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aker County is in the northeast corner of Oregon along Interstate 84 — 300 miles east of Portland and 75 miles west of the Idaho border. The county’s population is 16,400 and covers more than 3,000 square miles. The county seat, Baker City, is the largest community with a population close to 10,000. Located at the base of the Elkhorn Mountains at an elevation of 3,369 feet, Baker City offers a variety for outdoor enthusiasts — skiing fresh powder, hiking, camping, fishing or driving the scenic byways. In town, the historic district boasts more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Settled during the days of the gold rush, Baker County is still reliant on agriculture, but has diversified to include tourism and manufacturing.

Public Parks - 9 Swimming pools - 1 Public tennis courts - 10 Sports fields - 8 Golf courses - 1 Cinemas - 1 Public libraries - 6 Museums/Galleries - 10 Churches - 28

Inside Weather 4 Connections 8 Community Resources 10 Health services 12 Schools 20 Youth 22 Library 24 Art and Theater 26 Transportation 28 Non-profits 32 Volunteer 34 Churches 40 Elder care 42 Rural living 46 Gardening 54 Winter 56 Code of the West 62 Public Lands 74 Outdoor Recreation 84 Relocation 90 State resources 92 Pets 94 Special events 96

Major Employers Local government - 760 State government - 290 St. Alphonsus Medical Center - 222 Federal government - 250 Marvin Wood Products - 190 Ash Grove Cement - 140 Behlen Country - 90 Oregon Trail Electric - 46 Natural Structures - 35 Guyer & Associates - 20 Orchard Wood Products - 17 Baker City Herald - 16

Baker County Living is published annually by the Baker City Herald, a division of Western Communications Inc. Contact us: Baker City Herald, 1915 First St., Baker City, OR 97814 Website: Phone: 541-523-3673

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Advertiser............Index Adult Living Facilities Ideal Partners in Home Care.................55 Meadowbrook Place.............................94 Settler's Park.......................................17 Animal Health & Services NW Ag Supply......................................88 Scorpio International............................25 The Family Animal Doctor.......................5 Arts & Entertainment Crossroads Art Center............................71 Dancing Elephant Gallery......................41 Elkhorn Lanes......................................42 Attractions & Events Baker County Fair................................25 Colton Carriage Services.......................35 Auto, Towing & Repair Baker City Muffler................................41 BC Auto Salvage...................................59 Eagle Valley Collision............................33 Five Star Towing...................................35 Gentry Ford...................inside front cover High Mountain Towing..........................47 Lube Depot............................................5 Mike Bork Auto....................................83 O'Neal's Lube & Repair........................86 Paradise Truck Wash............................72 Paul's Transmissions.............................75 Wagon Wash........................................15 Communications Navigate Wireless................................51 Snake River PCS.......................back cover Contractors, Equipment & Sales Britt Sand & Gravel/Farwest Concrete...45 Elkhorn Drilling....................................80 Farm & Industrial.................................63 Clarke Construction..............................92 Olson's Tractor & Hydraulics.................79 Robbin's Farm Equipment.....................47 Triple C Redi Mix..................................95 Education & Training Baker County Library...........................65 Blue Mtn. Community College...............23 Eastern Oregon University....................47 Harvest Christian School.......................15 Faith Organization Church Directory..................................61



Financial Services Cam Credits..........................................85 Community Bank.................................31 Guyer & Associates CPA's PC.................92 Martin Financial...................................15 Old West Federal Credit Union..............21 Vision Wealth Management..................29 Fuel Baker Truck Corral...............................89 Black Distributing, Inc.....inside back cover Fletcher's Shell.....................................85 Gas N Snack.........................................83 Funeral Services Coles Tribute Center..............................49 Gray's West & Company.......................43 Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home..........53 Health & Medical Services Anita Swartz MA, CCC-SLP.....................16 Baker City Pharmacy............................63 Baker County Health Department.........55 Baker Vision Clinic................................81 Dr. Michael Rushton, DPM....................39 Dr. Joseph L. Petrusek..........................68 Eagle Optical........................................58 Elkhorn Denture...................................87 Family Wellness Center.........................73 Heart n Home......................................23 Saint Alphonsus Medical Center..37,57,77,91

Saint Luke's Clinic..................................7 Home & Garden Baker City Appliance Repair..................59 Baker County Pest Control....................67 L&D Wildlife Solutions..........................88 NeHi Enterprises..................................53 Oregon Trail Landscape........................67 Home Maintenance & Repair Baker Sewer & Drain............................33 Curtis Heating & Air..............................21 Heaven's Best......................................73 Miller's Lumber & Truss........................80 MMW Electric Motor & Repair................86 Scott's Heating & Air............................31 Thatcher's Ace Hardware......................19 Yaggie Painting....................................79 Insurance Services Ag Insurance.......................................49 Farmer's Insurance..............................41

Nick Conklin Insurance...........................9 State Farm Gregg Hinrichsen................25 Legal Services Yturri Rose, LLC....................................13 Lodging & RV Parks Eagle Valley RV....................................11 Eldorado Inn.......................................62 Home Away From Home......................75 Rodeway Inn.......................................50 Sunridge Inn..........................................9 Super 8 Motel......................................33 Manufacturers Ash Grove Cement...............................69 Elkhorn Boot Repair.............................33 Organizations Baker County Chamber of Commerce .....3 Baker County Veterans.........................21 Elk's Lodge #338.................................43 Soroptimist International of Baker County .................71 Personal & Wellness Services Baker Valley Travel..............................62 Bonnie's Cut & Curl..............................55 Electrolysis By Robin............................35 Gold Heart Massage.............................63 Kona Kolors.........................................11 Lavish Salon........................................53 Publishing Companies Baker City Herald................................63 Black Lyon Publishing..........................53 Blue Book Statewide Publishing............65 Real Estate & Related Services Allied Mortgage Resource.....................27 Baker City Realty.................................72 Homestead Realty................................50 John J. Howard & Associates.................55 Sunfire Real Estate...............................17 Restaurants Arceo's................................................39 Baker County Custom Meats...................5 Baker Truck Corral...............................89 Barley Brown's Brew Pub.....................15 Bull Ridge Brew Pub.............................95 Burger Bob............................................5 Coffee Corral........................................41 Dairy Queen........................................85 Delicioso..............................................25

El Erradero..........................................39 Haines Steak House.............................70 Oregon Trail Restaurant.......................67 Paizano's Pizza....................................11 Rising Sun Palace.................................48 Sumpter Junction.................................18 Sunridge Inn..........................................9 Taco Time............................................79 Zephyr Bakery.....................................47 Retailers Ace Nursery.........................................82 Albertson's..........................................35 Baker Copy, Ship & Mail.......................94 Baker Food Co-op................................93 Baker Gold & Silver..............................83 Brinton Firearms..................................67 Cabin Cowboy.......................................93 Cliff's Saws & Cycles.............................82 Cody's General Store............................75 Computer Maniac.................................58 Kristy's Kloset......................................71 Miller's Lumber & Truss........................80 Premium Gifts......................................83 Random Resale....................................79 Ryder Brother's Stationary...................87 Tasha's Treasures.................................42 Thatcher's Ace Hardware......................19 Trader Ray's.........................................27 Treasure Every Stitch............................85 Turn The Page......................................75 Richland/Halfway Businesses Eagle Valley RV....................................11 Tami's Pine Valley Funeral Home..........53 Social Services MayDay...............................................18 New Directions Northwest Prevention Program..............................................71 Storage Saf-T-Stor.............................................27 Sumpter Area Businesses City of Sumpter....................................27 Clarke Construction..............................92 Homestead Realty................................50 Tasha's Treasures.................................42 Utilities Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative...........89

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Welcome to the dry side of Oregon By Jayson Jacoby Baker City Herald

You know what a rain Average shadow is. rainfall Well, much of Baker County lies within a double 10.68 inches rain shadow. Puddles, suffice it to say, are an uncommon hazard hereabouts. The first, and by far the larger, of these two shadows is the one cast by the Cascade Mountains. That line of volcanic peaks intercepts most of the moisture from the soggy storms that sweep inland from the Pacific Ocean frequently between Halloween and Memorial Day. And a goodly portion of the water that the Cascades don’t get is wrung out by the Elkhorns, the 9,000-foot range that dominates the western horizon from Baker Valley. Clouds, as a result, tend to contain precious little precipitation by the time they reach Baker City. The average rainfall at the Baker City Municipal Airport is 10.68 inches. Portland, Salem and Monthly averages and Eugene each gets doused extremes, all from Baker with more than three times City Municipal Airport as much. records, 1951 to present. What those cities don’t get much of, though, is snow. Or sub-zero temperatures. Both of which are relatively common in Baker County. The explanation for this involves a couple of factors. See Weather/Page 6



JANUARY Avg. high: 33.9 Avg. low: 16.9 Precipitation: .99 Record High: 59 Record Low: -28

FEBRUARY Avg. high: 41.1 Avg. low: 22.3 Precipitation: .64 Record High: 66 Record Low: -28

MARCH Avg. high: 49.8 Avg. low: 26.6 Precipitation: .82 Record High: 78 Record Low: -5

APRIL Avg. high: 58.7 Avg. low: 31.0 Precipitation: .84 Record High: 89 Record Low: 12

MAY Avg. high: 67.1 Avg. low: 38.1 Precipitation: 1.37 Record High: 94 Record Low: 14

JUNE Avg. high: 75.3 Avg. low: 44.5 Precipitation: 1.33 Record High: 102 Record Low: 26

JULY Avg. high: 84.9 Avg. low: 48.3 Precipitation: .58 Record High: 104 Record Low: 30

AUGUST Avg. high: 84.2 Avg. low: 46.9 Precipitation: .85 Record High: 106 Record Low: 27

SEPTEMBER Avg. high: 75.1 Avg. low: 38.7 Precipitation: .68 Record High: 101 Record Low: 17

OCTOBER Avg. high: 62.4 Avg. low: 30.3 Precipitation: .63 Record High: 90 Record Low: 1

NOVEMBER Avg. high: 45.5 Avg. low: 24.8 Precipitation: .93 Record High: 72 Record Low: -16

DECEMBER Avg. high: 35.6 Avg. low: 18.0 Precipitation: 1.02 Record High: 60 Record Low: -39

Baker County Custom Meats • Custom Cutting • Mobile Slaughter • Game Processing • Wrapping • Curing • Sausage • Jerky 2390 11th Street • Baker City Owners Del & Jana Woodcock

• 10 Minute Lube • FREE Pick-up & Delivery inside city limits • Windshield Wiper Blades • Transmission and Coolant Flush • Waiting Room / Coffee • Car Wash right next door

Lube Depot

2450 10th • Baker City • 541-523-1021

Then... Oregon’s first Arctic Circle Drive-in opened it’s doors on July 16, 1960, as a family operation.

