FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019 BAKER CITY HERALD — 3A LOCAL & STATE Court issues stay on vape sales ban AMBULANCE excited they will get to remain Oregon Capital Bureau in business. SALEM — The Oregon “The employees of the shop Court of Appeals Thursday are the biggest winners here granted a temporary stay on today,” he said. Oregon Health Authority rules The ruling will essentially enforcing a 180-day ban on force the state via the Oregon the sale of flavored nicotine Health Authority and Gov. and medical marijuana vaping Brown’s office to prove that the products. rule hasn’t violated state stat- The temporary ban against ute in exceeding their boundar- the sale of recreational flavored ies while the court reviews the marijuana vaping products, rule. regulated by the Oregon Liquor Charles Boyle, Brown’s press The Columbus Dispatch secretary, said in a statement Control Commission, remains The Oregon Court of Appeals granted a temporary stay in force. that “the court’s decision to The ruling came in response blocking the state’s 180-day ban on the sales of fl avored enter a temporary stay today is to two petitions for injunctions nicotine and medical marijuana vaping products. unfortunate due to the ongoing filed with the court against Gov. public health threat posed by Kate Brown and the Oregon about the employment impacts 4,000 retailers across the state. vaping-related illness.” Health Authority seeking the temporary ban would On their website, Division Boyle maintains that in light judicial review of the ban. have on what they consider a Vapor had posted a message of the nationwide outbreak of Brown had previously issued booming industry that employs saying they would be effectively vaping-related injuries, a tem- an executive order directing the thousands of Oregonians across out of business as of Monday, porary ban under the state’s agencies to implement the ban. the state. Oct. 14, ahead of the ban that emergency rulemaking process Canby attorney J. Ryan Brown’s executive order fol- came into place the following is the best path forward avail- Adams filed one of those peti- lowed a widespread outbreak of day. able to Gov. Brown and state tions Wednesday on behalf of acute lung injuries that are be- “This is their entire busi- agencies. No Moke Daddy LLC, which ing tracked across the country ness,” Adams said. “One of “Gov. Brown will continue to operates two e-cigarette shops and linked to the use of both the requirements to enact an work with the Vaping Public in downtown Portland under marijuana and nicotine vape emergency rule is the agency Health Workgroup, state the name Division Vapor. products. As of last week, more has to state a need for the rule agencies, stakeholders, and the “We believe the governor than 1,300 cases had been and how the rule meets that Legislature to find long-term overstepped her authority by reported with 26 deaths, two need. The OHA stated the need solutions that will protect the directing (the OHA and OLCC) of those happening in Oregon. for the rule was based on the public health from vaping- to enact this ban,” Adams said. Last week the OLCC approved governor’s executive order, but related illness,” he said. “Gov. “Essentially we asked the court temporary rules that were nowhere in the rule did it say Brown continues to urge to invalidate the rule.” ordered to take effect this past the rule meets the need. That Oregonians to heed the public According to Adams, his cli- Tuesday, Oct. 15, that would was the basis for us asking the health warning of the Oregon ent decided to file for the injunc- take all flavored vape products court to stay the rule.” Health Authority and to stop tion because they were worried off the shelves of approximately Adams said that his client is vaping immediately.” Jason Jacobs, president of the fi refi ghters union, said the Facebook post was intended to provide information to county residents. “It’s just letting everybody know what’s going on,” Jacobs, a lieutenant at the Baker City fi re station, said in a telephone interview Thursday. The union represents 12 fi refi ghters. Another four employees are part of the command staff and are not represented by the union, Jacobs said. The county received three bids for providing ambu- lance service in an area that includes Baker City and about half of the county. In addition to the Baker City Fire Department, bids were submitted by Med Trans- port Inc. of North Powder and Metro West Ambulance Inc., a Hillsboro fi rm. Jacobs begins his Facebook post with this statement: “Your Baker City Firefi ghters need your assistance! Baker County Commissioners have decided to place your safety up for bid.” He details the city fi re department’s history, dating back to the early 1900s, and