Day: May 19, 2014

Parks Board approves master plan, Big Toy at KRP timelines

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Various additions have been talked about for Keizer Rapids Park in recent years, with the Big Toy playground being the latest and most visible example. So where should the different pieces be put? That’s the purpose of an upcoming series of public meetings. During Tuesday’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, board members approved a draft timeline for amending the Keizer Parks Master Plan to incorporate property currently outside the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) at KRP. The vote was 5-1, with Clint Holland opposed. The intent of the meetings is to solicit input from as many people as possible, including neighborhood associations, sports organizations and the general public. The process started with Tuesday’s Parks Board meeting and was expected to continue with Thursday’s Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting. The Parks Board will hold a public hearing on the topic during their next meeting on June 10. Two nights later, the Parks Board will host a public forum for the West Keizer Neighborhood Association. Youth and activity groups would then be invited to a hearing at the July 8 Parks Board meeting. On Aug. 12, Parks Board members will meet to develop a priority list for amenities based on the feedback gathered. On Sept. 20, a design charette will be held to create concept designs. Those designs will be reviewed at the Oct....

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Hot tub issues lead to fire

    By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Teri Silva knew the hot tub needed to be looked at. This wasn’t what she had in mind. Silva was in bed fighting a cold around 11 a.m. Monday morning when she heard some booms coming from the backyard of her house on the 1700 block of Meadowlark Drive NE. Silva, her son and her son’s friends who were in the backyard were fine and Silva’s quick action kept most of the damage confined to the backyard area. “It sounded like it was coming from the backyard, so I ran out there and got the hoses going while I tried calling 9-1-1,” Silva said. Though her phone wouldn’t work, the garden hose did. All of the people involved were uninjured, while Silva’s two dogs were unscathed – though she didn’t know it at the time and tried to go back inside the house, only to be stopped by an Keizer police officer. Early in the afternoon, Silva was still trying to find her cat. “We’d been having problems with the hot tub,” Silva said. “It keeps overheating and we’ve been having flow issues. I had the door open to access the underneath. We’ve been holding off having it looked at. That makes this harder.” Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan showed the Keizertimes the charred remains of the backyard after crews put...

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“The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression” by John F. Kasson

“The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression” by John F. Kasson c.2014, W.W. Norton     $27.95 / $32.50 Canada308 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Staying upright. That’s what you learned when you were a year old: being vertical and walking. You mastered communication at two, played well with others at four, and by time you were six years old, you could read, write, and remember your telephone number. So this’ll make you feel silly: at just six years old, Shirley Temple was saving the world from despair. Read all about it in “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression” by John F. Kasson. Herbert Hoover had surely enjoyed a good run of popularity. For a decade before he was swept into the White House in 1928, he was one of America’s most respected men. The “personal tenderness” he exhibited and his “ability to deal with calamities,” however, weren’t quite as apparent when the stock market plunged, unemployment rose, and the country began its slide into the Great Depression. But Hoover knew what to do. He told a reporter in 1931 that the country needed “’a good, big laugh’” to make things right. Gertrude Temple already had two sons when she “made a fateful resolution.” She decided that her third child would be a curly-haired blonde girl named Shirley, who would pull the family out of financial...

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LAX team takes second in league

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there were any doubters left among local lacrosse fans, the McNary High School varsity lacrosse team put them to rest Monday, May 12. After beating the South Salem High School Saxons in their first game of league play this season, the Celts repeated the feat in a 15-10 victory. “That first win over South this season was huge for us, it was the first time we beat them since we started the team,” said Preston McNeely, who netted three points for McNary in the game Monday. Lacrosse, which is run as a club sport, combines physicality of football with the finesse of soccer and the strategy of basketball. The combination makes for an extremely fast-paced and energized game. McNary started out down 2-0 in the early minutes of the game, but returned after a time out picking up the slack and then overtaking the Saxons. Scoring players for the Celtics were: Joseph Giblin, one goal and four assists; David Gonzalez and Cade Christensen, four goals each; Isaiah Vian, two goals and one assist; and Michael Phelps, one goal. The win this week over South also marked two firsts for the McNary club: a winning record (7-3 in league, 10-9 overall), and a second place finish, the team’s highest since its inception. “We’re hoping it means we’ll face a mid-level team in...

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HD 25 race: What are the key issues?

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes May 20 marks the date for the 2014 primary election. Among the most heated political battles has been the state Republican House District 25 battle between 1430 KYKN radio talk show host Bill Post and retired state employee Barbara Jensen. The campaign has been marked by controversies, starting in February when Jensen entered the race. Her campaign promptly accused Post’s of violating Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules regarding equal airtime for candidates. That led to Post quitting the radio show he’d hosted since 2009, while Jensen used part of the airtime given to her to promote local charities – the execution of which led to more controversy. As mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, Jensen recently announced her positive campaign pledge, which Post found unnecessary to agree to in light of not running a negative campaign. With the primary coming up next week, we asked the candidates to explain from their perspective the FCC controversy and to share their views on topics voters have been talking to them about the most. FCC equal airtime Post “They (the Jensen campaign) don’t understand the FCC rules. Really, no one does. The station owner and I went to the Oregon FCC-appointed lawyer and asked him what the rules were. We eventually did feel concrete enough about it and we also talked to two attorneys in Washington...

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