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State biologists will recommend Commission delist gray wolves

Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will recommend the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission remove gray wolves from the state's Endangered Species List.

The Commission will consider that recommendation when it meets Nov. 9 in Salem.


Brain Building

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Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Jason Buchanan, left, and Ayden Decker, both 14, test their catapult designs out by seeing who can shoot a marshmallow the farthest.

Maker’s Club Meets Every Other Friday At Baker County Library

You are handed a slip of paper upon entering the room. It reads:

“Your Challenge: To build a catapult of your choice that shoots a marshmallow really far using stored potential.”

Jim White greets you, then waves a hand to a table where three catapults sit, each of a different design.

“We always make three examples of every project, and instructions. Of course, they don’t want to use them,” White says with a laugh.

This is the Maker’s Club, a creative space to build and experiment at the Baker County Public Library.


Red Cross honors five Baker County volunteers for exceptional service

Red Cross volunteers go where they’re needed when they’re called without any expectation of recognition.

But the efforts of the volunteers who serve Baker County are just too exceptional to let go unnoticed, says Lisa Stroup of Redmond.

She’s the executive director of the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross, which has its headquarters at Bend.


Baker school official talks about future of math curriculum

A list of textbooks and instructional math materials that meet new state standards was released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

Curriculum implemented in the Baker School District over the past three years — mainly Engage New York — was noticeably missing from the list.

That is no surprise, said Betty Palmer, the district’s assistant superintendent. 

That’s because Engage New York is considered “open educational resource material."


Protecting Ruts

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Kathy Orr /Baker City Herald Opponents of Idaho Power Company’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway power transmission line worry about how the line, with towers as tall as 195 feet, would affect views of the Oregon Trail, including from the BLM’s Oregon Trail Interpretive Center atop Flagstaff Hill.

Boardman-to-Hemingway Power Line Proposal

A Bend man has enlisted the aid of a group of environmental lawyers in his campaign to prevent Idaho Power Company from building a power line across the Oregon Trail just east of Baker City.

Gail Carbiener, 81, lives in Bend.

But he has spent quite a lot of time walking the route of the Oregon Trail not just in Baker County but across the West.

“I’ve walked every single solitary step of that trail, more than once,” Carbiener said.

His concern is that Idaho Power’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway (B2H) 500-kilovolt power line, with towers up to 195 feet high, would degrade the views of, and from, the Oregon Trail.


Sleeping Safely

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Kayla Bolen welcomes her daughter, Presley Diana Rose Bolen, who was born on Oct. 17 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

Local Officials Seek To Prevent Babies From Dying From Co-Sleeping

By Chris Collins

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Kayla Bolen left St. Alphonsus Medical Center Tuesday with a plan aimed at ensuring the safety of her newborn baby girl as she sleeps.

Presley Diana Rose Bolen was delivered by cesarean section at 8:53 a.m. on Oct. 17, 2015, just two days after her mother’s 28th birthday on Oct. 15. Rick Torres is the baby’s father.

Presley is Kayla’s first child, so she’s been studying proper parenting techniques while awaiting Presley’s arrival and in anticipation of taking her home. 

“I’m just excited for us to have a new life together,” Kayla said.

While at the St. Alphonsus Birth Center, nurses explained, as they do for each new mother, the details of safe sleeping. The information is based on guidelines from the National Institute of Health and Human Development Safe to Sleep (formerly Back to Sleep) program and the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Sommer Sargent, obstetrics supervisor at the Birth Center.


Does It Add Up?

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald photo illustration Examples of the third-grade math curriculum

Parents Want Baker Math Curriculum Replaced

More than 50 parents, and even some grandparents, crammed into the Baker School District Office’s north conference room Tuesday night with math on their minds.

They brought concerns, questions and demands before the school board as part of an effort to change the new math lessons being taught in the district using a system known as Engage New York.

Judging from the enthusiastic applause, hoots and whistles for those speaking against the district’s use of the Engage New York curriculum, most people in the audience would give that curriculum a failing grade.


Council votes unanimously to appoint Sandy Lewis

Sandy Lewis is a Baker City Council member.

Again.

Officially.


Special Stones

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Bruce Forster photo Portland Japanese Garden Curator Sadafumi Uchiyama examines a boulder of Baker blue granite. “This is a defiant landscape,” he said. Uchiyama worked with master stone mason Suminori Awata to select several feature stones, weighing approximately 8 tons each, for a Castle Wall at the Garden’s new Cultural Village.

Baker Rocks Decorate Portland Japanese Garden

Baker blue granite is being used to construct a Japanese medieval castle wall in Portland.

A private quarry outside of Baker City is the source for stone in the wall that is part of a $33.5 million Portland Japanese Garden Expansion project.

The massive stones, which are as big as a car and weigh hundreds of tons, will be used to construct the 21-foot-high by 140-foot-long zig-zagging wall at the Garden.


Baker City Police officer uses Taser to subdue man

A Baker City Police officer used a Taser to subdue a Baker City man who used his fists and head to pound on a police car that was responding to a disturbance Friday evening.

Timothy Justin Guilliams, 18, of 2601 Court Ave., was cited for attempting to assault a police officer, second-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and minor in possession of alcohol, Police Chief Wyn Lohner said this morning.


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