Day: July 15, 2011

Hog bent and Keizer bound

Chrome, chaps and choppers roll in for 2nd annual cycle rally BY JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Good Vibrations is bringing the music, malt, merlot and motorcycles this weekend with Keizer Station as the epicenter. Motorcycle stunt shows and concerts highlight the four-day festival, which started Thursday. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association and the Christian Motorcycle Association. And whether you ride, like looking at bikes or just want to relax and rock out, chances are there’s something for you this weekend. Keizer Station and the Keizer Renaissance Inn will be the headquarters and sleeping quarters, respectively, of this year’s Good Vibrations motorcycle rally. More than 700 bikers registered for last year’s event, and organizers think this year will exceed that number. “Some of the people I’ve spoken with hadn’t registered because the weather was so strange, they were going to wait and see if the sun as ever going to come out again,” said Carol Infranca, a Good Vibrations spokesperson. “They were planning on registering at the event so we’re expecting a lot of walk-ups.” Vendor  Village at Keizer Station will host ride-in shows, bike competitions, aerial jump team performances, vendor booths, food and live music through Sunday, July 17. Highlights include: • LivFast Freestyle Motocross Aerial Stunt shows on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. These are free...

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Celt qualifies for Junior Olympics national meet

McNary High School sophomore Daniel Brattain recently took first place in the 110-meter hurdles at the regional Junior Olympics in Spokane, Wash. He achieved a new personal record of 14.91 with the race. The regional meet was held July 7-11. Brattain also qualified for the national meet in the decathlon with a score of 5333, which was good enough for fifth place, but he exceeded the national meet qualifying score by nearly 500 points. The national meet will be held July 26-31 in Wichita, KS. Brattain will be collecting cans and bottles to raise funds for the trip. In the state meet that qualified Brattain for a shot in the regionals, he ended the first day of competition in first place in the decathlon, but illness sidelined him for the second day and he ended up in fourth place. He still managed to take first place in the discus, however. He took first place and qualified for the regional meet in the 110 hurdles with a time...

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2011 session’s work

By KIM THATCHER Noted anthropologist Jane Goodall once said “compromise is all right, as long as your values don’t change.” That’s the way I would sum up much of the 2011 session of the Oregon Legislature. We all gave a little and got a little but in the end we were able to stick to our principles. We managed to craft a difficult state budget, draw new political boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, and adopt significant policy reforms. This was the first year under the new voter approved annual sessions format and several factors made it one of the shortest in decades. First: the art of compromise. Last fall voters elected eight additional Republican lawmakers giving the House a 30-30 party split and the Senate a 16-14 margin. Those numbers prevented large tax increases and other measures that would have harmed our economy. The political dynamics also lead to many positive changes for state. The recession left the state with a $3.5 billion shortfall in the estimated cost of keeping things going the way they have been. But fiscal realities pushed Governor John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders to construct a responsible budget using the dollars available, rather than an amount of revenue we wished we had. The governor also deserves some credit for his role in the legislative process. Unlike his previous term, this time he got more...

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Veteran’s parking proposal

To the Editor: I am submitting this proposal to gain the support of veterans and citizens (and the City of Keizer) for year round recognition of our military veterans. Active, reserve, retired and previous veterans all served year round defending our nation.  Many return with injuries or the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, and others with great sacrifice to their families.  They deserve some year round recognition and social appreciation aside from one Veteran’s Day in November. I am recommending that we provide at least one veteran’s parking space at every government, public and commercial parking area by voluntary cooperation. Parking in these spaces will require a DMV issued veteran’s license plate (from any state). The spaces will be marked as Veteran’s parking. The signs and installation should cost approximately $75 each. I hope to gain business and organizational support to pay for the signs. I’m sure there will be volunteers to provide the installation work. Local communities, city, county and government properties could designate at least one parking space to be signed for veteran’s parking. The same is true for any and all business and commercial properties. At first there will be no legislative statute to enforce the parking restriction statewide. However, cities and counties could draft local ordinances to provide enforcement. There will be a web site developed to promote the concept and raise funds for signage...

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