Now... Celebrating


Burgers • Foot Long Hot Dogs • Shakes Sweet Potato Fries • Onion Rings • Tots (541) 523-3513 Drive-Thru or Pick-Up 2380 10th, Baker City Closed Sundays

Dr. Robin Hayes • Dr. Jennifer Swanson

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The Climate

Continued from Page 4

The first of these factors is the aforementioned Pacific Ocean. That massive body of water strongly influences weather relatively near the coast — mainly between the Cascades and the beach. Specifically, the Pacific acts as a sort of automatic climate control — the water temperature off the Oregon coast usually ranges between 50 and 60 degrees, and so does the air temperature. Prevailing winds then blow that mild air onshore, where it moderates both summer heat and winter chill west of the Cascades. Baker County, by contrast, is more than 200 miles from the Pacific, and thus is relatively unaffected by those balmy breezes. As a result, summers here are hotter than west of the Cascades. Winters, meanwhile, are colder, which brings up the second factor: elevation. Baker City is about 3,400 feet above sea level, whereas most of the Willamette Valley is below 500 feet. And with occasional, and temporary, exceptions, the temperature gets lower the higher you climb. Baker County’s elevation, combined with its scarcity of clouds, results in nighttime temperatures that usually drop below 55 even during heat waves. And the heat, as the saying goes, is of the dry variety — humidity on summer afternoons rarely exceeds 30 percent, and

Baker County is too far away from the Pacific Ocean to benefit from its climate control, so summers here are hot. We're also at a higher elevation — 3,400 feet above sea level — which means winters are cold and snowy. often dips below 20 percent. Fall, and especially the first half, is a particularly pleasant season here. October is actually the second-driest month, and September the fourth-driest (July tops the list, and February is third). So-called Indian summer, with sunshine, afternoon highs in the 60s and nighttime lows in the 20s, can persist for weeks during autumn. Snow rarely accumulates in the valleys before Thanksgiving, although the higher mountains often don their white attire weeks earlier. Another weather tendency that distinguishes Baker County from much of the rest of Oregon is that the wettest period is not fall or winter, but rather spring. May is the wettest month, and June the second-wettest.

National Climatic Data Center 6


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■■Moving may not be enjoyable, but hopefully this contact list of local services — water, power, telephone, television — will help make it a little easier. WATER ■■ City of Baker

1655 First St., Baker City 541-523-6541

ELECTRICITY ■■ Oregon Trail Electric Co-op

4005 23rd St., Baker City 541-523-3616

NATURAL GAS ■■ Cascade Natural Gas


TELEPHONE ■■ CenturyLink


■■ Eastern Oregon Net Inc.

808 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-962-7873

■■ CenturyLink


■■ Eastern Oregon Net Inc.


POST OFFICES ■■ Baker City

808 Adams Ave., La Grande 541-962-7873

■■ Baker City Herald (M, W & F)

1915 First St., 541-523-3673

■■ Record-Courier (Weekly)

1718 Main St., Baker City 541-523-5353

■■ Hells Canyon Journal (Weekly)

145 N. Main St., Halfway 541-742-7900

■■ All In One Wireless

2101 Main St., Baker City 541-523-1542

■■ Navigate Wireless

1084 Campbell St., Baker City 541-523-3334

■■ Snake River PCS

349 First St., Richland 541-893-6115

CABLE TV ■■ Charter Communication


■■ CenturyLink




1809 Main St., Baker City 541-523-0270



3048 Campbell St., Baker City 541-523-2626

SEWER ■■ Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

■■ Verizon

1080 Campbell St., Baker City 541-523-4310

GARBAGE, RECYCLING ■■ Baker Sanitary Service

3370 10th St., Baker City 866-731-5420


1550 Dewey Ave. 541-523-8593

■■ Haines

918 Front St., 541-856-3585

■■ Sumpter

321 SE Austin St. 541-894-2323

■■ Huntington

10 E. Washington 541-869-2256

■■ Halfway

10 W. Main, 541-742-4381

■■ Richland

203 Main St., 541-893-6194

■■ Durkee

28677 Hwy. 30, 541-877-2224

Nick Conklin Insurance, LLC 2307 Main Street, Baker City

541-523-7733 Nick Conklin, State Farm Agent, graduated from Eastern Oregon University in business. Nick and his wife Christina, reside in Union, OR. State Farm offers a full range of Auto, Fire, Life, Banking, IRAs, Mutual Funds and Mortgages.

Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!

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■■We like our low crime rate, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never need the services of a police officer or the fire department — or a marriage license. Just in case, here’s a list of local resources. ■■ Baker City Police Department

1768 Auburn Ave. 541-524-2014

■■ Baker County Sheriff’s Office

3410 K St. 541-523-6415

■■ Oregon State Police

Pocahontas Road 541-523-5867

■■ Baker City Fire Department

1616 Second St. 541-523-3711

■■ Poison Control


■■ Baker City Hall

1655 First St. 541-523-6541

■■ Baker County Courthouse

1995 Fourth St. 541-523-8200

■■ Rachel Pregnancy Center

2192 Court Ave. 541-523-5357



■■ MayDay, Inc.

Advocacy center for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. 1834 Main St., 541-523-9472 24-hour crisis line is 541-523-4134 ■■ Department of Human Services

3615 10th St. 541-523-6423

■■ Community Connection of Baker County

Assistance for seniors and low-income households 2810 Cedar St. 541-523-6591 • The dining center is open Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. Price is $3 suggested donation for those 60 and older, and $5.25 for those younger than 60. ■■ Best Friends of Baker Inc. (animal rescue)

541-519-PETS (7387)

■■ Baker County Vector Control (mosquitoes)


■■ Baker County Veterans Service Office

1995 Fourth St. 541-523-8223

■■ Social Security Administration

2205 Cove Ave., La Grande 541-963-0105

FOOD BANKS ■■ Northeast Oregon Compassion Center

(food and clothing bank) 1250 Hughes Lane, 541-523-9845

■■ The Salvation Army

2505 Broadway St., 541-523-5853

■■ Bread of Life food bank

3453 H St., 541-523-5425

■■ St. Francis de Sales food bank

2235 First St., 541-523-4521

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ■■ Baker County Ministerial Association


■■ Community Connection of Baker County

2810 Cedar St., 541-523-6591

■■ American Red Cross



European High Pressure Tanning Beds

“The Sun Shines Here Everyday”

1927 Court Ave. 541-523-6799

• 25 pull thru spaces with full hook-ups • 15 tents with power and water • Cable • Laundry facilities • Shower facilities • Fish cleaning station • RV & boat storage 1-1/2 miles from Brownlee Reservoir

541-893-6161 40254 Highway 86 • Richland, OR Baker County Living



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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

A regional system of health care


aker City’s hospital, which has been serving the community for 113 years, underwent a change of sponsorship in 2010 to become St. Alphonsus Medical Center - Baker City, which makes it part of Trinity Health and the Saint Alphonsus Health System, , a four-hospital, 714-bed system serving southwestern Idaho, Eastern Oregon and northern Nevada. HOSPITAL ■■ St. Alphonsus Medical Center - Baker City

3325 Pocahontas Road 541-523-6461

St. Alphonsus

Founded in 1894 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Alphonsus was the first hospital established in Boise, Idaho. Now referred to as St. Alphonsus Regional Medical System, the licensed medicalsurgical/acute care 381-bed facility serves as the center for advanced medicine. 12


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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

St. Luke's specialty clinic opens St. Luke's Clinic Eastern Oregon Medical Associates opens October 2012, bringing a variety of specialty services to the Baker City clinic, which is part of the St. Luke's system based in Boise, Idaho. The clinic is located at 3950 17th St. The building is divided according to services — the providers who focus on family practice and obstetrics will be in one section accessed off 17th Street, while the visiting specialists will be in another section, accessed by the entrance off Pocahontas Road. Offerings include nurse navigation, infusion services (IV hydration, antibiotic infusions and injections), urology, digital x-ray, a certified diabetic educator, Certified Care Managers and a Certified Lactation Specialist. 14


Founded in 1902 as a six-bed frontier hospital, St. Luke’s Boise is now Idaho’s largest health care provider, and the flagship hospital of St. Luke's Health System. St. Luke's Boise is known for its centers in cancer, heart, and women's and children's care, as well as St. Luke's Heart, St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute's largest clinic, St. Luke's Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and St. Luke's Children's Hospital.

