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Kenny Hetrick, the owner of Tiger Ridge Exotics, says inspectors from the United States Department of Agriculture are threatening to fine him $60,000.

Hetrick estimates he has spent $12,000 making corrections to his Stony Ridge facility that has been a home to rescued lions, tigers, bears, wolves, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion, leopards and cheetah for 37 years.

He says that doesn’t seem to be enough to please inspectors from the USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service.

“My side of the story is that I did every single thing that they tell me to do, and then they come back and they tell me that it is not good enough. Every time I do something, they come back with something else. So, over and over they keep doing that,” Hetrick said.

Hetrick fears the USDA is trying to put pressure on him to give up raising the exotic animals. There have also been complaints from animal rights activists.

Oregon City Council last Monday approved a project development agreement with BP Husky Refining LLC for the city’s flood relief and erosion control project.

The agreement spells out the cost share of the project between BP Husky and the city.

Northwood Councilman Dave Gallaher, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, wants to loosen the new standards of the Central Business District to attract more businesses.

Some of the regulations, he said, are too expensive and hinder new business development.

Representatives of police and fire departments studying the feasibility of a regional emergency dispatch center to service northern Wood County visited Crawford County last week to observe the sheriff’s department dispatching operations.

Lake Township’s dispatching center currently contracts with the Village of Walbridge and City of Rossford to handle their 9-1-1 calls.

Oregon is looking into providing geothermal power to local government, school, business and residential buildings as an alternative source of energy.

“We’re continuing to meet with the Port Authority to explore ways we can help create value for Oregon residents and businesses,” said Administrator Mike Beazley. “We’re looking at the Port Authority’s analysis. It’s especially applicable in those places where they’re not really served by natural gas. We started looking at parts of Oregon, really the northwest portions and some to the south and east that really don’t have natural gas options available. They’re served by propane or heating oil. So we’re looking at alternatives, and maybe even lower energy costs for residents and businesses.”

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