Month: December 2010

Keizer Little League Park facilities trashed by vandal(s)

Two buildings at Keizer Little League Park were vandalized, causing extensive damage, police reported Friday. It’s estimated the vandals caused $1,000 or more in damage to the concession stand and a storage building on park premises. A facility manager reported the incident Friday at about 10:31 a.m., and police said it likely happened sometime in the prior 24 hours. Keizer Police reported someone broke into the concession stand, spraying paint on the walls and breaking various items, like an empty cash register and fluorescent light bulbs. In a storage facility gang-associated graffiti was sprayed on the walls and someone discharged a fire extinguisher. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Tyler Wampler at (503) 390-3713 ext....

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Working together for jobs

In an earlier time Keizer residents voted to go their own way and incorporated into a city; the future was bright.  The people didn’t want to become part of Salem, some didn’t even want to become a city.  Overall, most people wanted to control the destiny of their community. When Keizer incorporated into a city in 1982 there was plenty of land for new homes and businesses.  These days viable land for sizable tracts of homes is slim; the on-going recession has given Keizer’s commercial development a one-two punch. Our local unemployment rate has been frozen at 10 percent or more for months.  No one looking for a job needs to be told how tough it is to find employment.  We could be facing another blow if the state decides it has no choice but to lay off hundreds or thousands of its employees.  In years past many looked to the state as a last resort employer; no longer. It is up to the private sector to create the jobs the Willamette Valley needs.  It is up to all governments—federal, state, local—to create an environment that gives businesses the confidence to hire again. It is time for the mid-valley to work together for regional economic development.  The hard truth is that Keizer currently has no parcels of land that can be developed into business or light industrial parks.  Salem...

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2010: The Year in Keizer Sports

Filled with highs and lows, 2010 was a year for the record books as girls teams at McNary stood tall above their competitors and the Celtic wrestling team seemed to come into its own. Also in the mix were a local man who nearly summited Mt. McKinley, a former Lady Celt who signed on to play pro softball and a Keizer man who earned a World Series ring. But, first things first, what follows is a list of the 2010 highlights in Keizer sports. The demise of Circuit City in Keizer Station paved the way for an indoor practice facility for Keizer Soccer Club. Property owner Donahue Schreiber inked a discount deal with the club on a month-to-month basis while they look for a new tenant to take over the site. Celtic varsity wrestlers capped a stellar season with a district championship – beating out Sprague High School by 4.5 points. Three district champions – Levi Martinez, Stevin Urban and Wes Heredia – also emerged from the mix. Eleven wrestlers qualified for the state meet, a school record. Martinez would go on to capture the state title in the 112-pound division, the first McNary wrestler to do so since 2003. McNary’s Adam Hansen, Dominic Meyer, Ryan Tesdal and Kevin Groves qualified for the state swimming meet. Hansen won district titles in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races. Meyer sailed...

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Author recounts years as a struggling Keizer teen

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Braedon Kuts’ time in Keizer probably wasn’t the best of her life so far, but it provided plenty of fodder for her new memoir “The Absent Embrace: One Small Girl’s Resilient Spirit.” “My mother saw I was doing poorly in school at a young age and she took took me out on impulse thinking she would home school me, but it became too much and the situation became neglectful,” Kuts said. Kuts’s mother took her and her brother from the care of their father – it was reported as a kidnapping – and hid the children in Keizer before she fled the state leaving the kids behind. “My mother didn’t buy food at all, I remember loitering around Porter’s Pub when I was 13, spying on the customers, waiting for them to leave so I could eat their scraps,” Kuts said. Other experiences included panhandling in front of the 7-11. “I also remember playing out in the fields behind the Country Glen housing track, building forts and catching mice with home-made traps to help feed my 24 cats,” Kuts said. She was enrolled at Whiteaker Middle School for a week before classes ended for the year and entered McNary the following year. “I didn’t understand anything the teacher was telling me. I remember he asked me to write down the year and I asked...

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Farewell, welcome

The Keizer City Council loses one of its longest-serving members on Monday, January 3, as Richard Walsh turns his seat over to Joe Egli. Appointed to an open seat in 2000 and elected to full terms in 2002 and 2006, Walsh ends his 10 years of service.  His deliberative and thoughtful ways will be missed. The good news for Keizer is that Richard Walsh isn’t going anywhere.  He will remain passionate about the issues that he worked hard on, especially city parks. Be assured that have not seen the last of Walsh. His seat will be taken over by Joe Egli, a booster of Keizer in the Lore Christopher vein.  Currently an agent with R. Bauer Insurance, Egli’s business experience will be key to his main issue, economic development.  His experience as Keizer Chamber of Commerce president will come in good stead as he helps lead the city council into the future and its myriad of challenges including addressing the effects of a lingering economic slump. With his background we expect Mr. Egli will jump into his new position with both feet and be a major player from day one. Local business will have another friend on the council.  Though universally hailed as a cheery and compassionate man, he will be no pushover when it comes to matters of budgets and spending. We are looking forward to see how...

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