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Day: August 24, 2010

Salem-area unemployment up to 10.7%

Unemployment in the Salem area was up in July.

The seasonally-adjusted jobless rate was up to 10.7 percent in July, up from June’s revised rate of 10.2 percent.

The number is just a bit higher than the state seasonally-adjusted jobless rate of 10.6 percent for the month, and is 0.2 percentage points lower than the jobless rate for the Salem area one year ago.

The statistics are for the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Keizer. All statistics are from Worksource Oregon.

An estimated 21,212 Marion and Polk county residents were unemployed in a civilian labor force of 203,943, for the month. Overall, 234 more people were unemployed in July 2010 than in July 2009.

Total non-farm employment fell by 1,200 jobs from June to July, with government dropping 3,600 positions and the private sector adding 2,400 jobs. The large drop in government jobs is attributed largely to the 2010 U.S. Census, according to Worksource Oregon Regional Economist Patrick O’Connor.

Construction added 200 jobs in July, and has lost 500 jobs in the past 12 months.
Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs, largely due to seasonal food product manufacturing jobs.
Professional and business services added 100 jobs in July, and the sector shows about 100 positions added over the past year.

Retail trade added 100 jobs in July, but the sector has declined 600 jobs in the past year.

“Job loss had slowed in recent months in the Salem MSA, but July showed an upturn in the unemployment rate and larger than normal job loss during the month,” O’Connor stated.

Early morning home burglary in Gubser neighborhood

Three men are in police custody following an overnight burglary in Keizer Tuesday morning.

Keizer Police were called to a home in the 6400 block of 14th Avenue NE at about 3:23 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, “at what appeared to be a burglary in progress at a private residence there,” according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The person said they heard loud noises and glass breaking. A second call came from the victim’s home, who was reporting the suspects had tried to get into his home, but he was able to deter them with his gun.

“He basically protected himself and his property,” Kuhns said, adding no weapons were fired in the incident and no one was hurt.

Kuhns added there’s “no reason to believe this is a random act,” but didn’t say why this home in particular may have been targeted.

The suspects had left the scene in a red and white sport utility vehicle driving northbound on 14th Avenue NE.

Keizer Police officers, along with police from Salem and Marion County, searched the neighborhood as witnesses were calling 911 to report seeing them in the neighborhood.

Two suspects were located and detained. Officers believe the two got out of the suspect vehicle attempting to elude officers, but were caught on foot. The vehicle itself – a 1987 Ford Bronco – was found in the 6400 block of Tepper Parkway and will be searched.

The two men – Julio Cesar Luna, 30, and James Michael Harris, 21, both of Mill City – were both detained. Both face charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, while Luna had a statewide felony warrant for parole violation. Both men could face additional charges.

Another man – Scott Farler, 40 – was arrested in Salem under suspicion of a separate incident. Police said a man shot a 23-year-old at a Campbell Drive SE apartment complex in what was believed to be an attempt to steal medical marijuana. Farler is Harris’ father, Salem Police noted.

Salem Police said Farler – who faces charges from Salem Police of robbery, assault, unlawful use and unlawful possession of a firearm – was wanted by the Keizer Police Department in the 14th Avenue burglary. Keizer Police have also charged Farler with conspiracy to commit burglary.

Frozen treat craze comes to Keizer

Ashley Neadow, Jay He and Carissa Lin all work at Green Apple Frozen Yogurt – but they’ve been known to enjoy the product a time or two as well. The new store focuses on self-serve frozen yogurt, with an ample toppings bar. Price is by the ounce. (KEIZERTIMES/Jason Cox)

Of the Keizertimes

Green Apple Frozen Yogurt
Location: 5175 River Road
Phone: (503) 485-8895
Hours: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Every day

Keizer’s got a new place to find a tasty treat.

Green Apple Frozen Yogurt opened a few weeks ago next to Mario’s Bar on River Road. [MAP: 7]

It is owned by Raymond and Amy Lin. The store’s manager, Rich Giddens, is excited about the new venture. He and Raymond operate several businesses in Keizer, including All Star Sports Grill, Good Times and Mario’s.

Giddens said it’s slightly different than other varieties of frozen yogurt – more of a subtle sweetness. All eight varieties currently available – Red Velvet cake, French vanilla, Reese’s Peanut Butter, Very Berry Sherbet, Original Tart, Very Strawberry, chocolate and cookies and cream – are of the kosher and low-fat variety. They also have smoothies and milkshakes available.

Frozen yogurt is self serve, with customers paying by the ounce. In addition to the yogurt there’s 18 varieties of toppings, including healthier fare like raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, along with the more indulgent varieties like chocolate chips, coconut flakes and several varieties of candy and cookie crumbles.

The atmosphere is clean and airy, with modern furniture providing plenty of seating. The location has wireless internet.

“We wanted a bright, clean feeling,” Giddens said. “And I think the furniture is really cool.”

In keeping with the “green” in their title, Giddens said the store uses recyclable cups and environmentally sound cleaning products.

“We’re really excited about it,” Giddens said. “It’s so refreshing.”

They decided to stay open late to “provide a healthy alternative to your typical late night snack,” their promotional material reads.

Lin plans to open four more locations, Giddens said.

The pair said the yogurt has only 50 to 100 calories for each half-cup.

Man arrested for menacing relative

A Keizer man was arrested Friday, Aug. 6, after police said he broke into a relative’s apartment brandishing a steak knife.

According to officers, several 911 calls reported a disturbance in an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Meadowbrook Court N. at about 12:29 a.m. that day. Upon arrival, officers said, the suspect had left but learned from witnesses a man had broken into an apartment and confronted a man with a knife about how he was treating his relative, Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns said.

The victim, police said, was awakened while in bed by the suspect, who was holding and threatening the victim with a steak knife. The victim was able to kick the suspect and close himself off in a bedroom, kicking out a window screen to get out and ran into the parking lot.

The suspect, meanwhile, had left the scene in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival.

The suspect turned himself in to the police department a few hours later.

Arrested was Charles N. Kahlbaum, 26, of Keizer, for first-degree burglary, harassment and menacing.