February 17, 2017


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A special good day to Herald subscriber Wayne Carpenter of Baker City.

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Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is sponsoring a bill that would soften the federal statute used to convict the Harney County ranchers whose imprisonment was central to last year?s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff. The bill would exempt from prosecution people who violate the law under circumstances similar to the Hammonds?. In 2012, Dwight Hammond and son Steven Hammond were convicted of setting fires on their ranch in 2001 and 2006 that spread to federal land.


Babe Ruth Baseball meeting Feb. 27

An informational meeting for parents of Babe Ruth Baseball players is scheduled Monday, Feb. 27. The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Baker City Hall, 1655 First St. Players ages 13 through 15 are eligible to play. Adults interested in board activities, teams, scheduling and other league activities are welcome as well. Online registration is coming in March. More information is available by emailing bakerbabe or by visiting the Facebook page at BakerBabeRuth.

Red Cross Disaster Services course set

The Baker County Red Cross is offering the first session in the Disaster Cycle Services course curriculum Monday. The training will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office in Baker City Hall, 1655 First St. The monthly Baker County Red Cross Volunteer meeting will begin at 6 o?clock that night also at the Red Cross office in City Hall.

128-Year-Old Crabill Building Damaged By Heavy Snow Load Feb. 5

To Save A Building


It?s too early to tell, but Barbara and Dwight Sidway hope they can repair the structure that stands beside the Geiser Grand Hotel

S. John Collins /Baker City Herald Everardo Arenas, left, and Juan Luna pick away at packed snow Thursday in the effort to dig out the buried debris and items in storage in the Crabill Building. By Jayson Jacoby Barbara Sidway and her husband Dwight spared the Geiser Grand Hotel, one of Baker City?s more iconic historic downtown buildings, from the wrecking ball 24 years ago. Barbara Sidway hopes they can save a second structure, which happens to be right next door, from the same fate. The Sidways bought the Geiser Grand, at the southeast corner of Main Street and Washington Avenue, in 1993, a quarter century after it closed. The couple restored the dilapidated building, where the floors were littered with pigeon carcasses and water could be squeezed from wooden beams. They reopened the hotel, complete with a new cupola and clock, in 1998. In 2004 the Sidways bought the adjacent structure just to the south, the two-story Crabill Building, which like the Geiser Grand was constructed in 1889. Earlier this month, on the morning of Feb. 5, a heavy snow load collapsed part of the Crabill Building?s roof, causing extensive damage to the eastern side of the building, which faces Resort Street. Barbara Sidway said Wednesday that although it?s too early to know whether the building can be repaired, she and her husband intend to do so if it?s possible. See Building/Page 3A S. John Collins /Baker City Herald When a heavy snow load collapsed part of the roof of the Crabill Building, 1916 Main St., on Feb. 5, most of the damage was on the Resort Street side. S. John Collins /Baker City Herald The Baker School District plans to buy this Main Street building, the former Odd Fellows Hall and also site of the Record Courier newspaper.

5J to buy property

By Chris Collins The Baker School Board agreed Thursday night to sell a former brownfield site that has been cleaned up as part of a classroom project, buy a Main Street property to continue the brownfield class cleanup work, and purchase 12.2 acres on Hughes Lane adjacent to the Baker Sports Complex. The directors agreed to enter into an agreement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to pay $160,000 for the field east of the church and just north of the Sports Complex. Director Andrew Bryan, a Baker City real estate agent, said that when he learned that the church planned to sell the property it seemed obvious that the District should make an offer to buy it. See Schools/Page 3A

County wants

changes to tricounty weed control agency

By Joshua Dillen Baker County Commissioners hope proposed new guidelines for a three-county agency that deals with noxious weeds will correct several concerns about the agency that commissioners discussed Wednesday. They agreed to send a letter to the Tri- County Cooperative Weed Management Area (Tri-Co) and to officials from the two other participating counties, Union and Wallowa. Commissioner Mark Bennett said the three-county partnership was started in the early 1990s as a way to maximize fundraising for treating invasive weeds. See County/Page 5A



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Rapid thaw pushed glut of water into Brownlee


Idaho Power officials say the inflow didn?t cause major issues


Issue 122, 20 pages Calendar ....................2A Classified ............7B-11B Comics ....................... 4B Community News ....3A Crossword ........8B & 9B Dear Abby ............... 12B By Jayson Jacoby Rapid melting of the abnormally deep snowpack in the valleys and foothills of Western Idaho last week and over the weekend spawned a gush of water into Brownlee Reservoir that surprised reservoir managers with its speed and volume. ?The inflow event was pretty significant for us,? said Frank Gariglio, who works in the water management group for Idaho Power Company, which owns Brownlee Dam on the Oregon/Idaho border in Baker County. Health ...............1B & 2B Jayson Jacoby ..........4A News of Record ........2A Obituaries ..................2A Opinion ......................4A Outdoors ................... 3B


The glut of snowmelt that poured into Snake River tributaries, including the Weiser, Payette and Boise rivers, boosted the water level in Brownlee by about 14 feet from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13. Sports .............. 7A & 8A Television .........5B & 6B Weather ................... 12B See Brownlee/Page 3A

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