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Baska is pictured by his office as he packs his boxes to leave. Baska’s successor, Jamie Carrico, got his first speeding ticket from Baska in 1987.

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Enforcing the Law

When the police chief heard that the Chronicle would be interviewing retiring The Dalles Police Capt. Steve Baska, the chief’s immediate — and correct — response was, “Oh no!” Baska is famously, delightfully, unfiltered. His 31 years with the city police enabled him to wryly observe, and comment upon, the foibles of humanity.

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