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The Partridge Family, a show about a band formed
by a widowed woman (Shirley Jones) and her children
(including David Cassidy and Susan Dey), premieres on
ABC Television.
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Food 4 Thought
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of prepara-
tion, hard work, and learning from failure.”
— Colin Powell
The Month Ahead
Through Saturday, October 3
Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl at The Veronia Studio
theatre at Reed Opera House. Performances after today
will be at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $15.
Saturday, September 26
Lewis Black at the Elsinore Theatre, 8 p.m. Tickets $49.50.
Sunday, September 27
Blues, Brews, & BBQ featuring music by Lightnin’ Willie and the
Poor Boys, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Deepwood Estate. Tickets are $10
regular, $8 member, $15 at the door. historicdeepwoodestate.
Monday, September 28
Keizer Festival Advisory Board, 6 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center.
Tuesday, September 29
Keizer Points of Interest Committee meeting, 5:30 p.m. in
council chambers at Keizer Civic Center.
Oregon Republican Party Government Transparency Listening
Tour, 7 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center.
Wednesday, September 30
Community Conversation about Salem-Transit District’s
proposed payroll tax, 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Keizer Quality Inn and
Suites, 5188 Wittenburg Lane NE.
Thursday, October 1
Salem Grow & Show Club meets at Center 50+, 2615 Portland
Rd. NE, 7 p.m. Annual garden club fl ower show. Free to all
Friday, October 2
Pentacle Theatre presents The Addams Family: A New Musical
Comedy opening tonight. The show runs through Oct. 24. For
times and tickets visit
Saturday, October 3
Second annual Claggett Creek Fall Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Vendors, games, food, raffl e. Keizer’s Got Talent show. Claggett
Creek Middle School. 971-273-3719.
Keizer/Salem Area Seniors is holding a breakfast event from 8
to 10 a.m. Pancakes, eggs, meat, coffee and juice. $4 per person.
Corner of Cherry Avenue and Plymouth Drive in Keizer.
Artists’ reception for Keizer Art Association’s October show,
Occupations and Workplaces, 2-4 p.m., Enid Joy Mount
Gallery at Keizer Heritage Center.
Howlapalooza at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids
Park, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday, October 4
Anthems of the Anglican Tradition, 4 p.m. at St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church. 503.362.3661
Monday, October 5
Keizer Fire District annual open house and safety fair, 6:30 to
8:30 p.m., 661 Chemawa Road NE.
Keizer City Council meeting, 7 p.m. in council chambers at
Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.
Tuesday, October 6
Community Build Task Force meeting, 6 p.m. in council
chambers at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.
Wednesday, October 7
Claggett Creek Watershed Council meeting, 5:30 p.m. at Keizer
Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.
Thursday, October 8
Traffi c Safety/Bikeways/Pedestrians Committee meeting, 6
p.m. at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.
West Keizer Neighborhood Association meeting, 7 p.m. at
Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.District, 5:45 p.m.
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KFD chief talks about bond
Of the Keizertimes
Ambulances are meant to
tow people in need of help to
Ambulances are not meant
to need a tow to a mechanic
while a patient needs urgent
And yet that’s what the Keiz-
er Fire District has been expe-
That is one of the key rea-
sons the KFD is running an
emergency equipment bond
measure on the November bal-
Fire chief Jeff Cowan has
been busy talking about the
measure, talking earlier this
month at the West Keizer
Neighborhood Association and
the Greater Gubser Neighbor-
hood Association meetings,
among others.
To underscore the need for
new equipment, promotional
material put out by the KFD
includes a picture of an ambu-
lance being towed.
“The newest ambulance is
one we got in 2008,” Cowan
said at the Sept. 17 GGNA
meeting. “It has been a lemon.
It was in the shop for nine
months last year. We had it fail
twice on 911 calls.”
