Day: June 3, 2011

Land needed for more than 2,800 new homes, study says

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer needs room for more than 2,800 home units in the next 20 years to meet projected demand, a preliminary report indicates. Prepared by ECONorthwest, the report shows Keizer needs room for 1,710 single-family residential units along with 1,177 medium and medium-high density housing units. Keizer officials debated what those figures mean for the city’s future at a Monday night work session. “We knew we were negatively impacted by being so constrained,” said Mayor Lore Christopher. City staff are tasked with bringing the city council options as to what to do next. The report shows an overall need for medium-density housing in the Salem-Keizer urban growth boundary (UGB). State law requires a 20-year supply of buildable commercial and residential lands within the UGB. However, Salem has a rather large surplus of residential land; room for about 10,591 single-family homes more than needed, the report states. It says the Cherry City needs space for about 3,283 multi-family units. Estimates are Keizer’s population will grow by 34 percent between 2012 and 2032, to about 50,961. Figures came from the Population Research Center at Portland State University. These numbers were used to create the report, and Keizer may officially adopt them as baseline figures from which to begin urban growth boundary discussions. And the projections are made on the assumption that the UGB is split. While...

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QuickStart Tennis Training set June 11

The Keizer Tennis Association wants to see a court in every driveway and an upcoming workshop for youth 10 and under is intended to get it started. KTA and Courthouse Athletic Club is hosting a United States Tennis Association QuickStart Tennis training workshop on Saturday, June 11, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Courthouse Tennis Center, 1339 Madison St. NE, in Salem. The fee is $10. This fun workshop is intended for parents, tennis coaches, PE teachers, and tennis professionals who want to learn more about the QuickStart Tennis format. Marceil Whitney, tennis professional and USTA national trainer from Seattle, Wash., will conduct the training. Experience is not required to join the QST Workshop. Registration deadline is June 8. To sign up for the Recreational QuickStart Tennis Training Workshop or to get further information, go to KeizerTennisAssociation.org or call Rick Hammerquist at...

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Senior National JBO team starts off 1-1

Mark Plaza’s Senior National JBO team opened their season on Tuesday, May 17 against Dallas at home at the KYSA fields. Isaiah Pack earned the win throwing three perfect innings, striking out seven, Evan Alger followed with two shut-out innings in their 10-0 win over Dallas. Keizer only allowed one hit all evening while Tyler Clemens and Braden Palanuk each hit doubles and scored twice, and Oscar Garcia hit two singles scoring twice as well. The team followed up their season opener with a home loss on Thursday, May 19, against a tough Stayton team. Stayton’s Cameron Parker kept Keizer’s bats quiet over four innings with an outstanding performance, allowing Clemens as the only base runner reaching on an error. Garcia, Bodie Blissit, and Pack all shared duties on the mound in their 0-5...

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To the Class of 2011

Whether you are graduating from college or high school, this time is yours. You and your peers have grown up wanting for little.  You’ve been told your whole life that you are special and a winner.  Now is the time for you to prove those monikers to be rightly bestowed. Life is like high school—it’s filled with cliques and in many cases it’s who you know rather than what you know that will carry you the farthest. Be aware that your learning days are  not done, far from it.  Ask any successful person and they’ll tell you that they have learned much more from the people they’ve met and the places they’ve been than any book can tell them. School teaches you up to a point.  What school really should have done for you is to teach you how to find the answers you seek.  With Google, Bing and other search engines, information is at your fingertips.  No web site can tell you what you want to be, what you should like, how you will fit into a world that is unlike the one that your parents stepped into as they graduated from school.  It is only through interaction with people and places that you’ll discover yourself. You’ve spent the past 10 years or so being a member of a team, be it Little League baseball, middle school soccer...

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