50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

February 19, 1968

Baker’s Stan Boyd placed second in the sectional FFA public speaking contest here Saturday at the Baker High School.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 19, 1993

Fourteen prospective jurors were questioned Thursday during the third day of the Gary Lee Orr trial at the Baker County Courthouse.

A 12-member jury is being chosen for the trial, which is expected to last through March 12. Orr, 42, of Fruitland, Idaho, is charged in the drowning death of his wife, Pauline, also of Fruitland.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 19, 2008

Kenneth Anderson describes himself as “older than the hills,” but he figures he’ll feel sufficiently spry to go looking for gold when the snow melts this spring.

Anderson doubts he’ll be the only person poking around in the nearby mountains, which gave up tens of millions of dollars worth of the precious metal during the region’s mining hey-day in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Gold prices surpassed the $900 per ounce level for the first time last month, and Anderson expects prices will exceed $1,000 soon.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 20, 2017

DURKEE — Darla and Cecil Sangston figure they know how to entice drivers to exit Interstate 84 at this unincorporated town 23 miles from Baker City.

Bacon.

Also two quarter-pound patties of ground beef, a fried egg and a slice of ham or tri-tip steak, all piled between a pair of buns.

It’s called the Ranch Hand Burger and it’s the house specialty at the cafe the couple opened about a month ago on the north side of the freeway at the Durkee exit, Milepost 327.

The Ranch Hand Cafe — hence the namesake burger of jaw-dislocating thickness — ends a five-year stretch during which freeway travelers had no way to satiate their hunger for a juicy burger in the 45-mile stretch between Baker City and Huntington.

The Sangstons are leasing the same building that previously housed the Hungry Redneck Cafe, which closed in 2012.

A year later the gas station and store just across the gravel parking lot from the cafe also closed.

That left Durkee without retail fuel or food sales for the first time in decades.

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