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Baker City Burn Ban Lifted

BAKER CITY – (Information by Baker City Fire Department) Late last week the Baker City Fire Department announced that the residential burning ban has officially lifted concurrent with Oregon Department of Forestry lowering the fire danger levels to Moderate. Residents of Baker City are reminded that they are still...
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Baker Technical Institute Offering Heavy Equipment Certification for Adults in Custody

BAKER CITY – (Release from the Oregon Department of Corrections) The Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) received a three-year grant totaling $900,000 through the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Second Chance Act. This grant allows DOC to offer a virtual heavy equipment operation, industry recognized certification program through Baker Technical Institute (BTI) to several DOC facilities, including Coffee Creek Correctional Facility (CCCF). BTI placed a trailer on-site at CCCF with virtual reality technology to train AICs on heavy equipment as well as offering First Aid and CPR, Flagger Certification, and Forklift Certification. Wraparound services will also be offered such as resume writing, job search assistance, and connections to WorkSource Oregon. Programs started at CCCF on Sept 26 and will move to Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City and Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario in November.
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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.

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.

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....

Great Salt Lick Auction turns livestock’s leftovers into beloved Baker City event

Buy a salt block at a feed store and you might be out $10. But after an animal has licked it? Why, then it becomes modern art. Salt blocks – those 50-pound cubes of salt offered to livestock and wildlife as a nutritional supplement – are the medium of choice at the annual Great Salt Lick Auction in Baker City. The art contest and fundraiser asks ranchers to collect the most artfully licked salt blocks from their pastures. The blocks are then sold at a charity auction for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars.

Welcome Officer Josh Chandler to the Baker City Police Department

BAKER CITY – The Baker City Police Department swore in a new officer last week. Officer Josh Chandler was sworn in by Baker City Police Chief Ty Duby. According to the City of Baker City, Officer Chandler comes with a wealth of experience from working at a police department in Nevada. He is a previous Baker High School graduate and is excited to be back in the Baker community!

Medication Lockbox Giveaway and Drug Take Back Event

BAKER CITY – You can easily and effectively prevent the misuse and/or accidental poisoning, overdose or addiction of prescription or over-the-counter medications in your home by locking these items in a medical lockbox. On October 24th from 2pm to 6pm, citizens are invited to stop by New Directions Northwest...

Baker Relief Nursery Hosting Fall Diaper Drive

BAKER CITY – (Release from Baker Relief Nursery) Parenting is hard even in the most ideal circumstances. When times get tough, the youngest children are the ones that suffer the most. At Baker Relief Nursery, it is their mission to nurture rural children and families to be safe and successful. A significant piece of that is decreasing unnecessary stress by providing diapers and wipes to local families that need it the most.

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...

“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.

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...

Baker City Still Prohibited from Residential Waste Burning

BAKER CITY – (Release from Baker City Fire and Rescue) Dear Baker City Residents,. Although we have recently received some precipitation, we have not opened burning for residential waste yet. The cooler temperatures are deceiving, and this alone does not lower the fire danger from high. This week’s temperatures again will increase to the 80’s and above further continuing the burning ban. We are monitoring the fire danger closely and will open burning when we believe the criteria is met. Please keep watching this page and also the front of the station at our Burning Closed banner for updates.

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.

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.

Art studios open for tours

BAKER CITY — Sixteen artists will showcase their creative process for the annual Baker City Artists Tour on Saturday, Oct. 8. The tour is self-guided, and the stops can be visited in any order. Spaces will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Several...