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Library touts online tools


By Jayson Jacoby

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Have you ever wandered the fiction aisles at the Baker County Library, overwhelmed by the thousands of choices?

Bringing along a few literary critics would be handy.

Except it might get a little crowded. 


Police: Woman tried to hire a hitman

Suspect had a restraining order earlier this year against the ex-boyfriend she allegedly wanted to have murdered


By Jayson Jacoby

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A Baker City woman who allegedly tried to hire someone to kill her ex-boyfriend had a restraining order against the man earlier this year and had accused of him of pointing a gun at her.

Emily Alicia Munsell, 24, of 1356 Dewey Ave., was arrested Friday night after offering money to a Baker City Police detective in a telephone sting.


Promising Start

Winter’s barely begun, but snow is piling up in the mountains


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Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald Recent storms have boosted the snowpack in the Elkhorn Mountains. This scene from Baker Valley takes in, at the upper right, the summit of Elkhorn Peak.

By Jayson Jacoby

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After two years of drought, Northeastern Oregon could use a deep mountain snowpack.

So far, nature is cooperating.

It’s early, to be sure — the snowpack reaches its peak in most places from mid-April through early May — but the early returns, so to speak, are promising.

“The last week has been incredible for us,” said Andrew Umpleby, manager of the Powder Valley Water Control District.


Less need for aid?

Requests for food boxes, toys drop substantially at The Salvation Army


By Jayson Jacoby

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Holli Diamond waited for people to sign up for Christmas food boxes and toys for their kids.

She waited, and she wondered.

Always, in the decade Diamond has worked for The Salvation Army, they showed up in their dozens in the three weeks before Christmas.

But not this December.


Historic Holiday

Baker Heritage Museum’s Special Christmas Break Opening


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Kathy Orr /Baker City Herald Baker Heritage Museum displays many unusual items such as this 1895 portable dental chair manufactured by S S White Company. Arlie King, left, his mother, Gudelia, and his father, Richard King wondered how tough the patient had to be to sit in the chair.

By Joshua Dillen

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Besides playing in the snow, a trip back in time was possible over the weekend in Baker City.

At least it was for those who took advantage of an off-season opening at the Baker Heritage Museum.

Closed for most of the winter season, the museum was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the holiday break.


Lights, (in)Action

Baker City's new crypto-inactivating UV light facility is up and running


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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Chlorinated raw water enters the plant via three pipes at near left, then up, over and down to treatment in the ultraviolet light reactors before flowing up, over and down again to a holding reservoir for residential use.

By Joshua Dillen

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The final phase in Baker City’s war against cryptosporidium is complete.

Crypto oocysts in the municipal water supply are doomed. 

The city is fighting the gut-twisting bug with light.

Deadly ultraviolet (UV) light, that is. 

A new $3 million UV water treatment plant is up and running. The facility and its maiming of oocysts that may be in the city’s water supply — the oocyst is the shell that protects crypto from conventional disinfectants such as chlorine, which the city adds to its water — is the final blow to the microscopic critter.


2014 will bid a frigid farewell


By Jayson Jacoby

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If you welcomed Baker City’s balmy December as an early Christmas gift, the month’s final week might seem more like a lump of coal.

Although you’d probably like to have the coal if you had a stove to burn it in.

The Christmas Eve snowstorm might have been the vanguard of an all-out assault of arctic air that could hang around until the first week of 2015.


Church’s tradition of giving

Free meals at Calvary Baptist


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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald Laurie Wittich

By Chris Collins

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Karl Wittich doesn’t know what kinds of side dishes to expect when Calvary Baptist opens its doors to the community for a free Christmas Eve dinner tonight.

He is certain of the main courses, however. They’ll be the odd combination of beef stroganoff accompanied by roast turkey.

Here’s how that came about:


Christmas Lighting Contest: Cheryl Thayer, 915 D St.


Cheryl Thayer, 915 D St.

See Wednesday’s issue of the Baker City Herald for the photos of the first- and second-prize winners in the Christmas Lighting Contest.

We’re posting photos of other entries on the website.


Christmas Lighting Contest: Jason Smith, 3475 Eighth Drive


See Wednesday’s issue of the Baker City Herald for the photos of the first- and second-prize winners in the Christmas Lighting Contest.

We’re posting photos of other entries on the website.


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