50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

May 17, 1968

Bus service will be provided Saturday so those who do not have an auto may attend the Mason Dam dedication ceremony, it has been advised.

One bus will be used, and will leave the front of the Hotel Baker at 12:30 p.m. The service is being provided by courtesy of the Baker County Chamber of Commerce.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 17, 1993

U.S. West Communications telephone customers will have to get used to dialing Oregon’s area code when they make any long-distance calls in the near future.

The change in dialing won’t happen until July 11.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 16, 2008

After responding to the season’s first forest fire this week — a runaway debris fire on private land near Unity — the Oregon Department of Forestry is warning landowners that people who fail to file and follow a burn plan are liable for firefighting costs

Keith Shollenberger, ODF assistant forester at the Baker City office, said most human-caused fires happen in spring or fall and they often happen because forest owners and others wrongly assume the fire risk is low.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

May 17, 2017

The Baker City Budget Board has endorsed a proposed public safety fee, but the board hasn’t decided how much that monthly fee should be.

The board, which consists of the seven city councilors and seven appointed residents, decided Tuesday to meet again tonight to set the proposed fee amount.

The board met for the first time Monday to review the proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

The board has focused on an estimated $504,000 shortfall in the general fund, and the possibility that the city would have to lay off two police officers and two firefighters.

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