50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

October 3, 1969

HUNTINGTON — It was another runaway for the Huntington Locomotives here Friday afternoon when they smothered the Harper Hornets 86-18.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 3, 1994

The 2,420-acre Reed fire, about 15 miles north of Prairie City, destroyed four buildings between Stalter Mine and Sunrise Butte before firefighters contained the blaze Thursday.

Fire bosses thought they had saved the several structures near the Stalter and other mines, but after searching the area they found the burned buildings.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 2, 2009

Ash Grove Cement Co. said that starting in mid-December it will temporarily lay off more than half the workers at its Durkee plant in Baker County.

The Durkee factory is one of nine Ash Grove plants where workers are being laid off due to adverse economic conditions affecting the U.S. cement industry, according to Scott Matter, a spokesman for Ash Grove Cement Co., headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

October 3, 2018

Northeastern Oregon suffered from the smoke this summer but it pretty much missed out on the fire.

This corner of the state, the site of more than a dozen major blazes over the past few decades, was something of an eye in the fiery storm that engulfed much of the West.

While fires were scorching tens of thousands of acres elsewhere in Oregon, and in the neighboring states of Idaho, Washington and California, Northeastern Oregon’s drought-desiccated forests and rangelands burned only in a figurative sense as an August heatwave broke temperature records.

Although the situation is a bit more complicated, local fire managers say the explanation for the comparatively quiet 2018 fire season can be distilled to a single factor.

Lightning.

Or rather, a lack of lightning.

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