Day: November 21, 2012

Task force looks at future land use

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If plans for a hospital arrived at city hall, would Keizer have the policy to move forward? And is there the room for such a project? Those questions and more were discussed recently during the third Economic Opportunities Analysis task force meeting at Keizer Civic Center. The next meeting is Jan. 10. Jerry Johnson, principal at Johnson Reid, said medical facilities and sporting events are two key industries moving into the future for Keizer. “Medical facilities and sporting events jumped out,” Johnson said. “Those are the two we’re focusing specific attention to at this time, to see if there’s something in the inventory to meet those needs.” Johnson cautioned against focusing on trying to attract warehouse businesses. He feels available land would be better suited for a medical facility. “If you want to see medical, you have a more defensible piece,” Johnson told a group including city staff, mayor Lore Christopher and city councilors. “Our recommendation is to take the baseline analysis and modify it for medical.” There was plenty of discussion about the accuracy of long-range projections. Christopher feels recent job growth in Keizer will continue. “We can feel reasonably sure we will add a significant job piece with what’s going to be happening,” she said. “Just imagine if we had the land.” City councilor David McKane noted how much land a...

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Keizer man provides leadership for angler/conservation org.

By G.I. Wilson For the Keizertimes To refer to Jim Zelenka as just another volunteer, is like calling Superstorm Sandy just another weather disturbance. Zelenka is currently serving his third term as president of the Capitol Chapter of the Northwest Steelheaders Association. Prior to becoming president, he served on the board of directors, as vice-president and treasurer. In 2011, he served on the association board–in Portland–as membership director. In August, he became secretary for the association. As president of the Capitol Chapter, he has three major goals: General education: On fishing opportunities, how to fish and issues involved in fishing, including more fishing opportunities. Social events: Involving steelheaders and families. A picnic is planned each summer. A Christmas potluck for families has become popular. The chapter has become one of the sponsors for an annual Steelheaders summer rendezvous for all chapters at Foster Reservoir. Project: To improve fishing opportunities. The chapter has adopted Minto County Park on the North Santiam River. There is an annual spring clean-up and enhancement of trails. New benches have been constructed. New picnic tables will be installed in the spring. Another clean-up takes place at North Santiam State Park, site of the club’s summer picnic. A new project for the association this year was the River Ambassador Program. Steelheaders provided a three-day fishing retreat for the Wounded Warriors program. Wounded warriors from Ft. Lewis/McCord...

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