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Forest plan draws opposition from many

By Pat Caldwell

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Casual observers probably should be granted some latitude when they draw an admittedly spontaneous conclusion after a glance at the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision. The massive 1,300-page plus tome looks imposing. At the very least, it looks complicated. For anyone who holds the weighty document in both hands, its very size conjures up intricate and thorny images of governmental acronyms and complex science with difficult translation.

Yet for many people in the eastern region of Oregon — especially for a fair-sized number of elected officials — there isn’t much that’s complicated about the plan’s reception. Plain and simple, many homegrown politicians — not to mention a number of concerned citizens — see the blueprint as a failure. 

In short, they don’t like it. 

Not one bit.

For the full story see Friday's print edition of the Baker City Herald. 


Public Record: August 22, 2014

DEATHS

Jessie Jeanne Cates: 85, of Baker City, died Aug. 20, 2014, at Beehive Homes.

Gray’s West & Co., is in charge of arrangements.

FUNERALS PENDING

Douglas Duane Calder: Memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. William “Bill” Bishop of the American Legion will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calder residence.  Disposition will be by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Baker City Post No. 41, and American Legion La Grande Post No. 43 through Gray’s Wet & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Darcy Mehl: Celebration of life and memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice & Palliative Care, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Leave online condolences at www.tamispine
valleyfuneralhome.com

Debi Garrett: Private family graveside service at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19., at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Debi’s life service at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Baker City Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

POLICe LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

FAILURE TO APPEAR (Hood River County warrant): Aubrey Scott Fryman, 28, of 3255 13th  St., 9:54 a.m. Wednesday, at 3325 Pocahontas Road; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

FAILURE TO APPEAR (Umatilla County warrant): Cindy Trader, 50, no fixed address, 12:16 p.m. Thursday, at the Baker County Jail where she was being held on other charges; released for transport to Umatilla County.

CONTEMPT OF COURT (Baker Justice Court warrant): Aaron Bud Allen Webber, 29, of 3245 14th St., 11:12 a.m. Wednesday, at the Baker County Jail where he is being held on other charges.


Exhibit tells the history of camping

The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center is hosting an exhibit about the history of camping until Sept. 8, in the center’s Flagstaff Gallery.

The exhibit, called “Traveling Light,” features a timeline that walks visitors through 200 years of camping history starting with the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800s and ending with the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009.

Why look at two centuries of camping?

“The idea was to show when camping went from a necessity to a recreational pursuit,” said Gypsy Burks, the center’s exhibits specialist.

For the full story see Friday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.


Baker City Golf Board to meet

The Baker City Golf Board will meet Friday morning for its regular monthly session.

The  meeting will begin at 8 o'clock in Room 205 at Baker City Hall, 1655 First St.

Items on the agenda include:

• Management update

 • Course report

• Cart house painting

• Driving net construction plans

• Asphalt to restroom

• Possible irrigation expansion of Hole No. 4

• Turf availability for No. 7 and No. 12 tee boxes and greens nursery

• Trees (planting and removal planning) 


Public Record: August 20, 2014

FUNERALS PENDING

Darcy Mehl: Celebration of life and memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice & Palliative Care, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Leave online condolences at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Debi Garrett: Private family graveside service at 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19., at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Debi’s life service at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Baker City Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

BIRTHS

Churchfield: Stephanie and Jerrett, of Baker City, 7:51 a.m., Aug. 13, 2014, at St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City; a girl, Paisley Joy Churchfield, 6 pounds, 10 ounces; grandparents are Nancy Himmelrick of  Summerville, S.C.; Wayne and Sherry Himmelrick of Sweet, Idaho; and Jeff and Vicky Churchfield of Emmett, Idaho.

POLICE LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

ASSAULT IV DOMESTIC (In the presence of minors): Russell Gene Maloy, 46, of 2651 Court Ave., 12:41 p.m. Tuesday, at his home; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

CONTEMPT OF COURT (Baker County Circuit Court warrant): Gillian Lauren Anderson, 25, of 2630 First St., 5:53 p.m. Tuesday, at the sheriff’s office; jailed.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Grant County warrant): William Bennett Flockhart, 46, of John Day, 7:47 p.m. Tuesday, in the 2200 block of Fourth Street; jailed.


Kelsey Grammer searches for family history at the Interpretive Center

 

Kelsey Grammer, center, visited the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in May to film of an episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” airing tonight at 9 on TLC. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Burns)

By Coby Hutzler

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The National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center near Baker City will play host to an episode of  TLC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” tonight at 9 o’clock. 

