Month: November 2015

Transit measure fails; KFD levy approved

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Yes to fire trucks, no to more bus service. Area voters rejected the Salem-Keizer Transit District’s Measure 24-388 on Tuesday, which called for a 0.21 percent payroll tax to bring in approximately $5 million in new funding. Initial results released Tuesday night by the Marion County Clerk’s Office showed the measure failing, with 17,281 voters (58.32 percent) against and 12,352 voters (41.68 percent) for. The results showed 57 of 65 precincts counted, with a voter turnout of 31.07 percent. The Keizer Fire District’s $6.2 million equipment bond, Measure 24-389, was more successful. The measure was approved by 3,768 voters (63.76 percent) while 2,142 voters (36.24 percent) were against it. The results showed 11 of 12 precincts counted, with a 34.08 percent voter turnout. The payroll tax would have paid for the return of weekend transit service, extended weeknight service and free bus passes for local middle school and high school students. Those services were victims of budget cuts in 2009. There was plenty of opposition to the proposed transit tax. Both the Keizer and Salem Area Chambers of Commerce vigorously fought against the measure, claiming it was not a fair burden on local businesses. The opposition included videos and sign-waving campaigns. “There is always opportunity when you’re out there waving on the streets and when people with passion are behind the marketing effort,”...

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Celts lose overtime, see-saw play-in

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Even a hat trick by McNary senior Paulo Reyes wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigard High School varsity soccer team in a playoff play-in game Tuesday, Oct. 27. After a beleaguered end to the regular season, the McNary High School varsity soccer team’s postseason dreams rested on the outcome of the game. With the 5-4 loss, the Celts’ season comes to a close. Celt forward Julian Villarreal cleaned up a free kick at the net early in the game to give McNary a 1-0 lead. In the eighth minute, Tigard knotted the game by slipping one past goalkeeper Sebastian Lopez, who had already made several saves at that point. With 3:32 left in the half, Tigard was awarded a penalty kick and went up 2-1, and the teams went to halftime with the Tigers in the lead. In the 42nd minute, Reyes scored his first goal of the night from about 20 yards out. He created mere inches of space between himself and a defender to get the shot off. Less than a minute later, Tigard retook the lead 3-2. In the 64th minute, Celt Daniel Caballero was on the far left side of the field and passed the ball to Reyes, who had his back to the net. Reyes turned on a dime and scored his second goal of the night...

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Time to walk with a Keizer firefighter

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes First there was Shop with a Cop. Now there’s Walk with a Firefighter. Walk with a Firefighter starts Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at Panera Bread, located at 6110 Keizer Station Boulevard in Keizer Station. The walk is a partnership between the Keizer Fire District and Just Walk Salem. Skye Hibbard-Swanson, Just Walk Salem coordinator, brought up the idea recently at a Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting. Lindsey Walker with Salem Leadership Foundation connected her with Keizer fire chief Jeff Cowan, who in turn connected Hibbard-Swanson with Anne-Marie Storms, Public Education specialist for KFD. “The goal is to make it a weekly thing, rain or shine,” Storms said. “We’ll be at Panera each Tuesday at 10 a.m. The whole goal is to allow anyone to come. It’s flat and paved. The walk is about two miles total. Wanted to find somewhere safe.” The walk will go to Kaiser Permanente, follow the pathway down to Starbucks, go to Sleep Country, then go to Lowe’s and behind Staples and Petco before crossing to go behind Target, then concluding back at Panera Bread. Storms walked the route recently to make sure there was good visibility. Just Walk Salem is a network of weekly neighborhood walking groups started in 2012 by Salem’s Jennifer Carley with volunteers from the South Salem Neighborhood Association. The idea is to...

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“Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” by Ted Koppel

“Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath” by Ted Koppel c.2015, Crown $26.00 / $34.00 Canada 280 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Candles are so romantic. Their light softens everything in the room, making shadows that add a little mystery while the flame’s twinkle hints of promises. Nothing sets a mood better than a candle with just the right scent – unless it’s a candle that you need to survive, as you’ll see in the new book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. Flip a switch, there’s illumination. Turn a faucet, there’s water. Click, and you’ve done your banking. We’ve become so used to the instantaneousness of these things that we barely give thought to having them. Flip, turn, click, done. And that, says Koppel, is a big problem. What we don’t know or, more likely, don’t think much about is that our electrical grid and the nation’s internet infrastructure are both unsecure and extremely vulnerable to attacks by a nation, group, or individual willing to risk what he says is basically an “act of war.”  We’re in this situation because profit has preference over preparedness, because we haven’t been thoroughly warned of the facts, and because some government officials don’t believe cyberattack is possible. But it is, says Koppel; in fact, it’s already happened. He cites the Sony breach of a year ago, and a...

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