50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

June 10, 1969

A sharp pencil was used by the Baker 5J School District’s School Board Wednesday evening to make drastic cuts in school services throughout the district to permit it to operate within the six percent limitation for the 1969-70 school year.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 11, 1994

Federal rangeland reform proposals would drive cattlemen out of business and hurt the economies of rural communities, according to testimony presented Wednesday by more than 30 ranchers from five Northeast Oregon counties.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 10, 2009

By a 4-3 vote, the Baker City Council fired City Manager Steve Brocato Tuesday night.

Brocato was hired in January 2007.

Councilors cited communication problems, Brocato’s periodic unwillingness to listen to them, and his treatment of councilors and members of the public as contributing factors toward his termination.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 11, 2018

Baker County commissioners agreed Wednesday to declare a drought emergency.

As part of the Baker County drought disaster declaration, the commissioners have sent a letter to representatives of the Oregon Water Resources Department and Oregon Office of Emergency Management asking for help from the state to mitigate the problem.

In their letter, commissioners state that “There is the potential for the Baker County agricultural and livestock, natural resources, recreational, tourism, and related economies to experience widespread and severe damage resulting from extreme weather conditions within the county.”

The letter cites several examples of low water levels this year, beginning in February.

“In northern Baker County a landowner was able to drive fence posts into the ground. Normally this is not done until mid to late March because of the frost in the ground,” the letter states.

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