Day: August 8, 2014

RIVERfair ready to rock this weekend at the KRP

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mmmmm….pie. This is the second weekend in August, which means it is time for the seventh annual RIVERfair on Saturday at Keizer Rapids Park. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. KRP is located at 1900 Chemawa Road North. While there is entertainment throughout the day, one of the most entertaining parts of the day is always the pie-eating contest. This year’s contest starts at 2 p.m. and will feature four categories: boys 13 and under, girls 13 and under, men 14 and over plus women 14 and over. Somewhat appropriately, the contest is sponsored by Shari’s Restaurant and Pies, as well as The UPS Store. Activities get going at 9:45 a.m. when the Salem Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol presents the colors, followed by local singing star Sheba Dawn singing the national anthem at 10. Ongoing activities throughout the day include face painting, Wild Wild Rec events and a Junior Archaeological Dig, in which youth participants will receive junior archaeologist certificates. At 10:15 there will be the Cooper Creek Mercantile Pet Parade and the Golden Bones Awards. There will be K-9 demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Also at 3 will be a water balloon toss contest, presented by Lakepoint Community Church. Live entertainment will be throughout the day on the concourse stage. The Great Jazz Band...

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Keizer’s new senator

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  Ryan Edsall rose to the fore of the Oregon Boys State Leadership Academy in June, but he had to step up his game after being elected a senator and state representative to the Boys Nation assembly last month in Washington, D.C. Fortunately, he was up to the challenge. Each of the 98 senators had to propose a bill to the general assembly and Edsall’s was one of only 15 to clear final voting and be “signed” into law. “It was a hard process because those 97 other kids were just hawks. They were smart and knew the issues and they asked good questions. I answered those to the best of my ability and they appreciated the answers,” Edsall said. Edsall’s bill, the Veterans Administration Healthcare Choice Act, proposed to alleviate pressure on the Veterans Administration by allowing vets to use primary care providers if they cannot be seen by a VA doctor within 14 days. The veterans would pay a $10 copay while the U.S. government picked up the rest of the tab, making use of a .08 percent excise tax increase on military equipment sold to non-U.S. entities. “I tried to keep politics out of it, but even then there was some opposition,” Edsall said. In addition, to his individual achievements, Edsall and the rest of the delegates got about 10...

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Why Keizer’s tax rate is $2.08

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Sometimes Keizer City Manager Chris Eppley has to give complicated answers to complex questions. Then there are the times he has simple answers for seemingly complex questions. Questions about potentially raising Keizer’s base tax rate fall into the latter category. As has been documented in recent issues of the Keizertimes, the $2.0838 per $1,000 in assessed value base tax rate in Keizer is the lowest of any city included in Keizer’s salary survey. While efforts are made to keep employee salaries as close to the median as possible, the lower tax rate means something has to give – namely, some city services. So could the tax rate that’s been around for nearly 20 years be changed? “It can’t be changed,” Eppley said. “It is a permanent tax rate. We can levy less than the max, but not more than.” City Attorney Shannon Johnson also puts the funding bind in simple terms. “Realistically, at $2.08 you can’t do anything other than stuff you have to have like sewer, police and water,” Johnson said. “The reality is all the equipment and improvements depends on $2.08. Unless we can get other revenues from other places – which we have tried – there is no room for discussion.” Johnson showed city documents from 1996, when the current tax base was set. That was also the year Measure...

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Welcome to the jungle

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Dr. Erica Lipanovich loves exotic animals. How much? Let’s put it this way: she uses her vacation time each year to help rare birds on Guam. Lipanovich, who received her doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2004 from Mississippi State University, moved to Oregon with her husband in February. She is a veterinarian at Willamette Valley Animal Hospital (WVAH) at 4975 River Road North in Keizer, while also helping with the hospital’s new clinic in Tualatin. “My husband and I vacationed here in Oregon several years ago and knew this is where we wanted to be,” said Lipanovich, who previously was the first full-time veterinary at Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo. for more than six years. “I was burned out, being a single practitioner at the zoo.” WVAH co-owners John Maddigan and wife Sheri Morris interviewed Lipanovich via Skype and made the hire. “She’s just amazing with her personal skills,” Maddigan said. “She makes for a wonderful veterinarian.” It didn’t hurt that Lipanovich had both the experience and pedigree. After all, her dad, Charles Wilson, is the former director of the Memphis Zoo, often rated as one of the country’s top zoos. “Zoos are what I’ve known my whole life,” she said. “It’s what I know. They are a very comfortable setting. My dad instilled a good foundation in me of the...

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