In 1996, Keizer voters ap-
proved a 20-year bond to pay
for the KFD headquarters on
Chemawa Road. That bond will
be paid off in February, with the
new bond taking its place if ap-
proved. The new bond is for fi re
trucks, ambulances and various
emergency equipment and ap-
“Our staffi ng and service
levels have improved,” Cowan
said. “Now it’s all about the
equipment. We’ve sacrifi ced
equipment for people over the
years, because people put out
the fi res.”
The KFD has 30 career fi re-
fi ghters and paramedics, plus 40
volunteers. Cowan said the per-
sonnel are kept busy.
“We’re averaging about 13
calls a day this year,” Cowan
said. “Last year it was 12 calls a
day. It could be 14 calls a day
next year.”
With an average call for re-
sponse being about two hours,
Cowan said adding a second
unit has been justifi ed. An en-
gine and an ambulance go to
each call, meaning six personnel
are on site in case people need
to be moved.
“All of the calls put more
miles on the ambulance,”
Cowan said. “The engine will
bounce from call to call. Some
days it is gone 12 to 14 hours.”
Two ambulances have already
been ordered, which means the
fi re district will pay itself back
if the bond passes. The process
had to be sped up due to the re-
liability issues of the current rig.
“We’re using operational
money for the new ones,”
Cowan said. “We couldn’t wait.
It takes nine months for them
Keizer fi re chief Jeff Cowan (right) talks during the Sept. 17
Greater Gubser Neighborhood Association meeting.
to come. They are custom built.
An ambulance is right around
$250,000. The last one was built
on a Ford F-450 chassis, so it’s
not a truck grade chassis. It cost
$180,000 and we fi gured we’d
be able to rotate it. We went
with Freightliner chassis for the
new ones. You can put 500,000
miles on it over 10 to 15 years.
It’s not really about the miles, it’s
about the hours, the cold starts,
idling for hours. Ambulances
take a lot of wear and tear.”
Cowan said the average rate
for the new bond will be $.14
per $1,000 of assessed value. The
rate will go down as the popu-
lation increases, with the bonds
being issues in three phases. All
told, the bonds will bring in
about $6.2 million.
The KFD currently has two
engines more than 20 years old,
while the ladder truck – bought
used from Salem – is 24 years
“This thing is 24 years old
and has been like a battleship
carrier,” Cowan said. “It’s a solid
rig. We will have it refurbished
for $500,000, one-third the cost
of new, and it’ll be good for 15
years. It’ll have new electronics
and equipment and will come
back McNary blue.”
Other equipment to be pur-
chased if the bond passes in-
clude Jaws of Life machines and
life packs with EKG monitors.
Mark Caillier, GGNA presi-
dent, was part of the group that
came up with the recommen-
dation for the bond.
“We appreciated that it was
what they need, not necessar-
ily what they want,” Caillier
said. “We’ve done it in a phased
approach to keep the dollars
down. As the community im-
proves and gets bigger, the rate
will go down. They’re doing re-
ally well with what we provide
Rep. Schrader likes idea of CTEC
Of the Keizertimes
September typically signifi es
the start of a new school year.
In the Salem-Keizer School
District, the new school year
this month meant the debut of
the district’s new Career and
Technical Educational Center
(CTEC) on Portland Road in
Count U.S. Rep. Kurt
Schrader (D-Canby) among the
“It’s the way of the future,”
Schrader said during a visit
last week with the Keizertimes
editorial board. “If we’re go-
ing to be doing the 40-40-20
(students ready for at least col-
lege and beyond), community
colleges and high schools with
technical education will be the
emphasis for a lot of jobs. A lot
of people my age are retiring.
There’s a dearth of folks to fi ll
the pipelines. That’s where the
next generation can fi nd eco-
nomic opportunities.”
It’s something Schrader has
pushed for at the national level.
In late April, the Congressman
reintroduced the Building Un-
derstanding, Investment, Learn-
ing and Direction (BUILD)
Career and Technical Educa-
tion Act. The bill would create
a two-year, $20 million CTE
pilot program to ensure greater
cooperation between school
districts and industry.
