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County hopefuls discuss resumés

The race is on for the Baker County Commissioner position that Tim Kerns will vacate at the end of the year.

At least among Republicans.

Kerns, who is also a Republican, announced in October that he will not run for re-election to the position, one of three county commission seats, that he has had for more than 15 years.

Three Republicans — Dave Hunsaker, Bruce Nichols and Kody Justus — are vying to be the GOP candidate to advance from the May 17 primary.

Link to unedited FBI video of fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum


Whistle Stop Town

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Railroad crossing at Broadway Street.

City Council Discusses Feasibility Of Silencing Train Whistles 

Baker City councilors agreed Tuesday night to move ahead with an analysis that will help determine the feasibility of creating a railroad quiet zone in town.

A quiet zone would eliminate whistle blowing by trains passing through the city.

The analysis, which will assess certain rail crossings in the city, will cost the city nothing. It would be conducted by representatives from the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) and the Oregon Department of Transportation along with city staff.

BHS grad gets some of first pics of historic find

Photo by Hallie Borgen Workers examine the bones of a mammoth that were unearthed during construction at Oregon State University.

Mammoth bones uncovered at Oregon State University

Hallie Borgen watched history happen right outside her office Tuesday.

Ancient history.

Borgen, 24, a 2009 Baker High School graduate, was working in the Valley Football Center at Oregon State University when construction crews uncovered well-preserved bones from a mammoth that lived more than 10,000 years ago.

FBI: One dead, several others, including Bundy brothers, arrested in Harney County

Text of press release from FBI:

At approximately 4:25 p.m. (PST) on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Oregon State Police (OSP) began an enforcement action to bring into custody a number of individuals associated with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. During that arrest, there were shots fired.

Two more enter Commissioner race

Two more locals are vying to be the next Republican candidate for Commissioner.

Local cattle rancher Kody Justus has paid the $50 filing fee to be a candidate and CPA Bruce Nichols filed a prospective candidate petition Friday as Republicans according to Baker County Clerk Cindy Carpenter.

Dave Hunsaker of Baker City filed a prospective candidate petition last week to run as a Republican for the commission seat that Tim K. Kerns will vacate at the end of the year.

Test Tube Ranching

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald A Venezuelan veterinarian, Willian Garcia, collects the oocytes in the test tube with his right hand. His job puts him behind a cow in the holding chute. The yellow “Ibex” lid is the back side of the ultrasound screen he watches intently as he aspirates (removes) the oocytes (egg cells) from ovaries of pregnant cows. The test tube will be taken to a lab on the premises.

Thomas Angus Ranch Uses High-Tech Methods To Boost Calf Production 

With the use of an ultrasound machine and other high-tech tools, veterinarians from South America are helping the Thomas Angus Ranch greatly increase production of their purebred cattle.

The procedure is called in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process that doesn’t require hormones and keeps cows in production.

“It’s easier on the cow,” said Rob Thomas, owner of the ranch just outside Baker City. “Animal welfare is always the most important to us. We’re very fond of our cows."

County commissioners, residents discuss Harney County, law enforcement

Wednesday’s Baker County Commission meeting included a discussion about the militia group that is occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, and how the situation relates to Baker County.

The discussion started with Dave McQuisten asking commissioners about the county’s cooperative law enforcement agreements with federal agencies.

Bundy: We're not breaking the law

Leader of Malheur Wildlife Refuge Occupation Also Contends 'Most People' in Harney County Support The Group 

BURNS — Ammon Bundy gave a simple explanation Wednesday afternoon as to why he, his brother and their followers were not arrested Tuesday when they traveled 60 miles round-trip into Burns to attend a public meeting.

“Because we are not breaking the law,” he said.

Since Jan. 2 the Bundys and a band of armed militants have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, calling for the federal government to release public lands in Harney County to the people in the county. They also want a pair of ranchers from the county who are serving time for arson convictions freed from federal prison.

Measuring Up

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo The Baker Technical Institute finds Bryan Miller, left, and Brandon Hughes building a door frame during their construction session in December 2014.

School Officials Explain How Dollars Translate into Better Education During Summit at Baker High School

School leaders from throughout Eastern Oregon told lawmakers Tuesday night that the region’s children could be better served if both the state and federal governments spent more money on education.

Officials also displayed examples of how public dollars enrich offerings for students.

About 100 people gathered at Baker High School for what was billed as the Eastern Oregon Region Cradle to Career Education/Legislative Summit.

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