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Restoring Forests: Decades-Long Task

New Study By Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy

By Jayson Jacoby

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A new study by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy concluded that at the current rate of forest restoration, it would take more than half a century to treat every acre of ailing national forest in a region that includes Northeastern Oregon.

The study was published in Forest Ecology and Management.

Photo of suspect Baker City Police are looking for


Timothy P. Keefe

Baker City Police are looking for Timothy P. Keefe, 52.

Police cordon off area after man barricades himself in building

Baker City Police have cordoned off an area in the 2000 block of Eighth Street this morning, between Washington Avenue and Broadway Street, and are waiting for a man who barricaded himself inside a small building to come out.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said the man, who led officer Mike Lary on a short chase before eluding him on slick roads early this morning, has been holed up inside the building since about 1 a.m. today.

Free Thanksgiving meals offered

Elks Lodge

• 1896 Second St.

• Menu: Turkey soup and bread

• Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Hosted by the Baker Elks in honor of the late John Osborn, the owner of Charley’s Ice Cream Parlor who offered a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving at his restaurant the past several years

• Contact: 541-523-3338

South Baker Intermediate School

• 1285 Third Street

• Menu: Roasted turkey with all the trimmings

• Thanksgiving Day at 3 p.m.

• Hosted by the Calvary Baptist Church

• Contact: 541-523-3891

American Legion Post 41 

• 2129 Second Street.

• Menu: Turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings and dessert

• Thanksgiving Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Hosted by American Legion Post 41

• Contact: 541-523-2141

— Josh Dillen

Parents gather at Brooklyn School to learn more about math changes

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

About 60 parents and caregivers learned more about elementary school math Tuesday evening during a family involvement night at Brooklyn Primary School.

Involvement nights are held in the district at Brooklyn, South Baker, Baker Middle School, Keating and Haines schools. The topics covered are based on concerns voiced by parents and staff, said Gwen O’Neal, Brooklyn principal.

Wallowa-Whitman extends comment period for Road Plan maps

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has extended the public comment period for the forest's maps showing existing roads and trails.

The maps, released earlier this year, are part of the Wallowa-Whitman's controversial effort to adopt a new Travel Management Plan, which likely will prohibit motorized vehicles (except snowmobiles) from some roads where vehicles are allowed now.

The public now has until March 31, 2015, to submit comments on the maps the Wallowa-Whitman unveiled in August of this year.

Initially the period during which the public can review the maps and provide corrections was slated to end during November. 

City puts liens on parcels

Property owners have failed to pay the city for costs it incurred to cut weeds or otherwise clean their parcel to meet city standards

By Joshua Dillen

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Baker City Councilors passed a resolution Tuesday night to declare 16 properties in default in payment of costs incurred from weed and property abatement.

An ordinance allows the city to bill property owners for the cost of weed and/or property abatement performed by the city or its contractor. The city has done that on all 16 properties.

But the Council has to pass a resolution before before liens can be recorded on the properties.

Weeding Books

Project creates more space for fiction titles at Baker Public Library

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Carmen Wickam, co-assistant director at the Baker County Library, sorts through books to see whether they should stay on the shelves or be “retired” to create more space.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Not a single dandelion sprouts from the shelves at the Baker County Library, yet weeding among these rows is a constant, and vital, task.

Although Diana Pearson, the public services librarian, concedes that when it comes to books, pruning probably is the more appropriate verb.

Weeding, the term library professionals use, implies that the people doing the work have the same disdain for their targets as a homeowner has for a patch of crabgrass that invades his well-tended turf.

Cold snaps records

Low temperatures Sunday and today set daily records, but November’s chilliest spell, in 1955, remains intact

By Jayson Jacoby

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If you think it’s cold now you ought to have been in Baker in November 1955.

For those residents who were here then, the current cold snap might conjure frigid memories of that month nearly six decades ago.

Although the cold spell that started late last week is the most extreme for any November since 1985, in its early stages it didn’t break any records.

The impediment was 1955.

The arctic air that enveloped Baker County in November of that year set a standard for chill that remains unchallenged.

Frigid Food Drive

Scouts Shrug Off The Chill To Benefit Local Food Banks

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Club Scouts from Pack 452, Dyson Robb, front, and Thomas Smithson, middle, and Mike Webb take in bags of food donated to local food banks on Saturday.

By Joshua Dillen

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The sub-freezing weather did not stop Scouts of all kinds from completing their mission of compassion and charity Saturday.

Girl, Boy and Cub Scouts, along with youth groups from local churches, braved the icy cold to collect food from local residents to fill area food banks in the annual Scouting for Food Drive.

At 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, parents, pack and troop leaders arrived at the County Courthouse to strategize about picking up food that local residents left on their porches across town.

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