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Durkee man killed in motorcycle crash on I-84

A Durkee man died in a motorcycle crash on Interstate 84 Tuesday night.

Dwight W. Rosin, 66, was killed in the single-vehicle accident just before 10 p.m. near Milepost 321, about 15 miles southeast of Baker City, according to Oregon State Police.

Walden coming to Baker City next week to talk wildfires, prevention

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, will visit Baker City next week to talk about the recent wildfires and efforts to prevent such conflagrations.

Walden will host a public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15 starting at 8 a.m. at the Sunridge Inn.

Rain, snow slow fires

Jayson Jacoby / Baker City Herald Three weeks after the Cornet/Windy Ridge fire raced through the Dooley Mountain area south of Baker City, snow covered the blackened ground Saturday morning. This scene is along Trail Creek, east of the Dooley Mountain Highway. The fire, the largest in Baker County history at almost 104,000 acres, has not grown for more than two weeks.

Firefighters always hope for rain.

They don’t expect snow.

Willy Crippen was pleased to get both forms of precipitation this past weekend on the biggest fire still burning in Baker County.

Crippen, a fire official for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is overseeing the 120 people working on the Eagle Complex fire about 20 miles northwest of Richland.

About half an inch of rain fell Friday and Saturday over most of the 12,747-acre fire, which was started by lightning Aug. 10.

And snow dusted the higher elevations on the north side of the fire.

City's outdoor burning ban continues

The Baker City Fire Department’s ban on open burning remains in effect despite the cooler temperatures and recent rainfall.

Tom Everson, assistant fire chief, said today that the state burn ban also remains in place. And Baker City has historically followed the state’s lead on relaxing the burn ban.

A Dream Rises

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald The pavilion in Geiser-Pollman Park has been a dream of a group of Baker City residents for many years.

Powder River Pavilion Dedication Sunday at Geiser-Pollman Park

A dream almost 10 years in the making will be dedicated Sunday.

A small group of citizens came together in 2006 with the idea of bringing a bandstand back to Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City.

Many of those people will be on hand at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to dedicate the Powder River Pavilion.

Record cold in Baker City this morning

Summer still has a couple weeks to assert itself, but this morning it felt positively autumnal in Baker City. 

The temperature dipped to 27 degrees at the Baker City Airport. That’s a record low for Sept. 4. The previous record low of 30 degrees was set in 2011.

It’s also the lowest temperature since May 10, when the low at the airport was 25.

Wallowa-Whitman easing fire restrictions Thursday

Starting Thursday the Wallowa-Whitman will allow campfires in designated campgrounds and recreation areas, and in the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

Forest officials banned all fires a few weeks ago due to the extreme fire danger.

Wildfire & Wildlife

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald The Cornet/Windy Ridge fire burned most of the range for a herd of bighorn sheep that roamed on the north side of the Burnt River Canyon, forcing the sheep to move to areas along the river and to the south.

How Baker County’s Biggest Blaze Affects Deer, Elk, Bighorn Sheep

The biggest wildfire in Baker County history might not prove disastrous for wildlife that live in the burned areas.

But having said that, Brian Ratliff, the state’s lead wildlife biologist in the county, emphasizes that he doesn’t diminish the damage resulting from the 103,000-acre Cornet/Windy Ridge fire in southern Baker County.

Fewer pupils than in 2014

Baker School District enrollment down slightly

Baker School District enrollment has dropped slightly from September 2014 compared with preliminary figures compiled today.

Two more groups of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus

Two more groups of mosquitoes trapped in Baker County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Baker Valley Vector Control District said this morning.

That brings the total for 2015 to four “pools” of mosquitoes — each pool consists of 10 to 50 insects.

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