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Police respond to bomb threat at Baker Middle School

Baker City Police responded early Tuesday morning to report of a Bomb Threat directed at the Baker Middle School. Police arrived on scene and secured the building at around 6:40 AM, with the assistance of Baker City Public Works crews who placed barricades, and closed street access around the middle school....

Forest Plan comment period extended

The time to comment on the Blue Mountains National Forests Proposed Revised Land Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been extended by 60 days; deadline for submitting comments is now August 15, 2014. Regional Forester Kent Connaughton approved the extension in order for the...

Report shows increase in low-wage job vacancies in Eastern Oregon

Private employers in eastern Oregon were looking to fill about 1,250 job vacancies at any given time during 2013, according to new annual figures from the Oregon Employment Department’s Job Vacancy Survey. Roughly half offered starting wages below $10 per hour and few required more than a high school...

Fire and landslide cause traffic delays Wednesday night

Motorists were held up on Wednesday, due to fire and rock slides blocking the road along Interstate 84. Not even 20 minutes apart, a commercial trucks semi-trailer caught fire and a landslide collided with a passenger car. Huntington Fire Department personnel were called into action to extinguish a...

Eastern Oregon Youth Writing Contest seeking submissions

Eastern Oregon’s 2014 Youth Writing Contest is inviting young writers to enter works of poetry, short fiction, or creative non-fiction in this years’ completion. The event is open to North East county students in Baker and Union. This is the third year that this event has been made possible through a...

Cell phone use causes vehicle wreck near Baker City

A single vehicle rollover traffic crash was the result of a distracted driver using a cell phone, on Wednesday. Madison Moore, age 21, from Sherwood, Oregon, was westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 334 on January 15 in a 1999 Toyota Tacoma pickup. Moore was reportedly distracted while trying to use her...

Police asking for public’s help in hit & run crash near Baker City

Oregon State Police (OSP) and ODOT are asking for the public’s help to locate the vehicle and involved driver in a hit-and-run crash last Thursday night in the Baker City area. The vehicle caused extensive guardrail damage before leaving the scene. On January 2, 2014 at approximately 11:00 PM, OSP...

Whitman Ranger District office relocates downtown

The Whitman Ranger District, of the U.S. Forest Service, will be moving the first weekend of December to a remodeled building downtown. The district will open at its new location on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The district office, currently located at 3285 11th St., will be moving to the David J. Wheeler...

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