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Stateís data on offenders is limited

Public Information about sex offenders’ addresses

By Joshua Dillen

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Earlier this week, Baker City Police notified media and the public that a predatory sex offender had moved to town.

Without such a notice, how do parents and other concerned citizens know if there are sex offenders living nearby? 

Oregon State Police (OSP) maintains an online Sex Offender Inquiry System (SOIS) that provides information about certain types of sexual offenders, but not all.


Police continue to monitor sex offender

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By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker City Police have been busy this week tracking the movements of a predatory sex offender who arrived here on Saturday.

Travis Scott Jones, 43, who has been convicted of sexual abuse in Malheur County and of possessing child pornography in New Mexico, was released from a New Mexico prison on July 16.


Itís a great place for growing

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Meyer spends most of his garden time placing a death grip on weeds.

Community Garden Revived at the Baker County Fairgrounds

By La’akea Kaufman

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On any given morning between 9 and 10 o’clock you can find Mike Meyer, hose in hand, surveying his garden plot.

It’s part of his morning ritual: he wakes up, goes for a walk, stops to tend to his garden, then loops back home. 

Meyer is one of four plot owners at the Baker County Fairgrounds Community Garden.


A New Kind Of High School Sports Physical

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Sports physicals for Baker students next month are changing to be a more comprehensive adolescent exam with experts from throughout the community.

All students who are entering grades 7, 9 and 11 are encouraged to attend — not just athletes.

“We’re really intending to reach a broader audience,” said Dr. William Irvine, a provider at St. Luke’s Eastern Oregon Medical Associates.


Petition approved to recall Sumpter mayor

A petition to recall Mayor Melissa Findley of Sumpter was filed and approved earlier this month.

Sumpter resident and Chief Petitioner Allen Patton filed the petition July 7. It was approved by City Recorder/Election Official Julie McKinney July 9.


Police say predatory sex offender living at different address in Baker City

Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner said this afternoon that Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who arrived in Baker City on Saturday, told an officer he is living at 3010 Elm St., not at 1769 Valley Ave., the address Jones listed when he registered as an offender. 


Predatory sex offender not living at Valley Avenue address, mother says

Also, New Mexico prison official explains why Travis Scott Jones was released from prison last week 

Nancy Berdahl, the mother of Travis Scott Jones, the predatory sex offender who moved to Baker City Saturday after being released from a New Mexico prison, said this morning that Jones is not living at her home at 1769 Valley Ave.


Predatory sex offender moves to Baker City

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Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner is trying to find out why, and how, a convicted predatory sex offender moved recently to Baker City from New Mexico, where the man pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in 2010 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
 
Lohner said Oregon State Police notified his department today that Travis Scott Jones, 43, is apparently living at 1769 Valley Ave.

Ready To Ride

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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Zack McVay of Redmond attempts to win the prize during the final round at the Baker City Bull Riding event Saturday evening. He was one of six riders to make the finals.

Behind The Scenes At Baker City’s Bull Riding Event

By La’akea Kaufman

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Underneath the announcer’s podium, perched in their respective corners of the dugout, Saturday night’s bull riders are clad in Wranglers.

Behind them, the bulls shove one another restlessly in the pen.

Beyond them are the platforms where the riders will mount the one-ton animals, the gate that will let them into the arena, the audience filing in to cheer them on.


Woman gets 7 years for trying to hire a hitman

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A Baker City woman who tried to hire someone to kill her ex-boyfriend last year was sentenced Friday to seven years in a state prison.

Emily Alicia Munsell, 24, of 1356 Dewey Ave., pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation to commit murder and one count of criminal conspiracy.


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