50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

January 2, 1970

Former Baker City Fire Chief Babe Transue, 68, retired from city employment Wednesday following 29 years of service.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 2, 1995

Sen.-elect Greg Walden, R-Hood River, who has been chosen to represent sprawling District 28 in the Legislature, introduced himself to Baker County constituents Friday.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 1, 2010

Hikers and horseback riders who travel trails through the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will have reason to rejoice in 2010.

And in 2011.

After the snow melts this spring the Wallowa-Whitman will embark on its most ambitious trail-maintenance campaign in many years.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

January 2, 2019

Luke Gibson will start work Jan. 28 as executive director of the Baker County YMCA.

Gibson, 39, of Sheridan, Wyoming, has been the youth and adult sports director for the YMCA in Sheridan for the past 14 years.

His experience and emphasis on fundraising were part of the reason he was chosen for the Baker County position, said Lindy Petrik, who has served as interim director for the Baker County YMCA since early October.

Petrik replaced Heidi Dalton, who served as CEO for six years.

Petrik will return to her role on the YMCA board of directors when Gibson takes over.

Gibson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, also served as a city councilor in Sheridan, which has a population of about 17,000.

Prior to interviewing for the Baker County YMCA position, Gibson had never visited Baker City. He grew up in Gooding, Idaho, about a four-hour drive from Baker City.

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