Day: January 7, 2011

Local troupe journeys to Treasure Island Sat.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) and over 50 local students will present an original musical adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel Treasure Island Saturday, Jan. 8. The play will be performed at 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Claggett Creek Middle School. [MAP: 4] Tickets are $10 for adults ages 19 and up and $5 for students ages 4-18. Children ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are available at the door. The doors open one half hour before showtime. The local cast features Travon Harrison as Jim Hawkins and Katie Delgado, Jacob Grimmer, Kobilyn Thomas, Kynzi Williams, Katelynn Byrd, Grace Condello, and Kayla Martin as the rollicking pirate crew. Jim’s six sisters are played by Kathryn Collins, Janie Jarmin, Futimu Falcon, Elizabeth Russell, Madelyn Zuro, and Sophia Bevans. Jim’s mother is played by Kelli Thompson while Joseph Collins, Marissa Anderson, and Fernando Cabrales are featured as his ruffian friends. The cuddly Gulls are played by Matthew Mehloff, Eric Olsen, Eliana Dean, Andrea Salisbury, Marcus Allen, Ellie Ruble, Kelly Candland, Olivia Zuro, Joselyn Zuro, Sydney Smith, Quin Marzolf, Hayden Wampler, Sydney Gates, Lauren Prins, Abbi Marzolf, and Amy Gillette and the seacoast Villagers are Cambrian Partridge, Bailey Byerly, Nick Zuro, Gabriella Outwater Megan Hitchcock, Ashlyn Wavra, Nicole Russell, Mia Greer, Kylie Thalman, Rick Buckholz, Toby Sampson, Brooke Bevans, Janelle Bevans, Kyler McNaught, Kimberly Candland, Emily Kramer, Kari Nicklin, and...

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McKane’s resignation should start dialogue

Our democracy is founded on the principle of one person, one vote. In asking David McKane to set aside his personal position in order to push through council business on a fast track, Mayor Lore Christopher left a giant boot print on this fundamental right. Moreover, she seems to have come to the conclusion that Keizer’s council president should be nothing more than a mouthpiece for the views of the majority. In her assessment of McKane’s potential as a council president, Christopher asserts that the role of the council president and mayor is to “set aside … personal opinion (or votes) to support the majority of the council on decisions that have been made.” She takes the view that McKane’s “no” vote on the cell phone fees provided aid and comfort to big telecoms in the battle and allowed them time to marshal their forces. In a battle as big as this one, the opposition was well-prepared before Keizer even took up the issue. In another matter, on a smaller battlefield, that additional window of time could prove invaluable to local residents learning the ins and outs of educating and organizing friends and neighbors.  In those cases, that one vote could give them time to change people’s minds – even council members’ hearts. The default position of the council president in recent years might have become that of the...

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When citizens speak

Dave McKane’s resignation from the Keizer City Council brings up issues that need to be addressed by this mayor and this council. In his resignation letter to Mayor Lore Christopher he stated  that “allowing the public to address the city council meetings…does not necessarily mean the council is listening to them.”  That sentiment has been echoed recently by some of those who have appeared before the council. The council has been criticized publicly by organizers of Keep Keizer Livable and by Dave Bauer over the issue of the council not listening to the citizens.  Kevin Hohnbaum of Keep Keizer Livable says his group has faced an unlistening council for several years.  In April Bauer told the council they have a tendency to interrogate or even attack the views of residents testifying during public hearings.  “If the person is disagreeing with the council, the mayor or council is always trying to justify their position on the topic,” he said. The council should have listened to those words.  It has, in part, led to the resignation of a good councilor.  Responses from the public since McKane’s resignation letter and airing of email exchanges between the councilor and the mayor became public give credence to those who say this council too often does what it wants. McKane stated that he is convinced that the city council has no interest in any opinion...

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$5 gas predicted—no pitchforks?

By LARRY ELDER Five dollars per gallon of gas by 2012! A former president of Shell Oil considers this likely. The average price on Christmas Day for a gallon of regular gas reached $3.28 in Los Angeles County, the highest price since October 2008. In one month, the price rose 13 cents, up 35 cents year to year. Where are the calls to sic Obama’s Justice Department on Big Oil to hold the oil companies accountable for “market manipulation”? Why aren’t we hunting down the amoral “oil speculators” responsible for repealing the law of supply-and-demand in order to line their pockets? In 2007, when the average national price ranged from $2.17 to $3.22, then-Sen. Barack Obama demanded that the Federal Trade Commission investigate Big Oil for “price manipulation.” In 2008, presidential candidate Obama urged the Justice Department “to open an investigation into whether energy traders have been engaged in illegal activities that have helped drive up the price of oil and food.” Obama also called for “a windfall profits penalty on oil selling at or over $80 per barrel.” As of Christmas 2010, a barrel of oil sold at slightly above $90. What happened to the windfall profits tax? Yes, back then the average price per gallon was four bucks. But blaming “oilman” Bush for high prices began when the average price was well below today’s $3.05 national average....

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Celts take top 10 spot in NW Duals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary’s varsity mat team emerged from the Northwest Duals in the top 10 of 32 teams, with one undefeated wrestler and two who dropped only one match. The undefeated wrestler, Jeremy Lowe, was a pleasant surprise for coach Jason Ebbs. “If you had asked me to bet on the chance Jeremy would go undefeated, I wouldn’t have put all my money on it, but he put the training pieces together in the past couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to more of that in the upcoming weeks,” Ebbs said. Lowe credited hard work in practice with giving him the edge. “My take downs have gotten a lot better. I feel like I’m doing good, my goal this year was simply to get better and it seems to be happening,” Lowe said. Stevin Urban, in the 171-pound weight class, and Tyler Brown, in the 189-pound weight class, lost one match each to finish the tourney with 6-1 records. Urban improved his overall record to 13-2 for the season. “I had everything going for me the first day and the beginning of the second day until we wrestled Forest Grove. Every time I tried to do something he’d run away or run out of the ring,” Urban said. Ebbs said Urban and the coaches will be on the lookout for the Forest Grove...

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