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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.

Thanks For Giving

S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Baker High School National Honor Society members and other volunteers sort the food donations gathered Sunday from the community food drive. Helping sort Tuesday evening at the Seventh-day Adventist School are, from left, Ania Wiedler, Rachel Freeman, Hollis Robb and Megan Burk.

Volunteers Collect Food, Pack Boxes For Thanksgiving

Baker County has again stepped up to help make Thanksgiving dinner a reality for many who otherwise might not have been able to enjoy the traditional meal.

For more than 50 years the Seventh-Day Adventist Church has organized a food drive to provide Thanksgiving boxes for those in need.

This year, church members joined with the Cub Scouts and Boys Scouts, who have also coordinated a food drive in past years.

Valerie Tachenko, food drive coordinator for the church, said turkey dinner boxes will be provided to those in need next week. 

Pedestrian hit in crosswalk in critical condition

A Baker City man who was hit in a crosswalk at Campbell and Clark streets Monday morning was listed in critical condition Tuesday in a Boise Hospital.

Alfred James Berdahl, 79, of 1769 Valley Ave., was flown by LifeFlight to St. Alphonsus Medical Center Monday, said Police Chief Wyn Lohner. The pickup truck that struck him was driven by Arden Hollinger, 62, of 220 Elm St.

Hollinger has been cited on a charge of failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian, Lohner said.

See more in today's issue of the Baker City Herald. 

Baker High School Fall 2015 honor roll announced

Baker High School recently announced its first-quarter honor roll.

Honor students are:

*Denotes 4.00 grade-point average 


*Samuel Baxter, *Amelia Bott, *Porter Cline, *Robinita Davis, *Madison Elms, *Isaac Farber, *Adina Fast, *Melissa Foltz, *Dusty Gyllenberg, *Koby Hansen, *Gracie McCarrell, *Danielle McCauley, *Mackenzie Patterson, *Morgan Scilacci, *Rory Scilacci, *Braden Staebler-Siewell, *Autumn Weideman.

Baker Middle School honor roll students

Baker Middle School recently announced its first-quarter honor roll.

Honor students are:

Eighth Grade

*Anna Carter, *Tabor Chandler, *Averi Elms, *Sean Fuzi, *Jazmine Labonte, *Sam McCauley, *Riana Scott; *Andrew Shetler, *Spencer Smith, *Taylor Whitecloud-Foersterling, *Sydney Younger.

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