60 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

July 13, 1957

What would you do if 1000 evacuees suddenly were flown in to Baker? What would happen if a bridge collapsed in the midst of evacuation operations? These were just some of the problems that the county Civil Defense groups had to cope with during Friday’s “Operation Alert.”.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

July 14, 1992

A Walla Walla boy who lost his glasses in Baker City has them back, thanks to the efforts of several Baker City residents.

Robert Elsner and his classmates from Country Garden Private School of Walla Walla were visiting Baker City during Memorial Day weekend.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

July 13, 2007

A Rexburg, Idaho, man who spent the day fishing took an unexpected dip in the Snake River late Thursday afternoon.

Sam J. Summers, 29, was cleaning his fishing boat when he slipped and fell into the water about five miles south of Swede’s Landing, said Baker County Sheriff Mitch Southwick. Summers was able to swim and float on his back to safety, Southwick said.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

July 15, 2016

The Defrees family’s forest in Sumpter Valley started as little more than fields of stumps, but a century later they have ponderosa pines so thick you can’t wrap your arms around them.

They also have state and regional awards.

The American Tree Farm System has named Lyle Defrees and his son, Dean, as outstanding tree farmers of the year for the Western region.

That region covers all of the U.S. west of the Mississippi River.

The Defreeses competed against 74,000 tree-farming families.

“We were shocked and pleased and honored,” Dean Defrees said this morning.

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