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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.


Police seize seven pounds of marijuana

Baker City Police seized about seven pounds of marijuana in a search of an apartment at 1791 Valley Ave. Wednesday morning.

The renter of Apartment No. 1, where the search was conducted, is Bobby Dude Larkin, 53. He was arrested on charges of unlawful possession, manufacture and delivery of marijuana, Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner stated in a press release. 


Dogs search but don't find cougar

A pair of tracking dogs searched southwest Baker City Wednesday evening but didn't find any sign of a cougar that two people reported seeing a little before 1 p.m.


Sheriff Mitch Southwick to resign April 30

Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick has announced he will retire April 30.


Co-founder of Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally sells interest, promoting event in Pendleton

Eric Folkestad says the Pendleton event, which will take place later in July, will complement, not compete with the Baker City event 

Eric Folkestad, one of the founders of the Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally, which brings several thousand motorcycle riders to Baker City, has sold his interest in the event to his brother, co-founder Steve Folkestad, and is helping promote a new motorcycle event this summer in Pendleton.


Update on Logan Handy's return to Baker City

Logan’s mother, Michelle Knadle of Baker City, said that contrary to a statement from Sheriff Mitch Southwick this morning, Logan didn’t ride a freight train to Kansas, but rather he hitchhiked after he left Baker City Wednesday morning.

Knadle said she was able to contact Logan Sunday morning via a website that the sheriff’s office had been monitoring, and he used a pay phone to call her collect 28 minutes later.


It’s Down To 3

Baker School Board Interviews Finalists For Superintendent

The three candidates who want to replace the retiring Walt Wegener as Baker School District superintendent endured a schedule Friday that might even impress a politician on the campaign trail.

Mark Witty, Betty Palmer and Robert Vian started the day by taking a tour — by school bus, appropriately — of the district, starting with a visit to Haines Elementary.

Later the trio met individually with members of the district’s budget board, followed by separate interviews with the school board.


Langrell, city make their case in court

After hearing arguments from both parties’ attorneys Friday on a motion in Baker City Councilor Richard Langrell’s civil lawsuit against the city, Judge Ronald Pahl is taking Langrell’s motion for summary judgment under advisement.

Pahl, a Umatilla County judge who is hearing the case in place of Greg Baxter, the Baker Circuit Court judge, will decide within the next month or so whether or not to award Langrell the more than $9,000 he claims the city owes him for water and sewer fees he paid over several years for his motel, the Always Welcome Inn.


Logan Handy calls mother from Kansas; family en route to pick him up


Logan Handy, the 16-year-old Baker City boy who was reported as a runaway last week, called his mother Sunday afternoon from Kansas, where he is safe, and his family is en route to pick him up, Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick said this morning.

See Monday's issue of the Baker City Herald for a story. 


Heartfelt Thanks

The Bingham family, as it prepares for more heart transplant surgeries, talks about the life-saving value of organ donation


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Lisa Britton/ For the Baker City Herald Stacy Bingham, left, and her daughter, Lindsey, attend an event Wednesday honoring the Oregon DMV for encouraging people to register as organ donors. Lindsey had a heart transplant on Feb. 14, 2013.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Lindsey Bingham giggles, jumping from foot to foot as she talks about the antics of her younger brother, Gage.

Around her neck she wears a medallion engraved with “2.14.13” and “Brave.”

Without the event on that date, Lindsey wouldn’t be here to talk about Gage.


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