Day: May 1, 2014

Budget season gets going in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes When the white board is in council chambers at Keizer Civic Center and the dots are out, that means one thing. Yes, it’s budget time again. The annual process kicked off last week with the Keizer Long Range Planning Task Force, comprised of Keizer City Councilors and members of the Keizer Budget Committee. The process kicks into high gear next month when three budget meetings – with an optional fourth one – are scheduled. Councilors must approve a budget by the end of June. “We want you to vote which issues are your priority,” Keizer Finance director Susan Gahlsdorf told task force members. “We have dots and nine issues. It’s up to you; we want to see what you will support.” As has been the case in recent years, one of the main issues in front of the task force last week was the desire for more police officers. Police chief John Teague, like predecessor Marc Adams, talked about staffing at the Keizer Police Department. “We have four frozen FTE (full-time equivalent) officer positions,” Teague said. “We are reducing that to three FTE. Positions I’m looking at are two officers for patrol, while the third of the three is one more detective position.” Teague noted the patrol positions are particularly needed at night. “When Mrs. Jones’ car is broken into, that’s more important...

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One killed, one injured in Wednesday crash

  A three-car crash just north of Keizer Wednesday evening killed one person and left another injured. According to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to an accident by Egan Gardens on the 9800 block of River Road NE around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Deputies determined Lloyd Penner of Dallas, 86, was slowing his 2013 Cadillac and preparing to make a left hand turn into Egan Gardens but turned in front of a southbound Scion tC driven by Salem’s Adan Ortiz-Juarez. After those two vehicles collided, they careened into a Toyota Camry driven by Julie Huster of Salem, 54. Huster was waiting to leave Egan Gardens. Lavaughn Penner, the 85-year-old wife of the Cadillac’s driver, was in the front passenger seat and was killed in the accident. Lloyd Penner was injured, while neither of the other drivers received injuries. Airbags deployed in the Scion and Cadillac, which ended up on its side. All involved in the accident were wearing their seatbelts. The three vehicles were towed from the scene and deputies are investigating whether any of the drivers will be charged for driving offenses....

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Brattain signs on with OIT Owls

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  The first time Daniel Brattain appeared on Ken Scott’s radar, he was in eighth grade. Scott, the hurdling coach for the McNary High School track and field team, is always on the hunt for potential hurdlers making their way to McNary’s team, but Brattain stood out. “I saw this young, skinny eighth grader blowing everybody away. He’s three-stepping, he’s got really good form. But I still found a few things to pick on him about,” Scott said. “The next time I saw him race, he’d corrected all of it.” It’s that type of dedication that coaches at Oregon Institute of Technology likely saw in Brattain, which is why he signed a letter of intent to compete for the Hustlin’ Owls in the decathlon. Brattain said he visited the campus at the recommendation of a professor at another school he visited. “He thought it would be a good fit because they have an engineering program that is exceptional, and a good track and field team,” he said. “I went for the visit, met some of the athletes and connected with some of them really well.” Brattain’s contributions to teams at McNary are no small thing. In addition to starting for the varsity football team the past two years, he holds the school record in the the 300 hurdles and competes in the pole...

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