Day: October 15, 2012

Developer makes bond payments current, avoiding foreclosure & auction

Two prime parcels at Keizer Station set to be auctioned to the highest bidder to cover costs associated with an anticipated bond default won’t be placed on the block after all. City officials announced late Monday afternoon that Chuck Sides paid a total of $627,009.25 to make current payments on taxpayer-financed local improvement district bond debt. The properties, which are adjacent to Interstate 5 along Keizer Station Boulevard, were to be auctioned on the steps of the Marion County Courthouse at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. Now the only piece up for grabs is a 1.47 acre parcel deemed unbuildable and worthless by the Marion County Assessor’s office – it literally has a tax assessment of $0. That auction is moving forward, said City Attorney Shannon Johnson, meaning Sides would lose title to the land. On the other two properties, Johnson explained that payments were made current, but the bond debt was not paid off completely. “He had to bring them current before the foreclosure sale,” Johnson said. “That means he paid the past due payments, all the penalties, attorney fees and the property taxes we paid for him on those two properties.” The city issued $26.8 million in bonds to pay for infrastructure in Keizer Station, and divided that amount up among the properties set to benefit from the investment. Lowe’s and Target were assessed $2.2 million, and paid it...

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Woman wakes up to rifle-toting burglar

A Keizer woman awoke early Sunday morning to find a young man stealing rifles from her Sunset Avenue home. The victim called 911 at 3:53 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 to report the incident in the 600 block of Sunset Avenue N. She said she heard a noise and found a man she didn’t know standing in her kitchen, holding an armful of rifles he took from her home. She screamed and the man fled with the rifles in hand. The kerfluffle awoke her husband and neighbors. She said the man also stole her large flat screen television. Keizer Police along with Salem Police set up a perimeter and attempted to track down the suspect with a police canine assisting. They recovered the television but didn’t find the suspect. He is described as a Hispanic juvenile between 16 and 18 years old, standing five feet tall, weighing 150 pounds with black hair and wearing blue jeans and a light colored t-shirt with red trim. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Officer Dan Carroll at 503-390-3713 ext....

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“The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling

“The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling c.2012, Little, Brown $35.00 / $35.99 Canada 503 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER When you’re gone, you’ll leave behind many important things. There’ll be photos and memorabilia, money, bric-a-brac, and property to divvy up. Great-grandma’s china goes here, your mother’s jewelry there, and a cherished belonging of your father’s will become someone else’s cherished belonging. When you’re dead and gone, you’ll leave many things behind because you can’t take them with you – although, in the new novel “The Casual Vacancy” by J.K. Rowling, some wished that Barry Fairbrother had. Everyone in the small England town of Pagford was shocked when Barry Fairbrother died of an aneurism. He was alive one minute, gone the next – but definitely not forgotten. That’s because Barry’s death left a “casual vacancy” on the Pagford Parish Council. In a normal year, that wouldn’t have meant much but this year, Barry’s vote on the issue of the Fields, a local housing complex, was an important one. Political wrangling and dirty deals had allowed the Fields to be built on the outskirts of Pagford some sixty years ago, which was a sore point ever since. Always intended for lower-income residents, the area was once tidy and well-kept but was now run-down, garbage-filled, and filthy with a rehab clinic conveniently nearby. Disgusted, many Pagford residents wanted the Fields annexed...

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MHS Fine Arts open house Oct. 18

The McNary High School Fine Arts Department is hosting an Open House Thursday, Oct. 18, at the high school. Students will be rehearsing the upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors on the stage, recording music in McNary’s brand new Studio M recording space, creating music in choir, orchestra and band rooms, working on amazing pieces of art in the art labs, recording and editing school and community videos in the production studio and designing ads, editing photos and creating t-shirts in the graphics space between 6:30 and 8 p.m. Teachers and McNary administrators will be on hand to answer students and parent questions. During the Open House, the programs will hold a drawing for its first three scholarships in the amounts of $250, $150, and $100.  In addition, there will be eight drawings for $25 gift cards to Michael’s and Uptown...

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