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Baker endures longest heat wave since 2001

By Jayson Jacoby

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The temperature has yet to reach 100 this summer at the Baker City Airport, but the current heat wave is by one measure the most severe since 2001.

Sunday was the 10th straight day in which the temperature topped 90 degrees at the airport.

Flying Forward

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Boston Colton says his group should break ground in August for the disc golf course at the Baker Sports Complex.

By La’akea Kaufman

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A group of 30 Baker City residents, City Council members, business owners and students have partnered with the Ford Family Foundation and the Baker School District to design the city’s first disc golf course. 

The Baker City flying disc golf course will be built on the Baker Sports Complex, north of Baker High School.

Parents say law a legacy for son

By Jayson Jacoby

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Steve Culley calls it the “devil drug.”

He speaks this alliterative phrase with the practiced ease of a man who has repeated it more times than he’d care to remember.

Meth is what he’s talking about.

New trailhead, section of Adler Parkway paved

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

The newest section of the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway has been paved and is open to pedestrians.

So is the trailhead on Resort Street at the trail's southern terminus.

Caution tape and barricades are still up in places, but the path is open to walkers, according to the city.

The new section of trail runs along the Powder River between the Myrtle Street bridge and the trailhead parking lot. 

Baker City bans outdoor open burning

Submitted photo/Ben Decker, left, and Ryan Tachenko helped douse a fire this morning next to the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway west of Kirkway Drive.

Baker City has banned all outdoor open burning due to the high fire danger and persistent hot, dry weather, Fire Chief Mark John announced Wednesday afternoon.

The burn ban took effect immediately.

“No open burning is allowed until further notice,” John said. 

Bakerís Bluesman


Jimmy Lloyd Rea Dies At 63

By Jayson Jacoby

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He was Baker City’s own bluesman, but Jimmy Lloyd Rea’s musical reputation went far beyond the town where he was born, a reputation forged in dark dingy bars and on brilliantly lit stages where he performed with blues legends like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

Rea, who had endured a series of health problems, including a kidney transplant in 2003, died Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.

He was 63.

June: Hot, but not a record

By Jayson Jacoby

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It wasn’t the hottest June ever in Baker City.

But good luck convincing somebody whose air conditioner was busted for the last week or so.

Baker City woman charged with assault in injury to 8-month-old

By Chris Collins

Of the Baker City Herald

A 25-year-old Baker City woman was arraigned Monday in Baker County Circuit Court on charges that she assaulted an 8-month-old baby girl in her care last year, causing injuries that will result in permanent impairment to the child.

Kira Vansickle of 2492 Carter St. is accused of causing “abusive head trauma, which can include shaken baby syndrome,” said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.

Bikes come to town

Riding shotgun in the pace car for the Baker City Cycling Classic

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The Baker City Cycling Classic finds Women's Pro 1/2/3 racers slicing their way through downtown Saturday during the Criterium. The temperature during the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. race was near 100 degrees. Page 5 has additional photos from the men's and women's Criterium.

Temperatures were projected to be record high that day, but on Sunday at 6 a.m. it was a typical crisp Baker City morning. Volunteers were already busy filing in and out of Baker High School, loading boxes of bananas and water bottles into their cars. 

There had been a change of plans, Corrine Vegter, one of the organizers of the Baker City Cycling Classic informed me. I would be riding ahead in the women’s lead car. I tried not to reveal the excitement I was experiencing at the viewing upgrade I had clearly just received. 

My driver was Bev Calder, owner of Bella in Baker City and La Grande. Bev has volunteered and sponsored the event for many years. 

Baker City's dangerous dog ordinance

Baker City adopted a dangerous dog ordinance January of last year just three months after the tragic mauling and death of a 5-year-old boy by a pit bull. 

Since then, there have been four cases in which a dog has been determined as dangerous.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said a dog is usually complained about several times before a hearing is scheduled to decide if the dog is dangerous.

There have been 15 hearings to address potentially dangerous dogs since the ordinance was put in place.

It’s a subjective process to consider.

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