Day: November 15, 2010

911 fee moves forward

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The seeds for a franchise fee on wireless telecommunications companies – a cost that could be passed on to customers – were sown Monday. The Keizer City Council opted in a 6-1 vote to give themselves authority to establish a franchise fee primarily targeting wireless communications companies, i.e. cell phone service providers. The stated reason was to recover some of the costs associated with providing 911 service to residents, along with radio communications and an area-wide records system for police officers. Because the vote was not unanimous the matter will go before the council again for a second reading. Councilors will also have to pass a resolution setting the amount. City Manager Chris Eppley has proposed 3 percent. A third of that would be sent to the Keizer Fire District. This could come before the Council as soon as its first December meeting. A packed house showed up, mostly speaking against the proposal. Brian Butler and Darsy Olafson, respective presidents of the Keizer Professional Firefighters and the Keizer Police Association, spoke up in favor, along with several other residents. Representatives from Verizon Wireless, AT&T and Qwest spoke of potential problems with the ordinance as written. Voting in favor were: Mayor Lore Christopher and Councilors Cathy Clark, Mark Caillier, Jim Taylor, Richard Walsh and Brandon Smith. Voting against was Councilor David McKane. Several residents...

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Got the fastest sticks in the valley? Prove it

Editor’s Note: This story was corrected to reflect the accurate day. The event is Saturday, Nov. 20. How fast are your sticks? Uptown Music wants to find out. The 8th Annual Valley’s Fastest Drummer competition kicked off Nov. 1, with finals at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at the store, located at 3827 River Road N. Qualifying runs through Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. There are two categories: Fastest Hands and Fastest Feet, both testing how many notes the contestant can perform in 60 seconds. More than $1,000 in prizes will be  given away, including a Pearl snare drum valued at more than $320, Pearl pedals, Evans drum head, Sabian and Zildjian gear. Past winners have posted scores in the range of  800-1,000 notes. Past winners include Kyle Castronovo, Brandon Baldwin and Mike Anderson. Open to all ages and styles. For more information contact Shane Hall at Uptown Music at 503-393-4437 or visit...

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Students’ stories fuel stand against bullying

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Editor’s note: Names of students have been changed in this article to protect their privacy. Ever since she can remember, Erin Sheridan has fought with her sister. Not the sort of sibling spats that most everyone has experienced, but fought in the way that words of the most hurtful sort were exchanged. “I would get picked on in school because of the way I looked and my religion, and it all added to it,” Sheridan said, unsuccessfully trying to hold back tears. “My sister is going to be moving out soon and all we’ve done is fight. I feel like I’ve really missed out. I’m seeing what I missed out on and I just want us to be closer.” Sheridan’s experiences being picked on led her to enroll in McNary High School’s Hand and Words class. Together with the other students in the class, she’s trying to build a coalition of students, teachers and staff members that take a stand against bullying and abuse. It’s part of a larger campaign dubbed Hands and Words Are Not for Hurting. The students in the class actively pursue potential allies in their fight by asking them to recite a pledge renouncing hurtful words and actions. They sell Hands and Words apparel, buttons and other items to raise money for class activities, which include a current...

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