Day: January 14, 2011

Arson suspected in fire

The Keizer Police Department have arrested a suspect believed to have started a fire that destroyed a garage Monday, Jan. 10. Keizer Firefighters were called to a garage fire at 4036 Arnold St NE at 5:09 p.m. An arrest in the case was made Tuesday, but details were not available at press time. The caller reporting the fire was walking by the residence when they noticed grey smoke coming out a garage window and saw a glow from under the garage door. Arriving fire crews found a fire burning in the rear of the garage. Crews attacked the fire from the exterior and interior of the garage managing to knock the fire down quickly. Firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to a nearby camper and house. The fire was quickly extinguished; however the garage and contents were destroyed due to heavy smoke and flame damage. The estimated of the contents was $5,000 and the structure’s value was $20,000. A total of two engines, one ambulance, one ladder truck, one duty officer and seventeen firefighters responded to the scene. No one was injured at the...

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Humility

Politics is the art of compromise and has an element of humility. Mayor Lore Christopher has publicly and privately apologized to Dave McKane, the other city councilors and the public at large regarding the issue of sharing private emails between the two. In an email exchange between the mayor and McKane, Lore Christopher gave him the reasons she was unable to support him for president of the city council.  By tradition McKane was next in line to take the post.  The mayor copied the other councilors in on the exchange. McKane’s resignation letter earlier this month said, in part, that he was pressured to change his no vote on the telecom business tax after it passed by a 6-1 margin. After private conversations with the mayor and other councilors McKane rescinded his resignation—which was allowed because the city had not yet posted the vacancy of his seat. This episode has humbled the mayor and we expect we’ll see a different temperment from her.  She has acknowledged that she was wrong, said she was sorry and will endeavor to be part of positive discourse from this point forward. Improved communication and allowing the democratic system—one man, one vote—to work should go a long way to alleviate the public’s anger and frustration. No one can argue that the mayor  does not have Keizer’s best interest at heart.  Some may disagree with...

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Rush to judgment

Here we go again.  The national media, bloggers and talking heads couldn’t help themselves but jump into the blather in the aftermath of the tragic shootings of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others. Some immediately blamed the toxic political climate in the country.  Some blamed the usual suspects:  Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and on and on. Others called immediately for new gun legislation.  The most responsible call was for improved mental health services, but that would not have necessarily prevented the shootings.  We have learned that if someone is bent on causing mayhem, they can. The coverage of the Tucson shootings is driven by three eternal needs: media outlets’ drive to be first with the story; the public’s need to know; and, the public’s want to know.  We are all spectators in situations like this. Investigators will try to discover the reason for Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage.  We may never know why he did it, and unfortunately that doesn’t sit well with those who make a living by flaming a shooting such as this from a tragedy to a political debate.  ...

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Boys at 2-0, girls at 1-1 in dual meets

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Winter break didn’t slow down the McNary High School boys varsity swim team as it dominated the Sprague Olympians at Olinger pool Thursday, Jan. 6. That doesn’t mean there weren’t lessons to be learned in the 119-51 win, said senior Tyler McNichols. “Our practices during break are all optional. Those who did it, it really paid off for them. For those of us that didn’t, practice earlier this week just kicked our butts,” he said. Both teams were swimming tired, said Kim Phillips, McNary head coach. The girls lost their half of the meet 112-58. Each team won a dual meet with Lebanon High School prior to winter break. “The thing is with the girls, we’re trying to find who swims the best where and put all that together at district and score more points there,” Phillips said. In boys races, the 200-meter medley team of Dominic Meyer, Forest Feltner, Mason Grine and Kevin Groves took first with a time of 1:52.10; Groves, McNichols, Tye Willems and Ryan Tesdal won the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:43.52; Meyer, Grine, Josh Holt and Ryan Tesdal topped the podium in the 400-meter freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.82; Nicholas Morgan won the 50 free in 25.65; Meyer won the 500 free in 5:34.99; Tesdal won the 100 fly in 1:01.98; and freshman Seth Miller...

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Celts win Don York Invite

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary wrestling team keeps on rolling sevens in their march toward the regional tournament. The team came up on top of Cascade High School, 35-30, and won the Don York Invitational held at Cleveland High School with a 28-point lead on the competition. The sole blemish on its last week of matches was a 36-31 loss to Sprague High School. “We have yet to beat Sprague in a dual match, but we’re not done getting better yet and we’ll try to take care of it when we see them at regionals,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. In the dual meet with Cascade and Sprague, McNary posted four undefeated wrestlers: Devin Reynolds, Tim Pippert, Rob Phelps, Stevin Urban and Wes Heredia. Pippert won both of his matches on points while relying on his conditioning. “If I’m in good condition it’s easier to move them around in a third round when they’re tired,” he said. Pippert’s performances are among the Ebbs’ most enjoyable to watch as they unfold. “He’s not the typical showy wrestler who will step on the mat and intimidate his opponent, but he wrestles tough against tough wrestlers and that’s because he works so hard,” Ebbs said. In the Don York Invite, Reynolds, Urban and Heredia went undefeated with Reynolds toppling a top-seeded opponent, Connor Clark, from the 5A...

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