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February 26, 2016


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Monthly magazine debuts with tributes to local volunteers who protect our lives and our property


Good Day Wish To A Subscriber

A special good day to Herald subscriber Sue Shade of Baker City.

Nation, 6B

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to press ahead with a Supreme Court appointment despite Republicans? insistence that he leave the choice to his successor, calling their position so unprecedented it risked the integrity of the U.S. judicial system.


Fundraiser for BHS senior party

A pancake breakfast set for Saturday, March 5, will benefit the drugand alcohol-free party for 2016 Baker High School graduates. The breakfast will run from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the BHS Commons, 2500 E St. Cost is $5 per person.

Harvey adds second session

Baker County Commission Chairman Bill Harvey has added a second opportunity next week for residents to talk with him about issues affecting the county. In addition to his regular ?First Friday? event, set for Friday, March 4, at 9 a.m., Harvey will also be available on Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. Both events will be in Commission Chambers at the Courthouse, 1995 Third St.

Friends of NRA banquet set

The Powder River Friends of NRA banquet and fundraiser is set for May 7 at 4 p.m. at the Baker County Events Center, 2600 East St. More information is available at www.prfnra. org.



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Showers Full forecast on the back of the B section. Correction: A story on Page 1A of Wednesday?s paper incorrectly identified Melissa Shafer as Baker County Children?s Librarian. She no longer has that position.

Wide Angle Winter View Of The Wallowas

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Recent February sunshine glances off the southeastern slopes of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, while Baker City sheds more of its winter coat. Area residents can expect daytime temperatures to reach 50 degrees or a little more through the weekend. Please see Page 6B for an updated forecast.


Issue 125, 42 pages

Groups Sue Federal Government Over Sage Grouse Protection

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife photo A male sage grouse inflates air sacs in his breast and spreads his fan-like tail feathers as part of the species? elaborate spring mating dance.

The Bird?s Back

By Jayson Jacoby Baker County officials will be watching closely the progress of a lawsuit filed Thursday claiming the federal government isn?t doing enough to protect sage grouse from livestock grazing and other uses of public land. ?This is troubling,? said Mark Bennett, a Baker County commissioner who has been representing the county on the sage grouse issue for many years. ?We don?t know where this will lead, and that causes a lot of uncertainties for Baker County.? Most of the Oregon habitat for the chickensize bird is in Harney, Malheur and Lake counties. But there are sage grouse populations Calendar ....................2A Classified ............. 1B-4B Comics ....................... 5B in Baker County, mainly in the southern and eastern parts. Bennett said his chief concern is that a judge ruling on the lawsuit will require the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service to impose more strict Bennett regulations on how public land is used ? in particular livestock grazing. That?s a linchpin of Baker County?s agricultural economy, and grazing allotments on public land, some of which is sage grouse habitat, is vital to many ranchers. A coalition of environmental groups filed the suit in federal court in Idaho. Community News ....3A Crossword ........2B & 3B Dear Abby ................. 6B Health ...............5C & 6C Jayson Jacoby ..........4A News of Record ........2A See Grouse/Page 6A Obituaries ..................2A Opinion ......................4A Outdoors ..........1C & 2C

Memories of Milo Pope


Former Circuit Court judge, city councilor died Wednesday

By Chris Collins Milo Pope, a former Baker County Circuit Court judge and Baker City councilor, died Wednesday at his home. He was 79. His friends and colleagues grieved the loss of a man who they recalled was generous with his time and knowledge, always eager to help others and who believed in giving people second Pope chances. Bob Moon, a Baker City attorney, got to know Pope shortly after moving to town in 1983 as a young lawyer. During those days, Pope and his wife, Gayl, lived at Mount Vernon, where he was in partnership with his father-in-law and brother-in-law, Roy and Mike Kilpatrick. See Pope/Page 6A

Lawmakers mull changes to min. wage hike

By Pat Caldwell For the Baker City Herald Since the passage of the state?s minimum wage bill last week a diverse coalition of lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle scrambled to develop an alternative plan to modify the existing edict, yet whether those legislators will be successful remains an open question. Last week the Oregon House of Representatives passed a minimum wage bill ? along partisan lines ? that will boost the minimum wage for employees across the state, but in different amounts. Sports ........................5A Television .........3C & 4C Weather ..................... 6B See Wage/Page 2A

Judge rules

against county


McCarty wins attorney fees

By Chris Collins A Umatilla County judge has ruled that David McCarty, owner of Columbia Basin Helicopter, is entitled to more than $300,000 in attorney fees spent to successfully defend himself in a zoning dispute with Baker County. See McCarty/Page 3A


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