50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

December 27, 1967

The weather for the Baker vicinity changed considerably over the Christmas weekend with .20 inches of rain reported since Dec. 22. The Federal Aviation Administration reported a high for December of 50 degrees on Dec. 26 and a low of 10 degrees below on Dec. 13.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

December 28, 1992

Three north Baker City businesses provided holiday cash for a burglar who’s been operating in the area for the past four months.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

December 27, 2007

In his first three months on the job, Turbo, the Baker City Police Department’s drug-detection dog, has proven to be an invaluable tool in the city’s efforts to curtail drug crimes, according to Lt. Brian Harvey.

The dog began working with officer Wayne Chastain, who joined the department in February 2001, in late September and has been used not only by city police, but also to assist the Baker County Sheriff’s Department, Oregon State Police and Parole and Probation officers.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

December 28, 2016

A herd of 41 elk died Tuesday morning when they fell through the ice while trying to cross Brownlee Reservoir near Richland, about 41 miles east of Baker City.

Officials from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) in Baker City drove to the area to see if it was possible to save any of the elk or to salvage meat from the animals, but neither option was possible, said Brian Ratliff, district wildlife biologist at ODFW’s Baker City office. The nearest group of elk were 300 yards from shore, and the ice was not stable, Ratliff said.

But Sheila Hocker, a Richland woman who reported the incident to ODFW Tuesday morning after receiving a phone call from another resident who saw that the elk were in trouble, disputes Ratliff’s contention.

“Something could have been done,” Hocker said in a telephone interview this morning. “We’re really upset. The whole town’s upset.”

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