Day: June 21, 2013

City responds to Rawlins

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes City of Keizer officials were not expected to take part in a hearing this week regarding the Rawlins property in Area A of Keizer Station. However, city attorney Shannon Johnson did submit a packet to be part of the record. As detailed last week, a letter was sent to Keizer Mayor Lore Christopher on June 4 about Local Improvement District (LID) fees on two properties owned by Rawlins Real Estate. The letter was written by state Sen. Tim Knopp and Rep. Gene Whisnant of the Redmond area, where Timm and Linda Rawlins own a business. Among other things, that letter noted the $6.7 million bill “greatly exceeds” what the Rawlins can pay. The letter also stated “the facts surrounding this matter are extremely troubling” and mentioned the Oregon State Legislature House Committee on Land Use is scheduled to have a hearing on the LID matter June 20. The letter further stated the LID was placed on the property despite “strenuous objections” by the Rawlins and “appears to be contrary” to a previously negotiated agreement. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 21 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at...

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In full transit mode

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The new Keizer Transit Center is designed for quick in-and-out service for bus riders. The building is not an In-N-Out hamburger joint. It just looks that way, green and solar roof combination notwithstanding. The transit center, the culminating effort in an $8.1 million project for Salem-Keizer Transit, will be used for service starting Monday, June 24. Building hours are 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. A grand opening ceremony is 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, July 1 with a public open house that day from 4 to 7 p.m. While giving the first media tour of the new facility to the Keizertimes on Monday, Sadie Carney, director of Community Relations for Salem-Keizer Transit, noted banners should be up by the end of this week between two large trees along Chemawa Road touting the building as a transit center – not a restaurant. “It does bear a similarity to an In-N-Out,” Carney acknowledged with a laugh. Carney is looking forward to the new facility in Keizer Station opening. “We’ve put in a lot of planning,” she said. “Hopefully it will be a smooth opening.” To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 21 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25...

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Volcanoes take home opener 3-2

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes A 3-2 victory over Hillsboro opened the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes’ 2013 season Friday night, June 14. Chris Johnson, one of the San Francisco Giants’ top prospects, was the starting and winning pitcher, with right field newcomer Tyler Hollick leading the offense before a crowd of 3,421. Although he had only three strikeouts, Johnson held the Hops to two hits and one walk in his six shutout innings. The hit was a first-inning single by Ryan Gebhardt. The Volcanoes’ first run came in the second on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Ryan Jones, scoring Geno Escalante. Ben Eckels, Hillsboro’s starting pitcher, held the Volcanoes scoreless in the next two innings. His control started to slip in the fourth, when he hit leadoff hitter Shilo McCall. Gabriel Cornier then singled to right center field, moving McCall to second base.  Hollick singled to right, driving in McCall, and a throwing error by right fielder Yogey Perez-Ramos allowed Cornier to score. Eckels then hit Jeremy Sy with a pitch but struck out Jones to retire the side. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the June 21 print edition of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe to the print edition for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top...

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