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Driver flees police, crashes

A Western Oregon man stopped for speeding Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 84 fled from police and crashed into two cars on Pocahontas Road near 10th Street, temporarily closing one of the city’s busier intersections.

No serious injuries were reported.

Anthony Joseph Yattaw, 26, of Happy Valley, Oregon, was arrested after the crash. (His driver's license shows an earlier address in Castle Rock, Colorado. )

Advent Reflections

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald Baker City residents have been writing their reflections about the Advent calendar in the windows on the north side of the First Presbyterian Church at Fourth Street and Broadway Avenue.

Residents Express Their Feelings About The Christmas Season

Every December day this year has dawned with the revealing of a new image in Baker City’s biggest Advent calendar.

“It’s a gift to the community,” says Katy Nicole, pastor of the First Presbyterian. “The intent was to welcome the community into a different type of holiday season — to walk together through Advent, with reflection and patient waiting.”

The church congregation and others from the community helped color images to be displayed in the church’s windows on the north side, which faces Washington Avenue and Baker Middle School.

‘Star Wars’ strikes gold

The force at the box office was strong last weekend at theaters throughout the world.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” garnered $248 million in ticket sales in North America for its much anticipated debut. 

That demolished the previously held record of $208 million in opening weekend box office sales by “Jurassic World” in June.

BLM unveils new B2H maps

The BLM last week released new maps that show a variety of possible routes for Idaho Power’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway power line.

And Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett is not pleased with the timing of the latest unveiling of maps for the controversial proposal, which could put nearly 200-foot-tall metal towers within sight of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and parts of Baker Valley.

“I was extremely unhappy that they rolled it out during the holidays,” Bennett said. “It’s just poor government policy. It’s not the time we want to analyze and study maps."

BTI to expand welding program

Baker Technical Institute is gaining momentum with new programs and partnerships being added regularly.

Doug Dalton, the Baker School District’s chief financial officer, reported BTI’s progress to the Baker School Board when it met Thursday night.

Home From Russia

Submitted photo David and Elizabeth Huntsman visited a mosque in Uchaly, Russia, during their 23-month mission.

Baker City Couple Serves 23-Month Mission In Russia 

Elizabeth and David Huntsman wanted to go on a mission — but they didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.

The couple, who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finished paperwork for a mission in September 2013.

“We received the call — and had seven weeks to prepare,” Elizabeth says.

Their destination: Russia.

Without language training.

Forest official outlines salvage logging plan

Logging in Cornet/Windy Ridge fire could yield 10 million board-feet

Representatives from the Forest Service and the Baker County commissioners met Wednesday for their monthly coordination meeting to discuss salvage logging after this summer’s record-setting wildfires.

Whitman District Ranger Jeff Tomac gave a PowerPoint presentation showing how many acres of salvage logging, hazard tree removal and work in riparian areas the Forest Service is planning in areas burned by the 104,000-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire.

Police: Suspected bomb maker made comments about ISIS before arrest

A homemade bomb found in a storage shed in south Baker City last week prompted local authorities to call federal investigators because of comments about ISIS terrorists made by the suspected bomb maker.

Jonathon Romine, 35, of Baker City was indicted Thursday on charges of unlawful possession of an explosive device and unlawful manufacturing of an explosive device, said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff. The crimes are both Class C felonies.

Pageant Platform

Colleen Cahill Studios photo Lori McNeil of Baker City was named Mrs. Eastern Oregon and she’s competing for the title of Mrs. Oregon.

Lori McNeil of Baker City, crowned Mrs. Eastern Oregon, using her position to promote literacy

Lori McNeil is using her time as Mrs. Eastern Oregon to promote literacy and a love of learning across eight counties.

“Every contestant needs a platform — what a unique opportunity to speak about what I’m passionate about,” she says.

McNeil, 37, lives in Baker City.  She first discovered the Mrs. Oregon competition while researching scholarships for graduate school.

She even contacted the director of the event, but then postponed pursuing it due to family circumstances. 

Wallowa-Whitman releases analysis of road system

Forest says it needs about 86 percent of the existing roads

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has released a study showing the roads the Forest Service believes it needs to manage the 2.4-million-acre national forest.

Each of the 16 other national forests in Oregon and Washington have also finished their "Travel Analysis Reports." 

The Wallowa-Whitman's report, which covers the forest's approximately 9,120 miles of roads, is available at:

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