ORLA Introduces Commitment to Safety Checklists for restaurants and lodging

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association has just released their new Commitment to Safety Checklists for restaurants and lodging partners. https://www.oregonrla.org/checklist.html  The check lists also include collateral material for ORLA members who want to assure their guests of the extra effort being focused on their safety. If you’re not an ORLA member the checklist are still a great… Continue Reading

Baker County’s Reopening Plan Approved

 Baker County’s Reopening Plan Approved Governor Brown approved Baker County’s Reopening Plan today, allowing some of the restrictions enacted under Governor Brown’s Stay Home Save Lives Executive Order 20-12 to begin lifting on May 15. The updated Reopening Plan is available on the Baker County COVID-19 website, www.bakercountycovid19.com, along with reopening guidance for businesses from… Continue Reading

Baker County Reopening Plan and Business Guidelines

Baker County Has Submitted Reopening Plan to Governor, Anticipates Approval for May 15 Reopening Baker County submitted an updated phased reopening plan to Governor Brown that incorporated new guidance the Governor’s office released during a press conference on May 8.  County officials do not yet know when the Governor will make a final decision on… Continue Reading

Travel Oregon Announces New Covid 19 Emergency Response Grant Fund

In an effort to support entities that have direct ties to driving overnight visitation, Travel Oregon is opening its COVID-19 Emergency Response Grants Program for applications on Mon., May 11 and it will be open through Friday May 15. Program applications may be used for general operating support with the goal of maintaining jobs. Continued… Continue Reading


BAKER COUNTY HOSTING TOWN HALL MEETING ON THE REOPENING BAKER COUNTY PLAN, MAY 6th, 5:30-7:00 PM Baker County will discuss the Reopening Baker County Plan submitted to the Governor’s office on April 24. A panel that includes Commissioner Mark Bennett, COVID-19 Business Operations and Recovery Lead Shawn Berry, Baker City Manager Fred Warner and Health… Continue Reading

County Commissioners COVID 19 Town Hall April 16

Press Release County Commissioners to host town hall meeting by phone April 16 The Baker County Commissioners will host a town hall meeting to discuss the local response to the COVID-19 event. The meeting will be held by phone on Thursday, April 16, from 6:00-7:30 PM. Representatives from the County Commissioners, public health, business operations… Continue Reading

Local COVID 19 Testing Update Baker County April 7 confirmed cases 0

Local Testing for COVID-19 Update April 7 Dr. Eric Lamb, Baker County’s Public Health Officer, shares this important message about COVID-19: Fellow Residents of Baker County: At this time we still do not have any lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Baker County. There are certainly people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 infection, but we are… Continue Reading

April 5 Oregon Regional Solutions Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19

Oregon Regional Solutions Employment and Economic Response to COVID-19 Weekly Summary: Sunday, April 5 This digest is a compilation of information and resources related to employment, commerce and economic development issues surrounding COVID-19. There are numerous online resources for those seeking health-related information, including daily COVID-19 updates from the Oregon Health Authority at https://govstatus.egov.com/OR-OHA-COVID-19. Business… Continue Reading

Snake River Road Order Changes: Road Open with Recreation Restrictions

Snake River Area Order Changes Today, Incident Commander Mark Bennett approved modifications to yesterday’s order for the Snake River area. Based on input from the community, the order has been amended to prohibit camping and overnight use in public areas along the Snake River corridor between April 4-18. The order does not restrict camping on… Continue Reading

Snake River Road Closed to Local Traffic Only

Baker County Commissioners Close Snake River Road Today, County Commissioners temporarily closed the Snake River Road, beginning at the intersection of Sass Road outside of Richland, and continuing to the intersection of E. 5th Street in Huntington. Access will continue to be provided for local residential users only.    The closure order currently runs from… Continue Reading