Day: July 9, 2010

Pig Bowl’s generosity extends to Keizer

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes It’s been a while since Keizer was represented on the playing field of the Chemawa Pig Bowl, the annual fund-raiser that brings together football teams comprised of police officers. But that doesn’t mean local residents shouldn’t have a rooting interest in the outcome of the game. That’s because proceeds from the game, which is sponsored by the non-profit Law Enforcement for Youth, often help finance local projects. There are three Pig Bowls held in the Willamette Valley, including the one set for Saturday (July 10) at the Chemawa Indian School. “Over the years several hundred Keizer youths have benefited from both our mini-grant and Shop With a Cop programs,” said Steve Polanski, the organization’s executive director. The Keizer Police Department is represented on the coordinating committee for the Shop With a Cop program, with some 50 children participating  every year. “We have exclusively ran the local Cop With a Shop program since 2005,” said Polanski. More recent, Law Enforcement for Youth provided an equipment grant to the McNary High School softball program so it could purchase new varsity uniforms and bases. Additionally, a student from McNary made it to Germany with her classmates thanks to an assistance grant of $1,500 from the organization. “She is experiencing a trip of a lifetime traveling through Germany and the surrounding area with her classmates,” said Polanski....

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Panthers on the prowl, headed to nationals

The 12A Oregon Panthers qualified last month in Kent, Wash. to play in the Junior Olympic ASA National Tournament set for Bloomington, Ind. beginning Aug. 1. The team qualified for the national tournament by finishing in the top three at the qualifying tournament held Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, in Kent. The team competed amongst a field of 12 from Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. The Oregon Panthers roster includes four girls from Keizer, three from Salem, two from Cascade, and one each from McMinnville and Newberg. Girls from Keizer are Alyx Crager, Kinsey McNaught, Kimi Ito and Kiana Villarreal. The other seven team members are Krysta Slate, Tabby Humphreys, Madi Hopper, Lauren Radley, Kennan Feiring, Sam Hensley, and Paityn Willoughby. Since last September, when the team first started competing, they have an overall record of 65-12. The Panthers have finished top three in 12 out of 13 complete tournaments in which they have participated, including six first-place finishes. Additionally, the Panthers finished top three in national qualifiers held in Kent, and Redding, Calif. Six out of the 11 players on the team, including the four Keizer players, qualified for the national tournament last year as first year 12U players.  They made it a season goal to return and try to improve on its 48th out of 88 teams finish a year ago. “These girls have worked so hard this year.” said...

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Bid to annex land moves forward

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The first legal step toward Keizer’s proposed annexation of land that would become part of Keizer Rapids Park was expected to be approved by the Marion County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday. Such action, on which the board voted soon after press time, would schedule an Aug. 18 public hearing to amend the Marion County Comprehensive Plan to permit the annexation. The park is outside the city limits, but Sterling Anderson, county planning director, said the funds available to purchase the land would have to be used inside the city. Because the park is outside Keizer’s urban growth boundary, a comprehensive plan amendment would be required to allow purchase of the land, Anderson said. Nate Brown, community development director for Keizer, said the funds would become available from sales of parcels in Keizer Station. One 28-acre parcel, Brown said, has been sold for $1.4 million, but sales of other parcels were still in the negotiation stage at press...

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