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Thursday Art Night planned


Baker Art Guild will present the film “Gregory Crewdson - Brief Encounters” for Thursday Art Night on July 31 at the Eltrym Theatre, 1809 Second St. The evening begins with storytelling at 6:30 p.m. The theme is “Brushes with Celebrity.” The film start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $4 students and proceeds benefit the Crossroads Scholarship Fund.

About the film:

Acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson doesn’t just “take” his images, he creates them, through elaborate days and weeks of invention, design, and set-up. The epic production of these movie-like images is both intensely personal and highly public: they begin in Crewdson’s deepest desires and memories, but come to life on streets and soundstages in the hills towns of Western Massachusetts. In his decade-long project “Beneath the Roses” he uses light, color and character to conjure arresting images, managing a crew of 60 amidst seemingly countless logistical and creative obstacles.

Filmed over a decade, beginning in 2000, Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters provides an unparalleled view of the moment of creation of his images. It also reveals the life-story behind the work—through frank reflections on his life and career, including the formative influences of his psychologist father and his childhood fascination with the work of Diane Arbus. Childhood fears and ideals, adult anxieties and desires, the influences of pop-culture all combine to form who buy cialis we are, and for Crewdson, motivate his work.

There is no specific backstory, no before-and-after to Gregory Crewdson’s images, simply the moment that lends itself to mystery and intrigue. Hundreds of movie lights combine with the setting sun in a perfect moment of illumination.

For more info about the film visit http://www.gregorycrewdsonmovie.com/ or www.eltrym.com


Baseball Bonanza

Baker Sports Complex Hosting Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament


S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The Baker County Diamondbacks practice at the Baker Sports Complex in preparation for the Regional Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament that begins Monday. The Baker County team, coached by Keith Dunn, right, and Ty Bennett, far background, will join nine other teams from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Oregon in the week-long tournament. The winning team advances to the Babe Ruth World Series Aug. 20-27 at Longview, Washington.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker City will be the epicenter for Babe Ruth baseball in the Northwest next week.

Ten teams from five states — Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming — will gather at the Baker Sports Complex for the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament Aug. 4-10.

The winning team will advance to the Babe Ruth World Series, for ages 13-15, from Aug. 20-27 at Longview, Wash.

Baker County and Union County will each have a team in the tournament, said Carrie Folkman of Baker City, the tournament’s treasurer.

Each of the eight other teams will be spending the week in Baker City.

Overall, with players, coaches, parents and siblings, the influx of visitors associated with the tournament should exceed 300, Folkman said.

The Babe Ruth regional tournament is precisely the sort of event promoters of the Sports Complex envisioned when the facility, which includes two baseball and two softball fields, was being planned about 15 years ago north of the Baker High School track.

“We have a premier facility in Oregon,” Folkman said. “The goal always was to attract this kind of tournament.”

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

 


North Powder soldier honored


Army Staff Sgt. Kevin A. Hopson, a North Powder native and 2005 graduate of Powder Valley High School, has been named by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) as its Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and winner of one of the AMC's "Best Warrior" awards.

Hopson, who enlisted in the Army after graduation and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, will now compete in the Army-wide Best Warrior competition in October.

The AMC Best Warrior competition included 11 events that tested a variety of military skills and knowledge in a high-pressure atmosphere. A total of eight competitors -- three Soldiers and five NCOs -- competed for AMC’s Best Warrior titles and earned points based on their performance in specific events.

Out of a perfect score of 500 points, Hopson topped all competitors with 339 points.

He serves as the Force Protection NCA at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois.

 


Mosquito-fogging started Monday night, scheduled to continue next two nights


Workers from the Baker Valley Vector Control District sprayed a mosquito-killing fog in parts of Baker City Monday night, and district manager Matt Hutchinson said the plan is to cover the rest of the city tonight and Wednesday night.

On Monday night the district's two fogging trucks covered areas north of Campbell Street and east of 10th Street, Hutchinson said.

Tonight the crew hope to cover areas east of the railroad tracks and south of Campbell to about the railroad tracks, and to fog the rest of town Wednesday night.

