Day: July 23, 2010

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Presented by Copper Creek Mercantile

Carleen Natividad, 35, bowled her first 300 game in the sanctioned Bar League Challenge on Thursday, July 8, at Town & Country Lanes in Keizer. “It is only the second perfect game ever bowled by a woman at the lanes” said owner Don Lebold. “It’s a truly remarkable feat.” Don added he knows of only three women in Salem-Keizer who have ever bowled a 300 game, until Carleen bowled her game last week. With regards to her 300 game, Carleen said she wasn’t nervous going into the 10th frame.  Her dad, Ted Natividad, an avid bowler and assistant coach with the McNary girls high school team, kept her calm, she said. Her only thought before throwing the final strike was, “OK….here it goes.” On throwing the last strike she turned and ran to her dad and burst out in tears. Trying to calm down and with shaky legs, she went outside to get fresh air until reminded by a team mate she needed to come back in and bowl the third game. Carleen’s last three balls were solid shots, perfect pocket strikes. Due to an accident in 2008 Carleen has not bowled regularly on a team until this summer’s league; her current average is 164.  Her previous league average was 198.  Recently she competed in the “Bowl Down Cancer” tournament in Portland and won $500. Carleen lives in Keizer and...

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To expand or not

Mayor Lore Christopher has cited the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) as one of her goals for her self-imposed final term if she is re-elected this fall. Others also talk about expanding the boundary for the sake of future growth of Keizer, both residentially and commercially. Before dicussion of the expansion of UGB gets too far, Keizer will need to take a step  back and decide what is most important for the future of the city. One can assume that if the UGB is expanded then the next obvious step is to expand the city limits, opening hundreds of acres for development.  Adding new subdivisons with hundreds or thousands of homes will cost millions of dollars in required infrastructure—sewer lines, power lines, streets, curbs, etc. More expensive than the cost of all that expansion is the danger of Keizer losing its biggest current selling point:  small town quaintness.  It is what draws people to Keizer, it’s what current citizens say is why they love Keizer so much. Even though McNary High School is overcrowded, having one school draws the community together—we are all Celtics.  The addition of thousands of homes would mean more schools and probably a second high school.  Results from the Keizer Compass report on Keizer’s future showed that most people didn’t want another high school because it would divide loyalties within our city.  Two...

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IN THE RING: Do debates in a political campaign help voters decide who to vote for? Have they helped you? Have they changed your mind?

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events.  To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto and click on In the Ring. This week’s question is: Do debates in a political campaign help voters decide who to vote for? Have they helped you? Have they changed your mind? Jim Willhite and Pat Ehrlich, vice presidents, Gubser Neighborhood Assn.— We believe debates are very helpful in defining what the candidates stand for, their value system and how well they think and act under pressure. Do they just parrot the party line or do they show a sense of responsibility to the people they will be representing.  In one sense you get to see the real person, not the one shown in cleverly scripted ads.  Debates provide an opportunity to hear all candidates’ response to a particular question so voters can compare the answers which can be helpful in determining who to vote for.  They have helped us decide on which candidate will most likely represent our views on issues before the community (and we don’t always agree on the same person). Debates can be very beneficial or detrimental to a candidate, particularly because newspapers and television report responses made to questions in a debate many times.  You don’t have to be part of the audience to hear how a...

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