Month: March 2012

Population projections could shape city’s future

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Planning commissioners forwarded to the Keizer City Council earlier this month a population projection city officials believe will stand up to possible legal challenges. The Keizer City Council, as part of the state-mandated periodic review process, is holding a public hearing on April 2 to decide whether the projected population of 48,089 is included in planning documents that could one day determine the size, if any, of a potential urban growth boundary amendment. Community Development Director Nate Brown said that figure is based on factors that include past growth for the city, region and state along with statewide anticipated population increases. Numbers were based primarily on a Marion County projection of county-wide population expectations, along with estimated growth patterns provided by Portland State University. State law require a 20-year supply of buildable commercial and residential lands within the urban growth boundary – a line drawn around cities essentially dictating where they are allowed to grow. A regional forecast prepared by ECONorthwest concluded Keizer would need space for some 2,800 homes within the next 20 years to meet projected demand, including 1,710 single-family and 1,177 medium and medium-high density housing units – equaling about 439 acres. Brown cautioned against aspirational estimates of more growth, saying groups like 1,000 Friends of Oregon have filed legal challenges to other cities’ plans – and have successfully delayed...

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Offending sculpture in snow gets cops called

A Keizer woman found out snow sculptures of genitalia are not, in fact, illegal – after she called police to report it. The complainant called dispatchers just before noon Thursday, March 22, reporting a “large penis made of snow on the sidewalk” in the 800 block of Plymouth Drive NE, according to a Keizer Police report. She found it offensive and was afraid children might see it, but an officer told her there were no laws broken. The responding officer also advised the resident of the home where the offending snow sculpture was located. The resident said friends built it as a prank the night before and offered to break it up. Listen to the call to...

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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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