50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

January 8, 1968

James Hambleton, land surveyor for Baker County, was the first to file Friday for the office of County Surveyor.

Hambleton, 28, born and raised in Baker, is a 1957 graduate of Baker High and a graduate from Oregon Technical Institute at Klamath Falls.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 8, 1993

The purchase of 74 acres in Sumtper Valley that includes the historic Sumpter Dredge was delayed Thursday by the State Parks and Recreation Commission.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 8, 2008

There are at least four ways to reduce the prodigious perch population in Phillips Reservoir, leaving more nutrients available for the trout most anglers prefer:

• Introduce a predator to chomp the perch.

• Poison the reservoir

• Net the unwanted perch, along with undesirable suckers and squawfish

• Plant more and bigger trout each fall.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 9, 2017

The notion that snow is scarce anywhere in Northeastern Oregon might seem ludicrous considering the piles that loom like miniature alpine peaks in every city in the region.

But it turns out that the seemingly incessant series of snowstorms over the past month have been more generous, in a statistical sense, to the valleys than to the mountains.

And when it comes to snowpack, and the vital role it plays in keeping faucets and irrigation sprinklers flowing during the summer, it’s the mountains that matter.

Although the mountain snowpack is hardly a drought-prolonging disaster — and it’s also early in the season — the numbers don’t necessarily reflect what we’re seeing in town.

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