Day: June 28, 2011

Mayor looks to ease growth boundary tension with Salem

  By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes While some city councilors were still stinging over remarks made at a Salem City Council work session earlier this month, Mayor Lore Christopher said the two communities are “in counseling,” a nod to the matrimonial terminology that has been used to describe the Keizer-Salem relationship. At that work session several councilors had advocated a regional approach to possible urban growth boundary (UGB) expansion, i.e. essentially treating Salem and Keizer as one community for planning purposes. Christopher sought to strike a balance between that viewpoint while not conceding all major future development in the area to Salem. “Employees don’t know boundaries, crime doesn’t know boundaries,” Christopher said. The mayor said a split of the boundary would only be palatable “if we have no other alternative.” Other councilors, however, questioned how willing Salem’s leaders may be to listen to Keizer’s case. “Some of the comments we heard from Salem’s meeting kind of made it sound like, well, Keizer made their bed 30 years ago and you’re going to have to lie in it,” said Councilor Brandon Smith. “That didn’t sit too well with me.” “I don’t think we say, ‘we really absolutely don’t want to do this,’” said Councilor Jim Taylor.  “If you can’t work well with us we’re going for it.” Christopher added she’d received two apologies from Salem city councilors over remarks...

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Next stop for McNary alum: Kenya

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Trevor Bassett-Smith got off the field during his final McNary High School football game, he wasn’t greeted, as he expected, by his mother. He was met by friends of the family. “They told me that my mom had gone to the hospital to be with my dad,” Trevor said. Trevor’s father, Ron Bassett-Smith, had been battling with cancer and a malformed kidney, both the result of exposure to the synthetic pesticide DDT while serving in Vietnam. Ron had recently undergone surgery to treat kidney issues and doctors knicked an artery that been displaced because of the malformation. He’d already undergone one surgery to repair the bleeding, but it ruptured again while Trevor was on the field. Tom Smythe, McNary’s then-football coach, drove Trevor to the hospital to meet his parents. “The first words out my dad’s mouth were, ‘Hey, I’m sorry, but how was your game,” Trevor, now 23, said. “Even then he still wanted to give me so much.” Trevor’s relationship with his father weighed heavily in his decision to apply for the Peace Corps last year and he deployed on assignment to Kenya earlier this month. “I started thinking that I had a lot of opportunities in my life that were handed to me, and I thought it would be a good choice to give to someone else who...

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