Day: February 11, 2011

Looking bright

Mayor Lore Christopher’s State of the City address before the Keizer Chamber of Commerce exuded optimism and enthusiasm for the city in 2011. The mayor used the metaphor of setting up dominoes so when the first piece is pushed all the others fall in a planned design. She reiterated she is a big supporter of economic development and said that Keizer was poised to benefit from an improving economy and from the city’s drive to attract medical businesses to the Keizer Station area that will result in many new jobs. The Keizer Station area is expected to see a frenzy of new construction work this year including the transit center and a new clinic for Salem Radiology Consultants.  The development Area C, with a large retail building and mixed use components, will continue to be a point of contention for some. The transit center will make it easier to use public transportation to get into and out of Keizer.  The transit center has been used as an inticement for new businesses to build in the area. Employees and customers will use buses to get to work or shop without clogging our already crowded streets. Salem Radiology Consultant’s planned building at the corner of Lockhaven Drive and McLeod Lane is expected to attract other health care related businesses.  That’s a good thing because it will bring good paying jobs into...

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Long, strong strokes win Celts league title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes They won the Central Valley Conference, but some members of the McNary boys varsity swim team are looking to recapture a moment in time. “We haven’t won since my freshman year and the whole crowd went crazy. I want that to happen again,” said Forest Feltner, McNary senior. It would be even better, he said, if he could finally claim the school record in the 100 breaststroke. “I’ve been after it since freshman year and I’m about eight seconds off, but I’ve got two more chances if I make it to state [competition],” he said. The boys and girls teams finished league meets Thursday, Feb. 3, when the Celts raced with South Salem High School. Fans of numerology will surely find something meaningful in the score, the boys won 93-77 and the girls lost 93-77. In boys races, Dominic Meyer, Forest Feltner, Mason Grine and Kevin Groves took the 200 medley in 1:48.31; Ryan Tesdal won the 200 free in 1:58.82; Meyer, Tyler Willems, Groves and Tesdal topped the podium in the 200 free with a time of 1:35.79; Meyer won the 200 backstroke in 1:00.0; and Feltner took the 100 breast in 1:08.10. “We’re league champs and that’s something we’re really proud of,” said Groves. Like Feltner however, he still hasn’t accomplished all he set out to do. “I’m happy with...

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Community policing

To the Editor: Is it time once again to talk about Community Policing  or the lack there of in Keizer? About 7 years ago the city had an active Community Policing Committee which met once a month. The committee was made up of 7 citizens from different Keizer neighborhoods and citizens at large. It was not uncommon to have at least 30 citizens attend the meetings. The purpose of the meetings was to give input to the police on neighborhood problems and receive information from the department on its operations. The committee also helped draft ordinances for the city.  Sadly, the committee was eliminated much to the detriment of interested citizens. There was a lack of enthusiasm on the part of the police and citizens.  The police department now only has a Community Policing Philosophy, whatever that means. There is no interaction between the police department and Keizer citizens, except for official business! The cops mingling once a year with Keizer citizens during National Night Out does not cut it. Keizer needs more revenue to bring the police force up to a desired minimum level. The city hopes to raise the revenue through a sales tax on cell phone use. A local Political Action Committee will be formed and financed to support the tax. The PAC will have an uphill battle against the powerful telecommunication industry. I believe their...

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Lady Celts hold onto No. 2 in conference

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a dominating win over the North Salem Vikings, the McNary High School varsity basketball team suffered an unexpected loss to the Sprague Olympians last week. “We were doing great and then Sprague made a run on us and we just fell apart, we could not get it back together. Then, in second half, we came out dead,” said Celt Stacey Titchenal. McNary led 14-10 emerging from the first quarter, but Olys’ run in the second quarter gave them an eight-point lead they never surrendered. “Defensively we had a few breakdowns and, against a team like Sprague with good shooters, those little things are going to get you in the end,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. “We broke down more than we should have, but I think that was also one of the better games Sprague played all year.” Deven Hunter led all scoring with 26 points and had 12 rebounds in the game, Averi Wing, Keri Stein and Peterson put in four points each, Titchenal and Olivia Yarbrough added three points each, and Jessica Darras contributed two points. Gehley singled out Titchenal for her defensive effort holding Jami Roos to 20 points. “Stacey is such a hard worker and she kept going no matter where the team was on the scoreboard and she did a really great job defending Jami,” she...

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