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BAKER CITY, OR: Baker City Fire Department offers Knox Box

A system designed specifically for firefighters is now available in Baker City. It’s called a Knox Box and with one master key, the Baker City Fire Department can gain instant access to your home. Baker City Fire Department, spokesperson Sarah Blair says a Knox Box reduces response time, property damage and can save your life. More than 11,500 departments in North America use Knox® products. The Knox System includes UL listed lock boxes, storage cabinets, heavy-duty padlocks and electronic override key switches. Complimentary products include the Sentralok® and KeySecure® Master Key Retention Systems. The system has grown to include locking FDC plugs and caps providing protection to the intake and discharge sides of water-based fire protection systems. With the new Knox MedVault Drug Locker, narcotic access can be controlled and audited.

Many of these departments use Sentralok® or KeySecure®, master key security systems, to control the Knox Master Key. These Master Key Retention units provide accountability with an audit trail giving the date, time and user ID for each key release. Knox also offers an optional Remote Administration program for these units.

Property owners in your community store entrance keys, access cards and floor plans in high-security Knox-Box® key boxes mounted near their building entrances. Each Knox-Box purchased by the property owner is keyed to a single master key controlled by your department. With the Knox System, there is no cost to the fire department, no waiting for a property owner to unlock the door in the middle of the night, and no forcing the door open to gain entry. The Knox Rapid Entry System reduces response time, property damage and the liability for lost keys.

For more information contact the Baker City Fire Department  541.523.3711

BAKER CITY, OR: Beef & produce prices rising

Grocery shoppers are feeling a sudden pinch on their food budgets, a result of a convergence of events that have spiked prices for everyday items like meat, eggs and dairy.

Food prices rose 0.4 percent in February, the most since September 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this week. Beef shoppers face some of the biggest increases, with prices jumping 4 percent from January, the highest seen in almost three decades.

Ron Rowan, director of Beef Northwest in North Powder says beef has been hit by the combination of a dwindling number of cattle and growing export demand.

Rowan says consumers should expect higher prices through summer but overall, the high demand is good for not only our local ranchers and producers, it stimulates the economy for our region.

However, the price increases are forcing consumers to make tough choices at the grocery store, considering lower-cost cuts of meat or eliminating some items altogether. And businesses are feeling the sticker shock and making adjustments. Some high-end restaurants are reducing the size of steaks or cutting them thinner to avoid raising menu prices; fast food giant McDonald's has warned customers that it may have to raise prices on some Dollar Menu items and some U.S. airlines have eliminated limes from their in-flight drink service.

Here's a look at some of the foods that have been most affected, along with some consumer strategies for dealing with price increases:

Beef: Consumers are facing the highest beef prices they've seen since 1987. The average retail cost of fresh beef in February was $5.28 a pound, up from $5.04 in January, according to the Department of Agriculture. The rising cost is caused by growing export demand for beef from countries such as China and Japan. That's combined with dwindling U.S. cattle herds, which ranchers thinned in the wake of the 2012 Midwest drought, when the price of feed went soaring.

How you can save: Switch to cheaper cuts of meat like beef chuck short ribs, beef back ribs and shoulder roasts, which require longer cooking times to become tender. Learn how to make a good marinade, which can help break down tougher, stringy cuts of beef. Make beef less of a focal point in meals, using it as an accent in stir-fried vegetable dishes, or cut into thin strips as a garnish for salads.

Pork: With beef prices rising, some consumers have turned to pork as a cheaper option. But pork prices have risen to an average $3.73 a pound in February. A virus that kills piglets spread to 28 states and played a role in reducing the nation's pig herd by 3 percent, according to Department of Agriculture estimates. The lack of supply has driven up prices for pork, and bacon in particular, which could go up as much as 20 percent this year.

How you can save: Spiral-cut hams go on sale after Easter, and can be kept unopened in the refrigerator for up to a month. Once baked, leftovers packed in a freezer bag will keep for three months in the freezer. Buy bacon by the full slab, which is significantly discounted, and break it down into one-pound portions and freeze for up to two months.

