50YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

October 9, 1967

A hunting accident 25 miles southeast of La Grande has claimed the life of a Lake Oswego man. The death was one of five reported in Oregon on the opening weekend of deer season.

25YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

October 9, 1992

Campbell Street carries traffic, but it won’t carry a new name.

The Baker City Council met for about five minutes Wednesday in special session to rescind an ordinance that would rename a portion of Campbell Street to Leo Adler Boulevard.

10YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 9, 2007

Running, particularly the long distance variety, is a good way to keep in shape and let off steam at the same time.

Cameron McAlister, a cross country runner on the Baker High School team, started running because it was easier for him than trying to compete in team sports.

ONEYEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 10, 2016

Baker City might need to lay off employees next year to balance a $163,000 boost in its bill for Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

The city’s PERS cost is projected to rise from $856,000 in the current fiscal year, which started July 1, to $1,028,000 next year, said Jeanie Dexter, the city’s finance director.

The 19-percent jump is due to a $22 billion shortfall in the PERS system.

Other local governments across the state, including cities, counties and school districts, will also see their PERS costs rise next year.

Dexter said the PERS hike will not be a one-year challenge, though.

“The real issue is that increases to the rates are going to continue to rise in the foreseeable future,” Dexter said, “unless the Legislature does something.”

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