continuing to present day. The department provides combined fi re and medical service to the 1,600-square-mile Baker Ambulance Service (BSA). “Not only are your fi refi ghters the paramedics on every ambulance in the Baker ASA, they are also all- hazard fi rst responders, trained specifi cally for multiple disasters and emergencies,” Jacobs stated. “We provide community education, prevention services, outreach and host community courses.” Revenue from ambulance runs constitutes about 44% of the fi re department’s budget, and is vital to keeping the department staffed so it can serve the community, Jacobs wrote. If county commissioners award the contract to one of the private fi rms, the Baker City Fire Department would immediately lose up to six of its 16 positions, he wrote. Jacobs said the well-trained fi re department staff believes that while the county might save money by contracting ambulance service, savings would not outweigh the loss of the response capability that is cur- rently provided. Jacobs asked county residents to consider the other services provided by the Baker City Fire Department staff in addition to transporting patients to and from hospitals as contracted ambulance service workers would do. “The rest is left up to an unfunded fi re department decimated by the political will of a County Commis- sion whose entry into Ambulance system oversight is short-sighted, economically risky and not informed good policy,” Jacobs wrote. He pointed out that a three-year federal grant, sup- plemented by a $99,000 contribution from the county, will continue to pay for three Baker City fi refi ghters hired in 2017 until Jan. 1, 2021. The city has not yet identifi ed money sources to keep those three fi ghters on staff beyond the end of 2020. “That staffi ng reduction means a potential for increased response times, not enough paramedics to respond to the community’s needs in an emergency and the potential for increased fi re insurance.” Jacobs said fi refi ghters are asking residents to make their opinions known to county leaders. A committee is being formed to work through the contract-award process and will be conducting public meetings in the coming months, Jason Yencopal, the county’s emergency service director, said Thursday. According to the request for proposals, the 10-year- minimum ambulance service contract is expected to be awarded by about June 1, 2020. The fi nal award date might change as the process continues, Yencopal said. By Sam Stites AARP Smart Driver training class Oct. 24 A “new and enhanced” AARP Smart Driver training is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24, in Baker City. The class will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baker City Senior Center, 2810 Cedar St. The schedule includes a one- hour lunch break. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch. Certifi ed volunteer instructor Freder- ick Moore will teach the class. Partici- pants may register by calling the Senior Center at 541-523-6591. Early registra- tion is encouraged because class space might be limited. What’s New At The Library • 2400 Resort St. FICTION • “The Guardians,” John Grisham • “Book of Bones,” John Connolly • “Stealth,” Stuart Woods • “The River by Star- light,” Ellen Notbohm • “Rules for Visiting,” Jessica Frances Kane NONFICTION • “Cynthia Ann Park- er,” Margaret Schmidt Hacker • “She Said,” Jodi Kanter & Megan Twohey • “Blowout,” Rachel Maddow • “Media Madness,” Howard Kurtz • “The Power of Eight,” Lynne McTaggart DVDS NONFICTION • “Annabelle Comes Home” (Horror) • “Deadwood: The Movie” (TV/Western) • “Mysterious Island” (Family, 1961) • “Local Hero” (Com- edy, 1983) • “Wonders of Mexi- co” (Documentary) Participants should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. in order to complete nec- essary paperwork. AARP members are asked to bring their membership cards. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. According to organizers, the AARP Smart Driver training is designed to help those attending: • Learn research-based safety strate- gies that can reduce the likelihood of having a crash. • Understand the links between the driver, vehicle and road environment, CELL TOWER Continued from Page 1A In written comments she submitted to the Planning Commission, Mehaffy wrote that “It is unthinkable that we must be dealing with this again; especially after the Planning Commission decided then, in 2015, to not allow a tower to be installed in our neighborhood. After all our collective hard work, for decades, to make Baker City such a unique, livable, and beautiful small town, it is preposterous to think a 70 ft cellphone tower would have any place in our Baker City residential neighborhoods.” Kristi Hensley told commis- sioners she is concerned about noise