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The art of baking

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Students in the 4-H cooking program picked up tips on baking, measuring and table-setting at the OSU Extensive Service office last Friday.

Some of the tastiest lessons came from a professional.

Jenny Mowe is the “sweet wife” in Sweet Wife Baking, her pastry business in the Baker Tower.

She talked with 4-H’ers about the baked goods they brought for the class, and she offered them tips for improving their products.

“It’s fun because the kids are cooking all from scratch,” Mowe said. “I bake all from scratch so it’s easy for me to see what’s  wrong.”

Brocato drops some claims


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Baker City and four city councilors named by Steve Brocato in a million-dollar civil lawsuit filed a year ago have submitted court documents detailing why they believe a judge should dismiss the case before it goes to trial.

Brocato, a former Baker City manager whom the City Council fired on June 9, 2009, sued the city, councilors Dennis Dorrah, Beverly Calder, Aletha Bonebrake and Clair Button, and Baker City resident Gary Dielman in May 2010.

The defendants filed motions on April 21 of this year asking a judge to dismiss the case, a move known as summary judgment.

In response to those motions, Brocato on May 27 filed documents in which he voluntarily agreed to withdraw some of the claims listed in his original lawsuit.

Brocato agreed to drop his claims against the city and the councilors for allegedly causing him emotional distress and interfering with economic relations.

He also withdrew his claim that the councilors and Dielman conspired against him.


Louise Palumbo: All work, no paychecks

Louise Palumbo was honored recently for her 27 years of volunteer work for Baker County Senior Citizens Inc.
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Twenty-seven years.

Ten hours of work, or more, per month.

Zero paychecks.

That pretty much sums up Louise Palumbo.

As for the sum of her contributions as a volunteer to Baker County Senior Citizens Inc., well, you could do the math.

Aerial assault begins on mosquitoes

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Baker County’s cool, wet spring has already been hard on gardeners.

For the county’s paid mosquito-hunter, though, the tough times are still ahead.

Jim Lunders, who manages the Baker Valley Vector Control District, expects this will be a busy summer for him and his crew.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water.

And there’s a lot of the latter.

Rebels with a cause

This is the logo for Bikers Fighting Cancer, a nonprofit group of motorcyclists who raise money to help kids diagnosed with cancer.
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A white skeleton holding a scythe, crossed out in red, and marked with the words “never give up.”

This is the symbol of the Bikers Fighting Cancer organization.

Members of the group participated in the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally this weekend.

As they have for the past four years, the philanthropic riders camped at the Harrell Hereford Ranch, about six miles west of Baker City.

Exhaust pipes aside, Rally weekend was quiet

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Despite the influx of traffic in Baker County over the weekend for the 12th annual Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, law enforcement officers say the weekend was quiet from their perspective.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said Baker City Police responded to just one crash Saturday, and otherwise the weekend was without any major problems — other than the weather, which failed to cooperate for the motorcyclist from throughout the region who had hoped for a sunny tour of Baker County’s scenic byways.

More like a spa than a hospital

Patients often spend four or more hours at a time to receive medication intravenously, or by infusion. Leigh Burge of Baker City, left, said she requires an antibiotic dose twice a day, every day for a month. When completed by Sept. 1, the new Billie Ruth Bootsma Clinic at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City will offer more comfort for patients and their visitors. At right, Dwight Riggs, 85, of Baker City is joined for his infusion periods by his longtime companion, Charlene Dean.
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St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City is planning to open a new clinic that will cater to patients’ comfort while they receive medication through an IV.

That’s known as “infusion services.”

The clinic is named for Billie Ruth Bootsma, a Baker City woman who died Oct. 8, 1980, at age 19 from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.

Herald's summer intern feels at home in rural setting

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Adrienne Goodrich brings an enthusiasm for journalism and an eagerness to learn to her summer job with the Baker City Herald.

The 21-year-old began a 10-week Snowden internship with the newspaper on May 31.

Her first assignments have included covering the 2011 Baker High School graduation and writing about a Baker City couple who train wild horses and sell them to customers in Europe.

Taming Boys Jungle

Susan Dougherty, left, often walks the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway through the area known as the Boys Jungle, just north of D Street. She said she’s never been bothered by the youth who hang out there, but she’s glad the area is being cleaned up. Toni Joseph, background with her children, Sage and Juniper, walks through the area daily with her dog, Wren. She figures young people will miss riding their bikes along the trails and obstacle courses they’ve built over the years.
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City officials have dubbed a longtime hangout for youth an attractive nuisance and asked the owner of the site, known as Boys Jungle, to clean it up and deter people from trespassing.

The heavily wooded area is on the east bank of the Powder River, just north of D Street and south of Elkhorn Village apartments.

Behold the return of the riders

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Steve Folkestad expects “pretty much a repeat of last year” for the 12th annual Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally.

Translation: a lot of motorcycles will be roaring into town.

“If the weather’s bad we’ll have 5,000. If the weather’s good we’ll have 10,000,” he said.

The forecast is partly sunny, with temperatures around 70, for all three days.

“I think there’ll be bikers coming out of the woodwork,” he said. “We’re really, really amped."

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