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BAKER CITY HERALD — 3A
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2019
L OCAL B RIEFING
Childhood education fi lm airs Thursday
The Baker Early Learning Collaborative is sponsor-
ing the viewing of a documentary fi lm, “No Small Mat-
ter,” Thursday at Churchill School, 3451 Broadway St.
The doors will open for the free viewing at 5:30 p.m.
and the fi lm will begin at 6 p.m. Child care will be
available at the site.
This documentary fi lm brings attention to the sub-
ject of early childhood education through true stories
and struggles, a press release stated.
Baker Early Learning Collaborative is made up of
more than 15 community partners involved in helping
improve opportunities for families with young children.
Susan Townsend, a member of the collaborative, brings
personal experience to this issue.
Her perspective on early learning stems from the
time she spent as principal of an Early Childhood Edu-
cation Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
To learn more about the fi lm, go to www.nosmall
The conversation about early learning will continue
at a parent advisory meeting scheduled at 6 p.m. Tues-
day, Nov. 12, at the Baker School District Offi ce, 2090
Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald
Linda Smith’s handmade sheepskin hats.
Ruth Boyd began the busi-
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ness 45 years ago and owned
Smith takes commissions
it for 15 years. Boyd was
for shoe sizes and offers them Smith’s sophomore English
in two styles — slip-ons and
teacher and knew Smith for
ones with heels backs.
years before asking her if
She also hand quilts wall
she wanted to take over the
hangings of animals and for- business.
At fi rst Smith said no, but
“The reason I like to hand she changed her mind after
quilt these little wallhang-
deciding she would like to
ings is because the muscles
have her own business.
pop out as you’re putting the
Smith began showcasing
stitches in and it makes the
her products at craft shows.
water look like it’s moving,”
Today, she only attends the
4-H Bazaar in Baker City in
For her other products,
December and the Alpenfest
Smith uses a walking foot on at Wallowa Lake in Septem-
her sewing machine to work ber.
the leather for the shoes. She
She also has products at
uses a natural rubber for the the Geiser Grand Hotel but
larger shoes. Smith runs the wants to focus on the location
business and sews everything she moved into six years ago.
Ring Praise concert Nov. 9 at Presbyterian
Kathy Orr/ Baker City Herald
Linds Smith makes sheepskin slippers in sizes ranging
from newborn to adult extra large.
“It’s a fun place to be,”
Smith moved to Baker
City from Ontario in 1967
when her father helped build
Interstate 84. They had lived
all over the state with her
father working construction.
She graduated from Baker
A concert including bronze handbells and piano is
set for Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyte-
rian Church, 1995 Fourth St. in Baker City.
The Ring Praise concert is woven with hymn history
Phyllis Tincher, handbell soloist, and Sean Rogers,
pianist, will perform a variety of songs focusing on
praising God. Through hymns, contemporary praise
songs and refl ective pieces, they tell the saving story
of Jesus Christ. In addition to accompanying, Sean
will also play a few piano solos. Phyllis rings 3 octaves
of Schulmerich handbells and mixes in 2 octaves of
handchimes. During the concert the audience will have
an opportunity to ring handchimes as everyone sings.
No music experience is needed.
There is no charge for the concert. It is sponsored by
a grant from the Presbytery of Eastern Oregon. More
information on Ring Praise Music Ministry, a nonprofi t,
is available at RingPraiseMinistry.org.
Soroptimist Christmas Party set Nov. 22
for the time being — is to
make more Oregonians and
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businesses comfortable with
Under the law, business
how the program works and
would buy allowances for
its potential benefi ts.
every ton of greenhouse gas
Dembrow said wants to
they emit more than permit- clarify how the program
ted. The state would make
would actually work. He’s
fewer credits available over
working with “people on the
time with the intention of
ground” in rural districts
requiring businesses to pol-
to help voters to under-
stand the harmful effects of
Opponents argue the
climate change. He’s hoping
program would put undue
those open to climate action
pressure on Oregon’s rural
policy will then convince
economies by causing higher their neighbors and commu-
fuel costs and lost jobs.
nity that long-term action is
Dembrow is currently
working on changes to the
Social media campaigns
bill that would provide more targeting rural voters and
clarity and certainty around even a short documentary
investments and economic
explaining how cap and trade
impacts “to address the wild policy works are expected to
allegations and misinforma- be rolled out in the coming
tion about cost impacts that
month, according to Dem-
were distributed via social
media,” he said.
Dembrow wouldn’t go into
One such piece of misin-
more specifi c detail about
formation was the claim that what industries and groups
gas prices would rise to $5
he’s working with to perfect
a gallon in the fi rst year of
the proposal, calling it “deli-
the program, Dembrow said. cate situation.”
