Month: November 2011

Home businesses face new rules

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Home-based businesses with multiple employees face stricter regulations from the city of Keizer. The Keizer City Council last Monday, Nov. 7, passed development code updates that would primarily affect contractors and other employers whose workers assemble first at a residential home before heading out to a work site. Councilors still have to make the changes official at a future meeting via passing an official ordinance. Councilor Cathy Clark amended the proposed changes to state no more than two employees could assemble at a home. “Part of this desire was to make it as permissive as possible while still protecting the neighborhood,” said Community Development Director Nate Brown, who said some 1,500 businesses were registered to homes throughout the city of Keizer. It was a question of particular interest to city councilors because several of them operate full or part-time businesses out of their home. Councilor Jim Taylor, the only one with an employee, recused himself from the vote. “It’s more people coming to a place to report to work and that busy (activity) in the early morning hours,” said Councilor David McKane. “It’s the commotion going on.” “This past year we have had two very difficult cases where contractors assemble their workers in the neighborhood,” said Brown, “and I’ve had very angry people calling me and my staff.” Under the new regulations, business...

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Ammunition explodes as firefighters attack blaze

Keizer Fire District firefighters braved exploding ammunition to extinguish an early-morning blaze that displaced a family of eight Monday, Nov. 28. Keizer Fire District crews responded to a report of a fire at 951 Sagrada Circle N. at 12:12 a.m. The family safely evacuated the home after an unknown odor grew to the point that smoke drove them from the residence. A officer from the Keizer Police Department arrived on the scene to find a fully involved garage fire. When crews from the Keizer Fire District arrived on the scene they began attacking the blaze, which had spread into the house and burned to the second floor attic. KFD officials immediately went to a second alarm which brought units from Salem Fire Department and Marion County Fire District #1 in to assist.  Firefighters were able to stop the fire at the point of origin and stop the progression of fire through the attic to the rest of the home, said  Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan. Firefighters ended up working under fire as ammunition in the garage was consumed and some explosions were caused by the heat. The homeowners reported smelling something prior to the discovery of smoke and were attempting to find the origin when the fire was discovered and became immediately too intense to remain in the home. The mother, father and six children, ages seven months to...

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“Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney

“Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney c.2011, Greystone Books $15.95 / $17.95 Canada 160 pages   By TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The footage of that day was beyond scary. It looked like those first few steps when someone gets off a carnival ride, those dizzy, leg-shaking seconds of no equilibrium. Like walking on a waterbed. Or like waltzing on a sea of jelly as the world breaks apart. Whatever it was like, you vowed that you’d never go through an earthquake without a little preparation. But then life stepped in and, well, The Big One might never arrive anyhow, right? Maybe, but why take chances?  With the new book “Are You Ready? How to Prepare for an Earthquake” by Maggie Mooney, you’ll be well-armed. So you saw the news from Japan last spring. Maybe you even experienced an earthquake yourself and you never want to go there again – and for good reason. Maggie Mooney says that over 3 million people died in earthquakes in the twentieth century alone. In order to be completely safe from a quake, you need to understand psychology, she says. Humans tend to naturally “under-perceive” risk. We “assess risk based on our likes and dislikes rather than by… true advantages and disadvantages.” To counter that, we must prepare, push aside denial, and foster resilience. Because our brains usually take over...

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Salem Rehab makes local presence felt

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Salem Rehabilitation Associates recently moved its 20-strong staff to new offices in Keizer. The medical group specializes in rehabilitating those who suffered injuries or have a chronic condition affecting mobility and quality of life. “Our focus is on function,” said Dr. Raymond Brumbaugh, a physician and partner. “We try to help people who had illness or injury resume normal function as much as possible. We deal with things like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury (and) a lot of non-operative musculoskeletal injuries.” Patients are generally referred to the clinic, he said. The move to Keizer resulted from  a chance to  own their property. “We had been renting for that time and it seemed like a good time to get our own place and to get more exposure,” Brumbaugh said. “We were not real visible to the community from our other location.” Founded in 1988, the practice was formerly in a Salem Hospital-owned building on Center Street. The Keizer location also provided easier access from Woodburn and points northward, he said. The 7,300 square foot building was “gutted and remodeled,” he said, adding an elevator for disabled access. Brumbaugh said their specialty came into its own after World War II “when people were coming back from war with amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries … it fills that gap in their medical care.” The...

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New faces, coach buoy Celt hoop dreams

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball had a less-than-stellar season in 2010-11, but fresh faces and a new coach have players hopeful for a turnaround. “Our main goal needs to be to win the CVC and nothing less, said Johnathan Doutt, a sophomore joining the varsity ranks this season. New Celtic head coach Ryan Kirch was less firm in his stated goals for the team, but he’s liked what he’d seen in the first week of practice. “It’s a great opportunity to come to a great school loaded with a lot of tradition and work to getting the program back to where it was at,” Kirch said. “We’ve got four seniors returning to the team, three sophomores and a few juniors.” In addition to Doutt, Kirch cited Brandon Lao and Nick McDonald for their efforts in practice. “Brandon is a good skill player and Nick has kind of been our glue guy working hard and very fundamental,” Kirch said. That doesn’t mean there aren’t kinks to work out before the team’s first game Wednesday, Nov. 30, at McNary. “We’re pretty talented and we’re quick. We just need to be able to run our offense and get into the game that way. If we do that to our full potential we should win some games,” said senior Garren Robinett. Robinett wanted to...

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