Day: January 29, 2012

Bob & Pam Zielinski named Keizer First Citizens

Longtime local benefactors Bob and Pam Zielinski were honored as Keizer’s First Citizens at a banquet Saturday night. Also recognized were: – Audrey Butler, Mary Kay, Merchant of the Year – Kim Phillips, McNary High swim coach, Service to Education Award – Al and Anne Rasmus, Keizer Heritage Center, President’s Award The Keizer Chamber of Commerce gives out the awards at its annual...

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Blown deadline means one-sided opinion on annexation measure in voter’s pamphlet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Keizer voters receive the Voter’s Pamphlet leading up a March ballot measure asking for their support of Keizer Fire District’s annexation of the Clear Lake area in northern part of the city, it’s likely they’ll notice a disparity. The pamphlet will include the ballot title, an explanatory statement for the measure, four arguments against the measure and none in favor of its passage. “We’re on the ballot March 13 and will move forward from this point based on the strength of the arguments we’ve been making for nearly a year,” said Chief Jeff Cowan, of Keizer Fire District. Cowan convened an executive session of the Keizer Fire Board Monday, Jan. 23, to discuss the development. Keizer Fire officials and their attorney, Bob Blackmore, planned to submit statements in favor of the annexation measure simultaneously with the ballot title and explanatory statement. However, when judicial approvals of the title and explanatory statement overran the deadline for submitting to the voter’s pamphlet, January 17, elections officials declined to accept the statements in support of the measure. “We’ve had lots of deadlines to meet in regard to this issue and this was one we should have had given more prominence,” Blackmore said. In addition to meeting ballot issue deadlines, Keizer Fire District attorneys have been fending off litigation and appeals filed by Marion County...

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