The actor Kelsey Grammer will explore his genealogy and find that his ancestors journeyed West on the Trail.

Shooting for the episode took place in May, when Grammer and a small filming crew from Los Angeles arrived at the center.

For the full story see Wednesday's print edition of the Baker City Herald. 

 


County Commission cancels session

The Baker County Commission's regular meeting set for Aug. 20, the third Wednesday of the month, has been cancelled.

The Commission will meet next on Wednesday, Sept. 3, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Courthouse, 1995 Third St.

The Commission meets regularly on the first and third Wednesday of each month. 


Enrollment figures looking good

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Olivia Hanson and her father, Troy, sort through registration forms and other requirements for sophomores at Baker High School. (S. John Collins/Baker City Herald)

By Chris Collins

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Superintendent Walt Wegener is putting a tentative “smiley face” on enrollment figures after completion of last week’s school registration sessions.

Numbers at Baker High School are down slightly — as is typical for this time of year, Wegener said — with total enrollment expected at between 480 and 500 by Sept. 8.

 


City backs county

By Pat Caldwell

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The Baker City Council last week stepped into the debate regarding a long-range forest management plan that has already come under fire from elected county leaders across Eastern Oregon.

Baker County already officially issued its rejection of a draft proposal of the plan last week and on Friday, City Manager Mike Kee delivered a letter of support for the county’s stance to the U.S. Forest Service office in town.

Friday was the deadline for comments and official objections to the plan.  For the full story, see Monday's print edition of the Baker City Herald.

 


Public Record: August 18, 2014

  Deaths

Amber Lynn Randolph: 39, of Haines, died Aug. 14, 2014, at Haines. Gray’s West & Co. is in charge of arrangements.

FUNERALS PENDING

Douglas Duane Calder: Memorial service, 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave. William “Bill” Bishop of the American Legion will officiate. There will be a reception afterward at the Calder residence.  Disposition will be by cremation at Eastern Oregon Pioneer Crematory. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion, Baker City Post No. 41, and American Legion La Grande Post No. 43 through Gray’s West & Co. Pioneer Chapel, 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814.

Darcy Mehl: Celebration of life and memorial service, 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Baker City Church of the Nazarene, 1250 Hughes Lane. Friends are invited to join the family for a reception afterward at the Eagles Club, 2935 H St. Memorial contributions may be made to Heart ‘n’ Home Hospice & Palliative Care, through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Services, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834. Leave online condolences at www.tamispinevalleyfuneralhome.com

Debi Garrett: Private family graveside service, 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Friends are invited to join the family for a celebration of Debi’s life at 5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Baker City Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.

POLICE LOG

Baker City Police

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Ryan Steve Jensen, 36, of Vancouver, Wash., 2:04 a.m. today on Sunridge Lane; jailed.

HARASSMENT: Oscar Alfredo Castaneda, 24, of Pocatello, Idaho, 2:06 a.m. today, in the 2400 block of Oak Street; cited and released.

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Joseph Alan Stevens, 34, of 2121 Fourth St., 10:14 a.m. Sunday, in the 1600 block of Auburn Avenue; jailed.

DRIVING WHILE OPERATOR’S LICENSE SUSPENDED: Tamara Kay Fine, 41, of 2250 Miller St., 10:59  p.m. Sunday, in the 2500 block of Campbell Street; jailed.

PROBATION VIOLATION (Parole and Probation detainer and Baker County Circuit Court warrant): Jeff Jameil Sult, 42, of 1544 Washington Ave., 2:02 a.m. Sunday, at 500 Campbell Street; jailed.

CONTEMPT OF COURT (Baker County Justice Court warrants): Justin Ray Page, 26, of 2845 Hughes Lane, 5:58 p.m. Saturday, on Bridge Street; cited and released.

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Janet Marie Schomburg, 70, of 1025 Fifth St., 11:06 a.m. Saturday, at her home; jailed.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

OUT-OF-COUNTY WARRANT: Melissa Jean Lattymer, 29, unknown address, 10:20 p.m. Friday, at Haines; jailed and later released to Malheur County.

Baker County Sheriff’s Office

Arrests, citations

PROBATION VIOLATION: Marvin Lee Cassidy, 63, of 1275 B St., 8:42 a.m. Friday, at his home; jailed.


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