Day: October 1, 2010

Fast and furious

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Inacia Arpin’s gnarliest BMX racing crash began with a bribe. “It was at the State Fair this year, there was this backpack I really wanted and my dad told me he would buy it if I won the moto,” Arpin said. Races in the BMX world are tagged motos. Arpin, racing against a group of boys, looked to be in prime position to claim the new bag as she went up the first hill of the Capitol City BMX track. “As I went up over the hill, one of the boys jumped the hill and ended up in front of me. I went down and one rider ran over me and two others ran over my bike,” Arpin, 14, said. Arpin is one of eight Keizer kids that are regulars at the track, and she is among the top riders in the area. There are too few girls competing for her to be officially labeled an expert rider, but she’s easily the equivalent. In a sport where speed is essential, Keizer’s BMX riders each embody a spark of fearlessness and have become something like a family. “I’m here right now and I’m not even riding,” said Nate Martin. Martin recently crashed in his driveway while attempting a barspin and landed on the tip of his thumb breaking it in two places. “It’ll...

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Freshmen offense tops 400 yards

McNary High School’s freshman football team entered league competition undefeated (4-0) this week and in the wake of a 34-12 win over Barlow High School Thursday, Sept. 23. The Celts clashed with North Salem High School Thursday past press time. Brett Hildebrand opened the scoring in the first quarter of the Barlow game with a six-yard touchdown run. Hayden McCowan added the point after kick for a 7-0 lead. Garrett Hittner followed with two first quarter touchdown catches, a 29-yarder from Andrew Lawrence and a 58-yarder from Quinton Boyd. McCowan converted one of two kicks for a 20-0 lead. The Bruins ran back a kickoff for a touchdown to open the second quarter, but  Hildebrand answered with a 20-yard touchdown run and McCowan added the point after for a 27-6 lead ending the half. D.J. Wilson padded the Celtic lead with a 19-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter. McCowan added the point after to make it 34-6. Barlow scored later in the quarter closing the score to 34-12. Boyd, Lawrence and Jonathan Doutt combined for 13 completions on 27 attempts and 285 yards passing. Wilson carried the ball six times for 101 yards to lead a rushing attack that netted 186 yards. Boyd caught five passes for 102 yards with Hittner adding 87 and Brandon Lao put in 70 yards. Offensive Coordinator Josh Riddell was pleased...

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Council rejects community library’s request to restore funding stipend

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Councilors denied a request last week from Art Burr for $1,700 to assist the Keizer Community Library, an all-volunteer operation. Keizer has no public library. “The library has serious need for more space,” Burr told councilors at the Monday, Sept. 20 Keizer City Council meeting. “We have room to display only a fraction of the available resources we have; we’re putting a growing number of our books in storage all the time … and only one single public-use computer so there’s people standing in line almost all the time to use it.” Councilor David McKane asked how that sum would create more space inside the Keizer Heritage Center, which houses the library. “That itself won’t do much,” Burr acknowledged. “But we’re looking at all kinds of other opportunities,” including renting a vacant storefront to house the library.” Christopher recommended Burr bring a dollars-and-cents plan to the council should he ask for funding again. The city’s budget committee opted to cut the library’s stipend in the current budget, along with funds for a number of goodwill and charitable programs. “While I’m a library supporter I would be much more interested in you coming to us and saying, here’s the plan, we need this much,” Christopher said. “Here’s so many of those value-added programs we cut. We cut them all … It’s like Solomon’s wisdom,...

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We’re Number One!

Local authorities are calling a nationwide drug take-back event a success. Keizer’s site at Roth’s Fresh Markets netted the most in the Salem area, taking in 361 pounds from 201 households. The second-closest was the south Salem drop off site which garnered 228 pounds from 117 households. Keizer Police Sgt. Lance Inman said the most unusual item they received was a bag of old prescription drugs from an elderly lady; the oldest expired in 1955. Overall, more than 1,000 pounds of drugs were collected for disposal. The effort included local law enforcement agencies, the Community Action Drug Prevention Network and the Drug Enforcement...

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