50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

March 7, 1970

Russel Hunt, 18, of Baker, is one of the more fortunate young men who will satisfy his military obligation while at the same time do something he enjoys. He’s a musician, and he’s been accepted for the Navy Band.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

March 7, 1995

February’s warm, dry weather bit deeply into Baker County’s snowpack.

The amount of water held in snow at 12 sites in and near the county was 88 percent of average March 1. On Feb. 1 it was 119 percent of average.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

March 8, 2010

Local wildlife biologists will continue to study Baker County’s sage grouse even though federal officials announced Friday that the bird will not be listed as threatened or endangered.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

March 8, 2019

Baker City residents could pay up to 40 percent more for sewer service by 2021 as the city prepares to build a wastewater pipeline and storage lagoon that will cost an estimated $11 million.

That is the worst-case scenario, however, Public Works Director Michelle Owen told city councilors during a work session Wednesday.

The current sewer rate for residential customers is $23.26 per month.

The highest rate city officials have looked at is $32.50, an increase of $9.24 per month.

“We know we are going to be in the $30 range, there is virtually no question,” City Manager Fred Warner Jr. said.

Boosting the monthly rate to $30 would represent an increase of 29 percent.

The city would raise rates over two years, staring July 1, 2019, with the monthly charge not rising above $27.88 then.

The city probably will take out a loan to build the treatment plant. Optional sources include the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Business Oregon and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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