Day: November 2, 2010

Thatcher beats Dyer in House; George beats Parker in Sen.

By Jason Cox Of the Keizertimes Rep. Kim Thatcher easily won a fourth term to the Oregon House of Representatives Tuesday night. The election featured two candidates who live in Keizer – Thatcher and Democratic opponent Jim Dyer. Thatcher was ahead of Dyer 65 percent to 34 percent as of 9:23 p.m. Tuesday night. Thatcher rode into the House in 2004 by beating then-Rep. Vic Backlund in that year’s Republican primary. She beat Democrat Chuck Lee in 2006 and had no opponent in 2008. “I don’t take lightly the responsibility with which voters entrusted me,” Thatcher said. “I am humbled that they would trust me to follow through on that responsibility to represent them in Salem. She plans to “reducing the bureaucracy and red tape that strangle individuals and entrepreneurs … as well as cutting spending and reducing the nanny state that the government has taken on more and more in our lives.” Thatcher said Dyer is “a terrific man. I was very fortunate to have him as a challenger. I just really enjoyed working with him, and I think we can continue to work together in the next session. He’s a great guy with a lot of great ideas.” Dyer complimented Thatcher on an issues-oriented race, and suggested candidates who went negative did so at their own peril. “I will continue to work as a unpaid advocate for...

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Milne re-elected to county commission

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes County commissioner Patti Milne solidly defeated Silverton-area Democrat Jason Freilinger in her re-election bid. Milne, a Woodburn-based Republican, was ahead of Freilinger 61 percent to 39 percent, with 53 percent of the vote in. This will be Milne’s fourth term on the county commission. “I just think people have confidence in the job I’m doing and the job the county overall is doing,” Milne said. “I think people are comfortable with what we’re doing and have confidence in what I’m doing.” In her re-election bid Milne touted efforts to ensure the county is financially stable, establishing reserve and rainy day funds. She has reminded voters of her preference that Courthouse Square – the now-shuttered former home of county business – had never been built. She came on the commission after construction was already underway. She also has decried state land use policies, saying they are too cumbersome and restrict land owners’ ability to most beneficially use their land. Milne pledged that encouraging job growth will remain her top priority. “We have to have a climate in Marion County that’s conducive to business,” she said. “We have to do everything we can so our businesses have confidence to invest in business, hire people, get people back to work. … That’s what makes a livable community, and that’s what I’m really going to focus on.”...

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Schrader survives scare from Bruun

By Jason Cox Of the Keizertimes On a night where Republicans took over the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Kurt Schrader proved to be the exception rather than the rule. Schrader outlasted Republican opponent Scott Bruun by a 51 percent to 46  margin. While he voted in favor of health care reform, Schrader’s campaign strategy sought both to defend congressional actions in the past two years as well as distance himself from the furthest left-leaning wing of his party. In the end, it was enough. Bruun had promised to co-sponsor a bill repealing said health care reform efforts, and accused congressional Democrats of not passing a budget in order to keep eyes away from a growing spending problem. This race was considered to be Oregon’s hottest congressional race this year. Television viewers were bombarded by negative advertising as national attention focused on the race. Throughout the campaign Schrader’s seat went from safe, to warm, to hot. Based in Canby, Schrader started his political career on Canby’s planning commission, and was first elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1997, moving up to the state Senate in 2003. He was co-chair of the state’s budget committee prior to his election to Congress in 2008. He owns a veterinary clinic in Oregon City. In his first congressional term, he was on the House Agriculture Committee, Small Business Committee and Budget...

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Wanted: Talented needleworker

A group of McNary High School students is looking for someone to help them put together a spirit flag they will bequeath to future Celtics. “Our class seems to have a lot more spirit than some others and we wanted to have something to rally around,” said Hugo Nicholas, a McNary senior. The flag is being created as part of an independent study project involving several seniors, including Bren Bovee and Jake Hunter. “We thought it would be an appropriate gift from our class to the school,” Hunter said. The team is hoping for a 4-by-6-foot flag that would be used and displayed during sporting events and rallies. “We want it to last for a long time, so we are seeking the help of someone who really knows what they’re doing behind a sewing machine,” Bovee said. The initial designs call for a dual-sided flag with three alternating panels and the letters “MHS” on one side, and a solid background on the reverse side and the words “GO BIG BLUE.” Bovee, Hunter and Nicholas have money for the necessary materials, but donations wouldn’t be turned away. Those interested in helping, can contact Bovee at 971-218-4565 or...

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Wolverine choir prepares for Cabaret, ‘concert on steroids’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two years ago, members of the Whiteaker Middle School concert choir were looking up to the eighth graders at the school as they dazzled the audience at the annual Cabaret show. This year they’re looking forward to assessing the talent of the younger choir members and what they’ll bring to the program after the elder students move on to high school. “When you’re in sixth grade, you’re in awe of how good the eighth graders are and now everyone’s looking up at you,” said Nick LaFountaine. The choir is prepping for some of its biggest shows of the year, the Cabaret, slated at New Hope Foursquare Church, 4963 Swegle Rd N.E., in Salem. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13. Tickets are $10 and on sale at the school. “It’s a glorified concert where we add staging and lighting, it’s a step in between choir concerts and Broadway production,” said Andy Thomas, Whiteaker choir director. The theme for this year’s show is “100 Years of Broadway.” “Different choirs are taking different eras and then we’ll have a big, mass number at the end,” said eighth grader Zoe Arnsmeier. Money raised through tickets, raffles and dessert and beverage sales support choir activities throughout the year, but most of the funds will support the choir’s field...

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