50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

January 11, 1969

HALFWAY — Postmaster George Hansen wishes to inform the patrons of the Halfway Post Office that due to continued vandalism in the lobby of the new post office, the lobby will be locked at night until further notice. Anyone needing to get into the lobby in the evening should contact the city marshal, Vee Makinson, since he has a key to the lobby.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 11, 1994

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest is still trying to acquire Red’s Horse Ranch in the Eagle Cap Wilderness, but the soonest the forest could assume ownership would be this summer.

The acquisition, which would involve a land swap among private landowners, the forest and the Bureau of Land Management, is being analyzed.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 12, 2009

A house that served as lodging for workers at the Pondosa mill from 1927 until the mill closed in the late 1950s was damaged by a chimney fire Thursday night.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 12, 2018

Baker County has had more than twice as many confirmed cases of influenza during the current flu season compared with the same period last year.

This year’s flu season started Nov. 19, which was when St. Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City saw its first influenza patient. From that day through Tuesday, the hospital has had 25 confirmed cases of influenza virus.

For a similar period last winter, from Nov. 5 to Jan. 9, influenza cases numbered 11. The last case on April 16, 2017, signaled the end of flu season with a total of 33 cases.

The typical flu season is Oct. 1 through March 31, said Michelle Stairs, who handles employee health and clinical education at St. Alphonsus. She began offering influenza vaccine to hospital staff in September.

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