Month: February 2016

Future growth being planned in Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes It was a long time coming and it’ll be going on for a long time. Last week, Keizer City Councilors and Keizer Planning Commission members held a joint work session to look at future growth planning. Nate Brown, Keizer’s director of Community Development who led the city through the Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA) and Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) a few years ago, reacquainted all with the data finalized in 2013. “The intent of tonight is to lay out issues we’re going to have to deal with in Urban Growth Boundaries or Keizer future growth,” Brown said. “Over the last several years, we have been doing a lot of work through the process of analyzing. We’ve done a land inventory. We have gone through a lot of work. You would have to be under a rock somewhere to not know Keizer has been working on this.” For those who don’t have a photographic memory of the work approved by councilors in the spring of 2013, the updating of the city’s comprehensive plan identified a land deficit within Keizer to meet projected future employment and housing needs. “There is a deficit,” Brown said. “We don’t meet the needs of land in the next 20 years.” Keizer’s population is projected to increase 32 percent from the 2010 figure of 36,478, meaning a 2032 population of 48,089. Under...

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Jamieson says doctors turning around opioid prescription issue

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The numbers are staggering. Dr. Jay Jamieson has faith things will get better. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Vital Statistics System mortality data, 44 people die each day in the United States as a result of prescription opioid overdose. The data shows there were 43,982 drug overdose deaths in this country in 2013. Of those, 51.8 percent (22,767) were related to prescription drugs. Statistics show drug overdose to be the leading cause of injury death in the U.S. in 2013. The numbers for 2014 were even worse, according to data posted in December in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: 47,055 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Rates of opioid overdose deaths increased 14 percent in the one year. Opioids include drugs like heroin, which has been a key focus of the ongoing Chasing Dark series in the Keizertimes. Prescription opioids include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), oxymorphone (Opana) and methadone, as well as benzodiazepine. In the series of stories, several people interviewed pointed the finger at the medical community for prescribing opiate painkillers, an addiction studies have shown can easily lead to a heroin addiction. Jamieson, who has been a doctor for 36 years and came to Keizer Klinic – now known as WVP Keizer Clinic – in 1987, said fewer prescriptions are being given out by the...

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“How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide” by Jane Bryant Quinn

“How to Make Your Money Last: The Indispensable Retirement Guide” by Jane Bryant Quinn c.2016, Simon & Schuster $28.00 / $37.00 Canada 366 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER Your No-Plan plan stretches for miles. You’ve no plans for alarm clocks, suit-and-tie combos, rush-hour commutes, cubicles, or boring meetings. You’re ready to retire and leave them all behind – but can you afford to avoid those things forever?  With “How to Make Your Money Last” by Jane Bryant Quinn, you’ve got a working chance of it. What will you do when you can finally do what you want? That’s an important question, says Quinn. The routine you followed for 20, 30, even 40 years probably won’t be the same after retirement, and you may need some direction. You might be happy about not looking at a calendar all the time, but you won’t “want to look at a… calendar that’s blank.” The key to making the most of your retirement is to make the most of your money. You’ll particularly want to know how to “prudently parcel your money out” so you don’t take too much or too little of the funds available to you for the duration. There are also things to consider: tax issues, investment tools, tricks for bringing more to your bank account, and ways to protect your spouse. On that latter point, says Quinn, “talk,...

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Ebbs nabs district title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s Brayden Ebbs was crowned the 138-pound Greater Valley Conference wrestling champion at the regional tournament Feb. 12 and 13. Ebbs, a sophomore, is one of four Celtic wrestlers who will represent the school at the state tournament next week. It was the second consecutive year that Ebbs reached the regional finals match. He was determined to come out on top this time around. “The first thing that came to mind was I didn’t want it to end up like last year, going all the way to the finals and losing because I wasn’t thinking straight and making a mistake,” Ebbs said. The district title came down to a match between Ebbs and a longtime friend, Landon Davis of Sprague High School. “Landon and I have been friends since we were little and we know a lot about each other when it comes to the ways we wrestle. I knew it would be a tough match,” Ebbs said. Ebbs won in a 12-2 major decision. Ebbs placed sixth at the state tournament as a freshman and thinks he’s got a better-than-average shot at improving on that finish. As a team, McNary placed third overall. Celts Jon Phelps, Wyatt Kesler and Isaiah Putnam will join Ebbs at the state tournament after finishing third in their respective weight classes. Phelps, a 132-pound...

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Tour shows need for KLL help

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes On the surface, things don’t appear that bad at Keizer Little League Park. After all, from the distance, the 12 fields have green grass and clearly defined base paths. Fences and dugouts are present at each field. Examine the fields more closely, however, and the need for repairs becomes apparent. A closer examination is what happened Tuesday afternoon. Clint Holland, who talked about renovations at the venerable park during last week’s Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (see related story, page A1), led city parks supervisor Robert Johnson and Tony Cuff, Chris Argue and Brad Arnsmeier on a tour of the fields. Cuff and Argue are the two men Holland mentioned during the Parks Board meeting who are looking to renovate the fields one at a time. The need has been identified in recent years as the facility has fallen into a state of disrepair. That’s a far cry from 40 years ago, when the facility was the pride of the city and was being constantly maintained by an army of volunteers. By contrast, Argue pointed to himself, Cuff and Arnsmeier. Not present were Summer and Kevin Catron, as well as longtime volunteer Vern West, who mows the fields using the mower bought by the city two years ago. “You are basically looking at half of the volunteers doing the work on these...

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