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Volunteers repair veterans graves at Mount Hope

A three-year effort to repair veterans graves at Mount Hope Cemetery is entering its final phase, says Dennis Teskey, who spearheaded the volunteer project.

Teskey and his wife are owners of Teskey Inc., the parent company of Gray’s West & Co. and Stone Tributes.

After becoming involved in the project at the request of Joyce Bornstedt, the city’s cemetery manager, Teskey recruited his fellow Rotary  Club members and other community residents to help with the project.

Street of (bad) Dreams

Second Street Neighbors Don’t Skimp On Halloween Decorations 

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald: Molly McCray continues fine-tuning a clown character that will surprise visitors in the darkness of Halloween. She says her mother, Lori Bertalotto, is the one behind the family's annual haunting on Second Street.

Larry and Claudia Christian delight in every wide-eyed child who walks past their house, and every car that slows down to look at their display of Halloween decorations.

“We just love to do it, and love the kids coming by and looking at it,” Larry said. “We do it for the community.”

The Christians live at the corner of Second and Estes streets in the house that was, many years ago, the Langrell Mortuary.


Warner says he would accept another term if he won as write-in

He Won't Actively Campaign, However 

Fred Warner Jr., chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners who lost the Republican primary this May to Bill Harvey, said he would accept another term were he re-elected as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 4 election.

Warner said he is not actively campaigning for another four-year term.

But he said several people have asked him about write-in votes. Warner said he told them he would accept the job if he won.

Harvey defeated Warner in the Republican primary by almost 500 votes, 1,752 to 1,256.

Baker Police make drug arrest at middle school Monday, high school Tuesday

Baker City Police have cited a middle school student and a high school student in separate incidents involving drug possession.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said the middle school incident happened at 11:16 a.m. Monday. Officers were responding to another call at the school when a commotion erupted in the hallway between two boys, Lohner said. One of the boys was alleged to have brownies containing marijuana in his possession, Lohner said.

Police were called to the high school at about 11 a.m. Tuesday where a 16-year-old boy was reportedly found in possession of hydrocodone, a prescription pain medicine, and chewing tobacco. He was turned over to juvenile authorities.

Harvey attends American Lands Council conference

Bill Harvey, who will replace Fred Warner Jr. as chairman of the Baker County Board of Commissioners in January, attended last week’s conference of the American Lands Council in Salt Lake City. The topic was transferring public lands to local control.

Attendees also discussed problems that federal management of public lands causes for western states.

Jeremy Barker, 2005 BHS grad, died in industrial accident Oct. 6

Jeremy Barker, who grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School in 2005, died Oct. 6 as the result of an industrial accident at the Pro Saw manufacturing firm in Tualatin where he had worked for the past six years.

A  celebration of Barker’s life is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7.

The family asks those attending to dress in camo attire.

Barker is the son of Lori and Leon Barker, a retired Oregon State Police officer.

No Ebola here, but what if. . .

By Chris Collins

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While it’s unlikely that the deadly Ebola virus will reach Idaho or Oregon, St. Alphonsus hospitals in the region would be able to care for a patient at least for a period of time, a hospital spokesman said today.

The immediate needs of anyone coming to the hospital with early symptoms of Ebola, such as a fever and a history of recent travel to West Africa, could be taken care of at the Baker City hospital until symptoms reached a more critical stage, said Josh Schlaich, St. Alphonsus Health Service spokesman in Boise.

City to consider changes to taxi fares

The Baker City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal from the city’s two taxi companies to reduce fares for one-way trips and add a round-trip fare.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

The City Council has the authority to set taxi fares for businesses operating inside the city limits.

The current fare for one-way trips is $8.

The taxi companies — Baker Cab Co. and Blue Mountain Taxi — have asked the City Council to reduce the fare to $6.

The city’s current taxi rules don’t include a round-trip fare. The taxi companies suggest the city add a round-trip fare of $10.

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

Possible cougar tracks found along Powder River

Tracks that might have been made by a cougar were found earlier this week along the Powder River between Myrtle and Estes streets.

Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's (ODFW) Baker City office, said assistant district biologist Justin Primus looked at photographs of the prints on Thursday.

At least one of the photos showed a track consistent with a cougar's paw, but there was nothing in the photo to show scale, and Primus couldn't definitively identify the track as being made by a cougar, Ratliff said.

"It could be," Ratliff said.

Equation Frustration

A new math curriculum is challenging Baker students, teachers 

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald Fifth-grade teacher Merrie Hensley gives Hayden Younger help with his math.

By Chris Collins

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Fifth-grade teacher Merrie Hensley can be found on YouTube these days trying to help her students learn a new way to understand old math lessons.

Hensley’s instruction can be accessed from any computer by typing YouTube into the web browser and then simply searching her name: Merrie Hensley.

Her voice and invisible pencil guide students through lessons based on the “Engage New York” process that uses place-value charts and strategies and small black dots, which are termed disks, to represent numbers on the charts.

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