50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

May 17, 1969

Baker High Schools mile relay team set a new school record in the event when they ran it in 3:37. The team consisting of Steve Tipton, Dave Justus, Tim Benintendi and Mike Bennett edged out Ontario’s mile relay team by one-tenth of a second at the track meet in La Grande Friday afternoon.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 17, 1994

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will not lay off any permanent employees this year.Twenty-seven workers chose by the May 13 deadline to accept an incentive payment of up to $25,000 to retire early or resign.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 18, 2009

Baker City apparently will emerge unscathed from the purge that is closing nearly 2,000 new car dealerships nationwide.

Randy Daugherty, owner of Baker Garage, said this morning that he was not among the 1,100 Gneral Motors dealers who received letters Friday notifying them that their conttracts will not be extended when they expire in late 2010

Also last week, the owner of Powder River Motors learned that Chrysler LLC, which has declared bankruptcy, did not add the dealership to the list of 789 company officials plan to close by June 9.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 18, 2018

A quarter-sized sensor installed on the Union Pacific Railroad tracks near Weatherby, about 30 miles southeast of Baker City, is the newest technology designed to reduce the risk of a railroad accident.

“This is an ongoing effort to reduce the number of rail incidents,” said Aaron Hunt, director of public affairs for Union Pacific.

The device is called SensorX. UP crews are installing 200 of the sensors in the Pacific Northwest as part of a test group. The goal, Hunt said, is to eventually install these sensors every two miles along the track.

The tiny device was developed by UP engineers as a more manageable version of Machine Vision, a scaffolding structure containing lasers, high-speed cameras, heat sensors and thermometers that collect data as trains pass by.

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