Day: December 11, 2012

Holiday concerts at Capitol Rotunda cancelled

  The holiday concerts by the Whiteaker Middle School, Claggett Creek Middle School, and McNary High School choirs scheduled 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda this Friday, Dec. 14, have been cancelled due to a special legislative session called by Governor John Kitzhaber. The concerts may be rescheduled, but nothing has been confirmed as of...

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Winter Sports Showcase cancelled

The Celtic Winter Sports Showcase scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 15, has been cancelled, according to McNary Athletic Booster Club president Bill Doutt. The Showcase was to focus on the winter sports teams including basketball, dance, wrestling, and...

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How Keizer voted in November

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Lore Christopher swept each precinct on her way to winning her re-election bid for Keizer mayor against challenger David McKane, according to data released last week by the Marion County Elections Department. Christopher garnered a total of 7,686 votes compared to 5,856 for McKane, currently a Keizer City Councilor. Broken down by the eight precincts in Keizer (401 through 408), Christopher won each of the eight. Most notable was her margin in precinct 402, the northwest part of Keizer. There she garnered 1,149 votes compared to 645 for McKane. Another contested race in Keizer was a three-way battle for the Position 3 spot on council. Marlene Quinn garnered 5,195 votes, or 46 percent. Eamon Bishop got 3,548 votes (31 percent) and Matthew Chappell got 2,499 votes (22 percent). Quinn won each precinct, with Bishop taking second in each precinct except 408, by far the smallest in Keizer. In precinct 404, Bishop had just 15 votes more than Chappell. Dennis Koho ran unopposed for the Position 1 council seat and got 98 percent of the vote, while Ken LeDuc easily won the Position 2 battle with incumbent Brandon Smith, who ran as a write-in candidate. LeDuc got 88 percent of the vote. Smith was not listed, but the write-in portion got 12 percent of the vote. In the U.S. President race, Mitt Romney and...

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Storm water rate increased

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On a night with heavy rain, Keizer City Councilors on Monday voted to increase the storm water rates. Councilors agreed via a 6-1 vote to increase rates come January – for each of the next five years. Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, presented his proposed increase of an average of $.45 per Equivalent Service Unity (ESU). The monthly amount will increase each January for the next five years. The current ESU rate is $3.83 a month. That rate will go up to $4.23 a month in January; by January 2017 that rate will be $6.34 a month. Lawyer said the city incorporated a Storm Water Fund in 2007, based on federal requirements enforced at the state level. “What choice did we have?” mayor Lore Christopher asked. Lawyer said there were two options. “We could either get the proper permits or face fines,” he said. “I believe the fine is $10,000 a day until you’re in compliance.” After Lawyer gave examples of required parts of the fund, Christopher wasn’t impressed. “It’s a hugely costly program that I don’t see we initiated or have any choice in,” she said. “Am I wrong?” Responded Lawyer, “That’s it exactly.” Councilor David McKane wasn’t wild about the idea of rate increases in place of money from the street sweeping fund. “This starts January 1, not July...

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