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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.
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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.
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Baker School Board Meeting highlights

BAKER CITY – Baker School District Superintendent Erin Lair spoke with Elkhorn Media Group’s Shannon McKone late last week to give an update on some highlights from the recent Baker School Board Meeting. That interview can be found below. (SM) Thank you for joining me, Superintendent Lair. Let’s...
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A tasty return

BAKER CITY — Downtown’s most savory and sweet event returns after a two-year hiatus. Taste of Baker is happening Saturday, Oct. 8, 4-7 p.m. For this fall tradition, restaurants and shops in downtown Baker City offer their most popular food — and some new offerings — in sample-size portions.
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September to end with hot spell

The incessant heat that marked much of the summer in Baker City, including the first week or so of September, has eased. But a warm spell during the month’s final week could make this September among the hotter ones on record.
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Contractor pleads guilty to theft

A Baker City man pleaded guilty Thursday morning, Sept. 22 to four criminal counts, including aggravated first-degree theft, for failing to do construction work after taking money from several local clients. Kenneth Edward Hackett, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated first-degree theft, a Class B felony, and two...
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20 Minute Delays Expected on OR-86 Near Baker City for September 22 and 26

BAKER CITY – (Release from the Oregon Department of Transportation) Expect 20 minutes delays along OR 86 (Baker-Copperfield Hwy.) during evenings of Sept. 22 and Sept. 26 to accommodate a 16-foot-wide, 180-foot-long, 416,300-pound load. The oversized freight (non-hazardous generator equipment) will move slowly (10-40 mph) down the center of highway at times, blocking both lanes. Pilot cars and flaggers will direct traffic around the transport as it moves from Baker City to the Brownlee Dam, on the Idaho side of the Snake River.
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Baker City Municipal Airport Kicks Off Master Plan Process

BAKER CITY – (Release from Baker City Public Works) Baker City Municipal Airport announced the launch of its 2022 Airport Master Plan which will help guide the next 20 years of growth at the airport. The community is encouraged to attend the kick-off meeting which will take place Thursday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 1655 1st Street.
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USDA Rural Development grant will further expand broadband access in Grant County

JOHN DAY — Oregon Telephone Corp. has been awarded $20.4 million in grants and loans to install fiber optic infrastructure in Grant, Malheur and Baker counties. The latest round of federal money will provide high-speed fiber connections directly to 1,200 people, 41 businesses, 70 farms and four educational facilities as part of the ReConnect Program, using funding from the recent Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program is aimed at ensuring rural communities see the benefits of high-speed internet.
GRANT COUNTY, OR
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The (kitchen) witches are in

BAKER CITY — Babcha enjoys her live cooking show, and she’s a bit miffed that her time slot is going away because the community center needs more room for pickleball. “Babcha pickles beets — why pickle balls?” she says, chopping carrots to add to her borscht soup.
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Winners named in open regional art show

BAKER CITY — Crossroads Carnegie Art Center opened Art at the Crossroads, the 24th annual open regional art show, on Friday, Sept. 2. The show is on display through Oct. 1. It is sponsored by Ash Grove, Northwest Pastel Society and Quail Crossing Studio and Gallery. Works were judged...
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Shining a light on suicide prevention

As darkness fell on Baker City, the illuminated white bags shared messages dedicated to loved ones lost to suicide. The candlelight vigil, organized by New Directions Northwest, encouraged the community to gather on Saturday, Sept. 10, in observance of World Suicide Awareness Day.
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Jump Start training in Baker City, part of Safe Routes to School

BAKER CITY– (Information from ODOT Safe Routes to School) In summer 2022, ODOT. SRTS unveiled the pilot of our new Jump Start Train-the-Trainer program. This program helps. school districts, staff, and other safe routes advocates learn the skills to tea ch bicycle and pedestrian safety to students across Oregon through onsite training.
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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.
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Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Celebrating One Hundred and Twenty Five Years

BAKER CITY – (Release from Saint Alphonsus) Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City will hold a public event to celebrate the hospital’s 125 years of service to Baker City and communities throughout northeastern Oregon. The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
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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.
UNION COUNTY, OR
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Ash Earns Back-to-Back CCC Runner of the Week Honors

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Thanks to another dominant performance, this time at the EOU Invitational in La Grande, Oregon on Friday, September 16, Justin Ash has been named the rize Laboratory Runner of the Week. Ash finished in first in the No. 13 Mounties' only home meet of the year. With the honor, Ash has now won the award both times in its opening two weeks.
LA GRANDE, OR

Council discusses police staffing challenge

The Baker City Council resumed its discussion Tuesday, Sept. 13 about the challenge of keeping at least two police officers on patrol at all times with the department’s current 12-hour shifts. Councilors and City Manager Jonathan Cannon met with Police Chief Ty Duby and Sgt. Mike Regan during a...
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