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Cougar, or cougars, kills 6 sheep in pen northwest of Baker City

A cougar, or possible multiple cougars, killed six sheep — three ewes and three lambs — late Sunday or early Monday in a pen along Goodrich Creek Road about 10 miles northwest of Baker City.

Backyard Bruin

ODFW Tranquilizes Bear In West Baker City Yard Sunday 

Photo by Mike Smith

Glenda Spence is used to seeing deer and quail and even the occasional skunk or raccoon on the Baker City property where she and her husband, Kenneth, have lived for 40 years.

But not a bear.

Yet it was indeed a bruin that Kenneth saw Sunday morning near the couple’s home at 1205 11th St., near the intersection with Myrtle Street.

“The first time ever,” Glenda said this morning.

Stopping Slides

Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald This almost plugged culvert along the Stices Gulch Road south of Baker City is among those that workers will unclog or replace.

Forest Service spending $341,000, county applying for $883,000

By Joshua Dillen

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Local government agencies are mobilizing to rehabilitate lands burned in the Cornet/Windy Ridge fire in August south and east of Baker City.

The 104,000-acre lightning-sparked fire, the biggest blaze in Baker County history, has left ground devoid of vegetation and thus vulnerable to debris flows that could damage roads and threaten people and their homes.

Baker County, the U.S. Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) are working to reduce that risk. 

Experts explain ‘new math’

About a dozen parents attend the first of the Baker School District’s planned ‘math night’ events

By Chris Collins

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About a dozen parents with children in Grades 7-9 gathered at Baker High School Wednesday night to learn more about why a new math program is needed.

A week earlier, more than 50 people lodged complaints with the Baker School Board about how the new program was rolled out, and asked the board to make changes.

Journalist sues city and police

PENDLETON (AP) — A journalist has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court at Pendleton against Baker City and Police Chief Wyn Lohner and his officers.

Brian Addison, 50, a former reporter for The Record-Courier, claims Lohner and other officers retaliated against him after he wrote an editorial criticizing the department in 2008

The complaint was filed Thursday by Addison’s attorneys with the Portland law firm Sussman Shank.

State biologists will recommend Commission delist gray wolves

Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will recommend the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission remove gray wolves from the state's Endangered Species List.

The Commission will consider that recommendation when it meets Nov. 9 in Salem.

Brain Building

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Jason Buchanan, left, and Ayden Decker, both 14, test their catapult designs out by seeing who can shoot a marshmallow the farthest.

Maker’s Club Meets Every Other Friday At Baker County Library

You are handed a slip of paper upon entering the room. It reads:

“Your Challenge: To build a catapult of your choice that shoots a marshmallow really far using stored potential.”

Jim White greets you, then waves a hand to a table where three catapults sit, each of a different design.

“We always make three examples of every project, and instructions. Of course, they don’t want to use them,” White says with a laugh.

This is the Maker’s Club, a creative space to build and experiment at the Baker County Public Library.

Red Cross honors five Baker County volunteers for exceptional service

Red Cross volunteers go where they’re needed when they’re called without any expectation of recognition.

But the efforts of the volunteers who serve Baker County are just too exceptional to let go unnoticed, says Lisa Stroup of Redmond.

She’s the executive director of the Oregon Mountain River Chapter of the American Red Cross, which has its headquarters at Bend.

Baker school official talks about future of math curriculum

A list of textbooks and instructional math materials that meet new state standards was released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

Curriculum implemented in the Baker School District over the past three years — mainly Engage New York — was noticeably missing from the list.

That is no surprise, said Betty Palmer, the district’s assistant superintendent. 

That’s because Engage New York is considered “open educational resource material."

Protecting Ruts

Kathy Orr /Baker City Herald Opponents of Idaho Power Company’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway power transmission line worry about how the line, with towers as tall as 195 feet, would affect views of the Oregon Trail, including from the BLM’s Oregon Trail Interpretive Center atop Flagstaff Hill.

Boardman-to-Hemingway Power Line Proposal

A Bend man has enlisted the aid of a group of environmental lawyers in his campaign to prevent Idaho Power Company from building a power line across the Oregon Trail just east of Baker City.

Gail Carbiener, 81, lives in Bend.

But he has spent quite a lot of time walking the route of the Oregon Trail not just in Baker County but across the West.

“I’ve walked every single solitary step of that trail, more than once,” Carbiener said.

His concern is that Idaho Power’s proposed Boardman-to-Hemingway (B2H) 500-kilovolt power line, with towers up to 195 feet high, would degrade the views of, and from, the Oregon Trail.

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