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Council moves ahead on zoning rules

The Baker City Council on Tuesday approved the second reading of an ordinance that makes more than 200 changes to the city’s zoning and development rules.

Nobody showed up to comment on Ordinance 3296.

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Transplant group helping Cummings

Fundraising efforts to help Joel Cummings receive a life-saving double lung transplant rose to a new level when the Children’s Organ Transplant Association took up his cause.

COTA is a nonprofit charity based in Bloomington, Ind., dedicated to help communities raise funds for those who need transplants.

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Merkley: Public option would cut costs

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Sen Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., answered questions during a town hall meeting Friday in Baker City. (Baker City Herald/Ed Merriman)
Healthcare reform may have been the focal point of Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Friday town hall meeting in Baker City, but many in the crowd, estimated at 250 to 300, voiced concerns about record government spending on the financial and auto industry bailouts and other issues.

Baker City Mayor Dennis Dorrah stood beside Merkley in the National Guard Armory and called out numbers drawn randomly from tickets people placed in a container if they wanted to speak or ask Merkley a question.

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Federal workers kill wolves

The pair of wolves, a male and a female, killed more than two dozen livestock near Keating

Federal officials have killed the pair of gray wolves that killed 29 livestock at two Keating Valley ranches this spring and summer.

Employees from Wildlife Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, killed the wolves, a male and a female, Saturday morning on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest north of Keating, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Deer hunter comes home with a cougar

Justin Allen of North Powder was stalking a buck deer when he noticed a big cat was doing more than that


Justin Allen didn’t think until the arrows hit and the 90-pound cougar lay at his feet.

Then he realized he and the big cat had been stalking the same deer.

“I started shaking, tried calling my brother but I couldn’t talk very good,” said Allen, 18.

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Child safety seat inspections Wednesday

As a kickoff to next week’s Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 12-18, the Eastern Oregon Medical Association and Baker City Public Safety Department will be offering free child passenger safety seat inspections Wednesday.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon in the EOMA parking lot at 3950 17th St. Tyra Ruberti, a certified child passenger safety technician with the Baker City Police Department, will lead the inspections. Ruberti also will have approved child safety seats available for purchase at reduced prices.

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Fire destroys Huntington home

A Huntington home was leveled by a fire that also burned about a half-acre of brush Thursday afternoon.

The fire started in the bathroom of Wiley Harding Jr.’s home on Malheur Line Road about five miles southwest of Huntington, said Eric Bronson, Huntington fire chief. An exhaust fan overheated to start the blaze in the 1970s-vintage double-wide mobile home, Bronson said.

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Council to consider development code

The Baker City Council is scheduled to vote on the second of three required readings on a revamped development code during its regular meeting Tuesday evening.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

Councilors unanimously approved the first reading of the development rules, Ordinance No. 3296, on Aug. 25.

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County commits $20,000 for predator control

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Curt Jacobs of Keating testified in front of the county commissioners on Wednesday morning giving them an update on the sheep he has lost to wolves this year. Jacobs is holding the Idaho Stockman Farmers magazine which tells the story of wolf depredation in Idaho.(Baker City herald/Kathy Orr)
After hearing Baker County ranchers Curt Jacobs and Tik Moore describe numerous wolf attacks on their livestock this year, the Baker County Board of Commissioners decided Wednesday to spend $20,000 to help hire a federal predator control worker for Baker and Union counties.

Jacobs told commissioners he was requesting money from the county to help pay for the effort, which continued today, in which federal workers are trying to find and kill the pair of rogue wolves that have killed more than 30 animals in Baker County since spring, including sheep, calves and a goat, and are suspected of injuring several horses as well.

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Trinity Health to acquire St. Elizabeth

‘Most’ employees of Baker City hospital should keep jobs after merger

Catholic Health Initiatives and Trinity Health announced plans Wednesday to merge St. Elizabeth Health Services in Baker City and two other regional hospitals into a single system with the Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Amy Dunkak, director of communications at St. Elizabeth, said officers with Catholic Health Initiatives, which owns St. Elizabeth, and Trinity Health, which owns St. Alphonsus, signed a letter of intent to combine the four hospitals in Eastern Oregon and Western Idaho into a single local system.

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