Month: August 2015

Farm bureau upset over 25 fields claims

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It turns out the agricultural community isn’t totally on board with plans by 25 fields for Oregon. More than once, Carrie Cool, executive director of 25 fields for Oregon, has indicated support from the agricultural community for her plans to build soccer fields in the Keizer area for Oregon youth. In a recent article in the Keizertimes, Cool emphasized the support her group has from the agricultural community. “We were looking for agricultural stakeholders ties, but we didn’t realize to what extent we could really partner with them,” Cool said at the time. “We didn’t grasp what the agricultural community needed. This is big and really cool. We haven’t met a stakeholder yet that is negative on it. We have a positive impact on everyone we’ve met with.” Not so fast, according to the Marion County Farm Bureau. Jessica Carpenter from the MCFB said Cool’s comments misrepresent support from her bureau. “Our board has met with 25 fields, on more than one occasion, and suggested that alternate plans should be considered in an attempt to lessen the impact on the agricultural community,” Carpenter said. “The idea that Marion County Farm Bureau has been overwhelmingly supportive of the plans that 25 fields is proposing is inaccurate.” MCFB board member Greg Bennett has land bordering the proposed area for the fields. “Carrie is a very...

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Love to bend unexpectedly for McNary HS thespians

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Two tales of forbidden love will bookend McNary High School’s drama season. “Last year, we spent the year on plays dealing with choice. This year, we are looking at the many faces of love as a theme,” said Dallas Myers, McNary drama director. First up, in November, will be McNary’s annual musical in the form of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. For the uninitiated, the play is the tale of Belle who is sent to live with the Beast, who is harboring a curse, and the two find themselves drawn together. “Beauty and the Beast is most faithful to the movie and, when people come see them, they expect to see the movie. With that in mind, we are going big and cartoony and I’m encouraging the whole cast to run to extremes with their characters,” said Myers. The play’s leads have already been cast. Madi Zuro will tackle the role of Belle, while Taylor Bomar has been cast as Beast. The production will make use of costumes rented from Westview High School, but the Celtics will be building their own sets. The January play is currently slated as Anatomy of Gray, by Jim Leonard Jr. It is the story of a “medicine man” blown into an 1800s town on the winds of a tornado. At first he is able to heal...

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Two fires in Keizer

The Keizer Fire District responded to the report of a house fire on Cade Street NE shortly before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. Smoke and flames were coming from the home when firefighters arrived on the site. When they entered the home they found fire had done extensive damage to the second floor. The rest of the home suffered from smoke and water damage. Firefighters determined a cigarette that was improperly disposed of ignited the wooden porch at the front of the home. Damage to the residence was estimated at $10,000 and damage to the contents of the home was estimated at $2,000. No injuries were reported in the incident. Fire officials remind residents to always completely extinguish smoking material before discarding and always put the remains in appropriate ash trays. Smoking materials are the leading cause of fire deaths and the third leading cause of home fire injuries. Four engines, two medic units and two duty officers with 14 firefighters responded to the incident. Salem Fire Engine 2 and a Marion County Fire District Medic Unit assisted with the fire. There was more damage to a Keizer residence four days earlier when KFD personnel responded to the report of a house fire on Marino Drive North shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Upon arriving at the house firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear...

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The west is on fire

The smoke that hung over western Oregon last week was just a small taste of what residents of eastern Oregon and central Washington have been living with for weeks now. The Grant County fires near John Day and Prairie City have destroyed more than 30 homes and many other structures such as barns. The fires in the north central Washington includes the Omak fire, now the largest wildfire to ever hit that state. Tragically, three firefighters near Lake Chelan lost their lives when their vehicle went over an embankment in an effort to escape flames that suddenly surrounded them. Wildfires are unpredictable, never more so as when weather conditions  whip flames into all directions. Gusty winds and high temperatures have fueled some fires to greatly increase in size. Fire fighting resources have been stretched to the limit. Oregon National Guard personnel joined the fire fighting effort after getting trained for the hard work. Crews from as far away as Australia and New Zealand are joining the hundreds of men and women who have been on the front lines for weeks. Those in the John Day area who escaped the flames with little more than the clothes on their back discovered their homes had burnt to the ground. The people who live in rural areas look out for each other. The relief effort to house and feed those who lost...

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Medical providers prescribe books for young children

By JULIANNE BROCK, FNP-C Regular medical checkups ensure children stay healthy during their early development, plus receive proper vaccinations. As a certified family nurse practitioner at Willamette Health Partners Family Medicine clinic in Keizer, I use that opportunity to talk to parents and kids about a likely unexpected topic—the importance of reading. Reading every day is as important for children as brushing their teeth. Early literacy in kids leads to future success in life. Developing early literacy is also important for Marion County. An October 2014 study found: Fifty-nine percent of the students in Salem-Keizer Public Schools were living in poverty. (A strong correlation exists between poverty and literacy.) Nineteen percent of the students spoke English as a second language. Studies show that achieving literacy by third grade is an important benchmark. It also indicates how well they will do in high school. A team effort strives to tackle that challenge in different ways. Willamette Health Partners recently made a commitment to promote the Reach Out and Read program at its six family medicine clinics. The successful national program discovered a strong link between building vocabulary and introducing books to children from ages six months through five years. Children receive an age-appropriate book during their checkup, while parents go home with handouts that stress the importance of reading to their child every day. Kids love getting the books and...

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