Day: September 3, 2010

Celts meet Comets in zero week

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes If there’s one thing senior Wes Heredia wants out of McNary High School’s gridiron clash with Crater High School Friday, Sept. 3, it’s redemption. “I’m looking forward to proving some people wrong. I think we’re a better team than we’re being given credit for,” Heredia said. McNary will travel to Central Point, Ore., for the game beginning at 7 p.m. The Celtics finished last season with a whimper rather than a bang. In the season finale against North Salem only 12 of 23 seniors suited up for the game, the other fell...

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Returning athletes will be backbone of McNary girls soccer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Fans will notice many of familiar faces when the Celtic girls varsity soccer team returns to the field Tuesday to host Sandy High School. “We’ve got about 90 percent of the team from last year returning,” said Miguel Camarena, head coach of the McNary High School girls soccer program. In practices earlier this week, the team was still figuring out the exact shape of the team that will take the field. “We need to sharpen up our ability to position ourselves with the ball and then move with it,” said senior center Jordan Salinas. After a tough season of difficult relationships within the team last year, Salinas is anticipating a smoother ride this season. “It’s actually been really good. We’re all getting along and welcoming the new players. I know they’ve going to do great,” Salinas said. In 2009, the Lady Celts finished in fourth place, just one point behind Sprague and West Salem high schools. They fell to Barlow High School in the opening round of the playoffs, but the team defeated West Salem, Sprague and Redmond on their home turf during the regular season. The OSAA dropped Redmond from the Central Valley Conference during redistricting this summer. Sophomore Haley Scoggins was eagerly anticipating rematches with the Olympians and Titans and sizing up her new team. “We lost some key players...

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Signature gathering is not an election

To the Editor: Councilor Cathy Clark’s guest column (Keizertimes, Aug. 27) was titled “A big box ban has consequences.”  Thank you, Councilor Clark, for making that point.  That’s exactly what Keep Keizer Livable (KKL) has been trying to say.  There are, indeed, consequences, and those consequences are in the best interest of Keizer neighborhoods. However, for clarity’s sake, please know that signing an initiative does not make it so.  All one’s signature does, along with 2,799 others, is to allow the initiative to come before the voters for a community decisiion.  Even if KKL gets the required 2,800 legitimate signatures, only the voters, not one’s signature on the initiative, can determine the outcome. What the initiative does is limit the size of a retail building to 65,000 square feet in the mixed used areas.  For instance, Safeway is a pretty good sized store.  Would you want anything larger that that in your neighborhood?  All KKL is saying is keep the big box stores in Area A of Keizer Station, not in the middle of our neighborhoods.  If you look at the mixed use areas in Keizer, most are surrounded by residential  neighborhoods. Both Councilor Clark and Mayor Lore Chrisotpher seem to believe that banning a big box store anywhere in Keizer would stifle business growth and opportunity.  I think we have to understand that what a big box store...

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