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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. 

GOP works to gain focus

By Pat Caldwell

For the Baker City Herald

Lawmakers converged on Salem last week for Legislative Committee meetings and the region’s delegate in the Oregon House of Representatives said the event felt more like a regular session except that there were no votes on legislation. 

Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, who represents the state’s District 60 — which encompasses Baker County — said a number of key initiatives gained attention from the Republican Caucus during the week including the specter of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage when the Legislature meets early next year.

Protecting Pooches

Lisa Britton/For the Baker City Herald Carmen and Bill Ott have fostered more than 200 animals over the years. They adopted Priscilla, on the left, while Whiskey River stayed temporarily as a foster dog.

Best Friends Of Baker Inc.

By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Carmen Ott admits the two canines in her care might be just a tad spoiled.

Ott and her husband, Bill, first fostered a dog in 2002 for Best Friends of Baker Inc., an animal rescue organization.

“Bill and I have probably fostered about 200 animals,” she says.

They adopted Priscilla 10 years ago. The other cute canine in her home is a foster dog named Whiskey River.

City has a spot open

By Joshua Dillen

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Baker City Mayor Kim Mosier announced at the beginning of Tuesday’s City Council meeting that Councilor R. Mack Augenfeld had resigned due to health reasons.

Augenfeld, who was elected in 2014, is the second councilor to resign this year.

Benjamin Merrill resigned in September, and Sandy Lewis was appointed by a vote of the remaining six councilors to replace Merrill.

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