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Executive order will affect Step Forward Inc.

By Jayson Jacoby

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A class action lawsuit whose plaintiffs include the federal government is putting pressure on a Baker City program that employs 46 people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Step Forward Inc. was started in 1976. It operates in Baker and Grant counties.

Fewer say no to shots

By Chris Collins

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Statistically speaking, parents of kindergartners in Baker County schools continue to be among the highest percentage in the state to seek nonmedical exemptions for their children from the state’s immunization program.

But those statistics, a 7.3-percent rate, include just 11 students countywide, according to an Oregon Health Authority (OHA) report released May 1.

Ash Grove's Durkee plant receives two awards from company

Ash Grove Cement Company’s plant near Durkee in Baker County has received two awards from the company headquarters in Ashland Park, Kansas.

Empty Elkhorns

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Elkhorn Mountains, except at the highest elevations, are snow-free, a sight more typical of mid June than of early May.

Mountain Snowpack Near Record Low For Early May

By Jayson Jacoby

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To understand how historically low the snowpack is this spring in the Elkhorn Mountains you have to cast a long look back.

To a time when there was only one World War.

To 1936, to be precise.

Pot bills abound

Examining marijuana bills — all 25 of them — in the legislature

By Joshua Dillen

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In spite of its name, the only things the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on the Implementation of Measure 91 is passing around are ways to regulate marijuana. 

The committee — made up of five representatives and five senators — is tasked with sorting out how the voter-approved measure, which legalizes recreational use of marijuana starting July 1, will be enforced by examining, amending and moving 25 current bills through the legislative process.

Haggen to take over Albertsons store May 15

Haggen will take ownership of the Albertsons grocery store at Baker City on May 15.

Remembering Bishop Thomas Connolly

Submitted photo Bishop Thomas Connolly

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Bishop Thomas J. Connolly was a man who would take you rock hunting, help dig your car out of the snow, and travel the backroads of Baker County to say Mass at a cow camp.

“He was just one of the folks,” says Francis Mohr of Baker City, a longtime friend.

“He was a dedicated, devout and beloved priest-bishop, known and respected in the community and a friend of all."

Baker man accused of stealing mail

By Jayson Jacoby

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A Baker County Sheriff’s deputy good instincts — and good timing — led to the Sunday arrest of a Baker City man accused of stealing mail from at least seven mail boxes.

Michael Daryll Counts, 28, of 3310 G St., is charged with multiple counts of mail theft, a Class C felony.

Refreshed Foliage

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Blain LeaMaster, Baker City Department of Public Works employee, removes the root system of one of several dead, flowering plum trees along the east side of Basche-Sage Place, at the corner of Main and Broadway streets. Tim Shively, a city employee also working on the project, said Thursday that a total of five trees will be removed at the site. Mike Kee, city manager, said the plums were to be replaced Friday with crab apple trees and an assortment of others offering colorful fall foliage.

Baker City celebrates Arbor Day by replacing dying trees downtown

Baker City celebrated its 30th year as a Tree City USA last week in a predictable, but wholly appropriate, way.

By planting several trees.

More specifically, city crews helped replace five flowering plum and cherry trees that were dying along Main and Broadway streets in the downtown historic district.

Three hurt when car crashes on Highway 86

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald: A rescue worker used a hydraulic 'jaws of life' tool to extricate a passenger from a car that crashed on Highway 86 just east of Baker City around noon today.

Three people were hurt about noon on Friday when their car careened off a steep embankment on Highway 86 about three miles east of Baker City.

The accident happened at a corner on the lower part of Flagstaff Hill, near the highway intersection with Sunnyslope Road and the Grey Eagle Mine Road.

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