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Three hurt when car crashes on Highway 86

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald: A rescue worker used a hydraulic 'jaws of life' tool to extricate a passenger from a car that crashed on Highway 86 just east of Baker City around noon today.

Three people were hurt about noon on Friday when their car careened off a steep embankment on Highway 86 about three miles east of Baker City.

The accident happened at a corner on the lower part of Flagstaff Hill, near the highway intersection with Sunnyslope Road and the Grey Eagle Mine Road.

County commissioners meet with Forest Service officials

By Joshua Dillen

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Representatives fron the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest met with the Baker County commissioners Wednesday to discuss the county’s coordination with the federal agency. 

Recently there has been friction between the two government entities.

New principals picked

By Chris Collins

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Oregon’s 2013 Teacher of the Year will lead South Baker Intermediate School as principal in the coming year and a South Baker sixth-grade teacher has been named Baker Middle School principal.

Nanette Lehman has been hired to replace Betty Palmer at South Baker and Chris Carmiencke has been named Baker Middle School principal to replace Mindi Vaughan, who will transfer to the Haines principal position next year.

County bans pot sales

At a special meeting today Baker County Commissioners adopted an ordinance that prohibits the commercial sales of marijuana in all unincorporated areas of the county.

Citizens repeat call for herbicide limits

By Joshua Dillen

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For the second time this month, herbicide use was the hot topic at a Baker City Council meeting.

Harvey: Wolves can do without state protection

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey doesn’t mince words regarding whether wolves in Oregon should be removed from the state’s endangered species list.

Crews cutting trees at Courthouse

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald: Workers have cut some large trees at the Baker County Courthouse.
 By Joshua Dillen

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The roar of chain saws filled the air Tuesday as five diseased silver maple trees met their demise at the Baker County Courthouse.

Baker County’s five-year tree plan, which starts this year, called for removing the five maples, which are estimated at 40 to 100 years old.

Over the next four years the county plans to remove eight other maple trees and one chestnut tree on the Courthouse grounds. All of those trees are near the sidewalks that border the four streets that form the Courthouse block — Third and Fourth streets, and Washington and Court avenues.

Baker man files complaint with state about County Commissioner Tim Kerns' vote

The County Commission, including Kerns, voted last month to re-appoint Kerns' wife, Jan, to an advisory committee

Kody Justus of Baker City has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission naming County Commissioner Tim L. Kerns.

Getting A Lift

St. Alphonsus Hospital Lends Device To Baker City Fire Department 

Lisa Britton / For the Baker City Herald Alex Mason, right, practices using the new patient lift, using Kristian Krohn as the pretend patient. Mason and Krohn are firefighters/EMTs at the Baker City Fire Department, and attended a training by Shauna Cline (background), safety officer at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The firefighters and EMTs from the Baker City Fire Department now have a new tool to use when facing a difficult situation of moving a patient.

It is a patient lift, which enables just one person to move a patient, rather than requiring multiple EMTs.

Wolves might lose state protection

By Dylan J. Darling

WesCom News Service

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission ordered state wildlife managers Friday to analyze the possibilities of removing the gray wolf from Oregon’s protected species list for all or the eastern half of the state.

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