Day: August 9, 2013

Water a cloudy issue in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Have you noticed some cloudy looking tap water lately in Keizer? If so, you’re not alone. Further, city Public Works officials are aware of the issue and assure there are no health concerns. Last week, Artfarm Pictures posted a video link on the Keizertimes Facebook page. The link included this: “Our water has been cloudy, like lemonade, for two weeks. I’ve talked to three different neighbors on two blocks and it’s cloudy for everyone. What’s up with the water Keizer?” The short video (one minute, 43 seconds) shows some rather cloudy looking water being poured from a kitchen sink into a glass. Over the course of the video, the cloudiness slowly dissipates. Elizabeth Sagmiller, Environmental Program coordinator for the City of Keizer, explained what’s up with the water. “Keizer Public Works staff is aware of the issue,” Sagmiller said. “What you’re seeing is air in the water, which gives the appearance of being cloudy, but is entirely harmless. Public Works personnel are investigating the issue, but we haven’t identified what’s causing the problem just yet. I want to emphasize that there is no public consumption risk.” Sagmiller said on Aug. 2 the issue was not citywide. “The issue is isolated and has only been identified recently,” she said. “The Water Department will make some adjustments today that may result in seeing clearer drinking...

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South beats North in NWL All-Star game

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Volcanoes led the South to an 8-7 win over the North in Tuesday’s Northwest League All-Star Game in Everett, Wash. Sam Eberle hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, singled and scored in the ninth, and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Raymundo Montero, who set the North down in order in the eighth, was the winning pitcher. The North led most of the way, starting with a three-run first inning and adding two runs in the second and two in the third. The South tied the score in the top of the second, trailed 7-4 after four and then got tough on the mound. Salem-Keizer’s Drew Leenhouts was the starting pitcher for the South and lasted only one inning, but both managers, seeking to get playing time for as many players as possible, changed pitchers each inning. In the top of the first inning, Lars Huijer of Everett allowed Volcano Brandon Bednar a double but retired the other three batters. Ian Parmley of Vancouver led off the North first by reaching first base on an error. Jack Reinheimer of Everett singled, and each runner advanced when Vancouver’s Michael Reeves grounded out. LB Dantzler of Vancouver hit a three-run homer. To read the complete article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the August...

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Jump starting KPA project

Keizer Public Arts (KPA) will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the Keizer Chamber Foundation’s Pig in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pig in the Park will have a Hawaiian theme complete with live entertainment and a luau menu. The proceeds will benefit the programs of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, especially to fund Keizer Public Arts. Despite its name there are currently no tax dollars going to the program; the last time the city allocated money for art was in 2010. These days Keizer Public Art is funded completely by donations from the private sector. We hope the Pig event will get the art program back on track. Since its inception in 2008 annual events have been held to raise money that has gone to pay stipends to artists for pieces that grace River Road.  As the program progressed the Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala at the civic center included a juried contest to choose the first piece Keizer’s permanent art collection. So far there are three pieces in the collection that hang at the civic center. The art in the city’s collection was chosen with the participation of the Keizer Art Association, which has not been involved in the public art this year. That’s a shame and leaders of the volunteer, non-profit art association should find a way to be a partner in the public...

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