Day: March 18, 2011

Seasoned team takes court in girls tennis

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Brianna Griffin has a simple-sounding goal for the McNary girls varsity tennis team: error-free tennis. “That would be ideal, we just have to keep stepping up our game and improving,” she said. The team fielded a roster packed with freshmen and sophomores last year, but many have returned more seasoned and ready for a new year. “We’ve played together going on two years now so the whole team will be stronger,” said Lady Celt Allison McGregor. Experience will play a big part as the season progresses, said Mark Kohley, McNary head coach. “We’re hoping to be competitive with everybody, so when they all come back as juniors and seniors next year we’ll be even more of a force,” Kohley said. This season, Kohley expects bigger things from the doubles teams than singles matches, but it will likely depend on how the final roster shakes out. “Our basic groundstrokes and idea of the game have grown in the past year,” Griffin said. Griffin and McGregor are one of the duos Kohley expects to see excel on the court. “Allison has a huge serve and is really aggressive,” he said. The other pairing expected to make their presence known is Jenny and Allie Labrousse. “We’ll be pretty strong, we’re both another year older so that adds maturity and knowledge of the game,” Allie said. “It...

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McNary Oaks and water with e-coli

To the Editor: I have been a resident of McNary Oaks Mobile Park since June 2008. We, the park residents, were notified on March 4 that our water supply was contaminated and not to use the water. (We are on a private well.) On March 8 we received another notice that the water is contaminated with fecal coliform, (e-coli). This the fourth time in the almost three years I have been here that we have fecal matter in our water. The park management isn’t in the position to deal with it; the corporate owners seem to think that if they supply us with bottled water, than everthing is okay. They do not seem to be interested in solving the ongoing problem. However, they are interested in increasing their profit margin; we have also been notified that they are going to be installing water meters, so that each individual home will be charged for water used. Currently, we pay for water within the park rent. The park is an over age 55 park and most of the residents have limited resources. John Brandt...

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Can volunteers help enforce codes?

To the Editor: Re:  Who enforces city codes? Opinion page, Keizertimes, March 11: Dave Ledoux  is right about code enforcement, it is complaint driven. I called the county first about a home in my neighborhood that has been unoccupied since last July. They told me to call the City of Keizer. Before going to the city I did some research on the place. It turned out it had a total of four liens (all public records). I went to the first lien holder but got no where with them. They take their own sweet time to do anything but with the volume they have it does not surprise me. I went to the City to see what they might be able to do. I thought they might be able to put some pressure on the first lien holder.I got the scoop on what they can and can not do; but, what surprised me the most was their budget for cleaning up overgrowth:  $5500 for the year. Most get taken care of by the banks but now it seems like it is forever before they act. Here is a place where volunteerism might help our community. Perhaps reduce traffic fines by working on clean-ups or as community service placement for the courts. In my neighborhood we all watch out for each other and help where we can. I help clean...

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Rep. Thatcher and HB 2792

To the Editor: Rep. Kim Thatcher introduced House Bill  2792 in the legislature.  It’s a bill to let nonresidents use their out-of-state concealed handgun permits in Oregon.  Supporters claim it’s just like honoring another state’s driver’s license on Oregon highways. You can believe that if you’re willing to share the highway with untrained 13 year-olds who’ve never been in heavy traffic. That’s because a Washington resident can get a concealed handgun permit without handgun safety training, a Texan can get one three years earlier than an Oregonian, and a North Carolinian can’t take his concealed weapon into bars, sporting events, or public events like demonstrations or parades. Driver’s license reciprocity works because it is conditioned on comparable licensing requirements and is governed by an interstate agreement on enforcement.    Oregon’s handgun requirements are there for a reason and Rep. Thatcher shouldn’t be undermining them. Kathleen Pool...

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Boys tennis needs to fill senior vacancies

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s boys varsity tennis team lost a lot of players to graduation last year, but the team’s head coach has quite a bit of faith in one of his returners. “Trevor Braun is back as a junior playing No. 1 singles and he’s one of the best players in the league if he continues improving,” said Marc McAvoy, McNary coach. Braun ended his 2010 season one match away from the state tournament and is hoping to leap over that hurdle this season. “Right now, I just want to win, but I’d like to make state,” he said. He’d like to see the team take a step forward from tying for fifth place in the Central Valley Conference last year. “We’ve got to get down the basic fundamentals of keeping the ball in. When we’re playing teams like Canby, they have a lot of people who can keep the ball in and we want to be right there with them,” he said. Nick Kiuttu will likely fill in the boys No. 2 singles slot after taking over the role last year. “I just want to improve overall, I’m not sure I’d be able to make it to state, but I’d like to have that goal in the back of my mind,” he said. The boys were scheduled to take on Central High...

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