4 Stalls 4 Vacuums Open 24/7 Wagon Wash

2115 10th Street, Baker City Corner of Broadway & 10th



Loans $500 to $5,000 Confidential • Courteous Prompt Loan Service For All Worthwhile Loans Se Habla Espanol • No Pre-Payment Penalty Monday - Friday • 9 AM - 5 PM 541-523-7372 • 800-725-7372 1932 1st Street • Baker City

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Health Care Providers

ST. ALPHONSUS - BAKER CITY EMERGENCY ROOM 3325 POCAHONTAS ROAD, 541-523-6461 ■■ Steven Delashmutt, M.D. ■■ Nancy Hutnak, D.O. ■■ David Richards, M.D. ■■ Galen Church, D.O. ■■ Michael McQueen, M.D. ST. ALPHONSUS MEDICAL GROUP - BAKER CLINIC 3175 POCAHONTAS ROAD, 541-523-4415 ■■ Melissa Knutson. D.O. ■■ Leslie Jackson, M.D. ■■ Bud Zunino, F.N.P. ■■ Elizabeth Chattin, PA-C ■■ Kate Grace, PA-C

Certified Clinical

Speech-Language Pathologist For All Ages

Anita Swartz M.A., CCC-SLP

541-523-2983 3990 Midway Dr., Baker City one block off Pocahontas across from hospital. • • • •

Language Development Aphasia rehab. following stroke Articulation & Voice Remediation Treatment of swallowing dysfunction, etc. • Therapy following cochlear implants



ST. ALPHONSUS GENERAL SURGERY 3325 POCAHONTAS ROAD, 541-523-1797 ■■ Barbara Tylka, M.D. ST. ALPHONSUS -BAKER CITY ORTHOPEDICS 3325 POCAHONTAS ROAD, 541-523-1797 ■■ Eric Sandefur, D.O. ■■ Autumn Swiger- Harrell, PA-C ST ALPHONSUS - BAKER CITY RADIOLOGY ■■ Gem State Radiology 541-523-8137 ST. LUKE'S EASTERN OREGON MEDICAL ASSOCIATES 3950 17TH ST., 541-523-1001 ■■ Jonathan D. Schott, MD (Family Practice) ■■ J. Daniel Smithson, MD (Family Practice) ■■ Eric R. Lamb, MD (Family Practice/Obstetrics) ■■ William P. Irvine, MD (Family Practice/Obstetrics) ■■ Kal Kelley, MD (Family Practice/Obstetrics) ■■ Trisha Eckman, MD (Family Practice/Obstetrics) ■■ Deb Vencill, FNP (Family Practice) ■■ Linda Ellis, FNP (Family Practice) ■■ Monte Anderson, PA-C (Family Practice) ■■ Zana Delic, PA-C (Family Practice) ■■ Devin Bowman, PA-C (Family Practice) EAGLE CAP CLINIC 3705 MIDWAY DRIVE, 541-523-4497 ■■ Randy Alanko, MD VALLEY MEDICAL CLINIC 3820 17TH ST., 541-523-4465 ■■ Charles E. Hofmann, MD ■■ Bryan Braun, PA-C ■■ Kate Grace, PA-C ST. ALPHONSUS REHABILITATION SERVICES 3325 POCAHONTAS ROAD 541-523-4654

1290 Campbell Street Baker City P: 541-523-7727 F: 541-523-6682 Email: Virtual Tours:

For friendly & professional service, expertise, honesty & caring... Come see us for your real estate needs. Residential, Commercial, Land & Property Management Michelle Dollar Principal Broker Owner 541.519.8977

Jeff Petry Principal Broker 541.215.3638

Jerry Corn Principal Broker 541.519.6709

Christina Smith Broker 541.519.1866

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OPHTHALMOLOGY 3705 MIDWAY DRIVE, 541-523-6428 ■■ James Davis, MD

PODIATRY 2830 10TH ST., 541-523-0122 ■■ Michael Rushton, DPM

BAKER VISION CLINIC 2150 THIRD ST., 541-523-5858 ■■ Sheryl Blankenship, OD ■■ Leslie Elms, OD ■■ Logan Mitchell, OD

CHIROPRACTORS ■■ Baker City Chiropractic 2618 10th St., 541-523-6561 ■■ Family Chiropractic Health 2899 10th St., 541-523-6565 ■■ Elkhorn Chiropractic 2805 10th St., 541-523-2495

Life Does NOT Have To Hurt You DO Have Choices... Help IS Available.

Do not suffer from domestic violence, sexual assault or elder abuse. All contact is confidential. Trained advocates are here to help you. • Counseling • Restraining Orders • Shelter & Food Pantry • Accompany you at court, hospital, etc. • Clothing

MayDay, Inc.

24/7 Crisis Line 541-523-4134 or 888-213-4134 Office: 541-523-9472 • 1834 Main

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aker County schools offer quite a variety of educational settings, from public to private to one of the only remaining oneroom schools in Oregon. We even have access to college classes. In 2009, Baker City schools experienced a change due to the closing of one elementary school. The remaining two were changed to grade-level schools — grades kindergarten through 3 at Brooklyn Primary and grades 4 through 6 at South Baker Intermediate. Baker Middle School then brings together students from Baker City, Haines and Keating. In the fall of 2011, Baker School District moved to a four-day school week, Monday through Thursday. BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT ■■ District Office

2090 Fourth St. 541-524-2260

■■ Brooklyn Primary (K-3)

1350 Washington Ave. 541-524-2450

■■ South Baker Intermediate (4-6)

1285 Third St. 541-524-2350

■■ Haines Elementary School (K-6)

400 School Road 541-524-2400

■■ Keating School (K-6)

41964 Miles Bridge Road, Keating 541-523-2377

■■ Baker Middle School

2320 Washington Ave. 541-524-2500

■■ Baker High School

2500 E St. 541-524-2600



PRIVATE SCHOOLS ■■ Baker Valley Seventh-day Adventist School (K-6)

COLLEGES ■■ Blue Mountain Communty College Baker campus

■■ Harvest Christian Academy (K-12)

■■ Eastern Oregon University - Baker Center

42171 Chico Lane 541-523-4165 3720 Birch St. 541-523-6822

HALFWAY ■■ Pine-Eagle School District (Richand and Halfway, K-12)

375 N. Main St. 541-742-2811

UNITY ■■ Burnt River School (K-12)

201 S. First Ave. 541-446-3336

HUNTINGTON ■■ Elementary and High School

520 Third St. 541-869-2204

NORTH POWDER ■■ North Powder Charter School (K-12)

333 G St. 541-898-2244

3275 Baker St. 541-523-9127

3000 Broadway St. 541-523-6822

PRESCHOOL AGE ■■ Child Care Resource & Referral

1575 Dewey Ave. 541-523-7838

■■ Baker Early Intervention

1927 16th St. 541-523-2664

■■ Head Start

1927 16th St. 541-523-2696

■■ Preschools

For a list, call the Baker School District office, 541-524-2260. ■■ Activities for parents and tots are also held at the Baker Family YMCA (see page 24) and the Baker County Library (Page 24)

To All Veterans, the Baker County Veteran Services Office provides access to the wide range of benefits and services offered to veterans and their family members. Health Care, Education, Compensation & Pension, Burial Benefits & much more Jane Chandler Veteran Services Officer 1995 3rd Street 541-523-8223 Baker County Courthouse

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f you have children, it’s nearly inevitable you’ll hear the words “I’m bored!” sooner or later. Sooner, probably, so here are some ideas.

■■ Baker Family YMCA

• 541-523-9622, The Y has four facilities in town: Sam-O Swim Center, 580 Baker St.; a fitness center, 2021 Main St.; and gymnasium, 2020 Church St.; and a preschool located at North Baker School, 2725 Seventh St. Programs include sports for every season, yearround swimming lessons and preschool parent-tot classes. ■■ Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

• 2020 Auburn Ave., 541-523-5369, Crossroads offers a variety of classes for children and adult — Young Adult Studio every Friday, pottery classes, ballet and more. Every summer features new classes just for youngsters, bringing instructors to teach dance, music and theater. The cost varies per class, and scholarships are available. ■■ Boy Scouts

• JoAnna Bradshaw, Eastern Oregon District paraprofessional: 541-963-2858 Boys Scouting provide opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor activities, community service projects and educational opportunities. ■■ Girl Scouts

• Brandi George, Eastern Oregon Girl Scout membership manager: 541-667-9696 Through Girl Scouting, girls from kindergarten through high school have the opportunity to explore the outdoors, serve their communities and learn new skills. LOCAL CHURCHES OFFER AFTERSCHOOL AND EVENING PROGRAMS ■■ Kids Club at First Lutheran Church

• 541-523-5611, 541-523-4391 This group for children in kindergarten through grade 6 meets every Friday from 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1734 Third St. (entrance is on Valley Avenue). This activity is free, and includes music, crafts, special speakers, snacks



Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald

Boy Scouts help clean trails during NationalTrails Day.

and Bible lessons. ■■ AWANA

• 541-523-3891 Program at Calvary Baptist Church, located at the corner of Broadway and Third streets. It meets from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from September to April. ■■ Thursday Activity Club at United Methodist Church

• 541-523-4201 For ages kindergarten through grade 6, this club meets every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Baker United Methodist Church, 1919 Second St. Includes activities and Bible lessons. YOUTH GROUPS

Several local churches have youth groups — meeting dates and times vary from church to church.

