Author: Herb Swett

Mannix counters Gov. Brown’s clemency decision

Incoming state representative Kevin Mannix (R-21st District) is fighting Gov. Kate Brown’s recent clemency actions.

He contends that Brown has violated the law regarding notification of crime victims to give them an opportunity to be heard before the clemency decision is made, and that she has failed to propose a constitutional amendment to change the death penalty.

PGE rates increase with start of new year

A Portland General Electric (PGE) rate increase effective Sunday, Jan. 1, was approved by the Oregon Public Utility Commission (PUC).

PGE’s expected costs to purchase electricity and natural gas has risen significantly. A typical residential customer using 780 kilowatt-hours a month can expect a monthly bill to increase from $114.54 to $122.60, about 7%. The impact will vary by household depending on energy usage.

City Council welcomes new members

Two retirements, two new faces and a change in the Keizer City Council presidency highlighted the council meeting of Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Soraida Cross succeeded Roland Herrera in Position No. 4, Robert Husseman succeeded Elizabeth Smith in Position No. 5, and Mayor Cathy Clark and Councilor Daniel Kohler were sworn in for their new terms. Councilor Shaney Starr was elected council president to succeed Smith.

Trail building scout

A McNary High School sophomore recently led a project, along with Keizer Parks Director Robert Johnson, to construct a trail for Palma Ceia Park.

Niklaus Elder, a Boy Scout Troop 20 member working toward Eagle Scout status, got the idea by recalling that his brother Sanuel did a similar project several years ago in a different part of the state.

City’s public works in good hands with Bill Lawyer

“Turn on your water faucet. You don’t know what it takes to keep the water running.”

So said Bill Lawyer, public works director for the city, noting that people often take city services for granted. He then admitted that he often took for granted other services that the city provides.

Arrests made in Keizer Station sting

Eight people have been arrested in a joint retail theft operation in Keizer Station.

The Keizer Police Department, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and asset protection employees converged on the stores and the surrounding area to conduct surveillance. The nine-hour operation included the clearing of numerous outstanding arrest warrants and the recovery of nearly $1,700 in shoplifted merchandise.