Day: December 24, 2014

No farewell speeches yet for mayor, council president

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Mayor Lore Christopher declined the opportunity to give a speech. That didn’t stop others from giving speeches about her, however. Christopher presided over her last Keizer City Council meeting on Monday evening. The next time the council meets, on Jan. 5, she will open the meeting but soon turn the gavel and center seat over to Cathy Clark, a councilor of the past eight years who won an uncontested race to replace Christopher as mayor last month. Council president Joe Egli and veteran councilor Jim Taylor will also be leaving at the Jan. 5 meeting, while Clark, Brandon Smith, Roland Herrera and Amy Ripp will be sworn in. The three who are leaving will be giving farewell speeches at the meeting. Christopher, Egli and Taylor are being honored for their years of service at a dinner and recognition event on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the Keizer Community Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the dinner at 6. The cost is $15 per person, with proceeds going to the Keizer Parks Foundation. To RSVP, contact councilor Marlene Quinn at 503-510-1706 by Jan. 14. During public comment Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, gave her gratitude to Christopher, who served seven terms as mayor and took over the seat in...

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Student dies at Chemawa Indian School on Dec. 14

The death of an 18-year-old student at Chemawa Indian School on Sunday morning has been attributed to natural causes. Around 7:30 a.m. Dec. 14, emergency personnel were called to the school, located at 3700 Chemawa Road NE in Salem, after 18-year-old Melissa Abell was found collapsed in her room. Marion County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded since Chemawa is a Native American boarding school contracting with the MCSO for law enforcement services. Emergency personnel arrived to Abell’s room but were unable to resuscitate her. The U.S. Attorney’s Office requested an autopsy to be performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The autopsy came back at noon on Tuesday, listing natural death as the cause. The MCSO investigation had found nothing to suggest any foul play was involved. Abell was from Nampa, Idaho. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and students at Chemawa Indian School,” Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers...

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