Month: August 2016

Oregon State Fair returns

The Oregon State Fair returns to Salem beginning Friday Aug. 26, bringing rides, exhibits, concerts and more elephant ears than are found in the African savanna. The fair runs daily through Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days. It will stay open to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for kids and $1 for seniors. Veterans get in free on Monday, Sept. 5. Discounted admission tickets are available at Safeway locations and unlimited carnival ride wristbands are available at Walgreens locations. Parking is $5. In addition to full access to the fair grounds, 6,000 concert seats are available to fair attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. The line-up of acts includes Foreigner (7 p.m., Aug. 26); Tommy James & The Shondells (7 p.m., Aug. 27); Luis Coronel (4 p.m., Aug. 28); Hunter Hayes (7 p.m., Aug. 29); Melissa Etheridge (7 p.m., Aug. 30); Jeremy Camp & Mercy Me (6:30 p.m., Aug. 31); Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo (7 p.m., Sept. 1); Montgomery Gentry (7 p.m., Sept. 2); Theory of a Deadman (7 p.m., Sept. 3); and Creedence Clearwater Revisited (4 p.m., Sept. 5). VIP tickets are available to each of the concerts for $35 and include admission to the fair, reserved seats, preferred access to concessions and a chance to win a meet-and-greet with the band. Ongoing events include a...

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Simonka Place numbers contradict homeless counts

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Dianna arrived at the doorstep of Keizer’s Simonka Place last October, she simply stood outside the shelter and cried for a while. It took most all of her resolve to actually open the door. “I was at my lowest of lows. I never thought I would be out of a job, that I would be at a homeless shelter. It was that fear, that pride,” Dianna said. The Keizertimes is not using her last name to protect her privacy. Dianna spent four decades as a certified nursing assistant before her own mental health issues, including bipolar depression, finally cost her the career in early 2015. “I had enough to keep my apartment through April, then I was living with a friend,” she said. She didn’t know what to expect as she entered Simonka Place, which is operated by Salem’s United Gospel Mission (UGM), but the people she met there are slowly and surely helping her back toward independence. She said a welcoming intake interview, a case manager “so full of energy and laughter” that it put her at ease, and a newfound religious faith have all been part of her recovery. She was set up with a spot in Simonka’s dayroom with about 10 other residents before getting moved to a less dense area after a surgery in November. “They saved...

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Shots fired after concert in south Keizer

Keizer Police Department is investigating an incident involving gunfire at a south Keizer bar. On Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at 2:38 a.m., KPD officers responded to the Tequila Nights Bar & Grill, 3393 River Road North, on a report of several gunshots being fired in the parking lot after the conclusion of a concert that was headlined by Lil Rob. Upon officers arrival, they located a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta four-door in the parking lot that had been struck by multiple rounds of gunfire. The initial investigation indicates a male suspect, possibly wearing red, fled from the shooting scene on foot. The suspect was last seen by witnesses running westbound away from the bar on Appleblossom Drive North. Investigating officers did not locate any persons who were struck by gunfire and no injuries were reported. Keizer officers were assisted by deputies and officers from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Salem Police Department who helped secure the crime scene and search for the suspect. A K-9 was also deployed, but the suspect was not identified or apprehended. The incident remains under investigation. Anyone having any information is asked to contact Det. Ben Howden at 503-390-3713, ext....

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Build new, maintain old

Things are really perking up in Keizer these days with new construction and installations. Ground has been broke  at Schoolhouse Square to  build a replacement for the space now occupied by Starbucks and Mr. Video+Games. A new Starbucks building was just completed on River Road just south of Chemawa Road. Construction continues apace at the east end of Keizer with Bonaventure’s new senior living facility and a new apartment complex. Initial work is being done in Keizer Station for the city’s second hotel—a Holiday Inn Express. Taco Bell on River Road is getting a complete overall. McNary High School has a refurbished gymnaisum floor thanks to the McNary Athletic Booster Club. Keizer’s second mural will be dedicated next month. The 140-foot long mural depicts our community’s favorite event: the Iris Festival Parade. We are scratching our heads over the inclusion of Albert Einstein holding an apple (apples were Isaac Newton’s thing)—it must be a art thing we regular people don’t understand. Regarding dedications, the round-about at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane will officially open to traffic on Sept. 2. We suspect the round-about will be a major topic of discussion in Keizer for the first few weeks as opinions of support and derision are expressed. It is good to see these improvements and additions to the city.  Bonaventure’s retirement facility will add new jobs in-city that are desperately needed....

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One-party rule not good

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post I hope that you’ve had as good a summer as I have had.  For many of the 20 summers the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have been here, I was the public address announcer including this summer. I’m a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan so as you can imagine, it’s been very hard to root for future San Francisco Giants.  I bring this up because it reminds me a little bit of politics.  I am a Republican and not ashamed to say so (nor should you in whatever party or non-party you are a part of). I have to say in all honesty, I not only root for the Dodgers to win, but hope for the Giants to lose. Is that how I feel about politics?  Sort of.  Of course I don’t want people themselves to lose, but I feel strongly that the Republican ideas for making Oregon a better place are the way to “win.”  I feel just as strongly that the Democratic ideas are not always the best way for Oregon to “win” and after these past two years, I’m even more convinced of that regarding the minimum wage hike, paid sick leave, low carbon fuel standard, universal background checks and more.  They might sound like lofty ideas but in reality they hurt more than they help.  The best way to make Oregon...

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