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Books and more


he Baker County Library offers, of course, lots of books for all ages. Other services include a computer lab and countless Internet-based resources to help with schoolwork. STORYTIME

Storytime has always happened every week, but has expanded to three times a week, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. While children of all ages are welcome to any of the storytimes, each one is geared toward a different age group: Tuesdays for babies, Wednesdays for toddlers and Fridays for elementary age. Each session features stories read aloud by the children’s librarian and a craft. Other special events are held throughout the year, such S. John Collins / Baker City Herald as a Halloween gathering and special crafts Child-sized shopping carts are a special feature in the children's section. during winter break and spring break.


Every summer finds children at the library, logging hours for the Summer Reading Program. Sessions are held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Baker City. Storytime at the Haines branch happens on Thursdays. • Afterschool Club: Children’s Librarian Melissa Shafer organizes this club every Tuesday afternoon when school is finished. She introduces themed projects or events — last year the youth spent a few weeks mastering a yo-yo, and then worked on creating comic books.


Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO) brings unique programs to the library several times a every year. LEO is a consortium of rural libraries in Oregon, which means easier access to bring special events to the small towns.




Baker County Library 2400 Resort St., Baker City 541-523-6419 Branches In addition to the main LITERARY NIGHT

library in Baker City, the district has libraries in Haines, Halfway, Richland, Sumpter, Huntington, as well as a bookmobile to deliver books to outlying areas.

The library also helps sponsor Literary Night, which happens on the second Friday of each month at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

Fish Aquariums Tropicals & Imported Koi Fish Food

Small Animals Feed & Accessories Bird Cages Parakeets, Canaries & Cockatiels Exo Terra Reptile Supplies

Scorpio International 2628 10th Street, Baker City (541)523-3156 David Burris, Owner & Operator HAGENDIRECT

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Mexican Restaurant 1910 Main Street • 541-523-9369

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CROSSROADS CARNEGIE ART CENTER ■■ 2020 Auburn Ave. Baker City ■■ 541-523-5369 ■■ ■■ Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Saturday

Monthly art shows open on the first Friday of each month, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Crossroads is all things art in Baker County, with monthly shows featuring artists from near and far.

SHORT TERM GALLERY ■■ 1829 Main St., Baker City

This gallery is a co-op of local artists, and participates in First Friday activities.

PETERSON’S GALLERY ■■ 1925 Main St., Baker City ■■ 541-523-1022 ■■

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ShortTerm Gallery is on Main Street in Baker City.

Peterson's is a family-run gallery that features new artists every month from around the region. THE DANCING ELEPHANT GALLERY ■■ 2034 Main St., Baker City

Community theater


astern Oregon Regional Theatre was established in 2003, and produces about four plays each year. The actors come from the community, and volunteer their time to bring theater to Baker County. If you don’t fancy the spotlight, there are also chances to work behind the scenes.


ORT now has its own theater, located inside Basche-Sage Place in downtown Baker City. Look for the “Now Showing” flag when performances are on.

Photo by Lisa Britton

"Nunsensations" was part of the 2012 season.



■■ Office: 2021 Main St. Suite 221 ■■ Phone: 541-523-4371 ■■ Website:

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eed a ride? For public transportation, just remember “t” for taxi and trolley. The Baker City Trolley took to the streets in July 2009 and has been on the road ever since, Monday through Friday. It follows a single two-way route from the east side of Baker City to the west, beginning and ending on the hour at the Baker Truck Corral, 515 Campbell St. Eight stops along the route are marked by signs, but you can also flag the driver anywhere along the route (as long as it’s safe to stop). TAXI ■■ Baker Cab, 541-523-6070 BUS ■■ Greyhound Bus Lines, 541-523-5011 AIR ■■ Baker Aviation, 541-523-5663

Information Baker City Trolley route map: Page 30. Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday Fares: $1 one way, $3 day pass, $5 family Monthly pass: $35 or $50 family Contact: 541-523-6591

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The Baker CityTrolley runs a route through town, Monday through Friday.

Northeast Oregon Health & Wellness Your reference guide to the resources and activities available for

Baker Cab: 541-523-6070

healthy living in Eastern Oregon.

Pick up a copy at 1915 First Street or local medical offices or view online at



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town’s non-profit organizations provide the character of a place, from the museums that preserve local history to volunteers who maintain one of the only operating steam-engine train.

■■ Baker Community Choir


■■ Baker Community Concert Association


■■ Baker County CASA

(Court-Appointed Special Advocates) 541-523-9520

■■ Baker County Library Foundation


■■ Cornucopia Arts Council

P.O. Box 921, Halfway, OR 97839

■■ Crossroads Carnegie Art Center


■■ Eastern Oregon Museum

610 Third St., Haines, 541-856-3233

■■ Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre

■■ Friends of the Baker Heritage Museum

2480 Grove St., Baker City 541-523-9308

■■ Friends of Halfway Library

P.O. Box 922, Halfway, OR 97834

■■ Friends of the Sumpter Valley Dredge




Photo by Lisa Britton

Volunteers hold a variety of jobs for the Sumpter Valley Railroad. ■■ Historic Baker City Inc.

1901 Main St. 541-523-5442

■■ Leo Adler Memorial Parkway Inc.


■■ Pine Valley Community Museum

P.O. Box 678, Halfway, OR 97834

■■ Sumpter Valley Museum Association

P.O. Box 67, Sumpter, OR 97877

■■ MayDay Inc.

■■ Sumpter Valley Railroad Restoration Inc.

■■ Old Oregon Trail Rides Inc.

■■ Trail Tenders Inc.

1834 Main St. 541-523-9472 P.O. Box 1105, Baker City, OR 97814

■■ Oregon Trail Preservation Trust

3030 Grandview Drive, Baker City, OR 97814 866-894-2268 541-523-1843

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olunteering is a win-win situation for everyone — the volunteer has an opportunity to give back to the community, and the organization benefits from dedicated workers. Baker City has a variety of choices, from service clubs that meet weekly to dressing in 19th-century costumes at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center to teach visitors about history. ARTS AND CULTURE ■■ National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center and Trail Tenders Inc.

• 22267 Highway 86 • 541-523-1843 • Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. November - March; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. April - October The Interpretive Center offers exhibits that share the history of the Oregon Trail, as well as living history performances and special events that portray life on the Trail. A non-profit group called the Trail Tenders helped establish the center, and today these volunteers run the gift shop and participate in special events. ■■ Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

• 2020 Auburn Ave. • 541-523-5369 • Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday • See Page 26

■■ Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre

• 2021 Main St. Suite 221 • 541-523-4371 • • See Page 26

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See Volunteers/Page 36 TrailTenders are the volunteer force at the Interpretive Center.



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Enjoy Historic Baker City in a Carriage Rides for any occasion or just for fun! Carriage • Trolley • Bobsled For reservations or prices, call: 541-523-5701 • 541-519-7150 email:


1310 H Street, Baker City • 541-523-1555 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to serve you! Owners Frank & Debbie Gargalis Five Star Towing is your community towing company. We are there to provide you safe, reliable, and professional service when you need us most! We have four flatbed and recovery trucks and will transport your vehicle during an emergency, from location to location, or to your mechanic. Under new ownership since May 2008! Keep our number with you...we're here to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! 541-523-1555

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■■ American Red Cross, Eastern Oregon Chapter

• 1655 First St., Baker City, 541-523-2231 Volunteers are needed for general delivery, CPR/First Aid, office clerks, and other course instructions needed with training provided.

■■ Baker County CASA

• 541-523-9520 CASA stands for Court-Appointed Special Advocates. Volunteers are needed to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in Baker County.

■■ Community Connection

• 2810 Cedar St., 541-523-6591 Looking for dining hostesses, delivery drivers for Meals on Wheels, musicians, bingo callers, craft class instructor and fundraising.

■■ MayDay Inc.

• 1834 Main St., 541-523-9472 MayDay provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Volunteers are needed for office duties, shelter, home errands and upkeep, fundraising, crisis line advocates and more.

■■ Elder Advocates

• 800-522-2602 Volunteers are needed to help protect the rights and dignity of residents in nursing facilities, residential care facilities, assisted living facilities and adult foster care homes.

■■ Baker Heritage Museum

• 2480 Grove St., 541-523-9308 Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs — hosts, gift shop personnel, volunteer coordinator, gardener, answer phones, carpenter, electrician, plumber, data entry, working with collections and exhibits and more.

■■ Lifespan of Baker City

• 541-523-6591 Accepting applications for prospective volunteer respite providers.



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Volunteer gold country consultant Howard Brooks talks with mural artist Lynne Proudfoot about a container used to transport nitroglycerin, which is part of the mining display at the Baker Heritage Museum. ■■ St. Alphonsus Hospital Auxiliary

• 3325 Pocahontas Road, 541-523-6461 Volunteers needed to be greeters, light clerical workers.

■■ The Salvation Army

• 2505 Broadway St., 541-523-5853 People needed to help stock merchandise, and also for youth supervisors and tutors.

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■■If you’re not quite sure what sort of volunteering you might like, another option is to join one of the local service clubs. All are dedicated to the local community, as well as beyond to the state, nation and even international level. Each group has its own signature events, but all are dedicated to making the community a better place. BAKER COUNTY SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS ■■ Kiwanis Club

Dave Cowan, 541-523-6027 Meeting: noon Tuesdays at the Sunridge Restaurant

■■ Baker City Lions Club

Rick Taylor, 541-519-2832 Meeting: noon Thursdays at the Sunridge Restaurant

■■ Halfway Lions Club

Ralph Smead, 541-742-4664 Meeting: 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday at the Halfway Lions Hall

■■ Baker City Rotary Club

President Kari Borgen, 541-523-3673 Meeting: noon Mondays at the Sunridge Restaurant

■■ Soroptimist International

President Holly McKim, 541-523-4279 New members: 541-519-5653 and 541-519-7502 Meeting: noon on the second, third and fourth Wednesdays at the Sunridge Restaurant

■■ Daughters of the American Revolution

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Michelle Cookson, 541-523-4248 Meeting: second Friday of each month, alternating between Baker City and La Grande

Members of the Baker City Lions Club have erected several shelters along the Leo Adler Memorial Parkway.

