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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.

Petition approved to recall Sumpter mayor

A petition to recall Mayor Melissa Findley of Sumpter was filed and approved earlier this month.

Sumpter resident and Chief Petitioner Allen Patton filed the petition July 7. It was approved by City Recorder/Election Official Julie McKinney July 9.

Police say predatory sex offender living at different address in Baker City

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said this afternoon that Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who arrived in Baker City on Saturday, told an officer he is living at 3010 Elm St., not at 1769 Valley Ave., the address Jones listed when he registered as an offender. 

Predatory sex offender not living at Valley Avenue address, mother says

Also, New Mexico prison official explains why Travis Scott Jones was released from prison last week 

Nancy Berdahl, the mother of Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who moved to Baker City Saturday after being released from a New Mexico prison, said this morning that Jones is not living at her home at 1769 Valley Ave.

Predatory sex offender moves to Baker City

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner is trying to find out why, and how, a convicted predatory sex offender moved recently to Baker City from New Mexico, where the man pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2010 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Lohner said Oregon State Police notified his department today that Travis Scott Jones, 43, is apparently living at 1769 Valley Ave.

Ready To Ride

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Zack McVay of Redmond attempts to win the prize during the final round at the Baker City Bull Riding event Saturday evening. He was one of six riders to make the finals.

Behind The Scenes At Baker City’s Bull Riding Event

By La’akea Kaufman

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Underneath the announcer’s podium, perched in their respective corners of the dugout, Saturday night’s bull riders are clad in Wranglers.

Behind them, the bulls shove one another restlessly in the pen.

Beyond them are the platforms where the riders will mount the one-ton animals, the gate that will let them into the arena, the audience filing in to cheer them on.

Woman gets 7 years for trying to hire a hitman


A Baker City woman who tried to hire someone to kill her ex-boyfriend last year was sentenced Friday to seven years in a state prison.

Emily Alicia Munsell, 24, of 1356 Dewey Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to commit murder and one count of criminal conspiracy.

Jordan's Story


Michelle Ryan recalls Sept. 27, 2013, the day a pit bull fatally mauled her 5-year-old son

By Chris Collins

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Michelle Ryan has the details of her son’s death committed to memory, minute by minute.

At 9:04 the morning of Sept. 27, 2013, her three children were playing on the floor at Mary Lane’s home, where Michelle planned to leave the kids for a “play date” while she went to work.

The times marking the tragedy are clear in Michelle’s head because she was checking her phone to ensure she made it to her out-of-town job as a home care provider on time that morning.

Snow fence failure

ODOT officials say fence installed along I-84 in 2013 isn’t working, so the agency plans to move it farther from the freeway shoulder

By Joshua Dillen

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The state’s two-year, $435,000 experiment with a fence intended to keep snow from blowing across a section of Interstate 84 near Baker City didn’t pan out.

So the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) plans to move the snow fence a bit farther from the freeway’s westbound lanes near the Baker Valley rest area.

Flames Move Fast

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Baker City firefighter Jason Jacobs hoses the flames from atop the city’s ladder truck Monday afternoon.

Monday Afternoon Fire Destroys East Baker City Home

By Chris Collins

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A fire that burned hot and fast pushed dark black smoke into the air for several hours as it destroyed an east Baker City home Monday afternoon.

The Baker City Fire Department was called to the fire at 1710 Valley Ave. about 12:15 p.m., said Fire Chief Mark John. The property is owned by Kathleen Mitchell, 85, who had lived in the house since 1966. The four-bedroom, two-bath home was built in 1904, according to Baker County Assessor’s Office records.

Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a downstairs bedroom, John said today.

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