50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

January 13, 1970

Baker City Council took action Monday night to begin condemnation of the city Natatorium which in all likelihood will later be burned down or somehow demolished.

Recent consideration of the Nat’s disposition was brought about at the council’s Dec. 22 meeting.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 13, 1995

The Oregon Board of Forestry chose Baker City logger Chuck Phegley as its outstanding operator of the year for Eastern Oregon in 1994.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 13, 2010

Mayor Dennis Dorrah said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting that contract talks have gone well with Tim Johnson, the Council’s choice for city manager, but that a family medical emergency might prevent Johnson from reporting for work for a month or two, or possibly longer.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 14, 2019

A Sunday night fire severely damaged the Inland Cafe, a 10th Street eatery beloved for its breakfasts and a popular meeting spot for groups of families and friends.

The fire at the Inland Cafe, 2715 10th St., was reported at 8:51 p.m., Baker City Police Chief John Clark. Firefighters from the Baker City Fire Department, Baker Rural Fire District and Haines Fire District responded to the blaze.

The restaurant, which had closed about 8:15 p.m., was empty. None of the firefighters was hurt.

Kristi Hensley, who owns the Inland, wrote in a post on her Facebook page: “There are no words I can say! We are heartbroken! Worst of all is my poor employees have no where to go to work tomorrow! It was almost complete devastation inside. We are just sick about it!”

Clark said the fire is under investigation, but it appears to be accidental rather than arson.

He said restaurant employees had locked the doors and left just 35 minutes or so before the fire was reported.

No appliances or other equipment was left on, Clark said.

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