Chicken: Poultry prices increased 4.7 percent last year, the Department of Agriculture says, but 2014 is shaping up as one of the most-profitable years ever for chicken producers, as consumers switch from beef and pork. The government projects that Americans will eat the most chicken in three years.

How you can save: Whole chickens sell for significantly less than precut pieces, so buy whole chickens to roast or cut up. Use the bones and neck to make homemade chicken broth, which freezes well.

Produce: Just a month ago, you could buy fresh limes at Portland-area grocery stores priced three for a dollar. But this week, non-organic limes were selling for 79 cents apiece at Safeway stores, and 98 cents each at Fred Meyer. That sudden price spike is the result of a drought has decimated the lime crop in Mexico, where almost all of the limes that are sold in the U.S. come from. And with limes suddenly becoming produce gold, Mexico's drug cartels are reported to be extorting growers and taking over distribution networks to cash in on the crop's sudden windfall.

Limes are just the start of the price increases consumers will see with produce this year. According to an Arizona State University study that's scheduled for release next week, the ongoing drought in California could bump up the price for a head of lettuce by 34 percent, or roughly $2.44. Avocados could go up 28 percent, or $1.60 each.

How you can save: Produce spoils quickly, and Americans throw away a lot of wilted veggies. Buy only produce that you know you'll use in the next two days. And shop for produce that's in season, since it typically is less expensive when it's readily available.

Grocery staples: Many packaged goods, particularly those that contain corn, are still selling at higher prices after a severe drought in 2012 wiped out much of the Midwest's corn crop. That makes it crucial to look for specials on everything from crackers to cereal. Using coupons can help trim costs, but that's not for everyone.

How you can save: Spend a few minutes each week with grocery store advertising inserts to learn which stores offer the best prices on particular staples you use regularly, and seek out those deals. Use coupons that come with the Sunday paper, but only if they'll help you save on products you would buy anyway.

 

 

SALEM: Jay Kenton named interim president at EOU

The State Board of Higher Education this morning named Jay Kenton the interim president at Eastern Oregon University.  Kenton recently retired as the Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration for the Oregon University System.  He will replace President Bob Davies who will step down in July to take over at Murray State in Kentucky.  Kenton has ties to the EOU campus.  He started as an administrator at EOU in 1983.  Boosting enrollment and dealing with financial challenges will be his priorities while a national search for a permanent replacement is conducted. 

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UNION COUNTY: Marijuana moratoriums the result of lack of state leadership

The marijuana dispensary moratorium that was the subject of public hearings in Union County and La Grande Wednesday has left many residents either upset about the decisions made or confused about why the moratorium is necessary in the first place.  Local officials feel they were put in a bad position by the state who failed to do their job.  La Grande Mayor Dan Pokorney:  "In my view, the legislature has not done their work properly to hand down direction on what cities and counties should do."

Mayor Pokorney says it’s about knowing what the rules governing the dispensares will be.  Union County Commissioner Mark Davidson says there are still a lot of questions still to answer:  "We want to take that time to consider how we will regulate it locally and see how the state chooses to regulate it statewide."

Some of the questions local leaders would like the state to answer are where the dispensaries can be located, what hours they can operate and how they will licensed.  Union County Commissioners unanimously passed a one year moratorium, the La Grande City Council will hold a special session on Monday, April 28th to take a vote on it.

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LA GRANDE: Schools bond would allow work on the high school

In addition to a new elementary school and new classroom space in Island City, the Strategic Facilities Committee that looked at the needs of the La Grande School District also recommended some work at the high school- starting with a new facility that could be a big boost to the community according to Superintendent Larry Glaze:  "One of those is a new industrial arts building.  Our current facility is outdated and outmoded, and it needs to be replaced."

With the Governor’s emphasis on vocational education, a new vo-tech building could provide adult education opportunities as well.  Additionally, two of the most visible parts of the La Grande School District could see some much needed improvements if district patrons were to pass a bond levy according to Glaze: "Gymnasium improvements is also on the list for the high school- anyone that’s been in our gym knows what those things are including the bleachers that need to be replaced and the gym floor."

