Month: July 2017

Northwood, Holiday win swim meets

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Northwood Park Swim Club dominated relays to defeat Jan Ree 322-160 Thursday, July 13. Sayje Castronovo, Kaitlyn Schaffer, Meili Skipper and Kylie Wells won the girls 9-10-year-old medley relay. Castronovo, Skipper, Wells and Kaitlyn Roop also placed first in the free relay as Northwood’s girls outscored Jan Ree 175-112. Melia Wells, Brooke Junker, Ella Ditchen and Ainsleigh Pack had the fastest time in the 11-12 medley relay. Wells, Pack, Ditchen and Molly Eisele won the 11-12 free relay. Junker swam on the winning 13-14 free relay with Madie Trammell, Ellie Auvinen and Kailey...

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Safeway gas gets council OK

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council unanimously approved Safeway’s request to put in a fueling center at their River Road North location at its meeting Monday, July 17. The decision is most noteworthy because the council permitted the grocer to construct a small 450-square-foot convenience store alongside the fueling center. Both city staff and the Keizer Planning Commission had opposed the inclusion of the accessory structure. The specific action the council took was to modify an overlay zone that prevents automotive-related businesses from occupying an area around the intersection of Chemawa Road and River...

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Developers may have to pony up for community beautification

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Imagine for a moment sitting atop one of the 100 largest private employers in the nation according to Forbes magazine. Last year, revenues for your company clocked in at $6.3 billion. On a local level, fans of your company  launched social media campaigns hoping to court you to their city where only one other major competitor exists. When you make a decision and announce a new store opening it is – without hyperbole – the biggest story of the entire year for that town. But, when the city’s community development director sits...

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Paying for Keizer’s livability

The Keizer City Council has passed new fees to support the police department and the city’s 19 parks. Each fee is $4 per month that is added to the water/sewer bills (the bi-monthly addition to invoices total will be $16). The collection of the new fees will start in November. Instead of receiving a water bill, homeowners and business owners will receive a city services invoice which include the two new fees. The approval of the two fees was not done in a vacuum; it was not done in the dark nor away from public scrutiny. The discussion of a parks fee has been in public arena for more than a year; both hearings and public forums have been held to unveil the current state of our parks as well as how much money is needed to maintain them. Both the parks fee and the public safety fee will be dedicated—meaning revenues from each fee may only be used for parks or police and cannot be diverted to any other part of the city’s budget. The city’s charter and state law allows the council to impose a service fee. It is the imposition of a tax that requires a vote of the people. Again, the council did not approve the two fees lightly. A detailed survey about parks was sent to every Keizer home earlier this year asking about...

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Will Republicans break from Trump?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. “Will he tell the president ‘no’?” This question was at the heart of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s opening statement at last week’s confirmation hearing for Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee as FBI director. Wray was there because the man who appointed him had fired James Comey for failing, as Feinstein put it, to “pledge his loyalty” to Trump and to soft-pedal inquiries involving Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The test for Wray, Feinstein said, will be his “willingness to stand up in the face of political pressure.” There is good reason to feel uneasy about having anyone appointed by Trump lead the FBI at this moment. It is obvious to all except the willfully blind that we now have a president who observes none of the norms, rules or expectations of his office and will pressure anyone at any time if doing so serves his personal interests. We also know beyond doubt that this team will lie, and lie, and lie again whenever the matter of Russia’s exertions to elect Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton arises. Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer connected to the Putin regime after he received an email from an intermediary promising “sensitive information” about Clinton that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” His decision exploded the president’s claims that neither he nor his...

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