheduled to appear in Baker County Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

Sgt. Dustin Newman said Studebaker called police at 6:24 a.m. on Aug. 4 to report that the dog’s owner had abandoned it after it was hit by a car about 6 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Newman said Studebaker originally told him that a woman was walking the 9-month-old pup down the street past Studebaker’s house on Campbell between Fifth and Sixth streets, when the dog broke loose from its leash and took off chasing a goose. The dog was subsequently hit by a car, Studebaker told Newman. 

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 


Paving Priority

Pocahontas Road: 10th Street To The Railroad Tracks


By Pat Caldwell

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A proposal approved by the Baker City Council Tuesday night will capitalize on a joint deal with the county to deliver a much-needed upgrade to a section of Pocahontas Road later this summer.

The City Council sanctioned an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the county to repave the road between 10th Street and the railroad tracks in September.

That stretch of Pocahontas has produced complaints from drivers recently.

“The county has got a lot of calls on Pocahontas because the travel lanes are in really bad shape,” Baker County Commission Chairman Fred Warner Jr. said during Tuesday’s session at City Hall.

Under the IGA, the county will, in effect, act as the city’s contractor and place the fresh asphalt on that busy part of Pocahontas, which passes St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City and also leads to the YMCA Fitness Center.

Pocahontas is also the preferred driving route to town for many of the people who live along Pine Creek and other rural residential developments in Baker Valley.

The city originally planned to repave the street in 2015. 

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 


More mosquitoes trapped in Keating Valley infected with West Nile virus


A third pool of mosquitoes trapped in Keating Valley has tested posted for West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were trapped on Aug. 4, said Matt Hutchinson, manager of the Baker Valley Vector Control District.

Two other pools of mosquitoes trapped in Keating Valley on July 21 also were infected with the virus.

A pool of mosquitoes consists of 10 to 50 insects. 


Baker police arrest woman on animal neglect charge


Baker City Police this morning arrested a 30-year-old woman on charges of first-degree animal neglect and initiating a false report.

Marcia Shelynn Studebaker, 2431 Campbell St., is accused of filing a false report after her dog was hit by a car and broke both its forelegs.

Police said Studebaker reported on Aug. 4 that she had kept the dog overnight and that its owner had abandoned the dog.


Forest Service discourages travel on section of Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway due to fire


The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is discouraging drivers from traveling a roughly 10-mile section of Forest Road 73, the Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, near the Badger Butte 2 fire about four miles southwest of Anthony Lakes.

The road will be barricaded at times to accommodate fire crews.

The barricades will be set up at the junction with Forest Road 380, which leads to Peavy Cabin, and at the Anthony Lakes Ski Area.

The byway is open from Baker Valley to Anthony Lake and the Forest Service campground there, as well as to the Elkhorn Crest trailhead. 

Road 380 to Peavy Cabin, a Forest Service rental cabin, remains open. 

The Badger Butte 2 fire, originally estimated at 50 acres, is now pegged at about 25 acres.

About 120 people are working on the fire, which burned throughout Monday night, according to the Forest Service.

A fire camp is set up in the parking lot at the Anthony Lakes ski area. 


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