Also on the list is the auditorium.  Neither facility has had any major upgrades for decades, and the gym bleachers are on the verge of being condemned.  District officials are working on gathering input from patrons on what they would like to see done in the district.

NE OREGON: Easter egg hunts spring up throughout the area

This Sunday is Easter, and that means it’s time to get the kids ready for those annual Easter egg hunts tomorrow.  In La Grande, the annual Sunrise Rotary/Elkhorn Media Group Easter egg hunt will take place at Riverside Park.  The Easter Bunny arrives at 9:45 and the hunt begins at 10:00.  Kids will also be hunting for Easter eggs in Geiser-Pollman Park in Baker City starting at 9:45.  There will also be an Easter egg hunt in Imbler.  The Elgin Easter egg hunt takes place at Stella Mayfield elementary at 10:00, and in Cove the Easter egg hunt will be at the Ascension school starting at 1:00.

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LA GRANDE: Local attorney calls for change in Urban Renewal Board

Former city councilor Steve Joseph says the city needs a new Urban Renewal Managing Board during public testimony at Wednesday’s La Grande City Council meeting.  Joseph, who has been an opponent of the agency, says the City of La Grande has lost more than a million dollars in property taxes to the agency, and that has helped to force water and sewer rates up by more than 100% in recent years.

LA GRANDE: La Grande named a Tree City U.S.A.

La Grande has been named a Tree City U.S.A. for the 24th time.  Teresa Gustafson, La Grande’s tree care educator, says the city also received their 22nd Tree City Growth Award.  Gustafson also made an appeal for volunteers for the annual tree planting effort.  The city will try and plant 100 trees on May 3rd.

La Grande is a Tree City USA

NE OREGON: Local high school baseball teams in action this weekend

The La Grande baseball team travels to Ontario this afternoon for a Greater Oregon League double header.  The first game begins at 3:00.  The Elgin/Imbler baseball team will travel to Vale for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 and Union/Cove hosts Wallowa starting at noon.  Tomorrow the Baker baseball team will host Mac Hi starting at noon.

Troy Jones

NE OREGON: Baker softball beats Fruitland, this weekend's softball schedules

The Baker softball team is 6-6 this season after they beat Fruitland last night 3-2.

The La Grande softball team will be on the road in Ontario this afternoon.  Game time 2:00.  The Elgin/Imbler softball team will take on Vale in a league doubleheader starting at 1:00, and Union/Cove will play at Grant Union.  Tomorrow the Baker softball team will host Mac Hi starting at noon.

Photo courtesy of the Baker City Herald

LA GRANDE: EOU softball team heads to Oregon's Westside

The Eastern Oregon University softball team is on the road this weekend.  They will play Corban University in a Cascade Conference doubleheader today at 2:00, and tomorrow they will be at Northwest Christian at 11 am.

EOU SB Team

NE OREGON: Wallowa Whitman to conduct controlled burns

The Wallowa Whitman National Forest will be conducting three controlled burns in Northeast Oregon today.  The Kenny 32 Underburn will start about 10:30 on the North Fork of the John Day District, the Bald Angel burn will be on the Grande Ronde District seven miles of Medical Springs, and the Rattlesnake burn will take place on the Burnt Powder District.  Smoke from the fires may be visible for several days.

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HELLS CANYON: Body found in Snake River IDd as missing Caldwell man

A body identified as missing Caldwell resident Ricky Flores was found Wednesday in the Snake River about 13 miles downstream of the Hells Canyon Dam boat launch, the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office has reported. The remains will be examined by the Baker County medical examiner, but identification found on the body and investigation results lead deputies to believe the body was Flores. Next of kin has been notified. Flores, 42, has been missing since March 21, when a jet boat capsized in the Wild Sheep rapids 6 miles north of Hells Canyon Dam. He was a correctional officer at Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario. Two of his co-workers were in the boat with him but were able to make it to shore. Flores was presumed dead, and memorial services were held April 11.

