Day: August 9, 2010

IN THE RING: On WikiLeaks

The question was: Did the release of secret documents by WikiLeaks do irreparable harm to the security of the United States? Was the outcry much ado about nothing? Was there anything surprising in the documents? Warren Franklin, KYKN radio personality: “I don’t claim to know a lot about WikiLeaks.  I understand that over 90,000 sensitive U.S. documents were stolen and posted on WikiLeaks.  It appears that many individuals are now in peril because of this action.  Many of our countries secrets have been compromised.  While, I don’t agree with much of what is going on in our government today, I don’t agree with theft and illegal activities.  There are many who are saying the harm could be devastating.  We will know more about that and the depth of the problems caused by this action in the coming months.” Art Bobrowitz, Compass Rose Consulting: “I believe any unauthorized release of document(s) or information that can cause direct physical harm or death of any individual(s) is irresponsible. In this case, time will tell. “I will never defend any communication entity that arbitrarily decides it is the moral conscience of any culture, property or incident and thinks they can call it “scientific journalism.” The authors of this event need to be open and accept full responsibility for their actions and the physical injury or death of anyone involved. “Wikipedia says “Conscience is an aptitude, faculty, intuition, or...

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Four-alarm fire threatens homes, horses

At 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, Marion County Fire District No. 1 firefighters responded to a reported truck fire at 8725 River Rd NE. While responding, 911 dispatchers received information that the fire was spreading from the truck to an adjacent standing hay field.  Shortly after the first units arrived on scene, winds and dry conditions pushed the fire towards multiple homes, barns and a stable with 10 horses. Four alarms were called. Respondents included 32 fire units along with 73 firefighters and command personnel.  In all, it took firefighters nearly two hours to bring the 12-acre blaze under control, protecting all the structures and horses from the fire. Marion County Fire District received assistance from St. Paul Fire, Woodburn Fire, Keizer Fire, Salem Fire, and Turner fire districts. Cause of the fire is believed to be a brake fire on the involved truck. No injuries were...

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Coming soon to a river near you

The third RIVERfair will be held at Keizer Rapids Park in Keizer on Saturday, August 14 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. RIVERfair, staged by Making Keizer Better Foundation, will feature vendor booths, live entertainment on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre stage and fun activities for all ages.  A new feature for this year’s event is a wine garden that will open at 4 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. This year’s event kicks off first with the Trail Run 5K/1K, a benefit for the McNary High School cross country program.  Runners can register at  Gallagher Fitness or download a registration form at  Cost is $7 before Aug. 11, $10 after Aug. 12.  The Kids 1K run is $5 for those 12 and under.   Sponsors of the Trail Run are Gallagher Fitness Resources, Courthouse Athletic Club, Weigel Homes, Steve Cain Construction and RE/MAX Equity Group. The scheduled activities include disc golf, a pie-eating contest, the RIVERfair 5K Fun Run, the Keizer Fire District’s Junior Firefighter Challenge and a K-9 demonstration by the Keizer Police Department. The wine garden is sponsored by West Side Wine Store. An off-site element of the event will be RIVERfair Cruz-In, a car show that will be held in the Schoolhouse Square parking lot at River and Chemawa roads.  The show is co-sponsored by Bi-Mart and Skyline’s Keizer Ford.  There will be shuttle service between...

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