Day: January 14, 2011

McKane opts to stay on city council

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Councilor David McKane announced Monday he’ll stay on the city council. The decision was announced in a joint meeting with reporters and Mayor Lore Christopher Monday afternoon at the Keizer Civic Center. Because the council has not yet formally declared a vacancy, McKane will not need to go through the application process. The two also said they’ll support postponing implementation of a 3 percent wireless telecom fee so the issue can be voted on in the November 2011 election. Petitioners opposing the fee, which McKane voted against, have submitted enough signatures that the two believe it will qualify for the ballot. In addition, both Mayor Lore Christopher and McKane said they would support hosting town halls, “listening sessions” and finding other ways to address the notion McKane himself put forward that the council has a listening problem. “We’ve been accused, and probably rightfully so, that we don’t listen to people effectively, that maybe we have an opportunity to improve,” he said. “If I can be a part of that – and I think the rest of the city council feels the same way – we’re going to give it the best shot we can and try to make people proud of what we do up there again.” In a joint statement from McKane and Christopher, McKane stated he believes he “can be a...

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New staff will make Obama stronger

By SUSAN ESTRICH For a while there, I was worried that Barack Obama might actually be content to be a one-term president so long as he could say he accomplished what he set out to do. I’m not worried anymore. Not after last week’s announcement that William Daley will be the new chief of staff. Liberals are reportedly not happy with the selection. They view Daley, who has flat-out said that Democrats win from the center and is a board member of the moderate “Third Way” think tank, as too conservative and too closely tied to Wall Street and the business community. Not me. For those of us more interested in winning than in labels, who know that being right and losing gets you nothing, Daley is the perfect choice. In choosing Daley, Obama reached out to one of the most skilled, best connected and most experienced political operatives out there, a guy who knows how to run things and win campaigns — and who also knows how divisions and disunity can turn potentially winning campaigns into losing ones. There are lots of things the Obama administration has done that I don’t agree with, and probably just as many things they haven’t done but should have. When I talk to friends and former students in the administration, I have no problem mentioning such concerns. But Obama is not only...

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Luella Faye Olson

Oct. 4, 1941 – Jan. 8, 2011 Ms. Olson, of Salem, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2011. She was 96. Arangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

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Girls split final preseason games

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a strong preseason showing, the McNary girls varsity basketball team entered into league play on a win. The Lady Celts split their final two preseason games of the season losing to Barlow High School Tuesday, Jan. 4, and picking up a win over Sunset High School Friday, Jan. 7. “Barlow was a turnover festival for us,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. “But our girls kept working hard and we never gave up, when things aren’t going well that’s the stuff you like to see.” Barlow outscored McNary 15-6 in the first quarter in the 54-38 loss. “We didn’t start out as aggressive and slowly got into it. I still think we could have won that game,” said Kristina McCalmon, a McNary senior. Deven Hunter put in 15-points in the game, Teresa Peterson added eight, Jessica Darras put in six, Keri Stein added five, Averi Wing drained a bucket, Bodine put up two,  and Stacey Titchenal and Baili Keeton had a point each. “It was easy to tell we didn’t play as a team at first, but we grouped together and tried our hardest as we got back into it,” said Jenessa Bodine, a McNary freshman. The team fought a back-and-forth battle against Aloha that wasn’t settled until the final minutes of the game in a 42-40 victory for the Lady...

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William Lathrop

Sept. 26, 1946 – Jan. 8, 2011 Mr. Lathrop, of Keizer, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2011. He was 68. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

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