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The word “mandate” was mentioned many times during the Baker County commissioners’ work session Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 12, at the Baker County Events Center.

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On Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, one of the more exciting high school football games in many years played out on the grass at Baker Bulldog Memorial Stadium in Baker City.

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Will the omicron variant do for the first quarter of 2022 what delta did for the late summer and early fall of 2021?

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Signs are prominently posted outside the Baker County Courthouse stating that face masks are required inside.

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As the governor of one of just six states that still require people to wear face masks in most indoor public places, Oregon’s Kate Brown has ample reason to be scrupulous with her personal mas…

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Outside, the sun was shining and the temperature was reaching a record-setting 54 degrees on Wednesday, Dec. 1, but inside the Baker County Courthouse, the three county commissioners were talk…

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The scenario sounds like a scene from a Hollywood blockbuster that also features helicopter crashes and the miraculous, last-second deft deployment of a multitool or a cellphone to prevent a c…

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The Oregon Health Authority announced on Thursday, Oct. 21 that about 550 more Oregonians have died after testing positive for COVID-19 than the agency has reported. Most of these previously u…

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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat representing Oregon, has some questions about the causes for a wave of pharmacy closures, most notably those in 56 Bi-Mart stores, including the Baker City store.

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It’s a perverse irony that while technology lavishes society with more information than has ever been available, government officials use specious reasons to deprive the public of data.

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There is no legitimate reason for Baker City, with the aid of a citizens group that has been working on the project for about two years, not to continue pursuing a railroad quiet zone designation.

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The last time Oregon voters had a chance to decide whether the state could potentially execute convicted murderers, a majority — 55% — of those who cast ballots not only answered yes to that q…

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A group has been distributing fliers in Baker City urging residents to oppose Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers by refusing to pay their property taxes for Oct…

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The six members of the Baker City Council have reached an apparent impasse in trying to fill the one vacancy on the Council, created by Lynette Perry’s resignation in August due to health issues.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is giving more than 20,000 state employees, many of whose only contact with the public might involve processing paperwork, an extra six weeks to comply with the COVID-19…

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The potential situation that prompted Baker County Commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 22 to declare a local emergency is indeed a troubling one.

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The major rise in COVID-19 cases in Oregon that started in late July appears to have passed its peak, with the case rate declining.

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Baker County prevailed in the lawsuit it filed more than two years ago to restore public access to a gated road near Lookout Mountain.

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Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash lays out a convincing case for killing all the wolves in the Lookout Mountain pack in his recent letter to Curt Melcher, director of the Oregon Department of Fi…

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown welcomed students back to their schools Tuesday, Sept. 7 with the equivalent of scrawling F’s on their report cards and sending them straight to the principal’s office.

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The resolution of the criminal case against Shawn Quentin Greenwood in the January 2020 shooting death of Angela Parrish in Baker City might have failed to satisfy anyone, regardless of their …

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Baker County Sheriff Travis Ash has many commendable attributes — he has a knack for finding missing people, to cite one noteworthy example — but he hasn’t previously been known for his writin…

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The day when Baker students walk into their schools with nothing to obscure their smiling faces (or frowning, perhaps, depending on how the morning has gone) will be a welcome sight indeed.

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It is not a political scandal by any means, but the recent news Gov. Kate Brown spent a large chunk of taxpayer dollars to pay one of her former advisers to serve as a political consultant lea…

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In late July, our school-age children and youth were once again thrust into the center of the COVID-19 pandemic when Gov. Kate Brown ordered new mask mandates for K-12 students.

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The announcement this winter that the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, one of Baker County’s most popular visitor attractions, would be closed for about two and a half years for renovations n…

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The delta variant has temporarily interrupted what had been a relatively tranquil period in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) was wise to authorize the killing of up to four wolves from the Lookout Mountain pack in eastern Baker County. According to ODFW investigation…

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With statewide COVID-19 restrictions ending June 30, much of the private sector quickly reacted. Restaurants no longer had to leave tables empty. Churches returned to regular in-person worship…

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