50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

May 31, 1971

Mike Bennett won three events and the Baker Bulldogs piled up 100 points in the District 7-AAA meet in Bend Saturday. But it was not enough to overcome the depth of the Bend Lava Bear squad nor the perennially difficult Ontario Tigers.

Bend won the meeting, scoring 143 points and winning seven events. Ontario was second with 111 points, picking up wins in five events.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 31, 1996

Baker City will be the host for the 17th annual Judicial Education Conference Monday through Friday at the Sunridge Inn.

The continuing legal education conference is sponsored by the National Judges Association, a group of non-attorney judges from across America.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 1, 2011

All the major boat ramps on Brownlee Reservoir could be underwater within a couple weeks.

Most of the ramps have been left stranded above the water the entire spring as federal officials mandated that Idaho Power Company, which owns and operates Brownlee Dam, keep the reservoir low to make room for higher-than-average spring runoff.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 2, 2020

Baker County’s rate of testing for coronavirus should accelerate soon.

Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Baker City has been asked to participate in a testing program through the Oregon Health Authority, said Priscilla Lynn, CEO of the hospital.

The goal is to test up to 15 people per week who come to the hospital for an issue other than the virus, Lynn said.

The purpose is to test people who have no symptoms consistent with COVID-19, she said.

Lynn emphasized that Saint Alphonsus is not asking people to come to the hospital solely for testing.

The program is designed to test patients who have come to the hospital for treatment, she said.

Lynn said she hopes there will be enough patients to meet the goal of 15 tests per week, but she conceded it’s possible that won’t happen.

She expects many people would welcome the chance to be tested, for free, for the virus.

Tests would be voluntary — hospital officials will ask patients if they are willing to undergo a test, Lynn said.

The hospital’s goal is to start testing the second week in June, she said. The program will continue for a year.

Lynn said the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is providing the tests and will analyze the samples collected. The program will not affect the hospital’s ability to test people who have COVID-19 symptoms or who might have been exposed to the virus, she said.

“It’s a great way for us to increase our numbers and not deplete the volume of tests available,” Lynn said.

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