Day: April 20, 2012

Collision with fire hydrant closes River Road temporarily

A truck collided with a fire hydrant this morning on River Road N. near McNary Estates Drive, closing the street for nearly an hour. A 1997 Ford Explorer struck the hydrant at about 7:28 a.m., knocking it down and dumping hundreds of gallons of water per minute onto the street, forcing Keizer Police officers to temporarily close the area off to traffic. Officers believe the driver suffered from a medical issue that caused the wreck, so no citations were issued. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Officer Eric Jefferson at...

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How a local biz got EarthWISE

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Since Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community went EarthWISE, the results are showing up in savings. The business has cut back on purchasing fertilizer, instead using compost generated on-site, and has also reduced consumption of disposable cups and plates. That’s just a couple of the changes Raeann McDonald, the community’s executive director, said has instilled a sense of pride and provided a positive marketing message. “Social accountability is important,” McDonald said. Marion County assists businesses in becoming EarthWISE certified. It was seeing a list of “businesses we admired” that got conversations started, McDonald said. Garnering the seal of approval requires extensive recycling efforts, including fluorescent lamps and electronics along with the usual cardboard, paper, bottles and cans. They must also choose one like styrofoam, printer cartridges and cooking oil. At Willamette Lutheran, recycling printer cartridges has created a win-win for the center and local schools, McDonald said. The cartridges get sent to the schools, who in turn get credit for it. Recycled paper products are a must – McDonald said those do come with a slight markup. Of course, it helps when you use less of it. A nurse’s report that went to several executives every day generated 6,570 pieces of paper per year. That number has been cut back by two-thirds, keeping one copy on file and the rest distributed by email. The residential...

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Facilities review on tap for Salem-Keizer Schools

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer School District is assessing the conditions of district buildings in the hope of giving the School Board a draft for review in October, Michael Wolfe, assistant superintendent, said at Tuesday’s board meeting. There will be annual updates of facility projects for the next five years, Wolfe told the board.  Several years ago, the board approved a $2.5 million sustained annual investment for deferred maintenance, to be spent after the 2008 bond program expires. Shortly before the regular board meeting, the board held a work session at which it agreed to reconvene the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee so it could determine how much of the original $242.1 million bond issue would be left after expiration of the bond. The administration hopes to have a staff recommendation ready for the board to discuss at its summer planning session in July or August. In other business, the board saw Cristina Wheeler, a volunteer at Kennedy Elementary School, and Zoe Frey, a Whiteaker Middle School student, honored at the agenda-heading Spotlight on Success. Wheeler was named Volunteer of the Month for a variety of activities involving Kennedy. Frey was one of several district students recognized for their awards in the World Beat Festival Art Contest. The board also received a $7,000 check for scholarships, $1,000 for each high school in the district, from Sodexho School...

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Robber snatches pills from pharmacy

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A man robbed the Safeway pharmacy last week. Keizer Police responded to the store, located at 4990 River Road N., at about 8:35 p.m.  Friday, April 13. Officers were told a man entered the business, went to the pharmacy window and demanded painkillers. He said he had a gun. After receiving the pills, he fled the store. The suspect is described as a white man, 35 to 40 years old and between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall. He has short, brown spiky hair with a slight receding hairline and was wearing thick, black wire-framed glasses. He was wearing a black leather jacket, blue button-up collared shirt, blue jeans and white shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Keizer...

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