from the Democrat-Herald

March 6, 1969

A cultural center in Baker is a possibility, at least Anthony Reid, executive director of the State of Oregon Arts Commission thinks so.

Agreeing wholeheartedly with him are interested residents who met with Reid in the library Wednesday afternoon and evening.


from the Baker City Herald

March 7, 1994

Rep. Michael Payne, D-Baker City, today announced his candidacy for Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner.

Payne, 24, who was elected as Oregon’s youngest-ever legislator in 1992, represents District 59.


from the Baker City Herald

March 6, 2009

State Sen. Ted Ferrioli has introduced a bill that would stop Idaho Power Corp. from constructing its proposed 500-kilovolt transmission line through farmland in Eastern Oregon, a route that includes 70 miles in Baker County.


from the Baker City Herald

March 7, 2018

All three Baker County commissioners will be listed on the May 15 primary ballot — but only two of their positions are up for election this year.

This twist came about Monday when Commissioner Bruce Nichols, who is not up for re-election, filed to run against his colleague, Bill Harvey, for Harvey’s position as commission chairman (Position 3). Mike Downing, Baker City mayor, has also filed to run against Harvey.

The third commissioner, Mark Bennett, is running unopposed for a four-year term in Position 2.

Both Bennett and Harvey were elected in 2014, so their terms expire at the end of 2018.

Nichols, though, was elected in 2016 to a four-year term that continues through the end of 2020.

Nichols said Tuesday he believes he is uniquely qualified to be the county’s top elected administrator due to his experience as a longtime CPA.

“I think Baker County can do better,” Nichols said. “And I think I’m the person that can help Baker County do better.”