Day: March 23, 2012

Gehley bows out after 8 years as b-ball coach

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When Molly Gehley started coaching track at McNary High School 13 years ago, there were certain lessons she wanted to model for her athletes. The girls, in particular. Gehley wanted them to see that a woman could be successful in sports as well as in her job, that she could have a family, that she could do anything that anybody else does, that she could go toe-to-toe with the boys and do it aggressively with grace and pride. During the last decade, she did her best to model those attributes, but it wasn’t until she decided to resign from her role as the head coach of McNary High School girls basketball program that she realized that there was something else she wanted to teach them. “I needed to show them that when you, personally, have had enough it’s okay to step away from certain aspects,” she said. “It got to the point where I was feeling guilty when I was at home for not being with the team, and feeling guilty for not being with the team when I was at home.” Gehley steps down after leading the team through both highs and lows during the past eight years. When the the Lady Celts captured their first district title in 2004 under the guidance of coach Marlo Cleary, Gehley was an assistant...

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Girls take win, boys rained out in first tennis match

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Despite seemingly never-ending rain, the McNary High School girls and boys varsity tennis teams managed to squeezed in their first matches of the season last week. Both teams met Independence’s Central High School with the girls taking an 8-0 win while the boys were unable to finish their match due to rain. “We got some nerves out and did pretty well,” said Mark Kohley, head coach of the McNary girls team. “I was very pleased with Katie Stignei’s singles win and our freshmen doubles team, Taslima Sidhu and Rachel Morrow.” In singles action, Sandy Childress defeated Melissa Whitaker 6-0, 6-1; Katrina Cabanlit defeated her opponent 6-2, 6-2;  Stignei defeated Kalli Deigner 6-0, 6-0; and Mackenzie Melendy defeated her opponent 6-0, 6-1. Kohley credited Childress, a freshman, with poised play in her first outing for the team. In doubles matches, Allison McGregor and Allie Labrousse defeated Allison Bansen and Amanda Quinn 6-3, 6-2; Jenny Labrousse and Delaney Engle defeated Dana McLean and Summer Vecht 6-1, 6-4; Jill Jungwirth and Kate Janssen defeated their opponents 6-2, 6-2; and Sidhu and Morrow defeated Lupe Garcia and Annie Gantnenva 6-0,...

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An egregious move

Both sides of the defeated Clear Lake fire district annexation campaign repeated said the issue was the level of service to those 1,000 homes. That was part of it. It was also about the $500,000 in tax revenues. Every governmental organization is faced with static or decreasing revenues and increasing expenses. The Keizer Fire District was straightforward about needing the tax dollars from Clear Lake to continue its level of service for all of Keizer. Marion County Fire District told Clear Lake voters during the campaign that they wouldn’t seek a local option levy—Board President Randy Franke said several times that he didn’t think the economic climate was right to ask district voters for an extension of the current levy of 16 cents per $1,000 assessed value. In a slap to the face of Clear Lake residents, the Marion County Fire District voted at a special board meeting a day after the election to ask not for a 16 center local option levy but a 29 cent levy.  At last week’s board meeting Chief J. Kevin Henson said that a levy of 86 cents would be needed to maintain service at current levels.  He also said the district’s budget is $500,000 in the red. The Marion County Fire District board of directors need to explain to Clear Lake residents why they were  not more forthcoming about finances. Franke said...

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We all have our fears and theories

To the Editor: To the Manny Martinezes of the world – Bless your hearts, we feel your pain. How could your knickers not be in a state of constant twist (bondage?) when you are bombarded by the GOP propaganda machine thru all your waking hours. When the nightly news is nothing but drive by shootings and animal abuse—and drive by shootings of abused animals. And those dang Marxists —frankly I never thought Groucho was that funny either. Then there’s your slate of presidential candidates, every one apparently having spent too much time hatless in the sun. Almost makes you believe in global warming. But remember Manny, you are not alone, we all have our fears and crazy conspiracy theories. My personal favorite right now is the plot by Mitch McConnell and Exxon Mobil to raise gas prices to deny the president a second term. Great idea – but it’s costing you money. Take my advice Manny, cut back on the tea or at least switch to decaf. Swtich off the AM talkers and switch on lite rock (it’s an oxymoron – just like Fox News) . Martin Doerfler...

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Deception or ignorance?

To the Editor: Is it my imagination or did April Fool’s day came early this year? The Board of Directors of Marion County Fire District #1, on Wednesday March 14, voted to ask their voters to approve a 29 cent operating levy. This occurred only one day after winning the election against annexation of Clear Lake by the Keizer Fire District and about three months after stating they would not extend the 16 cent levy. Just a coincidence? I have a few questions. First, was the board truthful with its Clear Lake voters when it said they did not need the 16 cent levy or did it do it to win votes? I don’t believe the board and the district management were that much misinformed. I believe they had to know what their financial situation was going forward.Second, did the folks who promoted “Keep Keizer Safe” and the no vote know that this was coming or were they blind sided also? They should have to answer to the Clear Lake voters. Board President Randy Franke was quoted as saying the entire district ambulance service could be threatened without the large increased levy. Chief Kevin Henson was quoted as saying he did not know if the ambulance would remain at Clear Lake if the larger levy fails. I don’t believe these statements were made to intimidate but only telling how...

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