■■ Baker County Cattlewomen

■■ Baker County Livestock Association

President Wendy Bingham Reagan Vaughan, Vice President Meetings: four times per year Contact: Nancy Bailey, Farm Credit Services, 541-524-2920



2600 East St., 541-523-6418 Meetings: 7 p.m. every third Wednesday at the Sunridge Restaurant

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BAKER CITY ■■ Agape Christian Center

HAINES ■■ First Baptist Church

■■ Baker City Christian Church

■■ Haines United Methodist Church

650 Highway 7, 541-523-6586 675 Highway 7, 541-523-5425

■■ Baker City Church of the Nazarene

1250 Hughes Lane, 541-523-3533

714 Cole St., 541-856-3471

Fourth and Roberts streets,541-963-6991

■■ Baker United Methodist Church

SUMPTER ■■ McEwen Bible Fellowship

■■ Baker Valley Church of Christ

■■ St. Brigid’s in the Pines Community Church

1919 Second St., 541-523-4201

2533 Church St., 541-523-9383

■■ Blue Mountain Baptist Church

2405 10th St., 541-403-1690

15403 Highway 7, 541-894-2303

284 East Auburn St., 541-523-4812

■■ Calvary Baptist Church

UNITY ■■ Burnt River Community Church

■■ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

■■ St. Joseph Catholic Church

2107 Third St., 541-523-3891

2625 Hughes Lane, 541-523-4901

■■ Christian Science Church

2210 Washington Ave., 541-523-5911

30271 Hwy. 26, 541-446-3317 Highway 245, 541-473-3906

■■ Elkhorn Baptist Church

HALFWAY ■■ Oxbow Christian Fellowship

■■ Elkhorn Community Church Foursquare Gospel

■■ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

■■ First Lutheran Church

■■ Pine Valley Christian Center

■■ First Presbyterian Church

■■ St. Therese Catholic Church

3520 Birch St., 541-523-4332

1839 Third St., 541-523-7915 1734 Third St., 541-523-3922

1995 Fourth St., 541-523-5201

■■ Harvest Christian Church

3720 Birch St., 541-523-4233

541-742-4414 541-742-7676 541-742-4421

135 Bell St., 541-523-4521

■■ Jehovah’s Witnesses

RICHLAND ■■ New Bridge Church of the Nazarene

■■ New Beginnings Fellowship Pentecostal Church of God

■■ Christian Church

■■ New Hope Church

■■ Seventh-day Adventist Church

975 Bridge St., 541-523-9467

1820 Estes St., 541-524-1394 2007 First St., 541-523-4775

■■ Pleasant Valley Fellowship

3100 H St., 541-403-2994

11th and Birch streets, 541-893-6121 541-893-6191 541-893-6174

■■ St. Francis de Sales Cathedral

NORTH POWDER ■■ Cornerstone Baptist Church

■■ St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

■■ United Methodist Church

■■ Seventh-day Adventist Church

■■ St. Anthony Catholic Church

2235 First St., 541-523-4521 2177 First St., 541-523-4812

42171 Chico Road, 541-523-4913



140 E St., 541-898-2603 541-898-2629 541-379-5137

Dancing Elephant Gallery LLC 2034 Main Street, Baker City

• Fine Art and High Quality Aritisan Crafted Gifts • Pre-Cut and Custom Matting • Beading Supplies • Vintage Collectables Boutique • Consignments Welcome We're a family owned & operated gallery Owners: Amy VanGaasbeck & Marilyn Sutton 541-523-9672

Baker City Muffler From stock to ROCK! Lance Cline, Owner


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Farmers Insurance prides itself in Fast, Fair and Friendly® claims service. Your needs are unique, and so are your requirements for insurance coverage, products and services. Farmers recognizes that your needs change over time. Farmers offers a full range of auto, life, home and commercial with 24 hour claim service. Tom VanDiepen, agency owner, has been an agent since 1993. He and his wife, Janet, launched Taco Time in Baker City in 1992. The office staff also consists of Tammy Mercado (left in photo.. . & Jessica) and Jennifer Button (right.) Both are licensed agents to give you fast, knowledgeable service

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Assisted Living


he Department of Human Services has released descriptions and information about the options for assisted living situations, from services in the home to nursing facilities. Here are descriptions of the different types, and a listing of options in Baker County.


• Homecare Commission, 877- 867-0077 A care provider comes to your home to provide some or all of these services: meal preparation, shopping, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, assistance with medication and activities of daily living.


A facility consisting of shared or individual living units in a homelike surround. Services available on a 24-hour basis.

fers and coordinates a range of services available on a 24-hour basis. ADULT FOSTER HOMES

Family home that offers residential care to five or fewer adults in a home-like setting, 24 hours a day.


Group living in a hospital-like setting providing medical services 24 hours a day.


See Assisted Living/Page 44

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1040 Lund Lane, 541-524-9880

■■ Settlers Park

2895 17th St., 541-523-0200

ASSISTED LIVING ■■ Meadowbrook Place

4000 Cedar St., 541-523-6333

■■ Settlers Park

2895 17th St., 541-523-0200

NURSING FACILITIES ■■ St. Alphonsus Care Center

3985 Midway Drive, 541-523-4452

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Virginia Henderson, a resident at Elkhorn Adult Foster Home, visits about books with the Bookmobile driver who brings audiobooks twice a month.

ADULT FOSTER CARE ■■ Angel Wings Adult Care

■■ Serenity Farms

■■ Carolyn Hartz


1905 Fourth St., Baker City 541-523-5978 46316 Rock Creek Town Road, Haines 541-856-3757

■■ Elkhorn Adult Foster Home

1455 15th St., Baker City 541-523-8487

■■ Idlewood Manor

905 Idlewood St., Baker City 541-523-3111

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45600 Schoolhouse Road, Haines 541-856-3771 Encompass Home Care 1515 Campbell St., Baker City 541-523-3335 Care At Home Inc. 1705 Main St., Baker City 541-523-4385

HOSPICE ■■ Heart 'n' Home Hospice

3370 10th St., Suite E, Baker City 541-524-7688

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Beware: Cows don't always move By Jayson Jacoby Baker City Herald


The man thought Baker County cattle were pretty stupid. He offered as evidence his crumpled front bumper. He seemed incredulous that Baker County ranchers had not gotten around to teaching their cows about crossing the road. Shoot, most kindergartners have mastered that lesson. The man, a Californian according to his license plate, apparently expected Baker County cattle to be quite brainy, said Beth Phillips, a Keating rancher. “He said, ‘I thought your cows were trained not to cross the road.’ ” Phillips thought the man would have slowed down. She figured if the long line of about 1,000 cattle, wandering single-file along each

Raising beef cattle is the biggest piece of Baker County’s biggest economic pie: agriculture. With an estimated 115,000 beef cows in the county — about seven times more than the human population — cattle drives are inevitable, and they can occur on almost any road in the county (an obvious exception is Interstate 84).

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WHEN Cattle drives are most common during spring, when ranchers move cows from winter pastures to summer, and during fall, when cattle make the return trip. But drives can happen any time of the year.

MORE INFORMATION Copies of the Baker County Cattlewomen’s cattle drive pamphlet are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 480 Campbell St.

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shoulder of Ore. Highway 86 east of Baker City, didn’t convince the man to lift his foot from the gas pedal, then surely the sheen of ice that glazed the asphalt would. “It was so icy,” Phillips said, recalling that winter day several years ago. “One cow decided to cross at the wrong moment.” The collision mangled the bumper but didn’t bother the cow. The man was angry, and he later threatened to sue, Phillips said. Turns out he knew as much about Oregon’s range laws as he did about the mental capacity of beef cattle. Baker County is open range, which basically means the cow has the right-of-way. If you kill a cow with your car, you have to pay the cow’s owner — even if the cow was straddling the broken line down the center of the highway. But Phillips said the main reason she remembers that incident on icy Highway 86 is that it illustrates what drivers shouldn’t do when they roll up to a cattle drive. What they should do is spelled out in a new twopage pamphlet the Baker County Cattlewomen recently printed.

