Day: June 25, 2014

Fun ride will help eradicate polio

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Rotary is sponsoring a family bike ride Sunday, June 29, that will double as a fundraiser to end polio. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is matching all money raised 2:1 as part of its efforts to fund polio research and get vaccination programs into countries without them. That means the $25 registration fee translates into $75 worth of research and vaccinations. “We thought long and hard about how we wanted to run it, and we didn’t want people who want to do the ride to have to go out and fundraise independently,” said Hersch Sangster, co-coordinator of the ride with Chuck Fisher. Additional donations to the cause are welcomed, but not required. The goal of the inaugural ride is $1,000 before the Gates Foundation match. About 1,000 people are diagnosed with polio each year. Earlier this year, doctors in California diagnosed about 25 children with a form of the disease that attacks motor neurons and can cause flaccid paralysis. Participants will have their choice of two routes. One is a family-friendly 12-mile loop to Mission Bottom. The second is a 40-mile loop that will take riders to Mt. Angel’s Fisher Park. Both rides start at Volcanoes Stadium where day-of registration will be available from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Registration forms can also be downloaded, and maps of the routes viewed,...

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Candidates filing for Keizer council

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Earlier this month, Keizer City Council president Joe Egli announced he will not be running for mayor or council. Others are running, however. Mayor Lore Christopher has announced she is not running for an eighth term this year. So far, current councilor Cathy Clark is the only one who has filed to run for mayor. There are three open council seats: position 4 (currently held by Clark), position 5 (currently held by Egli) and position 6. The position 6 is currently held by Jim Taylor, who announced last year he will not be running. Brandon Smith is currently the only person who has filed to run for Taylor’s seat. Former longtime city employee Roland Herrera has filed to run for Clark’s current seat, while Amy Ripp and Matt Chappell have filed to run for Egli’s seat. The election filing period ends Aug. 26. Smith was the first to file, doing so early – very early. “I look forward to continuing my service to the community and plan to run in the 2014 election for City Council position No. 6, currently held by Councilor Jim Taylor, who has informed me he will not seek re-election,” Smith wrote in May 2013. Smith posted a message on his Facebook page June 10. “Last year, I announced my intent to run for election to position No. 6...

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