from the Democrat-Herald

February 14, 1968

Pfc. Merle L. Lethlean, currently serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lethlean of Baker have advised.

A “V” for valor was inscribed on the medal.


from the Baker City Herald

February 15, 1993

Baker City officials are hoping downtown building owners will take advantage of $400,000 in state grants to be used for facade renovations.

The money was provided by the lottery-funded Oregon Regional Strategies program, and must be used before Sept. 15, 1994.


from the Baker City Herald

February 14, 2008

Oregon turns 150 next year, and organizers of the sesquicentennial celebration — termed Oregon 150 — are seeking stories about what it means to be an Oregonian.


from the Baker City Herald

February 15, 2017

Richard and Kathleen Chaves are optimistic they’ll be able to rehire most, and perhaps all, of the 54 employees they had to lay off Jan. 31 at a Baker City call center when the couple’s contract with a state agency ended.

The Chaveses said it’s even conceivable that they will win new contracts with the state that could allow them to expand their workforce beyond 54 employees.

Their optimism arose from a 30-minute phone discussion they had Monday with Lynne Saxton, director of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).

“It was the most positive conversation we’ve had,” Richard Chaves said Tuesday afternoon.

OHA will not renew the previous contract, which had been in effect for one year.

But the Chaveses said Saxton told them they could be eligible to bid for both short-term and long-term contracts with the state for other programs that also need call center services.