Day: December 16, 2011

M.C. Fire offers Clear Lake compromise

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Marion County Fire District 1 offered a compromise to the City of Keizer and Keizer Fire District earlier this week, in hopes of avoiding an election deciding which fire agency will serve the Clear Lake neighborhood. The proposal would essentially reset the status of ambulance service in north Keizer – a move that purportedly sparked KFD’s move to annex homes in that area. Both agencies have admitted to spending nearly $100,000 each on various legal challenges and responses thus far. “I would dare say we’re both going to be in it for that much more at least,” said board president Randy Franke at a meeting Wednesday, December 14. “I don’t think any of our taxpayers think that’s a good expense.” The MCFD board offered Wednesday to conditionally reinstate an ambulance service agreement that would designate Keizer Fire District as the primary medic responder. The move by MCFD to end that agreement would in theory send an estimated $75,000 per year in ambulance revenue back to Keizer Fire District. The board also said it would drop the lawsuits and state land use actions filed against KFD and the City of Keizer. However, the board signaled it would not go so far as to move its medic out of the Clear Lake station entirely, with a key caveat in the motion that the arrangement not...

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Little League park’s future in question

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A unique arrangement puts parents almost entirely in charge of the city’s baseball fields, and its sustainability remains an open question. In a city famed for its low taxes, the city of Keizer has largely turned over to volunteers the type of tasks that most everywhere else is at least partially publicly subsidized: Everything from field maintenance to capital projects like new retaining walls, backstops and fences. It’s been that way since the city bought two parcels on Ridge Drive totaling 21.4 acres to create Keizer Little League Park in the 1980s. The...

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Photo Gallery: Santa breakfast

Christmas in Keizer is more than light displays and parades. It is also breakfast with Santa Claus and celebrating the holiday ala Mexico. The Keizer Fire Hall was a bustling scene on Sunday, Dec. 11, as hundreds of kids and their parents enjoyed the pancakes, ham and eggs, prepared and served by the Keizer Volunteer Firefighters Association. Of course Santa was on hand to hear the desires and good little girls and boys. View our Santa Breakfast photo...

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Lady Celts win big in contest with Generals

BY HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary’s girls snapped out of a close first half to whip visiting Grant 60-38 Friday. The Portland school started the scoring in the fast-moving game with an outside shot from Savanna Atherton, but Jessica Darras tied the score with a layin. The Lady Celtics had their biggest first-period lead at 10-4 after an outside shot from Baili Keeton, but then the Lady Generals starting adding points, including a trey by Atherton, and at the end of the quarter, McNary led 12-9. The lead went back and forth in the second quarter, in which each team scored 20 points.  The shooting of Deven Hunter, who was to lead all scorers with 21 points, led McNary to stay ahead. Grant’s best moment of the period was a three-pointer by Myleah Musgrave. At halftime, the score was 32-29. Although both teams kept moving fast in the second half, the Celtics’ teamwork held the Generals to nine points for the half. McNary had a run of eight points in the third quarter before Grant got on the board with an outside shot from Atherton, its top scorer with 11 points. Grant got off plenty of shots but seldom made a basket. A jump shot by Teresa Peterson gave McNary its first two-digit lead of the game, 42-31, and the period ended with the score 47-34. The fourth...

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