Month: January 2012

MCFD may not renew levy; union raises concerns

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Not renewing a 16-cent levy at Marion County Fire District No. 1 may cost the agency about $390,000 – money its union president said is needed to remain at current staffing levels. The MCFD board voted 3-2 in December not to seek the levy renewal when it expires this year, but Kris Boyer, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2557, questioned whether firefighters would bear the brunt of a funding shortfall. The union contract expires in June. “Whether or not this is their ploy will be revealed as bargaining continues in the next few months,” Boyer said. “This decision is disappointing and the voters should have the opportunity to determine service levels.” It’s another chapter in what has become a fractious relationship between the union, Chief J. Kevin Henson and some board members. The union backed Bob Palmer and Andrea Batchelor in unsuccessful challenges against Randy Franke and Orville Downer last year. Downer was one of two board votes in support of renewing the levy. “We can’t go behind,” Downer said at December’s board meeting. “All this will be doing is keeping up. If we go for it now we may not get it, but if we don’t ask for it we won’t get it (and) we’ll never get it back, probably.” Franke felt upcoming potential reductions at the state...

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Mat men post best record, worst placing at NW Duals

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s something of a conundrum that the McNary High School varsity wrestling team ended their Northwest Duals experience with the best-ever record – 5-2 – of their history in the tournament and its worst-ever placing – ninth. “We lost the wrong two duals, and that’s just the way it works sometimes,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. The team got off to a rough start with a 49-25 loss to Snohomish High School. “They were a studly team, but that loss really fueled us in the next two matches of the day,” said Celt Edgar Jimenez, who went 5-0 for the tournament as he moved between 138- and 145-pound weight classes. Wins over Hillsboro High School, 51-20, and Scappoose High School, 48-22, boosted the Celts to second in their pool and into the championship brackets. Louis Palos, who went 5-2 overall for the tournament at 120 pounds, said changing up his usual technique proved effective after taking an early loss in the Snohomish dual. “In the second and third matches, I got more into the things I’ve been doing in practice and working on single-leg takedowns which helped,” Palos said. In the second day of the tournament, McNary locked horns with West Albany High School and the dual went south on an accidental slam call that changed the Celtic winds, Ebbs said....

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Chamber’s new office

Keizer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christine Dieker helps Rich Duncan hang a picture in the Chamber’s new office located in Keizer Station near Round Table Pizza. Rich Duncan Construction was the lead contractor on building out the new space. A formal opening will be held in February. KEIZERTIMES/Lyndon A....

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Lady Celts go 1-3 at Nike Shootout

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Lady Celts of the McNary High School girls varsity basketball team knew they were in for a tough schedule heading into the Nike Interstate Shootout last week. While they expected rigorous competition as part of the most elite bracket, they were unprepared for the ways in which their own ranks faltered. “We weren’t playing as a team, it was more individuals and we were very inconsistent so it was hard to fix it,” said junior Stacey Titchenal. “We’re in a bit of a downhill slump right now, but we have to get back into.” The Celts faced Oregon City High School, the top-ranked team in the state, in the first game of the tournament and hung with them in the first period. The Celts put in 11 points to Oregon City’s 19, but McNary faded quickly after that managing, at most, eight points in the game final three periods. Oregon City won 76-31. “It felt great through the first quarter and the girls handled their pressure really well, but part of Oregon City’s tactic is just to wear you down. They wore us down a little faster than I wanted us to,” said Molly Gehley, McNary head coach. Gehley said the team’s ability to sub-in without missing a beat was a wonder to behold as a coach. Celt Ashlee Koenig had played...

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