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Richland resident says gusty wind fueling Dry Gulch fire

Smoke from the Dry Gulch fire near Richland, seen from Brownlee Reservoir (photo by Sandee Britton)


Lance Adams said it appeared Saturday night that fire crews had made good progress in stopping the Dry Gulch fire, which started earlier in the day when a vehicle rolled on the Eagle Creek Road north of New Bridge and caught fire.

But on Sunday morning the wind started blowing.

Wildfire, started by vehicle crash, threatens homes in eastern Baker County

A wildfire that started Saturday afternoon when a vehicle rolled on Eagle Creek Road north of Richland and caught fire has grown to an estimated 3,800 acres Sunday afternoon, is threatening several homes near Halfway and has prompted an evacuation notice.
At 1:24 p.m. Sunday the Baker County Sheriff's Office issued a Level 3 evacuation notice — recommending residents evacuate immediately — for several homes west of Forest Road 77 due to the Dry Gulch fire.

City might owe refunds

Baker City Councilor Richard Langrell claims he isn’t the only business owner who’s owed a refund from the city for water and sewer fees.

Glen VandenBos also paid double the city’s normal water and sewer rates for several years for his former business, Eagle Valley Feed and Seed.

Virus killing local deer

A virus spread by midges, a type of biting fly, has killed at least one whitetail deer in Baker Valley, and is the suspected cause in the death of about a dozen other whitetails in the area between Washington Gulch and Marble Creek.

Baker man accused of assaulting his mother

Police arrested a Baker City man Wednesday night on charges that he assaulted his mother by setting her hair on fire and squeezing her neck with a pair of tongs.

Andrew Levi Myers, 37, was arrested at 6:40 p.m. at his mother’s home at 2285 Cherry  St. He is being held at the Baker County Jail.

Baker man gets 7 1/2 years in prison for selling meth

A Baker City man will serve 7 1/2 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine in the community. 

Jose Padilla, 38, of 3025 D St., pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine Wednesday in Baker County Circuit Court, District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff stated in a press release.

Beloved teacher, writer dies

Eloise Dielman

Eloise Dielman inspired a generation of Baker High School students and encouraged local writers

Eloise Dielman once said she liked to do her work “quietly and sneakily,” but her influence on a generation of Baker High School English students and on aspiring writers of all ages was far too great to be hidden.

Dielman died Monday in Baker City after  a six-year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was 75.

A Taxing Time

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Reassessment of property at Stices Gulch after the Cornet Fire falls into the hands of the Baker County Assessor's Office. Troy Lepley, appraiser/data analyst, visited the area Tuesday. A log house escaped the fire, but outbuildings farther from the house burned completely.

County reappraising Stices Gulch properties to reduce values, and tax bills, to account for buildings damaged or destroyed by fire

Although the Cornet fire left scars on Stices Gulch, property owners may see a better-looking property tax bill this fall.

On Tuesday Troy Lepley, a data analyst and appraiser for the Baker County Assessor’s Office, was busy surveying the damage to properties in Stices Gulch about 12 miles south of Baker City.

Durkee man killed in motorcycle crash on I-84

A Durkee man died in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 Tuesday night.

Dwight W. Rosin, 66, was killed in the single-vehicle accident just before 10 p.m. near Milepost 321, about 15 miles southeast of Baker City, according to Oregon State Police.

Walden coming to Baker City next week to talk wildfires, prevention

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, will visit Baker City next week to talk about the recent wildfires and efforts to prevent such conflagrations.

Walden will host a public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15 starting at 8 a.m. at the Sunridge Inn.

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