See Cattle/Page 52

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Cattle drives DO • Slow down • Watch the herders for signals on when to proceed • If you follow a herder or another car, stay close to prevent cows from moving in between • Watch for cow-herding dogs DON’T • Honk your horn or make any other loud noise • Stop more than 50 feet or so from the herd — if you stop, the cattle might stop, too • Get out of your car to take photographs — it’s OK to roll down a window and take pictures, however

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Actually it’s a new version of an old pamphlet, the late Judy Whitley, who owned a ranch near Medical Springs with her husband, Phil, said in an interview several years ago. Although cattle drives might seem an Old West anachronism, as relevant to the 21st century as wagon wheels, that’s not so, Judy Whitley said. “We do have cattle drives here — you have to,” she said. “It would take you a week of Sundays to haul (cattle in a truck).” “For most ranchers there’s no other choice,” said Lori Thomas of Thomas Angus Ranch in Baker Valley. Thomas, Whitley and Phillips also used the same word to describe the attitude that drivers ought to adopt, whether they roll up to a couple dozen Black Angus or a herd of Herefords with 300 hundred head. “Patience.” “The biggest problem we run into is drivers who don’t have enough patience to wait until it’s an opportune time to get through the herd,” Thomas said. If you’re not sure whether that time has arrived, Whitley recommends you watch the ranchers who drive the herd. They’re usually on horseback, although occasionally you’ll see a herder riding an ATV — efficient machines, but they quickly ruin the Chisholm Trail ambience. If a herder waves you forward, proceed slowly, Whitley said. She conceded that weaving through a herd of thousand-pound animals, even when you’re safely ensconced in a vehicle, can be intimidating — especially for drivers unfamiliar with the bovine temperament. The key, she said, is to drive close enough to the cattle that they keep moving, but not so close that you nudge one with a fender, which can provoke a powerful kick that neither you nor your insurance agent will appreciate. “You do have to crowd them,” Whitley said. “You’re going to have to threaten them a little, or they’ll just ignore you.” Phillips said some drivers try too hard to avoid causing problems, and they stop their car a few hundred feet before they even get to the herd. “If you stop, the cows will stop,” she said. Sometimes one of the riders will guide you through the herd, Whitley said. If you can follow either a herder or another car, stay close as you wend through the moving wave of beef. If you dawdle, cows will sidle into the gap, and you’ll lose the advantage of having a guide blaze the trail. “If they see an opening they’re going to go for it,” Phillips said. Never honk your horn, blast your stereo or make any



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other loud noise that might spook the cattle, Whitley said. The animals are unpredictable anyway — especially moms separated from their calves. “You never know when a cow and a calf, or a bull, will dart out in front of you,” said Vickie Foster, whose family owns a ranch in Bowen Valley, just south of Baker City. And the bulls, she said, “don’t care what’s in their way.” Don’t focus solely on the cattle, either. Most ranchers rely on dogs to help herd cows, and dogs, being considerably smaller, are harder to see, Foster said. Phillips said that although she believes most Baker County ranchers have had to deal with irate or careless drivers during a cattle drive, she thinks most people handle herds properly. “Eighty percent of the people are wonderful,” she said. Whitley said for every angry driver she meets there are many who not only don’t mind a brief delay, but actually relish this rarest of experiences — a tradition that hasn’t changed much in more than a century.


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of July.

sk any seasoned gardener around here about the growing season and you’re bound to get all sorts of advice — especially that the last frost can happen as late as the Fourth

igh-desert landscapes offer a challenge for growing fruit and vegetables, and no summer is the same. Also, no neighborhood has the exact same growing conditions — Baker County is full of micro-climates. Staff at the local nurseries and garden centers can offer invaluable advice. ■■ Oregon State University Extension Service — Baker County

2600 East St., Baker City 541-523-6418 A “help desk” is staffed to answer gardening questions, and most years a Master Gardener Course is offered to the community.

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■■ Community Garden • 541-523-7881

In 2010, a section of the county fairgrounds was tilled and turned into a community garden with plots available to the public. Those who purchase a space for the season lend a hand in maintaining the garden while growing their own food.

If you'd rather support the local farmers and artisans... The Baker City Farmers Market began as a project by the Master Gardeners. Now it’s a summer tradition, bringing the area’s freshest fruit and vegetables to the community. And that’s not all — you’ll also find handmade goat’s milk soap, fresh bread, sweet treats and more. ■■Baker City Farmers Market

June - October 3:30-6:30 p.m. Downtown on Court Street between First and Resort Base Camp Baker photo streets A sample of the goodies found at the Baker City Farmers Market.



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The Cold Season

S. John Collins/ Baker City Herald

Interior lights give a glow to downtown businesses after the sun has set.

Winter and snow will come — always


e’re lucky to have all four seasons here in Eastern Oregon, but sometimes winter seems to last a lot longer than the other three. That means snow, ice and cold temperatures (average highs are in the mid-30s during December and January).


very year the Oregon Department of Transportation issues tips for winter driving:

■■ Check road conditions before leaving, choose main routes, and let someone know your plans ■■ Keep your gas tank at least half full ■■ Clear snow, ice and frost from vehicle windows and lights ■■ Drive with your lights on



Road conditions

■■ Don’t use cruise control in wet, icy or snowy weather ■■ If you lose traction, Dial 5-1-1 on your cell phone gradually slow down 800-977-6368 — don't slam on the brakes ■■ Avoid driving through snowdrifts ■■ Slow down in advance of shady areas ■■ Be extra cautions on bridges or concrete highways — ice forms first on these surfaces See Winter/Page 58

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To keep roads passable, crews from the state, county and city work hard when the snow hits — many times through the night. When you encounter a snow plow or sanding truck, keep your distance, and don’t pass. Also, follow Oregon’s chain laws: ■■ Studded tires can only be used between Nov. 1 and April 1. ■■ Watch for signs indicating chains or traction tires are required. To chain up, pull over to the right of the road as far as possible or pull into a chain-up area. (Some of these areas have people with permits who can chain up for you — the price they charge varies.) See Winter/Page 60 S. John Collins / Baker City Herald


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More on chains ■■ Chains include link and cable chains that attach to the vehicle, wheel or outside of the tire ■■ A traction tire is a studded tire or a tire that is suitable for use in severe snow conditions, marked with a snowflake inside a mountain. ■■ More information about chain requirements is available online at

Let it snow...


he Baker County Road Department crews have 900 miles of roads to plow when the snow falls. Their first priority is to clear the school bus routes — you may want to warn your children that Baker City rarely has snow days. After those routes are clear, the snowplow drivers move to lower priority roads based on traffic loads, and as time permits. To find out where your road ranks on the priority list, inquire at the road department: ■■ Baker County Road Department, 541-523-6417

Photo by Lisa Britton

Although snow can make getting around a bit tough sometimes, it sure creates some scenic landscapes.




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The Code of the West


ide open spaces, mountain ranges, few people...these are just a few reasons you either choose to live in rural Eastern Oregon, or may consider moving here. But life out here isn’t quite the same as the city, and we’re not just talking about access to shopping malls or bigbox stores. To offer a little insight, here we reference The Code of the West, a guide to rural living that was compiled by John Clarke, a former commissioner of Larimer County, Colo. See Code/Page 64 S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

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Accessing your property


ust because your property is easy to access in the summer, conditions in winter may make access more difficult or even impossible


It is wise to research the legalities of easements and access roads, especially if access to your property crosses lands owned by private landowners or government agencies. ■■ Baker County Planning Department, 541-523-8219 ROAD MAINTENANCE

Some roads are not regularly maintained (little or no grading, snow plowing, etc.). You will need to find out what level of road maintenance is provided, and who is responsible for maintenance Also, road damage can occur from inclement weather, flooding and wearand-tear. Repairs usually depend on budget constraints. In the entire county, only 5 percent of roads are paved (that number is slightly higher if you only count welltraveled roadways). Gravel roads are likely to be rough, dusty during dry weather, and muddy and slippery during wet weather. The county does not provide dust abatement — this is up to the private owners, but the county will prepare the road. ■■ Baker County Road Department, 541-523-6417 TRANSPORTING SCHOOL CHILDREN

School bus transportation is provided in most areas of the county. Check with the school district office for information regarding bus routes. ■■ See Page 20 for school contacts DELIVERIES

Check to see if U.S. mail, newspaper and parcel deliveries will be available in your property’s area. ■■ See Page 8




When constructing or reconstructing access roads, it is required that you provide access for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Baker County uses the 9-1-1 system, but be aware that emergency response times for law enforcement, fire suppression, medical care, etc., may be a distance away. If you live in an outlying area, you may check with the EMS for information on who the emergency first responder is in that area. ■■ Baker County Dispatch, 541-523-6415 UTILITY SERVICES

Water, sewer, electrical, telephone, Internet, television, trash pickup and other services may not be available in all areas of Baker County. ■■ See Connections on Page 8

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Code of the West


line. Only a professional survey can confirm the actual location of property boundaries.

Not all parcels are suitable for building or development. County and state land use laws, zoning classifications, etc., will be factors in how land can be used or subdivided. Permits and Approvals Construction of structures requires permits and most require inspections.


The Baker County Planning Department can tell you if you need permits.


These organizations often have covenants that include specific requirements. It is important to obtain a copy of the covenants to become aware of any restrictions.

■■ Office: Courthouse, 1995 Fourth St. 541-523-8219 ■■

Not all land has water rights. Even though your property has a stream or ditch running through it, the right to use the water may belong to someone else.

The Baker City Building Department handles permits and inspections throughout the county.


■■ Office: City Hall, 1655 First St. 541-524-2054 ■■ EASEMENTS

Check for easements that may require you to allow road, power line, waterline, etc., construction across your land. If there is a ditch on your property, the ditch company may have an easement to clean/maintain the ditch each year. ■■ Baker County Planning, 541-523-8219 FENCES

Property line fences may or may not be on the actual property


■■ Baker County Watermaster, 541-523-8224

You will want to ensure who holds the right to timber located on your property. Like water rights, someone else may own the right to the trees on your land. ■■ Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) 541-523-5831


The Land Use Plan, the Oregon Forest Practices Act, the Oregon Agricultural Water Quality Management Act and the Oregon Confined Animal Feeding Operation Rules require prevention of environmental damage and impaired water quality to such areas. Check with ODF for these requirements (see number above).

times of the year, often work from before dawn to after dark.

this when you evaluate a property.

griculture is a big business in Baker County — most of the rural land is used for growing crops and feeding livestock.


Most areas are zoned “open range.” If you do not want cattle, sheep and other livestock on your property, you will need to fence them out.


