Day: March 2, 2012

Keizer kid takes second in Hoffman Challenger

Keizer native Noah Fischer, 7, travelled to southern Oregon last weekend to compete in a growing movement in tennis. He came home a second-place finisher. The Hoffman Challenger Event utilized the 10-and-Under format, which changes the game slightly to make it easier and more fun for kids to get into tennis. Noah competed in the Boys-10 & Under division and battled out a tough, first round win again Steven Wisnovsky of Jacksonville, Ore. After a brief rest, Noah came back to challenge 10-year old, Robby Clarke of Roseburg. Three years of age difference made a big difference as Robby’s overpowering serve was too much for young Noah to handle. Noah took Robby to deuce point on many occasions, but could not bring home the crown. Noah took second place finish and claimed his first ever tennis...

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Pacers top Celtics for playoff berth

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity basketball team ended their season with a loss to Lakeridge High School over the weekend. The teams met in a play-in game that earned Lakeridge a spot in the state playoff, the Pacers won 65-42. The Lake Oswego team found their flow midway through the first quarter and went on a 20-2 scoring tear that the Celts were never able to overcome. The loss of Johnathan Doutt to an ankle injury further hampered the team’s efforts in the second half. “Our kids played hard to the final horn. They were just better than us,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. A 51-47 overtime loss to the McKay High School Royal Scots on Wednesday, Feb. 22, set up the Celtics to face Lakeridge. The teams stayed close through much of the first quarter despite an early McNary lead on the back of Justin Burgess who put up the team’s first seven points. McNary edged ahead of McKay in the final minutes of the first half  and a basket by Doutt put the Celts up 25-19 at the buzzer. Early baskets by Garren Robinett and Burgess put the Celts ahead 29-23 at the beginning of the third quarter and then things turned cold as McKay edged back in and McNary struggled to sink the ball. “We thought we...

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Dayspring turns 20

Dayspring Fellowship is celebrating 20 years in Keizer with events this weekend. Saturday evening’s 6 p.m. service is replaced by a community pie social. A large service at 10 a.m. Sunday is intended to bring the whole congregation together, with surprises in store for those attending. Those wishing to give a birthday present are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for the church’s food...

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Annexation is not the best remedy

By ROSS DAY I am not sure if you’ve noticed, but there seem to be a number of signs around the city of Keizer.  Apparently there is an election on two local measures coming up. The issue on the ballot is whether or not the area in Keizer known as Clear Lake should be annexed into the Keizer Fire District.  Currently, this area is served by Marion County Fire District #1.  I should probably mention, in the interest of full disclosure, that I am a resident of the Clear Lake area and currently served by the Marion County Fire District. I have spent a considerable amount of time over the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how I am going to vote on this issue.  Both sides make passionate arguments in support of their position.  Both sides make logical and reasonable arguments as well.  But at the end of the day one cliché comes to mind that seems to sum up how Keizerites should vote on these measures: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Now I know that is not an original thought.  I’ve read this cliché in letters to the editor published by the Keizertimes on this measure. But there is a reason why clichés such as this one tend to stand the test of time: because they are true. Ask yourself this question: why...

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Worthy bills did not make ‘12 cut

By KIM THATCHER With Oregon’s unemployment rate still hovering at nearly 9 percent, it’s clear that our economy is still not out of the woods. Yet, the state legislature could have done so much more during the recent February session to create a better environment for job creation in Oregon. As a member of the legislative budget committee I know how frustrating it can be to maintain funding for public safety, schools and other important programs for Oregonians who need our help. Balancing the budget this session was a little tricky having  $340 million less than projected by our economists, $42 million in previously unanticipated governor-promised state worker pay raises, and $300 million in unrealized, but previously assumed, savings. Not everyone was happy with the result, but we tried our best in this short session to play the negative hand we were dealt. While much of the legislative session was spent balancing the budget, there were plenty of opportunities to adopt some common sense reforms which would have helped the private sector grow and hire more employees. When more people have jobs in the private sector, it generates more tax revenue to pay for those critical services I mentioned. Though I believe many of these concepts will be back for consideration next year, I will point out a few of the many reforms brought forward by legislators which did not...

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