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Council looks at Y repair

By Joshua Dillen

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The Baker City Council considered a partnership that would fund repairs at Sam-O Swim Center when it met Tuesday night.

Randy Daugherty, Budget Committee chair and Baker Garage owner, proposed to the Council that the City, the Sam-O Committee, the YMCA and a private group organized by Daugherty each contribute up to $3,000 apiece to replace the showers, with the City being responsible for any costs over $12,000 to repair the showers.

Air Force veteran didn’t imagine nuclear war


By Jayson Jacoby

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Dan Labonte didn’t believe nuclear war would ever break out between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

But he had to pretend that it would.



Commission delists wolves

By Pat Caldwell

WesCom News Service

The ruling Monday by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove the modest wolf population from the state Endangered Species Act ignited criticism from conservation groups, but in terms of management of the animals not much is going to change.

“The decision doesn’t have any immediate changes on wolf management in Oregon. People need to realize that wolves are still protected in Oregon,” Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department spokeswoman Michelle Dennehy said.


Baker Council to consider pot odor

Before Tuesday’s regular Baker City Council meeting at 7 p.m., there will be a joint City and County Planning Commission public hearing to consider the adoption of an Interchange Area Management Plan (IAMP) for Interstate 84 Exits 302 and 306 at 6 p.m.

Regular Council Meeting

Several complaints have been received by the police department over the summer regarding the odor of marijuana.

Councilors will discuss options the city has regarding possible ordinances to address the matter.

According to the staff report concerning this agenda item, one resident has had to confine herself indoors due to the odor of marijuana.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to ponder whether to delist wolves

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

For Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett one of the chief sentiments that lingers over the issue of delisting wolves in Oregon is frustration and the notion that a carefully constructed alliance may be crumbling.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recently recommended that the wolf  population in Oregon be delisted from the state Endangered Species Act. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will ponder the matter today and vote to either keep the animals under the protections of the state ESA or delist them. Now, there are about 83 wolves in 10 packs in the state, including several breeding pairs.

Capa’s On Duty

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Baker City Police Officer Colton Smith recently received the department’s new drug-detecting canine, Capa.

Baker City’s New Drug-Detecting Dog Arrives

Baker City Police Department once again has a canine officer.

Capa, a 21-month-old male German shepherd and Belgian Malinois cross, started working Wednesday.

“I’m glad to have (Capa) because it’ll be a great thing for the community,” said his handler, Officer Coleton Smith. “For the guys who are out there transporting dope and causing a bunch of problems in town, this guy is going to help put an end to that kind of stuff.”

The 63-pound drug-detecting dynamo lives to sniff out narcotics.

Smith said Capa is a super high-energy partner who is always working. 

“He’s constantly going,” Smith said.

Heroin-stuffed sock ends up at the Baker jail

When Steven McBride requested that his parents deliver some clean socks and underwear to the Baker County Jail where he’ll be staying for the next few days, he got more than he asked for.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said McBride’s father arrived at the jail Saturday as his son had requested, but the corrections officer noticed something odd about the pair of socks that was delivered.

Down To One

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald Lorrie Backlund of Baker City has been shopping at Haggen’s only for significant bargains, she says. Her concern is for friends who work at the store and will be out of a job soon.

Haggen Grocery Store In Baker City Closing Soon

Soon there will only be one.

One major grocery store in Baker City, that is.

The two bright yellow banners that greet shoppers at the Haggen store, 1120 Campbell St., tell the tale:

“Store Closing — Everything Must Go”

The banners were put up Thursday.

Big food drive planned this month

One big food drive is planned this month as several local groups work together to feed those who may need a little extra help this year.

The main focus is filling the Thanksgiving boxes distributed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church — a tradition that dates back more than 60 years in Baker County.

After those boxes are full, any extra food will be distributed to the food banks in Baker City. In the past, the Boy Scouts have conducted a food drive separately from the SDA collection.

Crossroads invites public to comment on possible expansion

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is inviting the public to attend one of three meetings to discuss a possible expansion of the Center.

Crossroads has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Family Foundation to study the possibility of expanding into the Welch Building, the former KBKR radio station across Auburn Avenue from the Art Center.

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