Day: March 15, 2012

MC Fire could hike levy – after voting not to renew it

By JASON COX and LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes  Three months after its board voted not to ask voters for a 16-cent operating levy extension, Marion County Fire District No. 1’s directors voted to instead increase the proposed amount to 29 cents. The board’s vote came a day after MCFD triumphed at the ballot box in its battle with Keizer Fire District, which sought to annex about 1,000 homes in the Clear Lake neighborhood. Board President Randy Franke said the timing was not due to the contentious election between MCFD and Keizer Fire District, but that the board just recently learned of the filing deadline for the upcoming May election. Chief J. Kevin Henson said the agency found out about the deadline “about two weeks ago.” He said that the matter would have been considered at its regularly scheduled March 21 meeting if not for the deadline. “If we want to renew the local option tax, continue the current tax base at that amount, you need to know that we need to take action tonight or it doesn’t happen,” Henson told the board. Franke said ambulance service could be threatened throughout the district with either no levy or a 16-cent levy. Henson said he didn’t know if an ambulance would remain in service at the Clear Lake station if the proposed levy fails, and said he would have...

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Ex-Celt a top hitter in Pac-12

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At McNary High School, Hannah Bouska delivered hits that helped lift the Lady Celt softball team in to the state semifinals in 2010. Now she’s doing the same for the Oregon State University Beavers. “A lot of credit goes to our coaches,” said Bouska, who leads the Beaver roster at the plate, she’s hitting .370 with 29 hits 19 runs scored and 16 RBIs. “Coach [Geoff] Hirai and Coach [Laura] Berg have both been working with me and the rest of the players on the team to improve our slapping and hitting overall.” The right fielder and utility player is also among the top ten hitters in all of Pac-12 softball. Bouska, who played shortstop for the Lady Celts, joined a struggling OSU team right after high school, but the recent infusion of new coaches had the team riding a nine-game win streak in the preseason. It was snapped last weekend by a 4-1 loss to Florida International University in Fullerton Calif. “We all want to make it to the postseason, but our goals go way further. We want to be in the World Series and we’re working harder than we’ve ever worked and working harder than any other team,” Bouska, a sophomore women’s studies major, said. Bouska said making the switch from high school to college ball required resetting her mentality. “We...

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