50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

May 9, 1969

Voters in the Baker 5J School District will be asked on Tuesday, May 27 to approve the district’s budget which they rejected on Monday.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 9, 1994

Nobody wants to shut down the Oregon Trail Regional Museum, says Larry Rockenbrant, Baker City’s building official.

Don Shepard, chairman of the museum commission, isn’t so sure.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 8, 2009

Congressman Greg Walden contends wildlife officials failed to warn Baker County ranchers that wolves might be nearby, and he urges officials to move any wolves they trap to a wilderness areas.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 9, 2018

Two Baker City librarians who volunteer to help choose books for a statewide student reading contest are dismayed that two Oregon school districts are declining to participate in next year’s event because the book list includes a novel about a transgender elementary school student.

Courtney Snyder and Melissa Grammon, both of whom work at the Baker County Library, have been involved in the Battle of the Books competition for several years.

Teams of four students in three age categories are assigned a list of 12 or 16 books depending on the age category. During competitions, team members answer random questions about those books in a quiz-style format.

Snyder is a coach for Baker School District teams and she has been a member of the state committee that chooses books for the high school category.

This year she’s serving as chair of the statewide title committee, which coordinates book selections for each of the three age categories in Battle of the Books — grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

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