Day: June 25, 2012

In levy vote victory, Marion Fire couldn’t convince Clear Lake

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Marion County Fire District No. 1 managed to pass a 13-cent increase on its levy without the help of the Clear Lake neighborhood, election canvass results from the county show. The agency sought a 29 cent levy during the May election, proposing the increase just one day after convincing Keizer voters to stick with MCFD over Keizer Fire District in a March election to decide which agency would serve Clear Lake, a neighborhood consisting of about 1,000 homes in the north end of the city. Late in 2011, its board had initially voted not to seek a renewal of its levy at all. Throughout its district – much of which is urban areas just east of the Salem city limits along with rural Marion County – the levy passed rather easily, with 4,018 (56 percent) voting yes and 2,892 voting no. In the Clear Lake neighborhood, those percentages were nearly reversed, with 467 (60 percent) voting no and 279 (36 percent) consenting to the increase. MCFD Board President Randy Franke said the timing of the levy’s announcement likely played a role, but also blamed tough times in the economy. “That’s why we wanted to avoid going out for the levy if we could, but the reality at the last minute was a drastic reduction in service, which would have included the loss of ambulance service at...

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Student credited for poise despite sad outcome

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A 17-year-old McNary High School student learned a painful lesson over Memorial Day weekend: Sometimes our best efforts can’t overcome the circumstances. Jenna Hakes learned CPR first when she was a lifeguard at Palma Ciea Swim Club, and earned her certification again in Craig Nicholas’ classroom at McNary High School. While camping with her boyfriend’s family near Toledo she got a chance to put those skills into action, keeping a woman who suffered from a cardiac issue alive while paramedics rushed to the rural campground. You’re thinking you’ve seen this story before: The victim makes a full recovery, and reaches out to their rescuer. Perhaps a well-intentioned organization gives out an award. Everyone is happy. Life, however, is not always so tidy. Hakes was playing games, trying to keep warm, in a gazebo on the campgrounds when some adults rushed in. It turned out Hakes was the only one who knew CPR. She rushed over to the recreational vehicle and went inside, ordering everyone else out. The victim, a woman in her late 70s, was leaning against a wall on the floor. Slowly they laid her down on the floor, stabilizing her neck, feeling her pulse. Then Hakes cleared the woman’s airway and breathed into her mouth. “As soon as I put that first breath into her, her eyes opened,” Hakes said. “You...

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Decker earns second Oregon Player of the Year Award

Keizer’s Hailey Decker has been named Oregon’s 6A Girls Player of the Year in softball by the state’s coaches for the second year in a row.  Decker a 2012 McNary High School graduate will continue her education and softball career at the University of Nebraska in the fall. She is the daughter of former Salem-Keizer Volcanoes coach Steve Decker, who is currently the minor league hitting instruction coordinator for the San Francisco...

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