Author: Eric Howald

Conflicting dedications prompt debate for parks board

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes New visitors to Keizer Rapids Park might not realize that the sand volleyball courts replaced a smaller court installed by an Eagle Scout as his service project. How and whether to honor that contribution sparked some intense debate among the members of the Keizer Parks Advisory Board Tuesday, Aug. 8. The conversation had its start during public testimony when former city councilor and parks board member Richard Walsh provided an update on the Willamette Water Trail Committee and then switched hats as the father of Michael Walsh, the Eagle Scout who installed...

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Sign code revisions get first look

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Planning Commission wrangled with the fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision during its Aug. 9 meeting. City staff presented a host of changes to Keizer’s sign code that brings the city into line with the Supreme Court’s decision, clears up some areas of ambiguity, and will grant additional latitude to business owners regarding signage. In the Reid vs. Town of Gilbert judgement, the Supreme Court determined that sign codes need to be content-neutral, which is another way of saying the code cannot suppress freedom of speech. That caused...

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Doling out hope one food box at a time

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes I’m helping my third client of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB) collect items for a food box when I notice that we’ve run out of laundry detergent. It’s not an absolute necessity, but it’s not the only thing that’s disappeared. There wasn’t much bar soap to begin with, ranch dressing is dwindling and the quarts of 1 percent milk left can be counted on one hand. My third client of the night means we’ve only helped about a dozen of the 20 families waiting for food boxes. There’s plenty of bread...

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Lessons in eclipse viewing from someone who saw the last one

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When the total solar eclipse passes over Keizer on Monday, Aug. 21, the first instinct for many will be to pull out their phone or camera and try to capture a defining image. Steve Davidson, a photographer with Photos by Orion, advises against it. Primarily because there is a lot to miss if you’re only looking through a camera lens. “When I went to photograph the eclipse in 1979, I immediately went into my planned series of exposures changing shutter speeds and f-stops and it finally dawned on me that I hadn’t...

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