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Grain malting business, new Cascade Natural Gas work station planned


The Baker City/County Planning Department is considering applications for a pair of business developments near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in west Baker City.

One is for a grain malting operation at 2995 Baker St. Malted grain is an ingredient in beer.

In addition, Cascade Natural Gas plans to build a work center on the vacant lot on the north side of Broadway Street between the Ellingson Lumber Co. building and 13th Street.

The property is just west of the railroad tracks.

Because neither proposal involves a building larger than 15,000 square feet, the Planning Department staff could approve both without going through the city Planning Commission.

See Wednesday's issue of the Baker City Herald for more about these two proposals. 

 

Veterans can learn about benefits, support services

Event set for July 11 in Baker City


Local veterans can learn about benefits available to them and their families, as well as support services such as education and employment, during an event scheduled for Friday, July 11 in Baker City.

The Northeast Oregon Veterans Benefits Event and Stand Down will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1640 Campbell St.

More information is available by calling Jane Chandler, Baker County's veterans services officer, at 541-523-8223. 

 

Elkhorn Drive now open


The Elkhorn Drive Scenic Byway, the 106-mile paved route that circles the Elkhorn Mountains west of Baker City, is free of snow and open, the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest reports.

Lingering snowdrifts had blocked a two-mile section of the byway above Anthony Lakes until recently.

 

Dorrah defends Langrell

Councilor and former mayor says deposing Langrell as mayor would give Baker City a ‘statewide black eye’


By Pat Caldwell

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In an email last week, Baker City Councilor Dennis Dorrah pleaded with fellow councilors to reconsider a proposal to discuss the performance of Mayor Richard Langrell and perhaps remove him from the city’s top elected slot.

Even if councilors voted to remove Langrell as mayor he would remain a city councilor.

In Baker City the City Council, not the voters, elect the mayor to the largely ceremonial position.

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Hey, No Sweat!

Baker City Cycling Classic Riders Bask In Mild Weather


S. John Collins/Baker City Herald — The Tour d'Town Criterium finds cyclists from throughout the Northwest racing a 1K course in downtown Baker City. The Saturday event is the third of four stages and features several men's categories and two women's.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Oh how contradictory June can be.

Last year, riders in the Baker City Cycling Classic rode in sweltering heat and humidity during the Friday road race, never seeming to get enough water to counteract the conditions.

This year, racers took off in 70-degree weather. They actually emptied their water bottles during the Catherine Creek climb, and many didn’t get extra water at the last feed zone.

Then, as the third peloton (main group of cyclists) raced to the finish, the skies opened up with lightning, thunder and pouring rain.

Back farther from the finish, some cyclists were pelted with hail that left welts.

Although wet, race director Brian Vegter says the racers preferred that to last year’s heat.

“Everybody had smiles on their faces — ‘most epic day ever!’ ” he said.

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

 

Historical glass display joins its twin at Baker Heritage Museum

 

A glass display case travels to another home since its beginnings at the former Neuberger and Heilner clothing store on Main Street in downtown Baker City. Powder River Correctional Facility inmates provided the muscle June 20 to move the historic case from Crossroads Carnegie Art Center to the Baker Heritage Museum, where others like it are used for displaying artifacts. (S. John Collins/Baker City Herald)

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

A simple gift came with a surprise recently when Crossroads Carnegie Art Center gave a glass cabinet to the Baker Heritage Museum. 

Turns out it wasn’t the only one of its kind.

“Unbeknownst to us, its matched partner is at the museum,” said Ginger Savage, Crossroads director.

The display case was originally used at the Neuberger and Heilner department store on Main Street. 

When Crossroads moved into that space, the case was used as the front counter.

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

 

Council swaps emails about mayor

By Pat Caldwell

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A smoldering dispute among several Baker City Council members regarding Mayor Richard Langrell’s comments and actions flamed openly Tuesday night, sending a clear signal that the controversy could have long-term implications.

At the end of the Council meeting Tuesday, Councilor Clair Button asked City Manager Mike Kee to place a proposal on the next meeting agenda to discuss Langrell’s job performance, with the ultimate objective of having the Council decide whether to rescind Langrell’s status as mayor.

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

 

 

Baker woman arrested after high-speed chase in town, on freeway


Police arrested a Baker City woman Tuesday night  after a high-speed chase that ended on the freeway when the stolen vehicle she was driving was disabled by a spike strip.

Melissa Thacker, 30, of 390 Spring Garden Ave., remains in jail today on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal trespassing and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

An employee of Cliff’s Saws and Cycles reported about 6 p.m. Tuesday that a woman was attempting to ride a customer’s motorcycle at the business, according to a press release. 

Thacker was accused of threatening a woman and taking a vehicle from the woman’s 11th Street home at about 6:17 p.m.

The pursuit, which lasted about 11 minutes, began when Thacker ran a stop sign at 11th and D streets, police said. She traveled 60 mph down 10th Street and reached speeds up to 81 mph on the freeway before the spike strip was deployed by Oregon State Police. She was arrested after a short foot pursuit.

 

Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo this weekend at Halfway


HALFWAY — Skye Hack is the 2014 Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo queen and invites everyone to join the action Saturday and Sunday as the 57th-annual Hells Canyon Junior Rodeo gets under way.

The rodeo begin at 1 p.m. both days at the Halfway rodeo arena.

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Fire that threatened Huntington moving toward Farewell Bend


A fire that threatened homes in Huntington is moving east toward Farewell Bend and being pushed by 25 mph winds, a Baker County official said this morning.

The fire, which apparently started about 7:35 a.m., doesn't appear to pose a further threat to the town of 510 at the southeastern corner of the county, said Jason Yencopal of Baker County Emergency Management.

The fire started at a home on Third Street and then burned southeast, up the hill above the town, Yencopal said. 

The blaze burned a garage, but Yencopal said he didn't yet know whether any other structures were damaged, or whether anyone was injured.

The fire has burned an estimated 1,300 acres, about half private land and half BLM land, said Carolyn Chad, a spokeswoman at BLM's Vale District office.

Chad said five single-engine airplanes are available to drop retardant, and they're assisted by a BLM Hotshot crew, a bulldozer and several fire engines.

The Oregon Department of Transportation briefly closed Highway 30 between Huntington and Farewell Bend, but the highway is open now.

Interstate 84 is open. 

 
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