Photo submitted by Snake River Correctional Institution


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/04/16/3137799/body-found-in-snake-river-idd.html?sp=/99/1687/&ihp=1#storylink=cpy

LA GRANDE: Two public hearings on marijuana bans, two different votes

There were two hearings yesterday on passing local moratoriums on marijuana dispensaries- and while one passed, the other will have to wait.  In the first of two hearings yesterday to discuss a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries, Union County Commissioners voted unanimously to enact the ban after hearing arguments on both sides.  While those in favor of the ban brought up the potential negative impacts on local youth, dispensary backers said there are other more harmful things kids should be protected from- energy drinks and fast food.  Commissioner Mark Davidson said part of his guidance on the issue came from voters who turned down a dispensary system just three years ago:  "It failed here in Union County by a nearly 2:1 margin, and I don’t believe our voters opinion has changed in the succeeding years."

The La Grande City Council, meanwhile, will have to wait for a vote on a moratorium after an attempt to have the issue declared an emergency failed.  Councilor Jerry Sebastian, who supports the dispensaries, voted against the emergency action:  "I wanted to make sure we gave the ordinance proper consideration, I wanted time to give our testimony more in depth thought."

Councilors said the moratorium would give them a little more local control.  The council will hold a special session on April 28th to take a vote on the moratorium.

LA GRANDE: La Grande City Council holds hearing on street vacation

The La Grande City Council held a lengthy public hearing last night on the proposed vacation of ‘K’ Avenue to Union County.  County Planner Handley Jenkins told councilors that the county agrees with four of the five conditions placed on the vacation, but they didn’t agree with the last condition which was to conduct a traffic study it was a waste of tax money.  In the end, Councilor John Bozarth thought the vacation idea was a good one:  "I think it was just one of the most common sense solutions I’ve ever seen two government bodies work together and come up with."

The city council will hold a final reading of the vacation ordinance and take a vote at their May 7th meeting.

John Bozarth

UNION: Union City Council weighs in on courthouse issue, street vacation

The City of Union weighed in on the proposed Union County Courthouse at yesterday’s commission meeting.  Mayor William Lindsley told commissioners that the Union City Council feels that the counties smaller communities were left out of the discussion on the courthouse and they don’t agree that tearing down the Shelter from the Storm building is the best use of county resources.  Mayor Lindsley said there’s also doubt that a new courthouse can be built for $2 million.  The City of Union also sent a letter to the La Grande City Council recommending that the council vote against the vacation of ‘K’ Avenue.

Union Mayor William Lindsley

Mayor William Lindsley

LA GRANDE: Troy Pointer appointed to fill McGee's council position

Troy Pointer has been appointed to the La Grande City Council to replace Kelly McGee who is resigning effective Friday.  Pointer filed to run for council position six and is unopposed, so he will fill McGee’s seat until the end of the year when a new councilor is seated.  A vote on who will fill the rest of her two year term will be held in November.

LA GRANDE: Commissioners ask to extend Forest Service comment period

Union county Commissioners are joining other county commissions in trying to get the Forest Service to extend the public comment period on the Blue Mountain Forest Plan Revision.  Commissioners voted yesterday to send a letter to the Regional Forester asking for the extension.  Commissioner Steve McClure said it’s taken the Forest Service ten years to come up with the plan, there’s no reason to limit comments to just 90 days.

LA GRANDE: EOU soccer team signs two more athletes

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Kendra Corless and Makensie Forsyth signed Letters of Intent to play soccer for Eastern Oregon University in the fall of 2014, announced head coach Jennifer Simonetti. Corless and Forsyth are the seventh and eighth members of the 2014 recruiting class.
 
Corless, a 5-foot 6-inch defender from Sandpoint, Idaho comes to EOU after helping Sandpoint High School to a Conference League Championship in 2012. During the 2012 season, she was named 4A All IEL Defensive First Team.
 
In the spring of 2012, Corless helped lead her Strikers Club Team to an undefeated league championship.
 
During her senior year of high school, Corless helped her team to League and State Championships. By the time she graduates from high school, Corless will have earned her Certified Nursing Assistant certification.
 
"Kendra is a great central defender with a lot of potential to help improve our programs previous record setting season of 7 shut-outs," said coach Simonetti.  "She is smart and patient in 1 vs. 1 situations, reads the game well and communicates well, and is composed enough to create possession out of the back. Her awesome work ethic and toughness have shown through her strong ACL rehabilitation from last spring. We are really looking forward to having her this fall."
 
