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Fewer pupils than in 2014

Baker School District enrollment down slightly

Baker School District enrollment has dropped slightly from September 2014 compared with preliminary figures compiled today.

Two more groups of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus

Two more groups of mosquitoes trapped in Baker County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Baker Valley Vector Control District said this morning.

That brings the total for 2015 to four “pools” of mosquitoes — each pool consists of 10 to 50 insects.

Verizon wants to build two 100-foot-tall cell towers in Baker City

Verizon Wireless wants to build two 100-foot-tall cell towers in Baker City.

The company, represented by Acom Consulting, has applied for conditional use permits for the towers, which would be taller than the city allows without a permit.

County assessor hopes to trim property taxes for residents who lost structures in fires

Baker County property owners who lost structure to fires could see lower tax bills this fall.

County Assessor Kerry Savage said today that he and his staff plan to re-appraise about 20 properties where structures, mainly outbuildings, were burned during the Cornet/Windy Ridge and Eagle Complex fires. The work could start next week.

A Car Comes Home

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Linda Hewitt of Hillsboro and her husband, Ron, near right, chat about cars and family with Ron's twin brother, Don, who lives in Baker City. The 1947 Chevy Coupe belonged to the Hewitt brothers' grandmother in Richland. Don owns the green Jeep wagon in the background.

Baker City Memory Cruise

Ron Hewitt is all smiles as he tells the story behind his bright blue 1947 Chevy Stylemaster coupe.

This car, he says, has come home.

Hewitt, 70, lives in Hillsboro and drove to Baker City to enter the 25th-annual Memory Cruise.

The Chevy originally belonged to his grandmother, Leona Hewitt, who lived in Richland and bought the car in 1950 in Baker.

Harvey calls for fast logging

Even as wildfires continue to smolder, Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey is looking toward the future, and he believes the top goal now should be salvaging burned timber. 

And time, Harvey said, is already running out.

Cold front cools air and clears the skies

The cold front that blew into Baker County Saturday brought the coolest air in almost three months.

And the cleanest air in almost three weeks.

A dog’s best friend


Baker City Woman Uses CPR To Save Her Dog’s Life

Just before dark Monday, Patty Hanley heard a strange sound coming from her Baker City backyard, where her three dogs were playing as usual.

Her 4-year-old male malamute mix, Chinook, was wailing.

“And if I hadn’t been here, I would have come home to two dead dogs,” Hanley said.

City water holds up

The flow from Baker City’s watershed is holding up, and city residents are holding down their consumption.

After the watershed’s production plummeted during July from 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD) to 2.5 million, the volume has remained relatively steady at the lower level.

“We’re holding our own,” said Larry McBroom, the city’s engineering supervisor. “We’re doing OK."

Crews stop fire near freeway

Fire crews converged from the ground and from the air Thursday afternoon to stop a wildfire just north of Interstate 84 near Baker City.

Five fire engines and a bulldozer were joined by five single-engine air tankers and one helicopter to contain the fire at 19 acres, said Bret Amick, manager of the BLM’s Vale District Dispatch Center.

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