Month: February 2011

Lady Celts keep tight grip on second place

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts varsity basketball team can seal up a second place finish in the Central Valley Conference with four more wins. “Our offensive execution has to get better, but I’m pleased with the track that the defense is on and I just hope we stay on that same rail,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. “We’ll continue to give [our opponents] some fits.” The Celtics fell to first place West Salem High School 36-33 for the second time this season on Friday, Jan. 28. The win put the Titans two games ahead of the Celts for first place in the CVC. “It was a big game and we were really excited, but we got content with being ahead and didn’t have the same mindset in the second half,” said Olivia Yarbrough. McNary leapt out to a 17-11 lead in the first half, but the Titans slipped past them in the third quarter outscoring the Celts 12-5 for a one-point lead as McNary struggled to get the ball to drop. “We were going with outside shots and when they didn’t drop we got frustrated. I think we could have driven to the hoop more,” said Keri Stein, McNary post. McNary got a last opportunity to tie the game at the final buzzer, but a half-court shot by Stacey Titchenal hit the backboard...

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Chickens in Keizer

To the Editor: Why did the chicken cross the road to get to Keizer? Because she may soon be legal there as a pet. This raises several questions. If the chickens are classified as pets, will we be allowed to kill and eat our pets?  If chickens are allowed in Keizer there should be some restrictions. But who will enforce the restrictions? The chicken owners should have to pay a $50 license fee every two years to pay for the enforcement of the rules imposed by the city.  The city does not have a surplus of staff for enforcements. The city does not enforce its regulations now. Most all enforcement is complaint driven because we have a low tax rate. How many times have you seen vehicles illegally parked on the street?  Does the city enforce the sign regulations? Barking dogs is another example. I believe the chickens should be restricted to a chicken coop and those coops should have a 20 foot setback from a neighbor’s property.  A limit of three or four chickens seems reasonable. The city manager will have to assign a chicken ordinance enforcement officer and the council set penalties for violations.  Our cops are currently understaffed. Bill Quinn...

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