Forsyth comes to EOU from Prosser High School where she was a 5-foot-2-inch mid-fielder. During her four seasons in high school, Forsyth earned Central Washington Athletic Conference honors all four years of high school. During her freshman season, she earned honorable mention honors, while earning Second Team All-CWAC her sophomore and junior season. During her senior season, Forsyth earned First Team All-CWAC and was named Offensive Player of the Year.
 
Along with being named All-CWAC, Forsyth was named a First Team All-State Mid-Fielder her senior year. During high school, Forsyth was named Most Valuable Teammate, Best Attacking Player and was also awarded the Coaches' Award.
 
Forsyth' success is not just on the soccer field, she also excels in the classroom ranking seventh in her high school class of 165.
 
"Makensie is a tremendously fit and athletic addition to our 2014 class," said coach Simonetti. "Although she comes in as a midfielder, her skill level, speed and athleticism create versatility, and she may be asked to play various roles in the fall. She offers a new level of toughness in the midfield and the skill and confidence to compete in our conference.  She comes from a family of competitive athletes and is a great addition to our class this fall."
 
Corless and Forsyth join Alexis Smith, Amber Nielsen, Danika Pink, Alora Brown, Madeline Cillay and Charli Torres in the 2014 recruiting class.

Forsyth and Corless

BAKER CITY, OR: Baker County fairgrounds will soon be made in the shade

The Baker County Fair is going green. Members of The Baker City Tree Board will be planting 25 street trees on the fairgrounds property this Friday. Last year, the city received $775,000 from the estate of Anthony Silvers to fund improvements in the city’s tree inventory. In order to pay for a large-scale project, the tree board decided to wait a year to let interest in the account accrue. The project will also include installation of an irrigation system to maintain the five different tree varieties for the site.

LA GRANDE, OR: Road work starting Monday

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) contractor Oregon Mainline will be shifting westbound traffic to the eastbound freeway and closing two freeway ramps on Monday to accommodate the multi-year highway improvement project between the Kamela Interchange at Exit 246 and the Second Street undercrossing in La Grande, near mile post 260. Most of the traffic impacts will be between Hilgard State Park near mile post 252 and Exit 261 in La Grande where the freeway is being resurfaced with concrete in the slow lane and new asphalt in the fast lane.

 

Travelers can expect traffic pattern changes, reduced speeds, narrow lanes with no shoulders, plus single lane eastbound and westbound traffic separated by concrete barrier. The westbound Exit 259 on-ramp at the west end of La Grande will be closed through the 2014 construction season. The westbound on-ramp at Exit 256 (west of Perry) will also be closed for about three months starting Monday.

LA GRANDE: 18 EOU athletes named to All-Academic team

LA GRANDE, Ore. – Eastern Oregon University had 18 members of its Track & Field and Softball programs earn U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors for their performances in the classroom, the Cascade Collegiate Conference office announced.
 
To earn recognition as a CCC scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing.

Below is the complete list of EOU student-athletes that earned Academic All-CCC.
 
A total of 182 Cascade Collegiate Conference student-athletes in the spring sports of men's and women's golf, men's and women's track/field, baseball and softball have earned U.S. Bank Academic All-CCC honors.
 
U.S. Bank is the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States and operates 3,080 banking offices in 25 states providing a comprehensive line of banking products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bank, the Official Bank of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Presenting Sponsor for the Academic All-Conference awards.

