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Day: August 18, 2014

Claggett Creek school festival seeks Keizer’s most talented

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If you have an artistic or cooking talent, Claggett Creek Middle School is looking for you. The school will hold its first fall festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4 and 5, and will include a chili cook-off, a pie bake-off and a Keizer talent show.

Lisa Buik, an organizer, stresses that anyone can enter the three contests, not just those with connections to Claggett Creek Middle School.

The chili cook-off  which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. is for adults and children. There will only be 10 slots each for the adult and children’s categories. There is a $5 entry fee for the adult category, but free for children’s entrees.

The pie bake-off will take place on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 3 to 4 p.m. There are 10 slots each for adults and children in this contest as well. Adult entry fee is $5 while children’s entrees are free.

Those whose talents are more musical are invited to enter the Keizer’s Got Talent contest on Saturday, Oct. 4, starting at 11 a.m. There are 30 slots of this contest. The cost to enter is $20 per act. The winning act will win a cash prize of $150.

To register as a contestant in any of these contests can call Lisa Buik at 971-273-3719 or email her at [email protected].

Councilors go over more medical marijuana details

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By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

It’s not coming up as frequently now, but medical marijuana is still coming up from time to time in Keizer City Council meetings.

Such was the case once again at the Aug. 4 council meeting.

The issue has been a hot one at the city and county levels around the state this year, due to new state laws about medical marijuana facilities and regulations regarding them.

City attorney Shannon Johnson presented a draft ordinance for adopting a city medical marijuana facility permit process, based on discussion at the June 16 council meeting. The ordinance summarized eight points, including the permit having to be renewed each year, operating hours for facilities, background checks being required and a 1,000 foot buffer from any publicly-owned property and a 1,500 foot buffer from any private or public school.

While work has been done on the ordinance, Johnson noted more time was needed.

“I ask that you wait to adopt,” he said. “There are three things I want to look at more.”

Those three things are looking at state requirements for security measures, expanding on the hearings officer section and coming up with an appropriate amount for the application and permit fees.

“It is our understanding that Salem’s task force is recommending a fee of $10,000 per year,” Johnson said. “Should that get adopted by the Salem City Council, there may be a dynamic in effect if Keizer’s fees are substantially lower. The dynamic I am referring to is that a facility operator may give careful consideration to placing the facility in Keizer rather than Salem.”

Johnson said a map in his staff report showed 18 possible locations for medical marijuana facilities in Keizer, but that wasn’t expected to happen.

“They are highly hypothetical locations,” he said. “It’s extremely unlikely we would have anything close to this number.”

Mayor Lore Christopher wants cities in the Willamette Valley to have similar fees to each other.

“We’re all putting in these types of ordinances,” Christopher said. “I want to get a sense of what others are doing. I’d like to be consistent.”

Councilor Marlene Quinn suggested lowering the age for people who can purchase medical marijuana from 21 to 18. Others agreed with that idea.

Councilor Cathy Clark asked Johnson to look at the language of an upcoming ballot initiative for recreational marijuana.

“We have an initiative on the ballot,” Clark said. “I’m not an attorney and I don’t play one on TV, but a measure has been approved for the November 4 ballot.”

A good part of the discussion centered on when the topic should be brought up again.

While there were some suggestions of the topic coming up in October, councilor Dennis Koho pushed for an earlier start.

“I think we should address this before October,” said Koho, who pushed for September.

Christopher agreed.

“I think it should come back the first meeting in September,” she said. “We may know more what Salem does by then.”

Koho gave more reason for a September date.

“I want to move forward,” he said. “I’m getting tired of dealing with it. I’m surprised we’re not passing it tonight. Let’s bring it back in a month and be ready to approve it.”

By consensus, councilors agreed to look at the topic again at their Sept. 2 meeting.

In other business Aug. 4:

• Christopher referenced going to the July 30 open house for Madison Delaney Grill, opened by longtime Keizer resident Jim Marshall in the former Caruso’s building overlooking Staats Lake. The upscale restaurant at 5745 Inland Shores Way opens at 11 a.m. each day and is open until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.

“It’s fabulous food and a great location,” the mayor said. “It’s fine dining. You wanted a dinner house in Keizer; now you’ve got one and it’s a good one.”

• Police chief John Teague noted the high level of participation in the annual National Night Out, which took place the night after the council meeting.

“We have 38 neighborhoods participating in National Night Out,” he said.

• The next council meeting takes place Tuesday, Sept. 2 instead of the normal first Monday date due to the Labor Day holiday. The meeting will start at the regular 7 p.m. time.

Theft at Tony’s Kingdom

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Collectibles was robbed last weekend.

Owner Tony Grove confirmed the news on Facebook Saturday morning, Aug. 9.

“Bad news at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics,” Grove posted. “Last night someone broke in. I’m working with the police on this but if anyone has any information regarding this matter please contact me or the Keizer Police Department.”

Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns with the KPD said the incident took place last Friday night or Saturday morning. Police responded to the call around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

“The complainant and individual who identified herself as the manager of the business, Michelle Rotharmel, reported the business was burglarized sometime between the close of business on Friday, August 8 at about 6:30 p.m. and when she opened it on Saturday, August 9 at 11 a.m.,” Kuhns said Tuesday. “An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from within the business.”

Kuhns said it would not be accurate to say someone broke in and stole the money.

“I don’t know if I would use the words ‘broken into’ because the investigating officer did not find anything broken or any signs of forced entry into the business,” Kuhns said. “The are no suspects at this time; however the investigation is ongoing.”

Grove’s sister, Christine Barnes, was among those posting on Facebook in response to the news.

“The really sad thing is that (it) was someone close to the shop, someone my brother (Tony) trusted,” Barnes posted last Saturday evening. “They had a key and the alarm code. Nothing hurts worse than bring betrayed by someone you cared for and trusted. I sincerely hope they have a hard time living with what they did and that it causes them heartache in the long run since they were so deceitful.”

Tony’s Kingdom of Comics is located at 5420 River Road North, in a small strip mall near Albertsons. Rotharmel on Tuesday said news of the incident spread fast, leading to a busy day at the store last Saturday.

“The community was amazing, the way they came into the shop,” said Rotharmel, who noted Grove is out on medical leave until September. “They stood up when they found out and came down here. I was in the process of opening the store. I recognized some things were missing and out of place, which led to me calling the police.”

Rotharmel said there was a common sentiment among those coming in last Saturday.

“It was devastating,” she said. “People were outraged. That’s why they wanted to come in and support the shop.”

Grove also thanked customers via his Facebook page last weekend.

“We had a good amount of loss but we’ll get through thanks to all of our wonderful customers and friends to the shop,” he wrote. “We wouldn’t be here without you. I want to say thank you to all of our Tony’s customers for your support and kindness. We really appreciate our friends.”