Day: December 30, 2011

Needles on the carpet? Time to recycle that tree

Boy Scout Troop 121 will be recycling Christmas trees starting tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 31 at the Keizer branch of U.S. Bank at 5110 River Rd. N. Trees will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday as well as Sunday, Jan. 1 and the following weekend. Troop members will also pick up trees, call 503-877-4285 or log onto to request pick up. A $5 donation is suggested. Highway Fuel is offering Christmas tree recycling project for a $5 donation that supports Oregon Paralyzed Veterans. Highway Fuel, in cooperation with Recology Recycling and The Unique Periodical, will be providing a Christmas tree drop-off service at their Salem yard at 2390 Fairgrounds Rd NE, one block south of the Silverton Road and Portland Road intersection. Trees will be recycled in an environmentally safe manner. Highway Fuel’s hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the business will be closed Monday, Jan. 1, to observe New Year’s Day. For more information, visit...

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KYSA sign-ups begin Jan. 6

Registration for Keizer Youth Sports Association baseball and softball teams begins Friday, Jan.6. Registration will be available online at and fees may be paid online through Paypal or in-person to avoid a service charge. In-person registration events will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Whiteaker Middle School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Keizer Fire Station from 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Feb. 2, at Keizer Fire Station. Fees are $50 to $140 depending on age and level of play. The league offers play for youth ages 5 to...

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The year in sports

Mat Men The McNary varsity wrestling team started the year with a Top 10 finish out of 32 teams at the Northwest Duals and followed it up with a first place trophy at the Don York Invite. The mat squad took sixth place in the Reser Tournament of Champions and set themselves to become the CVC’s first regional champions a year after the team took the last district title in 2010. The team placed 17 of 27 wrestlers in the regional meet and crowned regional champs: Wes Heredia, Stevin Urban and Levi Martinez. Heredia, wrestling at 215 pounds, went on to become the Celts’ second state champ in as many years. He defeated Mick Dougharty in the finals 11-4. “It was a matter of doing what I needed to do for each match and each tournament,” Heredia said. The team took fifth in the state, tying with Oregon City High School. When the season kicked off again, the Celts found themselves with two top-ranked wrestlers – Devin Reynolds and Jeremy Lowe – and loads of uncharted territory in front of them. They closed the year by pinning down the Sprague Olympians for the first time in 20 years. “If things go the way they’ve been going, I don’t know where the top end is for this team. It may be eighth in state it could be a state championship,” said...

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Solve Clear Lake question now

The deadline to place the question of annexing the Clear Lake area on the March ballot is fast approaching. Both sides, Keizer Fire District and Marion County Fire District #1, have a scant few days to come to an agreement that would make an election a moot point. The annexation issue was front and center at the Dec. 19 city council meeting. Officials from both fire districts were exhorted by several councilors to come to an agreement. The council, by 6-1, voted to place the annexation question on the ballot in March; the Keizer Fire District board also voted to place their own ballot question. These moves were made in part by the desire to let the people decide. The electorate is unpredictable; we could end up with a bigger mess. What happens if it passes but the courts rule the whole election question void? What is the plan then? We renew our call for the the ambulance agreement to be reinstated and putting a moratorium on any annexation movement for five years. With the ASA agreement back in place Keizer Fire District would get the $75,000 a year in revenue it lost. The deadline to place the issue on the March ballot is January 12; that is enough time for the two boards to sit down together, hash out their issues and do what is best for the...

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