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Another cougar sighting reported

By Chris Collins

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Baker City Police are continuing to urge residents living on the west side of Highway 7 on the south end of town to be alert to the possible presence of a cougar.


Cool Conclusion

Only a slight chill the last week kept February from setting a record as the warmest on record

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Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald New snow dusted the tops of the Elkhorn Mountains Saturday morning, the final day of February. That was a rare scene during the month, which ranks as the fourth-warmest on record at the Baker City Airport.

By Jayson Jacoby

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February in its final week finally started acting like, well, February.

Until then it felt rather more like April.

The late spell of seasonably chilly weather kept the month from setting a record as the mildest February since at least 1943 in Baker City.


Baker City sewing store lost more than $10,000 in merchandise in burglary

A burglar entered the business Treasure Every Stitch in the Basche-Sage Place mall at Broadway and Main streets late last month, removing merchandise valued at more than $10,000.


Witty signs deal

Mark Witty, the Baker School District’s new superintendent, has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $124,500 per year.


Feline Frustration

Searches, including by two hounds, fail to turn up cougar spotted Wednesday in south Baker City

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Joe Curtis, right, and Wyn Lohner, Baker City Police chief, search for cougar sign along Myrtle Street Thursday. Curtis says his dogs are used mainly for bobcat hunting. Barreta is the dark Plott breed and June is a Walker tree hound.

By Chris Collins

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and Jayson Jacoby

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A two-day search that involved police officers, state fish and wildlife workers and a pair of trained tracking hounds turned up no sign of a cougar that two people reported seeing Wednesday afternoon in south Baker City.


Witty is 5J’s choice

By Chris Collins

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The Baker School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to offer the job of superintendent to 51-year-old Mark Witty, who has filled that role for Grant School District No. 3 in Grant County for the past five years.

Witty accepted the job today, according to a press release from the board. 


Stuck in snow, Pendleton man hikes 17 miles for help

His wife and her sister both suffer from hypothermia and minor frostbite

A Pendleton man hiked about 17 miles on a snowbound road in the Blue Mountains west of Baker City, and his wife and sister-in-law walked about 2 miles last week after their four-wheel drive rig got stuck in snow between Ukiah and Granite.


Police searching for cougar along ditch this morning

Baker City Police are resuming the search for a possible cougar this morning, focusing on a grove of trees and brush along Settlers Slough between 7th and 10th streets. 


BHS BASKETBALL: Class 4A play-in games at BHS this weekend

Both games at Baker High School

BOYS: Friday, 6 p.m. against North Marion (note: change from earlier schedule of 8 p.m.)

GIRLS: Saturday, 1 p.m. against Stayton


County Commission will start sending public notices for work sessions

Baker County Commissioner Mark Bennett said today that commissioners will start emailing public notices to the media and other interested parties for the weekly work sessions commissioners have been having since the start of the year.


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