Day: May 23, 2012

City: Walmart out of Keizer Station talks

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes While a grocery store may anchor Area C of Keizer Station, it’s looking like Walmart won’t be the one. Walmart has notified developer Alan Roodhouse in writing that they are no longer participating in the Area C project, said Nate Brown, the city of Keizer’s community development director. Walmart had been cited as the most likely tenant for the development for several years, but had never confirmed plans to occupy for a 116,000 square foot building at Keizer Station, south of Lockhaven Drive and east of Chemawa Road NE. And while the plan was approved by the Keizer City Council, the Land Use Board of Appeals ordered the city to reconsider it due to flaws in the traffic study and to hold true to a requirement that adjacent, mixed-use property be constructed at the same time. The “large discount grocer” referenced in site plans may not be part of the new proposal that could come forth from developers as early as next week, Brown said. “They would like it to be grocery, but they don’t have any contract or anything,” Brown said. The possible store was cited by Michael Roth, president of Roth’s Fresh Markets, as one reason that their Keizer location was set to close next month. The possibility of a Walmart in what has traditionally...

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MHS film screening tackles human trafficking

By STACEY TITCHENAL For the Keizertimes “They are sort of the forgotten people in society and they are in need of help….As a counselor, I also believe that everyone is capable of healing,” said Cynthia Shaver, an intern counselor at Concordia University and the founder and chairman of POLE (Purposed, Original, Loved, and Empowered). It is a common misconception among the general public that trafficking is something limited to third-world countries and too taboo to be happening here in the U.S. Yet every year, 50,000 women and children from at least 49 countries and as many as 300,000 American children are trafficked in the United States. On Thursday, May 24, at 2:30 and 7 p.m., McNary High School will offer free screenings of the documentary Sex + Money: A National Search For Human Worth, which attempts to dispel misconceptions that human trafficking, is other people’s problem. Much of the content is mature in nature. According to, sex trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act is under 18 years of age. More than 1.7 million children run away each year, not to something, but away from something; only a quarter to...

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