Day: July 26, 2010

Motorcycle rally may become annual event

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Final numbers aren’t yet in, but Good Vibrations organizers are happy with the turnout at last weekend’s motorcycle rally. Organizers estimate some 600 motorcyclists registered for VIP treatment at the festival, and hundreds more made their way to Riverfront Park in Salem or to Keizer Rapids Park for rally events. The park played host to two concerts, while the Keizer Civic Center had breakfast for VIPs and the Renaissance Inn was the registration hub. [MAP: 3] And, of course, there was a parade of hundreds of motorcyclists roaring south on River Road Sunday morning. “We were excited to see the parade going down River Road,” said Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “I could see it being an event that could grow.” Carol Infranca, a publicist for Road Shows Inc., estimated at least another couple hundred motorcyclists came out to enjoy some of the festivities but didn’t actually register for the event. “And to have nearly 600 registered at a first-year event is pretty impressive,” Infranca added. Road Shows Inc. is the company which coordinated Good Vibrations. Randy Burke, president of the company, said support from Keizer’s mayor and city councilors were vital to making the event successful. “And it was successful in that we had great support, great turnout by the bikers, and great sponsorship,” he said. “As...

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Facing $23M shortfall, school board outlines cuts

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Proposed budget cuts to address a $23.8 million shortfall in state funding were presented to the Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday. Superintendent Sandy Husk, who had announced at the June board meeting that the reductions, as outlined by Gov. Ted Kulongoski, would cut the 2010-11 budget by $18 million for a total of $23.8 million in budget cuts, made a powerpoint presentation on proposed cuts to reach the new shortfall figure. Husk outlined the following breakdown of reductions: • $10.1 million by reducing the ending fund balance to 4 percent and reducing the school startup fund and the risk management reserve. • $4.6 million by cutting employee compensation through four unpaid days. • $2.8 million by a hiring freeze. • $2.93 million by cutting funding for supplies, materials and purchased services. • $870,000 by eliminating funding for new textbooks and career-technology education expansion. • $2.5 million by transferring the general fund item for capital maintenance to the bond fund. The board is expected to vote on the proposal Aug. 10. In other business, the board elected Rick Kimball as its new chair and Nancy MacMorris-Adix as its new vice chair. They took their positions immediately after the election, which was one of the earlier items of the meeting. Kimball succeeds Steve Chambers, and MacMorris-Adix succeeds Ron Jones. The board approved a three-year contract...

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