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Heat could make history

The egg-frying weather that slouched into Baker County today could break records this weekend that date to the Kennedy administration.

We might even endure the hottest temperature ever measured here during June.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high of 102 degrees on Sunday at the airport.

That would tie the all-time June record, set on June 17, 1961.

Promoting Peace

Submitted Photo Karma Namgyel Rinpoche begins the dismantling of a sand mandala created at Willamette University. Rinpoche and another Buddhist monk will create a similar one in Baker City next month over a seven-day period.

Buddhist Teacher To Visit Baker City

By Joshua Dillen

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Buddhism is a philosophy not a religion, according to Marria Knight. 

That philosophy is coming to Baker City for nine days next month.

The Venerable Karma Namgyel Rinpoche from Bhutan will arrive in town on Friday, July 17, to perform rituals and ceremonies of the Tibetan Buddhist.

Police prepare for legal pot

By Chris Collins

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Baker City Police Chief Wyn Lohner says his officers will enforce Oregon’s new recreational marijuana law on a case-by-case basis come July 1.

That’s when Ballot Measure 91, approved by Oregon voters in November, becomes law and allows people 21 and older to use marijuana and to possess certain amounts of it.

Two lightning fires reported Monday near Baker City

Fire crews doused a pair of small lightning-sparked wildfires Monday. Both fires were controlled at one-tenth of an acre.

One blaze was on Hunt Mountain west of Haines. It was initially reported about 9 p.m. Sunday. Two firefighters rappelled from a helicopter to reach that fire.

The other fire was just north of Forest Road 7220 near its junction with the Union Creek Road, Forest Road 2225, about two miles north of Phillips Lake. It was reported about 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Heat is on the way

Record-high temperatures — exceeding 100 degrees at lower elevations — are likely during the coming weekend

By Jayson Jacoby

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The first full weekend of summer might turn out to be the season’s hottest.

We’ll have to wait to see what sort of meteorological dickens July and August can muster to see if that possibility bears out.

Back In The Saddle

Base Camp Baker photo This photo of Leia Tyrrell, at far right, racing the Criterium in 2012 — the third stage of the Baker City Cycling Classic — graced the cover of the Oregon Festivals and Events Association guide. Tyrrell nearly died from injuries she suffered in a crash during a bike race in 2011 in The Dalles.

Racer Leia Tyrrell has recovered from a 2011 crash in The Dalles that left her in a coma, and she'll compete in the Baker City Cycling Classic this weekend

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The photo captures Leia Tyrrell with hands in the air, triumphant as she claims first place in the road race of the 2013 Baker City Cycling Classic.

There is no hint that two years prior she was in a coma for 14 days.

Beating The Odds

Photo courtesy of the Bingham family Sierra Bingham, 15, of North Powder, before her second heart transplant surgery earlier this year. She’s sharing her hospital bed with her brother, Gage, who suffers from the same heart ailment and likely will need a transplant in the future.

Sierra Bingham Recovering From Second Heart Transplant, While Her Family Ponders The Likelihood That Her Brother Will Need A Transplant Too

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

One family.

Three heart transplants in nine years.

And the most recent — Tuesday night — isn’t the last.

“I wish I could say we’re done, but no,” says Stacy Bingham.

What's up with Wallowa-Whitman travel management?

By Jayson Jacoby

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The controversial process that could ban motor vehicles from many roads on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest and restrict cross-country driving has been officially postponed, with no timeline for its resumption.

But that’s not to say all work on the Travel Management Plan (TMP) has ceased, or that the debate over the endeavor has gone quiet.

County Commission votes to buy two properties

Baker County Commissioners voted this morning to purchase two properties for county use.

Drying Out There

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald May rains greened the sagebrush rangelands of Baker County, but with dry weather prevailing the past two weeks, grass is beginning to cure.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Jason Simmons is a firefighter and so you might figure he would never complain about too much rain.

But there’s more to the relationship between rainfall and fire than pointing out that the former can douse the latter.

Indeed, an abundance of rain can exacerbate rather than quell the fire risk, said Simmons, who’s the fire management officer for the BLM’s Vale District, which includes all the land the agency oversees in Northeastern Oregon.

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