50 YEARS AGO

from the Democrat-Herald

June 24, 1969

Baker 5J School District’s School Board at a special meeting Tuesday evening adopted its budget for the 1969-70 school year. The adopted budget will give residents an actual cut in taxes of $162,801.

25 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 24, 1994

A field trip to the Baker City Watershed and an open house at the Baker Ranger District office will be conducted in July to review the watershed project.

The events will be jointly conducted by the Forest Service and Baker City.

10 YEARS AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 24, 2009

Three weeks of rainy weather has muddied an already gloomy hay market, with early prices for premium alfalfa down $75 to $100 a ton from last summer’s record highs of $225 to $250 per ton.

ONE YEAR AGO

from the Baker City Herald

June 25, 2018

The extreme southwest corner of Baker County has proved to be a magnet for powerful thunderstorms over the past year.

And the South Fork of the Burnt River, a popular recreation area near Unity, has borne the brunt.

On Wednesday a gullywasher that dropped more than an inch of rain funneled flash floods into the South Fork and some of its tributaries, slathering roads and two Forest Service campgrounds with muddy flotsam.

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest closed sections of four roads as well as the Stevens Creek and Elk Creek campgrounds.

Those two campgrounds, along with the nearby South Fork campground, had re-opened just a few weeks earlier after being closed last fall following severe damage inflicted by a thunderstorm-induced flash flood on Sept. 8, 2017.

“It was almost the exact same area as last year,” said Katy Gray, public information officer for the Wallowa-Whitman. “There is pretty significant damage.”

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