50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

February 28, 1969

The General Services Administration’s notice of availability of surplus government property (the Air Force facilities in Baker) was received today by Carroll Mitchell, the Baker County College Negotiating and Assistance Committee chairman.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 28, 1994

The Baker City PayLess Drug store is eliminating its fabric and notions department.

The Baker City store is just one of more than 90 percent of PayLess Drug stores eliminating those departments.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 27, 2009

Oregon Lottery sales are down nearly 20 percent, and bar owners and the Oregon Restaurant Association blame state lawmakers who voted to extend the state’s smoking ban to bars.

The expanded law took effect Jan. 1.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

February 29, 2018

Baker County commissioners partially restored funding last week for coyote and raven control that was axed last year to balance the county’s budget.

Last year the county cut about $27,000 for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, the agency that handles predator control.

But last week the commissioners approved a contract with Wildlife Services for up to $13,138.95 for coyote and raven control in Baker County through the end of the fiscal year — June 30. Typically the county has paid the federal agency about $25,000 annually.

Commissioner Mark Bennett pointed out that the federal agency might not use the entire $13,138.

“One of the things that’s important to remember is that this is a reimbursement,” he said. “If we don’t need it, we don’t pay it.”

Bennett said commissioners approved the money partly due to requests from local ranchers.

“We’re in the calving season and the ravens and the coyotes are obviously a serious issue,” he said.

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