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Better news for bighorn sheep

A bacterial infection that has killed more than 100 bighorn sheep in Baker County’s biggest herd over the past year and a half, including the entire 2020 crop of lambs, might be waning. The next several months will be crucial, but Brian Ratliff, the state wildlife biologist who has been...
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Baker City man accused of defrauding construction clients

A Baker City man is accused of receiving money from clients for construction projects that he failed to start or finish. Kenneth Edward Hackett, 51, of 2755 Eighth St., was arrested at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 19 in Baker City on two counts of aggravated theft and one count of first-degree theft.
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Baker rally falls short at La Grande

Baker girls basketball coach Mat Sand is no fan of losing, but he can still have fun watching his team even when they don’t win. Such was the case Friday, June 18 in La Grande when the Bulldogs’ rally fell short against the unbeaten Tigers, 44-35. “I hate losing but...
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Baker, Powder Valley set to host 32-team basketball tournament

BAKER CITY — In what has been a tumultuous indoor sports season, Class 1A basketball teams will still get a proper postseason experience this year. Baker High School and Powder Valley High School athletic departments will welcome 16 boys teams and 16 girls teams for the Class 1A state tournament from Monday, June 21, through Thursday, June 24. The double-elimination tournament will be hosted at both schools and run simultaneously in the early rounds, leading up to a champion being crowned.
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EDITORIAL: Lowering students’ standards

Some high school graduates are proficient in calculus while others struggle with algebra. Some graduates can write complex sentences without pondering the mysteries of clauses, while others can’t distinguish between the passive and active voices. But despite the range in accomplishments, it’s hardly an extreme notion that Oregon students should...
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Turning Back the Pages for June 22, 2021

Hundreds of members of the American Legion and Auxiliary from all points in Oregon will meet in Baker June 23-27 for the 53rd annual state convention and the 51st annual convention of the Legion Auxiliary. The is the first time Baker has hosted the state convention since 1943. 25 YEARS...
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Class 1A basketball state tourney in Baker City, North Powder

In what has been a tumultuous indoor sports season, Class 1A basketball teams will still get a proper postseason experience this year. Baker High School and Powder Valley High School will welcome 16 boys teams and 16 girls teams for the Class 1A state tournament from Monday, June 21, through Thursday, June 24. The double-elimination tournament will be hosted at both schools and run simultaneously in the early rounds, leading up to a champion being crowned.
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Baker second in district meet

Not even a brief power outage at the Sam-O-Swim Center could stop the Baker Bulldogs from having a strong outing as they played host to the district swim meet on Saturday, June 19. Baker faced off against swimmers from La Grande and Cove. Baker coach Paula Moe was thankful for...
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Back In The Saddle

Plans are in high gear for the 2021 Miners Jubilee weekend July 16, 17 and 18. The annual event, which was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, is expected to draw record crowds. Shelly Cutler, executive director of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, said the level of interest...
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Graduates grateful for option

Caleb Hawkins and Evelyn Bedolla found their preferred type of educational experience at Eagle Cap Innovative High School. Both graduated in early June — Bedolla with valedictorian honors, and Hawkins receiving the Award of Merit. “It was kinda surprised I got it,” Hawkins said. “It encourages me to try new...
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Bulldogs top Vale in finale

Senior Gabe Gambleton capped his Baker High School basketball career by scoring 32 points and leading the Bulldogs past Vale, 79-62, on Thursday evening, June 17 in the BHS gym. Baker finished its season with an 8-3 record. “If you are a great player you can miss a couple of...
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Witty to retire, but stay with 5J district

Mark Witty, superintendent of the Baker 5J School District since 2015, will officially retire on July 1 but he plans to continue to lead the district for two more years. The school board — with two of its five members absent and a third recusing himself from voting — approved Witty’s proposal Thursday evening, June 17.
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Jobs Go Unfilled

Sandi Fuller has worked at the Marvin Wood Products plant in Baker City for almost three decades and she never found it especially difficult to hire employees. COVID-19 has caused multiple economic upheavals, and the most pressing current problem is filling vacancies and expanding the workforce, said Fuller, who is the plant’s manager and previously worked as its human resources director.
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EDITORIAL: Thanks, Leo: now and always

Leo Adler was not a large man but his legacy, which was substantial even during his life, has grown to massive proportions in the nearly three decades since his death. It seems passing strange to write that. Probably for some it seems strange to read. But it was that long...
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Turning Back the Pages for June 19, 2021

John Hesketh, Baker County extension agent since 1954, will become extension agent and chairman of the Umatilla County extension staff Aug. 1, it was learned today. Hesketh will replace Fred Hagelstein, who has been appointed extension area supervisor for 11 counties in the Mid-Columbia and Northeastern Oregon areas. 25 YEARS...
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OTEC to conduct power pole inspections and testing throughout summer

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative is gearing up to begin its annual pole-testing program throughout the cooperative’s service territory in Baker, Grant, Harney and Union counties. Osmose Utility Services, a contracted service with OTEC, will begin inspecting and testing utility poles for strength and potential rot, determining and treating ailing poles....
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Leo’s day

The Baker Heritage Museum is honoring Baker City’s most famous philanthropist with a celebration on his birthday. Monday, June 21, is designated as Leo Adler Day in honor of Adler, who left $20 million to benefit Baker County in the form of community grants and college scholarships. Adler was born...
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Baker dominates Ontario, 54-15

Fresh from two days of rest after a hectic week, the Baker girls basketball team overwhelmed Ontario 54-15 on Tuesday, June 15 in the Baker gym. The Bulldogs had played five games in six days from June 7-12, going 3-2 in that span. Baker coach Mat Sand was excited to...