Let’s be clear about one thing: The only true villain in the Dean Barnes case is Dean Barnes.
Barnes, a 34-year-old Baker City man, sexually abused two 16-year-old girls last year.
He pleaded guilty to three felonies last week in Baker County Circuit Court.
Judge Greg Baxter sentenced Barnes to at least 15‡ years in prison. That’s an appropriate punishment.
We applaud Judge Baxter for ordering Barnes to serve the two mandatory
minimum sentences of 75 months — the penalty for first-degree sex abuse
— one after the other.
The Baker School District’s Facility Efficiency Committee came up with a couple of suitable ways to trim the district’s costs.
This unfortunate task seems inevitable.
The state, which supplies about 56 percent of the district’s dollars,
announced Friday that its budget deficit is getting bigger.
District officials estimate that the district’s share of state revenue
will plunge by $869,000 for the fiscal year that ends June 30. That’s
more than double the $365,000 shortfall the district had projected.
As a result, the school board is confronted with the likelihood of needing to close two schools in Baker City rather than one.
I hope the stimulus plan President Obama signed into law this week
revives the American economy from its current bout of narcolepsy. And
if it does, I won’t be bothered a whit when President Obama and the
Democrats in Congress lay claim to the credit.
I understand this position brands me as unreliable, and possibly even a a traitor, in certain political circles.
Some conservative commentators — radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is
the most prominent of them — are rooting for Obama to fail.
We don’t as a rule congratulate people for doing something they’re legally obligated to do.
But Baker County property owners deserve to be lauded for their
dedication to fulfilling one of the fundamental duties of an American.
They pay their property taxes.
Well, almost everyone does.
It’s every amateur actor’s nightmare.
You come on stage during opening night when you’re not scheduled to,
spouting lines you’re not supposed to say until later in Act II.
And you’re not even wearing that sassy black dress that the nice
wardrobe chief let out so it’ll fit your less-than-feminine physique.
That was the gist of my big gaffe last Friday, when Eastern Oregon
Regional Theater’s “Any Body Home?” opened its two-weekend run at the
Extension Building in Baker City.
Sometimes it takes a chimpanzee nearly killing a woman to make you think.
Travis, the 200-pound chimp that Sandra Herold of Connecticut had
raised since it was an infant, attacked Herold’s friend, Charla Nash,
Nash suffered severe injuries to her hands and her face. Police shot and killed the chimp.
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