Day: August 1, 2011

Council delays decision on Clear Lake annexation by Keizer Fire

Keizer city councilors chose to delay a decision which would have kickstarted a special election process to decide whether Keizer Fire District or Marion County Fire District 1 will serve the Clear Lake neighborhood. The deferral came just after midnight as the meeting stretched into its sixth hour. Councilors opted to defer resolutions which would withdraw the north Keizer neighborhood from MCFD and annex it into KFD boundaries pending a vote of the people. It was tabled to the next meeting on August 15. This would likely push any public vote past November. Should they eventually refer the matter to voters – and if Keizerites ultimately choose to approve the Clear Lake annexation – the change would take place in June 2012, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson. Attorneys representing either side offering different legal theories: Keizer Fire attorney Bob Blackmore said legal statutes allowing cities with their own fire departments to annex from rural fire protection districts also apply to annexing on behalf of another district; MCFD attorney Christopher Crean said there was no precedent and the statutes give no such authority. “There doesn’t seem to be anything to prevent this method,” said Johnson. “The court may decide the general intent is … with what Marion County fire attorneys (say) … or may say there’s nothing preventing this, and under city’s home rule authority you can do this.” In...

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St. Croix Way will become right-in, right-out only

St. Croix Way will temporarily become a right-in and right-out only street by August 9. Drivers who wish to access St. Croix will need to use Chemawa Road NE from the south or, from Lockhaven, head south on McLeod Drive NE and turn left on Chemawa Road NE; directional signs will be posted on existing Interstate 5 posts. Keizer Public Works officials made the call due to “dangerous movement from southbound vehicles stacking on Chemawa Road,” said Jenniffer Warner, a public works specialist. For more information call Warner at...

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Unattended pot ignites house fire

The Keizer Fire District responded to a residential fire alarm on Saturday, July 29, 2011, at 2:55 p.m., at 248 Garland Way N. The fire was later determined to have been caused by an unattended pot on the stove. Upon arrival the crew on scene found nothing showing from the outside and the homeowner standing in the garage. They informed the homeowner that the alarm monitoring company activated 911 for a smoke detector activation. Keizer Fire District responded with an engine, a medic unit, and a duty Officer. The homeowner had been preparing hummingbird nectar and left the pot cooking on the stove which was determined to be the cause of the fire, while she went outside to work in the yard. Upon entering the residence, crews found moderate smoke leading into the kitchen where they found heavy smoke and flames coming from the stove approximately two to three feet tall. Fire crews were able to contain the fire with a fire extinguisher. It caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. After confirming that the fire did not spread to the attic, fire crews assisted with removing the smoke from the...

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Bears halt Volcanoes eruption

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Yakima ended the Volcanoes’ four-game winning streak Saturday with a 9-2 pounding. The Bears, who have been one of the weaker-hitting Northwest League clubs this season, had 16 hits including four doubles and were ahead 7-0 until Salem-Keizer scored its two runs in the fourth inning. The Volcanoes had only five hits. Starting and losing pitcher Brandon Allen gave up 11 hits and seven runs, six earned, in his three innings. The standout Volcanoes player was shortstop Joe Panik, who went 2 for 4 including a triple, drove in a run and scored one, and started two double plays. Yakima’s attack started in the second inning. Henry Zabala doubled to left field. Tyson Van Winkle singled to center, driving in Zabala, and went to second base on Jesus Galindo’s throw home. Danny Pulfer doubled to center and scored Van Winkle. Westley Moss singled to left and drove in Pulfer. In the Bears’ third, singles by Garrett Weber, Marc Bourgeois and David Narodowski, the last on a bunt, loaded the bases. Zabala singled to right, and Weber scored. An errant throw from right field by Ryan Honeycutt allowed Bourgeois to score. Van Winkle grounded out but scored Narodowski. Pulfer sent Zabala home with a single to center. The first Salem-Keizer hit came in the third inning, and it was an infield single by Garrett...

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