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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.

Gage is getting better

Photo from Bingham family’s blog Gage Bingham, 7, plays a game while recovering from heart surgery on Nov. 16. His mom, Stacy, is at right.

Gage Bingham likes Legos and coloring books, and he’s known as the clown of the Bingham clan from North Powder.

“Our funny guy — when he’s feeling good,” says his mom, Stacy.

But Gage isn’t so jolly at the moment, as he recovers from open heart surgery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

On Nov. 16, Gage, whose two older sisters, Sierra and Lindsey, both have had heart transplants, had a HeartWare device implanted to help his ailing heart work until a donor heart becomes available.

Gage, the youngest of Stacy and Jason Bingham’s five children, is getting better every day, Stacy said.

Baker man seeks $3,038 water/sewer refund

Claim is based on the same issue as in Richard Langrell’s lawsuit 

A Baker City man is asking the city to refund him $3,000 in water and sewer fees he claims he was overcharged for his business between 2005 and 2011.

Glen VandenBos is asking for $3,038.25.

The City Council will consider his request when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

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