Day: October 6, 2011

Two-alarm blaze engulfs Keizer home

Three animals perished in a Thursday morning blaze that severely damaged a Keizer home and prompted two alarms. Fire crews were called to 565 Hornet Drive at 2:17 a.m. and discovered flames coming through the roof. A housesitter escaped the blaze and was transported to Salem Hospital. One dog also managed to flee the home and was reportedly doing okay, said Anne-Marie Storms, Keizer Fire District spokesperson. The house was expected to be a total loss, said Rod Conway, deputy fire marshal. “The housesitter woke up and discovered the fire and went to try to go save the animals by taking down a dog gate,” Storms said. “If residents have a fire we urge them to get out of their homes. We all love our animals, but human life is the more important thing.” Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the kitchen and garage areas, but Storms said fire in the attic and crawl space “created a very dangerous environment for firefighters to work in.” “The hardest part of the attack was the fire wasn’t just inside the home, it ended up going into the attic and through the floor to the crawl space,” Storms said. Homeowners Ray and Donna Wilson were out of town. The housesitter awoke at about 2 a.m. to the smell of smoke and found fire in the garage. The home had no...

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Library’s book sale is biggest ever

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Community Library is holding its biggest sale ever – some 18,000 books – Oct. 6-8 at the Keizer Civic Center. The three-day event, a top fundraiser for the all-volunteer library, will be at the civic center for the first time; in previous years it was at the Keizer Lions Club. Most items, including books, CDs and DVDs, cost between 25 cents and a dollars; some items are priced higher. “I think it’s going to be great – you have better parking, more people know where it is,” said Art Burr, a library volunteer and its former director. “Everything about it, I think, is going to be superior.” And we mean it when we say all-volunteer – it doesn’t get a dime from city coffers, or any other government. That’s what makes fundraisers like this so vital, Burr said. “They’re very important,” he said, adding the organization typically raises  about $2,000 per book sale. Library members get first crack at the sale from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. If you’re not a member it’s a great time to join – memberships are available at the door for $3. The sale continues from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 and 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Due to lack of shelf space at its home in...

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Keizer, Salem to soon offer permanent drug disposal site in police stations

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The numbers suggest teenagers – and plenty of others – looking for a high aren’t necessarily going to the corner drug dealer. Their first stop? The closest medicine cabinet. The National Institute of Health reported nearly one in 12 high school seniors have used the painkiller Vicodin for non-medical purposes, while one in 20 have used the much stronger opiate OxyContin. Of those, nearly three in five said they were given to them by a friend or relative. In Oregon, 1,300 people  died of prescription drug poisoning between 1999-2008. So an effort involving the Keizer and Salem Police departments, the Community Action Drug Prevention Network and the City of Salem’s Department of Environmental Services aims to stem the tide of prescription drugs that can potentially end up in the wrong hands. In the coming months both police agencies will house a receptacle for prescription and over the counter drugs that are no longer needed by the patient. “It’s so that drugs don’t get in the wrong hands, especially youth,” said Denise Russell, program director for the Community Action Drug Prevention Network. “Youth are getting the prescription drugs from their parents, their aunts and uncles, or their grand parents’ medicine cabinets.” Even if they aren’t abused, drugs that end up in landfills can pose a threat to soil and groundwater. In Maine, three landfills...

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Celts take on loaded Titan defense

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School senior lineman Anthony Flores expected a win in the Celts’ game with the West Salem High School Titans to rest on which team has the most heart. “Yeah, we had a tough loss, but we have a tougher team ahead of us that we can beat if we have heart and the determination to do it,” Flores said. McNary High School varsity gridders travel to face the West Salem High School this week and it promises to be a test of wills for the Celts as they face the team expected to walk away with this season’s Central Valley Conference crown. “McNary is very talented and capable of scoring in bunches. If they play clean with no turnovers they can beat anyone on their schedule,” said Shawn Stanley, Titan head coach. “We will be prepared for a close ball game and look forward to the challenge.” McNary lost its conference opener 41-35 in a barn-burner that wasn’t decided until the final minute when the Celts’ pushed their way to the North Salem one-yard-line only to have the tying pass intercepted. The Titans are coming off their first conference win, 29-15 over South Salem High School, and have lost only two games this season. The team boasts three impressive defensive linemen in Lochlin Deeks, Matt Sommer and Carl Kreitzberg, who committed...

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