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Vocational program for young women starts Monday

By Chris Collins

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A three-day program designed to introduce young women to trades and vocational opportunities in which they are traditionally underrepresented will begin Monday at Baker Technical Institute.


Reviving History

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Sidewalks, patios and steps will accent the landscaping around the Wisdom House, which was built in 1878 by John Wisdom. The home is set to open as a vacation rental by late June.

Wisdom House, Built In 1878, Undergoing Renovation

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The worn stone steps of the Wisdom House — trod on by more than 100 years worth of footsteps — will once again welcome guests.

Veronica Johnson of Baker City bought the historic home at 2035 Second St. for $140,000 in late March, and she hopes to have it open by the end of June as a vacation rental.


Bicyclist recounts sinkhole encounter

By Jayson Jacoby

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Gene Yates didn’t know the source of the harsh bump, but he knew he was in trouble.

When you’re rolling downhill at 35 mph on a pair of tires not much wider than a pencil eraser, any bump is apt to be bad.


Monday's heat was record-breaking

If you thought Monday felt awfully hot for the second week of June, you were right.

It's never been hotter on June 8 in Baker City, in fact.


No Sweat

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S. John Collins/Baker City Herald A quick hug is in order for Shane Conley and Elizabeth Calder after Ben Merrill, BHS principal, presented the class of 2015 to the audience.

109 seniors collect their diplomas on a warm Sunday in Baker City

By Chris Collins

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Bill Mitchell asked the Baker High School Class of 2015 to set aside Rule 1 of good public speaking when he took the microphone in Bulldog Memorial Stadium Sunday with temperatures soaring into the mid-80s.

That rule: Never let them see you sweat.


More than a pothole

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Submitted photo This 9-foot-deep sinkhole opened in the downhill lane of the Anthony Lakes Highway Sunday afternoon.

By Jayson Jacoby

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This was no ordinary pothole.

The chasm that opened in the downhill lane of the Anthony Lakes Highway Sunday afternoon was about 9 feet deep and 4 feet across.


Pottery For Parkinsonís

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S. John Collins / WesCom News Service Whit Deschner, left, will be offering salt licks and other items for sale to help fund Parkinson's research by Tanya Denne, right. A videographer, Kathleen Kiefer, center, will accompany Denne on the research trip to India.

Baker high school graduate studying herbal relief for Parkinson’s Disease symptoms

By Joshua Dillen

WesCom News Service

One person’s research into an alternative treatment for Parkinson’s disease has taken a path to Baker City and it might lead to the other side of the world.

If everything works out for Tanya Denne, who grew up in Baker City, she will find herself in India this fall performing research into an herbal treatment for the debilitating disease.


Soggy spell buoys spirits

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Kathy Orr/Baker City Herald Beef cattle sales in Baker County exceed $50 million annually.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Mike Widman raises beef cattle instead of hogs, but he picks a porcine rather than a bovine metaphor to describe how valuable the recent rainy spell has been for Baker County ranchers and farmers.

“It really saved our bacon,” Widman said Thursday.


Two of Baker County's bigger taxpayers appeal bills

Two of the bigger taxpayers in Baker County have appealed their 2014-15 property tax bills to the Oregon Tax Magistrate.

If they prevail in those appeals, the county could lose more than $220,000 in tax revenue, according to a report from county Treasurer Alice Durflinger.


Forecast looks promising for Baker High School graduation Sunday

With a forecast of partly cloudy Sunday and temperatures predicted to hit 78 degrees, with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, Baker High School graduates are likely to celebrate the day in Bulldog Memorial Stadium.


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