Day: October 25, 2012

Christopher enjoys cash advantage in mayor’s race

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes At least on paper, Mayor Lore Christopher holds a significant cash advantage over opponent and city councilor David McKane in the city’s first contested mayoral election in a decade. According to state records, Christopher has raised $5,450 as of Tuesday and spent $3,135 in her bid for a seventh term as mayor. McKane is in the ballpark when it comes to spending – $2,663.23 – but lags in fundraising, reporting $2,886 as of Tuesday. His account balance is $222.27, while Christopher has $2,315 on hand as the campaign heads into the final stretch, although her campaign reports an outstanding loan of $1,030. Christopher’s largest single contribution was $2,000 from the Mid-Valley Affordable Housing Coalition, the political arm of the Home Builders Association of Marion and Polk Counties. Another four-figure contribution was $1,000 from the Keizer Professional Fire Fighters Union on October 15. Christopher backed Keizer Fire District in its proposed annexation of the Clear Lake neighborhood earlier this year, while McKane opposed the effort. A $1,000 in-kind contribution comes courtesy Select Impressions of Salem. Baxter Ridge LLC, a company owned by developers Lee Sjothun and Tim Smith, contributed $400. Brandon Smith’s re-election committee chipped in $200, while Cheryl Gribscov put in $200. Contributions totaling $650 came from those putting in $100 or less. The single largest contribution to McKane’s campaign comes from Rich...

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Celts prep B-movie musical ‘Little Shop’

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Spoiler Alert! Of all the things they might have looked forward to about McNary High School’s upcoming production of Little Shop of Horrors, the thing Kendra Smith and her understudy Julia Fegles are most looking forward to getting eaten by a nine-foot plant puppet. “It’s going to be awesome,” Smith said, who plays Audrey I. “I hear there’s a slide inside of it,” added Fegles. If it’s beginning to sound like you might have missed a McNary play somewhere along the line with the annual musical set for fall instead of winter, rest assured it’s all according to plan. McNary drama director Dallas Myers switched the line-up for the 2012-13 school year and put the musical first. The curtain rises on Little Shop next month with performances scheduled Nov. 8-10 and Nov. 15-17. Trevor Mink takes on the role of Seymour Krelborn, the florist who discovers a carnivorous talking plant, Audrey II, in his care. “I really wanted the lead this time because it felt like one I could handle,” Mink said. “It’s been really interesting in rehearsals because we haven’t had Audrey II around yet, not even the smaller versions. We just sort of pretend he’s there, but it’s been surprisingly smooth.” Mink, a senior, didn’t realize how large the final version of Audrey II was going to be until Smith...

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