50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

September 3, 1968

The Democratic candidate for Oregon Secretary of State made his fourth visit to Baker yesterday, stopping off at a morning coffee before going on to the Baker County Rodeo in Halfway.

George Van Hoomisen, Multnomah County district attorney, pointed to last March’s state prison riot as an example of the need for an experienced man in the office he seeks.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 3, 1993

The timber sale program on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest will hit rock bottom this fiscal year, with less than 10 percent of the target sold.

The 2.3-million-acre forest, the largest in the Northwest, will sell about 9 million board feet of sawtimber for fiscal 1993, which ends Sept. 30. The regional office in Portland assigned the forest a target of 133 million board feet.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 3, 2008

With enrollment holding steady at most outlying Baker County schools, Baker School District numbers dropped by about 70 as the new school year got under way for all students today.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

September 4, 2017

Mercury released during a fire on a property south of Baker City Aug. 28 does not pose a threat to the public, officials said Saturday.

An unknown amount of the toxic metal was stored at Charles Cree’s property at 18775 Griffin Gulch Lane. That’s about a mile south of the city limits, and about six-tenths of a mile west of Highway 7.

Cree was using a grinder in his front yard when a spark ignited dry grass. The fire destroyed a camper, tires, trucks and tractors, but firefighters from several agencies saved his home. Baker County officials, along with employees from the Environmental Protection Agency, have been working since last week to determine how much mercury was released, and the extent of any contamination.

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