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Preparing For Memorial Day at Mount Hope Cemetery

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Volunteers place more than 400 flags at Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day. Helping early Monday morning are, from left, Alex Dyke, Sam Galvan and Kevin Churchill. The Avenue of Flags appears to ignite the cemetery grounds with flames of red, white and blue dancing in the breeze. The veterans memorial service began at 11 a.m. to honor those who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice in defending America’s freedom. 


Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre Director Retiring


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Lynne Burroughs is one of the two co-founders of the Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre. (S. John Collins//Baker City Herald file photo)

The posters provide a walk through 13 seasons of community theater — laugh-out-loud comedies, creepy mysteries, tearjerker dramas, silly melodramas and musicals that showcased local singing talent.

And now the future of Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre is uncertain.

Lynne Burroughs and Abby Dennis founded Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre (EORT) in 2003. They, along with Jean Simpson-Geddes, produced two plays that year — “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Crimes of the Heart."


Committee approves 2015/16 budget


After almost three hours of discussion and debate, the Baker City Budget Committee approved the proposed budget of more than $19.4 million, which includes just over $5 million in unappropriated funds for next fiscal year.  The current year’s budget is about $19 million.

There were several changes before the approval that came just before 9 o’clock Thursday night.

The Baker City Council must adopt the approved budget by the end of June and may make changes to it before it does.

The committee approved funding a school resource officer (SRO) for the Baker School District.


Military jet will perform flyover on Memorial Day

An Oregon Air National Guard F-15 jet fighter will perform a flyover of Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day between 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.


By gallon, or mile?

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald With gas taxes the major source of money to maintain highways and city streets, transportation officials worry about running short of money as more people drive fuel-efficient vehicles.

With thousands of new fuel-sipping vehicles rolling onto our highways every year, the gas tax is becoming a less-reliable source of revenue to maintain roads

By Jayson Jacoby

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Toyota’s iconic Prius hybrid car is beloved by owners as they roll past the gas station.

Until one of the skinny, low rolling resistance tires slams into a pothole with a kidney-bruising crunch.

The Prius and the pothole could serve as the twin symbols of a looming crisis that confronts Oregon and the rest of the nation.

How can we afford to keep our streets and highways in decent shape when the main source of money for that work — gas tax revenue — inexorably shrinks as the gas-sipping frugality that the Prius epitomizes spreads, virus-like, through America’s fleet?


Voters say no to nonpartisan county commission positions

By Joshua Dillen and Jayson Jacoby

Baker City Herald

Baker County voters like their county commission positions just as they are — with a party affiliation next to the commissioners’ names.

Voters on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have made the three commissioner positions nonpartisan.


May cracks drought code

Past week has been the wettest in almost two years

By Jayson Jacoby

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May won’t bust the drought, but it might put a few temporary cracks in it.

The past week was the wettest seven-day period in Baker County in almost two years.


Baker City to get first look at proposed budget Tuesday

By Joshua Dillen

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It’s budget season in Baker City. 

Baker City’s Budget Board will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St., to review a proposed budget totaling $19,428,054 for the fiscal year that starts July 1.


Face Painting

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Lisa Britton / For the Baker City Herald BHS art student Michael Brady gets advice from Amy VanGaasbeck, this month’s guest artist in the high school’s advanced art class.

Baker High School Advanced Art Students Hone Their Skills

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

First came a grid, then a sketch, then paint to create shadows and slowly a face takes shape — Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and other famous faces.

This month, local artist Amy VanGaasbeck is working on painting portraits with the advanced art class at Baker High School over a four-week period.

 


A milestone for Bella owner Beverly Calder

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Beverly Calder wanted to make a life in Baker City, so she created a business niche for herself – a wine shop she called Bella.

Eighteen years later, Bella is about much more than wine.

Calder’s stores — the original in Baker City, and since 2010 one in La Grande — are stocked with kitchen gadgets, cookware, bakeware, linens, dishes, specialty food items, local garlic, coffee, tea, local meat and chocolate.


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