Day: February 19, 2014

KFD honors volunteer of the year, others

  By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes According to highly-placed sources in the Keizer Fire District, Lt. Bill Herring, Jr., can cook up one of the best prime ribs you’ll ever eat. But Herring’s culinary skills weren’t the reason for his selection as KFD Volunteer of the Year at a banquet last month. “He leads by example, serves unwaveringly, and truly loves his work. He has the highest integrity and is respected and loved by all he serves with,” said Chief Jeff Cowan, of KFD, who also applauded Herring’s culinary skills. It’s the second time in his 17-year history with the fire district that Herring was honored with the award. Herring started out with KFD’s Explorer Troop while a freshman at McNary High School and it was enough of a taste to make him want more. “There’s so much to it between helping your community and helping people in a time of need. It’s also like playing with a bunch of big toys,” Herring said, referencing KFD’s fleet of emergency service vehicles. After graduating from the McNary in 2001, Herring joined the district as a regular volunteer less than five months later and began working toward becoming a career firefighter and paramedic. When opportunities in the City of Salem utility billing department emerged as another option, Herring opted to pursue those, but finished his EMT basic training which allows...

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Bus tour showing empty buildings coming to Keizer?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It’s time to get on the bus. During Monday night’s Keizer City Council work session, councilors discussed the proposed Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC). The commission has been talked about the last few months, but Monday marked the first time for councilors to talk about it in-depth. For the most part, councilors like parameters suggested by city staff such as Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer. One notable exception was in terms of how big KEDC should be. As proposed by Brown, the commission would have 11 people, including two business leaders. “I think 11 people is too big,” councilor Cathy Clark said. “We need a lean, mean shark tank machine. We need to look at what we’re doing and what is effective.” Mayor Lore Christopher added that some suggested organizations would not necessarily make sense for a business-oriented committee. “Neighborhood Associations have an important role in the community, but not on River Road,” Christopher said. “Service organizations are important, but not necessarily for this.” Councilors agreed seven people wasn’t enough, thus settling on having nine members. One would be a councilor, two would be chamber representatives and the other six would be citizens-at-large. Clark also questioned the term business leaders, mentioned twice in the proposal. “Any of these people are business leaders,” Clark said. “That term is very generic. I...

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