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First Name Last Name Hometown Year Sport Major
Kerby Andersen Notus, Idaho Sr. Track/Field Physical Activity/Pre P.T.
Kadie Booth Post Falls, Idaho Sr. Track/Field Multidisciplinary Studies
Calvin Edward Wasilla, Alaska Sr. Track/Field Anthropology/Sociology
Talitha Fagen Fruitland, Idaho So. Track/Field Psychology
Gracie Flyg Hermiston, Ore. Sr. Softball Business Admin.
Jason Hendricks Boardman, Ore. Jr. Track/Field Business Admin./Acct.
Georgianna Kelly Beaverton, Ore. Sr. Softball Business Admin.
Emma Kost Spokane, Wash. So. Track/Field Physical Activity/Health
Audrey Love La Grande, Ore. Sr. Track/Field Anthropology/Sociology
Nicole Redd Lewiston, Idaho Sr. Track/Field Business Admin.
Christina Roe Kodiak, Alaska Sr. Track/Field Art
Andrea Roeder Milton-Freewater, Ore. Sr. Softball Multidisciplinary Studies
Hans Roelle Anchorage, Alaska Sr. Track/Field Physical Activity/Health
Jodine Steemers Sierra Vista, Ariz. Sr. Track/Field Biochemistry/Pharmacy
Gus Titus Burns, Ore. Sr. Track/Field Rangeland Ecology/Mgmt.
Cassie Wendt Spokane, Wash. Jr. Softball General Studies
Kailey Wilson Cooper Center, Alaska Jr. Track/Field Biology/Pre-Vet.
Tanner Yarbrough Dallas, Ore. Jr. Track/Field Art

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

LA GRANDE: Union County passes marijuana moratorium

Union County Commissioners voted unanimously this morning to place a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries in the county for one year.  Several people testified in favor of the moratorium saying the state needs the time to come up with the rules that will govern the dispensaries in the future.  They also expressed concern about how the dispensaries would be viewed by youth.  But opponents of the moratorium argued Union County youth are already using marijuana and there are other things that need to be regulated such as energy drinks and fast food.  In the end, commissioners decided that the moratorium was largely symbolic, it was important to be a leader in this case.

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LA GRANDE: Marijuana dispensary fight takes center stage

Marijuana dispensaries will take center stage in a pair of public hearings in Union County today.  At 10 am this morning Union County Commissioners will hear testimony before they make a decision on a moratorium on dispensaries, and the La Grande City Council will also hold a public hearing tonight at 6:00 in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  More than seventy communities across Oregon have passed a one year moratorium on dispensaries.

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NE OREGON: Allergy season here- how to avoid the misery

For many of us, the allergy season is upon us, and health experts say this year could be one of the worst.  Dr. Joseph Petrusek, a La Grande ear, nose and throat doctor, says the most common symptoms are water, itchy eyes, a runny nose and tightening in the chest.  While most of the symptoms can be taken care of by over the counter medications such as Zyrtec, Claritin and Allegre- medications that shouldn't make you drowsy- some allergies can require medical intervention:  "If it interferes with your life, and you’re not able to control your symptoms with what you can get over the counter then, yeah, and you’re miserable then you need to see someone."

Tree’s- especially cottonwoods- are the biggest culprits this time of year according to Dr. Petrusek.  And, there are some more severe symptoms which people don't even associate with allergies: "Chronic infection, sinus infections- they may be somebody who gets sinusitis three or four or five times per year.  Asthma.  Probably half the people in the world with asthma have an allergic basis for it."

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LA GRANDE: Warmer weather means more bikes and skateboards

With warmer weather showing up a little more often there will be an increase in the number of people riding bikes along area roads.  Officer Jason Hayes with the La Grande Police Department says while that means motorists need to be a little more aware of who they’re sharing the road with, bicyclists have a responsibility, too:  "Bicycles are considered a vehicle in the State of Oregon, and, as such, they have to follow the same rules of the road that cars do."

Hayes says that intersections are the most dangerous spots for accidents.  But one of the biggest accident prone groups is skateboarders whether it’s with cars or pedestrians.  And more often than not, accidents are the skateboarders fault:  "Somebody on the skateboard is failing to stop on the sidewalk before crossing the street, and they just zoom across with total disrespect for potential oncoming traffic."

Whether you’re riding a skateboard or a bicycle, Officers Hayes says wearing a helmet is essential to protect you.  He also says adult bicyclists who wear helmets help set an example for younger riders.

NE OREGON: Baker, Union baseball win, Elgin softball dominates

The Baker baseball team continued to hit the ball well as they beat Burns 9-5 in non-league action yesterday afternoon.  Union/Cove edged the Baker JV 5-4. 

