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Oregon Trail Interpretive Center Family Fun Day

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Fun Day at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center finds a Haines family, Austin Harkness and his parents, Christy and Andrew, dressing the part of trail pioneers for a family portrait. With a little bit of math at another station, Austin figured he would have taken more than 11 million steps if he'd have walked the journey from Missouri to Oregon City.

By Joshua Dillen

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Family Fun Day means kids get to enjoy the wonders of the old West and more at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.

Crafts, skits, pioneer history and photo opportunities were part of the annual event at the center east of Baker City on Friday.

Exhibit Specialist Gypsy Burks said it is nice to have local families enjoying the center. She said it was a contrast to other times of the year when visitors are mostly from out of town.

Eastern Oregon jobless rate drops in two months

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Newly released statistics from the Oregon Employment Department show the jobless rate across Eastern Oregon dropped between September and October and Baker County added 90 jobs during a 12-month period stretching from 2014 to present.

The county’s nonfarm payroll employment rate showed a boost of 90 jobs since October 2014 as the private sector added 70 jobs and local government contributed 20. The most significant employment boosts occurred in manufacturing — 30 jobs — and retail trade with 20 jobs.

Counting The Days

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald First Presbyterian Church members are creating an Advent calendar for December. Beginning Dec. 1, the black will be removed daily to reveal a biblical scene.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

An Advent calendar for all of Baker City will be revealed, one day at a time, starting Dec. 1.

The north-side windows of the First Presbyterian Church, 1995 Fourth St., are in the process of becoming a giant Advent calendar, with each window featuring an image. 

“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival” and the Advent season is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

On an Advent calendar, each day reveals something — a verse, a poem, a story, a toy or chocolate.

Huntington Council allows pot

By Joshua Dillen

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The Huntington City Council has made a final decision to allow marijuana dispensaries in town.

After deciding to ban them in September and then reversing that decision during its Nov. 17 regular meeting, the Council called a special meeting Nov. 24 to address the issue once again. 

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