Month: August 2010

Large pot grow found in farm field

A farm hand discovered a marijuana grow on a farm just northwest of Keizer. The grow was discovered Friday, Aug. 27, in a field on Windsor Island Road near Simon Street. A field manager there with Chapin Farms showed Marion County Sheriff’s deputies a field where they found 42 marijuana plants growing. The plants ranged in height from one foot to more than seven feet tall. Authorities believe the street value is about $126,000. There is no suspect information at this time. Authorities urge all farmers to check fields regularly, including looking for unexplained trails. The sheriff’s office asks anyone who discovers such a trail – or a pot grow – to call the department’s Street Crimes Unit at...

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Keeker steps into Nick’s cleats

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For Larry Keeker, the decision to take up the  challenge of running the McNary High School baseball program was all about family. “Our program is a real family and, after nearly 60 years, it has members throughout the nation,” said Keeker. Keeker was tapped as head coach of the varsity baseball team last week. He succeeds Craig Nicholas who coached the team from 1999-2010. Keeker’s teaching and coaching career spans more than 20 years and programs at North Salem High School and McNary. He started as the junior varsity coach in the Celtic program before moving to the freshman team. He became an assistant varsity coach three seasons ago. He is also an assistant coach for Celts’ varsity basketball team. While Keeker expects a competitive season out of the varsity baseball team next spring, he doesn’t expect to be making many changes in the immediate future. He will need to flesh out his coaching staff to replace Chad Booth, another assistant baseball coach who stepped down when Nicholas opted for retirement, and fill his now-vacant post. “After that the first order of business will be sitting down with the coaching staff and going over the game plan from offense to defense to philosophy to see where improvements can be made,” Keeker said. He’ll be relying on his staff and colleagues to build...

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Kent Allen Michaelson

Mr. Michaelson, of Keizer, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. He was 69 years old. Born Oct. 16, 1940 in Ladysmith, Wash., he moved to Hillsboro, Ore. with his parents at age 2. He attended school there, then worked in farms, as a custodian and at the General Foods Corp. cannery in Hillsboro. He loved old cars, visiting with friends, and pitching in wherever he could. He spent his last 10 years at Sherwood Park Nursing home in Keizer. The family wishes to thank their staff for their care of Mr. Michaelson. He was preceded in death by his father, Freeman L. Michaelson; and mother, Opal M. Michaelson. Survivors include: his sister Patricia L. Pitts and husband Carl; Nieces Amber L. Lowi and David of San Francisco, Heather M. Hallman and Nick of Ivins, Utah, Mandalyn M. Gulbrandsen and James of New York City, and Ethan M. Pitts of Salt Lake City. He also is survived by his great nephew, Jaxton S. Pitts, and great nieces Taylor Hatch Hallman and Samantha M. Gulbrandsen. Visitation and a memorial service were held Monday, August 23, at the Keizer Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Interment was at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Portland. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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