Month: January 2013

RV talk draws eye of clergy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The topic seemed simple enough. When the Keizer Planning Commission met recently, the topic amending rules for recreational vehicles (RV) on church property was the main agenda item. Sam Litke, senior planner for the city, noted the item became more complex hours before the meeting. “It started out being simple and surgical,” Litke said. “Then it got broader, in having to interpret how you allow it in the first place.” City Attorney Shannon Johnson raised concerns regarding RVs. “I think the scope of the amendment needs to be broadened,” Johnson said. “As it sits, the allowance for ‘occupied’ RVs in conjunction with a single-family use is questionable.” For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 25 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Soaring air power

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes By almost any measure, McNary High School’s Air Force Junior Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC) has been a resounding success. In just its first semester as part of the school’s offerings, the program has attracted more than 100 students and proven it can stand among the region’s best. “It’s kind of stressful going in and competing with teams that have been around longer, but we’re stacking up nicely,” said Lt. Col. Ethan Vansell, a senior and the McNary unit commander. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 25 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Wrapping it up

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes, fewer meetings can be a good sign. Such is the case with a task force commissioned by Mayor Lore Christopher to look at issues brought up during last fall’s campaign. One of the main issues was communication between members of the Keizer City Council and citizens. Former councilor Jacque Moir was tabbed to chair the group, comprised mainly of other former councilors. The group met last Saturday morning, Jan. 19, at Keizer Civic Center. The original plan was to have the task force meet three times, for three consecutive Saturdays. Not necessary, according to Moir. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 25 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Detering burglaries

Burglaries are keeping the Keizer Police Department busy. There have been a rash of break-ins recently including at four local dentist’s offices in the past week. Keizer Police’s part-time Crime  Analyst Cara Steele is on the job. Hopefully she can deduce if there is enough of a pattern to determine the same culprits in all these burglaries. At least she can give direction to police patrols of what to be on the look out for. The list of things business owners (and homeowners, for that matter) should do put out by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the police department, should be heeded. Police officers can’t be everywhere, so the public needs to be as proactive as possible in protecting themselves from burglars and even graffiti vandals. Burglaries are not only a major hassle for a business owner, but for their customers and clients as well if the criminals get their hands on personal information in files. The break-ins at the dental offices are serious because it is not only patient information that can be purloined but also any number of drugs that can be snatched. Every business should keep an inventory of their equipment and products. In lieu of a safe, each business should have a procedure for securing cash overnight. A burglary can result in a business installing a security system, which is good for...

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Governor shouldn’t be making money speaking

To the Editor: There’s been very little fuss about it, which has surprised me. Yet, maybe it’s that the American public is so used to politicians these days doing this and that that would have outraged voters just a few years ago, that a permanent jaded outlook has cured like concrete. I reference the decision by the Oregon Government Ethics Committee to respond in the positive to Governor John Kitzhaber’s request that he be allowed to go to and then collect speaking fees for presenting his views on health policy wherever in the world he’s invited to do so. Given the sounds of silence that have followed this decision, apparently no one besides me cares. It just could be, too, that the guy who unilaterally canceled the state’s death penalty, kicked the superintendent of public instruction out of her elective office and took it over himself, attacked those who mainly elected him, PERS retirees, etcetera, cannot be stopped. . . . save by recall. Just a year or so ago, Kitzhaber was hell-bent on being elected to a third term so he could be Oregon’s governor again. He campaigned for the job for months and months before the November, 2010 election (when he could have chosen to be out collecting speaking fees instead). Once in office he began to announce a number of reforms he wanted to make and...

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