Month: July 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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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Carleen Natividad, 35, bowled her first 300 game in the sanctioned Bar League Challenge on Thursday, July 8, at Town & Country Lanes in Keizer. “It is only the second perfect game ever bowled by a woman at the lanes” said owner Don Lebold. “It’s a truly remarkable feat.” Don added he knows of only three women in Salem-Keizer who have ever bowled a 300 game, until Carleen bowled her game last week. With regards to her 300 game, Carleen said she wasn’t nervous going into the 10th frame.  Her dad, Ted Natividad, an avid bowler and assistant coach with the McNary girls high school team, kept her calm, she said. Her only thought before throwing the final strike was, “OK….here it goes.” On throwing the last strike she turned and ran to her dad and burst out in tears. Trying to calm down and with shaky legs, she went outside to get fresh air until reminded by a team mate she needed to come back in and bowl the third game. Carleen’s last three balls were solid shots, perfect pocket strikes. Due to an accident in 2008 Carleen has not bowled regularly on a team until this summer’s league; her current average is 164.  Her previous league average was 198.  Recently she competed in the “Bowl Down Cancer” tournament in Portland and won $500. Carleen lives in Keizer and...

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To expand or not

Mayor Lore Christopher has cited the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) as one of her goals for her self-imposed final term if she is re-elected this fall. Others also talk about expanding the boundary for the sake of future growth of Keizer, both residentially and commercially. Before dicussion of the expansion of UGB gets too far, Keizer will need to take a step  back and decide what is most important for the future of the city. One can assume that if the UGB is expanded then the next obvious step is to expand the city limits, opening hundreds of acres for development.  Adding new subdivisons with hundreds or thousands of homes will cost millions of dollars in required infrastructure—sewer lines, power lines, streets, curbs, etc. More expensive than the cost of all that expansion is the danger of Keizer losing its biggest current selling point:  small town quaintness.  It is what draws people to Keizer, it’s what current citizens say is why they love Keizer so much. Even though McNary High School is overcrowded, having one school draws the community together—we are all Celtics.  The addition of thousands of homes would mean more schools and probably a second high school.  Results from the Keizer Compass report on Keizer’s future showed that most people didn’t want another high school because it would divide loyalties within our city.  Two...

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