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LifeFlight gets new helipad at Baker hospital


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Photo by Lisa Britton LifeFlight helicopters have a new landing pad at the Baker City hospital.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Air ambulance helicopters  now have an improved — and safer — place to land at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

The helipad was recently expanded in concrete with a big red H and the St. Alphonsus name and logo.

The previous pad was basically an asphalt pad extended from the parking lot.


New pot ban in town


By Joshua Dillen

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Marijuana prohibition is once again in the spotlight at Baker City Hall. 

In spite of the adoption of an ordinance banning the herb and its related businesses last spring by the Baker City Council, the issue was revisited Tuesday night. 


Letters to Oregon Sheriffs not toxic according to FBI

By Chris Collins

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No toxic substance has been found in a statewide investigation of 20 letters delivered to Oregon sheriff’s and their offices beginning Monday, the FBI has announced.

“To date, field testing by hazardous materials crews has shown no toxic substance on any letter or in any envelope,” Elizabeth A. Steele, FBI spokeswoman, stated in a press release. “In addition, at this time there is no evidence of a visible powder to be found in any of the envelopes/letters.”

That contradicts earlier reports that claimed a white substance was found in an envelope opened by Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer.


10th Street business district

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Power lines, poles, street lights, signs and sidewalks are topics of improvement concerns for 10th Street. A telephoto lens was used for this image, which compresses distance between objects.

By La’akea Kaufman

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Before Interstate 84 had cars plying through Baker Valley, before the Historic Baker City organization began to restore the downtown area, and even before the current Safeway — there was 10th Street. 

The 1.3-mile stretch between the Broadway and Hughes Lane/Pocahontas Road intersection connects to Highway 30, which served as the main roadway through Northeast Oregon prior to the construction of Interstate 84 in the early 1970s. 

 

In those days, 10th Street might have been the only thing a passerby would see of Baker City. 


The Morrises: 2015 Baker County Fair Family of the Year

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald The Morris family, from left: Drew, Dan, Haley and Morgan Morris.

‘Entangled in the Agriculture Loop’

By La’akea Kaufman

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The Morris family are Baker City born and bred livestock people.

Dan Morris can recall multiple instances where he had to run back and forth between nieces and nephews showing livestock at one end of the Baker County Fairgrounds, and his own children at the opposite end.

Dan said the Morrises were shocked when they heard they had been honored as the 2015 Fair Family of the Year.


Buddhist culture comes to Baker City

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Lopen Kinley patiently creates the Mandala with sand upon an architectural map drawn on the wood base.

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche.
S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche.
 

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

A cultural experience is happening right now at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center — a glimpse into Tibetan Buddhist tradition brought to Baker City from Bhutan.

The Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche is the founder, spiritual director and teacher at Drukpa Mila Centers in Salem and Boulder, Colorado.

This week Rinpoche has led a variety of gatherings — an opening tea ceremony, techniques of calm meditation, a talk about the Elements and “Medicine Buddha."


Stateís data on offenders is limited

Public Information about sex offenders’ addresses

By Joshua Dillen

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Earlier this week, Baker City Police notified media and the public that a predatory sex offender had moved to town.

Without such a notice, how do parents and other concerned citizens know if there are sex offenders living nearby? 

Oregon State Police (OSP) maintains an online Sex Offender Inquiry System (SOIS) that provides information about certain types of sexual offenders, but not all.


Police continue to monitor sex offender

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By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker City Police have been busy this week tracking the movements of a predatory sex offender who arrived here on Saturday.

Travis Scott Jones, 43, who has been convicted of sexual abuse in Malheur County and of possessing child pornography in New Mexico, was released from a New Mexico prison on July 16.


Itís a great place for growing

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Meyer spends most of his garden time placing a death grip on weeds.

Community Garden Revived at the Baker County Fairgrounds

By La’akea Kaufman

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On any given morning between 9 and 10 o’clock you can find Mike Meyer, hose in hand, surveying his garden plot.

It’s part of his morning ritual: he wakes up, goes for a walk, stops to tend to his garden, then loops back home. 

Meyer is one of four plot owners at the Baker County Fairgrounds Community Garden.


A New Kind Of High School Sports Physical

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Sports physicals for Baker students next month are changing to be a more comprehensive adolescent exam with experts from throughout the community.

All students who are entering grades 7, 9 and 11 are encouraged to attend — not just athletes.

“We’re really intending to reach a broader audience,” said Dr. William Irvine, a provider at St. Luke’s Eastern Oregon Medical Associates.


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