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Bennett, Kerns call for collaboration between county, Forest Service

By Joshua Dillen

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Two months after the Baker County Board of Commissioners rejected an offer to work more closely with the Forest Service, two of the three commissioners have written letters to a Forest Service official calling for collaboration between the county and the agency on a variety of issues.

Trial is off as city-Langrell negotiations continue

The trial in Baker CIty Council Richard Langrell's lawsuit against the city will not happen this morning as scheduled.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the city and for Langrell are still negotiating a possible financial settlement in the year-old lawsuit.

Barely There

Baker County Snowpack At Or Near Record Lows

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker County’s snowpack is setting records.

But not the sort of records anybody is apt to brag about.

City, Langrell look to settle

By Joshua Dillen

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Baker City officials are negotiating a possible settlement with City Councilor Richard Langrell in his lawsuit against the city.

Quick action saves Sumpter woman from blaze

Photo by Brad Duncan An Oregon State Police trooper saved a Sumpter woman from a fire Sunday afternoon.

By Chris Collins

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As Sunday marked the beginning of the Christian celebration of Holy Week, guardian angels seemingly were gathering over the home of Lorraine Wells in Sumpter.

Bentz meets with constituents

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald Rep. Cliff Bentz met with Baker County residents Friday in a series of Town Hall gatherings. At Haines, Chuck Chase, seated left, of the Eastern Oregon Mining Association, listened to the presentation.

HAINES — An Eastern Oregon legislator was busy last week speaking and listening to his constituents.

District 60 Rep. Cliff Bentz held nine town hall meetings over two days Friday and Saturday.

At Haines, Bentz addressed a crowd of about 35 people at the Frontier Restaurant on Front Street Friday at noon.

“At the end of the day, I want to know what you guys are thinking and what you want me to do,” he said. “This is your chance to tell me what you’re thinking.”

Museum has new director

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Lea Hoover, left, is the new Baker Heritage Museum director. She says the volunteers, like 80-year-old Jeanie Wright, offer a wealth of historic information to museum visitors.

Lea Hoover doesn’t hesitate when asked what she likes best about the Baker Heritage Museum.

“The volunteers are all great,” she says. “This place doesn’t run without them.”

Hoover, 24, is the new director of the museum at 2480 Grove St. She replaces Chris Cantrell, who recently retired after five years in the position. Cantrell was recently elected president of the Friends of the Museum organization.

Hoover says the dedicated volunteers and their vast knowledge of the exhibits that reflect Baker County history combine to produce a museum that’s “a wonderful place.”

“It’s all from Baker County, about Baker County or from a person who lived in Baker County,” Hoover said of the museum exhibits.

She is a graduate of Oregon State University at Corvallis where she earned a degree in interior design and housing studies and a business degree. 

Harvey asks for delay in deadline for comments

Baker County Commission Chair Bill Harvey sent a letter Tuesday to Forest Service officials requesting that they delay the closing of the comment period for Subpart A of the Travel Management (Plan).

The letter to Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya and Regional Forester Jim Peña was titled “RE: Comment period for Subpart A.”  It was regarding another letter sent by Peña to Montoya dated March 17 that was provided to the county.

In his letter, Harvey stated “There has been miscommunication given to the public through the newspaper in Baker County and the letter dated March 17, 2015, that was provided to the County is unclear.”

When asked which newspaper, Harvey said “It was all the newspapers,” referring to publication of a press release in which Region 6 Regional Forester Peña announced the deferment of additional work on the Travel Management Plan until the Blue Mountain Forest Plan revision is complete.

Baker City native serves aboard USS New Orleans

Submitted Photo Seaman Kasey Knaus is a boatswain’s mate aboard the San Diego-based San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship.

A Baker City native is sailing the high seas on one of the Navy’s most advanced amphibious ships.

A 2011 Baker High School graduate, Seaman Kasey Knaus is a boatswain’s mate serving aboard the USS New Orleans according to a press release from the Navy Office of Community Outreach.

21 year-old Knaus said it is an exciting time to be in the Navy, and serving aboard a ship has truly made him a better person. 

He stated that his service has “helped me become a better leader and it improved my social skills.”

Concussion Symptoms

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Kim Zinn, left, and Jodi Flanagan, right, finish a Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 3 test with Leonard Radinovich, Baker High School varsity baseball player. Baseball and softball players were tested during practice last week to create a baseline of fundamental information about players should they incur a head injury during the sports season.

The Baker High School varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball teams probably didn’t realize they’d be taking tests when they arrived at practice last Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex.

At various times during the practices, therapists Kim Zinn, Jodi Flanagan and Blake Marlia met one-on-one with the players.

Zinn is a physical therapist and certified athletic trainer at St. Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS). Flanagan and Marlia are physical therapists at Baker Valley Physical Therapy.

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