Day: March 16, 2012

Clear Lake fire measures fail; Marion County FD prevails

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Local voters opted not to change the fire protection system in Keizer, giving the nod to Marion County Fire District No. 1 over Keizer Fire District in Tuesday night’s special election. Two measures – 24-325 and 24-326 – were on most Keizer residents’ ballots. Clear Lake residents only saw 24-326. Both had to pass in order for the annexation to take effect. Returns showed Measure 24-325 failing 57 percent to 43 percent, with 3,108 votes against and 2,358 votes in favor. Measure 24-326 went down 60 percent to 40 percent, 3,769 to 2,519. Keizer Fire had proposed annexing the Clear Lake neighborhood – with the 1,000 or so homes and tax revenue that come with it – into its territory. It’s currently served by Marion County Fire District No. 1. Randy Franke, MCFD board president, said the two-district setup in Keizer is the best fire protection system available locally at the moment. “Obviously we’re very appreciative and thankful that voters in the entire city of Keizer were able to pick their way through all the, shall we say, competing information out there and decided to leave Keizer covered by two different fire districts,” Franke said. “Historically, our volunteer firefighters at the Clear Lake station have done an outstanding job of providing service and being involved in the community,” Franke said. “And the citizens of...

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Sex offender caught after alleged trespassing at adult care facility

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A Salem man on the sex offender registry is suspected of trespassing at an adult care facility on Arleta Avenue NE. Keizer Police arrested the suspect, who has been convicted of public indecency and sex abuse, after he reported to his probation officer. Officers had been tracking the man after obtaining photos from the adult care facility. The initial incident was at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. Staff at the business heard someone in the bushes and then saw someone they didn’t know inside the building. After initially ignoring requests to leave, he walked out and shortly after re-entered through a different door. Officer Scott Keniston obtained a photograph and shared it with crime analyst Cara Steele. She sent out the photo in a weekly crime bulletin to officers, two of whom – Carrie Anderson and Jeremy Worledge – said they recognized the man. Detective Vaughn Edsall verified the suspect’s identity, and police arranged for him to be arrested at his probation appointment. Arrested was Todd Michael Stiffler, 42, of Salem, for second-degree criminal trespass. Anyone with information on this or related incidents is asked to call Edsall at 503-390-3713 ext....

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Local educators snubbed in naming of new schools

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The names are official now: Battle Creek Elementary School for the school that will open in South Salem in September and Cesar E. Chavez Elementary School for the one that will open in East Salem. Those names received Salem-Keizer School Board approval Tuesday night as the board accepted the recommendations of the subcommittee that worked on the issue for several months. Opinions from the public had included other names, notably those of a few highly regarded former district personnel, but the subcommittee decided against favoring certain former school system employees over others. Also approved were attendance area boundary changes to establish attendance areas for the new schools, as well as an attendance area boundary change involving Keizer and Weddle elementary schools. An area between the schools in Keizer will switch from the Keizer attendance area to that of Weddle. Keizer has had an educational capacity of 681 students and Weddle 501, with the most recent enrollment figures 630 for Keizer and 391 for Weddle. The boundary change is projected to result in enrollments of 572 for Keizer and 449 for Weddle. In other business, the board put on hold plans for a charter school proposal. Concerns were that the Proficiency Academy of Salem-Keizer had not secured space for the school; that the availability of Michael Bremont, who had assured the district that he...

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Time to bare claws for girls tennis team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The head coach of McNary High School’s girls varsity tennis team is well aware of how nice the girls on the team can be, it’s just that he wants them to realize that there’s a time and place for everything. “What we have to do is be more aggressive out on the court,” said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. “They’re incredibly nice, they’re the nicest girls I’ve had to work with, but they have to move up to the net and be aggressive in multiple facets of the game.” With many returning players, it’s not so much that the team doesn’t realize what’s needed, execution is what’s proven to be the sticking point. Delaney Engle proved the point when asked what it would take to make the switch. “We have to go out there believing we can break them,” she said, then blushed as she realized the ferocity of the statement. The thing most likely to work in the Celtics favor this season is experience. The roster is packed with athletes returning to the varsity ranks. “We’re a lot more experienced, but we need to not be tentative,” said Allie Labrousse, who returns to the courts in doubles action with sister Jenny. Other returning players include: Allison McGregor, Jill Jungwirth, and Katrina Cabanlit. Kohley also has an eye on doubles partners Lexi...

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