Day: August 16, 2010

Ag Secretary Vilsack, Schrader in Keizer Friday

A rural development forum Friday at the Keizer Civic Center will feature Keizer’s congressman and the secretary of agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack along with Rep. Kurt Schrader, D–Canby, will be part of a rural development forum from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. at the Keizer Civic Center. The talk will focus on opportunities available to rural communities and businesses, and is open to the public. A question-and-answer session is on the agenda. To attend, RSVP at...

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Homes damaged, fish saved in blaze

Keizer firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 5200 block of 7th Ave NE at approximately 4 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14. When firefighters arrived they found the fire located between two homes, with both homes on fire. A neighbor and former Keizer Fire volunteer had woken to the smell of smoke and evacuated one of the homes. He was in the process of evacuating the second home when Keizer Police arrived. Occupants of the second home had not answered, so Officer Banford forced entry into the home. Bradford quickly confirmed the home was unoccupied. Firefighters worked for more than an hour to extinguish both fires. The fire in the first home was under control in 23 minutes. Firefighters then worked to overhaul the home, looking for any fire in the ceiling and walls. They saved one of the family’s fish tanks, and took the time to remove the debris, add fresh water and oxygen to the tank. The homeowner expressed his extreme satisfaction in how quickly the firefighters responded and how they were caring enough to save the fish. Thirty firefighters from Keizer, Marion County Fire District No. 1 and Salem Fire responded with five engines, two medic units, one duty officer and two support vehicles including Keizer Fire District’s new rehab trailer. One firefighter was transported from the scene to Salem Hospital for non-fire related injuries....

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An old-fashioned twist on modern technology

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes With a rough economic climate and rapidly-evolving technology, on the surface opening a new video rental store makes about as much sense as, say, starting a newspaper. But it made perfect sense to Terry and Lana Ricker. Terry, who went to college in Washington, came back to the area with his Londoner wife and their two children after spending nearly 20 years in Germany – operating a chain of video stores catering to U.S. soldiers, American contractors and their families. “Out of college I went there for three weeks and stayed 20 years,” Terry quipped. They did well at the business, but eventually base closures and two wars meant their customer base was drying up. DVDs are coded based on regions, and while American DVD players play Region 1 – the same DVDs the Rickers carried – German domestic customers watched Region 2 DVDs, making it impossible to sell their inventory to the local market. But what was a curse in Germany was a blessing in the States: They were all set to open an American video store. So they did, opening Mr. Video in north Salem. “We had all these movies, and we just thought we could do a better job,” Terry said. Opening earlier this year, Mr. Video represents a nearly bygone era: The independent video store. Yet where others might...

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