Day: August 22, 2012

Non-U.S. citizens can’t be youth councilors, says council

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A new provision in the Keizer City Council’s rules of procedure effectively bans non-U.S. citizens from serving as youth councilors. A line requiring students be eligible to vote were they 18 years of age was part of a new package approved in a 5-0 vote Monday night by the council. The language prevents any immigrants who have not obtained citizenship – be they in the country legally or illegally – from serving in the role, as only U.S. citizens may vote. Councilors Jim Taylor and Joe Egli were absent. The youth councilor does not have voting power, and in practice has rarely been involved in policy discussions. Their role has more typically been keeping councilors informed on upcoming school activities and milestones while observing local government at work. They are selected through a Salem Chamber of Commerce leadership program. The move comes just more than a year after Hugo Nicolas, now 19 years old, finished his term as youth councilor. He was brought to the country from Mexico without documentation when he was 11 years old, and has been open with numerous media outlets about his immigration status. Councilors held a work session last month on the new rules, and Monday night only debated whether the student must be a Keizer resident. The provision regarding voter eligibility was not discussed. Kathy Moore, director...

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Volcanoes pitcher Stratton hospitalized after line drive to head in practice

First-round draft pick Chris Stratton was hospitalized Tuesday after a line-drive hit struck him in the head during batting practice. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes pitcher was taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital, where he was held Tuesday night for observation. The incident occurred just after noon on Tuesday. “Anytime something happens they take tremendous precautions,” said Jerry Howard, the Volcanoes’ general manager. Bobby Evans, the Giants’ vice president of baseball operations, told Comcast Sports Net that Stratton had concussion symptoms. Stratton, who turned 22 on Wednesday, is a right-hander drafted out of Mississippi State by the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft. He was 0-1 on the season with year with a 2.78 ERA. Thus far this season he struck out 16 batters and walked 10, according to MILB.com. The Giants had not informed the Volcanoes whether Stratton would be available to pitch again this year for Salem-Keizer, but there isn’t much time left, with the Volcanoes regular season ending September 1 with a home game against the Tri-Cities Dust Devils. It was a rough few days for injuries for the Volcanoes, as they learned shortstop Matthew Duffy was out for the season with a hand fracture. The Volcanoes the injury, suffered last week in practice, was just a bad bruise, but X-rays revealed a fracture, Howard...

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