Day: May 7, 2013

Briefcase causes closure of Cherry

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Part of Cherry Avenue NE in Keizer was closed for nearly two hours Tuesday due to a suspicious package. Cherry was closed between Manbrin Avenue and Sam Orcutt Way around 11 a.m. when the package was found by the city water pump station at 4160 Cherry Avenue NE. Officers with the Keizer Police Department closed off access to the road and called in the Salem Police Department’s bomb squad to inspect the package, which was a briefcase. Around 12:30 p.m., an SPD robot was sent to look at the briefcase. About 30 minutes later, the robot used a long chord to detonate the briefcase. Cherry was reopened shortly afterwards as police deemed the area safe. No one was injured and an investigation is...

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Youth armor combat group looks for space

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rapids Park has room for all kinds of activities, including…armored combat? Yes, youth armored combat practices could soon be taking place at the park. Carissa Spenst (or Lady Duvessa of Movilla, as she is also known), Youth Armored Combat Warden for the Principality of the Summits, spoke about her group to the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last month. “We fight with armor on,” Spenst said. “We’re looking for a place for practice for the kids who do this. We’re asking for a part of Keizer Rapids Park, on either Saturday or Sunday afternoons. Safety is a priority for us.” The program is open to youth ages 6 to 17, who participate in unchoreographed martial combat replicating chivalric combat from the middle ages, using padded rattan weapons while wearing replica armor. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 3 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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Projections of future growth questioned

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Keizer Planning Commission members looked over figures April 24 that had been discussed and tweaked over the course of several months. Then they were told the numbers weren’t quite right. Two weeks before the meeting, members of the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)/Housing Needs Assessment (HNA) task force approved a report looking at projected economic and population growth in Keizer over the next 20 years. That approval came after a series of comprehensive meetings. But during a public hearing at the April 24 meeting, land planner/landscape architect Bill Horning and land developer Lee Piculell stated numbers in the report were wrong. “Our intention isn’t to impugn the integrity of any of the hard work that’s been done,” Horning said. “The city needs to provide land good for future neighborhoods, like the neighborhoods you moved to when you moved into Keizer. If you’re going to support higher income families than the rest of the state, you have to provide quality neighborhood sites. That will attract more residents. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the May 3 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...

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