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Kelsey Grammer searches for family history at the Interpretive Center


Kelsey Grammer, center, visited the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in May to film of an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” airing tonight at 9 on TLC. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Burns)

By Coby Hutzler

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The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City will play host to an episode of  TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight at 9 o’clock. 

The actor Kelsey Grammer will explore his genealogy and find that his ancestors journeyed West on the Trail.

Shooting for the episode took place in May, when Grammer and a small filming crew from Los Angeles arrived at the center.

For the full story see Wednesday's print edition of the Baker City Herald. 


County Commission cancels session

The Baker County Commission's regular meeting set for Aug. 20, the third Wednesday of the month, has been cancelled.

The Commission will meet next on Wednesday, Sept. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, 1995 Third St.

The Commission meets regularly on the first and third Wednesday of each month. 

Enrollment figures looking good

Olivia Hanson and her father, Troy, sort through registration forms and other requirements for sophomores at Baker High School. (S. John Collins/Baker City Herald)

By Chris Collins

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Superintendent Walt Wegener is putting a tentative “smiley face” on enrollment figures after completion of last week’s school registration sessions.

Numbers at Baker High School are down slightly — as is typical for this time of year, Wegener said — with total enrollment expected at between 480 and 500 by Sept. 8.


City backs county

By Pat Caldwell

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The Baker City Council last week stepped into the debate regarding a long-range forest management plan that has already come under fire from elected county leaders across Eastern Oregon.

Baker County already officially issued its rejection of a draft proposal of the plan last week and on Friday, City Manager Mike Kee delivered a letter of support for the county’s stance to the U.S. Forest Service office in town.

Friday was the deadline for comments and official objections to the plan.  For the full story, see Monday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.


Public Record: August 18, 2014


Amber Lynn Randolph: 39, of Haines, died Aug. 14, 2014, at Haines. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.


Douglas Duane Calder: Memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. William “Bill” Bishop of the American Legion will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calder residence.  Disposition will be by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Baker City Post No. 41, and American Legion La Grande Post No. 43 through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Darcy Mehl: Celebration of life and memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice & Palliative Care, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Leave online condolences at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Debi Garrett: Private family graveside service, 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Debi’s life at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Baker City Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.


Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Ryan Steve Jensen, 36, of Vancouver, Wash., 2:04 a.m. today on Sunridge Lane; jailed.

HARASSMENT: Oscar Alfredo Castaneda, 24, of Pocatello, Idaho, 2:06 a.m. today, in the 2400 block of Oak Street; cited and released.

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Joseph Alan Stevens, 34, of 2121 Fourth St., 10:14 a.m. Sunday, in the 1600 block of Auburn Avenue; jailed.

DRIVING WHILE OPERATOR’S LICENSE SUSPENDED: Tamara Kay Fine, 41, of 2250 Miller St., 10:59  p.m. Sunday, in the 2500 block of Campbell Street; jailed.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Parole and Probation detainer and Baker County Circuit Court warrant): Jeff Jameil Sult, 42, of 1544 Washington Ave., 2:02 a.m. Sunday, at 500 Campbell Street; jailed.

CONTEMPT OF COURT (Baker County Justice Court warrants): Justin Ray Page, 26, of 2845 Hughes Lane, 5:58 p.m. Saturday, on Bridge Street; cited and released.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Janet Marie Schomburg, 70, of 1025 Fifth St., 11:06 a.m. Saturday, at her home; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Melissa Jean Lattymer, 29, unknown address, 10:20 p.m. Friday, at Haines; jailed and later released to Malheur County.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

PROBATION VIOLATION: Marvin Lee Cassidy, 63, of 1275 B St., 8:42 a.m. Friday, at his home; jailed.

Public Record: August 15, 2014

Thursday thunderstorms: fire and rain


A Thursday afternoon cloudburst fills city drains causing Terrie Laeger to keep an eye on rising water approaching her store entrance. Laeger owns the Pat-A-Cake Bakery at Fourth and Broadway streets. The high water began to recede just before sloshing through the door. All four corners of the intersection flooded. A Baker City Department of Public Works employee, Craig Dolby, parked his vehicle to block the front-door splashes from passing motorists driving through the pools.

Thunderstorms bulled through Baker County in the depths of night and again in the middle of the afternoon Thursday, sparking several new wildfires and dumping more rain than Baker City’s storm drains could handle.

The afternoon squall also spawned a brief shower of hail.

In all, the storms doused the Baker City Airport with almost half an inch of rain, the most in a 24-hour period since mid June.

Lightning was also widespread during both storms.

A bolt ignited a blaze on Black Mountain, just south of Phillips Reservoir.

Firefighters kept the fire to one-tenth of an acre. They had help from a helicopter that dropped buckets of water on the fire.

Community Briefs

Record sales at Fair livestock auction


Cody Kester, 17, grooms his steer he says is the second heaviest to enter the auction ring during Saturday’s livestock sale at the fair. The steer weighed 1,462 pounds.


By Chris Collins

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The 77th annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Auction brought record sales for the youngsters who worked hard to prepare their animals for the final day of the Baker County Fair at Baker City.

“It’s the highest total auction we’ve ever had,” said Randy Guyer, who’s been associated with the sale since 1975, but began keeping records seri- ously in 1981.

Total sales for the 129 animals sold at this year’s Aug. 9 auc-
tion were at about $245,000 as of Wednesday. That doesn’t include the “add-on money” from people who didn’t make it to the sale — but who want to contribute — that is still

coming in, said Jayne Kellar, the sale committee’s co-treasurer with Terri Siddoway. Kellar also is the office manager for the Baker County Extension Service.

Guyer, who’s also a sale committee member, said the sale total could go as high as $250,000 once everything is accounted for.

The second highest auction total was collected during the 2012 fair when the sale brought in $228,107 for 138 animals, Guyer said.

Last year’s sale, at which 144 ani- mals were sold, earned $190,434.   For the full story, see Friday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.

Woman charged with animal neglect

Facebook Helps Police Identify Suspect

Photo courtesy of Animal Clinic of Baker Trooper, a Bordie collie mix, is recovering from surgery to repair his broken forelegs.

By Chris Collins

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The Baker City Police Department’s new Facebook page was created just in time to help investigators solve the mystery of who owned a Border-collie mix dog that suffered two broken legs when it was hit by a car last week.

Information was developed from Facebook that led police to Marcia Shelynn Studebaker, 30, of 2431 Campbell St. 

Studebaker was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday on charges of first-degree animal neglect, a Class A misdemeanor, and initiating a false report, a Class C misdemeanor.

She was released from jail Tuesday after posting $1,500 bail, 10 percent of the total $15,000 bail. Studebaker is scheduled to appear in Baker County Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25.

Sgt. Dustin Newman said Studebaker called police at 6:24 a.m. on Aug. 4 to report that the dog’s owner had abandoned it after it was hit by a car about 6 p.m. on Aug. 3.

Newman said Studebaker originally told him that a woman was walking the 9-month-old pup down the street past Studebaker’s house on Campbell between Fifth and Sixth streets, when the dog broke loose from its leash and took off chasing a goose. The dog was subsequently hit by a car, Studebaker told Newman. 

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

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