Day: August 11, 2011

RIVERfair packs tons of family fun into Keizer park

The fourth annual RIVERfair, collecting arts, culture and a host of family fun activities, arrives Saturday, Aug. 13, at Keizer Rapids Park in Keizer, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Admission is free to the public. The event will kick-off at 9 a.m. with a nature walk through Keizer Rapids Park. Keizer Rapids Park is located at the end of Chemawa Road N. about one and a half miles west of River Road. Staged by the Making Keizer Better Foundation, RIVERfair will feature vendor booths, live entertainment on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater stage and fun activities for all ages. A wine and beer garden will open from 4 to 8 p.m. on the concourse of the amphitheater. Vendors will sell a variety of goods and food, and community organizations will provide informational booths. The Keizer Art Association will have an outdoor gallery.  Art from members will be on display and for sale and visitors to the booth will be able to make shadow puppets while supplies last. KAA members be signing up young artists to develop and stage short skits based on input and shadow images for presentation later in the month. Origami, wood carving, collage, calligraphy, watercolor, oil painting, and patchwork water paper demonstrations are slated throughout the day. The Keizer Parks Foundation will be casting and selling pavers that are placed around the dog park.  Making Keizer...

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Gov signs tough DUII bill backed by Rep. Thatcher

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Anne Pratt still bristles when someone calls her son’s 1998 death an “accident.” It was a wreck, she reminded us at a bill signing Thursday, Aug. 4 that requires installing ignition interlock devices on first-time drunken driving offenders. “Accidents are unforeseen things,” said Pratt, a public policy liaison for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.”Drinking and driving can cause death and serious injuries, and it isn’t an accident. You know.” The legislation captures both those convicted and others who take diversion – allowing those on their first arrest to avoid a conviction if they give up their right to trial and comply with imposed conditions. Rep. Kim Thatcher, R–Keizer, was a prime sponsor with Democratic Reps. Jeff Barker of Aloha, Dave Hunt of Clackamas County, and Val Hunt of Eugene. Gov. John Kitzhaber signed the bills at the Capitol. Thatcher was out of town for the signing but said the devices “are like having a probation officer on the dash board of the car. Ignition interlocks hold offenders accountable while protecting the safety of the public on the road.” Pratt said a New Mexico study showed mandatory interlock devices on first-time DUII offenders’ vehicles can reduce drunken driving by as much as 67 percent. Hunt pointed out MADD’s statistics that the average first-time DUII offender has driven legally intoxicated 87 times. “I think it’s the...

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Sloppy play plagues Volcanoes

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes tied a club record with six errors Sunday on their way to a 9-5 home loss to the Eugene Emeralds. It was the first of a three-game home series with the Emeralds, and the crowd of 2,645 saw Salem-Keizer ahead 2-0 after two innings, with starting pitcher Reiner Roibal holding Eugene hitless to that point with three strikeouts. Then, however, the Volcanoes largely fell apart. In the Volcanoes’ second, Mike Murray singled to left field and went to third when Kaohi Downing doubled off the center field wall. Dan Burkhart hit a sacrifice fly to right, driving in Murray. Downing went to third on the play and scored when Garrett Buechele singled to center. Eugene answered with four runs in the third. Jace Peterson singled to right with two out. Justin Miller doubled to right, and a throwing error by Downing at second base let Peterson score and Peterson reach third. Travis Whitmore doubled to center, driving in Miller. Lee Orr hit a blooper double to shallow right that got Whitmore home. Matthew Colantonio singled to left, scoring Orr. The Volcanoes fourth looked promising with Murray having walked, when Downing hit a blooper in about the same place as Orr’s, but second baseman Miller made a sliding catch and fired to Cole Tyrell at first base to double off Murray. Burkhart...

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