Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

Legal fight takes toll on elderly man

To the editor:

I have pondered for almost a year the judgment of the Baker County Justice Court, and the legal system it entertains.

The story begins in the late 1950s, when a young man moved his family down from Washington state to locate in the beautiful Baker Valley. He purchased a home, a ranch that he worked tirelessly and fiscally to improve. In his late 80s, he signed a contract with a man to purchase a portion of his land, a retirement if you will. That person has not paid on the land for many months and the legal battle for the rightful owner still is dragging on.

Lawyers and the justice system keep this 90-plus-year-old man fighting for his land... and someone continues to live on his land for free. The rightful owner is racking up legal fees, on a promise that has been broken.

Has our society gone so far that a man can not evict someone in a timely manner for living on his property without paying his mortgage? Is a longtime good-standing citizen, approaching the end of life, supposed to eat the spoils of a broken promise. Live daily with the stench of a person that can not keep their word?

Is there a contact in Baker County that might help to remedy this while my grandfather is still alive and well?

Jay Hall

Maricopa, Ariz.

An evening of giving at Powder

To the editor:

A recent Thursday evening was a symbol of community and giving at Powder Valley Elementary. Following a day of celebrating what beef can do for us and our community, as well as an assembly with Gloria Schott where we discussed that it is OK to "get mad at cancer," students (and teachers) were eager to see which teacher would have to kiss a cow. Students brought money into their classrooms to donate to the North Powder Relay for Life team - the class with most money resulted in the teacher puckering up!

The success of the event would not have been possible without the generosity of the local Cattlemen and Cattlewomen and fellow farmers and ranchers who donated and served a delicious tri-tip dinner.

Another great contributor to the evening was ADiva Salon. Shannon, Linda, Candy, April and Tiffany donated their time to cut and style more than 18 people's hair, with five more women and girls going in later in the week. The hair will be donated to Locks of Love.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this night an evening to remember. With great community support and involvement, we learned about cancer and the importance of helping others!

Dana Marlia

Fifth-grade teacher, Powder Valley Elementary

BMCC should move to Central Building

To the editor:

The Central Building, the old high school, has been designated as one of the architectural treasures in the state which must be preserved.

The Blue Mountain Community College is a great asset to Baker County. The enrollment is increasing and it has great potential for bringing affordable college credits to local students. Presently classes are conducted in several locations.

We would like to suggest that Blue Mountain carefully consider consolidating its classes and move into the Central Building. The building is centrally located; parking is available it could once again be utilized for education.

John and Frances Burgess

Baker City