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Lawsuit costs city over $67,000

Legal fees paid to defend a lawsuit against Baker City amount to $17,299.66 according to City Manager Mike Kee.

Baum Smith LLC, the firm representing the city, may reduce that fee.

Baker’s Bargain?

Our water bills are average, but sewer rates are relatively cheap

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

By Joshua Dillen

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How do Baker City’s water and sewer rates stack up to the rest of the state?

Generally speaking, Baker City residents fare well when it comes to paying for what goes down the drain.

The League of Oregon Cities (LOC) recently released the results of its 2014 Water Rate Survey.

Ballots in the mail April 29

Ballots for the May 19 election will be mailed to local voters on April 29.

Bill designating section of Highway 7 in honor of Mabry Anders passes Oregon House unanimously

SALEM— The Oregon House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill to designate a section of Oregon Highway 7 near Baker City as "Mabry Anders Memorial Highway" in honor of the Baker City soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 27, 2012, at age 21.

Ferrioli wants recreational pot sales to start July 1

State officials don't expect recreational sales outlets to open until late 2016

State Sen. Ted Ferrioli, the John Day Republican whose district includes Baker City, where the City Council last month voted to ban all commercial sale of marijuana, said this week he thinks the state should allow recreational sales of pot in medical marijuana dispensaries starting July 1. 

Baker High School third-quarter honor roll

Baker High School has announced its third-quarter honor roll.

Don’t Go In Cold

Rural firefighters will visit homeowners to catalog potential dangers

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A home is nestled among the pines in foothills along the east face of the Elkhorn Mountains.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Dan Weitz wants residents in the Baker Rural Fire District to expect to see a fire truck rolling up their driveways this spring and summer.

But not with sirens blaring and lights flashing.

The purpose of these impending visits is not to put out fires, but rather to prevent them. 

School District looking for administrators

By Chris Collins

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More change is afoot in the Baker School District.

And while no hiring decisions have been made, the machine to accommodate that change has been set in motion, said Betty Palmer, interim superintendent.

Testing the turf

S. John Collins/WesCom News Service J.T. Rohner has planted spring wheat, which has sprouted, and Kentucky bluegrass, which hasn’t yet sprouted, on this leased field off Pocahontas Road just west of Baker City.

Grass Seed Growing Again In Baker Valley

By Jayson Jacoby

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Grass seed is returning to Baker Valley’s agricultural economy after a hiatus of several years.

J.T. Rohner is growing Kentucky bluegrass on about 100 acres, distributed among three separate fields he is leasing.

Langrells agree to $50,000 settlement with city

Baker City Councilor Richard Langrell and his wife, Lynne, have agreed to a $50,000 payment to settle their lawsuit against the city. 

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