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Testing the turf

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S. John Collins/WesCom News Service J.T. Rohner has planted spring wheat, which has sprouted, and Kentucky bluegrass, which hasn’t yet sprouted, on this leased field off Pocahontas Road just west of Baker City.
 

Grass Seed Growing Again In Baker Valley

By Jayson Jacoby

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Grass seed is returning to Baker Valley’s agricultural economy after a hiatus of several years.

J.T. Rohner is growing Kentucky bluegrass on about 100 acres, distributed among three separate fields he is leasing.


Langrells agree to $50,000 settlement with city

Baker City Councilor Richard Langrell and his wife, Lynne, have agreed to a $50,000 payment to settle their lawsuit against the city. 


Foes vow to fight pot store ban

By Joshua Dillen

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Local activists are vowing to fight Baker City’s recently approved ban on recreational and medical marijuana stores.


One-day deluge won’t end drought, but better than dry

By Jayson Jacoby

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Snow, a rarity for most of this past winter at lower elevations in Baker County, dusted the foothills southwest of town this morning. Sunday was the dampest day at the Baker City Airport since late December.
 

Just when Baker County needed it most, the rain arrived.

Except where it was snow.


Man sees 6 wolves

By Jayson Jacoby

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A Baker County man says he saw six wolves harassing a herd of elk last week near Medical Springs.


A Better Bunny

BHS leadership class raises money for a new Easter Bunny suit

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Makenna Bachman struggles with some mighty-big feet belonging to a new Easter bunny suit that will replace the tattered suit used during the annual Easter egg hunt at Geiser-Pollman Park. Students in the Baker High School leadership class headed by Susie Cole, right, earned the funds needed to buy a new suit.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Children will be greeted by a new, friendly Easter Bunny this Saturday morning at the Community Easter Egg Hunt.

The bunny costume was purchased by the Baker High School leadership class, which raised the money by sponsoring a Sadie Hawkins dance in January.

The class revived the dance in 2014 to raise money for school and community projects.


School money sufficient, 5J biz chief says

By Chris Collins

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The two-year, $7.255 billion state schools budget passed by Democrats in the Oregon House earlier this week won’t harm Baker School District programs, according to the district’s money manager.


Bennett, Kerns call for collaboration between county, Forest Service

By Joshua Dillen

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Two months after the Baker County Board of Commissioners rejected an offer to work more closely with the Forest Service, two of the three commissioners have written letters to a Forest Service official calling for collaboration between the county and the agency on a variety of issues.


Trial is off as city-Langrell negotiations continue

The trial in Baker CIty Council Richard Langrell's lawsuit against the city will not happen this morning as scheduled.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the city and for Langrell are still negotiating a possible financial settlement in the year-old lawsuit.


Barely There

Baker County Snowpack At Or Near Record Lows

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker County’s snowpack is setting records.

But not the sort of records anybody is apt to brag about.


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