Day: March 29, 2012

Mayor Christopher announces re-election bid

Mayor Lore Christopher will seek a seventh term as Keizer’s mayor. First elected in 2000, she has held the position longer than anyone else. Christopher is also Keizer’s first female mayor. The full text of her press release is below: It is with great excitement that I announce my campaign for election as your mayor for 2013-2015 term of office. In the past twenty four years that I have lived in Keizer, I have seen this city grow from a small town on the outskirts of Oregon’s capital city to a true hometown with strong local commerce, outstanding schools and reliable public safety. I am proud to call Keizer my hometown and I want to thank each of you who have supported (both financially and emotionally) my efforts to gain and retain this position. I want you to know how much I have appreciated that support – and I want to assure you that I remain committed to our City and our future in the years to come. Some elected officials have a “platform” or cause for running. Mine is simple. It has not changed in 12 years. I believe that a successful hometown needs affordable government services, available local jobs, parks, recreation and safety for all citizens. While our city has enjoyed great success in many areas, the fundamentals for a vital local economy hold true: local jobs,...

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Keizer teen rolls perfect game at Town & Country

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Thirteen-year-old Nick Blythe of Keizer rolled a 300 game in the Junior-Major youth league at Town & Country Lanes Saturday, March 17. A month earlier, the phenom rolled a 296 in practice, but his highest game in league competition until last week was a 279. Nick has been bowling since he was two years old and part of league competition since he was six. As a result, he has a growing collection of bowling balls and picked out a ball he hadn’t used for a few months before heading to the lanes on Saturday. “A friend gave it to and I’d bowled a 280 with it, but I hadn’t used it since,” Nick said. He asked his father, Jeff, to buy him some tape for his thumb to make it a better fit before getting started. Nick knew he was on a roll when he laid down all ten pins for the sixth consecutive frame, but it was the tenth frame that gave him the closest call. On his tenth ball, the four pin stood up and wobbled before finally keeling over. Then his ball got stuck in the return creating an unwanted break to his flow. He had a quick talk with his coach, Scott Miller, and then went to sit back down with a friend while a growing crowd tittered around...

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Keizer Fire institutes fast track for experienced volunteers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Experienced volunteer firefighters now have an easier path to volunteering for the Keizer Fire District thanks to a new Fast Track program. In January, the Keizer Fire District began receiving a glut of applications from experienced firefighters requesting entry into the Keizer Fire District volunteer firefighter program. Historically, the District would eagerly accept such individuals and schedule them for the next recruit academy, but that window wouldn’t have opened until May or June. Division Chief Hector Blanco attributed the rise in applications from experienced volunteers to the sluggish economy. “I really think the economic state has impacted the candidates. Most of the applicants either moved into Keizer or plan to move into Keizer with friends or family,” he said. “I’m just happy they are considering Keizer, and providing us with an opportunity to better serve the community.” Rather than waiting for the next recruit academy to begin, district officials created the Fast Track program. “The Fast Track individuals are already certified and experienced to the Firefighter I or II level. Most understand firefighting operational techniques and jargon,” Blanco said. Once accepted to the program, Fast Track volunteers have only to familiarize themselves with KFD-specific policies and procedures, which occurs during their volunteer shifts, Blanco said. District officials prefer Fast Track applicants be pre-certified as emergency vehicle drivers for entry to the program....

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