50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

April 5, 1969

It is going to cost $800 to make up five 20-picture color albums to send to five major motion picture firms to show what kinds of scenery exist in Baker County.

“We have found a source of good color pictures that fill the need,” John Rogers, Baker County Chamber of Commerce president said.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

April 5, 1994

Wallowa-Whitman National Forest employees who qualify have until May 13 to accept up to $25,000 to retire or resign.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

April 6, 2009

Baker City Manager Steve Brocato plans to privatize the city’s planning department.

That doesn’t necessarily mean that Planning Director Don Chance will be out of a job.

In fact, Chance — or, rather, his company, Confluence Planning Services — is one of two finalists to take over what has been a public function.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

April 6, 2018

Baker County commissioners learned Wednesday that over the past two decades the amount of unpaid fines owed to the Baker Justice Court has risen to nearly $3.5 million.

“That’s a lot of dough sitting out there,” Court Administrator Michael Finney told commissioners.

(Finney originally reported to the commissioners that the amount was $4.5 million, but he later corrected that figure.)

Finney said that when the Justice Court issues a contempt warrant for a person who claims to be unable to pay a fine, a debt-to-income hearing is scheduled.

“That way we can really analyze if they do have an ability to pay,” Finney said. “If they don’t have the ability to pay a fine, we have to find different ways to get that debt satisfied whether it’s through the court setting community service (or) simply reducing the fine amount to a manageable amount.”

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