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Police investigating apparent suicide along Pine Creek Road near Baker City

Oregon State Police troopers and detectives are investigating the apparent suicide of a man this afternoon in Baker Valley whom police had tried to interview as a possible crime suspect.

At about 11:30 a.m., OSP detectives went to a home in the 15000 block of Pine Creek Road, west of Pocahontas Road about 10 miles northwest of Baker City, to interview the man. The suspect fled into an outbuilding and shots could be heard coming from inside. It was known the suspect was alone but due to the safety concerns, more resources, including a SWAT team, were called in to assist.

Around 1 p.m. law enforcement found the suspect, who had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds. At this time it is speculated it was suicide, according to a press release from OSP.

The investigation will be continuing and more information will be released when it is available.


Haines Heats Up

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Joann Wellman watches over iced water bottles outside the Haines Sell Rite store.

On A Sizzling Independence Day, Ice & Cold Water Are At A Premium

By La’akea Kaufman

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Haines Sell Rite store was bustling Saturday morning before the start of the town’s annual Fourth of July parade.

Rows of folding chairs lined the front of the building, and patrons snagged bottles of water and granola bars off the shelves. 

But as they approached the checkout they saw an unfamiliar sign taped across the counter. 

“Due to the limited supply of ice, there is a limit of 5 bags per family,” the note read.


Baker endures longest heat wave since 2001

By Jayson Jacoby

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The temperature has yet to reach 100 this summer at the Baker City Airport, but the current heat wave is by one measure the most severe since 2001.

Sunday was the 10th straight day in which the temperature topped 90 degrees at the airport.


Flying Forward

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Boston Colton says his group should break ground in August for the disc golf course at the Baker Sports Complex.

By La’akea Kaufman

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A group of 30 Baker City residents, City Council members, business owners and students have partnered with the Ford Family Foundation and the Baker School District to design the city’s first disc golf course. 

The Baker City flying disc golf course will be built on the Baker Sports Complex, north of Baker High School.


Parents say law a legacy for son

By Jayson Jacoby

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Steve Culley calls it the “devil drug.”

He speaks this alliterative phrase with the practiced ease of a man who has repeated it more times than he’d care to remember.

Meth is what he’s talking about.


New trailhead, section of Adler Parkway paved

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

The newest section of the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway has been paved and is open to pedestrians.

So is the trailhead on Resort Street at the trail's southern terminus.

Caution tape and barricades are still up in places, but the path is open to walkers, according to the city.

The new section of trail runs along the Powder River between the Myrtle Street bridge and the trailhead parking lot. 


Baker City bans outdoor open burning

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Submitted photo/Ben Decker, left, and Ryan Tachenko helped douse a fire this morning next to the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway west of Kirkway Drive.

Baker City has banned all outdoor open burning due to the high fire danger and persistent hot, dry weather, Fire Chief Mark John announced Wednesday afternoon.

The burn ban took effect immediately.

“No open burning is allowed until further notice,” John said. 


Bakerís Bluesman

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Jimmy Lloyd Rea Dies At 63

By Jayson Jacoby

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He was Baker City’s own bluesman, but Jimmy Lloyd Rea’s musical reputation went far beyond the town where he was born, a reputation forged in dark dingy bars and on brilliantly lit stages where he performed with blues legends like B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

Rea, who had endured a series of health problems, including a kidney transplant in 2003, died Tuesday at St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Nampa, Idaho.

He was 63.


June: Hot, but not a record

By Jayson Jacoby

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It wasn’t the hottest June ever in Baker City.

But good luck convincing somebody whose air conditioner was busted for the last week or so.


Baker City woman charged with assault in injury to 8-month-old

By Chris Collins

Of the Baker City Herald

A 25-year-old Baker City woman was arraigned Monday in Baker County Circuit Court on charges that she assaulted an 8-month-old baby girl in her care last year, causing injuries that will result in permanent impairment to the child.

Kira Vansickle of 2492 Carter St. is accused of causing “abusive head trauma, which can include shaken baby syndrome,” said District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff.


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