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Six local athletes to compete in Special Olympics Winter Games this weekend

Six Special Olympics athletes from Baker City will be competing in the 2015 Special Olympics Oregon Winter Games at Mt. Bachelor in Bend on March 14-15.     

Participating athletes are Molly Hirsh, Jamie McClaughry, Jennifer Glerup, Janet Stout, Emily Moe and Tessie Smith. They will be competing with other athletes from across the state alpine skiing, snowshoe, Cross Country, and snowboarding. 

Detecting Leaks

Repairing The Historic Mausoleum At Mount Hope Cemetery 

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Keith Magnuson, Baker City shop/facility supervisor, says the mausoleum’s roof needs repair to maintain the integrity of the historic building. The roof appears to have four old layers of tar and paper. “It’s functional, but bad,” he says.

By Joshua Dillen

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The Mount Hope Abbey Mausoleum is in need of a new roof.

Bentz calls on Brown to veto clean fuels bill

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

The passage of a bill in the Oregon Legislature last week to lower the state’s carbon output might permanently derail prospects of a bipartisan deal on a package designed to raise money to fix the state’s dilapidated streets, roads and highways.

Warm weekend, but no records

Baker County basked in sunshine and the warmest temperatures of 2015 this weekend, but no records were set. 

Two more arrests in meth investigation

Baker City Police have arrested two more suspects in a methamphetamine sales investigation that yielded a pound and a half of the drug and more than $3,500 in cash during two searches of a home last month.

Library Fairyland

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Checking their fairy garden creations on display at the Baker County Library are Henry Kamerdula, 5, and his sister, Ayla, 3. Children participating in the class made more than a hundred container gardens.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

The Baker County library is a magical place these days, with elaborate fairy gardens greeting visitors right inside the door.

Sheriff choice: March 18

Commissioners will interview candidates during a special session on March 11

By Joshua Dillen

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Baker County Commissioners will appoint a new sheriff at the March 18 commission meeting after a special session next week that will allow the public to question the candidates.

State to put GPS collars on 500 mule deer to track migrations

Map of area where ODFW will be capturing mule deer for a migration pattern study

From the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

SALEM —Data from 500 GPS radio collars will soon replace an older population model and conventional wisdom about mule deer in the southern Blue Mountains, including the southern and western parts of Baker County.

A new option for veterans who need ride to medical services

Community Connection of Baker County has received a $45,000 federal grant to offer military veterans free rides to any medical appointment in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Where’s the White?

The bright spot in dismal snowpack is at the higher elevations

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald The higher reaches of the Elkhorn Mountains remain snow-covered, but the snowpack is thin or absent at lower elevations.

By Jayson Jacoby

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Northeastern Oregon’s snowpack is looking good.

But only in comparison to the rest of the state, where the snow situation is dreadful.

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