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Crypto Conversation

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald file photo Baker City installed an ultraviolet light water-treatment plant last year to protect against cryptosporidium.

City, County Officials Confident City’s Water Is Free Of The Parasite

By Joshua Dillen

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Local government officials are confident that Baker City’s water supply is not the cause of a confirmed case of cryptosporidiosis.

Officials from the city and the Baker County Health Department are trying to figure out how a Baker City woman was infected with the microscopic parasite that contaminated the city’s water supply during the summer of 2013, making hundreds of local residents ill and resulting in a boil order that lasted 20 days.

Truck stuck in creek

Jayson Jacoby/ Baker City Herald The spot in Alder Creek where the pickup stopped is hemmed in by rock bluffs on both the north (foreground) and south.The nearest road, Marble Creek Pass Road, is to the north, about a quarter-mile away.

Removing truck that Damon Robinson drove while fleeing from police last month might require a helicopter

By Jayson Jacoby

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Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash doesn’t know when the pickup truck will be plucked from the precarious spot where it ended up after a 28-mile chase in the Elkhorn Mountains on May 12.

But Ash is pretty sure about how the 1997 Dodge four-wheel drive will be extricated.

“It looks like a helicopter removal to me,” Ash said.

Kee: "I don't have any reason to believe that there is any crypto in the water"

Local health officials are investigating a report that a Baker City woman has been diagnosed with cryptosporidiosis.

City officials have taken samples of the water from the woman's home and sent it to a lab to be tested. Results should be available within a week.

Officials don't believe tapwater was the source of the woman's illness. 

Walden worried about water rule

By Jayson Jacoby

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Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., is criticizing the Obama administration for a proposed rule that Walden contends could give the federal government more authority to regulate the use of water in the West and potentially harm farmers and ranchers who depend on that water.

The Fall In Rome

Submitted photo DJ McCauley of Baker City will spend this fall in Rome for an internship that includes working at the Vatican.

BHS Graduate DJ McCauley Picked For Internship At The Vatican

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

When this summer ends, DJ McCauley won’t be returning to DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

Instead, she will fly to Italy for a semester-long study abroad program that includes an internship at the Vatican.

Focus on Sam-O

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Keith Magnuson, Baker City shop/facilities supervisor, examines the original boiler that needs to be replaced at Sam-O Swim Center.

City Council plans to appoint task force to look at maintenance needs for city-owned swimming pool

By Joshua Dillen

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The Baker City Council will create a task force to look at maintenance needs at Sam-O Swim Center, but who will serve, and how many, remain to be decided.

Councilors talked about the task force during their meeting Tuesday night at City Hall.

The idea arose last week when Randy Daugherty, chairman of the city’s Budget Board, and a former councilor, suggested setting up a task force to study the needs of the city-owned swimming pool, which is managed by the Baker County Family YMCA.

Bugs back in Baker

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Plastic planters stacked for the winter can hold rain water or snowmelt that will provide an ideal incubation reservoir for mosquito larvae.

Rainy weather gives mosquitoes more places to grow

By Jayson Jacoby

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The soggy second half of May has greened lawns and refreshed gardens, but the copious rain bolstered another crop that nobody would grow on purpose.

Well, maybe somebody who owns an especially sinister sense of humor.

And a goodly supply of DEET.

The mosquito is one of the unfortunate insectile beneficiaries of our recent rainy spell.

A Mile In Their Boots

Joshua Dillen/Baker City Herald: Curt Weeks, above, fires a simulated 240 Bravo 7.62 mm machine gun at virtual enemy soldiers, planes and helicopters (on a screen surrounding the vehicle) from the top of an exact replica of a combat Hummer. Kelli Flores is firing an M4 machine gun.

Bosslift Event Gives Civilians A Chance To Sample Military Technology

By Joshua Dillen

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Choppers, fighter planes, tanks and more were part of a special event this month for a select group of employers from across the region.

On May 14, a group of 20 Oregonians were treated to a flight aboard a CH-47 Chinook double rotor helicopter to Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Boise.

Memorial Day ceremony at Mount Hope Cemetery

 S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Gary Young, left, and Ed Busciglio, members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, help raise eight new flags at Mount Hope Cemetery honoring military service personnel. Memorial Day veterans services Monday included guest speaker Bill Harvey, Baker County Commission Chairman, who reminded the audience that freedom cannot be taken for granted. He said this is a day to remember and a day to pray for those in service of their country.

Preparing For Memorial Day at Mount Hope Cemetery

S. John Collins/Baker City Herald

Volunteers place more than 400 flags at Mount Hope Cemetery on Memorial Day. Helping early Monday morning are, from left, Alex Dyke, Sam Galvan and Kevin Churchill. The Avenue of Flags appears to ignite the cemetery grounds with flames of red, white and blue dancing in the breeze. The veterans memorial service began at 11 a.m. to honor those who gave their lives as the ultimate sacrifice in defending America’s freedom. 

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