Farm animals and their manure can cause odors and attract flies. Consider


Farmers and loggers, during certain



Farming, ranching and timbering activities cause noise, dust and odors ANIMALS


See Code/Page 68

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Continued from Page 66 NOXIOUS WEEDS

Baker County has a noxious weed ordinance. All property owners are required to control and, if possible, eradicate noxious weeds.

â– â–  Baker County Weed Dept., 541-523-0618 MOVING LIVESTOCK

See Cattle Drives on Page 50


Pets, especially dogs, must be kept under control at all times.

Baker City Herald Photo

Cattle graze sage country on the Keating hillsides of Baker County.

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A moist, green open space surrounding your dwellings can provide a defensible perimeter in the event of a wildfire. Consult the Oregon Department of Forestry’s website,, for information on how to make your property defensible.


Steep slopes can slide in unusually wet weather. They are also likely sites for damaging snow slides in the winter. North-facing slopes rarely see direct sunlight during the winter months, which means there is a possibility that snow and ice will not melt for the entire winter.


During the winter, Baker County can experience a sudden, warm wind with rain. This “chinook” can cause excessive run-off and flooding.



S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

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Many areas in Baker County are open to hunting and fishing, which means your rural property may border public lands and be impacted by shooting, etc.

raccoons and other wildlife ■■ Protecting fruit trees from deer ■■ Dealing with nuisance animals such as skunks, porcupines, rats and snakes ■■ Driving on highways where deer or elk can suddenly appear in your headlights



Continued from Page 70 HUNTING AND FISHING

Living near wildlife makes for good animal-watching and photographic opportunities, it may present some challenges:

■■ Protecting children and pets from cougars, coyotes and deer ■■ Protecting vegetable and flower gardens from deer,



The weather is big factor everywhere, and Baker County can experience severe wind storms, lightning, hail and heavy snow. Also, wind and snow can cause drifts in some areas and roads.

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Public Lands

Photo by Lisa Britton

A million acres, all for you and me By Jayson Jacoby Baker City Herald

You own a million acres in Baker County. Really, you do. When you pitch a tent here, odds are you own the very patch of ground into which you just pounded the stakes (and perhaps a misplaced thumb). The mountain trail where you like to hike and where you saw your first mountain goat?



Probably you own it, too (the trail, not the goat). And that alpine lake from which you reeled in a limit of brook trout? It’s yours, most likely. There’s 2 million acres in Baker County, and about half of them belong to you. That’s like owning Delaware and Rhode Island, but with a lot of mountains and no ocean. Here’s the catch: You have to share those acres with 275 million other Americans, though rarely all of them at once. That’s the trade-off

of public land. It’s yours — but it’s everyone else’s, too. You can visit whenever you want to but you can never stay. You can’t swap, say, the Elkhorn Mountains for one of Donald Trump’s skyscrapers. And no matter how cute you think those pastel lawn gnomes are, you’ll have to save them to decorate a piece See Public Lands/Page 76

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of property that only you Our two national have the deed for. Baker forests cover a County boasts enough combined 650,000 public land, though, and acres of land in it has a sufficiently puny Baker County. population density of one full-time resident for every 120 acres, that you can pretty easily find a place and at least pretend it’s yours alone for a night or two. Spread out a county map on your coffee table and see for yourself. Let’s say the clever cartographers used green ink to denote public land and white for private. Much of the west half of Baker County looks like a green sheet that someone leaned over while holding a leaking bottle of Elmer’s glue at arm’s length. There are white splotches here and there, but you have to squint to make out some of them. Most of that green-tinted land is national forest — primarily the Wallowa-Whitman, but with a dab of the Malheur wedged into the county’s southwest corner. Combined, the two national forests cover about 650,000 acres in Baker County — almost one-third of the land. The green-with-white-pimples pattern prevails in much of the northern third of the county, too, where Photo by Dave Britton the sedimentary slopes of the Wallowa Mountains Eagle Cap rises above Moccasin Lake in the Wallowa Mountains. slop over from neighboring Wallowa and Union counties. Public land isn’t quite so plentiful in the eastern Forest Service’s 191 million. But the agencies’ positions and southern sections of Baker County. are reversed in Baker County, where the BLM oversees There’s not much for trees there, either, and so the Bureau of Land Management, which if it had a football team 369,000 acres — about 40 percent less land than the Forest Service handles. (If you want to see a place where would have the sagebrush as its mascot, is in charge of these publicly owned acres rather than the Forest Service, BLM reigns, go to Nevada. The agency manages most of which prefers land with vegetation tall enough to hide elk the state, except casinos and the places where the Air Force stores UFOs and alien cadavers.) herds. Nationwide, BLM actually ranks as the supreme public landlord, managing 261 million acres in America to the See Public Lands/Page 78



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Black Lake, near Anthony Lake in the Elkhorn Mountains. Continued from Page 76

Between the wide swaths of green on the Baker County map you’ll notice a few expanses of white. These chunks of private land spread across Baker County’s handful of broad valleys — Baker, Pine, Eagle, Burnt River, Sumpter. This is not a coincidence. Only in the valleys is the ground flat and the soils deep and rich, so a farmer can grow hay and potatoes and wheat and other stuff that’s good to eat or to sell. And most any property that will produce a crop every year is valuable enough that someone will claim it as his own rather



than leave it in the hands of the public, who tend to get their fingers all tangled anyway trying to decide whether the land should turn a profit for a company or present a scenic view for a photographer. People prefer to live in valleys, too, so that’s where we put most of our towns. The weather’s warmer, for one thing, and it doesn’t snow as much as in the mountains (Pine and Sumpter valleys join forces to form the frigid exception to that meteorological rule). See Public Lands/Page 80

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“When the homesteaders came in they always took the best ground, the ground that was irrigated or could be irrigated,” said Jay Carr, a retired extension agent for the Oregon State University Extension Service in Baker County. “That’s the way it is across the West.” But unlike some parts of the West — Lake Tahoe, for example, or Sun Valley — a fair amount of Baker County’s land has remained in public rather than private hands. And although public lands don’t generate property taxes, as farms and ranches and gnome-infested front yards do, they’re nonetheless vital to the county’s economy as well as its quality of life, Carr said. Consider beef cattle. Raising and selling them injects more than $40 million into county coffers each year, making

“When the homesteaders came in they always took the best ground, the ground that was irrigated or could be irrigated. That's the way it is across the west.” — Jay Carr, retired OSU extension agent

cattle the biggest part (around 70 percent) of the biggest sector of Baker County’s economy: agriculture. There’s more than 100,000 head of cattle in the county, and not many of them spend every day plodding around a private pasture. See Public Lands/Page 82

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“A large proportion of the cattle spend at least a portion of their lives on public grazing land, either BLM or Forest Service,” Carr said. “We’re very dependent on that land.” The public rangelands serve a couple of purposes, he said. First, those lands produce the grass that produces the pounds of meat that produce the dollars that plump ranchers’ wallets. And second, the public pastures are akin to a summer camp for cattle. With the animals out of their hair for a few months, ranchers can grow and cut and bale the hay that cattle consume during the lean days of winter. Imagine trying to pilot a swather through a field thick with Herefords — it’d be as easy to drive a Jet Ski across a swamp rife

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with hippos. Public lands generate far more than profits, though. Many Baker County residents spend a fair share of their leisure hours on public property. After all, that’s where most of the fish swim and the elk roam and the roads and trails meander. And we appreciate, even if we don’t often think of it, that it’s because we all own these places that they retain most or all of the charms that lure us back year after year. It’s why when we look across Anthony Lake today we see what people saw five decades ago, or 10: white granite and dark green subalpine firs and wildflowers that span the palette and spill off the sides. And it’s why we don’t see a putting green and a sign that says “members only” and a gate manned by a guy who looks as if he could make Arnold Schwarzenegger cry “uncle” in five seconds flat.

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Outdoor Recreation

In sun, in snow, in all kinds of weather HIKING

Baker Valley lies between two major mountain ranges — the Elkhorns close by to the west, the Wallowas a bit farther away to the northeast. Both have a network of Forest Service trails open to hikers and horseback riders.

■■ Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

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Our mountains We have two mountain ranges offering miles and miles of trails. The Elkhorn trails are generally shorter and steeper than the Eagle Cap trails, which meander up mountains using switchbacks. The Eagle Cap area also attracts more horseback riders than the Elkhorns.

WATER SPORTS Baker County has quite a few waterways, with the most popular for boaters being Phillips Reservoir, 20 miles south of Baker City on Highway 7 toward Sumpter, and Brownlee Reservoir on the Snake River on the county's eastern edge. SKIING

Photo by Lisa Britton

When winter coats the high country with a blanket of snow, it’s time to pull those skis, snowboards and snowshoes out of storage. Baker County’s main winter attraction is Anthony Lakes Mountain Resort, located about 20 miles west of Haines.

■■, 541-856-3277 SNOWMOBILING

As for snowmobiling, clubs in the Sumpter, Halfway and Burnt River areas maintain miles and miles of trails all winter.



Sometimes the hiking season and snow season meet up in the fall — this is part of the Elkhorn CrestTrail, seen after an October snowfall.

Like to camp? Both mountain ranges are conducive to backpacking into highmountain lakes. For state parks, check the website

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Licensed & Bonded Collection Specialists

CAM CREDITS, INC. 1668 Resort St., Suite C, Baker City 523-3619 or 1-800-883-3515

Cam Credits, Inc. owned and operated by Julie Hickerson since 1984, purchased Business & Professional Adjustments and the Credit Bureau of Baker County, in August of 1992. Cam is a member of ACA International and Healthcare Client Services and since 1977 has offered collection services for:

Gas & Propane RV Dump Fish & Game Supplies Hot Deli Snacks Coffee Cold Sandwiches Coldest Coolers in town!

