50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

February 7, 1969

The 6 a.m. temperature at Anthony Lakes was 16 degrees and it was snowing lightly. Skiing is excellent on an 86 inch base. Two inches of new snow fell since yesterday. Roads are well plowed but chains or snow tires are required. A bus leaves the Baker Hotel each morning, Wednesday through Sunday, at 8:45 a.m.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 7, 1994

About halfway through Friday’s Chamber of Commerce Lunch Bunch, the crowd of about 45 was nervous.

Mayor Larry Griffith, in his “state of the city” address, was describing Baker City in 2000. It wasn’t a place in which anyone in the audience would like to live.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 6, 2009

Baker County commissioners are mulling whether to offer Tigard businessman Paul Vaden an extension on his option to purchase the former Lime plant property near Huntington.

Vaden faces an April 30 deadline to pay the remaining $370,000 he owes on the property.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 7, 2018

The spigot that pours water into one of Baker County’s biggest irrigation reservoirs might be a trickle this spring compared with last year’s torrent due to a skimpy snowpack.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that Phillips Reservoir, on the Powder River about 17 miles southwest of Baker City, is already nearly half full.

This situation is pretty much the opposite of what prevailed one year ago.

In the first week of February 2017, the reservoir was close to empty, its volume at less than 7 percent of capacity.

But the snowpack in the mountains above the reservoir was deeper than usual.

And it got deeper through the rest of winter and into the early spring of 2017.

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