Day: May 29, 2017

School Board renews Howard Street contract

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes The Salem-Keizer School Board on Tuesday, May 9, renewed the district contract with Howard Street Charter School for a five-year term starting July 1. Renewal was approved by a 5-2 vote, with Paul Kyllo and Jim Green opposed. Kyllo opposes the charter school concept. Green’s objection was to a provision that if the school moves from the South Salem High School annex, the district will reimburse the school $10,000 per year up to three years. Green contended that the provision was unfair to the other charter schools in the district. The board also...

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Buttoned up

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Most people probably think of buttons as mostly utilitarian items, those occasionally troublesome things we use to fasten our shirts and blouses. A few minutes with Deborah Hanson are more than enough to change your perspective. “Buttons are a great way to engage with history, there are political buttons, fashion buttons, ones that can tell you about the history of a family and some conferred status,” said Hanson, a button dealer who traveled all the way from New Hampshire to take part in the annual Oregon State Button Society Show at Quality...

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Salem man built box to confine ex-girlfriend

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The most disturbing aspect of Clinton Russell Robison’s plans to kidnap his ex-girlfriend is difficult to pin down. It might be the way he brazenly drove through a police barricade and attempted to approach a home where a SWAT team was executing a search warrant. It could be the numerous threatening text messages he sent to the intended victim and others (see related story below, Texts provide). The box he built to keep his victim in once he’d completed his plan is certainly near the top of the list. There’s also the...

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