Day: November 4, 2014

KRP ramp earns national award for boating access

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was an award a long time coming. But at least city officials didn’t have to travel to Arkansas, since the award came to them. Keizer City Councilors and Mayor Lore Christopher accepted an award during their Oct. 20 meeting on behalf of the city for the Keizer Rapids boat ramp. Janine Belleque, president of the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) and also the Oregon State Marine Board’s interim Boating Facilities manager, presented the 2014 Outstanding Mid-Size Access award at the meeting. The boat ramp along the Willamette River, opened in October 2012, was nominated in the medium access category. That category is for a facility with parking for 25 to 75 cars and trailers. Belleque noted the award was presented during SOBA’s annual conference in Little Rock, Ark. earlier in the month. Planning for the project began in 2003. More than 50 people from the city, state and federal levels collaborated on property acquisitions, obtaining environmental construction permits, designing, engineering, bidding, constructing and obtaining funding. Belleque noted she had been involved with initial design charettes for the project and gave kudos to Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, for his work on the project. “To give you an idea why it scored so well nationally, it was that public process,” Belleque said. “It was the involvement with the community...

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Wanted: Big hearts, warm hands for terminal patients’ final hours

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Portland-based non-profit is looking for local volunteers with big hearts and a willingness to open them up to strangers in need. Jim Pfeifer, program director of No One Dies Alone (NODA), has partnered with Keizer’s Avamere Court retirement community and its new memory care center, Arbor at Avamere Court, to provide companionship for clients in the final hours of their lives. “We usually get the call in the last 24 to 36 hours,” said Pfeifer. “Then our volunteers will go and sit bedside vigils for those who have no family or those whose families need a few hours to take care of other business.” Interested volunteers can call Pfeifer at 503-956-8255 or e-mail him at jpfeifer@4signatureservice.com to inquire further. “Once we have a few people signed up, I will schedule an orientation locally for potential volunteers to find out more,” he said. NODA already serves dozens of retirement communities and senior care centers in Eugene and Portland, but the new relationship with Avamere is its first in the Salem-Keizer area. More than 200 volunteers are already providing the no-fee service and range from college-aged to retirees. In addition to the orientation, volunteers will be tested for tuberculosis and need to pass a criminal background check. Vigil shifts typically range between two and four hours, but scheduling can be somewhat erratic. “There...

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Netters take second in GVC

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Claiming second place in the Greater Valley Conference meant the Lady Celt varsity volleyball team got to host its first playoff game Wednesday past press time. The McNary netters (21-7 overall) drew Gresham High School (7-13 overall) in the opening round. “I hope we can play our game the way we know how to play it, and we beat them in three,” said McNary senior Macana Wyatt. Pulling that off might mean pulling out of a “funk” that has hampered the team in recent weeks. Three of the team’s last four matches have gone to five sets after sweeping some of the same opponents earlier in the season. The Celtics took their third loss of the season in conference play to South Salem High School Tuesday, Oct. 21. “The big problem was we’d start strong and they’d come back and go on a run,” said junior Madi Hingston. After edging the Saxons out in the first set with a score of 26-24, McNary lost he next three in the overall 3-1 loss. “We were in a funk and we got really down on ourselves for little mistakes. Once we lost the second game, we just let go and didn’t fight for it,” Wyatt said. Lauren Hudgins recorded a team-leading 13 kills, Hingston had 11 and Vanessa Hayes had 10. Hingston also had...

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Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. A thick fog of historical analogy has settled over the Republican field. “It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan,” argues Sen. Ted Cruz, who clearly sees (and admires) a resemblance to the latter in the mirror each morning. “I’m a great believer in Ronald Reagan,” claims Sen. Rand Paul, even while proposing a Carthage-like destruction of Reagan’s foreign policy. Sen. Lindsey Graham has called Sen. Marco Rubio “the son of Ronald Reagan when it comes to national security” —though Rubio is actually young enough to be Reagan’s great-grandson. The squabble over this inheritance is recounted in a recent essay by Henry Olsen and Pete Wehner, provocatively titled, If Ronald Reagan Were Alive Today, He Would Be 103 Years Old. (Credit the editors of Commentary for knowing how to push conservative buttons in the good cause of bringing more eyes to an important article.) Olsen and Wehner are, in fact, deeply respectful toward Reagan, whom they describe as the greatest Republican since Lincoln. They warn, however, that “the constant invocation of Reagan’s name...

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Big Toy website to go live Nov. 7

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The website for Keizer’s Big Toy will be unveiled to the public soon. Valaria Moore has been making tweaks in recent months to a test site based on feedback from members of the Community Build Task Force (CBTF). She showed the latest updates at October’s CBTF meeting. After explaining the changes, Moore asked for feedback. “That shows the changes on the website,” she said. CBTF chair Marlene Quinn was among those liking what they saw. “That looks awesome,” Quinn said. Moore then pushed for a timeline. “I want to go live as soon as we can,” Moore said. Quinn agreed with that view. “So do I,” Quinn said. Task force members agreed the website shouldn’t go live until after the Keizer City Council makes a decision on where in Keizer Rapids Park the Big Toy should go. Councilors are expected to make that decision at their Nov. 3 meeting. On Oct. 14, Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members made a recommendation to move the Big Toy to a location in the current orchards. Project co-chair Richard Walsh came up with the suggestion to wait until after the council makes its decision. Moore noted she would be out of town on that night, so it was agreed the site will go live on Friday, Nov. 7. Earlier in the meeting, Moore went through...

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