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The Forest Service is having another go at writing new long-term management plans for the three national forests in the Blue Mountains and this time, officials hope, things will be different.

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A cold wind will likely be blowing Thursday, but there is no reason why anyone in Baker County should not sit down to a steaming hot Thanksgiving meal among pleasant company.

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We don’t yet know whether the Baker City Council will commit public dollars to establishing a Quiet Zone in town, meaning freight trains would no longer sound their whistles as they approach s…

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A series of public meetings that will be scheduled later this year could have significant effects on public safety in Baker City and Baker County, and everyone should consider attending one.

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Greg Walden has effectively advocated for the beliefs of a majority of his constituents during his nearly 21 years representing Baker County and the rest of the 2nd Congressional District, whi…

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No responsible gun owner would object to the basic premise that guns should be stored in a way designed to ensure that nobody who shouldn’t have access to the guns will have.

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The Baker School Board and its school improvement committee obviously learned something last November when voters defeated, by a wide margin, a $48 million property tax bond measure to build a…

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Enough time has passed — 22 years — since the last Amtrak passenger train rolled to a stop in Baker City that some people likely have only a hazy memory, if any at all, of seeing the train par…

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Ginger McCall did Oregonians a service in pointing out some of the serious flaws in the state’s public records law before she resigned last week as Oregon’s first public records advocate.

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Baker City Councilor Lynette Perry took to Facebook this week to survey her constituents about the possibility of restriping 10th Street from its 4-lane configuration, with no center turn lane…

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“Waters of the United States” sounds like the title of a coffee table book but the reality is rather less benign than a hefty tome crammed with pretty photographs.

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Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to hire Oregon’s first public records advocate in January 2018 was a promising step toward addressing deficiencies with how agencies, at both the state and local lev…

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The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, but even with 2.3 million acres available, a relative handful of scofflaws who fail to take advantage of …

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Brian Addison has settled his lawsuit against Baker City and former Police Chief Wyn Lohner, and the agreement, which includes a $155,000 payment to Addison, is a victory for him and for every…

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It looks as though one of the more troubling new laws that resulted from this year’s Oregon Legislature could be overturned, by the voters, as soon as the November 2018 election.

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Joseph Martin’s vow to make a citizen’s arrest Tuesday night on the members of the Baker City Council was political theater.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in her inaugural address this month offered predictable platitudes about how the state can help revive the economy in rural counties.

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The elk is a majestic symbol of Baker County’s wealth of wild country, and we cringe whenever one of these animals is wasted, wherever it happens.

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When the vice chair of the Oregon Investment Council has tears trickling down her cheeks as she talks about the state’s Public Employees Retirement System, you need no other evidence of how de…

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown made a major speech Friday about guns and violence, and we liked some of the things the governor had to say.

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Baker County, in common with most of rural Oregon, has been slower to recover from the Great Depression than have the state’s metropolitan areas, in particular Portland.

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The term “quality of life” can be broadly defined but we think almost everyone would agree that a place which boasts a robust library district, and where taxpayers contribute to controlling bo…

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We supported the Baker City Council’s decision in 2014 to authorize City Manager Mike Kee to award 2-percent pay raises to non-union city employees who have done well on performance evaluations.