Day: August 6, 2015

The Boss Bass

Intimidated by a bass? We’re talking about Bud, an Oregon logger. A guy that straps on cork boots, throws a 32-inch Stihl over his shoulder, heads up mountains–that would give Lindsey Vonn pause–and falls giant firs to make a living. Intimidated by a three pound bass? Really? One of Bud’s responsibilities is five cows and their 500 gallon water tank. A float keeps the water level consistent. Mosquitos discover the pond and lay eggs. Hundreds of larvae are soon flitting around the tank. Bud comes up with a solution, fish to eat the larvae. He sneaks into a neighborhood pond and commanders a couple of small bluegill. Too many larvae for two puny bluegill. He needs more fish power. Back to the pond. Lucky catch. A three pound bass. Larvae soon disappear. Bud is feeling pretty good about solving the tank problem. He comes out one morning and the half-eaten body of a bluegill is floating on the surface. Two days later, same with the other one. Boss Bass is eating the bluegill. A few days later, a rain storm flushes a starling nest down the rain gutter into the tank. This has happened before. Bud usually dips out the debris with his hands. On the second dip something grabs his finger, jerks his hand down all the way to the elbow. His shriek of pain brings Lucy, the...

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Council previews infill impact

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Coming soon to the Keizer City Council: discussion on land infill. If that doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic, spare some sympathy for members of the Keizer Planning Commission. “The last three meetings of the Planning Commission were spent on land infill,” commissioner Jonathon Thompson told councilors on July 20. “We talked a lot about design standards. We talked about garage and carport openings and how much can be in front to accommodate narrow lots. We talked about lot size.” Thompson said there was also good discussion about necessary reporting. “We spent a lot of time on reporting requirements, i.e. how much information needs to be submitted to the city,” he said. “We tried to balance the needs of neighbors and developers. The standards we came to are ones you could probably draft up at your kitchen table. We also want to make sure infill is compatible with neighbors.” Thompson noted the city’s Housing Needs Analysis completed a couple of years ago showed the city doesn’t have enough housing to meet future growth. “We don’t want to create a hardship on those trying to help with that,” he said. “We’re trying to find the balance. I hope you have as much fun going through it as we did.” Mayor Cathy Clark expressed her appreciation for the “highly detailed work” done by the...

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