Day: December 9, 2011

Firemen trade barbs at meeting

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer city councilors tabled until Dec. 19 a resolution which would send the proposed annexation of the Clear Lake neighborhood into Keizer Fire District. The move at Monday night’s meeting came as leaders from KFD and Marion County Fire District No. 1 continued criticizing one another for everything from allegedly inconsistent statements to showing up at last week’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Keizer. The council had voted just an hour or so earlier in the evening to approve ballot title and language that would send the matter to voters in a March election. Councilors expressed a desire to give the two agencies until Dec. 19 to reach a compromise, but were informed by MCFD attorney Christopher Crean that the agency would likely file a challenge to the ballot language in court. Crean had informed the city of a potential legal challenge earlier that day. Councilor Joe Egli made a motion to reconsider, which was supported by Councilors David McKane, Mark Caillier and Jim Taylor. Councilor Cathy Clark, who supported moving forward with the vote, said MCFD has shown a pattern of submitting last-minute legal arguments before council meetings. “I’m not sure that even if we go through the exercise of going through this all over again, making sure it all lines up, that at 4 o’clock on Dec. 19, we won’t get...

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Festival of Lights Parade hits Keizer this Saturday

Keizer’s been buzzing for months about the Festival of Lights parade set to hit River Road at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. But staging a nighttime holiday parade isn’t all flowers and sausages. Streets must be closed, parking must be found and those who don’t attend the parade need to be able to get around. Combine that with likely cold and wet weather – and it’s dark – and police have a logistical challenge on their hands. “The darkness is going to be our enemy,” said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. They’re helping motorists prepare via electronic reader boards on River Road leading up to the parade. Here’s how local streets will be affected. The route and staging area are virtually identical to May’s Iris Festival Parade. • Lockhaven Drive N. (west of River Road) closes to McClure Street N. at 4 p.m. December 10 for parade staging. • River Road closes from Lockhaven Drive south to Plymouth Drive NE starting at 6:15 p.m. East-west traffic can cross until the parade and 5K runs are passing by at Chemawa Road, Dearborn Avenue and Manbrin Drive. River Road is expected to remain closed until at least 9 p.m. • The section of River Road between Glynbrook Avenue N. and Plymouth Drive NE will remain closed until parade entries, participants and floats completely clear the streets. Festival of Lights Holiday Parade 7...

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Tough competition leaves Celts in the cold at tourney

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes High hopes and a throng of returning wrestlers wasn’t enough to keep backs off the mat in the McNary High School Invitational Tournament last Friday, Dec. 2. The Celts finished fourth with 222.5 points, behind Roseburg High School with 286 points, Dallas High School with 252 points and Cascade High School with 240.5 points in the six-team tournament. Perhaps the most surprising thing for Jason Ebbs, Celtic head coach, was the level of competition the tournament drew this season. “We had some pretty tough guys in the mix this year, but we competed well considering the level of competition,” Ebbs said. Notable entries for McNary included junior Devin Reynolds, who made quick work of his four opponents, and Mason Ross who exited the with a 2-0 record. “The opponents were good, I was happy with how I wrestled and had lots of confidence,“ Ross said. “I’ve wrestled the guy from Roseburg a few times and we’ve had tough matches, but I pinned him this time. Justin Lowe wrestled four matches and won three of them. “I was wrestling on my feet and better on the bottom, which is usually my weakness,” Justin said. Ebbs credited Justin’s brother, Jeremy, with excellent effort despite a pair of losses. “We gave him the right matches, but he’s going to grow and develop in those matches...

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