50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

May 2, 1969

The time may come when Oregon needs a sales tax, but it does not need to have one at present, especially not House Joint Resolution 8. Robert W. Straub, state treasurer, in speaking to the Lions Club, said that the residents of the state have defeated the sales tax legislation five times in the history of the state.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 2, 1994

TCI Cablevision of Oregon Inc. has decided to remove KTVB, the NBC affiliate in Boise, from its cable lineup. That decision has not set well with many of the cable company’s patrons in Baker City.

The largest complaint appears to be that the cable company plans to eliminate the popular channel, but didn’t survey viewers for their thoughts on any changes.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 1, 2009

A bill that would allow ranchers to kill wolves that attack their livestock might have a future after all in the Oregon Legislature.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 2, 2018

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden arrived at Baker High School Tuesday afternoon ready to answer questions, but after one query the senator seemed more inclined to convene a committee or a task force.

The question was from Baker County Commissioner Bruce Nichols.

Nichols told Wyden, a Democrat who’s been representing Oregon in the Senate since 1996, that an effort to thin the forests in Baker City’s watershed to reduce the risk of fire is complicated in part because the 10,000-acre watershed is also a roadless area.

Wyden, who is a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said he believes a key to dealing with issues on public lands is to gather stakeholders from government agencies, the timber industry and the environmental community.

“Let’s get moving on this,” the senator said.

He called out from the audience Baker City Manager Fred Warner Jr., and Gerald Dixon, the acting deputy supervisor for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, which manages the forests in the city’s watershed.

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