Month: July 2013

Quickie’s to quickly become Bentley’s

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After more than 10 years, Quickie’s is closing down at the end of the month. However, it quickly will open again. Owner John Sandstrom confirmed the coffee stand at 4435 River Road North, in the parking lot in front of The Cotton Patch, will become a Bentley’s Coffee. “We sold the business,” Sandstrom said. “It will be changing names. I decided to retire for the time being. We’re staying in the area. Our home is still here. We will probably do some traveling.” Sandstrom said he sold the business to Brandon Eastman, owner of Bentley’s Coffee in Salem. He believes Eastman is planning to reopen the facility as a Bentley’s on Aug. 5. Messages left for Eastman were not returned. However, a post on Bentley’s Facebook page on July 19 stated: “Keizer Bentley’s opening in August!” Sandstrom noted he moved to Keizer 11 years ago and opened Quickie’s in November 2002. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 26 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 of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Parks Board mulls priorities for potential new source of funding

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If there is more funding for parks in Keizer, what should the top priority be? That was the question asked by Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, during the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting earlier this month. Parks Board members in recent meetings have talked about the idea of adding $2 to the water bill residents pay. That funding would bring in an estimated $350,000 per year in new revenue. “We’ve been through similar exercises with the police department, as well as parks on previous ballot measures,” said Susan Gahlsdorf, Finance director for the city. “There are different ways of going about it. I have experience with what works. I’m here to offer my help. Resources are available to the group to promote parks and to be successful. My goal is to make it successful.” Lawyer said Gahlsdorf is putting together a five-year plan for park operations to see how much funding would be necessary. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 26 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 of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North...

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Envisioning an educational center at KRP

  By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Just what would happen at an educational center out at Keizer Rapids Park? In recent weeks, Keizertimes has looked at Rick Day’s renewed efforts to get an educational center at KRP. Day’s plans have been approved by the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board – of which he is part – three times, including earlier this month. Members of the Keizer City Council would have to approve plans before the project could go forward. Day, owner of Advantage Precast in Keizer, has proposed converting the existing Charge house into an educational center. He estimates such a project would cost $170,000. Of that, he’s hoping for $70,000 from the city in the form of System Development Charges (SDCs) and the rest from donated materials and volunteer labor. But what is the vision for such a facility? “It would serve a bunch of purposes,” said Day, who drew up plans in March 2009. “A school bus could drop kids off on weekdays. There would be a walkway to the courtyard above the amphitheater. In that corridor, there would be historic and art-related stuff. Plants could be in placards. There are two paddles we have procured from sternwheelers. What I would love to see is that integrated somewhere in the park. “So you would have the sternwheeler thing, native plants and the history of the...

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Gubser NA adds to name, boundary

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Finally, the Gubser Neighborhood Association is officially Greater. Leaders with the neighborhood association had voted several months ago to expand the boundaries, to match the Gubser Elementary School boundaries. At the same time, adding “Greater” to the name was proposed to signify new neighborhoods being brought into the fold. The issue came before Keizer City Councilors July 15. Councilors voted unanimously to allow the expansion. The association, which held its first annual neighborhood-wide garage sale last Saturday, is now the Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association (GGNA). At a previous meeting in July Brad Coy, president of GGNA, estimated the expansion would mean 2,000 homes are within GGNA boundaries, roughly matching the size of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the July 26 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 of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Student activist: Cops should draw Tasers first on Fido

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  A few weeks ago, a friend sent Ryan Ripp a link to a video that showed police officers in Hawthorne, Calif., arresting a man and then shooting and killing the man’s dog, a rottweiler, after it shimmied out of a car window. Ripp watched the video on his phone and felt he had to do something about it. “I have a rottweiler. They’re great, big, loving dogs and I couldn’t believe the cops shot that dog in the video,” Ripp said. “I started asking myself how they were permitted to do that.” Fortunately, Ripp, 18, has friends in high places. He called one of them, Oregon Sen. Greg Matthews, D-Gresham, to inquire about what might be done. Matthews, a former police officer, said he would make some calls and get back to him. Ripp’s name and face might be familiar to some. In 2011, as a sophomore at McNary High School, Ripp took up the cause of prohibiting picketing at military funerals in Oregon. He testified on behalf of the proposed bill in front of the Oregon Legislature and the bill became law in 2012. He graduated from McNary in June and will continue his education at Western Oregon University this fall where he plans to study political science. Ripp garnered local, statewide and national headlines for his efforts to limit protests...

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