• MEDICAL • LEGAL • DENTAL • RETAIL /COMMERCIAL • NSF CHECKS • JUDGEMENTS • NOTES • Pre-collection service – letter series customized to fit your needs. • Fully computerized state-of-the-art collection software • NO membership fees – contingent fees based on age of account. • Quotation of fees on commercial accounts over $1,000. • Accounts Receivable consulting/management. • Credit Reporting Services. • Collector Training. • Computerized bookkeeping services. Billing/Accounts Payable/ General Ledger/Payroll. • Check out our secure client portal at

Fletcher’s Shell

940 Hwy 7 • Baker City • 541-523-7480

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Outdoor Recreation


Baker County has populations of pretty much every big game animal and upland bird that can legally be hunted. Deer (both mule and whitetail) and Rocky Mountain elk lure the largest number of hunters, but the county also has herds of pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and mountain goats. Baker is unique among Oregon’s 36 counties in having two species of bighorn sheep (Rocky Mountain and California) and mountain goats. Most hunting seasons are in late summer or fall, although some bird seasons continue into winter.

Information Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 2995 Hughes Lane Baker City 541-523-5832

MMW ELECTRIC MOTOR & PUMP REPAIR INC. 41280 Highway 30, Baker City 523-2859

O’Neal’s Lube & Repair 41466 Hwy 30, North Baker City 541-523-8345

Servicing Baker County for 13 years, with over 25 years in the industry. Brian & his son Justin can take care of all your repair needs.

ASE Certified General Automotive Diagnostic & Repair Foreign & Domestic Brian O’Neal, Owner/Tech • Justin O’Neal, Tech



MMW Electric Motor & Pump Repair Inc. has been serving Baker, Union and Grant counties since 1984. MMW offers a wide selection of pumps for installation and sale, from lawn to irrigation pumps to domestic well water systems. MMW carries a wide variety wheel line and hand line parts. They are a dealer for Grundfos SQFLELX Solar Systems. Helping our farmers and ranchers get water in remote places, by solar power. MMW sells and services a wide selection of electric motors. Remember them at harvest time and spring.

& Sweet Shoppe The Toys you remember - TODAY! Homemade Chocolates by:

Visit us on the web:

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Outdoor Recreation


Baker County has a wide variety of fisheries, including tiny and frigid alpine lakes, warmwater reservoirs that stretch for dozens of miles, and many rivers and streams that are stocked regularly with trout. Most water bodies are open year-round. Bag limits vary, but in general there are no limits on the number of warmwater species, including catfish and crappie, that anglers can keep. For State regulations and seasons, contact ODFW,

Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald

Anglers of all ages can fish the rivers and lakes in Baker County.

We sell . . . . . . .


541-519-3280 • 541-961-0867 • Baker City, OR Having Problems with Unwanted Visitors? Raccoons, Skunks, Badgers, Squirrels, Marmot/Chucks


. . . . . . trailers

We stock new & used, consignments & trade. Equipment Welcome. Be sure to watch for our Spring & Fall Consignment Auction!


3550 Best Frontage Rd Office: 541-523-6122 • Fax: 541-523-5952 Mike’s Cell: 541-519-6125



If you are experiencing animal infestations of any of the above animals in your home, at your business, or on your personal property in Baker County, we will provide you with professional trapping and pest wildlife removal services. As your wildlife technician I will take care of wild animals that damage your home and property, threaten you, your children or your pets, and bring disease and parasites into your home, such as: ticks, mange mites, fleas, rabies, tularemia, lice and many more. We do not exterminate bugs, remove pets or go after large game animals. The professional who services your project specializes in removing wild animals. We are the ones you want to call to protect you, your home, your lawn and your property from nuisance wildlife. We witness daily how wildlife can destroy soffits, vents, screens and wiring and kill pets and livestock. We know from firsthand experience that animals do significant damage by urine, by fecal matter deposits, and by the insect pests that they bring to your home. There are many species of wild animals living in Oregon, some of which are dangerous or even poisonous. Give us a call; we can arrange an inspection and a service call to remove all wildlife animals safely and humanely.

Baker Truck Corral & Restaurant

Open 24/7 BAKER CITY'S MOST INTERESTING STORE Baker City Gifts & Souvenirs Breakfast • Burgers • Salad Bar I-84, Exit 304 • 515 Campbell Street, Baker City • Restaurant: 541-523-4318 • Service Station: 541-523-3952

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ike what you see around these parts? Whether you’re looking to buy, sell or rent, Baker County real estate offices can help you find a place to settle.

BAKER CITY ■■ Baker City Realty Inc.

1705 Main St. 541-523-5871

■■ John J. Howard & Associates Real Estate

2195 Main St. 541-523-7390

■■ Howard Britton Realty Inc.

3480 Place St. 541-523-2800

■■ Intermountain Realty

1425 Campbell St. 541-523-4434

■■ Nelson Real Estate Inc.

845 Campbell St. 541-523-6485

■■ Uriarte Realty

3005 N. Third St, 541-523-5665

■■ Sunfire Real Estate Group LLC

1290 Campbell St. 541-523-7727

SUMPTER ■■ Rustic Real Estate

110 Mill St. 541-894-0116



Information Baker County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau 490 Campbell St., Baker City 541-523-5855 888-523-5855 ■■ Baker City Realty - Sumpter branch

363 Mill St. 541-894-2488

RICHLAND ■■ John J. Howard & Associates

Main Street 541-893-3112

HALFWAY ■■ Halfway Realty and Hells Canyon Realty


RENTALS ■■ Nelson Real Estate Inc. ■■ Sunfire Real Estate Group LLC ■■

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State Resources

CONSUMER TIPS ■■ Do Not Call List

VETERANS SERVICES ■■ Baker County Veterans Office


■■ Public Utility Commission (PUC) Customer Services Division


■■ Before You Dig

1995 Fourth St. (Baker County Courthouse) 541-523-8223

■■ Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs




CONSTRUCTION All Types of Excavation & Building Construction Commercial & Residential Snow Plowing • Pole Buildings

541-410-3341 CCB# 64269 92


EMPLOYMENT ■■ Work Source Oregon

1575 Dewey Ave., Baker City 541-523-6331

VOTER REGISTRATION ■■ County Clerk's Office

1995 Fourth St. (Baker County Courthouse) 541-523-8207

There’s a new cowboy in town...

Rustic Furnishings & More!

Featuring our own custom designs, also local craftsmen aand artists, commission pieces and trophy mounts.

We offer custom design services for homes, ranches, W cabins, offices... also refresh and renew your own furniture! cab Owners Bill & Be Tiedemann, Manager Rebekah Leonard O

2013 1st St • Baker City • 541-523-9523 • Tuesday - Friday 10-6 • Saturday 10-4 2008 Broadway • 541-523-6281 Monday - Friday 10-6 • Saturday 10-4

• Fresh Spices • Gluten Free • Bulk Foods • Vitamins & Supplements

• Organic Produce • Healthy Skin Products • Special Dietary Items • Natural Cleaning Products

Photos Supplied by Dave Densley • Downtown Historic Baker City

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VETERINARIAN CLINICS ■■ Alpine Veterinary Hospital

■■ The Family Animal Doctor

41302 Highway 30, Baker City 541-523-4339

2925 10th St., Baker City 541-523-5067

■■ Baker Animal Clinic

2490 10th St., Baker City 541-523-3611

1655 First St., Baker City 541-523-6541

Independent Cottages & Assisted Living

Services Covered by Rent • Emergency Call System • 3 Chef Prepared Meals Daily • Weekly Housekeeping • Basic Cable • All Utilities except for phone • Scheduled Transportation • Social and Recreational Programs

4000 Cedar Street • Baker City, OR 94


2490 10th St., Baker City 541-523-3611 541-519-PETS

■■ Baker City Hall

3425 10th St., Baker City 541-523-7772

■■ Baker Animal Clinic

■■ Best Friends of Baker Inc.


■■ Baker Veterinary Hospital


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• UPS • US Mail • Packaging Co • Gift Wrapping • Enlargements • Reductions • Color or BW Copies or Printing up to 36” • Faxing • Laminating - up to 26” • Greeting Cards • Gifts • Frames • Custom Framing & Matting • Art & Craft & Scrapbook Supplies

2101 Main • 541.523.4199 Monday - Friday • 9:30-5:30

1934 Broadway • Baker City • 541-523-5833

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Baker County Living

Special Events

The two-wheeled events ■■ Baker City Cycling Classic: June 28-30, 2013

Bicyclists travel from all over to race in this three-day, four-stage race that takes participants through scenic Eastern Oregon.

■■ Hells Canyon Motorcycle Rally: July 12-15, 2013

Two brothers from the Portland area discovered the motorcyclefriendly roads in Eastern Oregon, and decided to bring others. Now thousands show up for this weekend event to ride different routes every day, plus show off their shiny bikes in downtown Baker City.

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald

Bicyclings come from around the Northwest and beyond for the Baker City Cycling Classic in June.

Summer festival ■■ Miners Jubilee: July- 19-21, 2013

School and family reunions are often planned for this weekend, which features a parade, art in the park, mining demonstrations and bronc and bull riding events.

For a list of community events — art classes, special gatherings, banquets and more — check the calendar maintained by the Baker County Chamber of Commerce:



Kathy Orr / Baker City Herald

The Miners Jubilee parade draws a big crowd to downtown during this weekend summer festival.

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