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Baker County Commissioners make agreement to provide county Ambulance Service

BAKER COUNTY – The Baker County Board of Commissioners approved a temporary agreement with Metro West Ambulance to cover the period before Baker City ceases ambulance service on Sept. 30 at its meeting Wednesday. The agreement deals with the company based in Hillsboro providing interim services. Metro West ambulances...
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ODOT: East. Ore.

ODOT: East. Ore. – I-84 remains open in eastern Oregon. The route WAS closed Tuesday evening (June 28) for a couple hours due to a wildfire near the interstate, but it was open by 10 p.m. that evening. Some mapping navigation aps (such as Google Maps and others) may be showing the interstate as closed between Baker City and Ontario, and suggesting alternate routes. Travelers are advised to check for current status of highways in Oregon, including I-84. We are trying to get these other navigation aps to correct the error, as some motorists/freight haulers are using alternate state, county and other routes to detour around the incorrectly listed I-84 closure. Most alternate routes are not suitable for freeway traffic and may actually bring travelers closer to the Willow Creek Fire activity. Some suggested detours take travelers through work zones with delays. Again, I-84 is currently open in eastern Oregon. For updates, continue to check or call 511 / 800-977-6368. Outside Oregon call 503-588-2941. More Info Here More Info UPDATE.

Interstate 84 closed in eastern Oregon due to wildfire smoke

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) — Transportation officials said Tuesday evening that Interstate 84 is closed near the border of Oregon and Idaho because of wildfire smoke. The Oregon Department of Transportation said the interstate was closed westbound in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City because of smoke from a wildfire. Officials said fire crews were responding but it was unknown when the freeway would reopen.

OSU’s Art about Agriculture coming to Baker City

BAKER CITY – (Press Release from Crossroads Carnegie Art Center) Crossroads Carnegie Art Center is thrilled to welcome Oregon State University Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Staci Simonich to a series of events celebrating Agriculture and the Arts in July. On First Friday, July 1st, Crossroads...

Wildfire in eastern Oregon grows to 40,000 acres

ONTARIO, Ore. — Firefighters from several agencies around the region are working to contain a wildfire in Malheur County, Oregon, north of Vale. Smoke from the fire also is noticeable in much of southwestern Idaho. The Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and local rural and rangeland firefighters...
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Interstate 84 re-opens after brief closure near Ontario due to brush fire

Update: ODOT reported at 11 p.m. that I-84 is back open. Interstate 84 in Ontario is closed in both directions at this hour due to smoke from a nearby brush fire. Oregon transportation officials say the interstate is closed at Exit 374 in Ontario and eastbound in Baker City at Exit 304. The fire is currently estimated to be about 30,000 acres with zero containment.

Irene Estabrooks

Irene Estabrooks, 87, died of cancer on June 11, 2022, in Baker City, Oregon. Irene, a resident of Baker City and a life-long resident of Las Animas, Colorado before moving to Baker City to live with her family, died surrounded in love with family by her side. Irene was proud...

Baker School District to offer Driver’s Education classes, register now

BAKER CITY – Baker School District 5J is reminding families that they only have until July 31 to register for fall driver education classes. There are a total of 10 classes held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9:15. It is mandatory that parents attend orientation on Sept. 6...