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Police Report On Thursday’s Domestic Violence Incident

Woman told police she grabbed handgun when Mack left room


By Chris Collins

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According to court documents, the domestic violence incident that led to the partial closure of Cedar Street and intervention by a tri-county team of police officers began with an argument that started about 12:30 Thursday morning.

More than nine hours later, Dale Myron Patrick Mack, 38, was taken into custody at his home at 3660 Cedar St.

Mack is being held at the Baker County Jail on charges of pointing a firearm at another, fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, strangulation, menacing and interfering with a peace officer. He was arraigned Friday afternoon on the charges, all of which are misdemeanors.

According to the affidavit in support of a probable cause arrest filed Thursday in Baker County Circuit Court by Baker City Police, the argument escalated to a physical attack that eventually led to gunshots being fired by the woman involved while she tried to get out of Mack’s house.

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Council backs medical pot store restriction


By Pat Caldwell

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The Baker City Council edged closer to approving a prohibition on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday night during its regular meeting at City Hall.

The Council endorsed the first and second readings of Ordinance 3330, a proposed mandate that would ban medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits.

Now the ordinance will face just one more reading, likely at the Council’s next meeting, Feb. 26. If the council votes to approve the mandate then the ordinance will be on the books. 

The council also reviewed and debated a separate — but related — business license ordinance Tuesday. Ordinance 3331 was also designed to restrict medical marijuana dispensaries by stipulating ventures inside city limits must be in compliance with local, state and federal laws. Marijuana is illegal under federal law.

The medical marijuana dispensary discussion gobbled up most of the time at the session and early on it was evident that some councilors have misgivings about the proposal.

While councilors appeared unanimous in their desire to find a way to restrict marijuana dispensaries, some were not sure a business license was the way to do it.

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Four unhurt skiers rescued after avalanche

Medics stayed with two hurt skiers after low clouds grounded helicopters

By the Baker City Herald staff

Two backcountry skiers, one a client from the Seattle area and one a guide from a Joseph company, were killed about noon Tuesday in an avalanche near Little Eagle Meadows, in the southern Wallowa Mountains near Cornucopia.

Two other skiers, also from the Seattle area, suffered broken legs in the slide.

Officials haven’t released any names pending notification of relatives.

The area is about 10 miles northwest of Halfway, on a steep slope at an elevation of about 7,700 feet, Baker County Undersheriff Warren Thompson said this morning.

The group of eight — six clients and two guides from Wallowa Alpine Huts of Joseph — was caught in the avalanche.

The four who were not hurt were brought out of the mountains by a snow cat on Tuesday afternoon, Thompson said.

But the snow cat couldn’t reach the two injured skiers, a woman in her 50s and a man in his 30s, because the slope was too steep, Thompson said.

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Warm rain could swell local streams


The National Weather Service has issued a "hydrologic outlook" for Baker County this week.

What this means, basically, is that a series of relatively warm, wet storms predicted to arrive starting late Tuesday will cause local streams to rise.

But the Weather Service is not expecting any rivers to reach flood stage. 

"The combination of rain and snowmelt on top of frozen ground may cause minor flooding of small creeks, ditches and poor drainage areas," according to the Weather Service "City streets, county roads, highways and pastures may be impacted, especially where snow and ice block storm drains, gutters and side ditches."

More information is available online at: www.wrh.noaa.gov/boi/

 

Senator Merkley coming to Baker City next week


Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will have a town hall meeting in Baker City on Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Baker City.

The public event will start at 2:30 p.m. at the Eagle Cap Innovative High School gymnasium, 2725 Seventh St.

That's the former North Baker Elementary School.

 

 

Bread drives planned


Ma'Lena Wirth of the Baker School District has organized four more bread drives as part of the FEED program — Feed Everyone Every Day.

These will be at the Episcopal Church, 2177 First St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday in February (19th), March (19th), April (16th)  and May (21st).

Wirth organized a bread drive in December that brought in more than 150 loaves of bread for local food banks.

Volunteers will be stationed outside the church to collect donated bread.

 

Rabies vaccination clinic Wednesday


Baker County veterinarians will sponsor a rabies vaccination clinic Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Extension Building, 2600 East St. in Baker City.

Cost is $10 per animal.

Baker City requires dogs to have a rabies vaccination, but cats can also be vaccinated. 

 

Forest Service to build new office in Baker City


 

By Jayson Jacoby

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The U.S. Forest Service will build a new office on part of the space on 11th Street now occupied by multiple modular buildings.

The modulars, at 3285 11th St., are scheduled to be removed in September 2014, and construction on the new building could happen this fall, said Jeff Tomac, Whitman District ranger.

Forest Service officials haven’t approved a final design for the building, but he said the current design calls for a single-story office of slightly more than 3,000 square feet.

Tomac said the estimated cost is around $500,000, although the amount is not final, either.

 

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Second candidate for county clerk

Cindy Carpenter is currently the election deputy for County Clerk Tami Green


Cindy Carpenter, an employee at the Baker County Clerk's office, has filed as a candidate for the clerk's position.

Incumbent Clerk Tami Green announced last week that she won't seek re-election to a fourth term when her current term expires at the end of 2014.

Carpenter works in the clerk's office as management assistant II and election deputy.

She is a Baker High School graduate.

Carpenter joins Marcy Osborn of Baker City as a candidate.

The deadline to file is March 11. 

 

Bentz says ODOT will compare studded, studless snow tires


SALEM — Oregon Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, said the Oregon Department of Transportation will compare the effectiveness of studded tires and non-studded snow tires.

Bentz, who represents Baker County, worked last year to prevent a proposed ban on studded tires in Oregon.

Bentz, who was vice chair of the House Transportation and Economic Development Committee during the 2013 session, said he met last week with ODOT officials and verified that the comparison will include a number of national and international studies comparing studded and studless snow tires on a variety of road conditions.

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