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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.

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.

Snow Piling Up At Anthony Lakes Ski Area

Photo courtesy of Anthony Lakes A half-foot of new snow fell Thursday at Anthony Lakes Ski Area, bringing the base depth to 16 inches.

The wait for ski and snowboard season to start might end soon

Chelsea McLagan can’t suppress her enthusiasm as she says the magic phrase:

“It snowed all day yesterday.”

Five simple words that mean so much to officials at Anthony Lakes ski area, and to the skiers and snowboarders who have been waiting for several months to step into their boots.

YMCA helps kids get sports equipment

The Baker County YMCA has launched a program to ensure every child is outfitted with the proper sports gear.

Collection points for Play It Forward are located around Baker City for donations of new and gently used sports shoes and equipment, which will be distributed for free to local children.

Wild winds

Wind gusts as high as 84 mph knocked down tree limbs and power lines in places

The second cold front to sweep through Baker County this week brought hurricane-force winds Tuesday night and early today that snapped trees, knocked down power lines and dislodged part of a sign in Baker City.

The strongest wind gust  — 84 mph — was measured at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday at an automated weather station atop Bald Mountain, a 6,600-foot peak near the Dooley Mountain Highway about 15 miles south of Baker City.

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