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Damon Robinson's criminal history includes burglary, assault

By Chris Collins

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Damon Robinson, the Baker City man arrested without incident about 1 p.m. Wednesday near Mowich Loop on Highway 7, is a registered sex offender who also has been convicted of burglary and assault, court records show.


Resident held Robinson at gunpoint until police arrived

A Baker County resident held Damon Robinson at gunpoint until police arrived to arrest him this afternoon near Phillips Reservoir.

The resident called 911 about noon to report that he had seen a man he believed was Robinson in the Deems Loop Road area north of Highway 7.


SWAT team will take over search for Damon Robinson today

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A SWAT team will take over search for Damon Robinson today, Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said this morning.

Police from three local agencies chased Robinson in vehicles and on foot Tuesday in a two-hour pursuit that started in town and continued into the snowy heights of the Elkhorn Mountains.


OSP says Baker County Jail inmate died from methamphetamine overdose

The Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office said today that a Baker County Jail inmate died of a methamphetamine overdose on Saturday after a plastic baggy containing the drug burst in his stomach.

Joshua Pantle, 28, died Saturday evening at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City.


Washington man suffers multiple rib fractures when his 4-wheeler rolls during loading

By Jayson Jacoby

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A Washington man suffered 31 rib fractures Monday morning when his four-wheeler flipped while he was backing it up a ramp into his pickup truck in the far southwest corner of Baker County.

Rodney Wagner, 65, of Royal City, near Moses Lake, was alone when the accident happened around 10:30 a.m. near Forest Road 13 in the Monument Rock and Deardorff Mountain area, said Grant County Undersheriff Todd McKinley.


Baker Valley potato acreage ends up increasing slightly

Four months after a "bombshell" was dropped on Baker Valley's potato growers, they ended up planting spuds on slightly more acres than last year.


Brown Lawns Ahead?

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Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Snow still clings to the upper elevations of Baker City’s watershed in the Elkhorn Mountains about 10 miles west of town.

Baker City Braces For Drought

By Joshua Dillen

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What do near record low snowpack levels, meager precipitation and a drought declaration in most of Eastern Oregon mean for Baker City residents and their water usage this year?

They might have to cut back.

City officials are preparing for the possibility of enforcing the city’s water curtailment ordinance this summer.


Middle School food programs seeking support

By Chris Collins

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The supply of food that pours into the community’s children from programs organized by volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church has been steadily growing since 2011 —  but that food doesn’t come without a cost.

The Open Door program feeds breakfast to students from across the street at the Baker Middle School. And the Backpack Program supplies weekend meals to students of all ages.


Autopsy today for Baker County Jail inmate who died Saturday

Joshua Pantle, 28, of Baker City, died several hours after being taken to the jail on a trespassing charge 

By Chris Collins

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The Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy this afternoon to determine how an inmate at the Baker County Jail died Saturday.


Executive order will affect Step Forward Inc.

By Jayson Jacoby

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A class action lawsuit whose plaintiffs include the federal government is putting pressure on a Baker City program that employs 46 people with intellectual and development disabilities.

Step Forward Inc. was started in 1976. It operates in Baker and Grant counties.


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