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Baker City received the of latest test results of combined raw water source samples taken Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 and no cryptosporidium were detected.

Samples from the city’s municipal water supply have been tested twice a week since hundreds became sick this past summer. Crypto reaching the water supply is the presumed culprit and testing in August detected the waterborne parasite in several samples.


Councilors interested in temporary UV treatment for water

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald If Baker City Councilors decide to buy a temporary ultraviolet light water treatment plant it would be installed near the reservoirs on the hill at the southwest corner of the city.

By Terri Harber

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Baker City Councilors are considering buying an ultraviolet (UV) light device to protect drinking water against cryptosporidium until the permanent treatment plant, which also will use UV light, is constructed next year.

The city staff recommends councilors opt for the temporary UV system.

The discussion during Tuesday’s meeting at City Hall was prompted by the crypto outbreak in July and early August, when hundreds of people became ill. The city’s drinking water is the presumed source of the microscopic parasite. 

Construction of the permanent treatment plant should begin March 1 and it is slated to be operating by the end of 2014.



Three counties won't get pilot project status for early learning hub

By Chris Collins

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Baker, Wallowa and Malheur counties were unsuccessful in their attempt to be chosen as one of the state’s first early learning hubs in a one-year pilot project.

Oregon’s 17-member Early Learning Council met Tuesday at Portland State University to consider applications from community partnerships around the state. The council voted to accept Marion County’s application unconditionally. Five others also were chosen pending further contract negotiations.


Baker High School honor roll announced

Baker High Schoool has announced its academic honor roll for the first quarter.


4.0 GPA: Josephine Bryan, Kourtney Lehman, Jared Miller, Ryan Schwin

Honor roll: James Hee, Marissa Arenas, Kara Bennett, Micah Bradford, Cecylee Bruce, Cheyenne Christensen, Lisa Daugherty, Thomas Dunn. Logan Dyke, Lakayla Gerber, Gracie Huggins, Tyler Joseph, Joeseph Longden, Shane McCauley, Morgan Plumbtree, Marcus Plumley, Casey Poe, Kayley Pointer, Erik Ruby, Alec Slater, Josephine Stearns, Bryson Thomas, Logan Toubeaux-Handy


4.0 GPA: Makenna Bachman, Dylan Chaves, Madison Elms, Koby Hansen, Morgan Scilacci, Benton Spaugh, Teancum Taylor, Hannah Wilson

Honor roll: Nina Beaudoin, Cody Bingham, Kendelyn Boné, Lena Bowers, Megan Burk, Porter Cline, Raelin Davis, Robinita Davis, Daniel Drake, Isaac Farber, Adina Fast, Jordan Flock, Jayden Freeman, Dusty Gyllenberg, Brandon Henner, Kassidy Hertel, Ashley Knoll, Gracie McCarrell, Danielle McCauley, Megan Pintok, Brody Powell, Hollis Robb, Emily Sandefur, Bryson Smith, Braden Staebler-Siewell, Ashley Taylor


4.0 GPA: Kate Averett Aria Carpenter, Levi Mansuetti, Katherine Oglesbee, Madison Richards, Zachary Tomac

Honor roll:  Keaton Bachman, Peter Baker, Tobin Brown, Peter Cogswell, Bridger Cook, Grant Ermovick, Levi Ewing, Tiffani Fisher, Celina Fuzi, Skyler Hack, Thomas Hamilton, Elizabeth Hardy, Aiden Hayes, Jennifer Hibbard, Shakayla Johnson, Kimberly Kirby, Keith Kramer, Michelle Lehman, Ashley McMurray, Taite Mendenhall, Micah Mespelt, Mairyn Owen, Anna Payton, Kimberlee Pettit, Alex Saunders, Stephen Schott, Kyle Srack


4.0 GPA: Nathan Baeth, Matthew Barnes, Allison Brown, Riley Carter, Ryan Cashen, Brandon Ellwanger, Hannah Fast, Cody Gyllenberg, Mikayla Jones, Evan Krohn, Ian Krohn, Trent Law, Erin Parker, Ian Rasmussen, Sami Searles, Brian Staebler-Siewell, Molly Wynn

Honor roll:  Jesse Burk, Christina Calder, Mason Cline, Allisyn Ferdig, Heather Mazzagotte, Kyle McCoy, Colby O’Grady, Kirstin Sims, Nicholas Vowell


Newborn Fashion

Purple Hat Program Raises Awareness Of Infant Crying  

Photo by Lisa Britton The Berry family chooses a purple hat for their newest addition, Brynn, who was born at 2:36 a.m. Nov. 6 at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. The family includes, from left to right, Jadyn, mom Megan, Grant, and dad, Shawn.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Babies born this month at St. Alphonsus will be given purple caps thanks to the Click for Babies campaign.

These purple hats come out every November to raise awareness for The Period of PURPLE Crying — an educational program that helps parents understand normal infant crying.

Especially a lot of crying.


GOP speaks against hubs

By Terri Harber

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Members of the Baker County Republican Party have asked the Baker County Commission not to pursue funding for the area’s early learning hub.

Local GOP officials approved a resolution in September opposing the move and presented it in public during Wednesday’s commission meeting.

“We’d like to see the county opt out,” said Suzan Ellis Jones, chairwoman of the local party. “We feel it isn’t good for the kids.”


Police cite trucker

Careless driving charged in hazmat spill 

By Chris Collins

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A truck driver who lost control of his vehicle and spilled a dangerous chemical along Interstate 84 near Durkee early Sunday morning has been cited on a charge of careless driving.

Ronald Hanes, 61, of Sacramento, Calif., lost control of the truck and its 4,200-gallon load of tetramethylammonium after reaching for something as he traveled in the eastbound freeway lanes, Oregon State Police said Thursday. The chemical was spilled when the truck and the box trailer rolled.


Advisory committee mulls first draft of ordinance aimed at dangerous dogs

Group to meet again next week to continue discussion of proposed 14-page plan

 By Terri Harber

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The first draft of a proposal titled “Dangerous & Vicious Dogs” has been sent out to members of an advisory committee being guided by Police Chief Wyn Lohner.

The committee will meet again next week to discuss what Lohner has put together based on their comments.

The dog-mauling death of 5-year-old Jordan Ryan on Sept. 27 prompted city councilors to consider finding ways to decrease the likelihood of similar dog attacks. A pit bull was responsible for the boy’s death. 



City seeking proposals for Main Street management

By Terri Harber

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Baker City has published its Request for Proposals, RFPs, for those interested in managing the Main Street program for downtown property owners.

An Economic Development District, EID, funds the program. City councilors approved Ordinance No. 3324 on Sept. 24, which allows the EID to go on for another five years. 

The EID could stop if enough downtown property owners vote not to continue, however.


Sunday Freeway Stack Up: Chemical spill halts travelers

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald --- Rich Shaver, ODOT employee, keeps order on Campbell Street. The westbound freeway opened about 8 a.m. and eastbound opened at 9:45 a.m.

One eastbound freeway lane near Durkee to be closed intermittently while cleanup effort continues

By Chris Collins

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Interstate 84 was closed for several hours between Baker City and Ontario on Sunday morning after a truck carrying a hazardous chemical crashed near Durkee.

The truck, which was carrying  4,200 gallons of tetramethylammonium hydroxide, was driven by Ronald Hanes, 61, of Sacramento, Calif., according to Oregon State Police Sgt. Ty Duby. The crash happened in the eastbound lanes at 12:45 a.m. at Milepost 324, three miles north of Durkee. The trucking company is Lesaint Chemical Logistics of Portland.


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