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Honoring Artists

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center Fundraiser Preview

Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald The art of Baker City potter Mary Sue Rightmire will be given one of two Honored Artist Awards during the Crossroads Carnegie Art Center fundraising gala Oct. 18.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The annual gala fundraiser for Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Baker Event Center, 2600 East St.

The social hour and silent auction begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the live auction at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $37.50 a person and available until Oct. 10 at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Police arrest three suspects in drug-selling investigation

Members of the Baker County Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested two Huntington men and one woman Tuesday evening in Baker City on a variety of drug charges as part of a three-month, three-county investigation (Grant, Baker and Malheur) that was started by the John Day Police Department.

At 6:57 p.m., a Baker County Sheriff’s deputy and a sergeant from the Baker City Police Department stopped a 1996 Honda Accord at the South Baker City interchange on Interstate 84.

The officers arrested the driver, Jeremy McLean, 45, of Huntington, for criminal conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

He brought Baker into the computer age

Richard Chaves To Receive Distinguished Alumni Award From Eastern Oregon University

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Richard Chaves will receive Eastern Oregon University’s Distinguished Alumni Award this weekend.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

This weekend, Richard Chaves of Baker City will be honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Oregon University.

As part of the award, he will participate in EOU’s homecoming activities, including the parade Friday evening that begins at 5 p.m.

Chaves graduated from EOU in 1973 with a degree in business economics and a minor in math.

But how he got to that point is important to his story of success.

Chaves grew up in Baker City, where his father, Art, worked several jobs to provide for the family.

Idaho police say sex abuse suspect, who lived in Baker City, might have other victims

Lester Eugene Palmer

Idaho police say a man accused of sexually abusing a child younger than 16 might have other victims, and the man lived for a time in Baker City.

Lester Eugene Palmer, 54, was arrested Sept. 7 in Kootenai County, Idaho. He was extradited Sept. 16 to Canyon County, where he is charged with multiple counts and his bail is set at $500,000.

Nampa Police Detectives have information that there may be other victims in various states of where Palmer has had a previous residence. The incidents would likely have happened between 1994 and 2014 in Arizona, Oregon, Missouri, Illinois and South Carolina. Palmer spent time in Kellogg Idaho and Baker City as recently as April of 2014.

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said local records show that Palmer lived at 2787 Third St. in Baker City, and that Baker City Police had “contacts with him beginning Feb. 2, 2007, and the last was on Oct. 12, 2010.”

Anyone with information about Palmer or other possible victims is urged to contact Detective Kari Seibel at 208-475-5715 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

St. Alphonsus closing nursing home in Baker City

By Chris Collins

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 St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City has announced that it will close its nursing home in the next two months.

The decision came last week in a meeting of the Community Hospital Board, which is chaired by Matt Shirtcliff, who also is Baker County district attorney.

“For the board, it had to do with timing and can people’s needs be met,” Shirtcliff said. “We’ve had several people leave in the last month or so and the state is pushing for people to be in a more home-based environment.

Duffers Digging In

Volunteers Make A Big Difference At Quail Ridge Golf Course 

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Twenty-two trees will accent and offer shade at the Quail Ridge Golf Course. A Saturday work party of volunteers included, from left, Larry Smith, John Echeverria, Colt Nudd, Ron Ulrey, Chuck Peterson and Greg Brinton.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

About 20 volunteers braved a chilly wind and gray skies Saturday morning to help plant 22 new trees at Quail Ridge Golf Course.

“No one asked them — they just heard we were planting and showed up,” said Bill Tiedemann, general manager.

He and Jeff Stahman, superintendent of the city-owned course at 2801 Indiana Ave., are thankful for the countless hours logged by volunteers on projects — filling divots, removing weeds, planting flowers and more — throughout the 140-acre, 18-hole course.



Unexpected Test

Panic Alarm Accidentally Activated Wednesday At Brooklyn School

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Doug Dalton, right, District 5J business manager, explained to a few parents of Brooklyn Primary students that the school's security alarm system was activated accidentally Wednesday morning. He was joined by District 5J Superintendant Walt Wegener, left, and personnel from the Sheriff's Department and Emergency Management.

By Chris Collins and Jayson Jacoby

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An unexpected test of the panic alarm system at Brooklyn Primary School sent about a dozen law enforcement officers and other emergency service workers to the school Wednesday morning.

Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the children and staff inside the building were never in any danger.

Conifer Classroom

Sixth-Graders Attending Outdoor School

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The Forestry station at the outdoor school Tuesday finds Dakota Rilee boring into a tree to take a core sample. He traded off with Kyler Hester, left. In background at right is instructor Logan McCrae, Stewardship Forester with the Oregon Department of Forestry in Baker City. Students also learned about forest health and environments.

By Chris Collins

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Baker and Haines sixth-graders got a chance to play dress up at Outdoor School this week as part of learning what it takes to be a wildland firefighter.

The students stepped into the yellow flame-resistant Nomex clothing required of Forest Service crews and strapped on backpacks filled with supplies that the firefighters carry.

Human remains tentatively identified

Human skeletal remains found in the Marble Creek area Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, have tentatively been identified as Brandon Cody Marshall, 39.

The remains have been sent to the Oregon State medical examiner for positive identification, according to a press release from Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick.

This was a non violent death and there is no concern for public safety.

Marshall was known to have been camping and living in the woods and although he had no known address he had lived in the Baker City area.

Brooklyn School briefly on lockdown, but no threat, police say

Brooklyn School was briefly on lockdown this morning but there was no “active threat” to the school, Baker City Police Lt. Kirk McCormick said.

At press time this morning police were trying to figure out whether there was an emergency alarm malfunction, or an alarm was accidentally activated.

Police officers, firefighters and the city’s public works departments all responded to the school, which houses kindergarten through third grades at 1350 Washington Ave.

Police confirmed that there was no emergency and began leaving the school around 9:20 a.m.

Police responded after an emergency alarm was activated.

All school staff have alarm devices with them.

It’s not clear whether someone accidentally pushed the alarm button, or the system malfunctioned.

Students were kept inside their classrooms while police were inside the building. 

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