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Sheriff candidates interviewed: John Hoopes' answers

The Baker County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday interviewed the two candidates to replace Sheriff Mitch Southwick, who is retiring April 30.

Here are John Hoopes' written responses to the commissioners’ questions:


Sheriff candidates interviewed: Travis Ash's answers

The Baker County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday interviewed the two candidates to replace Sheriff Mitch Southwick, who is retiring April 30.

Here are Travis Ash's written responses to the commissioners' questions: 


Police receive cougar sighting report

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Joshua Dillen/Baker City Herald: Kari Carter says she saw a cougar in this field near her home at 4000 Indiana Ave., near the city's water reservoirs, about 9 a.m. this morning.

Baker City Police are searching part of southwest Baker City this morning after a resident reported seeing a cougar in the area.


A new plan to ban pot sales

Baker City Council drops business license plan and opts instead for a ban on medical and recreational marijuana stores

By Joshua Dillen

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Marijuana stores might not have a bright future in Baker City.


Foiling The Feds?

Bill In Oregon Legislature Would Transfer Federal Land To The State

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald file photo Autumn color accents a forested view from Black Mountain, southwest of Baker City.

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Legislation to compel the federal government to transfer control of large swaths of public land to the state was introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives recently.


Six local athletes to compete in Special Olympics Winter Games this weekend

Six Special Olympics athletes from Baker City will be competing in the 2015 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games at Mt. Bachelor in Bend on March 14-15.     

Participating athletes are Molly Hirsh, Jamie McClaughry, Jennifer Glerup, Janet Stout, Emily Moe and Tessie Smith. They will be competing with other athletes from across the state alpine skiing, snowshoe, Cross Country, and snowboarding. 


Detecting Leaks

Repairing The Historic Mausoleum At Mount Hope Cemetery 

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Keith Magnuson, Baker City shop/facility supervisor, says the mausoleum’s roof needs repair to maintain the integrity of the historic building. The roof appears to have four old layers of tar and paper. “It’s functional, but bad,” he says.

By Joshua Dillen

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The Mount Hope Abbey Mausoleum is in need of a new roof.


Bentz calls on Brown to veto clean fuels bill

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

The passage of a bill in the Oregon Legislature last week to lower the state’s carbon output might permanently derail prospects of a bipartisan deal on a package designed to raise money to fix the state’s dilapidated streets, roads and highways.


Warm weekend, but no records

Baker County basked in sunshine and the warmest temperatures of 2015 this weekend, but no records were set. 


Two more arrests in meth investigation

Baker City Police have arrested two more suspects in a methamphetamine sales investigation that yielded a pound and a half of the drug and more than $3,500 in cash during two searches of a home last month.


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