SINCE 1979 • VOLUME 40, NO. 15 SECTION A JANUARY 11, 2019 $1.00 Merchant of the Year champions integrity THRICE DENIED District, church to court over eminent domain By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Larry Jackson wasn’t sur- prised to be named Keizer’s Merchant of the Year in 2018, it was something he worked toward. “I grew up in Keizer and volunteering at the fi re dis- trict, the candy cane day and the breakfasts. I remember the dads who helped build Keizer Little League Park and being there for the kids,” Jackson said. In the year since his name was announced, Jackson’s pres- ence in the community hasn’t dwindled in the slightest. He is a regular fi xture at just about any community effort in Keizer and Salem. While he is more likely to be found work- KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald ing behind the scenes than in Larry Jackson was honored at the 2018 Merchant of the Year by the Keizer Chamber of photo ops, the relationships he Commerce. The nod was a milestone in a pair of long journeys. makes through i nvo l ve m e n t have allowed and family. But when I School in 1984, he split his time between Larry Jackson will hand over others to tap talk to other people in a part-time job at Orcutt’s IGA and the the title of Merchant of the into resourc- family businesses, most family business. Year on Saturday, Jan. 19, at es they might “When I started at 14, I painted the don’t get this far,” Jackson the Keizer First Citizen Awards not otherwise buildings and swept fl oors and did some said of the milestone. Banquet. During the gala, have known of the prep work on paint jobs, but I It was a busy year to the city will name a new ﬁ rst were available. wanted to get into the shop and repair say the least, but the Mer- citizen, merchant of the year In addition to things,” Jackson said. chant of the Year title and service to education award the extra-cur- In a fi eld more and more dominated was more of a capstone winner. Tickets are available ricular activi- in a long journey. He’d by technology, car body work still re- at the Keizer Chamber of ties, Jackson’s been working toward it quires a personal touch. Commerce website: Auto Body, the “I always felt I was good with my for eight years, which is www.keizerchamber.com business he co- as long as he has been hands and collision work takes a feel. You owns with his have to sand to a happy medium before working on sobriety. cousins Jerry Jackson started work- something can be repainted, and I liked and Carol Jackson, celebrated its 60th ing in the shop at 14, pounding on something from time to anniversary and the third generation of when his dad woke him up and told him time,” Jackson said. family owners. He started full-time in January 1985 he was going to work on the fi rst day “It gets a little complicated – some- of his summer vacation. From that point and rose to co-owner in 1998. By 2010, times very complicated – mixing business until he graduated from McNary High Please see MERCHANT, Page A9 KLL Park mgmt. planning lurches — slowly — forward formation. By ERIC A. HOWALD “The advantages to you is Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Little League that you would have absolute Park Long Range Planning and full control. The negative Task Force met for the third is that [the city] would have nothing to do with it,” said time on Jan. 2. While the City Manager Chris Ep- meeting was wide ranging, pley. While the city little tangible progress council might be appeared to be made. For willing to enter At the core of into agree- the continuing more on the ments to discussions organizational h e l p regarding main- future differences that tain man- keep KLL and or im- agement prove the of the park MYB apart, park, the and what it see Page managing or- could or should ganization would become. When A11 likely be expected to Mayor Cathy Clark exhaust all other ave- asked attendees whether nues of funding. they were ready to discuss a City Councilor-elect Dan new management structure – a third-party entity comprised of Kohler returned to a more members of both Keizer Little fundamental question of which League (KLL) and McNary activities should be the park’s Youth Baseball (MYB) along- primary focus. While some at the meeting side others representing the community-at-large – there felt the park should continue was no dissent, but the result- to be focused on Keizer youth, ing conversation never reached others felt it could fulfi ll that mission while attracting out- a decision point. Off the bat, talk turned to side tournaments. “I think we can do both si- other possible solutions, such as the managing organization multaneously,” said Brad Arns- leasing the park and reducing meier, KLL president. “There is going to have the city’s oversight. KLL Vice President Lisa to be more improvements to Buik seemed interested in the have quality tournaments,” possibility, but wanted more in- Please see PARK, Page A7 ALL 2018 EXPLORERS Lady Celts pick up huge win PAGE A14 Councilors sworn in PAGE A9 Please see DOMAIN, Page A3 Grease is the word Volcanoes add front office staffer PAGE A10 KEIZERTIMES/Matt Rawlings Ingrid Dunn and Steven Cummings, strike a pose during dress rehearsals for Grease, the latest McNary High School musical. For all the details, show times and a cast list, see pages A2–A3. New chief at MCFD1 Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD1) Board of Directors unan- imously supported the appointment of Kyle Mc- Mann to the position of fi re chief. McMann start- ed his job on Jan. 1. Chief Kyle McMann joined MCFD1 in 2001 Kyle McMann as an engineer/para- medic after completing the Chemeketa Fire Program and Umpqua Paramedic Program. He has served in several capacities over his MCFD1 career including ON SALE! 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