from the emergency back up generator that would be installed with the tower. She said she has had no trouble with her cell service through Verizon. As a business owner, Hens- ley said she’s always inter- ested in developments that benefi t the city’s economy, but that in the case of the pro- posed tower she doesn’t “see any benefi t at all to how this would help our community.” Verizon, however, says the tower would improve cell coverage. From its conditional permit application: “Verizon’s custom- ers currently experience a signifi cant gap in coverage BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! $ 15 /Qt. Same Pure Raw Honey and how this awareness encourages safer behavior. • Learn how aging, medications, alcohol and other health-related issues affect driving ability, and ways to adjust to allow for these changes. • Increase confi dence. • Know how to drive safely when sharing the road with other road users. • Learn the newest safety and ad- vanced features in vehicles. • Learn when driving might no longer be safe. • Explore other ways to travel. in the area in Baker City, Or- egon. The target search area to fulfi ll this gap is generally north of Campbell Street. The gap is both a coverage issue and capacity issue.” Sophia Mekkers of Black Rock Consulting, which is working on behalf of Verizon, attended Wednesday’s public hearing. Mekkers told commission- ers that according to Verizon engineers, a 50-foot tower, the maximum height allowed without a conditional-use per- mit, “just was not suffi cient.” “The minimum height required to provide the service that we need to provide is 70 feet, which is why we’re here this evening,” Mekkers said. She also said the tower would have space for an additional cell carrier, one of Verizon’s competitors, to add its own equipment. In a letter submitted to the Planning Commission by Hathaway Larson, a Portland law fi rm representing Verizon, the Commission’s 2015 rejec- tion of the company’s applica- tion for a 100-foot tower is referenced. “The City’s denial of the Application would be particu- larly problematic because the City already denied Verizon’s previous project intended to address the same signifi cant gap in coverage and capacity in 2015,” the letter reads. “The current project is signifi cantly shorter than the previous project, by 30 feet.” The law fi rm also argues in the letter that Baker City’s zoning ordinance does not include provisions allowing commissioners to reject the application based on claims about reduced property values. Commissioners received written statements from several residents opposed to Verizon’s application. Tracy Howard wrote that she recently moved to Baker City to be near her grandchil- dren. Howard wrote that she would not have bought her home at 2935 Elm St., about one block west of the proposed site, had the cell tower been in place. “This will hurt our ability to resell it and it will destroy the beauty we currently enjoy,” Howard wrote. “I am a breast cancer survivor and I am very concerned about the RF (radio frequency) my sister and I will be exposed to. We do not want this in our neighborhood.” Jeana Hitzman, whose family lives on D Street just east of the property, said they bought their home for the view of the Elkhorns from their deck. “If you allow Verizon to build their tower, we would be looking directly at a 70 foot cell tower instead of the beauty of this year,” Hitzman wrote. Elkhorn Denture Service is here to help you! FINANCING AVAILABLE Go to our website at www.elkhorndenture.com to purchase Sparkle Denture Cleaner Beth has a new partner, Anita! To place an order, please call Anita 541-519-5573 or Beth 541-519-0187 Come see us for a free consultation. C u r t i s Ta t l o c k , L D 2535 Myrtle St. • Baker City (541) 523.4747 or 1(877) 523.4747 Continued from Page 1A L OCAL B RIEFING Baker County Library board changes October meeting to Monday, Oct. 21 The Baker County Library Board has changed its meeting date this month. The Board will meet on Monday, Oct. 21, rather than the second Monday of the month. The meeting will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the library’s Riverside meeting room at 2400 Resort St. Library Board meetings are open to the public. Public comments are welcomed as one of the fi rst agenda items, a meeting notice stated. Guests are asked to limit their remarks to fi ve minutes if they are speaking as individuals or 10 minutes if they are speaking on behalf of a group or organization. Trunk or Treat event planned for Halloween at Baker City Christian Church The Baker City Christian Church, 675 Highway 7, will have a trunk or treat event on Oct. 31 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be free candy and games for everyone, along with chili and hot dogs.