Author: Eric Howald

China’s ‘Sword’ strikes Keizer curbsides

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A decision by Chinese officials earlier this year is hitting curbsides in Keizer and throughout the United States now. In March, China enacted “National Sword 2017.” The action imposes severe restrictions on the import of recyclable low-grade plastics and unsorted paper. Until this year, China was the primary market for getting rid of these specific materials picked up at curbsides nationwide and especially on the West Coast. However, contamination of the materials being sent to China has led to a crackdown in a effort to clean up the Chinese environment and to...

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City won’t be stashing modest pot income

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The City of Keizer has received its first share of taxes on recreational marijuana sales, but it’s not going to be the boon some people might have hoped for. “This is not a game-changing event for us. It will help offset the increases in health insurance and PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) payments, but it’s not going to solve any of those issues,” said Tim Wood, Keizer’s finance director. In the second quarter of 2017, the city took in $9,736.79 in local taxes. In the third quarter, Keizer sales amounted to $12,917.43 in...

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Man who plead guilty to mother’s murder wants sentence declared unconstitutional

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A man who plead guilty to the murder of his mother and attempted murder of his father in Keizer in 2015 is now seeking to have his life sentence ruled unconstitutional. Brett Angus Pearson plead guilty to the crimes in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 40 years. He is now seeking post-conviction relief in a civil petition filed with the Marion County Circuit Court. In the petition, Pearson, 21, claims that his imprisonment at MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility is illegal because his attorney “failed to...

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Couple paves local path for refugee resettlement

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In 2015, Keizerites Anya and Doug Holcomb were part of a relief team with the Christian Missionary Alliance at a refugee camp near the border of Greece and Macedonia. The number of refugees flooding into the camp was overwhelming, but stories connected them to individuals amid the chaos. Sitting in the dusty camp, Anya spoke with a young man who wept as he talked about having to leave his elderly parents behind. On another day, five children died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea on a raft and sorrow swept through the...

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Parks plan begins with two new jobs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board has started formulating its recommendation for putting the new parks fee to use. Beginning in November, the city will begin collecting $4 a month/$8 per utility bill to pay for parks maintenance and improvements. Members of the parks board are developing a plan for the first three years of the fee. In the immediate future, it calls for adding two full-time parks employees, increasing services like mowing and fertilization, replacement of aging equipment and vehicles and system-wide tree maintenance and invasive species removal. In the...

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