Day: February 4, 2011

Four who have impact

Last Saturday night Keizer put aside talk about chickens, cell phones and big buildings and turned its attention to honoring what makes Keizer work—its people. Each year the Keizer Chamber of Commerce holds a banquet and bestows the title of Keizer’s First Citizen as well as honors for merchant of the year, a service to education award (which should be named for a Keizer educator, by the way) and the President’s Award. Jeramy Williams was named First Citizen for 2011.  One of the youngest recepients ever of the honor, Williams, 38, is director of Keizer Young Life. Williams is well known throughout the community, especially by McNary High School students who look to him as a mentor and volunteer football coach. He has had a positive impact on Keizer youth who are in bad situations, either at home or at school.  His calming and caring demeanor has helped many a kid weather the trials of the teen years. Williams may be a young First Citizen but his influence will be felt in the community for years to come. Rick Day, who seems to be involved in everything, including overseeing next weekend’s Art Gala, received the Merchant of the Year award.  Day, owner of Advantage Business Group, which includes Advantage Precast, is a member of Keizer Rotary, chair of the Keizer Chamber Foundation. Day is a philanthropist in the purest...

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Give chickens a chance, group pleads

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The plight of urban chickens in Keizer got a little brighter Monday night, as the Keizer City Council opted to further study the issue. At a Monday, Jan. 31 work session councilors signaled interest in allowing chickens in more areas throughout the city. They asked city staff to come back with a proposal. Currently chickens are considered a farm animal – as opposed to a pet – and thus are only allowed in zones allowing agricultural uses. It’s likely the change would come in the form of a zoning text amendment, said Community Development Director Nate Brown. This would require public hearings. Mayor Lore Christopher said Monday she wants to wrap up the debate in a timely but deliberate manner. “I hope it doesn’t blow up into a fluoride war,” Christopher said, referring to last year’s debate over fluoridated water. At Monday’s work session Keizer resident Scott Mack said he was advocating six hens be allowed in residential neighborhoods. Councilor David McKane was wondering whether there was a large demand for keeping home chickens. Brady Rogers, a neighborhood enhancement division administrator for the city of Salem, told the Keizertimes only six applications for a chicken coop permit had been submitted, with three approved so far. “It was presented to our council (as) a groundswell movement,” Rogers said. “We have noticed that there’s very few...

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Celts take sixth in Reser tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Good news, and great results all around, make it difficult to pick a starting point when talking about the past week on the McNary wrestling program. The Celts started out with a 64-12 win in a dual with South Salem High School and followed it up with a sixth place finish at the Reser Tournament of Champions over the weekend. On top of that, the Celt’s junior varsity team took second place in their division of the Reser tournament and just 9.5 points behind state powerhouse Roseburg High School. “It’s a good sign to see that we’re improving each week,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. Celtic winners in the South Salem dual were Louis Palos by major decision, 14-6; Levi Martinez by pinfall in 4:35; Devin Reynolds by pinfall in 5:06; Edgar Jimenez by 3-0 decision; Jeremy Lowe by pinfall in 52 seconds; Time Pippet by pinfall in 3:00; Kris Reynolds by a major decision, 12-4; Stevin Urban by pinfall in 1:48; Nate Rieben by pinfall in 3:34; Tyler Brown in a 7-2 decision; Wes Heredia by pinfall in 2:43; and Taylor Gettle by pinfall in 28 seconds. Kris Reynolds is on the lookout for McMinnville’s Dylan Crawford when the two are scheduled to meet Wednesday, Feb. 9. “I met him at a tournament earlier this year and he beat me,...

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Impaired driving focus of live demo

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Area law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers that hitting the road blitzed on Super Bowl weekend is a bad play. To emphasize the dangers of driving under the influence of intoxicants, the Oregon Department of Safety Standards and Training held a “wet lab” at the Keizer Civic Center Wednesday, Feb. 2. The exercise involved serving alcohol to volunteers who were then administered standardized field sobriety tests by local law enforcement officers. In 2010, there were 377 traffic-related fatalities in Oregon, 41 percent involved impaired driving. “That’s 41 percent of deaths that are completely preventable,” said Daivid Beatty, traffic safety training coordinator with DPSST. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the most dangerous days on the road. Nationwide, 48 percent of Super Bowl Sunday traffic fatalities last year involved a driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. Increased patrols will be on the streets looking for intoxicated drivers. But not only drunken drivers could get in trouble. According to Oregon State Police, you can be held legally liable and even prosecuted should you serve someone alcohol, and that person later is in an impaired driving crash. Images of impaired drivers attempting to walk a straight line are omnipresent in the media, but the test begins before an impaired driver even begins walking, said Officer Brian Frazzini of the Salem...

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City is no place for chickens

By ERIN F. LEE I was disappointed to read that the Keizer City Council will consider allowing chickens in residential neighborhoods. I know first-hand that this is not a good idea. Two years ago, my neighbors had illegal chickens in their yard. My husband and I were awoken one morning by a strange squawking noise. We went outside to investigate and found a chicken in our neighbor’s yard. At first we thought it was kind of humorous until our dog, a Siberian Husky, began to go crazy for the chicken. Whenever she was out in the yard she was completely obsessed with trying to get over the fence and get to the chicken. During the weekdays we keep our dog in a kennel in the backyard. The kennel borders the fence where the chicken was kept. My biggest fear was to come home after work to discover that our dog had found a way to jump over the fence and kill the chicken. It wasn’t just our dog that went crazy for the chicken. Our other neighbors that also shared a fence with the chicken had two dogs that couldn’t be let outside because they would bark and try to dig under the fence. Eventually we noticed a total of three chickens in our neighbor’s yard. It was too much for us to take. We finally made the decision...

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