The Elgin softball team crushed Umatilla 20-2 last night in a single game in Elgin.

Photo courtesy of the Baker City Herald

LA GRANDE: EOU softball team pounds Walla Walla University

The Eastern Oregon University softball offense was in full swing this afternoon against Walla Walla University. The Mountaineers swept the Wolves and scored them 28-2 in the doubleheader.
 
Prior to the doubleheader starting today, Eastern Oregon and Walla Walla finished off its suspended game from April 1. The game was suspended due to darkness with EOU leading 12-0 after three innings of play. The Mountaineers scored two runs in the top of the fourth inning and one in the top of the fifth to grow its lead to 15-0 over Walla Walla. The Wolves had no answer in either inning and dropped the game, 15-0.
 
In the first game scheduled for today, the Mountaineers jumped out of the gate in the bottom of the first inning. EOU scored three runs in the inning on three hits to take an early 3-0 lead over the Wolves. Katie Martell started the scoring for the Mountaineers as she doubled home JoElla Smith. Cassie Wendt hit a sacrifice fly to center putting the Mountaineers on top 2-0 and Gracie Flyg reached on an error to score the third run for EOU.
 
Lindsey Walchli kept the Wolves batters off balance as she only allowed one hit through her three innings of pitching. In the second inning, Walchli struck out the first two before getting the third out on a ground out.
 
Eastern Oregon added to its lead in the bottom of the second inning and grew its lead to 7-0. After back-to-back singles by Smith and Martell, Wendt hit a three run home run to left center to put the Mountaineers on top 6-0. Brittnee Carman-Rice followed with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error. Carman-Rice came around to score on a single by Walchli to center field putting EOU ahead 7-0.
 
The Mountaineers scored two more runs in the bottom of the third inning on two sacrifice flies. After three innings were complete EOU led Walla Walla 9-0.
 
Walla Walla scored its only two runs of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Morgan Malacara doubled to left field to lead off the inning for the Wolves. Andrie Iwasa laid down a sacrifice bunt to move her up, but the Mountaineers threw the ball away and Malacara scored. The Wolves scored one more run when Katie Wilson reached on a fielder's choice that scored Jaci Shankel.
 
Eastern Oregon ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Taylor Smith led off the inning with a double to left center. She was driven home when Walchli doubled, which put the Mountaineers on top 10-2 and win by the Mercy Rule.
 
Cassie Wendt led the Mountaineers in game one with five RBI's and Katie Martell and Lindsey Walchli recorded three hits apiece.
 
In the bottom of the first inning of game two, Eastern Oregon jumped all over the Wolves starting pitcher. Before the first out was recorded EOU held a 2-0 lead after JoElla Smith drove home Mariebeth Watanabe on a double down the left field line. Martell followed with a double to left to score J. Smtih. The third run came across after Carman-Rice singled to center field to score Martell. Georgianna Kelly recorded an RBI single to score one more and after the first inning of play EOU led 4-0.

Eastern Oregon blew the game open in the bottom of the second inning. The Mountaineers scored nine runs in the bottom of the second inning on seven hits. With EOU ahead 8-0 and two runners on base, Andrea Roeder hit a three run home run to left field to extend the Mountaineers lead to 11-0. EOU added two more runs in the inning with JoElla Smith and Martell hit back to back doubles to extend its lead to 13-0.
 
The Mountaineers kept the Wolves' bats quiet in the second game as they only allowed four hits for the entire game.
 
Eastern Oregon continued to extend its lead in the bottom of the third inning as EOU scored four more runs on four hits. Alexa Taunton drove home Taylor Smith on an RBI single through the right side. EOU added two more runs in the frame and after three innings, their lead was 17-0.
 
EOU added one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Roeder drew a bases loaded walk to extend the Mountaineers lead to 18-0.
 
The Wolves had no answer and EOU took game two, 18-0 in five innings.
 
Andrea Roeder led the Mountaineers with four RBIs in the second game while JoElla Smtih and Katie Martell followed with three RBIs apiece.
 
