50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

September 30, 1969

The City of Baker watershed will be closed to hunting and trespassers will be prosecuted.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 30, 1994

Firefighters contained the 2,420-acre Reed fire north of Prairie City Thursday evening and had the 2,075-acre Fox Point fire south of Wallowa 60 percent contained this morning.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 30, 2009

A combustible combination of kiln-like humidities and gale-force winds shoved a once-smoldering wildfire through a six-mile-long swath of the northern Wallowa Mountains on Monday.

The rapid, and unexpected, advance of the Big Sheep Ridge fire prompted Forest Service officials, who had mainly been watching rather than fighting the blaze since lightning sparked it in the Eagle Cap Wilderness on Aug. 29, to call in more than 150 firefighters and three helicopters.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 28, 2018

A husband and wife from Washington state died Wednesday morning in the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 when their pickup truck collided with a semi-truck and trailer north of Baker City.

Eugene Rowley, 65, the driver of a 1993 GMC pickup truck pulling a U-Haul trailer and his passenger, Ellen Rowley, 63, both died at the scene, Oregon State Police spokesman Timothy R. Fox stated in a press release.

Rowley reportedly was traveling west when he passed a 2013 Freightliner truck driven by Alexandr Ciubuc, 58, of Tumwater, Washington.

The accident happened about 10:10 a.m., on a straight stretch of freeway near milepost 301.

The vehicles collided, went through the median and came to rest adjacent to the eastbound lanes, Fox stated. The pickup truck and U-Haul trailer were crushed under the jackknifed Freightliner truck.

Both eastbound and westbound fast lanes were closed for about five hours.

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