Month: April 2011

Celtics double down on wins, losses in baseball

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The pendulum swung in favor and against the McNary High School varsity baseball team in a four-game week that saw the team pick up two wins and two losses. The team started out with an “important” 3-2 win over Sprague High School, said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach. “Sprague is one of those teams hovering around the same area as us in the standing so it was nice to take that win on a solo home run by Ty Wyatt,” he said. “We played well enough to win the game, but we didn’t really hit the ball well until the McKay game,” added Garren Robinett, a McNary junior. The Celts scored 18 runs on 15 hits en route to a 18-6 victory over the Royal Scots. Robinett went four for four with four RBIs and Wyatt chalked up three hits and a RBI in the game. On the mound, Keeker credited Ryan Herberger with a stellar outing. “He came in and did a fantastic job,” Keeker said. The team faltered the next day in a 13-3 loss to league-leading North Salem High School. The Celts struggled to ignite their sticks in the seven-hit outing highlighted by a Robinett home run. While the loss to the league-leading Saxons was one the team could stomach, it was the team’s 7-1 loss to West Salem that...

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Citizen’s choice

For Keizer citizens who rank public safety at the top of the issues list, the time has come to put their two cents in. The city of Keizer has done a commendable job of communicating with its residents regarding current and future policing levels and how to pay for them. There have been three Town Hall meetings so far to address this issue.  Keizer residents have the choice of being part of the conversation or letting the city councilors come up with a plan they think is best for the city and devising a revenue and budget plan to pay for that vision. This week’s Town Hall framed the policing level issue better than ever.  Police Chief H. Marc Adams outlined a number of possible options which included revenue generating ideas, elimination of non-police city departments or leaving policing levels as they are.  Keizer currently has 37 police officers; Chief Adams says a city with our population should have 41 officers. The city will endeavor to get a consensus from its residents if the current 37 officers is enough or if they would like to have the 41 officers Adams recommends. Money that would go to the police department services including manning the four vacant officer positions has been diverted to pay for the city’s 9-1-1 service obligations.  Earlier this year the council considered a 3 percent registration fee...

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Spending needs new priority list

By ROSS DAY You probably aren’t aware of this, but May 15 is a big day in the state of Oregon. Actually, it’s a big day for the politicians working in the state capitol building. You see, that is the day that the state economist will release the May revenue forecast. What this means is that on May 15, the state economist will tell legislators and the governor how much money they have to spend for the next biennium. The release of the May 15 revenue forecast typically begins the biannual dance that many people refer to as “budget negotiations.” This year, however, especially in the Salem-Keizer School District, the revenue forecast will have particularly substantial consequences.  Already, many educators, assistants, and other employees of the Salem-Keizer School District have learned that they will likely lose their jobs, regardless of what revenue the state economist forecasts in May. There are many aspects of Oregon’s budget process that drive me crazy. As is the case with any budget, whether it be your personal budget, your business’ budget, or any other budget you deal with, the items that get funded first are typically the highest priority items. For instance, as a homeowner, the first thing that I make sure gets paid every month is my mortgage. After all, I want to make sure that I have a roof over my family’s...

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New store for crafters opens

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A new business categorizing itself as an indoor Saturday market was born out of necessity, its owners say. Shawn and Debbie Clevenger, both crafters, were both looking for a good place to sell their wares, but didn’t find exactly what they were looking for. There’s always holiday bazaars and similar gatherings, but Debbie said it’s difficult to sell handmade items alongside something bought premade and resold. “It’s hard to compete against that … because (buyers) don’t understand the time and money that went into creating it,” Debbie said. “I thought, why not open a space where I can display my things and other people can too?” So the pair opened Krafter’s Alley. It’s not a supply store – it’s a product store. Crafters pay a fee to display their wares, and the Clevengers keep a percentage of anything that sells. The variety of goods available is too broad to fully list, but here’s a few: Candles, jewelry, quilts, carvings, gourmet food mixes – and even rope baskets. “We have a strict rule here that everything has to be handcrafted or repurposed,” Shawn said. By repurposed, he means “things that were already made and (someone) makes something new out of them,” not simply a refurbished item, he said. One crafter collects used ropes from rodeos and using nothing but the rope and glue makes...

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Randy Franke for MCFD #1 board

To the Editor: I have personally known Randy Franke for almost 40 years.  I had the pleasure of working with him when is was a Marion County Commissioner and I was a Keizer City Councilor.  I would be lying if I said that I always agreed with Randy.  However, I found Randy to be honest, hard working and not afraid to make tough decisions while maintaining his high level of integrity.  He has dedicated years of his life to the public and has worked hard to keep your trust in the decisions and positions he has taken over the years on many important issues. I trust Randy and feel that he makes all decisions based on facts and represents you in a honest & fair way.  So when you make your decision please vote for Randy Franke, he will represent you! Jacque Moir Keizer...

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