Day: August 22, 2014

Bruno’s young helper

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Bruno, the Keizer Police Department’s newest K-9, has a custom-made vest. The funding for that came from a Keizer citizen. Pretty cool, right? Here’s where it gets even cooler: that citizen is 11 years old. Enya Wallace raised the funds and gave them to officer Stephen Richardson with the Keizer Police Department, who trains K-9s for KPD and other agencies. “I started making all these bracelets,” Enya said. “My mom thought it would be a good idea to sell them to raise money. She came up with the idea to get vests for K-9 dogs.” So Enya did just that, collecting money by selling bracelets over the course of several months. “I collected around $60 and gave it to the police for the K-9,” Enya said. “They told me they were getting a new K-9. They said since I had the money, they would allow me to purchase a vest for Bruno.” Mom Janice Wallace noted Wanda Blaylock, administrative assistant at the KPD, got the family in touch with Richardson, who in turn invited the family to the Iris Festival in May. Enya sold some of her bracelets there and got an up-close view at the K-9 demonstration during the weekend. “We first asked about getting bulletproof vests, but they are $800, so we went with these,” Janice said. Enya liked the idea...

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It’s a fair time again

The Oregon State Fair returns Friday, Aug. 22, bringing with it a slew of competitions, live music and more elephant ears than anyone could ever hope to eat. Getting in the gates will cost $8 for adults, down from $11 last year, and includes limited concert seating for the headlining acts. In addition to rides and food galore, not to mention hands-on time with Oregon’s most impressive farm animals, contests hosted at the fair will be seeking the best art, baked goods, cakes, produce, floral arrangements, collections, honey products, needlework and clothing paper arts, preserved foods, quilts, spinning and weaving, table decoration and woodworking. A new feature this year will tap into the work of homebrew and amateur winemaking communities. Winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. on the Jackman-Long Stage. On the food front, the fair will feature a booth serving up Bob’s Burgers, a one-time staple of the Salem-area food scene. Headliners for the Oregon State Fair concert series are: Buckcherry (Aug. 22, 7 p.m.), Ziggy Marley (Aug. 23, 7 p.m.), Emblem3 (Aug. 24, 4 p.m.), The Fab Four (Aug. 25, 7 p.m.), comedian David Spade (Aug. 26, 7 p.m.), The Newsboys (Aug. 27, 6:45 p.m.), Charlie Daniels Band (Aug. 28, 7 p.m.), Chris Young (Aug. 29, 6:45 p.m.), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts (Aug. 30, 4 p.m.), and The Beach Boys (Sept. 1,...

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Tow truck changes crash

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes After months of discussion, change was on the horizon. It seemed a 2005 city ordinance regarding tow trucks was going to be changed following numerous meetings on the topic and a heaping of input from tow truck company owners. Even during early discussion at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting, the sense was tow truck drivers would be able to park their trucks in their own driveways, as long as certain conditions were adhered to. At the last minute, however, the apparent momentum came screeching to a halt. When councilors looked at the topic in 2005, a new ordinance prohibited the parking of tow trucks with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,000 pounds on city streets. Several tow truck company operators have been seeking a change in that ordinance since February. In June, councilors directed city staff to change the Keizer Development Code to allow for tow trucks under the home occupation provision, upping the GVWR limit to 19,500 pounds as long as sidewalks were not blocked. Since that entailed altering the development code, the issue was sent back to the Keizer Planning Commission. Following a public hearing on the topic last month, Planning Commission members recommended amendments allowing for trucks up to 26,000 pounds GVWR, with no vehicle being towed or loaded on a tow truck when it is parked on...

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