Hutchinson said the fogging trucks won't start rolling until after 9 p.m.


Baker man hurt in ATV wreck


By Chris Collins

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A 76-year-old Baker City man was flown out of the Wallowa Mountains Monday night with injuries he sustained when he rolled his four-wheeler as he traveled down a steep hillside.

Charles Leon Dale lost control of the four-wheeler on O’Brien Creek off Main Eagle Creek near Boulder Park. Sheriff Mitch Southwick said the four-wheeler hit a tree and rolled over Dale in the crash. 

Friends Dale was riding with were able to call out for help. Seven volunteers with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, the sheriff, a deputy and an Eagle Valley Ambulance crew were dispatched about 3 p.m., Southwick said.

A member of the LifeFlight medical team said Dale probably would be stabilized at the La Grande hospital for possible transport elsewhere, the sheriff said. Information about his condition was not available in time for this report. 

See more in Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald. 


Forest Service eases trail restrictions in Eagle Cap Wilderness


The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest has re-opened two trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, and will re-open a third on Thursday at 8 a.m.

All three trails had been closed since early July due to wildfires.

Cougar Ridge and Bearwallow trails are open now.

The Hurricane Creek trail remains closed between the trailhead and the junction with the Echo Lake trail, but that section will re-open Thursday at 8 a.m.

At that time, however, the area east of the Hurricane Creek trail will be closed to the public.

For trail condition updates go to  http://www.fs.usda.gov/wallowa-whitman


Arrow Straight

Eastern Oregon Super Shoot Brings 400 To Anthony Lakes 


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Coby Hutzler/Baker City Herald Marcus Pratt, 18, of North Powder, takes aim at a buffalo target on Sunday, the second day of the Eastern Oregon Super Shoot at Anthony Lakes ski area.

By Coby Hutzler

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This weekend’s Eastern Oregon Super Shoot saw 411 archers hone their skills on the slopes of the Anthony Lakes ski area.

“That’s about 120 more than we usually do,” said Bob Reedy, president of the Elkhorn Archers in Baker City, which organized the event along with the Grande Ronde Bowmen in La Grande. 

Archers came from Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington and California for the 12th-annual Super Shoot at Anthony Lakes.

 

 


Police say truck involved in fatal crash struck elk


Investigators from the Oregon State Police said today that the driver of a pickup truck that crashed on Interstate 84 near Baker City Saturday night, leading to the death of one passenger, struck an elk, causing the driver to lose control.

Tanda Kay Pratt, 60, of Blackfoot, Idaho, died in the crash that happened about 10:38 p.m. Saturday near Milepost 294, about 10 miles north of Baker City.

The driver, Todd B. Pratt, also of Blackfoot, was injured, as were the two other passengers, Joe L. Pratt, 61, of Blackfoot, and Austin B. Parker 23, of Pocatello, Idaho.

 


Idaho woman killed in crash on I-84 near Baker City


A 60-year-old Idaho woman died Saturday night in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 about 10 miles north of Baker City in which three other people were also injured.

Tanda Kay Pratt, of Blackfoot in Eastern Idaho, was pronounced dead at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City Saturday night, according to the Oregon State Police.

The accident happened about 10:38 p.m. A 2010 Ford F350 pickup truck hauling a camp trailer veered into the freeway median, and both vehicles rolled, according to OSP. The driver was Todd B. Pratt, 30, also of Blackfoot.

There were two other passengers in addition to Tanda Pratt -- Joe L. Pratt, 61, of Blackfoot, and Austin B. Parker, 23, of Pocatello, Idaho. Joe Pratt and Todd Pratt were both taken by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise. Parker was taken by ground ambulance to the Baker City hospital.

OSP is investigating the cause of the accident, which closed the westbound lanes of the freeway temporarily.


Rye Valley firefighting costs exceed $900,000


The bill for dousing a lightning-caused fire near Rye Valley in southeastern Baker County has reached $911,000, the Oregon Department of Forestry reported Saturday evening.

The fire started late Tuesday and burned 1,434 acres.

No homes were damaged.

The fire is 75 percent contained this evening.


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