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Art For Everyone


This painting by Alyssa Peterson is one of three in the artist’s Geiser-Pollman Park series. Two of the paintings, including this one of the slide at the park, are on loan from Peterson and are displayed at City Hall. The city bought one of the three paintings. (S. John Collins/Baker City Herald)

City buys painting, also looking for ideas for old merry-go-round 

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Baker City is seeking someone to give a new life to the merry-go-round that was removed from Geiser-Pollman Park this spring.

The piece, which is more than 50 years old, was part of the equipment replaced in May with new play structures. The merry-go-round was removed intact and saved.

Now the City’s Public Arts Commission is accepting proposals from artists who have an idea on how to preserve the merry-go-round.

Proposals will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2015.

Citizen Review Board here for children

By Joshua Dillen

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“Every day counts ... in the life of a child in foster care.”

The motto is a driving force behind the Citizen Review Board (CRB) of the  Oregon Judicial Department.

According to the department’s website the CRB, legislated in 1985, is a statewide foster care review program made up of citizen volunteers to help state courts ensure that case plans and services meet the needs of children in foster care.

Hospital program helps protect newborns

Allie and Zeb Scott get ready to take their newborn son, Grayson, home from St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City. (Lisa Britton photo)

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Newborn Grayson Scott didn’t make a sound as his dad snugged a dark purple hat on his head — he simply yawned, and fell asleep snuggled in the arms of his mom.

Grayson’s parents, Allie and Zeb Scott, received the purple hat on Friday as part of the “CLICK for Babies” campaign at Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City that raises awareness about the “Period of PURPLE Crying.”

PURPLE is an educational program offered in hospitals that explains normal crying patterns in infants, how to cope with a baby that can’t be soothed, and the importance of never shaking a baby.

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

Police search continues

By Chris Collins

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Police are continuing to search for a man who eluded an officer in a Monday morning chase and is suspected of impersonating a police officer by using flashing blue lights on his white pickup truck to pull cars over at night.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner has asked Baker City residents and area agencies for help in locating Timothy P. Keefe, 52, of 2018 Eighth St. Lohner said Keefe moved to Baker City recently from Ontario.

Officers followed up on leads and searched the Atwood Road area at the northeast corner of Baker City Monday afternoon without success.

“We had quite an extensive afternoon of searching Monday in high probability areas and are continuing today,” Lohner said Tuesday.

The chief advises anyone with information about Keefe to use caution and to call 9-1-1 if they see him.

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


South Baker student suspended for bringing pellet gun to school

By Chris Collins

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A South Baker student is at home today as discipline for bringing a pellet gun to school Monday.

The gun was not loaded and no students were hurt, said Betty Palmer, principal of the school of about 320 students in Grades 4-6.

Palmer said she became aware of the gun about noon Monday.

“We responded and the child is not at school,” she said. “We are meeting to decide long-term consequences."

Restoring Forests: Decades-Long Task

New Study By Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy

By Jayson Jacoby

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A new study by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy concluded that at the current rate of forest restoration, it would take more than half a century to treat every acre of ailing national forest in a region that includes Northeastern Oregon.

The study was published in Forest Ecology and Management.

Photo of suspect Baker City Police are looking for


Timothy P. Keefe

Baker City Police are looking for Timothy P. Keefe, 52.

Police cordon off area after man barricades himself in building

Baker City Police have cordoned off an area in the 2000 block of Eighth Street this morning, between Washington Avenue and Broadway Street, and are waiting for a man who barricaded himself inside a small building to come out.

Police Chief Wyn Lohner said the man, who led officer Mike Lary on a short chase before eluding him on slick roads early this morning, has been holed up inside the building since about 1 a.m. today.

Free Thanksgiving meals offered

Elks Lodge

• 1896 Second St.

• Menu: Turkey soup and bread

• Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Hosted by the Baker Elks in honor of the late John Osborn, the owner of Charley’s Ice Cream Parlor who offered a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving at his restaurant the past several years

• Contact: 541-523-3338

South Baker Intermediate School

• 1285 Third Street

• Menu: Roasted turkey with all the trimmings

• Thanksgiving Day at 3 p.m.

• Hosted by the Calvary Baptist Church

• Contact: 541-523-3891

American Legion Post 41 

• 2129 Second Street.

• Menu: Turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings and dessert

• Thanksgiving Day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

• Hosted by American Legion Post 41

• Contact: 541-523-2141

— Josh Dillen

Parents gather at Brooklyn School to learn more about math changes

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

About 60 parents and caregivers learned more about elementary school math Tuesday evening during a family involvement night at Brooklyn Primary School.

Involvement nights are held in the district at Brooklyn, South Baker, Baker Middle School, Keating and Haines schools. The topics covered are based on concerns voiced by parents and staff, said Gwen O’Neal, Brooklyn principal.

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