Day: October 26, 2012

Fire strikes apartment in east Keizer

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes  A woman and her baby escaped a fire that officials believe started in a bedroom of a four-plex on Meadowbrook Court NE. Keizer Fire personnel arrived on the call after dispatch at about 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 26 to 4276 Meadowbrook Court NE. The resident, Brittany Johnson, was in the shower with her young child when she heard the fire alarm go off. “I got out and saw smoke coming out of the vents and out of my room, and got out as quick as I could,” she said. Keizer firefighters checked a common attic to see if the flames had spread. No one was believed to be remaining in any of the building’s units. More information will be posted later. Cause of the fire is not yet...

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Teaching wonder, one student at a time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Abigail Marzolf, Holly Provost and Isabella Rodriguez lead me around the Forest Ridge Elementary School naturescape showing off their favorite spots, talking about the macroinvertebrates they find in the two ponds and listing the various birds they’ve spotted in the space right outside their classroom door. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the naturescape, but it is the first time I’ve seen it through such young eyes. The girls’ enthusiasm for showing off what they know and willingness to stop mid-sentence and turn over a rock to see if they find anything new is infectious. Even in kids that are born with such traits, it takes constant cultivation to keep them involved at such a high level. In this case, teacher Laurie Aguirre deserves a lot of the credit. “I begin with sharing. Students that wish to tell about, read, or show something they have been working on get the spotlight with the others. It’s a natural progression to then work together with others with a common interest to teach the rest of the class about what they are excited about,” Aguirre said. Aguirre’s role in the classroom is as much that of a mentor as teacher. She tries as much as possible to let the students lead lessons in learning numbers, body parts, planets and months of the year. Even when students...

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Frights, fun and candy abound for Halloween

From the Nightmare Factory to pumpkin carving, local organizations are hosting a throng of Halloween-themed events this coming week. Here are our picks for the best of the best arranged by date. Oct. 28-31 • The Oregon School for the Deaf’s annual Nightmare Factory haunted house runs from 7 to 10 p.m. each night. The school is located at 999 Locust Street N.E. in Salem. Cost is $10 for general admission or $15 for VIP packages. A second run through is only $5. For $40 you can get strapped in a wheelchair and ride through the house courtesy of Booger. Bring two cans of food for the Marion-Polk Food Share and get $1 off your ticket. Saturday, Oct. 27 • Salem’s Starflower Hoops and Hoop Mafia are inviting area residents to hula hoop with the ghosts, zombies, and superheroes of the town during a spirited hoop jam. Extra hula hoops will be provided, and all are welcome to bring their own as well. Put on your finest Halloween costume and join in the festivities. 1 p.m. at 241 State Street in Salem. • Screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Grand Theater, 191 High Street in Salem. Do the time warp again in your favorite costume and join in a slew of interactive elements. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Movie starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29...

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Celts tackle undefeated Titans in final regular season game

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In their first four Central Valley Conference games, the undefeated West Salem High School varsity football team hasn’t put fewer than 30 points on the board. It’s been left up to the Celtics to determine whether or not the team finishes the CVC unblemished. McNary (2-2) faces West Salem (4-0) Friday, Oct. 6, at home. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game is preceded by tailgate party hosted by the McNary Fine Arts Department beginning at 5 p.m. The Celtics plan to draw on experiences a few weeks ago facing the higher-ranked Sprague Olympians. “We realized that Sprague is a really good team and we had moments when we were hanging with them. We tried to focus on the positive aspects of that game and I think we’re going to be in that same area with West,” said Celt Kelly Cowan. Linebacker Grant Gerster added that it will come down to mind over matter. “They have the same athletic ability, it’s going to come down to the technical things like getting the right snap count so we don’t go offsides,” Gerstner said. The Titans have a potent passing attack led by sophomore Cade Smith, the younger brother of current University of Wyoming starter Brett Smith. Headed into last Friday’s squeaker of a win over South Salem High School, 30-29, Smith had...

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Local leaders are cautiously hopeful for local economy

By LACY RAMIREZ For the Keizertimes Local business and political leaders said at an economic summit in Keizer last week that while the economy is well on its way to recovery, it continues to remain in a fragile state. The summit, sponsored by Marion County’s Economic Development Advisory Board, took place on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Keizer Civic Center. Specialists from both the public and private sectors, including Mayor Lore Christopher, gave updates on the economic status of the county, as well as the state as a whole, and discussed different options for improvement. The topics examined during the summit included real estate, tax revenue, the urban growth boundary expansion, job training, regional planning and tourism. The top discussions of the night were those related to job creation and the housing market. Christopher talked about the benefits of the Keizer Station, the greatest being of it having created local jobs. “Six out of seven people leave the city for their job, but not those working at Keizer Station,” Christopher said. Van Khieu, an appraiser currently running for the Marion County Assessor’s seat, and Jay Gordon, executive vice president of the Willamette Valley Multiple Listing Service, provided facts and statistics regarding the housing market. Although 30 percent of the American housing market are foreclosures, the amount of foreclosures occurring has recently dropped by 15 percent both nationally and locally....

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