Day: November 17, 2014

Award winning at 425 degrees

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes As the awards banquet continued, Dawn Schierman was getting frustrated. The manager of the Keizer Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza was at a company conference at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. recently with her boss, store owner Chris Copp. Copp convinced Schierman to come under the guise of vice president of Operations, Craig Weiss, needing a partner in a trivia game. “I told her it would be really good for her to be there and that the vice president of operations wanted to have her on his team,” Copp said. There was an ulterior motive: Schierman was being recognized as the Papa Murphy’s Regional Manager of the Year. Schierman, however, didn’t realize that. “It’s hard to pull one on me,” she said. Even though she’d already gotten an award for being a top Papa Murphy’s manager at a breakfast event, as the banquet continued Schierman found herself wondering why she wasn’t getting one of four Manager of the Year awards as other recipients started being called to the stage. “She looks at me and goes, ‘What do I have to do to get that?’” Copp said of Schierman’s reaction. “She was the last one they announced. It was priceless. She was like, ‘I should be up there.’” Schierman admits she was already processing a message to send to Weiss. “I’m already brainstorming, thinking...

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Ready to light up? Read this info first

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes So recreational marijuana has been approved in Oregon. Time to get ready for Jan. 1, right? Not quite. Updated results from Monday show Measure 91 passed comfortably in the state as a whole, with 827,690 people (55.9 percent) in favor compared to 652,849 people (44.1 percent) against. In Marion County, the measure wasn’t approved, though by a relatively narrow margin. There were 53,159 no votes (51.73 percent) compared to 49,610 yes votes (48.27 percent) for the county. as of Monday’s updated results. Medical marijuana has been legal in Oregon since being approved by voters in 1998, which led to the creation of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). That type of marijuana was not affected by last week’s vote. Figuring out what to do if the recreational marijuana ballot measure was approved has been a hot topic in Keizer, Marion County and the state as a whole this year as local jurisdictions have scrambled to figure out what local regulations and controls would need to be in place in case the measure was approved. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has been tasked with implementing Measure 91. OLCC staff has started a website ( that, among other things, includes an ever-growing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Some of the questions and answers posted to date are below. What does Measure 91 do? Starting July...

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