Month: May 2010

Open house will address planned bus fare hikes

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes An open house next week will address across-the-board fare increases for Salem-Keizer Transit. The system operates Cherriots buses and the CherryLift service for the disabled, and officials said the increases are part of a biennial price review. Keizer’s open house will be from 5:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Keizer City Hall. The board won’t be deliberating there but the district will be taking comments from residents. The district produced a comparison showing the Cherriots service is cheaper than Portland’s Tri-Met as well as bus service in Medford, Tacoma, Everett, Eugene and more. For single-fare riders, Klamath Falls was the same and Olympia was cheaper. The comparison also held up for adult monthly passes, which the district’s comparison shows are cheaper than many area cities. Olympia, Wilsonville and Bend have lower prices. The district proposes raising single adult fares by 25 cents, day adult passes by 75 cents, monthly passes by $5 and annual by $60. Steve Dickey, director of transportation development for the district, said SKT’s upcoming budget relies on these fare hikes. “If this is not increased by the board we’ll have to most likely look at a service reduction because we don’t have anywhere else we can make that significant a cut,” Dickey said. Kate Tarter, a board member representing Subdistrict 3 – which includes part of Keizer...

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One more hurdle for tracksters

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes History was made at the Central Valley Conference track and field championships. McNary seniors Lauren Brouse and Amy Jones kept their streak of never losing to a conference foe when on the same 4X400 relay alive with a thrilling win against South Salem on Friday, May 21. “Coming to the 200 mark, I was ahead. And then Kelsey Moe (of South Salem) came in and, like, stepped in front, cut me off,” said Brouse, who ran the anchor leg. “I had to slow down. So coming around the (final) corner, she was ahead. I got angry that she cut me off. We’d taken it for three years, so I just pushed it as hard as I could and barely got it, but I got it.” The bang-bang finish, which came in the final event of the championships, was so close that Brouse didn’t know if Moe crossed the finish line ahead of her. Sophomore Averi Wing and freshman Laura Donaldson completed the McNary relay. “I was a little tense there for a while,” said McNary Coach Kelley Borresen. “They had a goal to want to go all four years and win all four years. And for them to be able to that, and for the young girls to be able to step up and help them do that, I’m really happy for them.”...

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