“CTE programs give stu-
dents the in-demand, high-
level skills they need to get jobs
available in their communities,”
Schrader said at the time. “This
bill will have an important ef-
fect on our economy and create
a direct opportunity to boost
American manufacturing. We
need to help our kids secure
good paying jobs here at home
and put more American-made
goods on our store shelves.”
On the whole, Schrader
doesn’t feel enough is being
given to education.
“We’re not funding aca-
demic education the way we
should,” he said last week. “We
need more revenue sources. We
can put money into technical
education. I want to see high
schools partner with unions.
The new (CTEC) in Salem is
critical. If we want to improve
test scores and see more kids
graduate from high school, we
need to get them into career
technical programs.”
With gas prices coming
down, Schrader feels this could
be a good time to raise the gas
tax and help pay for infrastruc-
“You can make the case the
is in a horrible situation right
now,” he said. “People under-
stand it. They’ll buy into that.”
Schrader likes the idea of ex-
panded transit, but noted such
systems have their places.
“Transit lines in Washington,
D.C. are lifesavers,” he said. “I
don’t have a car there because
the traffi c is so horrible. I was
in Great Falls, Montana recent-
ly. Transit wouldn’t make any
sense there currently. But you
still have to plan for the future.
Great Falls will need transit in
the future.”
Schrader likes what he sees
around here for transit.
“The Keizer Transit Center
is a good thing,” he said. “It re-
ally makes sense.”
On the other hand, Schrader
doesn’t like the current Veterans
Administration situation. Earlier
this month, Schrader wrote a
letter to director Joanne Krum-
berger with the VA Portland
Health Care System regard-
ing the number of employees
leaving the Salem Community
Based Outpatient Clinic.
“It’s been an ongoing prob-
lem in the Salem-Keizer area,”
he said.
public hearings
The Keizer City Council
will hold a public hearing on
Monday, Oct. 5 to consider a
liquor license application with
change of ownership for Dim
Sum House at 3843 River
Road North, which is becom-
ing Ocean Sushi and Teriyaki.
The hearing will be during
the council meeting starting
at 7 p.m. in council chambers
at Keizer Civic Center, 930
Chemawa Road N.
looking back
in the KT
A perilous intersection,
but what’s
the solution?
Four people have died in
separate incidents at the
intersection of Wheatland Road
and Brooklake Road just north
of Keizer since 2000, according
to state records.
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3x3 square.
Neighbors rally
for barricade
Fernwood Park neighbors
packed the Keizer City Council
Chambers to preserve the street
closure enacted in 1992 on
Fourth Place North.
City could face lawsuit
over freeway ‘delay’
Web Poll
A Salem lawyer representing
a group of landowners has
threatened to sue the city of
Keizer because of the Keizer
City Council’s “delay and
nonaction” on freeway land
Would you support
a tax to establish
a parks fund in Keizer?
73% - No
27% - Yes
Embattled youth
club eyes new site
Facing a wave of opposition
to a proposed satellite club at
Cummings Elementary School,
the Boys and Girls Club of
Salem is seeking other possible
sites at Keizer schools.
Vote in a new poll every Thursday!
Pixels (PG-13)
Fri 4:10, Sat 1:45, 2:15, Sun 1:45
Ant Man (PG-13)
Fri 6:20, Sat 4:15, 6:30, 8:10,
Sun 3:15, 3:45, 6:00
Fantastic Four (PG-13)
Fri 4:00, 6:00, Sat 12:00, 3:45,
Sun 12:20
Avengers: Age of Ultron (PG-13)
Sat 4:30, Sun 2:15, 7:50
Vacation (R)
Fri 8:40, Sat 7:15, 9:10, Sun 8:15
Spy (R)
Fri 8:00, Sat 5:50, Sun 6:55
Trainwreck (R)
Fri 6:40, 9:05, Sat 8:45, Sun 5:30
Shaun the Sheep Movie (PG)
Fri 4:40, Sat 12:00, Sun 12:00
Tomorrowland (PG)
Sat 2:00, Sun 12:45