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ODOT Construction Update – Union and Baker Counties

UNION & BAKER COUNTIES – (Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation) Tentative work schedule for next week (10/3 thru 10/7):. 2nd Street Bridge over I-84: The contractor will start the process to remove and change out the bridge baring pads. They will also be working on the bridge end joints. Travel over the bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic for the next couple of weeks. It will remain open to pedestrians and bicycles.
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Baker County Ambulance Service Transitioning to Coos Bay Based Provider

BAKER COUNTY – (Release from the City Manager of Baker City) Dear FireMed customers,. Baker City and LifeFlight have enjoyed a long partnership providing air and ground ambulance transport in Baker County. We at Baker City appreciate this quality partnership with LifeFlight. LifeFlight will continue to provide air ambulance transport for its customers within Baker County. Baker City is no longer the ambulance service provider for Baker County beginning October 1, 2022.

Join BSCO Search and Rescue

BAKER COUNTY – (Information from Baker County Sheriff’s Office) Are you interested in making a difference in your community? Do you LOVE spending time outdoors? Consider applying for the Baker County Search and Rescue Team (SAR)!. Baker County SAR is comprised of volunteers with diverse abilities and skills....

USDA investing over $20M for internet in Grant, Baker & Malheur Counties

JOHN DAY – It was recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has invested about $20.5 million in funding to support high-speed internet in Baker, Grant and Malheur counties. Dee Dee Kluser, General Manager for Oregon Telephone Corporation said, “We look forward to providing a...

McCarty charged with theft, trespassing

David Michael McCarty, who installed a locked gate two years ago on the road that runs through his property along Pine Creek northwest of Baker City, has been charged with aggravated theft in connection with allegations in a civil lawsuit in which he is a defendant. McCarty, 56, was cited...

“Libraries are First Amendment Sanctuaries” says Baker County Library Director

BAKER CITY – (Release from the Baker County Library) With libraries around the nation facing unprecedented demands to purge or restrict access to certain books, the Library Board of Baker County Library District approved a resolution at its September 13 meeting declaring “We are united against book bans” and called on all policymakers to do the same.

UTV Crash Near Twin Lakes Trailhead Sends Man to Hospital

TWIN LAKES – (Release from the Baker County Sheriff’s Office) On September 25, 2022, at approximately 7:51 p.m., Baker County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch was notified of a side-by-side crash near the Twin Lakes Trailhead. The caller, who was not at the scene but was in touch with the involved parties by phone, relayed that one subject sustained head injuries.

Ken Hackett Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail

BAKER COUNTY – (Release from the Baker County District Attorney) On September 22, 2022, Kenneth Hackett, 52, was sentenced by Judge Matthew Shirtcliff to two counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree and two counts of Theft in the First Degree. As part of the sentence, Mr. Hackett will serve 60 days in the Baker County Jail, have 54 months of prison time suspended, and 36 months of supervised probation. Judge Shirtcliff also followed the agreement of the parties by ordering that certain restrictions be placed on the type of employment that Mr. Hackett can seek.

ODOT Construction Project – Union & Baker Counties

LA GRANDE – (Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation) McAlister Rd Bridge: No work is planned for this week. 2nd Street Bridge over I-84: The contractor will continue to do some minor crack seal repairs to the bridge and also start the process to remove and change out the bridge baring pads. Travel over the bridge will be reduced to one lane on Monday and Tuesday, before being closed the remainder of the week.

Halfway, September 23 High School 🏈 Game Notice

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County seeks to maximize federal revenue

Baker County commissioners are discussing creating a road service district to ensure the county doesn’t have to forego some federal dollars it would otherwise receive for the road department. Roadmaster Noodle Perkins and county counsel Kim Mosier talked about the proposal with commissioners during their Wednesday, Sept. 21 meeting.

This week is Child Passenger Safety Week

UNION/BAKER COUNTIES – This week is Child Passenger Safety Week, no matter the age, your children rely on you to keep them safe. Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Child Passenger Safety Week, during September 19-25, helps parents and caregivers learn about proper car seat installation, and how to use car seats correctly. Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children, according to the latest NHTSA data. A child is involved in a crash while riding in a passenger vehicle, on average, every 25 seconds. When installed correctly, car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury in a crash by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers.

ODOT Construction Update. Union and Baker Counties

Union & Baker Counties (Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation) McAlister Rd Bridge: No work is planned for this week. 2nd Street Bridge over I-84: The contractor will continue to do some minor crack seal repairs to the bridge and continue to install bridge fencing throughout the week. Travel over the bridge will be reduced to one lane throughout the week and then closed the following week.

Mosquitoes Continue to Test Positive for West Nile Virus in Baker County

BAKER CITY – (Release from Baker Valley Vector Control District) More West Nile virus has been found in Baker County. Three pools of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus. Two of the mosquito pools were collected from the Keating Valley area, and one of the mosquito pools came from a trapping site approximately two miles south of North Powder. This brings the total to twenty-one mosquito pools to test positive for the virus this year. The mosquitoes were tested at Oregon State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.