Projections from the state
He’s hopeful that getting
analysts show gas rising by
information out to voters of
around 21 cents in the fi rst
the districts of the 11 Repub-
year of the program and ap-
licans who walked out in June
proximately $3 by 2050.
would hold them accountable
The idea behind those
to show up to work in Febru-
revisions — which Democrats ary and stay there.
are holding close to the vest
But it seems unlikely that
N EWS OF R ECORD
Jodell Hensen: 60, of Baker
City, died Oct. 25, 2019. There will
be a celebration of her life from
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10,
at the Baker City Eagles Lodge,
2935 H St. To light a candle in
memory of Jodell, or to leave a
condolence for the family, go to
Willard ‘Butch’ Hubert: A
celebration of his life, Saturday,
Nov. 9, 2 p.m. at the Baker City
Eagles Lodge, 2935 H St.
Liz Peyron: A celebration of
her life will take place Saturday,
Nov. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Baker
City Christian Church, 675 High-
way 7. Friends are invited to join
the family immediately following
for lunch, a time to mingle and
share stories. Online condolenc-
es can be made at www.tamispi-
Baker City Police
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLU-
ENCE OF INTOXICANTS: Juan
Perez Flores, 49, of 948 Valley
Ave., 1:11 a.m. Sunday, on
Campbell Street near First Street;
jailed and later released on bail.
Dembrow and his colleagues
will fi nd a middle ground to
work with Republicans and
keep them in the Capitol
if cap-and-trade is on the
Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario,
said there was no change that
could be made that could get
him to vote for cap-and-trade.
“The reason has to do with
the poisoning of the well by
virtue of the unsuccessful at-
tempt to pass it this previous
session,” Bentz said. “I think
the focus should be on carbon
policy that has nothing to
do with pricing carbon, and
everything to do with address-
ing CO 2 reduction using tools
already available, and we
have a lot of them.”
He pointed out federal tax
credits already exist to ad-
dress some carbon issues.
Democrats worry that
Senate Republicans might not
show up in February, deny-
ing Democrats a quorum and
from accomplishing anything
ahead of what is expected to
be an important election for
both parties next fall.
“The walkout was only
used as a vote blocking device
because of the incredibly egre-
gious nature of these bills and
concepts,” Bentz said. “I don’t
think people understand how
overreaching HB 2020 was. I
don’t think they get it.”
He said that if Democrats
refer a constitutional amend-
ment to voters changing Or-
egon’s quorum requirement,
he won’t stand in the way. The
Oregon Senate requires two-
thirds of senators be present
to act. There has been talk
of changing that to a major-
ity, which would allow the
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The annual Soroptimist Club of Baker County
Christmas Party, with the theme “Life’s A Beach,” is
set for Friday, Nov. 22 at the Baker Elks Lodge, 1896
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with a prime rib dinner
starting at 6 p.m. There will be live and silent auctions,
along with a raffl e of a standup paddleboard. The fun-
draising event makes possible the club’s scholarships,
InnovateHER grant and a variety of other projects.
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Beach attire is encouraged.
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That will include attending state FFA conventions,
camps and classrooms throughout the country. The
group will travel to Japan in January.
“There will be a lot of travel, public speaking and
workshops,” Lehman said. “And a lot of interaction with
agriculture and industry as well.”
Lehman said she was acquainted with some of the
team members from her service as a state offi cer. Today
they were spending time in team bonding activities
and trainings to acquaint them with expectations of
their new positions and to learn more about each other.
This is the second year an Oregon representative
has been elected to the national team. Shea Booster of
Bend is the retiring western region vice president.
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Money for the $9,000 park project comes from the
city’s sidewalk fund, Bornstedt said.
Although the city stopped collecting a sidewalk fee
from residents ($1 per month) and businesses ($2 per
month) after it imposed a public safety fee in 2017, the
city still had about $70,000 available when the current
fi scal year started July 1, said Michelle Owen, public
The city offers most of that money to property own-
ers to help pay for new sidewalks, but an ordinance
requires that the city use at least 25% on projects at
public sites such as the park.
The city will continue to offer money to property
owners, and use some for public projects, until the fund
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in the current lineup to pro-
ceed without Republicans.
Bentz expects a public
backlash to such a change.
“That’s exactly what people
are supposed to do when they
see the majority overreach-
ing. They need to step up and
say no,” Bentz said. “Now if
that tool is taken away by
the people of Oregon, or a
majority of them, then so be
it. But there are going to be
other ways people will express
their dissatisfaction with the
Gov. Kate Brown told
reporters last week that she
expects Senate Republicans
to show up in February the
same as she expects that from
“They made a decision to
run for the Legislature, and I
expect them to show up and
do their jobs,” Brown said.
Senate Minority Leader
Herman Baertschiger, R-
Grants Pass, said Wednesday
that he believes the short
session shouldn’t be used big
policy programs like cap and
trade, rather budgetary fi xes
and minor legislative tweaks.
He also said it’s too early to
discuss whether Republicans
would use the denial of quo-
rum as a tactic in 2020.
For Dembrow, he’s not
confi dent that a cap-and-trade
proposal in 2020 would with-
stand the feverish pressure
Republicans will surely feel
against the legislation from
their base in an election year.
Although he’s excited to
see others take up the work
he and his colleagues are
pushing to get done in Febru-
ary, he’s doubtful whether it
will help Democrats in their
pursuit climate action.
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