Eastern Oregon returns to action on Friday, April 18 when they travel to Salem, Ore. to face Corban University. First pitch for Friday is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Cassie Wendt

 

BAKER CITY, OR: Easter egg hunt Saturday

Baker City’s annual Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19 at Geiser-Pollman Park.

The event is for children ages 3 through 11.

Children should start lining up at 9:45 a.m. in the designated age group areas in the park. The police siren will sound at 10 a.m.

Filled plastic eggs, toys and candy will be placed in areas separated by ropes. No adults are allowed inside the hunt areas.

Hunt areas are divided by age groups:

• Age 3: Madison Street entrance, south side of park

• Ages 4-5: Campbell Street entrance, east lawn

•Ages 6-8: Madison Street entrance behind playground

• Ages 9-11: Campbell Street entrance, across from museum to north of the gazebo

There will be a limited number of pre-made Easter goddie bags for the toddlers in the under three age group, who are too small to go into a hunt area without the aid of an older person. Toddlers with parents may claim one of these bags at the Lions Shelter in the park. Toddlers’ hands will be stamped when they receive a bag, and parents can sign up for grand prize bunny drawing for their child. 

This change has been made for the safety of toddlers. Parents may take their filled baskets and go to the northeast lawn area to let their little ones play “hunt “ with their eggs.

Be sure to dress children warmly, bring cameras and a basket or sack to gather treasures. Pictures may be taken of your children with the Big Bunny before the hunt. Look inside of eggs prior to leaving, as some will have prize winning slips directing you to go to the Bunnymobile to collect a prize.

The event is organized by the Baker City Herald and funded by donations from local community members. Soroptimist International of Baker County is 501(c)3 partner of event.

Volunteer labor for the event is donated by Baker High School Leadership group, Baker Parole and Probation Department, Baker County Juvenile Department and Soroptimist International of Baker County.

Donation checks to the event may be made out to SIBC/Easter egg hunt and delivered to the Baker City Herald at 1915 First St. or mailed to Easter Egg Hunt, P.O. Box 807, Baker City, OR 97814. Annual cost breakdown: $1,500 for stuffed eggs, $500 for wrapped candy, $,1000 for assorted toys, baskets and cash prizes in eggs.

More information is available by calling Lynette Perry at 541-523-3673.

BAKER: Fire damages D&B Supply store

The D&B Supply store in Baker City sustained minimal damage during a fire yesterday morning. Baker City Assistant Fire Chief Tom Everson said that an employee was arriving at work about 6:30 yesterday morning and spotted smoke coming from the building. The fire started on the inside of a wall, but officials don’t know exactly how it started. 3 engines and 2 ambulances arrived at the scene and knocked down the blaze fairly quick. Baker Rural Fire Department provided a couple of engines for mutual aid. Damage to the building is estimated to be about $5,000.

ISLAND CITY: City council passes marijuana moratorium with application pending

The Island City City Council unanimously passed a moratorium on marijuana dispenaries in the city at last nights meeting.  Mayor Dale DeLong said the cities attorney recommended passing the ordinance as a way to protect the city while the state decides on the rules they will put into place.  The mayor says Island City has received one application to convert the old Grandescapes building on Island Avenue into a dispensery.  The group behind that effort has already paid the state licensing fee which will now be refunded.  The moratorium expires next May.

LA GRANDE: Urban Renewal Agency looks at funding projects

The La Grande Urban Renewal Agency and their advisory committee met in a work session last night to discuss the five applications for funding they received during their call for projects earlier this year.  Those projects included funding for renovations at the bowling alley, an RV storage business, an addition to A1 Mini Storage, work on the Valley Insurance building and a request to help fund renovations at a home.  Economic Development Director Charlie Mitchell says the fact that people are willing to invest into their businesses is a good sign:  "Anytime that investment occurs, it rises up the whole district, it adds to the economic health of the district and it’s always good when we can be in a position to partner with those property owners."

Mitchell says there are some very specific criteria the projects must meet to get funded:  "To mitigate blight, to create some new business opportunities, some new economic opportunities- those are kind of the real big ones."

In all there were requests for funding totalling almost $247,000 with a total value of just under $1.5 million.  The Urban Renewal Agency will make a final decision on funding at their May 7th meeting.