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School might not end early in 2010

The Baker School Board approved a $1.3 million supplemental budget Tuesday night that gives the school district the authority to spend additional state money that, due to the struggling economy, was not available this spring when the district was putting together its budget for the current school year.

Walden sides with Ash Grove

The Ash Grove Cement Co. is picking up support from state, county and local government leaders in its campaign to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to modify proposed mercury emissions limits so the company’s Durkee plant can stay open.

Wyden optimistic about Amtrak report

Oregon senator says report, though preliminary, could signal return of passenger trains to Baker

Amtrak might return to Baker City, but the passenger trains won’t come cheap.

Not to taxpayers, anyway.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden is touting a report that could signal the arrival of Amtrak in Eastern Oregon after a 12-year absence.


Never mind recession: Round-Up packs ’em in

The 99th Pendleton Round-Up recorded its sixth-consecutive near sellout, as a crowd of 15,710 attended Saturday’s final go-round.

That crowd filled the Round-Up arena to 91 percent of capacity, marking the sixth year in a row Saturday attendance has topped 90 percent of capacity, said Carl Culham, the event’s publicity director.


Crossroads classes starting for the fall

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center has several new classes beginning this month:


Police end standoff peacefully

Police spent 3 1/2 hours Sunday night negotiating with an armed man who was threatening to kill himself before they finally convinced the man to drop his gun and turn himself over to authorities, Sgt. Kirk McCormick said today.

The man was taken into custody at about 1:30 this morning. He was transported to St. Elizabeth Health Services for medical treatment and a mental health evaluation, McCormick said.


Council ponders contract for manager

The City Council might offer the new city manager it hopes to hire next month an employment contract that includes severance pay.

Previous managers, including Steve Brocato, whom the Council fired by a 4-3 vote on June 9, had neither a contract nor severance pay.


Cooks compete at Fall Festival

Janelle Knieriem, left, serves a dessert from her team’s entry in the Dutch oven cook-off at the Fall Festival Saturday in downtown Baker City. (Baker City Herald/Kathy Orr)

Everything’s peachy

Working an organic orchard’s a sweet job for Olivia Gotzman

An inferior peach heads for the reject bucket. Olivia Gotzman, left, is learning the ins-and-outs of an orchard operation. Linda Cordtz, right, and her husband, Robert, own Eagle Creek Orchards near New Bridge. (Baker City Herald/S. John Collins)
Olivia Gotzman frowns with smiling eyes as she talks peaches.

Her goal was to can 150 quarts.


Warmth won’t break the bank this winter

Prices for natural gas and heating oil down substantially from a year ago

With nighttime temperatures forecast to dip into the low 40s next week, foretelling winter’s impending arrival, anyone searching for a silver lining in the recession might find it in lower natural gas prices and a dramatic drop from last  year’s record high prices for heating oil.

Cascade Natural Gas Corp., which serves Baker City, has filed a request with the Oregon Public Utility Commission to cut residential rates by 12.4 percent starting Nov. 1, and by 14.3 percent for commercial customers.

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