Day: February 23, 2018

SKPS board okays bond for ballot

By HERB SWETT Of the Keizertimes Salem-Keizer School Board approval for a proposed general obligation bond estimated at $619.7 million to go on the ballot became official Tuesday. District residents will decide May 15 on the bond measure proposal, which focuses on making district buildings seismically safe and large enough for anticipated enrollment growth. The proposed bond measure would add space at 22 elementary schools, 10 middle schools, and six high schools. It would build a new Auburn Elementary School, improve science laboratories at the middle and high schools, improve vocational and technical programs at high schools, upgrade technology,...

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Lend Me a Tenor opens at McNary Feb. 23-24

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Jon Taylor can relate to Max in Lend Me a Tenor, an assistant to the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company who is thrust to take center stage after a series of unfortunate events strike a world-famous tenor. Since moving to Keizer from Maryland, Taylor has spent the past two years off stage working on the technical side of McNary’s productions, building sets and programming lights. Taylor’s only unfortunate event was missing the stage manager meeting. Instead, he decided to audition for McNary’s One Act Festival. But to his...

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Mary (Sturgus-Ridings) Main

July 4, 1945 – January 22, 2018 Mary (Sturgis – Ridings) Main, an angel to those privileged to know her, passed away suddenly on Jan. 22 at the young age of 72. Mary was born on July 4, 1945, in Portland, OR to Harry and Erma Sturgis. She grew up in the Brooks-Gervais area and attended Gervais High School. There she met her first husband, Nolan Ridings, the father of her two children, Rob and Stephanie. Loving mother and grandmother, devoted wife and cherished friend, Mary is survived by husband Steve Main of Keizer, whom she shared 34 loving years with; children Rob Ridings and wife Carol of Kent, Wash., and Stephanie Eakin and husband Chris of Keizer, Ore.; grandchildren Courtney Castronovo, Derek Ridings, Tyler Ridings and Connor Ridings; sister Vivian Arima and husband Bob of Idaho; several nieces and nephews; and of course, her adored cat Duke. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and brother Jerry Sturgis. Her early career Included jobs with the State of Oregon Executive Department, Oregon Department of Police Safety Standards and Training, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. She later worked in various positions for the Oregon Department of Justice, eventually retiring from the position she was most passionate about, a Program Representative for Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Mary was a cherished and highly active member of the Salem-Keizer community. She co-founded...

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The children shall lead them

After the massacre of 17 students and adults at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, an affluent suburb of Miami, survivors and students wasted no time in calling for action. The students demanded action from Congress and the president to stop senseless mass killing sby gun. The call for action has swept the nation like a prairie fire. Douglas High School student activists have called on their peers around the nation to also demand action from state and federal legislators. So far two events have been planned: the National School Walkout on Wednesday, March 14, and the...

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Road salt

To the Editor: Before the state Department of Transportation and Oregon cities and communities commit to the use or increased salt as a de-icing agent they should all consider the recently released results of studies on the use of salt in the Northeast and Midwest. Long term studies in these areas now show that the use of salt on roads and highways has degraded the water quality of ponds, lakes, and other waterways into which the salt-laden runoff ultimately drains.  And the results are not good. The studies show that there has been a negative impact to water quality resulting in harm to fish, invertebrates, amphibians and plants. In short, most forms of aquatic life have been damaged or are disappearing from the impacted waterways. There is no easy answer to keeping road surfaces ice free. But if the transportation agencies insist on the use of salt, then the legislature needs to increase funding to the Department of Enviromental Quality and Department of Fish and Wildlife so that these agencies can begin studies of water bodies likely to receive the salty runoff.  It is important to establish  background (before salt use) levels of salinity and other bio-markers so that future wetland monitoring can detect changes that could spell trouble. As we know, it is very difficult and expensive to repair and restore streams, ponds and lakes to good health...

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