Separate civil and criminal cases continue in Baker County Circuit Court involving a dispute over the Pine Creek Road in the Elkhorn Mountains northwest of Baker City.

The controversy, which has prompted two civil suits as well as criminal charges, dates to September 2020, when David McCarty bought 1,560 acres in the Pine Creek canyon. The road runs through his property for about 2.5 miles. McCarty installed a locked gate across the road, blocking access to the canyon, including Pine Creek Reservoir, which is on public land.

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