50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

October 11, 1967

Baker County road crews are following up a busy spring and summer agenda with widening and relocation work on the Auburn Road and the building of two bridges in the Sumpter-Bourne area.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

October 12, 1992

The Powder River Correctional Facility in Baker City once again faces the possibility of being closed.

The Baker City prison and seven others are proposed for closure in the Department of Corrections 1993-95 mandated budget submitted Friday to Gov. Barbara Roberts.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 11, 2007

Tim Bailey remembers hauling trout out of Phillips Reservoir as a young angler, during the 1970s.

So do a lot of other area fishing enthusiasts, who want the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife — for whom Bailey works as a district fish biologist — to do the same to Phillips Reservoir as it did to Diamond Lake in Central Oregon: purge it of unwanted fish by poisoning.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 12, 2016

Baker County has received final approval to move forward with a hydroelectric project it has been pursuing for almost a decade at Mason Dam.

The Oregon Water Resources Department recently approved the County’s use of water to generate up to 3.4 megawatts of power, which would be sold to Idaho Power Company.

Mason Dam, finished in 1968, created Phillips Reservoir. The reservoir along the Powder River, about 17 miles southwest of Baker City, is designed for flood control and to store irrigation water, but its original design did not include turbines to produce electricity.

In early September the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)licensed the project and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality issued a permit about a year ago for it.

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