Day: July 19, 2010

Explosion kills Keizer man

A Keizer man was killed in an explosion in Seal Rock over the weekend. Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on S-Low Road in Seal Rock at about 7:59 p.m. Saturday, July 17, reporting multiple injuries from an explosion. It appeared the victims were loading a black powder cannon owned by the property owner when it exploded. Fragments of metal were sent flying, striking four people and killing Eric Jason Rose, 38, of Keizer. He was found unconscious at the scene, and members from the Seal rock and Central Oregon Coast Fire and Rescue departments were not able to revive him. Three others suffered injuries, and one was taken to a Newport hospital. The Lincoln County District Attorney and medical examiner’s offices were notified of the...

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Portable sign laws could be loosened

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A pilot program relaxing temporary business signage may be coming forth, as the Keizer City Council agreed by consensus Monday, July 13, to consider the matter. It would allow currently-prohibited A-frame signs no bigger than six feet to be placed outside businesses on private property. Business owners would only be allowed to have them out while the site is open, and must be taken inside daily. The code would designate “feather” signs – a feather-shaped flag bearing a company’s name – as an allowed temporary sign. The changes would also limit real estate signs to 16 square feet. Currently these can be up to 32 square feet. The decision came at a work session. It directs staff to prepare a text amendment to begin the sign code amendment process. Some recommendations came from the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development and Government Affairs committee, which met about the issue earlier this year. Community Devleopment Director Nate Brown said the proposals from the committee and others were “helpful,” but cautioned councilors about “radically alter(ing)” the code “We want to keep a lid on signage,” Brown said. “… As restrictive as the code is, it was a response to the conditions that use to be on River Road. It was things people wanted to get a grip on.” The signs must be at least 30 feet...

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