Day: December 16, 2011

Boys hoopsters struggle late against Dallas squad

BY HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary’s boys focused on the strong start coach Ryan Kirch wanted but ended up losing to Dallas 64-51 Dec. 8 at home. The Celtics led early and were ahead 14-8 late in the first quarter thanks to two three-point shots by Isaiah Montano. Then the visiting 5A Dragons got hot, with Landon Hattan contributing a trey, and at the end of the period they led their 6A hosts 17-16. Dallas’ Brady McKinley, who was to lead all scorers with 20 points, started the second-quarter scoring with a layin. The Celtics’ Dylan McHugh then hit a three-pointer to tie the score at 19-19. Both sides continued to play the fast-break game, with the Dragons slightly ahead most of the way, but Johnathan Doutt, McNary’s leading scorer with 17, followed a trey with an outside shot for a 29-29 score. Grant Bollman of Dallas then stole the ball and sank a free throw, and a moment later teammate Kelton Chapman was successful on two throws from the line. The halftime score was 32-29 in favor of Dallas. The third quarter was close, but the Dragons maintained the lead. A steal by Montano was followed by another three from him, cutting the Dallas lead to 37-36. The Dragons outshot the Celtics for the rest of the third and at the end of the period led 49-40....

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Reynolds takes home honors in wrestling

BY HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes McNary’s Devin Reynolds received the outstanding wrestler award after placing first in the 138-pound division Monday at the Perry Burleson Tournament. Reynolds has a 9-0 record for the season. Nine Celtics placed as McNary finished sixth overall out of 16 teams at the tournament, held at Cascade High School in Turner. Other Celtics who placed were Mason Ross, second, 220 pounds; Jeremy Lowe, fourth, 145; Mike Mata, fifth, 113; Joel Hunter, fifth, 285; Louis Palos, sixth, 126; Hector Maldonado, sixth, 132; Andy Downer, seventh, 138; and Caleb Connor, eighth, 120. “With several guys out of the lineup due to illness, coach Jason Ebbs said, “McNary still competed well at a very challenging tournament. The story for the night was Devin Reynolds defeating Ryan Holcomb (Pendleton, defending 5A state champion) in the finals 6-3.” The top eight teams, with their scores were Cascade, 217; Pendleton, 189; Sprague, 175.5; Sweet Home, 165; Lebanon, 119.5; McNary, 108.5; McMinnville, 93; and North Marion,...

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It was a success

No matter what measurement you use, the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade last Saturday in Keizer was a success. River Road was lined with upwards to 60,000 people from the parade’s start at Lockhaven to its terminus at Appleblossom Drive in south Keizer. The organizers of the parade did not disappoint. There were lighted floats of every size; there were bands and choirs who braved the 35 degree weather. And of course there was Santa Claus, which delighted children of all ages. It takes a Herculean effort to stage a parade of this kind.  Parade directors Cheryl and Bob Mitchell, with the help of  hundreds of volunteers, put on a parade that would make anyone proud. There were some comments about the short length of the parade, but in cold weather such as on Saturday, that’s not a bad thing. The organizers’ decision to hold the parade in Keizer was validated by the support it received from the city, parade sponsors and parade entrants. After a one year hiatus the parade was held after calling downtown Salem home for 20 years. Keizer should make sure that our city remains the parade’s home for years to come. It was not only Keizer residents who lined the street; spectators from throughout the region came into Keizer.  That’s thousands of visitors who came into our city and from our perspective they were...

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Plan to help both city, partners

By LORE CHRISTOPHER The City of Keizer has a long tradition of being an excellent business partner to all of our taxing district partners (Partners) while successfully maintaining a lean, balanced budget.  In addition, the city has used its one Urban Renewal District (District) to create over 1,300 jobs by bringing new businesses to Keizer in the past five years. Think about that, 1,300 new jobs in this economy… that’s a lot of success!  These jobs are varied and include entry level retail to skilled trade and construction positions working at a time when many of us, our families and neighbors, remain unemployed.  We are very proud of Keizer’s contribution to the economy. Keizer’s Urban Renewal District was used to pay for improvements in qualified areas to promote private business investment, create jobs, and increase the value of the property.  This provided jobs and stable revenue for Keizer and our Partners.  Keizer’s District has improved the community by removing above ground power lines on River Road, improving building facades and increasing sidewalk safety, all to encourage business expansion to bring new jobs.  It has worked well.  Our District was also used to construct a new police department with modern equipment to solve modern crimes and to build a community center that keeps local events local and steer additional business to Keizer and local businesses. The actions taken by the...

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Keizer Fire moving forward

By JOE VAN METER Several opinions were expressed in last week’s Keizertimes about the last City Council meeting. As the saying goes, everyone has a right to their opinion. So, in an effort to get back to the facts, I offer the process the Keizer Fire Board of Directors’ went through to bring Clear Lake to the Keizer Fire District. For years the Keizer Fire Board of Directors has been asked why Clear Lake was not a member of the Keizer Fire District. I began hearing about it soon after I was elected to the Board in 2001. In the first part of this year the Board received letters from two Clear Lake Home owners association; Vineyards Phase II and Keizer Prairie. They were asking to be included in the Keizer Fire District. We discussed options, then proceeded to research the issue. After much research and discussion, a decision to find the best lawyer to advise us and make a recommendation concerning the process was instigated. During March and April, representatives of the Keizer Fire Board met with Marion County Fire District to attempt to reach a resolution to the issue. Though stating they were open to discussion the Marion County Fire District proceeded to terminate a 20 year intergovernmental agreement in which we, the Keizer Fire District, provided the ambulance service to Clear Lake. As part of the...

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