Day: September 3, 2010

Think before signing

To the Editor: I am outraged, indignant, and mad.  In the past week I have seen a few articles in the papers, one of the articles stated Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) received $1,000 from two different unions.  Keep Keizer Livable is being NIMBY (not in my back yard) about this big box store.  I can’t imagine that the crimes that the large retail stores are supposedly to bring will outweigh the amount of jobs and resources that would bring.  Let’s think about this for a minute. To build this large building it would require a large contractor probably with unionized workers.   Some will bring their lunches but others will eat at fast food joints—revenue to the eateries. The contractor will need to bring equipment with them and building materials.  They will most likely get some of the materials locally to reduce building cost.   Money will go to the local building material vendors. Trucks will be rumbling by which require fuel adding more money with fuel taxes, the workers’ personal vehicle may need to be repaired locally so more money to the local shops and fueling stations . Taxes on a lot will be less than taxes on retail store—revenue to Marion County and the city of Keizer reducing the burden to the other taxpayers. Depending on the store, jobs will be created.  If it’s a chain store maybe some...

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Let the people decide

To the Editor: If the Keep Keizer Livable group gets the size restriction for retail stores in Keizer on the ballot it will also be a referendum on the Urban Growth Boundary debate, the Mayor and Cathy Clark.  What started off as  “No Wal-Mart in My Neighborhood” turned out to be something much larger. Mayor Christopher and Councilor Clark made their views very clear in articles they wrote in local newspapers. It appears they want to deny the voters in Keizer a chance to have a say in the city’s future. The mayor listed several big box stores that require more than 65,000 square feet of space. The mayor was also quick to point out the cost of the election. She said it will cost $20,000. This price may be correct if the initiative is the only measure on a ballot. The actual cost may be less to Keizer residents. The Urban Growth Boundary is going to be a large issue in the near future. During the visioning exercise that many Keizer citizens attended, the question about Keizer growth came up. Many people stated they enjoyed the small town feeling that is Keizer. Unfortunately, Keizer is not a small town and will have to grow and have two high schools. The question is: What type of growth do we want? Having a vote on our future is democracy in...

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Honey brings fresh set of eyes to McNary

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes McNary’s new principal is clearly a product of the Salem-Keizer school district. Though born in Montana, John Honey went to middle and high school in Salem. After graduating from South Salem High School, he attended the University of Oregon where he majored in journalism. When it was time to begin his teaching career, Honey turned to a familiar presence. Wes Ediger, who hired Honey for his first teaching job at North Salem, was also principal when Honey graduated from South Salem. The former English teacher and coach also served as vice principal at South Albany High School and North Salem before assuming the principalship at Walker Middle School. Seven years ago Honey was hired as principal at North Salem High School. Earlier this year Honey was one of three principals who suddenly faced in-district transfers: former McNary principal Ken Parshall is now at McKay while former McKay principal Cynthia Richardson is now at North Salem. Like Honey, Parshall and Richardson were hired as principals seven years ago by the district. The Keizertimes sat down with Honey to ask him a few questions: Keizertimes (KT): How will McNary be impacted by the district’s budget cuts? John Honey (JH): Well, we’ll be impacted the same way all the other schools are impacted … I don’t think you’re going to see, for this next school year,...

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New Claggett leader sees improvements

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes “We’ve known for a long time that we’ve been doing great things. The federal government is just realizing that, I guess.” So said Colleen Johnson, the new principal of Claggett Creek Middle School, about its emergence from school improvement status by meeting the federal adequate yearly progress (AYP) status for two successive years. Johnson, who has been with the Salem-Keizer School district for 15 years, moved up from the assistant principal position at Claggett Creek, which she held for three years. Succeeding her as assistant principal is Hector Villalobos, who has been a behavior specialist at McKay High School. She said her school is celebrating both the new federal status and its 10th anniversary. “We have a wonderful staff here,” she said. “We’re going to continue to do what’s best for students.” Asked what the impending reduction in school district revenue is likely to do to Claggett Creek, she said:”I think we’re all going to be affected by it. Our district does a good job of protecting what affects kids.” Apart from two retirements from positions that will not be refilled, the school will have the same number of staffers it had last year, including 52 teachers. Student enrollment is expected to be about the same at 915. The end of improvement status makes Claggett Creek a school of choice, meaning that parents in...

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KFD earns grant renewal

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Truth be told, fires in Keizer are a fairly infrequent occurrence, but when a big blaze ignites all of the fire district resources are tapped. The renewal of a federal grant will make certain all Keizer Fire District personnel are prepared. “The important part is that this isn’t a new grant for us, but one that was renewed because we were good stewards of the initial grant,” said Jeff Cowan, chief of the Keizer Fire District. District officials applied for the initial $148,924 grant in 2006 and it was renewed for $208,540 last week. The grant, part of the  Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program (SAFER), supplies funds that enhance the district’s ability to recruit and train volunteers. “The volunteers are essential to our operation and this grant will make sure that their adequately trained and prepared to carry out their duties,” Cowan said. Grant funding will cover the salary for a part-time volunteer coordinator, scholarships to the National Fire Academy, college scholarships, advertising, insurance premiums, in investment incentive program and physical examinations, which constitute the largest portion of the grant at $68,400. Without the grant, such costs would need to come out of some other part of the district’s budget. “This funding will help the Keizer Fire District train our local firefighters in their...

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