Day: April 11, 2014

Pot moratorium bumped to ’15

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council is following the lead of others in regards to a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities within city limits. At a Monday meeting, councilors unanimously agreed to extend the moratorium from its original Aug. 6 date to May 1, 2015. That date is the outside date allowed under the recently passed Senate Bill 1531. The Medical Marijuana Facilities Regulations Task Force established to look at the topic is still set to end May 6 of this year, with a report due to council before that. Dennis Koho is the councilor chairing that task force, which is scheduled to have public hearings on April 22 and 29. Cities and counties around Oregon have been trying to figure out how to deal with the topic in recent weeks, with the scramble set in motion both by House Bill 3460 last year and SB 1531 earlier this year. “I know we’re all happy to revisit the matter,” city attorney Shannon Johnson quipped on Monday. “We could not anticipate the state legislature would decide a moratorium needed to be by ordinance. The only substantive question is to give the opportunity if you want to look at the timing. Most cities are giving themselves a whole year (for the moratorium). After this May 1, I have serious concerns about you being able to move the time...

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Hot bats lift Lady Celts over Vikings, Crusaders

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity softball team added two wins and a loss to its record last week, but the team continues to exceed some of the highest expectations of its coach. “One girl gets a hit and then it triggers everyone else. It seems like every game we have another girl who really steps up with a home run or extra base hit, and usually there are two or three girls that do this,” said Kevin Wise, McNary head coach. The Lady Celts dominated in a 12-5 win over Forest Grove High School Wednesday, April 2. The following day, the girls took a 20-8 loss to Rex Putnam High School. The Celts rode an early lead to take a win over Jesuit High School Monday, April 7. In the Forest Grove game, the Vikings took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but a six-run second inning for the Celts put the Keizer team far ahead. Junior Megan Ulrey pitched five innings for McNary allowing four hits and two runs. Ulrey led the team with a 5 for 5 performance at the dish with a double, four singles and a RBI. Ulrey’s double ignited the Celts in the top of the second. She advanced to third on a dropped strike ball with Madi Oliver at bat. Nicole Duran lined...

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ESL at home on iPod

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In a classroom, elementary students learning English as a second language have access to a variety of support systems that range from teachers and counselors to volunteers and fellow students. However, to make the strides required by state standards, those same students need to practice at home where spoken and written English may be a challenge for parents and guardians. Five years ago, Kennedy Elementary School counselor Erin Bernardi and a contingent of teachers and parents at the school set out to find a way to fill the gap. They started small with a dozen iPod Shuffles. Parents and teachers read aloud and recorded a set of non-fiction books. They loaded the new audio files onto the Shuffles and sent both the iPods and the books home with students. “The students were directed to listen to each book three times and then they would bring them back and get a new set. At the end of the six week cycle, we were excited to see assessment results,” Bernardi said.  The following year, a group of first grade students continued the experiment using iPod Touch devices. They also read the books into the iPod and listened to themselves to improve their fluency. The results were better than anyone could have hoped. The majority of students would finish the six-week regimen having improved their reading...

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Grad students helping figure out bus options

BY CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When it came time to gather ridership opinions, Salem-Keizer Transit Agency officials turned to the youth. More specifically, transit leaders turned to Paradigm Planning, a group of Portland State University Masters of Urban Planning students interested in transportation, land use and community engagement. A six-member team of grad students from the program held a meeting April 2 at the Keizer Transit Center and held two additional meetings this week in Salem. Paradigm Planning members came up with the Capturing The Ride project, focusing on bus service in Keizer, West Salem and South Salem. The goal of the project is to figure out how bus service is underperforming in those areas, restraints keeping people in those areas from riding the bus and reaction to possible alternatives. The recent meetings are just one step in the project, with more to come in the next couple of months. Brenda Martin, communications manager for Paradigm Planning, said ideas being looked at include buses going on deviated routes and then returning to regular routes, plus buses going door-to-door, much like Cherry Lift. “People seemed receptive to the deviator,” Martin said. “The hopper was a harder concept to understand. People were more engaged with it, but it might cost more if it comes to your door. If you don’t want to pay more, what does that mean for your service?...

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