Day: December 21, 2012

Keizer firefighters stop mobile home fire

Firefighters with the Keizer Fire District stopped a blaze in a single-wide mobile home at Rainbow Gardens Mobile Home Park on Chemawa Road Thursday night. Fire crews were able to keep the fire from spreading to other residences in the park. The owner of the mobile home called 9-1-1 around 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 20 after being awakened by her Chihuahua. The 63-year-old female saw the smoke and flame coming from the front of the home and was able to get out with her dog. Although there was a fire alarm in the home, firefighters found it was inoperable at the time of the fire. The homeowner had let her fire insurance lapse two months ago. On-Scene Video (submitted by Keizer Fire District) The woman, who was treated for minor smoke inhalation, thanked firefighters for saving family mementos and is staying with family. Firefighters were on the scene in less than four minutes, but there was still extensive smoke damage throughout the structure and the home was declared a total loss, with an estimated value of less than $20,000. The cause of the fire was believed to be overloaded extension cords. Podcast: Play in new window |...

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Controversy being pulled out of a hat

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Going over the items on the agenda didn’t take too long at Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. The public comment portion at the start, however, was a different story. Six citizens spoke about the process of a Volunteer Coordinating Committee (VCC) meeting from Dec. 13, with most questioning how the meeting was handled. The exchange led to curt replies from both Mayor Lore Christopher and Marlene Quinn, the incoming councilor who chairs the VCC. Of particular interest was VCC members recommending Evan Christopher – the mayor’s son – and soon-to-be former councilor Brandon Smith be put onto the Parks Advisory Board, instead of Rick Hammerquist and Jacob Martin. After a couple of tied votes, names were drawn out of a hat. Rhonda Rich supported Hammerquist, former president of the Keizer Tennis Association. “A number of people showed support for him and Jacob Martin, who applied by the Nov. 15 deadline,” Rich said. Carol Doerfler also supported Hammerquist. “I ask you to reconsider,” Doerfler said. “I was somewhat taken back by the procedure when there was a tie in balloting. Somehow that seems flawed to me. It takes out the consideration of qualifications. It’s a flaw that has to be looked at.” David Zerbe attended the meeting with wife Debra and their 11-year-old son to support Martin, a local volunteer baseball and football coach....

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McNary wrestlers sweep Tualatin, Sprague

The McNary High School varsity wrestling squad swept a dual meet last Thursday at Sprague High School. The Celtics squeaked by Tualatin with a 37-36 victory, then easily beat Sprague 57-24. In JV action, McNary beat Tualatin 44-15 and earned a tie with Sprague at 36-36. Jason Ebbs, McNary wrestling coach, said the match of the night was Celt Hector Maldonado taking down returning state placer Cliff Baxter of Sprague, 5-4. “In a heated battle, Maldonado won by fighting off a late takedown effort by Baxter,” Ebbs said. The MHS wrestling team was scheduled to host South Salem on Wednesday, after the Keizertimes went to press. The Celts are scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Liberty High School Wrestling Tournament.   VARSITY: McNary 37, Tualatin 36 106: Joey Kibbey (McNary) win by forfeit. 113: Jeff Whitaker (Tualatin) pinned over Riley Repp (McNary), 0:40. 120: Mike Mata (McNary) win by forfeit. 126: Louis Palos (McNary) decision over Max Houston (Tualatin), 6-4. 132: John Whitaker (Tualatin) pinned Michael Phelps (McNary), 0:39. 138: Hector Maldonado (McNary) decision over Blake Reser (Tualatin), 8-3. 145: Devin Reynolds (McNary) pinned Aleksey Milekhin (Tualatin), 1:19. 152: Graye Norlin (Tualatin) pinned Ryan Edsall (McNary), 0:22. 160: Franklin Giannone (Tualatin) pinned Michael Vargas (McNary), 1:45. 170: Grant Gerstner (McNary) decision over Kage Wabaunsee (Tualatin), 4-3. 182: Zach Hammerschmith (McNary) major decision over Kellen Poti (Tualatin), 9-1. 195: Cody Ratcliff...

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