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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. 

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.

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