Day: June 1, 2010

New training chief starts at Keizer Fire

The Keizer Fire District has a new face of training. Hector Blanco, formerly of Nevada , started as the division chief of training, health and safety late last month. He comes to Keizer Fire with 29 years of experience in fire service along with seven years served in the Air Force. Blanco will move to Keizer with his wife Christine and youngest daughter Emma, age 11. His eldest daughter Jennifer works in Arizona as a police officer and his son Andrew works for the Division of Forestry in Reno, Nevada. The training chief position has been vacant since Deputy Chief Kevin Wickman retired in March of 2009. Retired Battalion Chief Ken Dawson of Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue has been the interim training chief since December. He has been coordinating and planning training. “Chief Dawson did great work during the interim and we now look forward to working with Chief Blanco,” stated Chief Jeff Cowan. “I am very excited about his future here at Keizer...

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Memorial service Wed. for boy, 13

A memorial service will be held Wednesday for a Whiteaker Middle School student who died Friday, May 21. A celebration of life for James Mattiazzi, 13, will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, in the McNary High School gym. The public is invited to attend. Meanwhile, contributions to the family are being accepted through Clearlake Elementary and Whiteaker Middle...

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Chamber tosses sign issue back to city hall

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Your move, City Hall. Last month the Keizer City Council asked a group of cosmetologists seeking amendments to the sign code – particularly on temporary signage – to go before a Keizer Chamber of Commerce committee for suggestions. On Tuesday, the same committee kicked the notion back to city staff, who were asked to recommend a path of action for the Economic Development and Government Affairs (EDGA) committee to consider. Kim Lewis, who rents a chair at a Keizer salon, has led the charge for some sort of change. She said her A-frame sign is not allowed by the sign code, but it also drives a significant portion of her business. “I am independent, and I rely on foot traffic and people coming in,” Lewis said. “If I don’t have people coming in, like anyone else I don’t make any money.” She also expressed objections she picked up from asking local business owners, like relaxing rules that only allow electronic signs to change their message every 15 minutes and allowing businesses to use props like balloons to entice customers. Yet Community Development Director Nate Brown said all the temporary signage could end up causing clutter. “I think it’s an aesthetic issue,” Brown said. “If there are balloons everywhere, it looks like trash.” Lewis suggested perhaps alternative modes of signage – like flags that...

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