Day: January 7, 2011

Dave McKane’s letter to Keizer citizens

To the Editor: To the Citizens of Keizer: It is with great regret that I share with you my resignation from the Keizer City Council. After six years of service to you and the city of Keizer, I find myself in a position that makes my continued service ineffective and untenable. I have always thought of my obligation as a councilor was the represent the citizens of Keizer. I am grateful for the support I received over the past six years.  The thoughts and concerns that man of you shared with me have always guided my decision-making as a city councilor. It has been an honor to represent you the last six years. With respect and gratitude, David McKane...

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Shocked at McKane’s resignation

To the Editor: I was shocked and disturbed to hear the news about Councillor McKane resigning his position with the Keizer City Council because of the pressure he has received to vote with the majority of the council on issues. Am I naive in thinking we elect city councillors and our mayor with the expectation they will study the issues, listen to their constituents, and then make a decision based on their best analysis of the situation?  The fact that Councillor McKane felt so much pressure to vote in lock-step with the rest of the Council that it affected his ability to do his job is appalling. While I have not always been on the same side of the issue as Councillor McKane, I have always appreciated his informed and respectful approach to his work on the Council.   His resignation is a loss to our city.  On behalf of Keep Keizer Livable, I want to thank you, Councilor McKane, for your service to Keizer. Your integrity will be missed. Jane Mulholland...

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8th grade girls take Holiday Break Classic in Milwaukie

The Keizer Celts eighth grade girls basketball team took first place in the Holiday Break Classic in Milwaukie on Dec. 18 and 19. There were six teams participating. Keizer went 5-1 in the tournament. Keizer began the double elimination tournament by defeating Barlow in the winners bracket on Saturday, however, they lost their second game to the Oregon Reign which dropped them into the losers bracket. Keizer then defeated Molalla, Barlow, and Rex Putnam to work their way back to the championship game on Sunday night against the Oregon Reign.  Keizer avenged their only loss of the weekend by defeating the Reign 31-28. The Celts and Reign battled in a very tight back and forth game on Sunday night.  Madison Rohl, with 12 points, and Alyx Crager, with nine, led the scoring and combined for four assists and six steals, while Charlotte Brattain had a monster game contributing  four points and 10 rebounds. Megan Ulrey and Emily Loyd combined for 10 additional rebounds for the games. “The girls played extremely well throughout the weekend. It was definitely our best performance of the year, and close to one of our best in the last four – it was a complete team effort,” said Rich Crager, coach Crager, with eight points, and Ulrey, with six points, led the team in scoring average throughout the weekend, and combined for 22 steals. Lauren...

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Carl Booth Hampton

Mr. Hampton, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. He was 58. Born Aug. 14, 1952, in the Portland area, he was a graduate of McNary High School and Oregon State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force, including time in Korea, as a chaplain’s assistant, and also spent time in the Oregon Air National Guard. He worked for DPI Northwest for many years. He reached the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America, and enjoyed fishing and other outdoor activities. Survivors include: his father, Leslie B. Hampton, mother, Sarah K. (Anderson) Hampton; and brother, Kenneth D. Hampton. Memorial services were held Thursday, Jan. 6. Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9320 SW Barbur Blvd. Suite 140, Portland, OR 97219. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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Keizer’s loss

To the Editor: I attended the city council meeting this week to see Mayor Christopher and three council members sworn in. It was a very nice ceremony. I was surprised to hear Councilor Dave McKane decline to be nominated for council president. I immediately thought either McKane did not have the votes to be president or he did not want the job because he could not support some of the council’s positions on issues. I was completely caught off guard to see he resigned his position after the meeting. In my opinion David McKane should not have been elected as council president because he did not support the council positions when he thought they were wrong. He is a man of principle. This is exactly the kind of person I want on the council. The council president must be a Yes-man or woman for the mayor. If you have attended a city council meeting or viewed it on Channel 23 you saw McKane ask key questions and spoke very briefly to the point. He was a statesman. He politely asked questions and always gave sound reasons for his views.  He did not ramble on and on to show how wonderful and smart he was. A case in point is when after a 20-minute debate on placing a cross walk on River Road at Emerald Pointe Retirement Community, he asked...

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